Recent media intake

I’m watching Flight of the Navigator for the first time since I saw it in the theater when I was 8 years old. While I wouldn’t say it’s going to rank as one of my adult favorites, it’s remarkably good for a PG-rated kid-oriented sci-fi film that I really liked when I was eight. The red panasonic cassette recorder I had as a kid briefly appeared in it too! I’m somewhat appalled at the idea of a remake, however.

I recently finished reading The Elements of Murder: A History of Poison by John Emsley. It’s a fun book, if you like reading about such things as the historical use of toxic metals (and metalloids), both as medicines and as poisons. It’s really interesting how many had useful medical purposes, albeit with side effects that were often as bad as their benefits. (Typically, a lot of toxic heavy metal compounds are even more toxic against microorganisms than against humans, but not much.)

I’m currently reading You Are Not a Gadget by the decidedly-curmudgeonly Jaron Lanier. I’ll have more to say about it later, but I think he really has some important things to say about the prospects for culture in the modern world.

Also, I bought a single-tuner HD Homerun and a UHF TV antenna (there was an existing and unused satellite mount and a piece of coax routed in through the wall, so it was quite easy), and I set up the MythTV backend on my home fileserver. I’ve got it recording what little broadcast tv is worth watching.

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