Monday, 7 October 2002

Kissing Jessica Stein and new Netscapes

Listening to:

Best of Kodo, a best of album for a famous group of traditional Japanese drummers. You might not think that continuous percussion (with occasional support from a Japanese flute, and the voices of the drummers) would be listenable, but I definitely like it. It's good to have one's preconceptions about the nature of music challenged.

Still reading:

Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and daughters. This is quite a long novel (over 600 pages in my edition), so it may be a while before I can write a final review for it.

A recent movie:

Kissing Jessica Stein. This is a light but enjoyable romantic comedy. It features all of the necessary fittings for the genre (Manhattan setting, check; jazz soundtrack, check) but adds a twist of its own by featuring straight women embarking on a lesbian romance. It's fun and witty, with some good acting.

The default web-browser installed on the lab's computers changed from Netscape 4 to 6 last week. It's probably an improvement (being able to hit Control-+ to make the text on the screen bigger is very cool), but there are also a number of things that I don't like about it, which I guess I'll just have to get used to. For example, it doesn't seem to handle opening Postscript documents consistently, and doesn't seem to remember that, yes I do want to look at them with ghostview.