The Day After Friday the 13th

I spent Friday the 13th on a walking ghost tour of Chicago. Walking through the dark and brisk city, imagining a time when fires and 20 feet rivers could wipe out hundreds of people had a hollowing and thrilling effect. Old Chicago legends were debunked and rebunked, and if you’ve ever been on a ghost tour you know what I mean by that. I was familiar with a few stories, including the murder house of H. H. Holmes, because of the brilliant podcast, Lore. These folklore tales are always based in history and documented accounts, but are designed to stimulate your imagination.

Imagine my delight when, on this extremely dark and rainy Saturday the 14th, I discovered that the new Lore tv show was released yesterday! I watched the first episode this morning, and it is the perfect Halloween-season show. I’m all about a terrifying episode of American Horror Story, but Lore is great because it is based in fact, does not exaggerate the already awful events being recounted, and can be watched alone. I can’t really watch American Horror Story or even Black Mirror on my own in the evening because I get freaked out. Lore just made me really really curious. It made me think things like ‘oh my god nighttime before electricity was so scary!’ Back then, if it was windy outside, your candle might go out and you are already afraid of sickness/death/ghosts/demons etc. It’s kind of like the haunted version of drunk history?

Our tour guide described our ghost tour as a moving campfire. We took our spooky stories to the road! The Lore podcast has always been that for me, oral history and scary stories to accompany late night drives. Now these chilly tales will be even better enjoyed from my warm apartment with a cup of hot cider in my hands.

 

 

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In the Handmaid’s Head

 

I am totally engrossed in The Handmaid’s Tale. This show is SO FREAKY. When I am not drawing parallels between the lives of professional women today and the trajectory of our politics, I am dying to get in the head of these poor Handmaids, and learn what they are thinking. Of course… we can.

I just started reading the book! Now that I finished this one I can move on to a darker novel. My sister is currently reading The Handmaid’s Tale, while keeping up with current episodes of the show. We watched the latest episode together last week, and she explained that the book and program move at different paces, and the sequencing of the store is off. A relationship or event has occurred in once, but has not yet appeared in the other. This gives her a funny foresight into each story, and many events are not entirely unexpected.

Another thing affecting her anticipation of “what next” is the fact that we don’t know how much will be covered/revealed/invented in the tv show compared to the novel. Come on, are any shows just one season anymore?

Star Trek Today: Personal Access Display Device

I was watching Star Trek Voyager (on Netflix!) and was watching Janeway compose and read letters on her Personal Access Display Device- the PADD– and wishing that I had one of my own. And then I remembered that… I do!!! I have a kindle!

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I have been re-inspired to take best advantage of my kindle. I am sending some pdf articles to my device for easy reading. I often put off reading some articles because I hate staring at the bright computer screen long enough to read. I find it difficult to focus on whatever I am reading at the time, and thinking about all of the other things I might be doing on the computer (checking Facebook, analyzing my monthly spending, emailing an arts partner… etc.).

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Image via The Trek BBS

I learned that there is an underground discussion about Star Trek predicting the modern tablet, and found photos comparing the iPad and the PADD. Was Apple inspired by Star Trek? I mean, PADD and iPad are awfully similar…