Books, code, films and a rainy day.

On Friday night Bill took me to a great used book store just off Ponce and North Highlands. I was very excited to get to browse a good second hand store, but very disappointed when I didn’t find any of the books on my ever expanding wishlist. Apart from that is, the only book I did actually recently go ahead and order. It’s just Sod’s law that the store had not one but two copies of Futura, and at a much lower price than I plumped for paying. Rats!

We had decided to spend our Friday night at the drive-in watching The Incredibles and National Treasure but it seems I am cursed because as soon as we had decided to go it started raining, and has yet to stop.

Back at the house we pulled out our DVD of K-Pax and snuggled up to watch that instead. We bought it second hand a while ago but for some reason it just kept getting pushed to the back of the shelf as we never really felt quite like watching it. With nothing decent on the telly and our movie plans foiled we decided to give it a try.

Having read, and really enjoyed Gene Brewer’s novel, I was a little bemused as to how it could be turned into a screenplay and was very skeptical as to how it would be approached. However, I was very pleasantly surprised and really got sucked in to a very engaging and touching film. Nicely done and a total contrast to the the last film we watched which was another film I really thought I wouldn’t like much, but did.

Hidalgo is an epic, supposedly true, tale of one man and his mustang’s dangerous endurance race across Arabia. As it is set in 1890, the mustang is a horse, rather than a Ford, sorry Dad, and although it’s all very horsey I really got into it. (Maybe Viggo Mortensen (aka Aragorn of Arathorn) helped?!)

I’ve been doing my best to catch up on ActionScript 2.0 lately and even went and bought a book on the subject for once. It’s making my head spin, but I’m proud to say I’ve just written an AS 2.0 class, and it works. Hoorah!

Oooh, got a package in the post to cheer me up and divert me from code today. I had a spur of the moment bid on Ebay the other day and am now the proud owner of a 99 cent copy ofThe KLF’s The White Room. Sweet! Still rainy and horrid outside, but inside I am bouncing to the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu!

6 Responses to Books, code, films and a rainy day.

  1. fart_pellet November 24, 2004 at 1:07 am #

    KLF

    Wow, blast from the past, I have that album on vinyl. Also have a copy of Chill Out which is fantastico. And then there is the Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld double album special classical pressing, and then…..

    Now look what you’ve done, you’ve started me talking about retro ambient cheese.

    I liked K-Pax also although I haven’t read the book so I can’t compare the two. Kevin Spacey really does it for me though, especially after seeing the Usual Suspects.

  2. fart_pellet November 24, 2004 at 1:07 am #

    KLF

    Wow, blast from the past, I have that album on vinyl. Also have a copy of Chill Out which is fantastico. And then there is the Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld double album special classical pressing, and then…..

    Now look what you’ve done, you’ve started me talking about retro ambient cheese.

    I liked K-Pax also although I haven’t read the book so I can’t compare the two. Kevin Spacey really does it for me though, especially after seeing the Usual Suspects.

  3. strangepixel November 24, 2004 at 8:05 pm #

    Oooh more books to peruse and add to my wish list too, thanks for the inspiration! Btw I wouldn’t bother with Japanese Graphics Now! Unless it’s cheap, sadly it’s nowhere near as nice as the Jpg one, [I have both now]…

    Have fun with the rural hippy ravers!

    ps have you seen the giant Zaha Hadid boxset yet, it’s insane!

  4. strangepixel November 24, 2004 at 8:05 pm #

    Oooh more books to peruse and add to my wish list too, thanks for the inspiration! Btw I wouldn’t bother with Japanese Graphics Now! Unless it’s cheap, sadly it’s nowhere near as nice as the Jpg one, [I have both now]…

    Have fun with the rural hippy ravers!

    ps have you seen the giant Zaha Hadid boxset yet, it’s insane!

  5. missbumpkin November 25, 2004 at 7:00 pm #

    Ooh, a horsey film to look out for – possible Xmas pressy for my horsey family – Cheers!

  6. missbumpkin November 25, 2004 at 7:00 pm #

    Ooh, a horsey film to look out for – possible Xmas pressy for my horsey family – Cheers!

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