What I watched: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings. Not having ever been a comic book reader, I hadn’t heard of this particular character, so I had no preconceived notions. It’s an entertaining, pretty standard, Marvel movie. It was certainly one of the funnier ones I’ve seen. If you’re looking for a couple of hours to sit back and escape for a bit, this one hits the mark.
What I read: Destiny’s Road by Larry Niven. This book was within the Heorot universe, but didn’t have anything to do with the Heorot Series itself, so I decided to read this one last. It’s…kind of slow actually. It takes place on another planet that humans have colonized, but one of the more interesting aspects of this plot is that at some point the inhabitants have lost the knowledge of the original settlers, so their technology is breaking down and they don’t know how to fix it. These techs are referred to as “settler magic” by the characters to give you an idea of just how far down the ladder they’ve fallen. It’s a good story, just not as action packed as the Heorot Series books.
What I listened to: Our latest stop on the best engineered albums of all time brings us to Zenyatta Mondatta by The Police. Recorded in 1980 and engineered/produced by Nigel Gray, this is another one of those albums that shouldn’t sound as good as it does because of the circumstances surrounding its creation. This album was recorded while the band was performing here and there, and was finished the day they left for a world tour. The band themselves weren’t particularly happy with the album which is probably why they recut a couple of the singles during a short-lived reunion in 1986. But the reality is that this album still kicks some sonic ass.
I plan to start putting our tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants into the cold frame for a few hours today. It’s still stupid cold for the end of April, so they’ll only go out there for a few hours before I bring them back in again. I’m growing fewer plants this year because it’s getting to be too much work. Besides, I still have a shitload of canned goods from last year’s garden.
So, what’s your plan? What have you been reading, watching to jamming to? Tell us all about it.