July 17th, 2009

Dead Dog Cat

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Busy day, yesterday.

I left for work much earlier than usual, because we were planning on a movie that evening with friends. At work, the staff tried to throw a surprise birthday party for me and for one of the staff, whose special day was a couple of days earlier than mine. It was pleasant, and someone in the office gave me a Barnes & Noble gift card, which I promptly overspent. I'll post about those books, later.

Home, and forestcats was putting up the peach butter. OMG, it's so good! Then, we were off to the movies.

We caught Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which I generally enjoyed, though I'll have to say this one thing: "teenage angst". I still prefer the first and third movies, but the overall quality of the series remains, so, I now await the final film. (And then, there's the question of whether or not Hollywood will let it be final...)

We tried to go get some dinner afterwards, as Kathy and Bill returned home to their little one, but they roll up the sidewalks in this neighborhood after ten PM, so we ended up finally at Applebee's. I had enough to eat to quell the beast in my belly, as did my beloved, and we returned home to doze off.
Dead Dog Cat

#42, 43, 44, 45

With some of my birthday moneys, I got my hands on some Osprey books to study/enjoy/use in my roleplaying campaign. These included:

Osprey Warrior #118: Byzantine Infantryman: Eastern Roman Empire c.900 - 1204
Osprey Fortress #59: Crusader Castles in Cyprus, Greece and the Aegean 1191 - 1571
Osprey Fortress #74: Japanese Castles AD 250 - 1540
Osprey Campaign #198: The Samurai Invasion of Korea 1592 - 98

I find these series to have lots of information on all aspects of their topics not limited to artwork and photos of gear and terrain. I've been very happy with the Fortress series, especially, as it's been hard for me in the past to visualize castles and suchlike places.

Earlier in the week, I finished a couple of comics. The first was DMZ #43, which continues in an interesting vein. The second was Fables #86, which goes into more depth about the history of a particular villain. Nice.

On the drive home, today, I heard the announcement on NPR of the death of Walter Cronkite. His was the voice of the news in my youth. We never watched NBC or ABC for our news, it was always CBS news, and not just because our last name was the same as that of their Chairman of the Board. I remember playing with an old reel-to-reel tape recorder when I was about nine, and taping Cronkite's voice during the coverage for a Gemini launch, and just playing the same section over and over, just because his voice was so reassuring: "...and the blockhouse is in the...ah...what is called a negative..."

How I wish he'd never retired, and yet, that's too much to ask of even the finest that our country produces.

Perhaps, with his death, there'll be some recollection of what TV news has lost?
Dead Dog Cat

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One more thought about Walter Cronkite:

IMHO, Mr. Cronkite is more important in the history of this country than Michael Jackson. I find myself wondering if the impact and the coverage of his loss will be comparable, or if MJ's TV time will overshadow that of WC? If it does, what is this teaching our youth?