Milk and Cigarettes

Rambles about stuff I like.

The Nostromo vs. Midnight’s Children

I changed up the Jazz Cigarettes widget. Now it suggests articles based on the number of likes it gets, rather than the number of clicks it got in the past 48 hours. That widget was looking pretty lonely when I had it based on clicks. Now it’s a bunch of stuff about goals and a couple about Mr. Honey Bunches. Nothing about how much Castle sucks and Stana Katic also sucks and that jazz. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to write better rants that resonate with more people. Either that, or face the fact that most people like Castle, and think Stana Katic is a perfectly fine actress, and her character “Beckett” isn’t a moody bitch at all.

One thing we can all agree on is just how wonderful Nathan Fillion is.


Oh he’s just such a dreamboat.

Firefly isn’t coming back. Wash died in Serenity. I have to accept these things.

Anyhoo, since I finished The Outsider yesterday, I have to choose a new fiction book to read. I was going to read, “The Nostromo” by Joseph Conrad – partly because it’s a classic, but also partly because the ship in Alien was called the Nostromo. (In fact, if you Google “The Nostromo”, JC’s book result is 4th – there’s 3 nerdy Alien things preceding it.) 

However, I read for 15 minutes yesterday and barely made it 3 pages. Joseph Conrad is a dense read. I’m sure many readers have read “Heart of Darkness”, I think probably his most famous book. The movie “Apocalypse Now” was loosely based on the book, and more than one grade 12 class had to read it. 

I tried stumbling through it one summer, and as I recall, it was also a pretty dense read. 

What do I mean by dense? I mean it’s the sort of book that seems weighed down by its use of language. One has to trudge through the book, stumbling on long, difficult and obscure words, before graping the meaning of a paragraph. It’s necessary to have a dictionary nearby when reading a dense book.

Sometimes a dense book can be absolutely wonderful. I would call, “Midnight’s Children” a pretty dense book, as Rushdie likes to be verbose. But that book, I think, had a very lyrical quality to it. Whereas what I’ve read of Conrad, it seems a lot more chunky and doesn’t flow as well. This might be me being a poor reader, and wanting to fly ahead to the meat of the book without paying too much attention to little details. Although I read Midnight’s Children pretty thoroughly, so maybe not.

In any case, I don’t much feel like continuing on with The Nostromo. I’d much rather read book 4 of the Game of Thrones series. I read the first three books a couple years ago when the show first came on. And I remember starting book 4 and getting part way through it, then putting it down and never picking it up again. Now that the show is pulling information from book 5, I think I’m a lot more motivated to plow through the last two remaining books.

Of course, each of the game of thrones books are a thousand pages long, so it’s not a quick read. Moreover, I’ve got the book on Kindle rather than a hard copy, so once I’m done, I won’t get to add to the satisfying stack of “Read this Year” books I’ve got going on. 

I suppose I might try reading more of The Nostromo until some action starts happening, then give it up later if I still can’t penetrate the language. After all, it was written about 100 years ago. There’s a reason it’s a classic. I’ve just got to push on until I find that reason.


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A ramble about stuff and things

Welp, I figure I’ll have to make a separate blog for my manosphere stuff. I’ll probably create a blog devoted to goals for men – so not only can I devote a blog towards goals and self-improvement, I can also tackle weighty manosphere issues as well. Yeah, that’s what I’ll do.

That’ll probably happen after Saturday. This upcoming Saturday is the final exam for the class I’m teaching. I have one final class today which will be a review of all the stuff we’ve covered. Then a final bank of office hours on Thursday and the final on Saturday. I’ve only got 11 students writing the exam, so I should have all the marks done by Sunday evening. (I’m not used to getting up before 10:00am, and the exam is at 9:00am. So I imagine I’ll be taking a mighty nap once the exam is over – not to mention Saturday is my cheat day! Looking forward to eating some cookies and milk.)

Anyhoo… what else is going on? Haven’t been watching any new TV lately, just grinding through all the old Simpsons episodes. Oh, though I just remembered that I’m 2 seasons behind on Top Gear – so I’ll probably start getting caught up with those tonight.

Top Gear is a fabulous show – I don’t care what the BBC panel shows say. I love Jezza, Hamster and especially James May. Any sort of road challenge the boys do is always good watching. I will say, the worst part of the show is the celebrity interview – guh, I don’t really care what any of the celebrities have to say. Just do your lap, promote whatever you’re hear to promote and get back to racing super cars already!

Aside from EA NHL which I play on a daily basis, I haven’t really been playing any new video games either. I spend too much time every day working on my goals, then when I’m done work, I mostly surf the web aimlessly for a bit and watch Simpsons before I go to bed.

Although I have been playing an hour of Rome: Total War every night. That game is hella fun, but it takes FOR EVER to complete one game. This current game I’m playing I’ve sunk 12 or 13 hours into it, and I’m still nowhere near completed. (Although, to be fair, I do play the game when I’m stoned, so my decision making isn’t as lightning quick as it could be.)

As for books, I’m currently reading Midnight’s Children by Rushdie. It’s been very entertaining so far – Rushdie has a very unique way of writing, at least in this book – and the way he cuts between imagery and narrative is very intriguing to me. One must pay close attention to how he words things to understand what’s going on.

Now, ordinarily with most novels I either read them all in one go, or read a bunch until I get bored and then never pick it up again. But I’ve folded in reading into my daily goals, so every day one of my goals is to spend 15 minutes reading my book. This has been quite a success for me. I haven’t missed a day of reading, and by spending only 15 minutes reading, I always leave myself interested for next time.

It’s like I say with goals; just do a little each day. When it comes to goals, too many people want to go from zero to badass overnight. They say, “starting tomorrow: i’m going to study 4 hours a day, eat nothing but broccoli and steak, go to bed at 8:00pm, get up at 4:00am, work out for 2 hours and not waste time on the internet!” Of course, man is resistant to change – and too much change too fast is overwhelming, and doesn’t lead to lasting change. The best way to change your life is a little at a time.

Inch by inch, anything is a cinch.

Man – cinch. That’s short for “lead pipe cinch” – which is so far removed from my daily experience that I have no idea what it’s supposed to be. I assume it’s some sort of plumbing fastener that is either super strong, or super easy to use. Funny how slang evolves.

Anyhoo, that’s today’s ramble!

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