June 2012

June 2012 is nearly over – there’s been far too many bank holidays in a row this month (okay, so only two), which is very confusing when you don’t have a normal working structure.

On the work front it’s been mainly typesetting again this month. I’ve got two web design projects lined up and another two on the horizon so I’m looking forward to making a start on them.

Most of my spare time this month as been taken up with my recent purchase of the DVD box set of the complete Homicide: Life on the Streets. That’s six seasons (technically seven – season two is only four episodes), 33 discs, 122 episodes in total and many, many hours of viewing ahead. I remember watching the show when it was originally on C4 (before they started moving it around the schedules) back in the 90s, and it was one of my favourite shows at the time. I was quite worried that it might have aged badly but it still holds up. The series was based on the book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by Wire creator David Simon and acts as a kind of forerunner to that series. If you’ve enjoyed The Wire then this is worth checking out.

On the book front I’ve gotten back into reading Stephen King. I’ve just finished Under the Dome and, despite it being a massive 886 pages, I managed to finish it within a week. It was a damn good read. I’d forgotten how good King is at writing compelling characters. The last book of his that I read was book IV of the Dark Tower saga, The Wizard and Glass, way back in 1997. I got tired (and annoyed) of the long waits between his Dark Tower books and moved on to reading other things but now I’m finally going to get around to finishing the last three books in saga, starting with The Wolves of the Calla.

Other things I learnt this month:

  • I’m not the only one who feels the same way about going to the cinema
  • I don’t find it amusing when I am woken up at 2.30 in the morning and presented with a dead mouse. It’s even less amusing when it happens the same time the following night with a live mouse.
  • The new film version of the Women in Black wasn’t very good. I still prefer the 1989 television adaptation. Or the stage show. Or the book.
  • Starbucks House Blend has disappeared from supermarket shelves. I know other coffee brands/blends are available but the Starbucks one was the perfect smoothness and strength for me. This could be a disaster of biblical proportions once my supply runs out.
  • I’ve only watched 18 out of the 50 Worst Sci-Fi & Fantasy Movies That Had No Excuse (according to SFX magazine). I think that’s a good thing.