• I had a great chat with Marly about the fall issue of IC last week, which should go out in her next podcast.
  • Massive kudos to Apple and Google for seeing the issue of gay marriage for what it is: a question of civil rights.
  • Speaking of Apple, I’m digging iTunes’s Genius. It’s playlist-making for the lazy or uninspired. What do you think of it?
    • Know what I’m not digging? Bad bad bad DRM. Did you know that if you buy a movie through iTunes you can’t (without use of 3rd-party software) burn it to a DVD so you can, you know, watch it on your television? This is wrong on so many levels. I’m stifling a rant right now.
  • I finally finished reading Watchmen. It is brilliant, though I didn’t enjoy it very much until the end. Despite thinking hard about it over the last few weeks, I can’t figure out exactly what it is that didn’t click with me. It might be as simple as the annoying bit that I didn’t like the art very much. The story is brilliant, and I highly recommend the book.
  • I jumped from that into sci-fi in the form of The Ghost Brigades, which I didn’t enjoy as much as Old Man’s War, but which is worth a read. Scalzi goes deeper into the nitty-gritty of consciousness transfer and how stuff in his universe works, and I’m not so much a details person when it comes to reading sci-fi, favouring plot advancement and character development. That said, he did a bang-up job of fleshing it all out, and my failure to geek out on it is my own, not his. Not to let a storyline run dry, I’m now reading The Last Colony, which is thoroughly enjoyable so far.
  • I’m using last.fm more (painted black, thanks very much). Are you on there? Be my friend!
  • There are two constant themes in the Werker home right now: Halloween and the U.S. election.
    • I love Halloween, but I find it almost unbearably stressful. I don’t know why, and it’s not important enough for me to spend a lot of time figuring it out. The man feels no stress about it, and so I pretty much follow his plan. This year: late-’80s movie pair. I’ll let you guess.
    • I might die from anticipation before next Tuesday. I’m less and less able to keep calm about it. On the one hand, a two-year campaign is obscene and it’s bad for democracy. On the other hand, without such a long campaign, Obama wouldn’t have become a contender. Regardless, I very unreasonably feel like the fate of the world is resting on this election, and I can’t talk myself down from it.
  • Joss Whedon wrote about Dollhouse. So. excited. for. Dollhouse. And also for the last half of the final season of BSG. Time to wrap that baby up, already!
  • Speaking of television, we’re into the second season of The Wire. Good good good.