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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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What's been going on

Let's see... Saw Master and Commander with some friends. Opinions were mixed. I really liked it, others thought there wasn't enough plot (which, I admit, is something of a problem). But Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany were tremendous as Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin (the Captain and Surgeon, who's friendship is the glue that held the series of novels by Patrick O'Brian together) and I loved all the maneuverings and strategizing that made up the navel battle scenes. Worth noting that in the movie our heroes were after French privateers, while in the novel they were after American ones.

Also saw Lost in Translation, which I thought I was really going to enjoy, but in the end it wasn't quite there for me. It's a subtle movie, and maybe I was too tired that night to pick everything up. Bill Murray's performance was wonderful however.

Finally getting back into the gym. I've been missing my Monday's pilates class a lot lately, because every Monday something comes up at work, and I can't in good conscience leave early enough to get there on time. I'm too nice a guy.

Science Fiction Book Club meeting last Saturday was Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov, a bizarre Russian fantasy where Satan and his minions visit Moscow one week and leave havoc in their wake. And we find out what really happened at the Crucification. The novel was written in 1938 but not published till 1967, because it's a statement against the repression of the Stalin regime. Apparently it's as huge in Russia as Lord of the Rings is here. I found it difficult to get into, probably because a) it's a translation, and b) a lot of the references were going straight over my head. Tony, who presented the book, is Russian and after his talk about it I think I appreciate it more.

Still working. I should hear about Phase 2 shortly, so I'll know if I'm still going to be there for a while yet. I'm hoping.