Jibber Jabber, Movies, Books & TV Shows

Magazines

The pile of unread magazines have grown quietly and steadily in the past weeks. It is getting on my nerves…

This means that it is time for the remedies. There will be no library visits in the near future, an hour every morning dedicated to reading at least one magazine, and very limited computer time. Maybe I can even throw in an hour of reading time in the evening.

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Belgium, Movies, Books & TV Shows

Movie In The Woods

Last evening after dinner, D and I biked to his parents house, parked our bikes, then walked to a small forest nearby. We joined a handful of people and watched a 90-minute Belgian animated film called ZOOks.

The ecologically-themed animation was enjoyable. The forest an enchanting location. It was a cosy gathering despite the fast dropping night temperature. 

After the film, a couple of drinks each, and saying goodnight to the parents, D and I biked back home. On our way back, D’s back light fell off. The old thing just dropped off and went ‘kaput’. Time to buy a new one.

Movie in the woods. Done it and may cross that off…

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Movies, Books & TV Shows

Seveneves

Currently, I am reading (listening to) the hard science fiction novel known as Seveneves. This is not my first encounter of the works by Neal Stephenson. A few years back, I have read Snow Crash, a novel containing high speed chases, virtual worlds, avatars, robot dogs, and etc. Admittedly, I can no longer remember most of the storyline nor the ending of the novel.

Seveneves on the other hand will be more memorable. Reason being that there is a specific geeky part in my brain that caters to remembering stories related to the survival of humanity through intelligence and resilience.

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Belgium, Movies, Books & TV Shows

Robo Sapiens

I am currently watching episode four of a 6-part documentary called Robo Sapiens. Even though I have always wished for a world filled with robotic helpers, I cannot help but get a bit freaked out by the current development in robotics and artificial intelligence. Maybe the tone will change to be a bit more optimistic at the end of the series? One can hope…

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Belgium, Events, Movies, Books & TV Shows

FACTS 2018

During the 90s when I was a student in Kalamazoo Michigan, I got completely hooked on The X-Files. I watched the series faithfully every week until I left the United States for Malaysia at the end of 1994. Fortunately for me, The X-Files was so popular that it was also broadcast back home, with only a one-year lag. My youngest brother and I watched the series together. We often got freaked out, quite confused, but loved every bit of it. M left for college in the late 90s and I went back to college for the second time in 2001. Our college lives simply made watching TV a low priority activity and something that we no longer have time for. Nevertheless, my fascination for the series and its characters never wane.

Today at FACTS, I attended the Q&A sessions of Manu Bennett (Crixus from Spartacus), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington from Stranger Things), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark from Game of Thrones) and Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully from The X-Files)! This year’s FACTS was fun, interesting, entertaining and all that. But at this moment, only one thought burns in my head – Holy crap! I just saw Agent Scully!

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Health, Movies, Books & TV Shows

Repotting & Reading

For the past two weeks, I have been experiencing mild lower back pain. The culprit is known – my science fiction e-books! To read, I have to sit. And to read long intense stories of space adventures means sitting down way too long.

So this morning, I made the decision to not read even if I have the chance to do so. Instead, I occupied myself with some light household chores. I also took on a task of transplanting and repotting some of my house plants. I planted the sad looking pansies into the flower bed under the bird house, knowing that it will probably die anyway. The potted Chrysanthemums I got for free were planted next to the hibiscus. These stand the chance of surviving spring and summer. I moved my young avocado plant into a bigger pot. Also did the same for the tough little Christmas plant.

Time to reward myself now. Time to finish up the first book of a Chinese science fiction trilogy: The Three-Body Problem.

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Movies, Books & TV Shows, Quotes

Bobiverse

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.
~George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

I am currently reading a trilogy by Dennis E. Taylor. By doing so, I am exploring and travelling through the Bobiverse. And wow, this is turning into an incredible journey!

 

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Movies, Books & TV Shows

Difficult Books

Since young, I have this tendency of reaching for reading materials that is a bit ‘out of my league’.

Reading English story books was a challenge when one was only eight years old growing up in Lahad Datu. Then one day, I was breezing through these. At the same time, I was also reading comic books and fairy tales in Chinese. The complexity of the Chinese language and culture did not deter me, it was too much fun to give up. Then there were cook books with foreign and unknown ingredients, old history books with epic tales, and my mother’s business motivational books. I encountered mysteries, fantasies and science fiction in my early teens and never let go of the latter. Borrowing text books belonging to a classmates older sister, I was into Malay literature for months.

Living in Belgium, reading materials in Dutch was a necessity turned habit. After a while, whatever I read will just translate into knowledge, awareness, and information – regardless of the language. Give me something to read, anything.

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