Saturday Morning Brain Drain [30/5/20]

What I watched: We started watching The Fall on Netflix, a serial-killer/police procedural. If you’ve not seen it, watch this– trust me. It has Luther-esque moments of bad decisions, and pretty darn good character development. It stars Gillian Anderson of X Files fame and Jamie Dornan of Fifty Shades of Grey fame. There are three season and we are only mid-way into season two, so please no spoilers in the comments, okay?

What I read: Grave Humor: A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count), by R.J. Blain. Yet another fun magical/death personification book that verges to young adult. But it had a delightful description of the English language, that I feel compelled to share with you:

“English is the language that takes other languages into dark alleys and mugs them for their loose grammar.”

“Pardon?” “English butchers other languages in dark alleys, taking their words and grammar and claiming them for itself. As a result, us English speakers can’t even figure out how our own language works because it insists on breaking all of the rules. The only consistent rule in English is that every rule has an exception. Then, to make matters worse, it keeps changing. Every damned time I think I get something right, someone goes and decides we should do it a different way. English is a rebellious language.” “You speak a rebellious language?” “Yes. Yes, I do. It’s a vicious, terrible language. It’s completely wild and untamed, and if left unsupervised, I’m certain it will start a revolt for the hell of it.”

What I listened to: Donovan Woods, Way Way Back

And The Bahamas, Alone

What’s new with you? Watch, read or listen to anything good?

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  1. a serial-killer/police procedural. If you’ve not seen it, watch this– trust me. It has Luther-esque moments of bad decisions, and pretty darn good character development. It stars Gillian Anderson of X Files fame

    SOLD! Will be starting to watch this tonight.

  2. Finished watching Homeland, season 8. Good ending. Would recommend.

    Read this great story about how the Nazis were doped out of their gourds. Was interesting to me because I once had a professor who had studied in Germany and had learned that Hitler alone was on roughly 300 different drugs…including four for flatulence.
    https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-very-drugged-nazis?utm_source=pocket-newtab

    Listened to Amy Helm’s 2018 album, “This Too Shall Light.” Excellent.

    • We like Death in Paradise, awaiting season 9 availability. I am too fried to read anything I have to, even book club books. Do you like audiobooks? I’ve been too cheap to go there, but you reccomend?

      • We are on Season 9 – They’ve swapped out the inspector again!
        I tend to do audio books if I have a long drive OR I’m way behind on book club. If I hadn’t already bought this one on Kindle (library was out) I’d probably double down and get it on Audible lol
        I tend to like them more when the author reads it – the book club just read Trevor Noah’s book and I did that one on Audible and it was awesome. So funny!

  3. I’m watching Barkskins. Two episodes in and I’m enjoying it. I read the book when it came out and I forgot some of what happened, so I’m now reading Barskins again. And I’m on day two of listening to sawing, drilling, and hammering in my back yard. In lieu of a summer vacation we’re having our upper deck replaced, electric run to the ground level patio, and a fancy motorized awning added to shade the patio.
    The contractor showed up at 9:30am, only an hour and a half late. These are truly the end times!

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