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January 3rd, 2004



I just read an article from this week's New Yorker about bringing a sundial to Mars: Final Frontier Department and all of the sudden Martian exploration and sundials seem hopelessly exciting to me.

The first lander, Spirit, is scheduled to land tonight at 8:30 PST. I hope it makes it there safely.



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drinking in the dark

catch-up reading

Perhaps you missed it while on vacation. I picked up a copy when I got back into town and have finally gotten around to reading The Stranger's "regrets" issue 2004:

It is absolutely delightful.*


* Except, of course, for the resignation of A. Birch Steen, Stranger Ombudsman & OSHA Board of Governors Member. God. I hope this is only a joke.

toil & trouble

In case you didn't see it before Return of the King, the teaser trailer for Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban [ opening June 4 ] is now online.

Does it look particularly Cuarón-ish? Michael Gambon as Dumbledore? etc.
drinking in the dark


The best reviewed albums of the year for 2003, collected by Metacritic.

Strangely, the album with the best metascore is How the West Was Won by Led Zeppelin, though it isn't on any of the critics' top-ten lists.


(the albums that made me happiest are pretty conventional and are on many lists: the Shins, the Postal Service, Radiohead, the Decemberists, Four Tet, [whatever I'm forgetting])
chair, apartment

the my day post that you love to read

I woke up this morning thinking that the sunlight on the wall was really weird. After falling asleep and waking up again, I realized that I had fallen asleep on the couch with the light on while watching Brazil last night.

I finished watching it out of spite and returned it to NetFlix this afternoon. That DVD was sent to me in August of 2003 and I just got around to watching it. I didn't even like it.

I went to Victrola1 this afternoon to catch up on reading techfee proposals before winter quarter starts. And of course, it is much warmer there than in my apartment [I called Marvin about the thermostat today]. Oh, the sandwich with a funny name (the William Powell) was delicious. And this is coming from someone who hasn't been hungry in the past week.

Now I'm listing to the CDs I bought at Sonic Boom (Explosions in the Sky, The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place; British Sea Power, The Decline of British Sea Power; and the Rapture, Echoes) and being really bloggy.

(1) Incidentally, isn't this a great cafe website? A barista bio page!