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21 October 2005 @ 08:49 am
Feeding the cat this morning I had a Streets song demonlooping in my brain (with slightly different words: ./~ Kitties need feedings ./~) ... looks like I've got my musical theme for the day already ;)

Civ4 went gold yesterday, it seems, so I think the release date is next week (well it's next week for the States, so hopefully here too) ... Quake 4 on the other hand is out today - so off into town I go this afternoon, hopefully HMV aren't too expensive otherwise I'll feel cheated out of some of the vouchers ;) We'll likely still be playing Quake 3 online for a while though - we're only getting one copy today, if it runs well on my machine (should do) and if it looks like multiplayer will be worth it we'll get a second copy.

I belatedly realised last night that three icon contests close today ... so I entered some that I'd already done for 100contest, though I lacked sufficient inspiration for more than two - the photos were all very similar so everything I tried to make looked similar. I flung something together for icon_vibes too, though I'm not sure I really understood what the theme was for ... we'll see. Entered a blend for blendify__ too even though that doesn't close till next week, I'd finished it though, so figured I might as well. Haven't done anything for travel_icontest ... maybe do something last minute tonight, while J plays Q4.

Finished "Science Fiction: The Best of 2003" (edited by Karen Haber & Jonathan Strahan) on Monday. It was a good collection of stories - the standout favourite for me was the Neil Gaiman story "A Study in Emerald" which starts out just like a Sherlock Holmes story ("A Study in Scarlet" to be precise), but then neatly nosedives off into the deep end. Very well done. Finished "Lord of Light" by Roger Zelazny yesterday - got it out of the library coz Zelazny is one of those authors people rave about, but I'd not read anything by him. I actually wanted one of his Amber series, but couldn't find them in the library. I wasn't that keen on "Lord of Light" - it reminded me of my feelings about "To Reign in Hell" by Steven Brust, nice concept, shame about the execution. In this case the concept is a re-creation of the Hindu religion/pantheon on a colony world and the collapse of this regime, but the way it's told left me feeling distant from the action, and feeling like I should've read a couple of textbooks about Hinduism to understand some of what was going on. Not a bad book, but didn't especially grab me either. Leaves me wondering if I should bother trying to track down one of the Amber books.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: The Streets "Original Pirate Material"
peagles on October 21st, 2005 09:56 am (UTC)
I won't get to play Q4 until next weekend at the earliest and that assumes that I'll go collect my copy from the office en route home from Paris.

J sent me a link to a review last night - the graphics look very pretty.
Margaretpling on October 21st, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
You mean you might not go pick it up? I'm in shock ;)

It be pretty - even on the low settings my poor little machine can manage ;) Mind you, I've not tried whacking the settings up yet.
peagles on October 21st, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
It is highly likely that I'll go pick it up, but I tend to want to get home asap when I'm taking the last flight home from somewhere.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how pretty it looks on my PC.
contents under pressure / handle with care: sanrio - readinggraphxgrrl on October 21st, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)
I have my Civ4 pre-ordered, so I'll be good to go on an email game for that as soon as it comes out. (I am hoping to find my Civ3 disc this weekend though, as my office reorg is nearly done.)

I have mixed feelings on Zelazny. I have a book that's all the Amber novels in one, and I've read them, enjoyed them, and not reread them. And that's kind of my gauge on how well I enjoyed a book--I don't feel compelled to reread it ever again. I know people rave about Amber, but I wasn't super impressed.

But then, I'm also the heathen who has read the first two of GRRM's books but likely won't be picking up the rest. I got bored.
Margaretpling on October 21st, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
Yay :) ... you'll get the game before us then, I think, don't US games come out on Tuesdays? UK ones come out on Fridays, so I won't get it till next Fri at the earliest.

Mmm. What people rave about is the prose style, too - hence my doubts, now. Shame we're not vaguely in your vicinity, I could borrow your book ;) I know what you mean about re-reading, I try to only buy stuff that I'm going to re-read (obviously, sometimes I mess up on that, but that's the theory).
contents under pressure / handle with care: sanrio - readinggraphxgrrl on October 21st, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
I honestly have no idea, I have had a vague idea in my head that it comes out on the 28th, but it doesn't give a date. Helpfully.

Well, if you've still not read it by the next time I'm out that direction I'll bring it for you to borrow. Admittedly, that's likely to be sometime in late 2006 at the earliest. ;)
contents under pressure / handle with care: feelings - black pawngraphxgrrl on October 21st, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
Er, a date on my receipt.
Margaretpling on October 21st, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
I'll keep an eye out in the library, but I'll likely not reserve it, so I may end up wanting to borrow it, thanks :)
susancsusanc on October 21st, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
Margaretpling on October 21st, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
Going round and round in my head - just the one line of the song, stuck. Till I listened to the whole thing, anyway.
susancsusanc on October 21st, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
Ooohhhh! Gotcha. Cute. May I use it?
Margaretpling on October 21st, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
Sure - it's not original to me, either :)
susancsusanc on October 21st, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
Ta. ;)