Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sunday Snapshot Last Post Before Japan!

Currently reading:

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman: Book 2 in the Invisible Library series.

Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H Watson by Lyndsay Faye: This book has me a little spooked.

Japan by Rail by Ramsey Zarifeh: Good tips, but I would have expected A LOT more rail maps from a rail-focused guide book than they provide here.


reading abroad
The magic of photoshop!

A book lover's guide to living abroad on Book Riot.


Populaire, starring Déborah François and Romain Duris

Rose's dream is to leave her tiny Normandy village and be a "modern" secretary. Insurance agent M. Louis Échard knows she's a terrible at it, but he hires her anyway. First of all because she's pretty (yay, feminism!), and second of all because she's super fast on the typewriter, an invention that apparently didn't reach France until the 1950s. When Louis convinces Rose to enroll in typing competitions, she finds fame and fortune. But will she find love?

I'll be honest, this movie is pretty weird. How did Louis learn about typing competitions, and why is he so determined Rose compete and win them? I have no idea; the movie kind of skips over that part. But there's still a lot to love about this film: for one, it looks incredible. If someone wanted to convince me it was actually filmed in the 1950s, they could probably do it. For two, Déborah François is absolutely perfect. She has the whole Aubrey Hepburn innocent-yet-plucky charm vibe down pat. Lastly, despite the bizarre plot, I found myself actually getting pretty involved in the story. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to put on a record and do a goofy French dance... This movie is a little sketchy sometimes, but it won me over anyway.

we are legion anonymous documentary
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, directed by Brian Knappenberger

Have you always wanted to read Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman, but didn't because tl;dr? Well, I don't blame you. But luckily someone made a documentary about it, and it's actually pretty good!

I learned a lot from this doc, such as:

  • Did you know DDoS attacks are a federal offense? Members of Anon have actually gone to prison for it! (I think this is a good time to remind everyone to use your Tor browser and VPNs)
  • The Bush Administration liked to take credit for the Arab Spring. LULZ. No. It actually started with Anon, who attacked government websites in countries that were practicing online censorship. They were the ones who had "boots on the ground" during uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, making sure people still had access to the internet after the governments shut it down and providing information on treating tear gas, etc.
  • Anon isn't a group of hackers, although hackers participate on occasion. Most of them know as much about programming as I do. Really, at their heart they're just nerds who enjoy chaos.

Anyway, if you're at all interested in Anonymous, I recommend this.

night owls movie
Night Owls, starring Rosa Salazar and Adam Pally (where you know him from: The Mindy Project)

A one night stand turns into a nightmare when Kevin discovers the girl he just hooked up with is suicidal and his boss's mistress.

I was wary about this movie because it only has two stars on Netflix. After watching it (felt like I had to because of the title, even though neither character is actually a night owl), I know why. It started out okay, but after a while it felt very high school drama club: a long series of conversations designed to let the actors EMOTE. I'm also still unclear as to why Maddie wanted to kill herself, not that the film takes suicide very seriously. Basically it left a bad taste in my mouth.

The week in heidenkindom:

We're coming down to the wire for our flight to Japan. By this time next week I will be wandering around Tokyo! Hopefully not completely lost! I've spent most of the week making lists (I find lists very soothing) and trying to get everything set before we leave, including driving all the way up to Denver for an interview for the US Customs Global Entry program. Protip: don't save that till the last minute.

Anyway, I was going to post a pic of my suitcase all packed, because I'm always interested in how other people pack for trips, but it's not packed yet! I planned on pre-packing today, but we went up to look at the fall colors instead. Maybe if I manage to get it done later tonight I'll post a pic on FB or save it for when I get back.


Tif Talks Books has a #ReadSherlock month going on right now with readalongs, watchalongs, an Instagram, and tons of guest posts (including one by moi). Check it out on her blog.

Have a great two weeks, everyone! I'll see y'all when I get back.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sunday Snapshot

Lacuna by Andrew Ramiro Tirado
Lacuna by Andrew Ramiro Tirado, CSFAC 

Currently reading:

Noblesse Oblige by Cynthia Smith: An oldie I found on my mom's shelves.

The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig: Only 3 more hours to go!


Welcome to Château Mouton Rothschild, the most famous winery in Bordeaux.


a royal night out movie
A Royal Night Out, starring Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, and Jack Reynor

Proposed alternate title: Royal Rumspringa

It's the eve of VE Day, and all of London is celebrating. All except Princesses "Lilibet" and Margaret, who are trapped inside Buckingham Palace until they escape (with their parents' permission, the rebels) and spend the night amongst the little people.

There are two things I learned from this movie: one, it's apparently illegal to show Queen Elizabeth kissing someone who's not Prince Philip, even if she's not married to him at the time. And two, the British have no appreciation for the irony of the Poor Little Rich Girl trope. Or at the very least, this movie doesn't. Other than that, it was enjoyable. It spends a little too much time establishing a motivation for the girls to leave the palace, and the whole thing with getting their parents' permission was lame. But once they got out in London, it turned into a fairly delightful romantic-ish comedy, with vignettes of various London neighborhoods during WWII to satisfy your inner historian.

the first monday in may
The First Monday in May, directed by Andrew Rossi

This documentary is about four things: "living legend" Anna Wintour; the intersection of industry and art in fashion; the glamor and celebrity of the Met Gala; and the work that goes into setting up both a major exhibition and a major event. One thing I definitely have to give the filmmakers props for is how they captured the sensuality of the clothing and fabric–even if you know nothing about fashion, it'll make you appreciate the level of artistry and craftsmanship in those gowns. Oh, and the exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass looked super-cool. If you're interested in either fashion or curatorial practices, this is an absolute must-watch.

These weeks in heidenkindom:

I'm back to being busy, writing-wise, which is good. I don't know why September is one of those months that always seems to be hectic when you're a writer, but if I didn't have a bunch of deadlines this month, I'd be worried.

I've also been busy Doing Things. Most of these things involve preparing for Japan and getting various problems with my car fixed–something I've been putting off for way too long–but I've also been doing fun things! Last week I went to an exhibit of Dalí illustrations of The Divine Comedy, something I've wanted to see ever since I wrote my "short" introduction to art and the Comedy.

We also went to a lecture on the national parks and conservation by John Fielder, who's a famous Colorado photographer. They had free food! Empanadas, yummmmm. Also, the photographs were pretty cool, although I think Fielder might be a little crazy. He spent 50 days camping in every corner of Rocky Mountain National Park. 50 days of camping with 100+ pounds of camera equipment, plus camping equipment, climbing 14,000-foot peaks. Let that sink in for a minute.

Finally, this past Saturday I went to the Mile High Author Event with my mom. It was packed! Daisy Prescott let me have a free donut with Fruit Loops on top that was really good. Then on the way back we got stuck in a nightmarish traffic jam that lasted an hour and a half, and came thisclose to being involved in a road rage pile-up. There was also a full moon last night. Coincidence?


Want to read more diverse books? Participating in the Diversathon? Check out Xicanti's post on diverse books you can download on Scribd and buy for cheap in ebook format.

Have a great week, everybody!

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sunday Snapshot for September

Won't you give Thor his summer back?

Currently reading:

A Lesson in Love and Murder by Rachel McMillan: The type of book you want to read in a gulp instead of in sips.

The Black Widow by Daniel Silva: Kinda struggling through this one, TBH.

The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig: The only other Pink Carnation book my library has.

The Vegetable Butcher by Cara Mangini: Soooo many good recipes. This book makes me crazy hungry.

Movies watched:

I Anna
I, Anna, starring Charlotte Rampling and Gabriel Byrne

Anna is a divorcé of a certain age; yet she's still putting herself out there, looking for love. In all the wrong places. When one of her take home guys winds up dead, the police can't help but take an interest in her, both professionally and personally.

This is a very Truffaut-style film, by which I mean it's Hitchcock interpreted through the lens of art more than entertainment. The beginning is really slow, but there's some truly fantastic cinematography, and Rampling's performance is perfect. She is SO GOOD in this movie. By the end, it had won me over. Recommended if you're in the mood for a slow-moving psychological thriller.

touch the wall
Touch the Wall, directed by Grant Barbeito and Christo Brock

A documentary on Missy Franklin and Kara Lynn Joyce getting onto the 2012 London Olympics US Swim Team. At the time, Missy had just turned 17, and Joyce was in her mid-20s. Even though I don't swim at all, I always like watching movies about how people who are excellent at what they do actually go about it, and this doc was much more engaging than I was expecting. The only thing that bothered me was that when it came to Joyce, sometimes I was reminded me of that scene in Dangerous Beauty where Veronica takes that younger woman to the seedy part of Venice to show here how the old courtesans live and is like, "This is where we wind up." But other than that it wasn't too sexist, and the filmmakers only showed Michael Phelps' face like six times.

hell or high water
Hell or High Water, starring Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster (where you know him from: he wore the awesome jacket in 3:10 to Yuma), and Gil Birmingham (where you know him from: played Charlie's BFF in the Twilight movies)

On the verge of losing their childhood ranch to Texas Midlands Bank, Toby and Tanner hatch a fool-proof plan to steal the money to pay off the ranch from the bank that's about to foreclose on it. Not only are they bank robbers, they appreciate irony! But will they avoid capture by an old-timer Texas Ranger and his trusty Indian sidekick?

This is one of those movies that has a lot of great elements, but needed more focus to pull them all together. I liked that it was a modern western, I loved the scenery, and I appreciated the portrait it painted of these small plains towns on the verge of going extinct, which was at once nostalgic and realistic. The story's far from realistic, however, and the motivations of the characters are a bit simplistic, especially when it comes to the various townspeople who are all like, "Down with banks! Up with robbery!" It also feels really slow when there's not a robbery going on. But if you enjoy heist movies it's worth watching. Pro-tip: be sure to drink every time someone says, "Old man."

This week[s] in heidenkindom:

It seems like only a few weeks ago I was getting all pumped about 100 degree temperatures, and now it's September and the last weekend of summer! Dislike. It's only downhill from here; pretty soon I'll have to start wearing socks. sadface

Anyway. Last Sunday my mom and I went to a tasting of Argentinian wines, which was kinda cool. On the reading front, I'm having trouble settling into a book, but I did start binge-watching Mr. Robot after reading this article about its connections to Hitchcock. It's trippy, fun, and disturbing at the same time. Definitely worth watching, especially if you're a tech geek.


On the lookout for some good, basic recipes, or maybe just a cookbook with lots of cursing and sardonic humor? You can find both in Recipes You Absolutely Can't Fuck Up, a cookbook written by "The best goddamned sister in the whole mother fucking world" for her brother, "Warren," and shared with the world via Google Docs. It's a short, fun read, but what do I like most? The recipes all sound really good!

Have an exceptional week, everyone!

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Snapshot

Thor's a lone wolf.

It's not even the end of August yet and it's already starting to feel like fall. Dislike.

Currently reading:

Goodnight, Mr. Holmes by Carole Nelson Douglas: Almost DNF'd it because the narrator was so annoying, but decided to stick with it. It's a pretty quick read TBH.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: Books! Books! All the Books!


man up
Man Up, starring Lake Bell (great name, btw) and Simon Pegg

Nancy's dating life is dismal, probably because she'd rather watch movies than socialize with people. But then a random guy mistakes her for his blind date, and they have an amazing night together where All The Things happen.

This movie's a step up from your typical romcom. Both Nancy and Jack are super quirky, in a fun and not overly twee way, and the film does an excellent job of showing how they're perfect for one another without getting cheesy and predictable. Even their fight scenes were hilarious. The only thing I didn't like was that Nancy had a seriously creepy stalker, which the film brushed off as HAHA SO FUNNY (wth?), but other than that I thought this was pretty much the perfect it-can-happen-in-one-night type of romance! Definitely recommended.

begin again movie
Begin Again, starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo

Dan, an AR man and semi-professional drinker, hasn't "discovered" an artist in years. Then he comes across a singer-songwriter in a bar, and immediately knows she's The One–the one who will revive his career! Together they make an album recorded in locations all over NYC.

A fairly good movie. I'm not sure anyone ever mentions Keira Knightley's character's name, but it's incidental–she's just the catalyst for Dan's comeback. The beginning was a little slow, but the making of the album was really cool, and Adam Levine was surprisingly good as Knightley's hot, SO HOT, boyfriend. I just wish the songs had been better. If you liked Once you'll probably enjoy this one.

the big short movie
The Big Short, starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Christian Bale

The more I ruminate on this movie, the more it annoys me. It's a textbook example of sexism in Hollywood, but that's a mild irritant at this point. What confuses me is why it was made into a movie and not, like, a Frontline special. Or, if it was made into a movie, why they didn't pick one of these groups of guys to focus on instead of all three; you could have cut Christian Bale's character out entirely and it would have been the exact same movie. But never let it be said Hollywood cut out a white guy for the sake of expediency! And then the ending. All the main characters get filthy rich off their bets, whilst the rest of America suffers. BUT THEY FEEL REALLY BAD ABOUT IT, GUYS. Not, you know, give the money back bad, but ehhhh.

Basically it's a mildly self-indulgent movie made by rich Hollywood insiders about rich Wall Street insiders, with barely a token nod to the millions of people who lost their jobs and homes. I'm sure when they pitched it, it was as some sort of crusade for "the little guy," but if that was their goal they failed.

This week in heidenkindom:

Not a lot going on this week. I've been ramping up trip planning for Japan–less than two months to go!–and not reading much because Goodnight, Mr. Holmes has me less than excited. I started watching Stranger Things on Netflix and I am LOVING it. It's like a combination of the Hardy Boys, The X-Files, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Besides that, we've just mainly been watching the Olympics.


I came across this recipe for honey dijon vinaigrette on one of the French blogs I follow, and I am totally addicted to it! It's so easy and delicious I've been eating salad every day. Give it a try!

Have a great week, everyone!

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sunday Snapshot

Cute scruffy little Calypso
Currently reading:

The Spirit Chaser by Kat Mayor: 🔥🔥🔥💩

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: A Robin Hood type! Hmmmm...


I seem to be on a bit of a romcom kick.

the decoy bride
The Decoy Bride, starring David Tennant and Kelly Macdonald

Two words: David Tennant.

You need more words? Um, okay. Well, Kelly Macdonald is absolutely adorable as "the decoy bride," a woman who moves back to her childhood home in the Outer-outer-outer Hebrides and is roped into pretending to be a film star to distract the paparazzi from the star's wedding. Also, Michael Urie (whom you might remember from Ugly Betty) completely steals the show as the film star's manager, who's determined to give her the wedding of her dreams NO MATTER WHAT. To be honest, the movie felt a little long, but I did laugh a few times and loved the ending. Also: DAVID TENNANT. I mentioned him, right?

eagle vs shark
Eagle vs Shark, starring Loren Taylor (or Horsley?) and Jemaine Clement

The highlight of Lily's day working at a fast food restaurant is when Jarrod comes in for lunch. Unfortunately, as she finds out, Jarrod is an asshole. After they sleep together he takes her to visit his family, an objectively awful group of people who are like the Royal Tenenbaums but without any charm or likability. Oh, and PS, he has a daughter who lives with them. Surprise!

I'm of two minds with this movie. On one hand, it's probably the most Jane Austen-esque contemporary love story I've come across in years (Taylor would make an excellent Anne Elliot), and it is charming and sweet... eventually. On the other hand, getting there is a long damn walk full of scenes that are either boring or painfully awkward. But I guess you could say the same for Austen, so.

high strung
High Strung, starring Keenan Kampa and Nicholas Galitzine

I am not going to tell you this movie is "good," because that would be a lie. The acting is terrible and the dialog is a mess. That said, this might arguably be THE GREATEST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN. There are dance-offs in the subway, a Will Smith lookalike, dueling violins, a talent contest at the end where Everything Happens, and a foodie character named PopTart. I have no idea what the foodie character's purpose in this movie is, other than to make 1 meal, but whatever. Filed under Cheesy Movies Tasha Likes.

today's special
Today's Special, starring Aasif Mandvi, Naseeruddin Shah, Jess Weixler

Samir is the sous chef at a fancy-pants Manhattan restaurant, but when he's passed over for a promotion, he quits and decides to go to Paris to learn from Les Grands Messieurs. When he goes to his parents' dingy Indian restaurant to inform them of his decision, however, his dad has a heart attack and Samir has to stay and keep the restaurant afloat until his dad's back on his feet. This movie is billed as a romcom but it's not, really, unless you count the bromance between Samir and the chef he hires, Akbar. I would have enjoyed it more if it made more sense. Samir's a sous chef, so presumably he knows something about cooking and running a kitchen, yet he doesn't know even the very basics about Indian food. Like I don't know a lot about German food, but I think I could probably fake my way through certain dishes, you know what I mean? And I didn't even go to culinary school! I was also irritated by the ending: Oh, congratulations, you fancied up affordable meals and now you can charge $50 for what used to cost $10, and tasted better.

But other than those two things it was a cute, feel-good movie.

This week in heidenkind:

A bit of a lull in the regular work schedule this week, so I had a chance to finish proofreading the paperback version of The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone, and it's now available for purchase on Amazon! You can doodle on it, make origami, use it to prop up a slightly uneven table leg... the possibilities are limitless! Buy yours today!

Also, the Olympics! Of course, it's the summer Olympics, so not quite as exciting as the winter Olympics, but still.


This octopus art (#octoart?) exhibit in Qatar looks really cool.

gallery al riwaq, 2016, Huang Yong Ping, Sea Monster Installation
Huang Yong Ping, Sea Monster, Gallery al Riwaq, Qatar, 2016
Photo by Wen-You Cai of Cai Studio, via Steampunk Tendencies.

Have a great week, everyone!

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday Snapshot is shocked it's almost August

Currently reading:

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: A random library pick because I couldn't force myself to listen to another nonfic book on audio. Not bad so far.

Oishinbo a la Carte by Tetsu Kariya: When I finished The Drops of God I was sad, but this was recommended on both Amazon and Goodreads as another foodie manga to try.

Hello, Wine by Melanie Wagner: Another book spotted while browsing at the library.


Last week my list of 10 must-read vampire romance mangas went up on Book Riot, and you can also check out my book and drink pairings over at Book Bloggers International.


Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, directed by Beth Aala (NOT Mike Myers as Wikipedia claims)

In the 1960s, through pure luck and a stash of weed he was willing to share, Shep Gordon befriended Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix immediately got Shep his first job as the manager for Alice Cooper. For the next 40-ish years, Shep Gordon lived a charmed life as the manager to the stars, one of those people who knew everyone in showbiz, but whom the average person had never heard of. Docs like this tend to devolve into an interminable string of name-dropping, but Supermensch doesn't do that at all. Its biggest strength is Gordon himself: I LOVED listening to his stories. He can spin a yarn like nobody's business, and they're all fun and self-deprecating anecdotes about famous people you wish you knew. There are worse ways to spend 80 minutes.

the infiltrator poster
The Infiltrator, starring Bryan Cranston and other people I'm too lazy to look up at the moment.

Meh. I mean, it was okay, but there were times when the dialog felt like it was missing a whole bunch of context, and a lot of stuff got lost in the shuffle because the script was overly complex. Also, the movie tries to pack an emotional and thematic punch with the "betrayal" of some handsome drug dealer guy whose name I can't even remember, but it never seemed like the Customs agent and he were really close friends, so that was a bit of fail. I did like the big wedding at the end as a plot device, however.

star trek beyond poster
Star Trek Beyond, starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto

Probably the Trek-iest of the new Star Trek movies so far. It does feel like an extended episode of the original series, but in a good way. There's a theme of mourning–appropriate considering the recent loss of two of the cast members–and self-identity, but also mainly just like, explosions and silly-looking aliens and scifi stuff. I wasn't as, "WOWOWOW, now that's entertainment!" about it as I was with the previous two (it felt like it had baaaaaarely enough energy to keep itself going), but really there's no reason NOT to see this film. A perfect summer popcorn movie, methinks.

liberal art movie poster
Liberal Arts, starring Josh Radnor and Elizabeth Olsen

Kind of an anti-romantic romantic comedy. Jesse is a college admissions counselor struggling with the existential horrors of adulthood when he's invited back to his old college stomping grounds for the weekend and meets Zibby, a sophomore theater major. Even though the central story in this movie is the romance between Jesse and Zibby, the film's really about aging and confronting the nostalgia that so many people harbor for their college days. The story took a turn near the end that felt like it had been shoved down the filmmakers' throats by an overly-prudish focus group picked out of a PTA meeting, and as a result the conclusion felt tip-toey. But the movie still got its point across. I'd definitely recommend this one!

the 5th wave
The 5th Wave, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston

In the immediate future, the planet is overtaken by "The Others" (so called because "aliens" was too unimaginative?). After killing off humans with plagues of electromagnetic waves, bird flu, and earthquakes and tsunamis, the Others have taken over human bodies. What will the 5th plague wave bring??? This movie was grittier than I expected, but still pretty silly in that it was fairly clichéd and predictable. The ending was irritating and tbh I wanted a hella lot more angst over the whole Alien Love thing.

This week in heidenkindom:

Things have been pretty quiet on the blog lately, as I've been working and playing hard. Some of the highlights:

  • Finally got my book, The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone, ready for release in paperback. It should be available on Amazon in a few days.
  • Went to the top of Pike's Peak. Wobbled around drunk on lack of O2.
  • Got fairly dirty ATVing.
  • Took a photography class.
  • Attended an archaeology lecture.
  • FINALLY had my eye doctor appointment, thank god. These contacts are getting dry, friends.
  • Tried everything to ignore politics.

Subsection: Subscription boxes

I've been doing the subscription box thing again lately, although I've been lazy about taking photos so I haven't been posting about them here much. Most of the boxes have been wine subscriptions, but a few are for other things.

Geek Fuel: I was lured into subscribing to this one when I saw an ad for a "Sherlock-themed box" on Facebook. The box promised $50 worth of stuff, plus a limited-edition T-shirt for $23.90. What I really wanted was a Sherlock t-shirt, obviously. What I got was a Pokémon tee and bunch of other random stuff, like an insanely ugly flower pot. NOTHING in the box had anything to do with Sherlock except for a single-volume graphic novel based on the show. LAME. I threw everything out. Do not recommend.

Mightynest: Honestly, I just wanted the Bee's Wrap. The price was awesome ($3), and unsubscribing was easy.

Club W*: I wasn't expecting a lot from this wine club, but the price was too good to pass up, and y'all know how much I loves taking quizzes. Actually, this box is a pretty good deal, and my favorite of the wine clubs so far. I love the wine tasting videos they include and the app makes rating wines quick and easy. Recommended! *If you click on the link you'll get a free bottle on your first order.

tasting room tasting box

Tasting Room*: I thought the wine tasting bit would be a pain the ass (I'm not sure why), but it was actually really fun! They shipped the wine really fast and the subscription is easy to change or cancel. This one is much pricier than Club W but I only ordered 2 bottles instead of a case. *If you click on the link you'll get the wine tasting box for free, which is actually a pretty good deal.

bright cellars wine subscription

Bright Cellars*: I was lured into trying this one by the word "algorithm." I cannot resist a wine-math combo! The quiz was a little confusing–at once too many and too few options, if you know what I mean–but I do have to give them an A+ in presentation. Their wines arrived prettily wrapped, like presents. Haven't tried the wine yet but I'm looking forward to it. *This is a referral link but I'm not sure if you get anything out of it if you use it. However, if you leave the site without buying and wait a few days, they'll start offering you discounts on your first order via email.

vinebox wine subscription

Vinebox: Probably the only wine subscription I'm going to give a hard no to. They advertize it as "wine by the glass," but the serving sizes are "10 cl." Don't know how much that is? Neither did I. Turns out it's less than 3.5 ounces. Who considers that a decent serving of wine, teetotaling mice?? Also, it's pricey at $35 a month. For that much, the wines better be super wow; instead they were meh. I'm giving this one a cancel.


So I know everyone's into Pokémon Go ATM, but I have a different app that I'm totally obsessed with called Prisma. It takes your ordinary photos and turns them into art! Check out some of these beauties:

Boring hummingbird photo? No more!
A drop of water.
Ladybug on a plant.
Some of the landscape at 12,000 feet.
View from the top of Pike's Peak (14,100 feet)
The Pike's Peak Cog Railway
Much cooler pic of the Tasting Room Wine Tasting box.
Much cooler pic of Vinebox's box.
Much cooler pic of Bright Cellars' box.

Hope you all have a great week!

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday Snapshot

Currently reading:

The Drops of God, Vol. 2 by Tadashi Agi: Wine talk aside, this manga is really good.

Judgment of Paris by George Taber: One wonders if a blind France vs CA wine tasting with US judges would produce the same results.

Movies watched:

salmon fishing in the yemen
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, and Amr Waked

This movie is pretty silly. For one, I expected a lot more fishing in general and salmon fishing in the Yemen specifically than I got from a movie titled Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Second of all, this plan to bring salmon to the Yemen doesn't really make sense. If the sheikh is filthy rich and can fly to his awesome estate in Scotland to fish whenever he wants, why go through all the trouble and bother of bringing salmon to an environment that seems anathema to them? Somewhat related: introduction of non-native species! That always turns out well! And, as my dad pointed out, to have salmon swim upstream they'd have to be born in the stream, grow up, swim downstream, then follow their biological imperative to swim back upstream to the place where they were born to spawn. You can't just dump adult salmon into a random river and then watch as they magically swim upstream for no reason.

But with that said, it was an enjoyable movie, and it was nice to watch something where the Middle Eastern characters weren't all evil villains/terrorists.

Legion, starring Paul Bettany, Adrianne Palicki, and the guy from Tokyo Drift

Haaaaaaaaaa. Okay. This movie was actually a lot better than I was expecting based on the 19% rating it has on Rotten Tomatoes. It was still pretty bad, though. I can just imagine the pitch meeting for it: "Picture Terminator with angels instead of cyborgs! The real twist? The angels are the bad guys." EYE ROLL.

Five stars to Paul Bettany, though, for looking hot AF.

This weeks in heidenkindom:

There's been a lot going on, as you can imagine what with the Fourth of July holiday. We went up to visit my aunt for the Fourth, then this weekend I went with my mom to a wine festival. Unfortunately it was 103 degrees outside, all the wines tasted awful, and I felt woozy after about three sips. But I did find a cute t-shirt.

Also, I'm finishing up the final touches on the paperback copy of The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone. Soon you'll be able to spill cocktails on a physical book and not just on your ereader!

Enjoy the week, everybody!

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