On this season’s first episode of The Magicians, Elliot suddenly realizes that the Fairy Queen is magically using Margo’s missing right eye to spy on the Good Guys, and anticipate their moves. (Long story. Don’t worry about it, just watch the first two series, currently playing on Netflix.) To avoid revealing that he now knows he’s being constantly observed, he shares this insight through coded pop cultural allusions, which are helpfully subtitled for those of us playing along at home.
Warning: Possibly NSFW. The language is presidential.
It’s scenes like this one that make me love the show.
Netflix has adapted Altered Carbon, Richard K. Morgan’s award-winning 2002 cyberpunk novel, into an initial 10-episode series. The company released a couple of teasers late last year, and a full trailer this week. Here are the teasers:
[No, I haven’t accidentally slipped a porn video into the blog. That initial image is just Netflix being Netflix. They call these things “teasers” for a reason.]
And here’s the new trailer:
Ah, the “old brains in new bodies” trope!
I don’t know about this one. On the one hand, Joel Kinnaman and James Purefoy are both solid performers. On the other hand, the CGI is less than dazzling. It looks on the cheap side.*
All 10 episodes of Altered Carbon will become available on 2 February 2018.
*On the third hand, some of the most impressive CGI-heavy trailers I saw last year were for Ghost in the Shell, and that didn’t turn out so well, did it? I’m still a little embarrassed about getting so overheated about that one.
The British Royal Mail isn’t ignoring the non-human players of the Game of Thrones. In addition to the 10 contestants in the set of postage stamps that I wrote about yesterday, the Royal Mail is also issuing a sheet of stamps featuring some of the less hominoid characters in the Game.
There are direwolves, who are friends of the good guys…
…giants and dragons, who play both sides of the field…
…and, of course, the Big Bad himself, the Night King.
Imagine this: There’s been an incident in King’s Landing. Two or three royals die of festering paper cuts, a deranged pig farmer blows up the national cathedral, the Queen announces that she’s pregnant by her six-years-dead husband, flying monkeys attack the scarecrow, the tin man, and the cowardly lion, whatever. Just another day in Westeros, really, but you feel an urgent need to get word of the event to the Watchers at the Wall.
You go to your aviary, only to discover that your fastest, most reliable raven is lying motionless at the bottom of his cage, little claws in the air, pining for the fjords. What to do?
British Royal Mail to the rescue!
On 23 January 2018, UK Post Office branches will begin selling stamps celebrating characters from the world’s most popular TV show, Game of Thrones. Even better, the stamps are available for pre-ordered on the Royal Mail website.
The stamps depict 10 characters, eight of whom are played by British actors. Here’s are close-ups of the individual stamps:
Here are some of the dishes I made at home during 2017. Not every meal was an unqualified success, but I learned something new with each of them.
Click any image to enbiggen and open a slide show.
Washington’s various Winter Restaurant Weeks begin on Friday, 10 January 2018, and run nonstop through 4 February 2018—I’ve already started to make reservations—so I won’t be spending much time in the kitchen during the next month.
I’m looking forward to launching the 2018 Cookery Project by mid-February.
Sausage, Greens, and Beans Pasta
Christmas Meal, 2017
Sour Cream Chicken with Apple and Onion
Peach and Blue Cheese Toast
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Chicken
Mussels with Tomato and Chorizo Broth
Baked Chicken, Sausage, and Brussels Sprouts
Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Sausage, Potato, and Mushroom Roast
Balsamic Glazed Salmon and Herb Roasted Potatoes
Bastille Day Cheesecake
Bastille Day Breakfast
Chicken Salad with Greens, Roasted Potatoes and Shallots
Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp
“Tzimmes” Chicken with Apricots, Prunes, and Carrots
Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto
Steak and Cottage Fries
Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Cherry-Thyme Pan Sauce