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1. This shouldn't come as a surprise, but I'm a lot more relaxed now that the wedding is over and I'm done with airplanes for the next few months. Kath and I are still madly in love, but now we've added Wonder Twin Power Ring high-fives to our affectations. I'm sure it's disgusting to be around, but we don't really care. It's very strange to be married, only in the sense that when I was younger, I wondered if I'd ever meet someone that would want to spend the rest of their life with someone like me. Now I don't have to worry about that anymore.

I know I keep promising to put photos up, and I know that I keep not putting them up. It's not entirely my fault; I've been busy since I got back, and it turns out that we don't have any wedding photos just yet. We just got our honeymoon photos developed (well, from the non-digital camera) and those are on a compact disc, so I should be able to put some up eventually.

2. Summer is supposedly the "dry season" when it comes to new videogames; most companies tend to save their AAA titles for the holiday rush. This is stupid, because obviously school is out for the summer, giving kids waaaaay more time to play. But it's also wrong, at least in terms of the Xbox. When I got back from Cancun, I ran up to the Hollywood Video near my apartment and rented 3 brand-new amazing games: Thief 3, Full Spectrum Warrior, and The Chronicles of Riddick. All three are quite good, especially Riddick, which seems to have taken the entire industry by surprise - in general, nobody expects very much out of movie-licensed games, but Riddick is absolutely stunning, both graphically and in gameplay. Thief 3 is fun, although it suffers from a lot of the chugginess and long loading times that Deus Ex: Invisible War had. And Full Spectrum Warrior is pretty intense, although I haven't played that much of it beyond the initial training levels. The key word in this paragraph, by the way, is "rented". It is sooooo nice to be able to try stuff out before spending $50 a game. Then again, I'm most likely going to buy all 3 of these games anyway, so...

3. Downloaded both of them this morning, and gave the PJ Harvey a spin during the morning commute. My very first impression is that it sounds like she recorded these songs under an incredibly tight time schedule and didn't get to flesh things out in the final mix. Gone are the lush textures of "Is This Desire?", but also gone are the ferocious guitar grindings of "Dry" and "Rid of Me". I need to give it a lot more time, though, as all PJ Harvey albums contain lots of subtleties that are only picked up after living with it for a while. I'm very anxious to give the new SY a spin or two; hopefully, if it's quiet this afternoon, I'll be able to give it a serious listen.

4. Read 2 books in Cancun: Michael Chabon's "Summerland" and Jeffrey Eugenides' "Middlesex". "Summerland" was a funnish Harry Potter-esque romp, with baseball instead of quidditch. "Middlesex" was brilliant. Reminded me a bit of "100 Years of Solitude", actually, both in plot and style.

5. Tonight: Harry Potter w/ Kath. Tomorrow: Band rehearsal. Beyond that: not sure. Supposedly we're meeting with the wedding photographer this week; Kath and I are positively beside ourselves with anticipation.