March 12th, 2006

Maturin (Master and Commander)


I have made a lot of progress on the apartment. Unfortunately, for the moment it looks very cluttered because I have to call sanitation to pick up a pile of junk I have amassed (old printers, a broken chair, an old microwave, etc.) before I can move the new shelf units into place and put down the new carpeting. There will be a substantial re-arrangement of the kitchen/living room area to maximize space.

Tim had VR'ed the remainder of Battlestar Galactica season two, which I was able to catch up with last night. One of the show's main themes is the conflict between what is right on a microcosmic level versus what is right on a macrocosmic level, and its treatment of this idea in the second season, leading up to a kick in the balls season finale, is fascinating. This is a program about tough decisions in the most extreme situations imaginable, and the way the characters are shaped by their choices and mistakes is brilliant; one could even go so far as to say that Kara Thrace is a character who defines herself by her mistakes. I have to say that it is annoying to hear Tim hype up the show so much, but it usually lives up to it. I really like the Tom Zarek character because he is so ambiguous. You never know if he is going to be a red herring or not. I like that Richard Hatch plays him as devious but personable.

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In other news, suitboyskin and I have gotten our first batch of feedback for the third draft of Ecology, and it has been thus far uniformly positive. One of the parties had read both previous drafts and considered the new version a substantial improvement... and she liked the other drafts.

It is very vindicating.
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