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Much to our surprise, we found it slow and not nearly as good as we remembered it being. Interesting story, with some very interesting filming choices, but ultimately, not all that great. Huh.

We don't know if this will have any particular influence on how we feel about BLADE RUNNER 2049, but it will be interesting to see.

Mostly yesterday was spent relaxing and hanging out with each other. Pat was tired from his century the day before. I'm just being lazy as fuck.

We talked a lot about a lot of different things. We have a tendency to just go lie on the bed and talk about whatever comes to mind. I think we both find it relaxing.

In the early evening I laid down with my head on Pat's shoulder and fell sound asleep.

But it's Monday again. And we shall see what fresh hell this week brings.
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Nittany apples, potomac, magness, and bartlett pears, head of cabbage, celeriac, snacking peppers, and a chicken empanada.

I also picked up a quart of vegan mulligatawny soup, caramelized onion and mushroom sandwiches, and pretzel challah from Soupergirl! because [personal profile] fabrisse came over to watch movies with me. We got most of the way through Too Late for Tears before my DVD player started glitching. I think I may finally have to get a new one, as this one is literally decades old -- anyone have a recommendation for an affordable model I can get locally or get from Amazon?

I was hoping to have a watching party for Over the Garden Wall and other Halloween-themed media next weekend, but I'll have to see.

Also, I'm almost finished with [personal profile] fabrisse's Kraken Knuckles, and need to decide what to do next. Probably Anneal (I have some sparkly green yarn for it), but maybe the Wonder Woman wrap (knit? or crochet?), or maybe one of the Morehouse Merino critter scarfs for the Knit-Along (giant alligator? school of fish? pile of lab rats)?

Another good show gone

Oct. 22nd, 2017 02:00 pm
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1) I finished watching Halt and Catch Fire and wow, is this show overlooked. I haven't seen something this good since S5 of Buffy Spoilers ahead! )

2) This story about a new type of theater experience struck me because it's all about trying to figure out what makes a fandom tick.

3) Netflix may start getting into merchandise licensing. I was interested by this chart of top licensing companies. Most are toy, movies or sports, PVH seems to be apparel branding, and Meredith seems to hold a variety of properties. But one can see why Disney started snapping up properties like The Muppets, Star Wars, and Marvel not just for their creative licenses but for the more immediate revenue stream of stuff. Also, speaking of streaming services, Verizon isn't giving up on its Go90 project: "Web-based TV is becoming “a crowded field,” but it’s “absolutely critical” for Verizon to introduce its own platform, in part as an advertising vehicle for its AOL and Yahoo units""

4) This article (headlined Even smart people are shockingly bad at analyzing sources online) points out why fact checkers are so much better at it than even academics.

5) Nabbed from Petzi last week – states and countries I've visited. I hope to finish up the first map and add more places to the second in the next decade. Read more... )

I caught up on tv yesterday.

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:45 am
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I watched the MacGyver from Friday, and then watched three episodes of Lucifer. Then I actually watched a show I've had recorded since 2013. Yes, it's ridiculous, but I've had a show recorded for that long that I hadn't watched. So I watched that.

I still like Lucifer very much, and I have to stay that MacGyver grows on me more with each show. I was a huge fan of the original, and I like this one a lot. Lucas Till works as MacGyver for me.

Pat rode his 100 miles and came home very happy and exhausted. He brought me dinner - enchiladas with tomatilla sauce. Hmmmm....

Then we watched most of the Yankess/Astros game. We went to bed before it was finished. It was clear that the Astros were going to win it, and Pat was falling asleep in his chair.

I slept until 9:30 this morning, and since then we've taken it easy. Getting a lazy start. We've spent a lot of time talking. It's nice that we do that. We enjoy talking to each other.

Later today we'll probably watch the original BLADE RUNNER, because I really want to see the new movie. Maybe this week we'll get to do that.

Fic or Treat!

Oct. 21st, 2017 08:42 pm
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It's been awhile since I've done a fic-y kind of meme - and since [community profile] monthlysupergo is hosting a neighborhood party, I figure I should set up my door for fic-or-treaters!

Please note: I'm unlikely to get around to answering my door until the 30th/31st. I am incredibly busy this month, but I'm really looking forward to this as a low-stress countdown to [community profile] trickortreatex reveals, so please feel free to knock!

Ana's Door
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If you leave me prompts in fandoms I'm familiar with, you are 100% going to get bite-sized ficbits. (I'm aiming for 500 words or less, but who knows. You may inspire my next longfic.) If you prefer to just knock on the door and take your chances, you're more likely to receive gorgeous pictures of autumn-y stuff, or possibly some spooky theme music.

When knocking on the door, please leave a fandom, a ship, a character, or some other sort of prompt! (Lyrics or poetry are always fun to respond to.) I'm cool with multiple requests from the same person. (But just as an fyi, I'll probably try to treat everyone at my door before I double-back and hand out seconds.) Alternatively, just drop a cheery "Fic-or-Treat" and get whatever else I've got lurking in the candy bowl.

I've been hanging out mostly in the Prequels/Clone Wars era of Star Wars, but any of my old fandoms are welcome. (A brief and hilariously non-comprehensive list: Anita Blake, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cardcaptor Sakura, the Covenant, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Harry Potter, Harvest Moon, Hocus Pocus, Inuyasha, Juvenile Orion, Katekyou Hitman Reborn, Kingdom Hearts, Labyrinth, Leverage, Long Live the Queen, Pirates of the Caribbean, Rune Factory, Supernatural, Yuu Yuu Hakusho) If you know I'm familiar with a different fandom, go ahead and ask for it.

the porchlight is ON
Obviously, anyone from [community profile] monthlysupergo is welcome to drop by. So are all the people on my rlist. As a matter of fact, my light is on for anyone to drop by! Anon passers-by are totally welcome, too; it's not like you need a door of your own to knock on mine. (But if you would like to link me back to yours, feel free.)
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I went to see The Killing (1956) on Wednesday by myself, and the double feature The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (1974) and Charley Varrick with A (person to be pseudonymed later).

The Killing was excellent noir, full of chiascuro and dutch angles, with a tight tight script, including the final escape with the money being foiled by airline safety regulations!

For the double feature, Eddie Mueller, who hosts Noir Alley on Turner Classic Movies if you have that on cable, was there to introduce both movies. Since the theme of Noir City this year is "The Big Knockover: Heists, Hold-ups, and Schemes Gone Wrong", the Noir Foundation included several movies that are strictly speaking outside of the classic Noir genre, but are classics demonstrating the evolution of heist movies. Thus, we had 'Walter Matthau night' with the double feature.

The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (1974) )

Charley Varrick )

And tonight, because I wanted to, I made Flemish Waffles from Everyone Eats Well In Belgium. I omitted the cognac, because making waffles taste of alcohol is pretty much a Do-Not-Want for me, but they were pretty tasty nevertheless, and I have a stack of waffles for breakfast for the week; I'm still getting used to my waffle iron, and it's a bit tricky to get it adjusted to be Just Crispy Enough. The waffle was especially good with the salted brown sugar peach jam I put up several weeks ago, and tomorrow I might try it with the rest of the black raspberry preserve I have open, or the pear compote. Maybe someday I'll get some pearl sugar and try the recipe for Leige waffles -- though I think I'd need a different waffle iron to actually get them perfectly right.
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Woohoo! [community profile] femslashex reveals have happened. And I wrote Missy! Of course I did. (I'm really having a lot of fun with Missy at the moment, even if most of it is still in WIP form.) Anyway, here's the story I wrote:

Title: Finding Forward
Pairing: Thirteenth Doctor/Missy
Rating: PG-13
Summary: "Forging blindly ahead is a well-honed strategy of mine," the Doctor admitted wryly. "I can do that any day. Now, forward? That's proven a bit more difficult, you see."
A/N: Many thanks to [personal profile] fluffyllama for being there for me at the last moment. ♥

Originally posted here at AO3.

Finding Forward )

Review: The Death of Stalin

Oct. 21st, 2017 09:05 pm
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Russian history is not my best subject. I know about the revolution and a little about the events that followed but virtually nothing after 1945. So the historical inaccuracies in this won't bother me.

Continued on my blog

Review: Geostorm

Oct. 21st, 2017 08:16 pm
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According to my favourite reviewer, Mark Kermode, Geostorm "takes stupid to a whole new level. You can feel any sense of intelligence you have sort of seeping out of your ears as your eyes roll backwards and you think...this whole thing is one gargantuan joke."

Oh, boy, I can't wait!

Continued on my blog
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I have to say the pie was even better the next day than it had been the night of my birthday. Really good pie.

Then we spent the day being lazy.

Pat did have to go out in the late afternoon to pick up his packet for today's 100 mile ride. But he brought home lo mein for supper, so that was fine by me. (grin)

We watched the Yankees/Astros game. (sigh) We were hoping for a win to close out the series, but nope. Not happening. Hopefully the next game will end in favor of the Yankees.

Today we are up early so Pat can be at the ride beginning on time. He'll ride 100 miles and I think I'll catch up on some tv I've missed.

Yes, I'm going to be a slug. SLUG LIFE FOREVER!

Thanksgiving has come early

Oct. 20th, 2017 04:28 pm
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Yesterday morning, GK and I lugged ALL the boxes of books in from the little shed. My porch is a sea of brown cardboard boxes; I am endeavoring to get them on to my shelves, damn any kind of order save whatever they may have been in in the box.

OMG. I foresee donating a lot of duplicates to the ASFS* auction next spring--but that's okay. I can't begin to express how joyful I've been feeling since I began opening boxes. The shed thieves, whatever they may have gotten, did NOT make off with...at this point, I can't think of much I haven't seen yet. I can account for 95% of the things I've been frazzled about, and I think I saw some of the titles it was shelved near in a box I just opened. (I had to stop because my back was spasming. That's okay. I'm in here, with a stack of four books to read, mentally rubbing my hands together and gloating about what I'll read next.)

There are a helluva lot of shabby paperbacks...because I've read so many of them multiple times (and they probably weren't new to begin with). There are also a surprising number of coffee-table type books. My selection of volumes on plagues and epidemics arrived unscathed, as did an embarrassingly large block of juvenalia Some of it is Scholastic Book Club vintage...don't judge. I clapped when I unearthed Mary O'Hara and Maeve Binchy (but which do I reread first, Thunderhead or Scarlet Feather? The Secret of the Elms was nestled in beside The Catch Trap--talk about strange bedfellows!--but I was thrilled to see them both.

At this point, I think I'm about 60% unpacked, and I'm starting to wonder if they'll all fit on the shelves. I need to have to shift things around. I have one set of shelves that are fixed--can't be adjusted--which have room for tall stuff. The other four bookcases have holes for pegs, and it so happens I've got a couple extra shelves that GK got via roadside salvage. If I can make room for the tall books on the first bookcase, I should be able to adjust the shelves and arrange the PBs, TPBs and smaller hardcovers on the others.

Far from being daunted, my bookish OCD is looking forward to getting ALL the Anne McCaffrey in one place. Wondering if the HC and PB Dick Francis will fit on the same shelf. Looking forward to alphabetizing the non-series fiction and perhaps arranging the non fiction by the Dewey decimal system. *happy sigh*

Had a nice visit with Lambie Pie--I didn't see a lot of her. GK and I met her at the airport, then I didn't see her until the following week. She flew up to Colorado Springs to see Doc Bizarre and family, and GK rented a car to go pick her up. I went along for the ride, which was glorious. The weather was perfect, clear and not too warm. (Lambie groused about being cold the whole time--and I thought I was a delicate Southern blossom!)

The trip took us through Mora County, which has rolling hills with grass gone yellow at this time of year. Being a Louis L'Amour fan, I recalled that Mora was where the Sackett brothers settled (Remember Sam Elliott and Tom Selleck in the movies?!), so I was quite keen to scope out the terrain. No stops, though!

Colorado Springs is a bustling city, with the Rocky Mountains rising up at the edge of town the way the Sandias do here. It was Doc and the Mrs's anniversary--9 years, WOW--so they went out for dinner and a movie while GK and Lambie took the girls to the nearest mall for the evening. I stayed at the hotel trying to figure out the remote for the TV.

In the morning, we detoured by way of the Garden of the Gods, which is a public park--not a national park; it was gifted to the city in perpetuity as long as it remains accessible to the people FOR FREE. It's got some spectacular rock formations, including one called the Kissing Camels--do a Google image search and add the place to your bucket list--it's worth it!

The drive back was fairly uneventful. Lambie Pie, who can fall asleep the second her ass hits the seat, was zonked out in the backseat most of the way. I dozed for about 15 minutes (according to GK), because it was one of those mornings that came WAY too early. We didn't take the exact same route back--we detoured down the Turquoise Trail to Madrid, which used to be a coal mining town and is now a boutique tourist trap. We had dinner there--I had brisket!--and got in around sundown.

On Wednesday, we drove up the back side of the mountains to the crest of the Sandias, which has truly epic views. The weather was good for that, too. On the way back, we saw some mule deer! They weren't even fazed when we stopped the car to stare at them.

At the base of the mountain is the Tinkertown Museum, which is astonishing. It's a rambling building built by an eccentric gentleman who filled it with home-built dioramas juxtaposed with crazy collections. There's a sign that says "This is what we did while you were watching TV". When I say diorama, I'm not talking about the kind they made us build in shoeboxes, either. Think a Western town in a space two feet deep, three feet high and about fifteen feet long. Of a scene of Heaven vs Hell (That was only about five feet wide) opposite a display of several shelves crammed with wedding cake toppers. Very strange. Google it.

GK and Lambie spent the rest of Lambie's visit driving to the Grand Canyon, then Las Vegas (the one in Nevada, not the one in New Mexico). She flew back to Florida from there, and GK drove the rental car back here. She still had enough energy to help me yesterday--she did all the heavy lifting--and on Sunday we have an engagement for the theater. She and Lambie were supposed to go, but Lambie was afraid she'd sleep through the play. So GK switched the date of the tickets, which means I get to see The Addams Family. I'm very much looking forward to it!

Also--saw Dunkirk yesterday. It was gut-wrenching and intense and at places, I sobbed. Be advised.

I think we're all caught up!

* Albuquerque Science Fiction Society


For the curious

Oct. 20th, 2017 03:01 pm
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Wikipedia to the rescue: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shedim

Shedim is the Hebrew word for demons or spirits and also designates a supernatural creature in Jewish folklore. The word shedim appears only twice (always plural) in the Tanakh, at Psalm 106:37 and Deuteronomy 32:17. It was possibly a loan-word from Akkadian in which the word shedu referred to a protective, benevolent spirit.[3] Both times the term appears in the Tanakh, it deals with child or animal sacrifice to false gods that are called demons.[4] The word may also derive from the "Sedim, Assyrian guard spirits"[5] as referenced according to lore "Azael slept with Naamah and spawned Assyrian guard spirits known as sedim".[6]


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It caused my boxing lesson to be cancelled. Other than that, it just annoyed me that it got so much attention. The Governor declared a state of emergency and there were 500 State Troopers in town. Apparently the counter protest was bigger and louder than the Nazis - and the armed police stood between them at all points.

Personally, I would have preferred that they showed up and no one paid any attention. They had their little moment in the O'Dome and there was no one there. No press, no officers, no counter-protesters.

Because that's the amount of attention they deserve.

The fact that there were counter-protesters and officers is why the media showed up. They wanted to see if there'd be a bloody conflict they could show on tv and write about.


In other news, I worked a 9 hour day yesterday because there was so much to be done and I was constantly interrupted to solve other problems, AND we had the USDA closing. The closing went smoothly. I had prepared all the paperwork and it was perfect. I looked like a shining star. Plus, I understood things the USDA rep was explaining better than my boss did, and there was a board member and our attorney there to witness it. My boss is great at many things, but she is really bad at understanding financial intricacies. She completely misunderstood one instruction we were being given. I asked to explain it, and was allowed, and when I did, she got it and the USDA rep said I understood it perfectly.

Gold star to me.

Pat and I watched the Dodgers beat the Cubs. Hopefully tonight we'll watch the Yankees beat the Astros. That would be very, very nice.

Until then, we're taking it easy and making it a day of relaxation. Pat rides 100 miles tomorrow, so it will really help him if we have a very easy day.

In case you're wondering . . .

Oct. 20th, 2017 09:01 pm
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Just in case there's anyone still out there with the patience and forgiveness of a Sam, who still retains a sneaking fondness for The Song Remains the Same and a sliver of hope that it might continue some fine day, I want you to know that I haven't just abandoned it. In fact, I have actually been writing again over the hiatus and have added almost 10,000 words to "Wayward Son", but progress is still slow and scrappy, so I don't want to start posting again until I have a complete episode ready to go. I don't want to repeat all those times when I posted a small, frustrating morsel, then kept everyone hanging months for the next helping. And I think we're all over me making promises then not delivering. When I get back on the road, I want to have something to offer that I know people can count on. But, in the meantime, I felt I at least owed you all an explanation of where I'm at. I am still, as always, so grateful for all the support I've received in the past.

My thanks to you all.

I am enjoying the Dynasty reboot

Oct. 20th, 2017 02:48 am
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There. I said it.

(Never saw the original so I don't know how it compares)

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