June 11th, 2016

Dead Dog Cat

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It's been that kind of busy week where I had no time to do much of anything online, so I fell a bit behind in posting whatever I might have posted. Anyway...

During the week, we watched a couple of things off Netflix streaming. First was Minions, the animated film dealing with the origins/history of the little yellow helpers from Despicable Me. A fun and funny piece of work. Later in the week we followed that with Make Believe, a documentary that followed a number of teens who were involved in a competition dealing with stage magic. The show was also very good. In addition, we received, and immediately watched, a disc from Netflix, this one being Deadpool. Not being all that interested in reading superhero comics, I'd never been exposed to him before, with the exception of seeing people cosplaying the character, and watching our friends Xander and Bonnie singing about him in one of their parody songs/videos. In any case, we really enjoyed the movie a great deal.

Work had me covering at one of our clinics while its provider was undergoing training in the use of our electronic medical records system, so since this office is quite some distance from our house, I had to be out much earlier daily, leading me to limit my AM Internet access, so non-essential activity was postponed. I've now had experience at all of the clinics that we presently have open, so I feel better about my knowledge of our internal systems. Now to make them better!

Last night we met up with Lisa & Todd for his birthday karaoke outing in Woodland Hills, which was fun. Some of the folks singing sounded professional, but as usual, a number were far from it.

We've a wedding to attend late this afternoon to cap off the week. Bravo!
Dead Dog Cat

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Good grief, it's been close to two weeks since I last had a chance to post in this community. In the meantime I've continued reading and finishing a lot of books.

Let's start with Osprey Weapon #41: The Flamethrower a terrible (as in terror) weapon system that was a major item in the first half of the Twentieth Century. A clear and concise discussion of the equipment and the tactics of its use during combat of the period.

Next was Osprey Warrior #16: British Tommy: 1914 – 1918, a description of the soldiers of one army during WWI. It deals with the equipment and life of the British troops of that period in some detail.

Then, Osprey Campaign #8: Gallipoli 1915: Frontal Assault on Turkey, the WWI assault which was strategically sound, but tactically mismanaged in a horrible manner.

Next, Things That Flit, a short tale from Alex Bledsoe's Eddie LaCrosse series of tales which I found to be an enjoyable bit, and whets my appetite for more novels in the series, not that I'm aware of any in the offing.

Then I read Preacher Book One, the graphic novel. Why? Well, yes I did pick it up mostly because the television series started, and I was intrigued. I'd also heard a lot of good things about the comics back when they originally came out, but in the interim I've read the Sandman series of comics and graphic novels, and my tastes are more in this direction. Yes, I enjoyed it. Since then (out of order) I've also finished Preacher Book Two and Preacher Book Three, and I'm seeking out 4, 5, & 6. We're also continuing to watch the show...

Back to the order, Osprey Command #3: George S. Patton, a minor biography of the general; I've read better ones in the past, and this didn't add all that much to what I'd already learned.

Next, Cunning Plans, which is a compilation of talks given by Warren Ellis, the author of many books and comics. I'm intrigued by the twists and turns of his thought processes, and I got a lot to think about from reading this book.

Then, The Heart of Valor, another Tanya Huff novel of military SF involving an interspecies military and a problem. It's a fun read, though I found it a little difficult to follow the scenes occasionally. Not enough to dislike it, just a minor irritant.

Next was the most recent completion, Osprey Elite #24: The Old Contemptibles; it deals a bit with the soldiers of the British Army, but their best-trained troops who stopped the German Army from overrunning France in 1914 at the cost of most of their men. Fits together with a couple of the other books that I've recently completed in a rather synergistic way.

Onwards to the next book!