Just as an FYI, the zombies have been updated.

Also, recently I have had many strange dreams, prime among them the dream in which I discovered that mangos were secretly made of pork.

Another odd one:  I was working for a reincarnated Napoleon, whom the pope was trying to kill.

My short, shameful confession of today:  I really want to see the movie version of The Da Vinci Code.

Finally, I have begun reading the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman.  I’ve almost finished the first book, The Golden Compass, and I am totally in love with it.  It’s what I wish Harry Potter were more like:  dark and mysterious and full of danger and questionable motives.  There are no crystal-clear heroes, but there are gypsies and prophecy and talking animals and dark portents and divinatory magic and it’s all utterly drenched in a sense that everything hangs in the balance.  The general message seems to be that it would be better to run away with gypsies and live a life of adventure than to sit comfortably while the whole world goes to hell, and I can get behind that.  It’s also written extremely skillfully, so that anyone from age, I dunno, let’s say eleven on up can enjoy it.  If I had to boil it down to one pop-culture sentence I would say:  “Imagine if Neil Gaiman and HP Lovecraft and Tim Burton conspired to write a Harry Potter/Pokemon cross-over.”  That makes it sound terrible, but it’s actually really, really good.

On second thought, another pop-culture summary might be “Harry Potter with a body count.”

The Boyf has called dibs on TGC when I’m done with it, but after that it’s up for borrowing grabs.