The Good: I finally got to do a bit of touristy "seeing Santa Fe" stuff, after several days of feeling cruddy. That was partly general crud/exhaustion, I think, and partly adjustment to the altitude (Santa Fe is at 7260 feet, or 2134 meters, and oxygen is fairly significantly diminished at that height). Anyway, today I went into downtown, the older part of the city, which has a lot of galleries and arty/touristy shops (including one nice independent bookstore where I nobly resisted temptation). Quite unexpectedly I found there was an arts-and-crafts fair going on, so I wandered around a bit. A lot of it was the usual stuff (pottery, silver and semiprecious-stone jewelry), as well as a rather problematic contingent of (apparently) white artists copying Native American artistic traditions, but there was also quite a lot to like.
I became rather enamored of some paintings and prints by Kevin Eslinger
, especially his darkly funny portrait of Bert and Ernie
. It's a wonderfully fannish thing and I thought some of you might get a kick out of it (not to mention the fabulous octopus adorning his homepage).
The Pretty Good: I've seen Inception. I liked it, although not as much as many others seem to have. (I don't have any problems with it--it was a fun and reasonably clever movie--but I don't quite understand why so many others are so wildly enthusiastic. But at least now I don't have to avoid posts about it.)
The Bad: I've chosen to leave the Hot Fuzz fan community sandfordpolice
after the mod instituted an English-only policy
in order to preempt possible Russian spammers. I'm all for banning spammers, but English-only has an ugly resonance, especially for someone living in the United States, where there is an active English-only movement inspired primarily by anti-immigrant sentiment. The mod is from the US too and is surely aware of this. I complained about the new policy, and so did several others, but the mod hasn't said anything about changing it, so I left. I hate the thought of missing out on new Hot Fuzz fics, but I can't support an English-only rule, even passively.