If you like Disease Things (doesn't everyone like Disease Things), the sadly abbreviated two seasons of the BBC's new Survivors are on Netflix or iTunes or somewhere like that. Seriously if you like the post-apocalypse soap opera-y rebuilding civilization while having feelings type drama, then you will eat. this. up.
Also from the BBC in the pulp/sci fi/soap opera vein, Jekyll. (or is it Hyde?) Retelling of the Stevenson thing, OBVIOUSLY. Pulpier than the above. Also downloadable, I'm pretty sure.
You could re-watch Altman's The Long Goodbye, like I just did. OMG that movie is nine kinds of brilliant.
Or getting back to long things, why not watch Kieslowski's whole Decalogue? You've got another day off, right? And come on, you know that shit will rock your OkCupid profile.
I recently moved back to NYC, and it's really striking how much more bikable the city has gotten in the past three years. Bike lanes everywhere, that people use, and that cars mostly seem to respect. Way more bikes on the road. Bike racks everywhere. I have't seen statistics, but it certainly seems like the Daily News is fighting a losing battle here.
This list makes me think the author has good taste in science fiction. (Who still reads Thomas Disch? So cool.) So, which of these are wroth reading?
This is mainly awesome, but Ender's game set in the "far, far future"? I don't think so. Book is way overrated and arguably pro-Hitler, but let's be fair: Set in the far future, it's not.
Is this the worst Awl post ever? Sure, why the hell not.
Can anyone explain what a story like this is supposed to mean? I mean, how could there not be a difference between the brains of lazy and non-lazy people? Where else are personality differences supposed to be located, if not the brain? The ankles? The bile ducts? As far as I can tell, the statement "the differences between lazy and non-lazy people come down to brain chemistry" is exactly equivalent to the statement, "there is a difference between lazy and non-lazy people." Which we kind of already knew?
I suppose the implication is supposed to be that the difference is therefore fixed and immutable. But that doesn't follow anymore than the fact that there are physical differences between athletes and couch potatoes, means that there is no point to exercise.
An interesting thing about the Kindle is that it reads pdfs as well as Amazon's proprietary format. And an interesting thing about pdfs is that literally millions of pdf books are available for free download at library.nu.
Why Nairu decided to become the Somalia of IP piracy I don't know, or how long they can sustain it. But right now, there's really no need to pay Amazon for most of the books you might like to read on your Kindle.