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On another topic: last night I finally sat down and watched an episode (on YouTube) of the Russian "Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson" series. :) It took forever for the videos to load, which turned out to be kind of neat, because I'd just keep watching the beginning over and over while waiting for the end to load, and I picked up more of the Russian each time. I was rather surprised, actually, how many of the words I recognized, given that we never exactly studied police/crime-related vocabulary in my Russian classes. I really ought to get my hands on some Russian movies/shows to watch. Except that first I need to get my hands on a Region 5 compatible DVD player. :P
I've got to ask, though... is it just me, or is it kind of strange that Holmes and Watson use the formal mode of address with each other? Maybe I have the wrong idea about how these things work, but I would have imagined Holmes and Watson would be close enough to talk to one another на ты
, if not at the beginning of the series then at least by the time of, say, "Hound of the Baskervilles." But it looks like they never switch over. Strange? Not strange?
1. Today, I climbed up on the roof and cut down about 60 pounds worth of branches that were lying on it, and swept away a great mountain of leaves. :) Felt much more productive than going to the gym (which I seem to have stopped doing as of several weeks ago).
2. Monday, as tilly_stratford
reminded me, was Talk Like William Shatner Day, in honor of which my sister and I paused dramatically at each other a great deal, and watched two episodes of Star Trek. Since then we've watched four more episodes, and I'm now endeavoring not to relapse into an obsession, because I really don't have time for that... but god
. That show. I have never in my life been exposed to anything, anything
more addictive and consuming than that show. I can handle drugs, you guys, but one hit of Star Trek and it's all over for me.
3. ( Here, have a book meme.Collapse )EDIT: And now (the 26th) I discover that it is Leonard Nimoy's birthday, and that he is also now 79. I had no idea he and Shatner were born, like, four days apart. o_O
Last night, at like three in the morning, I suddenly woke up, opened my eyes, and thought: "Yes, that
is the overwhelming question. What would
Lazarus say? If one could come back from the dead, what would one say
That's right. Apparently, I was endeavoring to conduct a literary analysis of T. S. Eliot in my sleep
And apparently symbolist poetry is the only
thing my subconscious thinks should be interpreted in a literal, linear way. Go figure.
Anyhow. From hamsterwoman
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I finally watched "The Crooked Man," after waiting as long as I could (and watching "The Naval Treaty" a second time with my sister). Not bad. I mean, it wasn't much of a mystery
, like, at all
-- but that's Doyle's fault.
Watson was better in this one, on the whole, although he had a few moments of headdesk-inducing idiocy right in the middle. I'm starting to get the impression that Watson is just there to keep people from getting too irritated at Holmes' utter disregard for social etiquette. Holmes almost never greets anyone, shakes hands, acknowledges gratitude, or anything of the kind. Luckily, Watson is there to be polite for him.
Anyway, the last scene was pretty adorable. :D
And from hamsterwoman
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(I wrote this a few days ago, thinking I'd be able to get online sooner. It's therefore a bit outdated; I've actually finished reading Moby Dick now, and a post about that is forthcoming. In the meantime, I'm leaving this post as it is.)
Contrary to what most people think, I'm not actually a very prolific reader. At all. In fact, I've read exactly ten books this year -- or eleven, if I finish Moby Dick
before January -- and that includes three short children's novels. I mean, I read pieces of other things… I read about half of a collection of Nathaniel Hawthorne's short stories, several chapters of The House of the Seven Gables
, the first quarter of The 1,001 Arabian Nights
(which I'm still reading; at the moment I'm about halfway through the story of Aladdin), and a few chapters of The Iliad
, The Red and the Black
, and Nietzsche's Antichrist
. I intend to finish reading all of these at some point... hopefully within the coming year...
In any case. Some of you have been trying to "read your height" in books, or read a book for every week of the year, or something of that sort, and then commenting on those books in your journal in little blocks. I've entered on no such ambitious enterprise, but now that the year is out, I figure I'll take a moment to comment briefly on the books I did
manage to read this year. No spoilers, or at least only very minor, oblique spoilers. In the order in which I read them, then:( The Master and MargaritaCollapse )( LolitaCollapse )( One Hundred Years of SolitudeCollapse )( The Dark Tower: The GunslingerCollapse )( Number the StarsCollapse )( The Devil's StorybookCollapse )( The Devil's Other StorybookCollapse )( Lord of LightCollapse )( Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsCollapse )( Guards! Guards!Collapse )( Moby DickCollapse )
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