It came from where laughter is a defense and not an outstretched hand.*

by chuckofish

It was a very busy week but I managed to sneak in some pleasurable reading, watching, and listening that eased my way. I started reading Jussi Adler-Olsen’s, The Absent One, which I like a lot and would recommend. He takes ‘cat and mouse’ to knew levels.

The Absent One Jussi Adler-OlsenI like the irascible detective, Carl Mørck, and his sidekick, Assad. The plots are never just about solving a murder; they are much more complex and often involve saving a victim from the perpetrator(s). Worth a read.

I also watched Ex Machina, which I thought was extremely well done and quite disturbing. Domhnall Gleason plays a young programmer who wins a trip to visit his strange, reclusive boss, Oscar Isaac. Upon arrival at the remote estate, he discovers that he is to administer a Turing test to Isaac’s newest ‘robot’, Alicia Vikander. Mayhem ensues.

Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vykander, and Domhnall Gleason

with Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, and Domhnall Gleason

The film is certainly a strong argument against the development of AI (not that I needed one). However, I’m on the fence about recommending the movie, since it isn’t something I will ever want to watch again, but the performances — especially Vikander’s — are excellent.

We also managed to fit in some live music with a Tuesday night visit (weeknight high-jinks!) to a local landmark, the Buccaneer Lounge, where our very own Reverend Mike performed on the guitar and they serve $4 cocktails. A fun time was had by all, as they say.

As you slog through your week, driving hither and yon, try listening to one of my favorite Lord Huron songs, The Ghost on the Shore:

It’s really good, isn’t it? There’s nothing quite like a mournful song to lift the spirits.

*Jussi Adler-Olsen