July 31st, 2015
Happy birthday tomorrow, epiclevelregina!
Happy birthday tomorrow, leo9!
July 30th, 2015
July 29th, 2015
Last night we finished watching Orphan Black season one. Wow...
July 28th, 2015
While my beloved was at a quilt club meeting last night, I finally finished watching Marvel's Daredevil, the Netflix streaming thing. I thought the character progression was pretty solid, though it was dark on the screen and I couldn't always make out what was happening. Sound was pretty low, too.
Still waiting, I watched the documentary Korengal, another piece done in a US outpost in Afghanistan. Although Restrepo was pretty good, done by the same guys, this one was...boring? It felt very much like it was a revisit to the same stuff. My overall response was: "Eh."
...didn't even deserve three letters...
July 27th, 2015
July 26th, 2015
I don't usually pay a lot of attention to the writers of motion pictures. It's not fair, I know, but the screenwriters don't get a whole lot of respect in Hollywood, and to some extent that attitude is true of the movie fans.
There's this one screenwriter, William Goldman. I was first introduced to his work when a good friend insisted on reading aloud to a group of our friends a particular scene from a book that he'd found. I was shocked to realize later when I was watching The Princess Bride that I already knew the scene atop the Cliffs of Insanity; yes, it was that same scene.
I later read the book myself and enjoyed it...but that's not what I'm dealing with here. Yesterday, I finished reading his book Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting which I found to be an excellent discussion of the movie system. The book is a little old now (written in 1983), but there's still a lot of gold in it. If you have an interest in what The Industry is like, I think this is worth a read.
A few hours later, I also finished reading Osprey Warrior #71: Roman Legionary 58 BC – AD 69, which deals with the troops of the Republic during into the troops of the Empire. It's a pretty well put together book. If you're interested in the period, it might be a good choice for some concentrated data.
July 25th, 2015
I'd heard good things about a documentary called Deli Man, and it came out on DVD this month. So I pushed it to the top of the Netflix queue, and we played the disc a couple of nights ago. Brilliant work. It deals with the history, culture, and the present of the Jewish deli restaurants and does it very well. I'd highly recommend it.
I've dabbled in reading urban fantasy before, most notably Jim Butcher's Dresden series, which I like very much. Somewhere I'd heard about Suzanne Johnson's books which have some similarities to the Dresden stuff, but instead of being set in Chicago, they are in New Orleans, and post-Katrina the gates into the Beyond were ripped open. So I recently finished reading Royal Street and found it quite enjoyable. If you like the genre, give this one a try!
July 23rd, 2015
July 22nd, 2015
I got home moderately late from work, and divested myself of my dress shirt before hitting up Netflix streaming to work my way through Marvel's Daredevil. My wife was milking the cow, and since she's not into the show, I usually play it while she's away.
A panicked call on the cell later, and I grabbed a jacket and jumped into my car. She texted me the address of the farm, which I've never driven to without her before, and I'm off to the rescue. Why? She was so panicked that I couldn't make out what was wrong, I just headed out.
Two-thirds of the way there, and she called me back. Seems that the farmer finally arrived and the two of them corraled the bulls who had gotten loose before they broke out into the neighborhood. Whew!
So for me it was turn around and head back.
July 21st, 2015
July 20th, 2015
Sunday was busy again. We had a Dungeonmaster meeting in preparation for pre-show work, laying out certain parameters for the future episodes. Several cast & crew showed up, and several hung out for a while to chat.
In the evening we went out to dinner with Di & Dave at a Mexican place in Huntington Beach.
Through it all was the weather; the skies opened up in the late afternoon. Whew...
July 19th, 2015
Another weekend day done, and we were part of a group who put on a baby shower for the newlyweds, timmy_ritz and Helen. Nice group, good eats. The rain kept us mostly indoors, but all-in-all it was a very pleasant time.