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An Almanac For The 21st Century

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Wear, Watch, Want #29: The Green Dressed Man Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #29: The Green Dressed Man Edition

Wear: Chava Maxi Dress from Anthropologie

Does this dress look familiar? Perhaps it's because it's been featured very recently in a Wear, Watch, Want column, but in a different print. And in that particular feature, I mentioned that I already owned this dress in yet another print. Yep, I now own three versions of this dress. It stands to reason, then, that I think this dress is tops. This iteration is currently on sale at Anthro, and I picked it up when sale items were an addition 25% off. THEN all sale items were an additional 40% off, so I called and got the price adjusted. This dress is worth a million bucks, but it's best if you don't pay that, you get me?

Watch: The Man in the High Castle

This. Show. Oh man. I watched the pilot during one of Amazon's silly pilot seasons, which are meaningless. It was fantastic, and I was thrilled that Amazon was going to make a whole series. Then a few weeks before the premiere date Amazon made the first two episodes of The Man in the High Castle available for free to anyone, not just Prime members, and I watched the premiere again, and the second episode. I was practically counting the days until the moment all episodes would be available, and when they were I binged the crap out of the whole series. Then I evangelized the hell out of it and I haven't stopped since. So now it's your turn.

The Man in the High Castle is based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, and is based in an alternate reality where the allies didn't win World War II, and as a result the US is a very different place. The country is split into three regions, and it looks like this:

Juliana Crane lives in San Francisco, where she's a second class citizen (or less) because that's what white people are in the Japanese Pacific States. Her sister gets killed for having a filmstrip that she was going to take to Canon City, in the Neutral Zone, and when Juliana watches it, she knows she has to take on her sister's quest. Joe Blake lives in New York, and is also on his way to Canon City. Not only has Joe never left the Great Nazi Reich, he's never left New York, so he's being exposed to a lot he never knew. Like, say, mass cremations just being just being part of an average Tuesday in Iowa or wherever. Also, Joe has a plethora of secrets of his own, and a filmstrip. Joe and Juliana meet in Canon City, where they are meant to get their filmstrips to the man in the high castle, because that will aid the effort to overthrow the Nazis... somehow. But there are people who don't want that to happen, obviously, and there are assassins and intrigue and secrets and THIS IS THE BEST SHOW. That's all just the pilot, by the way. I haven't even gotten into Juliana's boyfriend back in San Francisco, who's hiding his Jewish ancestry because it could get him killed. Or Rufus Sewell, who never seems to play a good guy and so in The Man in the High Castle plays a high ranking Nazi. Oh man. Oooooh man. I think I'm going to have to go back and watch the whole thing again, I just got myself all riled up from remembering what a fantastic show The Man in the High Castle is.

Want: Greenery

I've been looking for a faux plant for my living room for awhile now, and I can't seem to find the perfect one. It's going in a dark corner, and I have a real gift for death when it comes to plant life, hence the move toward fake greenery. I'm a fan of Ikea's small fake plants (my house is full of them), but they lose me when it comes to larger items. I'm still searching, though, and until then I get to look at a nice barren corner where a tall-ish plant would look perfect.

Have a Hot Bod And a Hot Dog

Have a Hot Bod And a Hot Dog

Treat Yo' Self 2016 Is Already In Full Swing

Treat Yo' Self 2016 Is Already In Full Swing