Kissing Jessica Stein and new Netscapes
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.
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