September 21st, 2004

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first, the book:

Finished Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky. He spends time in a short book describing how the cod found in the banks off of North America led to the discovery of the New World, the exploitation thereof, and to the American Revolution. It's an interesting read, and I'm looking forward to reading other books by him.

I watched a couple of DVDs lately, one from Neflix, called The High Crusade, and one from my own collection, called Snake Eyes. The first one is based loosely on a novel by Poul Anderson that I very much enjoyed, in which a space craft lands near an English castle just as the Lord is preparing to go on Crusade to the Holy Land. The Crusaders capture the vessel, and force one of the crew to take them to Jerusalem, which he does not do. He sets the ship on autopilot to take them back to the stars. From there, mayhem ensues. The film takes some of this, but heads in a totally different direction, and although it is generally amusing, it isn't the same tale at all. Worth watching for free, I'd say, but not worth spending any money on it. Snake Eyes on the other hand, is shot in a fascinating fashion. The first 15 minutes or so is done in a single take, with loads of extras. A fairly standard detective story, it's still interesting to watch.

Went back to the LA County Fair this weekend, and had a couple of fairly good ice wines. I think I'm "faired out" now, though.

Dungeonmaster went very well this last weekend. Folks seemed to have a good time with the scenario, and we had a 3/4 full house. It was nice to see unwilly there, for one of his rare forays into the show; I hope we'll see him more often. The crowd from Chino as well as the crowd from the High Desert is making all the difference for show attendance, and I think that's great. I just wish we had more attendees from the local area in North Hollywood....

Must go spend some more time studying Torah, as I'm supposed to read Torah on Yom Kippur, this weekend...
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Forgot to mention that I finished the DVDs about The Tick late last week. Don't know what to say about that; the shows were amusing, but I don't find myself wanting more, the way I do with, say, Babylon 5, or Northern Exposure. I never saw any of the animated series; I rarely watch TV animation anymore; not since the Star Trek animated series...
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