in the late afternoon i took a short trip down the cafe to pick up some amazon.com books: "amc massachusetts trail guide 8th edition" and "new england wildlife: habitat, natural history, and distribution." i've heard great things about these amc trail guides from julie, but i found it to be lacking in details. it's basically a quick survey of most of the massachusetts trails. most of the information i've already been able to find online. it includes some maps, but only very selected areas, which i could easily obtain on the web and print out myself. i wouldn't recommend this guide to anyone looking for more in-depth trail information. "new england wildlife" is an interesting volume, more scientific than your usual field guides. the bulk of it covers new england birds (which i could do without, i already have many bird books), i really only got it for the amphibians and reptiles section, for its more thorough distribution maps of individual species.
in the evening i watched another godard movie with rob, le petit soldat, about the french algerian war and a spy ordered to kill. memorable scenes includes taking photos of anna karina prancing around an apartment and a lengthy torture scene that starts off with small tortures (e.g. sprayed with a hose) but ends in electricity. an otherwise confusing movie that'll leaving you scratching your head, like many of godard's films. i had soup from a can for dinner (even though my mother invited to go back to belmont for some fried fish). we finished off the night with an rfk documentary on pbs, the daily show, blind date, and dance 360. the white girl did not win! rob complained bitterly about his crashing new ibook, and went to bed disgusted when he realized he'd probably have to do a clean install of the system. i don't even remember how many times i've had to re-install the system in the past. it builds character though.