December 24th, 2014
Marc Cushman is writing a series of books using various paperwork from the business end of Star Trek detailing production issues from the original series. I finished reading the second book, called These Are the Voyages: TOS: Season Two.
There's a lot of detail here, including a lot of material about the folks behind the scenes. As was the first book, I found this one filled with details that I hadn't known about the show. Very nice read for anyone interested in what goes on behind the scenes to make what they film possible.
December 23rd, 2014
December 22nd, 2014
December 21st, 2014
I was out of the house fairly early yesterday; I was well-past time to get an oil change on the car. Luckily, I was the first in line at the mechanic's, and I was in and out of Al's quickly. A stop at the hospital, and then home.
I picked up my wife, and we made stops for gifts for the nieces and nephew, as well as picking up Krispy Kreme doughnuts as our contribution to the Hanukkah brunch at my mother's. Traffic was as delightful as you'd expect, but we finally got there.
I had a good time hanging with my sister's kids, as usual. The doughnuts were a big hit. Apparently there are few or no Krispy Kreme places left in the San Fernando Valley, or at least no where near my family, so they gobbled up most of them right off. Nice.
Finally, we had to head home for equine feeding. Traffic on the way back was twice as bad as on the way there, who knows why?
In the evening, we cleared out some Netflix stuff, including watching Maleficent which I found surprisingly good. Bravo!
I think today is going to be mostly devoted to a few details...like laundry, grocery shopping, and a quick visit to the hospital for one patient. And so it goes...
December 20th, 2014
December 19th, 2014
December 18th, 2014
December 17th, 2014
I recently mentioned reading a graphic novel and thought I'd go a get the sequel; had a moment, picked it up and last night I finished reading Phonogram: The Singles Club, which for no reason that I can exactly name, I liked better than the first. It goes over and over the same events in the same nightclub from the viewpoint of different people which reminded me of a movie by Akira Kurosawa except that it didn't involve a murder. Very interesting. I especially liked the portion where they highlighted the DJ team. I have to ask a certain DJ of my acquaintance what he thinks of these books, if he's even aware of them...?
December 16th, 2014
You know, it wouldn't be me if I didn't post something like this one, now and again:
Finished Osprey Campaign #177: Chateau Thierry & Belleau Wood 1918: America's Baptism of Fire on the Marne a couple days back...what a bloody mess that whole war was. What more can I say. I have a lot of interest in history, but two periods particularly disturb me, The American Civil War because I can't believe we ended up fighting ourselves, and WWI because of the stupidity that led them into the bloody trenches. Anyway, that's just my take on it.
December 14th, 2014
If only I'd been sick in bed, and not sleeping, I probably could have finished two or more books above and beyond these:
First was another David Drake novel in the Leary series, The Sea Without a Shore, which I found to be a pretty good read. I've enjoyed the series thus far; it reminds me of an SF take on Patrick O'Brian's novels of the Napoleonic Wars at sea. I'd say that the whole series is worth reading...but I'm not sure how well this novel stands alone.
Second, someone, sometime suggest that I read a couple of graphic novels, and so I picked up Phonogram Volume 1: Rue Britannia. I found it a bit hard to follow, and it expects a knowledge of music of the last half century at its core. The artwork was meh, as well. However, it did grow on me a bit, and I think I'll try the second graphic novel and see where it takes me.
I worked yesterday morning. And promptly went home and collapsed onto the couch. Slept two hours and crawled upstairs, and slept on and off for the next ten hours, occasionally reading. Somewhere in there forestcats came home from the wedding that I'd missed due to illness, and she promptly collapsed as well, since she'd started showing signs of having the same thing I did. Oy.
Today, I feel better, though I don't feel well yet. I'm going to have to get some medicine for her, too, now.