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  • What's Making Your Day Today?

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  • The Three Body Problem, and the triumphant? return of The Double Ds

    Ok, against my better judgment, I'm mildly optimistic about this one:

    * the immediate, obvious first thought is that this book series is already finished, and, ground which has been tread over endlessly - blah blah Benioff & Weiss mostly did a great job on GoT when they had completed books to work from blah blah.
    I liked The Three Body series a lot, but while there are some decently well developed characters, the books are clearly in the Bradbury/Asimov "big cool science-y ideas" tradition where rich, interesting, complicated characters are really not what the author is interested in. The Double Ds are theoretically capable of fleshing out and improving the characters they are adapting from a book. Or at least assembling a team of writers who are capable of that. This definitely is going to be needed. 

    * They have a person (edit: at least I assume from his name) of Chinese descent who "will join Benioff and Weiss in adapting the book and its two sequels", whatever that means. Hopefully a) he will actually play a very major role in this project and b) he understands both contemporary Chinese society and the Cultural Revolution in a deep enough way to say something interesting about that. This is really what I'm wanting out of this series most of all. 

    * The Chinese author and the excellent Chinese translator of the first and third books are involved in some manner or another. Hopefully they too will play a very major role in this, similar to how The Expanse TV series has worked. 

    * Rian Johnson has some sort of executive producer involvement, which might or might not be significant in the creative development side of things, and which might or might not be positive. 

    Of course, who knows when this will actually wind up being made. Probably never. 

    Anyway, in conclusion, these were instant classic books. Highly recommended if hard sci-fi is your thing. You should read them. 
  • Who Would You Spend Your Day With?

    If you're choosing a real person, y'all should choose David Attenborough. I had the chance to spend a few days with him on a couple of different documentary filmings, and he's as delightful of a human being as you would hope he would be. On one of the occasions, I was there for the sole reason of telling him where not to step on rare plants, but all day long he kept asking me questions about the natural history of that site. I'm almost certain he actually knew the answers to everything was asking, but he has an uncanny talent for making you feel like you are an invaluable and crucial source of information needed to complete his work. 
  • Documentary (Recommendations)

    Chinaski said:
    A Band Called Death
    Haven't seen this, but that was an amazing band with an amazing story. 

    If you've ever wondered what it would have sounded like at the moment when Thin Lizzy decided to stop being Thin Lizzy and instead start becoming Bad Brains, that Death album is that moment. 
  • Documentary (Recommendations)

    About Robert Crumb, the underground comic artist of the 60s and 70s. Man, that dude had a singularly fucked up family, and it really did a number on him psychologically, which he poured out relentlessly into his comics and into his relationships with women. "Neurotic and self-loathing" hardly begins to capture his state of mind. Somehow, though, in his late middle-age Crumb managed to find some way through all that eventually to reach some measure of peace with himself. If you are looking for something in these awful times to feel a little bit better about the human capacity to change for the better, this might be it, although you have to wallow through his years of being a miserable SOB to eventually get to that. Also, it has an absolute top-notch soundtrack of early 20th century blues and jazz, and Crumb's cynicism and sour view of humanity is very charming and funny.