December 16th, 2005

Dead Dog Cat

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As the year winds down, I have two more books done:

First of all, yet another of the Knights of the Dinner Table: Bundle of Trouble, this one being #10. Lent to me, I've been getting a kick out of them, especially due to my long tenure as a gamemaster.

Then, I finished another book by Paul Doherty, the historical fiction author. This one was called The Gates of Hell, and deals with murders in and around the court of Alexander the Great while he's on campaign against the Persian Empire. This author does a good job of evoking the milieu in which the action takes place; he's not as good as some others in setting up the mystery. I like his works specifically for the descriptions of the life of each period. He's very prolific, and I have loads more of his books to read.

The other night, I was entering a local hospital after dark, when all the power went out. Apparently, a crew, working on a local street, cut the power lines to the hospital. It's a bit disconcerting to suddenly see nothing at all, while in a building that depends on electrical power for most of its functions. In a few seconds, just after I pulled out a flashlight, the emergency generators kicked in, but they only power key circuits. It took several minutes before all functions were restored. Not long after that, I was looking at a patient in the ICU, and checking that everything attached was still working...

Potillo's beef sandwiches aren't as good the third day as they are the first...

Rachel, one of forestcats friends, decided out of the blue that she had to share with us the DVD set for season one of Lost. As one might guess, I haven't seen any of it. Initially, forestcats and I watched the first pilot episode; I was amused at how manipulative it was, and forestcats wasn't too impressed. Last night, I was winding down from a bad day at work (after forestcats and I went to the All You Can Eat sushi bar, and embarrassed the sushi chef...we last saw him on the night before Thanksgiving; he'd gotten so drunk that after we left, he went wandering the parking lot naked...) and, thinking that she wasn't interested in seeing any more of Lost, I watched the next three items on the first disc. The more I watched, the cooler it seems. Odd, and eerie. I refuse to do spoilers, for those who haven't seen it yet (and now, apparently, my spouse intends to catch up to me), but I find myself sucked in.

...and then there's Dungeonmaster this weekend, hurrah!
Dead Dog Cat

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Somehow, I missed the opportunity to mention that I had a chance to watch a few days back a film made in Finland called Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning. I downloaded it from somewhere or other: 541 meg file, subtitled, since it IS in Finnish. They do a pretty good send-up of both Star Trek in all its versions, as well as Babylon 5. You get to watch a fleet of starships fight it out with Star Furies and destroyers, as well as the vessel from Crusade. It's a heavy-handed parody, but reasonably funny. One fellow who watched it complained about the lousy acting, and maybe so, but, Hey!, dammitall, it a parody, and it's supposed to be a bit outrageous.