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A short update [Jul. 19th, 2005|08:29 pm]
Darth Paradox
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Once again, much love for <ul>.

  • Scatterplot #313 is up.

  • Today I put a deposit down for the apartment. It's mine! Yay! I'll have the boxes and such moved in next Wednesday or Thursday. After that, I'll be unpacking for a few months.

  • Broomball practice tomorrow. I seem to have been designated one of the team's primary strategists. We'll see how wise that is. We've got some good people on our team, though.

  • I started Angels and Demons today on the way home. Got about 40 pages in. The plot seems interesting, but the writing is pedestrian. He seems to think he's being clever, but the effect falls short. And then it's full of little nuggets about things like the fact that linguists have been trying unsuccessfully to make an ambigram out of "Illuminati" for years, but here it is! The fact that the author put it right into the book makes the conceit that nobody could figure it out very, very weak. And of course, as someone with a passing knowledge of the Illuminati mythos, the explanations seem dumbed-down (or just plain dumb, sometimes). But the plot seems interesting, so I'll stick with it for now.

  • Met another guy on IRC who works at Amazon (besides dacut, who has accepted the job but hasn't started yet). Interesting.


Anyway, I'm gonna try to script a few more Scatterplots and get to bed nice and early.
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[User Picture]From: mcmartin
2005-07-19 11:02 pm (UTC)
I found The Da Vinci Code difficult to get into for similar reasons.

... not to mention that my notes for Weishaupt Scholars played more entertaining games with the same basic secret history... it makes the OMGSEKRIT parts a bit less impressive.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2005-07-19 11:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah. One of the most irritating parts was when he briefly described the history of the hashishim. He tries to be all dramatic about the revelation that they've become "assassins" - but as someone who already knows that history, it just seemed silly.
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[User Picture]From: kinkyprude
2005-07-20 06:55 am (UTC)
Meh. That's what I say to his books. They're fluff, but they can be fun fluff...if you're not a conspiracy theorist who learned about the shit he's talking about at the knee of your parents.
"Now, remember Chris, when dealing with the Illuminati, it the left hand, and when dealing with the Masnons, it's the right"
If you've never heard of theses organizations, or of these theories, it's like "OMG, MM was marred to Jesus? And they may have had kids?!" And then some families have copies of the Gnostic Gospels on the book shelf.
Ahh, the curse of the educated.
Congratulations on the apartment! It sounds sooo nice.

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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2005-07-20 01:00 pm (UTC)
And then of course their claim that the Illuminati was started by Galileo during the Renaissance is completely silly. Everyone knows it at least dates back to the first millennium (and the cult of the hashishim (which is included in the book, but not (yet - maybe this is revealed later? If so, I bet that annoys me too) as part of the Illuminati)) (wow, that was a lot of parentheses), if not even well before - as far back as 30,000 years ago on the enlightened continent of Atlantis!

Some people just don't get it.

*cough* Anyway, I'll have pictures of the apartment when I move in. I'm looking forward to it.
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