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I started reading American Tabloid by James Ellroy today. It was a birthday present from Ben way back in the heady September times when bank statements were alarming and headbutting York Uni administration was optional but desirable. I'm here to tell you it's badical, radical, wicked and sick. I was almost late for work today because I lost track of time whilst reading it. It's high on my 'I strongly recommend you read these books...are you reading them yet?' list.
Ben, you get sixteen thousand kudos points for having an excellent taste in writers.

Futurama: Bender's Big Score arrived a couple of days ago.
I am happy.
Words are inadequate.
There is a full 22 minute episode of 'Everybody Loves Hypnotoad' which is possibly the best extra on any DVD ever.It's even better than that one on The Phantom Menace where special CGI is used to remove Jar Jar Binks from all scenes, references and plot elements in any of the films and annoying little Anakin is shot dead before he can be given a chance to grow up into whiny-ass emo, 24 hour bitch and general dickhead Hayden Christensen...Oh you didn't get that one? Maybe that's because it only exists on the DVD in my mind.
It's a happy place.

I finished Zelda on the DS.
I'm going to retract a little of my enthusiasm for it after having to play the same temple six times (at least). Someone should tell the designers that there's a difference between going back to a place out of choice to find secret areas you might have missed and forcing you to re-enact exactly what you did ten minutes ago as an essential part of the gameplay.
It's not a bad game, for example the 25% of the game not spent in the Temple of the Ocean King is awesome bit it just gets so repetitive.

More aceness happened in the form of Johnny (my housemate) getting an X-Box 720 and Guitar Hero 3. I can finally feed my addiction. Next stop - the 32" HD TV the uni says we're owed. Sweet.

Motions have been set in place for me and Katie to go to Aberystwyth on the 15th Feb. The driving force behind the trip is Katie's choir are having a reunion but it seems like an ideal excuse to go and see people and have fun and frolics by the sea.
We've currently not sorted any accommodation and I'd just like to take this opportunity to be frank and, well, rude and say Bryn or Matt, do you have any room at your houses? Don't worry if not, we'll sort out a B&B. Just thought there's no harm in asking.

I think that about wraps up what I wanted to say today.

  • So what's on this list of books then? I'm reading The Alchemist at the moment but it's none too long and I want something good.

    Oh, and about Aber, do you know which train you're on?
    • Ah. So you want to know the list?
      Johnathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke is probably at the top at the moment and has been for about a year and a half.
      Also, Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. All of those are aces and should be read by everyone.

      I've been majorly put off The Alchemist by the fact that everyone who's read it and likes it seem to spout off a lot of pretentious bollocks about half-baked philosophy and "affirmation".
      That perhaps says less about the quality of the actual book than it does about people's obsession with 'spiritualism' and quick fixes but it's certainly put me off.
      I do feel bad though about harbouring a near irrational dislike of a book I've never read. Maybe I should see exactly what people see in it.
      The question is: would you recommend it?

      As to Abersandwich - what train are YOU getting? We're completely available for any time really so getting the same one wouldn't be a problem. I believe the journey's abour five and a half hours so maybe the one that gets in at 15:24 on the 15th?
      What say you?
      • I say FaLaBaLam! If we're doing the Big Train[TM] then it means that I'd be getting the train at about 11:30 and Salka would be getting it around 7:00 am in the morning before noon. Yeah, that all sounds reasonable (I hadn't thought it through before typing. You're getting a whole stream of consciousness thing here. Tickle the kippers till Monday.)

        The Alchemist is frustrating in exactly the way you fear. There's a long foreword in which the author explains the premise of the book and it's not like you've got to read deeply into the text to figure out the menaing, he's blatant. More blatant than the cannon's of The Esperanto being used to kill the despair squid.
        • Okay, well, we'll see about that train.
          The one thing I forgot was to ask Katie is she actually has any classes on that day...
          She does.


          There is another train two hours later (which would perhaps be easier on Salka too) which gets us there at more of an early evening time.
          I am aware that there is some sort of event combining the yin and yang of drunkenness and singing on the Friday evening so I don't know how well that would work out either.

          If it comes to it Katie says she doesn't have a huge problem feigning illness to her tutors so it's basically whenever's best for Salka and thee.


          PEACE OUT!
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