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Captain Britain and MI13 #4 (good moments, but kind of disjointed)
Secret Invasion Runaways/Young Avengers (fun but I want more interaction between the teams)

Full reviews as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Work was okay, much later than usual (new guy, the regular one was having a baby or something), but it was a light load and we got done relatively quickly. Plus I have demonstrated that I officially do the work of two men. Since we had 4 skids, 2 dry and 2 frozen, and I do the dry, and 2 guys do the frozen roughly equal size, and we did them both at once, and I finished first. Barely, but still (and I have to put things all over the place instead of just in a freezer). Me manly man! ;)

On the way home, though, well, let's just say it was a bit of an odd day.

I had my first direct experience with bird crap. Luckily, it didn't hit me. Unluckily, it hit my book. Not much, just a little at the bottom, and I had paper around to wipe it clean (and it's an old book), but still a little disconcerting - it must have come in the few inches between the book and my body, since none got on me at all.

Then at outside the used bookstore, I saw a guy either inspecting his tongue in the mirror, or making a weird attempted-erotic come on to his reflection. Then an old man in a pink Ambercrombie and Fitch t-shirt, which struck me as odd for some reason.

But the real weirdness came when I was crossing the bridge. There was a bunch of police cars going by first. Then I noticed they stopped at the bridge. And there was a guy sitting on the curb with a bunch of cops surrounding him. Three bikes, two - maybe they were cop bikes but for some reason my mind said '3 bikes, but only one bicyclist' (the guy at the curb). Then a cop looked over the side of the bridge. And, as I was passing by closer someone asked the guy on the curb if he wanted an ambulance, and another cop replied a few seconds later, "What about the guy that already jumped?" Now, I was a little too short to casually look over the side of the bridge without really being obvious about it, but, yeah, I don't think it's hard to put together at least some of what happened, although since the news doesn't tend to report such things I might never know how it turned out (the bridge was fairly low so it was conceivably survivable). *shrug*
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This week I got two books:

Captain Britain and MI13 #2 (a little too fast paced for me, but enjoyable and my Pick of the Week)
newuniversal: shockfront #2 (conversely, a little too slow, but enjoyable)

Full reviews as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

At the comic store I saw the Heroes action figures, which apparently came out... was tempted to get either Hiro (with sword and super-hero messenger bag!) or Claire (with replacable wounded head and arm), but they were almost $20 each, and, well, on a budget. Maybe if they ever get cheaper. They also had Sylar and Mohinder, and maybe there were others behind those but I didn't see them.

Work was okay, and of course I did the long walk both to the comic store and home. Except, there was a little problem. On the way, I started to feel a little gassy, which, well, happens from time to time and is only a mild concern. Then, later, added to that, I began to feel a strong sense of... let's call it intenstinal urgency. This was not a good feeling, particularly when you're a) about 45 minutes walk from home, and b) in an area without anywhere convenient to duck into for a washroom (an area with homes, apartments, and long stretches of bridges). I managed to hold out across the bridges to get into a McDonalds. After I was done, I bought a double cheeseburger, of course, because, well, they really helped me out and when I use else someone's bathroom I feel guilty for some reason. Now, you might rightly think, "hey... given what sent you in there, perhaps eating McDonald's food was not the best idea there", but I think I know what happened. There was no logical reason for me to have those troubles that day, as I'd barely eaten anything. So, I think I scarfed down that double cheeseburger so fast it broke the speed of light on its way to my stomach, and thus travelled back in time, and caused a predestination paradox.

Edit: Oh, and I think I got a touch of sunburn on my shoulders/neck.
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So, I'm a fan of ImprovEverywhere, but I usually only go to their site when I'm alerted to their shenanigans from some other site like . So today I saw their prank where 200 people froze in place in Grand Central Station for five minutes, and as is my nature, I went back to see if I missed anything else. Well, I did. They had their annual No Pants Subway Ride day... and this time, in addition to the New York one, they had it in Toronto as well, along with something like 8 other cities. How did I not hear about this? Probably because I don't read the papers, since it supposedly made both of our big ones. But yay for Toronto.

I personally never could have gone on No Pants Day due to extreme shyness (I don't even wear shorts in summer), but, still cool. The other new development I missed was that they've set up an Improv Everywhere Global where spinoff groups are sprouting up in other cities. Maybe one day I'll actually get to see an op in progress, or if I ever get some nerve, participate.


The latest selection from Harper Collins Canada's First Look program (where they are willing to send me free advanced review copies of books in exchange for writing up my opinion of them) for this month actually had a book I was interested in. It's a YA book called "Gone", in which everybody over 14 suddenly disappears from the world. I've toyed with similar concepts in my own head and have enjoyed seeing other variations of it (the plague that kills adults, like was done in Jeremiah). So I put in a request for that one. Hopefully I'll get it, and it'll be my second book.


Judging by the commercials, people who like Malteasers are easily amused.


Why Canadian Teachers should be carefully monitored


Crazy snowblowing today.


Lost was last night. Decent episode, although I still haven't had a chance to really 'get into' it again. Hopefully the next few eps will help with that.


I got a "Wow, good for you" from a stranger today. I was at the grocery store after work, and the cashier asked me for my postal code, and if I walked there. Now, either she's stalking me and is now on to getting rather obscure information to make her fantasies extra complete, or it's some kind of market research thing. In any event, she just noted it down, but I guess the woman in front of me in line must have had some idea that my postal code was rather distant from the store, because she said, "Wow, good for you" when she heard I walked. (It's about a 45 minute walk, maybe an hour when the snowfall's heavy and unplowed as it is was then).
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This week I got two books:

Avengers: The Initiative #9 (okay but felt a bit pointless at times)
Ultimate X-Men #90 (my Pick of the Week, the major developments here at least felt like they had something of a point)

Full reviews as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

I also picked up, at the used bookstore, Woken Furies, by Richard Morgan (last book of the Kovacs series), and Otherland, Volume 2: River of Blue Fire by Tad Williams.

Work was okay, came fairly early actually and wasn't too heavy, although the usual annoyances due to the renovations.

Since I had comics I did the full walk around, which was even more painful this time around because of the horrid windchill. Now, granted, it wasn't as bad as it's been in some parts of the country (-50, man), but it was pretty annoying for a 2 hour walk,
and particularly since it seemed to follow me around and blow in my face no matter which way I was walking. For a good portion of it I had to don my vigilante identity, the Red Toque again, pull it down entirely over my face, hook it under my chin, and walk around like that. If my book was smaller I would have tried to read while walking while having a toque over my eyes, just to freak people out.

Also on the walk, I did have an interesting idea I'm going to have to play with somehow. Sort of a superhero/team concept, inspired a tiny bit by a novel I read as a young kid and now can't remember anything but the base premise of it. Unfortunately if I mention the premise I'll possibly have given away the idea, so I'm going to keep it to myself a bit until I decide what to do with it.

Things I saw on the walk home: A poster of an Ood, from Doctor Who, just lying there on the ground. I almost picked it up, but it was really frayed around the edges.

And, posted just for the sheer wtfishness of it, some Dream Foo! Read more... )

And now, delicious cake.
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This week I got one book:

Astonishing X-Men #24 (okay but this last arc's not worth the waiting)

Full reviews as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Work was a pain. Late, and due to renovations it's a more annoying job even though the load's lighter.

Almost took the subway home (from the comic shop, anyway), due more to lateness than any tiredness, but I decided to press on. I'll need the fitness if I ever go on the long walk. Speaking of walking, did help me develop some ideas... unfortunately, they're mostly ideas for the story I'm editing now. Which is good in one level, since the story involves rapid technological progress and I was needing to add more tech stuff to the background, but I worry the story might already be getting too bloated as it is. Maybe the story's beyond my capabilities to tell well at this point, but oh well. And of course, it's a problem because that story's in the editing stage, and since tomorrow is the start of another writing cycle I need either completely new stuff to work on, or new ideas for older stuff, and I didn't get much of those. Ah well.

Also on the walk home, I wanted to check the time, and I saw a phone booth, which usually displays it. Except when I got there, it said, "Please hang up receiver". So I did. And then it immediately changed to "Please pick up receiver." No. Just because I do you a favour, doesn't mean I'm your little puppetmonkey. Make up your mind. Anyway, then it put the time up.

On other fronts, I'm still enjoying the Sarah Connor Chronicles quite a bit. It's going in directions I don't expect, which is often a good thing (though I still hope it goes in a couple directions I expect). And bonus points for a mention of the Singularity.

And, I suppose I should mention something about Heath Ledger. I'm not a particular fan of his -- by which I don't mean that I had any dislike for him whatsoever, just that I haven't _seen_ a whole lot he's been in. The only real connection I had to him, aside from looking forward to his role as the Joker, was that I used him as the character model/actor for Scuzz on XET. So it does hit me a _little_ more than any other actor that I don't have a particular connection to, so it was something of a shock. I think I actually said "Holy crap" when I heard it on the news. And of course, mostly, it's a tragedy for his family. Must be hard for them, especially with him being fairly young (he's actually younger than me, though I wouldn't have guessed), and him having a young daughter. I wish the best for them in the times ahead.
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First new comic day in a couple weeks. This week I got one book:

New Warriors #8 (okay, still annoyed at too many characters looking alike)

Full reviews as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Work was okay, but new drivers and so they arrived a bit later than usual and the load was heavier. Ah well.

The long walk wasn't bad, though. I just came off a writing cycle. Met my full quota, but I think I'm going to have to throw out about half of it. I worked on 3 stories. One, the one I wrote the most on, is more or less okay, but I still have to decide where I'm going with it and how to finish it. One of the others I need to revise drastically as I finally decided who the viewpoint character needed to be - I sort of wrote it with some kind of vague guy in mind as is, and it won't work. The third, well, there was something that wasn't clicking with it, and on the walk today I figured out what it is. Read more... )

So, Sarah Connor Chronicles. Episode One was similar to the pilot I saw, luckily. They changed a bit but not what I feared they'd change. The only big disappointment was the recasting of one of the characters - I liked the old actor much better. Second ep kept up the plot very well. I'm enjoying the show and glad it's done decently in the ratings. It's not perfect - there are a few potentially big glitches in the concept and the couple eps we saw, not to mention that you have to shut your brain off anytime they mention a timeline that's in any way supposed to match with the movies because it just doesn't no matter how much you try. Treat it as an alternate universe or rebooting where that much makes sense. But it's enjoyable, and love seeing Summer Glau active again.
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This week I got just one book.

Astonishing X-Men #22 (bit disappointing, really)

Full reviews up as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

In books, I picked up Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton, and in not-books, I also broke down and got Serenity: The Collector's Edition. It was the only one I saw at the store. Which I suspect either means it sold really well, or it wasn't ordered very much. Considering I found it in the regular 'Movies starting with S' section, rather than any display for it (and it came out this week, didn't it), I'm expecting the latter. Oh well, hopefully it'll pick up.

I didn't do the full walk, just most of it. After the comic store, it looked like it was starting to rain, and I was running late from work (which was okay, but late), and since I had a DVD and a new comic I figured I'd not chance it (even though my bag is somewhat waterproof), save myself an hour of walking, and take transit. My pre-transit walk was fairly productive though with ideas.

Oh, and didn't really have lunch per se, but had chicken fingers and fries when I got home.
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This week I got two books, but I got them late due to hurting my back on Monday.

X-Factor #21 (My Pick of the Week, low action but still pretty enjoyable)
Ultimate X-Men #84 (some nice developments and much better art than recently, but some glitches)

I wanted to get Deadpool/GLI Summer Fun Spectacular, but it seems it was sold out when I got there. Oh well.

Full reviews up as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

I also picked up Scatterbrain, a book of short stories and nonfiction by Larry Niven for $1, and Odd John by Olaf Stapledon. Odd John's a book I've been looking for for a long time. It's one of the early "mutant superhuman" novels (1935).

I've quite liked some of Stapledon's other work, including Sirius, about a superintelligent dog, so I'm looking forward to see his take on the superman.

For lunch I had a slice of pizza, some samosas (beef) and some spicy fries.

Finally, an update on Back-Out '98!
I did work today. I woke up and I was a little sore. But I said I'd be there, so I went. Took a hot shower first to help loosen the muscles, and then begun the long walk. There was soreness on the way, so I kept repeating, "I am the Master, you will obey me" to my back, to show it who was boss - it had felt perfectly normal before I went to bed, so there was no reason for it to be acting up. At work, I took things a little slower but managed to do it all with no significant pain. So, then it was on to do the long walk for comics and books. Now, I suppose I could have taken it easy and taken the bus or subway. But I have a policy. When I get hurt or sick, I take it and rest up until I'm almost back to normal... and then I punish the part of me that betrayed me by putting it through a trial by fire. When I'm too sick to eat, as soon as I can eat I start with the most spicy and greasy foods I can. And when I am physically impaired, I do a couple hours of walking. That'll learn it. So, I'm tired, and sore now. But, importantly, I'm sore and tired all over, rather than REALLY sore in one particular place. Since I have a furthur two days to rest up before having to work again, I tentatively declare Back-Out '98 to be over!
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This week I just got one book:

Teen Titans #44 (okay issue, glad of one development though)

Full review up as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Also picked up The Naked God by Peter F. Hamilton (last part of the Night's Dawn trilogy).

Skipped lunch, but had cereal for breakfast for those people tremendously curious (golden grahams + sugar crisp + frosted flakes mixed in one).

Work was a pain... later than its been these last few weeks and much heavier, too. So tired. Didn't walk home like I usually do, took the bus for about half of it - this was in part due to fears of an oncoming storm and that I was carrying an 8 pound hunk of pork.

Edit: Oh, and I made some Heroes icons, one I'm rather pleased with but it's spoilery for a part I know at least one person on my flist hasn't seen yet so I don't want to use it or post it here directly. So I'll just post a link to my non-comic icon list where they're kept.

Oh, and it's 10 days till my birthday. and Pi Day, apparently.
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This week I just got one book:

newuniversal #4 (Nice to see a revival of a later plot point in the original NU)

Full reviews up as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Also picked up a used copy of The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F. Hamilton because it was cheap, even though I haven't read the first book of the series yet.

Work was okay... showed up earlyish and was a lighter load, so went well. Walked home, making this the first complete circuit-walk (apt to comic shop to eaton centre bookstores to work to home) in the new apartment.. which is about 6 blocks more walking than it was before. And you might not think and extra 6 blocks would be much more tiring, but surprisingly it is.
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This week I just got one book:
X-Factor #15 (My Pick of the Week by default, though I was a little disappointed in how they wound up handling the premise)

Full reviews up as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Work was okay but heavier than usual and didn't get there early, so a bit of a drag. Skipped lunch again.

Reasonably productive walk, gave me some ideas for things to work on during my next writing cycle (which starts tomorrow).
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This week I got 2 books:

Runaways #22 (My Pick of the Week even though I have some worries with the ending)
X-Factor #13 (pretty entertaining issue with a nice look at one or two characters in particular)

Full reviews as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Skipped lunch, had a big dinner the night before with my mom (more on that in a future post) and was feeling a bit logy.

Work was okay.

Did the full walk, no ride home for me again, yay. Anyway, did some thinking on the walk and did get a few ideas but, although I'm meeting my word count, I'm hitting a bit of a creative wall all the same. The multiple universe story fell apart on me. I still want to do it, but I have to approach it from another way and I'm not quite sure what that way is yet. So I put it on ice. And yesterday I worked a bit on a couple others, but none really flowed very smoothly. I found myself writing to fill up space and add to the word count rather than actually progressing the story. So I dunno. I did have one fun idea but I'm not sure what I want to do with it yet, might just be a drabble. We'll see how things go tomorrow.
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This week I got 4 books:

Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways #4 (some good moments but some of my previous problems with the mini continue)
Teen Titans #40 (enjoyable but didn't have the impact it should have)
Ultimate X-Men #76 (not bad)
Wisdom #1 (My Pick of the Week, I'd almost like to see this an ongoing, but have some problems with the art)

Full reviews up as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

For lunch I had a hot corned beef sandwich with mustard, and a little bit of vielnic w/cheese.

As for work...

Well, the day started out so nicely.

There was fog. Read more... )
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Just one book for me this week:

X-Men: Phoenix Warsong #3 (Some interesting stuff going on, a bit
scattered plotwise, but still liking it)

Full reviews up as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Also picked up Olympios by Dan Simmons (sequel to Illium, which I haven't yet read, but Olympius just came out in Paperback last month, is still on the 'new releases' shelf for SF, and I found it in a used bookstore for less than half price, score! Couldn't resist) and in the 'last chance' bin, Worlds that Weren't, a collection of four alternate history novellas by various authors who do that sort of thing, for $4.

I should do a full Book Foo in the near future, also.

For lunch I had a hot cappocolo sandwich. Work was okay. Learned the truck driver'll be switching off that run at the end of the month, so I guess the changeup has started again. Too bad, I like all the drivers I work with. Dunno if all of them are being changed, but there's a chance of it at least.

Lessee, did the full walk, eschewing the bus home once again. Thoughts while walking ranged from rpgs to story ideas and the occasional depressive thought loop that I tried to cut off with random daydreaming before they got too bad.
newnumber6: (otp)
Just one book for me this week:

Daredevil #90 (Okay. That's about it, really)

Full reviews up as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Also, I hit the used bookstores today and picked up 5 books for $2.50:

The Stainless Steel Rat, by Harry Harrison
When Gravity Fails, by George Alec Effinger
The Year's Best Science Fiction 1975
Heechee Rendezvous, by Frederik Pohl
Morlock Night by K.W. Jeter

In another used bookstore I also finally found and picked up a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Now maybe I'll be able to get what all you loony freaks are talking about sometimes. ;)

Work was okay, a bit heavier than usual, but he got there early.
I skipped lunch. I think my body is telling me to cut down on my caloric intake as I've been a bit uninterested in lunch lately. Or maybe I just need to buy better food. In any event, I listen to my body, so I skipped it, and just had a muffin at work.

Did the full circuit walk today because I just missed the bus on the way home, and when that happens it's usually quicker to just walk it.
Plus I save on busfare, which means that effectively either I got the comic or the first 5 used books for free! ;). Along the way I mostly though about the Marvel campaign I might run for my brother and his gf. Just sort of mentally throwing around ideas. Also came up with a story idea I might want to work on.

Oh, and dream foo, in which I kill someone.
Read more... )
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This week I got 4 books:

Birds of Prey #99 (despite myself I find myself liking the 'new Batgirl')
Cable & Deadpool #33 (usual level of quality for the title)
Runaways #21 (my Pick of the Week, can't wait to see how it goes from the closing)
X-Factor #12 (less enthused with this issue than the last, but there's still a pretty cool moment)

Full reviews up as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Also picked up a copy of Ilium, by Dan Simmons, at the used book store, because, well, used bookstores are like catnip to me... they do nothing for me, but stone my cat. No, wait. Uhm, they're like potato chips, I can't stop at just one! Well, that's almost true, but not what I'm going for. They're like popcorn, delicious, and better salted.


I'm sorry, my similies seem to be on the fritz today, check back later.
The point is that I saw it in a used bookstore, so I got it.

For lunch I had the last of the turkey salad from Thanksgiving, in sandwich form.

And of course did the long walk thing today (though didn't walk all the way home from work). Most of the time during the walk my mind was composing replies to this thread on Newsarama which started with a simple question but then turned into a debate about copyright and the necessity of the public domain. I couldn't resist, because that topic is actually one of very few issues that I care passionately about, think there is 100% a right side and a wrong side, and yet I always feel that for some inexplicable reason I'm in the minority (well, considering people who are opposed and the much larger number of people who simply don't care or think about it at all as the same 'side', since they're usually a large number of "don't cares" leads to the other side winning more easily. The other issue like that that comes to mind is, of course, AI rights (I'm pro, as all of you should be. It doesn't matter if there's no AIs yet). Anyway, I don't generally get into online arguments (even civil ones like this one has been so far)... I dunno, I always have this feeling that I'm really bad at arguing. Here though I think I've done a fairly good job, at least in my own opinion.

Oh, and I seem to have developed a spontaneous new friend, so hello!
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This week I only got 1 book:

Ultimate X-Men #75 (interesting twist, and a fun backup story)

Full review up as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

For lunch I had a kielbassa sandwich.

Work was okay, actually, truck got there a little early.

and, despite the rain (which only got me at a point of no return, where I couldn't hop on a bus to get there quickly), I actually did the complete walk today- to the comic store, from the comic store to work, and from work to home. That's something like 2 hours walking.
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This week I only got 1 book:

Phoenix Warsong #2 (I'm certainly interested to see where the story's going)

Full reviews up as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Skipped lunch. Had fruit whirls for breakfast, and a donut at work though. Work was okay.

Didn't do the full walk to work on account of rain, but I made it to the comic store before the rain started anyway. On the walk did some thinking about my RPG character and campaign, and also tossed around some ideas for a story to go with if I decide to do NaNoWriMo. Didn't find any I want to settle on though, at least not yet.

Lost and Jericho tonight at least.
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This week I just got one book:

Ultimate X-Men #74 (not bad, with a nice ending that makes it more interesting)

Full reviews as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

For lunch I had a spicy mortadella sandwich.

I thought since it was raining I probably wouldn't walk today and just take the bus.

Except, it wasn't raining when I left, Read more... )

Oh, and oddly, on my way to the comic shop, I passed one of my high school teachers on the way. He taught drama and a couple of my english classes. He's also pretty much the only teacher I've seen since leaving high school - a few years back I met him in a bakery, after I'd graduated. Kinda weird to see the same person twice. I mean, it's a big city. Outside of planned meetings and places of likely intersection (university, or in the old neighborhood), I've only met like maybe 5 people from my high school randomly, at most, and now one of them I met again. Though I suppose the odds aren't any worse that I'd see him again than that I'd see any other particular randomly selected person.

Anyway, we didn't talk, but there was a mutual nod of recognition, which is odd cause when we met the first time I was sure he didn't even remember me.

At work there was some minimal social interaction spurred on by my hiding up on a high shelf to read - some of the newer people to the store saw me up there and got a little scared, and had a short pleasant conversation with one of them (albeit, it was mostly on the topic of how I got up there and why I was there, but it was longer than such conversations usually are).
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This week I just got one book:

Runaways #19 (My Pick of the Week! Good to see mourning, and some interesting stuff set up for the future)

Full reviews as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Also picked up at a bookstore a SF book, "Appleseed" by John Clute.
I've never heard of it, but it was in the 'Last chance' bin for only $2 (for one of those oversized paperbacks, and new), so I couldn't resist.

Walk was okay. Walk Thoughts and Observations )

For lunch, I had my first ever Schawarma. And now I can confidently state, that the gyro is far superior to the Schawarma (I stated it before trying it, but that's only natural). The schawarma isn't bad, granted. But it's no gyro. It's not even as good as the mexican gyro, the taco. It's not even as good as many non-gyro-ish foods like KFC.

I only tried the 'meat schawarma' so it's possible the chicken one is superior, but I prefer meat to chicken (if they don't consider their chickens meat, neither will I).

Why did I eat a schawarma instead of eating something at home? Well, that's because for lunch I'd arranged to meet someone from high school. Read more... )


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