Saturday, November 29, 2008

Ten Years Gone

So far, my Thanksgiving weekend has been quite different. My roommate and I had my parents, grandmother and uncle over for the actual meal. My aunt/his mother had to work but she provided the chocolate cream pie and got a plate later. As is usual when my family gets together, we laughed a lot. My father told this story he heard on the radio where astronauts have this machine that turns their urine into drinkable water but it's still being perfected so it's still 10% urine. They compensate by using Tang! Supposedly, it tastes good...

Yesterday included going to Applebee's for lunch with more family followed by going to my grandparents for more pie and conversation. That was nice actually and devoid of annoying weirdness so yay!

Last night, we went down to see the annual "Lighting of the Holiday Tree Ceremony." They call it thus to be PC but aside from "The Dreidel Song" and the universally accepted "I Love Mud." It was all Christmas. Be accepting of all faiths or don't but half-ass is just stupid. Besides Rick Charette whose set would have been great if they cut it in half, there was a brief Nutcracker presentation from the Maine State Ballet and and equally brief presentation from one of the faculty from the Portland Conservatory of Music. (I would have liked more from the school myself.) Also, it was freezing. And there was patches of black ice on the sidewalk going home.

What I really want to talk about is the tenth anniversary of, and I can't think of a nice way of putting this, being rejected. On the perhaps brighter side, it freed me up to pursue other relationships, none of which have panned out so far but that's neither here nor there at the moment.

I've been doing well actually. I hadn't really thought about her and I probably wouldn't have noticed the anniversary if it wasn't for a series of events that happened to me over the last 4 months or so. I won't bore you with the whole sequence but the capper happened yesterday; on the actual day itself. I discovered she had joined Facebook. On the face of it, it's just an odd coincidence but in the "cosmic view" of things it's very weird indeed. Now, as I type this, I'm not even where I was yesterday. I was admittedly mopey about it then, passing it off as tryptophan-withdrawal, but today, I feel able to just shrug it off.

Anyway, I wanted to share that with you all so thanks for listening.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Had To Share

Apparently the new trailer for the upcoming Star Trek film has been updated:



So excited!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Reviews!

This past week I finished reading a classic Star Trek novel. The Pandora Principle is the official, until debunked in a movie or TV series, origin story of Lt. Saavik; who's now a captain in the recent "Vulcan books" by Sherman and Schwartz. I really have to doubt the two women read this book by Carolyn Clowes when they decided Spock and Saavik would be betrothed to each other. In the Pandora Principle, Spock is not only her mentor but, it turns out he raised her from the time he found her at around age 11 or 12 until she was old enough to enter Starfleet Academy making the betrothal plot point kind of "Woody and Soon Yi" which may be less taboo in Vulcan culture but still... The book takes place shortly before Star Trek II even though Robin Curtis, not Kirstie Alley, is on the cover. The dialogue in this book was great and the plot overall was interesting but I was left unsatisfied with the ending despite the awesome climax. It seemed they were gearing up for a big reveal that never materialized which was obviously disappointing not to mention what the non-elaborated-upon Romulan sect hoped to gain with their plot was never fully explained in my opinion.

Recently, I also saw the movies Pitch Black and Bad Boys II. It's interesting to to watch more-original interpretations of space movies but Pitch Black had a few flaws. Except for a few instances, "dramatic conflict points" comprised of the monsters attacking again and again. It became monotonous actually. Also, the characters you wanted to live didn't and the ones you hoped died survived. (OK, there was some exceptions in both camps but still...)

Bad Boys II held up better. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith were hilarious together. The plot was admittedly formulaic but I really don't mind that in action-comedies. In fact, I usually expect it...I don't recommend it for my mother but I think everyone else who craves something without too much thought required will love it.

Yesterday, we went to see the new Bond film. (I went for research purposes as well.) Quantum of Solace was great. I really enjoy the direction they've taken the franchise. They had gotten too wrapped up in special effects and general kookiness as of late so these last two films have been refreshing. Two reviews I read prior to seeing the film suggested there wasn't enough action. There was plenty for me. I think people go into certain films like this one expecting certain things and are almost disappointed when something new and different happens. This wasn't formulaic Bond per se (There was really only one "Bond Girl" and she wasn't even the one he slept with!) and I say more power to them! Can I close by just saying how cool Judy Dench as M was in this movie? Admittedly, I also enjoyed the pokes at America and our intelligence services...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

An Experiment With Last.fm

Musical Magic 8 Ball
Go to your music player of choice and put it on shuffle.
Say the following questions aloud, and press play.
Use the song title as the answer to the question.

NO CHEATING.

1. How does the world see me?
"Band on the Run"- Paul McCartney & Wings Do they see me as stuck inside a room?

2. Will I have a happy life?
"El Salvador"- Peter, Paul & Mary I'm gonna have to go with "No"...

3. What do my friends really think of me?
"I'll Never Find Another You"- The Seekers Awww That's sweet...


4. Do people secretly lust after me?
"For the Life of Me"- The Wallflowers Probably not then...

5. How can I make myself happy?
"Fire and Rain"- Richie Havens Reconnect with an old lover?

6. What should I do with my life?
"Good Shepherd"- Jefferson Airplane Feed sheep apparently...

7. Will I ever have children?
"Just a Girl"- No Doubt. Well, yes, that would help...

8. What is some good advice for me?
"Bird Dog"- The Everly Brothers. "Stay on the trail" Good advice; I think.

9. How will I be remembered?
"Piano Man"- Billy Joel. A good ear which I think is true.

10. What is my signature dancing song?
"Laraby's Gang"- The Spin Doctors. It is a headbobber...

11. What do I think my current theme song is?
"China Girl"- David Bowie. What? I can't wait to hear the next song...

12. What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
"Dreams"- Fleetwood Mac. I can see that...

13. What song will play at my funeral?
"There is a Mountain"- Donovan. This song is frequently stuck in my head so that makes perverse sense...

14. What type of men/women do you like?
"Panorama"- The Cars. I really have no idea...

15. What is my day going to be like?
"When Love Breaks Down"- Prefab Sprout. Well, that's just super...

Monday, November 10, 2008

This Must Be Said.

Probably every four years, maybe more often, maybe less, the "Christian Right" determine which candidate best follows their interpretation of the Bible. This forces the implication that to be a follower of Jesus' teaching you must be a Republican. I have no idea where people get this. I personally do not remember the verse or chapter where Jesus goes to Abraham's homeland (Find Ur on a map. It's in Iraq!) and subjects the villagers to illegal search and seizure or the part where Jesus praises John the Baptist, or whoever, for leveling a Samaritan village after a Samaritan bombs a donkey or something. But they must be in there...

The death penalty is based on the code of Hammarabi which states "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." Jesus says, on the other hand, Christians must "turn the other cheek" and that the other law was total donkeyshit. Someone will have to explain to me how continuing the act of vengeance with another act of vengeance is synonymous with an act of forgiveness because I'm just not smart enough...

As far as the "homosexuality is an abomination against God" thing goes, let's suppose we take the parable of the Good Samaritan and replace him with a homosexual. Wouldn't the moral be the same? No? You mean God's unlimited love has limits?

Yeah, the bible says it does in this case but I'm pretty sure you or someone you love has eaten shellfish and I'd be very surprised if your wife or girlfriend (or yourself if you're female) lived by herself in a tent out back once a month...

Anti-abortion sentiment is also simply hypocritical. If you believe life begins at conception, and all life is sacred, and therefore must be preserved at the microscopic level, don't bacteriologic lifeforms such as germs deserve to live? And when was last time you let a mosquito who was biting you live?

See you in Hell.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

I Am The Quiet Geek!

A revelation hit me the other night while I was trying to sleep. Terry Brooks' Word and Void series continuing with the just finished Genesis of Shannara trilogy (I haven't read the final book Gypsy Morph yet.) Is basically The Dark Is Rising series for a more mature audience. Yes, fantasy book fans will point out that every fantasy series is basically about good versus evil but the similarities here are rather scary.

Both books deal with the Dark or, more creatively, the Void trying to take over the Earth. Both deal with prophecy predicting this would happen thousands of years ago. Both have the ultimate "Force of Good" known simply as "The Lady." Oh, and both a have a Tree...

The differences are great, however. While Susan Copper's series draws off Celtic Myth. Terry Brooks combines Native American myth with typical fantasy elements as elven magic. Though I haven't read it, I'm imagining the ending of his series as more akin to the way C.S. Lewis ended the Narnia series given that we know the trilogy sets up the other Shannara books.
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