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The Night is Dark and Full of Terrors

My birthday month passed by in a blur of activity. July won’t be quite as punishing though there are plenty of happenings lined up that will serve as mile markers. I don’t want to write July off as just filler, but I’m really looking forward to August’s activities.

Five items of note:

  • Yesterday Google Reader DIED. I am sad. I know a lot of this blog’s readers were active users of it.
  • It’s my fault. The poor boyfriend wanted to savor the Game of Thrones episodes but I forced us to binge and we raced through season three. Now we have to wait for season four, just like everyone else. Speaking of HBO shows…allegedly the HBO adaptation of American Gods is still in the works. But recent reports that HBO had officially greenlit the project were false. According to Neil Gaiman himself it was just wishful thinking / idle speculation. That’s too bad.
  • I’ll watch this. Of course. A day in the life of Nick Cave: 20,000 Days on Earth, a documentary about the singer by the artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, creates a fictionalised 24 hours in his life in which he watches Scarface with his 12-year-old sons and drives Ray Winstone along Brighton seafront
  • Another little bit of the lost Twin Cities came to light with the recent release of this book: Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront. I’m sure it’s an interesting read.
  • Cuteness Inspires Aggression, a scientific look at the universal desire to squeeze baby animals, hard. And more human psychology - Chest Hair, Breast Milk And Human Disgust. And lastly, Grandma’s Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes: Your ancestors’ lousy childhoods or excellent adventures might change your personality, bequeathing anxiety or resilience by altering the epigenetic expressions of genes in the brain. Fascinating ideas.

It’s a short work week leading into this long holiday weekend. Which is already overbooked with CONvergence 2013, Bathysphere: A Psychonautical Voyage at First Avenue and too many friends’ gatherings to count.

Doug, looking menacing

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