Political intrigue is afoot!

There’s been a bit of an uprising around here in the past couple of days. Things haven’t completely settled down – we’re still in a period of unrest and adjustment. And, if I’m honest, a little bit of mourning.

Richard, a new iPhone 4, is in charge now and Edward is indefinitely lying in state.

Fiction: Graphic Novels

Scott Pilgrim, Vols. 1-5 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Your annoying friend strikes again! Scott Pilgrim keeps coming up in recommendations for graphic novels (p.s. – if you have any, feel free to leave me a comment or an e-mail with them!) and when I saw that it was going to be a movie starring Michael Cera and directed by Edgar Wright (of Space, Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz fame), I couldn’t resist any longer. Not that I was resisting, I just hadn’t gotten around to it yet…

I bought the first one just to see how I liked it. Mistake! They take about an hour to read and then I was left longing to know what happened next for an entire night! I bought and mainlined the remaining five (the final, sixth volume will be released July 20) the next day.

So awesome! Scott Pilgrim, despite actually being kind of a jerk (as Kim Pine points out), is really likable and so are all his friends who are super-cool – the kind of cool where you really would love to hang out with them, but you’re probably not cool enough, but somehow that makes you want to hang out with them even more. And it has a touch of the surreal about it, but everyone in the book just accepts it as the norm which I really like.

If you’re a twenty-something indie slacker who’s in a band and destined to fight your girlfriend’s seven evil exes, this is the book for you! And even if you’re not, it’s still the book for you.

My rating: A

Wanna see something weird?

It’s harder to see than I thought it would be, but there’s now a security camera out by our dumpster. At first I thought maybe somebody was just really interested in our trash or the squirrels that hide out there, but then I noticed that it’s actually pointed at the driveway, so there goes those theories!

I’ve become sort of fascinated by it. It’s bigger than security cameras usually are and pretty low down – it would be really easy to steal it – and has this really bright, slow-blinking red light on it, which makes me think of Hal from 2001.

I walked around to all four other garage areas to see if maybe the condo association had installed them at each driveway, but this is the only one. And when I got back from my mini-casing of the joint, there were two people taking out their trash, too, so I wandered over and asked them if they knew why it was there. They seemed as baffled as I was and assured me that I wasn’t unobservant –  it really is a new addition.

Mostly, I think, I’m obsessed with the thought of who is watching its footage. I mean, did the association put it up? Did the owner of that garage put it up? Is someone sitting in a darkened basement somewhere, staring at endless footage of our dumpster?

And I don’t usually fall in with the ‘Hi, Mom!’ crowd, but for some reason, I’m really having to resist playing a game of charades with it…