Just returned from seeing Knowing. Good to see Alex Proyas make another movie. He ran an art gallery downstairs in our building when we lived in Surry Hills, and I really enjoyed Dark City (which, together with Existenz, is often described as “the thinking man’s Matrix“). Speaking of movies, we recently visited Wil, and I managed to nab a copy of the two-hour version of The Lord Of The Rings that we put together over a few crazy weeks in 2004. It’s certainly rough, but surprisingly watchable, and fun to view after all these years.
I got Neal Stephenson’s Anathem for my birthday earlier this year, and have recently finished reading it. Awesome stuff. D. and I had previously read the Baroque Cycle together, but I recently realised that she hadn’t experienced any other of his books, so we binged on audio versions of Snow Crash and The Diamond Age. Today we visited Wil, and I spied Cryptonomicon on his bookshelf, so I nabbed it for a re-read (last read it 8 years ago), with the intention of passing it over to D. afterwards. I don’t think I’ll ever own a copy of Cryptonomicon… my PhD supervisor set fire to my first copy (he smokes cigars while reading), and I left the replacement he bought me in Israel (I fled on September 10, 2001 and never returned).