Tuesday, November 27, 2007

You Missed Me! (I'm Telling You That You Did.)

Music- "It's All Over Now"- The Rolling Stones

I had to shut the cat out to actually get this post out. I'm catnip...

The Sunday before last, and I can't believe I forgot to write about this previously, I went with my aunt, her co-worker and my cousin to see a stage production on the life of Henry W. Longfellow. It was held in the little theater on the second floor of Portland Stage. It was good but you had to pay attention the way the story was presented. There were three performers: Longfellow and a man and woman who are other characters as needed and sometimes act as narrator or Greek Chorus if you will. I liked it.

Thanksgiving dinner at my parents' house consisted of us, my uncle and grandmother, who I drove up with, and my aunt so it was a small but good group.

Friday before my grandmother and uncle drove back, my uncle, father and I watched the classic Paul Newman movie Cool Hand Luke. I'm ashamed to say I'd never seen it before. Great movie.

Friday night, we rented a couple movies and watched Wild Hogs that night. Funny movie. I would say John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy each really have their own brand of comedy so I was curious to see the four in the same film. The movie itself was probably a cross between the Allen and Travolta brands. I basically had the same problem with the soundtrack as I did with Herbie Fully Loaded: Great tunes but usually at the wrong time. Is Peter Fonda old enough to be Ray Liotta's father? You know I'll look it up...

Saturday morning, I watched Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. The first one was better than Daredevil and The Hulk so I was very happy with it but this one is definitely a keeper. It was so good. I still wonder why Julian McMahon was cast as Dr. Doom but at least they seemed to dump the Sue Storm/scientist angle so I was happy there. The third one will be the birth of Franklin but will they go with the Submariner or Skrulls? I can't wait to see. I'll be pissed if they go with something lame like Moleman...

I saw two Boston Celtic games. They really have a good team this year. It's been years since a star of Paul Pierce's caliber can pass it to someone, in this case Ray Allen, to knock down a buzzer-beater three to win the game. Sweet!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Think Of Your Own Title

Music: "Faithfully"- Journey

Here's a quiz:

Was last seen trying to make a molotov cocktail
'What will you last be seen doing?' at QuizGalaxy.com

Here's another:

Which Famous Artist Are You?

You are Vincent van Gogh. You were troubled at an early age and your art showed it. You're still in a growing stage and much of your brilliance and bottled up expression has yet to be revealed. Keep at it and you have the potential to become one of the greats.
Find Your Character @ BrainFall.com

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

It Was Snowing Earlier!

Music: "Driver's Seat"- Sniff'n The Tears

First, let me describe my final day at work before the holiday. I went, did a little ILL and then, when really nothing was going on, I went home. While I'm writing an important, or at least possibly important e-mail, that I don't want to discuss right now but may later, I get a call from my pastor who is also an adjunct faculty member. She needed help finding some material and wondered if I could come back. So I do; after finishing the email, of course.

When I got there, she gave me the list of books she wanted to find and made me tea and a plate of animal crackers. I actually found most of the books in our collection and was able to request the others through ILL. This was the first time I had done that for a patron, although I had done it for myself, so it was kind of cool on a certain level but all this trudging back and forth has made me a little tired. Thankfully, I can rest tomorrow...

I close on a personal note. I pleased KJ Kofsuske still checks in on my blog. I worried the situation over her blog would cause me to lose a reader...

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Another Book Read

I just finished one of the books I received from my birthday. Maybe I have been reading too many Star Trek books lately but Act of Treason by Vince Flynn was a totally awesome book and his best book to date. Remember when I discussed his last book, Consent to Kill and given what happened in that book I wondered where Flynn planned to go with the series? I'm still not entirely sure as this book could be considered a transition book on at least two fronts but I will say this book was even more awesome in that Flynn gives Irene Kennedy, DCI in his books, certainly not a background character anyway, a bit more to do than he has in the past. I hope this continues.

The biggest thing I enjoyed about it though was the villains of the piece for series protagonist Mitch Rapp weren't Arab terrorists as they have been pretty much starting with his second book which really kicks off the series. (His debut novel, Term Limits, was more of a stand alone novel though it was made clear in the last couple books that it is the same universe.) Sadly perhaps, I gather from the preview of the next book Flynn'll go back to that plot device.

I'll be interested in how the new administration plays off the two characters mentioned above in the books to come as that relationship has always been an important part of the books.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Baseball: I Was Happy, Now I'm Pissed.

Yesterday's announcement of Dustin Pedroia winning the American League Rookie of the Year was totally awesome, especially considering the vote of the Baseball Writers of America takes place before the playoffs begin. He deserved the honor even more so after.

Today's announcement of C.C. Sabathia winning the American League Cy Young Award upset me. The Indians pitcher was neck and neck with Josh Beckett most the year yet the final vote, which also took place before the playoffs, apparently was 119 points to 86. Maybe what happens in the playoffs should be considered. Beckett was far and away the better pitcher during October. Hell, his own teammate, Fausto Carmona, pitched slightly better and he ended up fourth in the voting. Even if Beckett still didn't win, the vote should have been much closer than it was. Once again, Boston doesn't get the respect it deserves. Simple as that.

On a completely unrelated topic, I found a new internet radio station specializing in Classic and Modern Rock. It just played "Ironic" by Alanis Morrisette. The song isn't terrible despite the fact none of her examples are actually examples of irony but I don't really consider the song "Rock." I would call it "Pop." Just thought I'd throw that out there...

Thursday, November 08, 2007

And Then There's Books...

Last night at dance I finished reading a trilogy of Star Trek books. Technically it's a two volume set and then an addendum or "missing piece" of the story I suppose you could call it. It began with The Eugenic Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh Volumes I and II which takes place in the latter 20th century and incorporates real history into this story supposed by an early Trek episode. (I love old science fiction shows and movies that take place in "the far future" of 1987 or in this case, 1996.) The author, Greg Cox, through these two books, successfully in my opinion, makes it entirely possible that genetically engineered superhuman warred against each other during the 1990's without the average citizen like ourselves noticing. There were not just Trek references in here but references to other things pop culture-wise such as The Stepford Wives and even the Marvel Comic character "Black Panther."

The three books had Kirk, Spock and company doing something to set the story up. The first two had them visiting a colony of superhumans and wondering if the Federation was any more ready to deal with them now than they were dealing with Khan a few years before in "The Space Seed." The Klingons come to add their two cents to the issue. This storyline, though not as interesting as the 20th century story, was still rather thought-provoking.

The introductory story for To Reign in Hell: The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh, that of Kirk Spock and McCoy battling teenagers that Khan left behind on Ceti Alpha V when he stole the Reliant in II, was not as interesting and was fairly unnecessary. Yes, it does tie up a loose end from the main story that took place between "The Space Seed" and The Wrath of Khan but it was too "Miri" for my tastes.

The main story was awesome though. I want to be clear on that. While he didn't really need to put all the pop culture references in with this book since it took place in the 23rd century, Cox was able to make clear to the readers that these exiles are from the 20th century by adding references to things the writers wouldn't have known about in the 1960's or 1982 for that matter...

If you like Star Trek and/or pop culture, I recommend these books highly.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Busy Weekend # 1232

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This weekend I went with my cousin/roommate and his mother to a science fiction convention in Springfield, MA. It was so much fun. The guest panel was mostly female which is OK with me but, as occurred to me last night, the age range was pretty diverse. I saw talks/Q&A sessions with and got autographs from Wendy Padbury of classic Doctor Who fame, Nicki Clyne of the new Battlestar Galactica, Grace Lee Whitney of the classic Star Trek series and Torri Higginson late of Stargate: Atlantis. I also saw the talks by Tracy Scroggins and Bill Mumy, both of whom have been in a bunch of genre-related stuff but the autographs I got from them are going to a friend of mine who's a much bigger fan of Babylon 5 than I am. (If there was a convient, and cheap, way for me to get autographs for myself I would have.)

All the guests were so funny and nice. I was quite at ease talking to them. Nicki Clyne is much more attractive and bubbly in person than on the show but then she's much less "one of the guys" than Crewman Cally is and, as she pointed out, every role she's had has a dirty face...Torri Higginson commented on my cousin's little red wheelchair flag during her talk and gave him a special autograph that evening. Wendy Padbury and Bill Mumy were entertaining as well. Tracy Scroggins was great too but it's pretty clear she's not used to kids which I found cool if you know what I mean...Grace Lee Whitney's talk was inspirational but it would really have been better for a church program or school assembly not a science fiction convention...

Throughout the weekend they had a dealer room and, perhaps cooler, a "Video Room" showing episodes of TV episodes the guests were in. Friday night, we saw both parts of a Sarah Jane Adventures story obviously not available in North America yet. Despite being a kids show, it was so cool. It would have been nice of that episode was the pilot so we could find out who exactly her adopted son is whether he's an android, alien or what, where the Mr. Smith computer came from and where K-9 was since she had one last time we saw her on Doctor Who but with her "sonic lipstick" and, frankly, Mr. Smith, this show rocked so much. One question about the whole video room experience though: why was all the convention tech guys having so much trouble with Windows Media Player?
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