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August 27, 2009

Well, That Answers *That* Question

A brief followup to my passing urge to learn to cook: the local continuing ed program has exactly one course. It's a "Culinary Fast Track Apprenticeship Certificate," taught by a LeCordon Bleu Certified Chef. Sounds promising. Julia Child was a LeCordon Bleu trained chef (apparently they're thrilled by the movie). It's one night a week for three hours, first week of October to the first week of June.

It costs $10,000 to enroll. That's right. Ten. Thousand. Dollars.

Did I mention I had only a passing urge to learn to cook?

August 26, 2009

Quick Hits

Been busy with the starting of the new semester, so I'm just going to hit highlights.

  • Saw Julie & Julia over the weekend, on a rare date night. Quite good. Like Big Night, I came out of it hungry. Even now, several days later, I want cook with lots of butter and make my own mayonnaise and generally master the art of cooking Beef Bourguignon. Not too interested killing lobsters, tho'.

  • After months of searching in this brave new economy, my brother finally got a new job. Huzzah! With benefits and everything!

  • Got a flu shot this morning. Not the "The Stand" Super Flu vaccine the media's been going on about, the one involving pigs or birds or komodo dragons, just the regular old flu. When asked if they were going to get that vaccine, they only shrugged their shoulders.

  • Starting to get real reference questions at the desk, now that Drop/Add is over. Got a bunch of Criminal Justice students in here, asking about serial killers. At least, I hope they're Criminal Justice majors...

  • Did my first instruction session today. Found out that the professor (who has a doctorate) was an undergrad at University of Northern Iowa when I was working there ten years ago. God I'm old.

August 21, 2009

What I've Been Reading

  • The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian, by Rick Riordan. The last two books of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. Concluded satisfactorily (he also gave himself room for sequels. Very wise).

  • D'aulaires' Book of Greek Myths. Because all that Greek mythos got me wanting to read my Ur-text on the subject.

  • Predictably Irrational, by Dan Ariely. Discusses an interesting number of ways you can be manipulated without realizing it. I don't always agree with his conclusions, but one things for sure: if you know what They're trying to get you to do, it's much easier to step around it.

  • The Sensational Spider-Man: Feral. Spider-Man's second series, right before it all fell apart in the Marvel Civil War.

  • Essential Daredevil, vol. 4. Early 70's second-string Marvel. On the plus side: guest appearances by noted SF types George Alec Effinger and Gardner Dozois (his last name not given, but it's clearly him) and after DD moves to San Fran, Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner (who also appeared in Doonesbury around that time; busy guy). On the down side: lots of hippie inspired villains and the Black Widow, who DD hooks up with after he leaves NY, is remarkably prone to tears for a former Soviet assassin.

  • Final Crisis: Revelations. Pretty art, but I didn't have a clue as to what was up, even allowing that I'd read Final Crisis.

  • Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation. Graphic novel adaptation. Very cool.

  • Mark of the Demon, by Diana Rowland. This I liked quite a bit. It's a police procedural dipped in early (good) Anita Blake and sprinkled with the Devils & Demons section of the AD&D Monster Manual, 1st edition. Funny and a bit gruesome as well. I could totally see Felicia Day playing our heroine.

  • The Somnabulist, by Jonathan Barnes. Does some very interesting & ambitious stuff that reminded me of Alan Moore's From Hell. Don't think he quite pulls it all off, but it's a good try.
  • Reading Right Now: Above World, by Jenn Reese. Go, mermaids!

    August 17, 2009

    Oh, Jemaine

    I don't really see movies these days, since, as you know, I have a small sprout at home. But I'm thinking there'll be an exception for this one:

    Started out a bit problematic for me (I didn't care for Napoleon Dynamite), but then veers into sheer awesomeanousness.

    * * *

    School's back in session. Um, yay?

    August 14, 2009

    With Regard To The Passage Of Time

    Amazing what happens when you expect to be able to get hold of someone whenever you want, isn't it?

    August 06, 2009

    OMG! OMG!

    OMG! Twitter is down! Twitter is down! OMG! OMG!

    Wait, is Twitter down?


    (istwitterdown.com)

    OMG! or Yay! as you see fit.

    August 03, 2009

    J. Jonah Jameson...

    ...is definitely a birther.