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October 11th, 2009

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01:32 am - Various Events in a Good Week
This week, I purchased and read issue #27 (the finale) of Planetary, the first issue was published 11 years ago – the series took a ludicrously long time coming out, but I loved it. Warren Ellis mostly writes two sorts of stories – fairly grim tales of deeply screwed up people destroying themselves and the people around them, and fairly optimistic tales of heroes cleaning up the messes created by either deeply screwed up characters &/or power hungry monsters. This was very much an example of the 2nd sort of story, and I loved it even more than I loved Ellis' other optimistic stories. Powerful characters both save and drastically change the world for the better is a type of story that (if it's done well) I always love – it's also unsurprisingly my favorite sort of RPG campaign – Becca's first and most successful campaign was an example of this.

This week, I also tried Ethiopian food for the first time in 6 years – it uses clarified butter, and I've been worried that this would cause problems with my dairy allergy (which seems to be to milk protein) if the butter were not fully clarified. However, so far all is well. I've missed it and plan to go back often.

Then, today teaotter & I went to the Portland Art Museum. Their exhibit on modern Chinese design was fascinating. China is rapidly headed towards becoming a first world nation, and is clearly going to be one of the major world powers (if not the major world power) of the 21st century. It's fascinating to see both how similar and how items from magazine covers, to couture clothing, to electronics and toys are in China. I remain intrigued at what it will look like in a decade – given that they have recently been investing quite heavily in solar power and other forms of alternate energy, with luck they'll be facing considerably less pollution than they are now (China currently has the dubious distinction of containing the two of the 10 most heavily polluted cities on the planet ). If they solves their pollution problem, reduce income inequalities, and moderately increase human rights, they'll be at least the equal of the US for places to live (which is admittedly not saying all that much). In any case, looking at a pair of designer sneakers designed around artifacts from a neolithic Chinese site impressed on me one difference between the US, and a nation with many thousands of years of continuous written history.

Also, as I mentioned in this post, I continue to love my ipod Touch. I placed my entire recipe file on it (via the amazing and exceptionally cheap app GoodReader) and today I realized that it was significantly quicker and easier to look up a recipe on my ipod than on my computer. I haven't touched my Nokia n810 in several weeks – it's a lovely device, and I like the keyboard, but the hardware is slower and the software is nowhere near as good. My experience with linux fits well with this xkcd strip and the software was often useful and sometimes good, but never elegant, fast, and smooth.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased

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Date:October 11th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
ethiopian food is quite delicious.

have you tried making it yourself at all? it's something i keep meaning to learn...
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Date:October 11th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Becca and Alice did once for my birthday, it was exceedingly labor intensive.

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