Friday, November 02, 2018

title TBA, I guess

I couldn't think of a decent title. I'm in a bit of a grumpy mood, mostly (I'm assuming) due to hunger. I'm in the process of cooking dinner now, so the hunger issue will be dealt with relatively soon, but other things ARE irritating me. Old man time!!

Jimmy Kimmel, and his "film yourself cruelly lying to your young children" shtick he does every year. Why is this still a thing?

Also, I'm several thousand words behind schedule on Nano. Which I don't *super* care about - I'll write what I write - but it does minorly bug, ya know?

And the fact that Trench (the latest Twenty One Pilots album) is ...only okay. I've listeened to it about 4 or 5 times through now, and my consensus is: Starts off really strong, has a weak/meandering middle, finishes strong. Still think My Blood is the second worst song TOP has ever produced (I skip it each go around on the cd) but Bandito, Jumpsuit, Levitate (those two really ought to be played back-to-back on the radio, like Queen's We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions, or Green Day's Brain Stew/Jaded), Morph, Legend, Leave the City and Pet Cheetah are all good tunes.

Hold on, food cooking break.

Okay,

And there's something womlu with our computer and so all the text that I'm writing shows up green and illegible (but it doesn't publish that way, fortunately, so, it's not all bad, I guess.)

And it's the last weekend before Election Day, which means I'm "on call" this weekend, in case any last minute political orders come through (it's never happened in the 10 years that I've been doing this, but they always ask, and we almost always say that we'll be available for them.)

And... I think those are the big things that were bugging me. And like I said, I'm sure once I get some food in my belly, I'll feel much better. I think I'm going to go do that now.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

from my phone, yo

Well, this is different. I'm blogging this from my phone, because it's late and I'm tired, and it's something I can do. I don't necessarily have anything of interest to say about it, but it's a first for me. Tomorrow is halloween. Kinda crazy that we're at that point in the year already. And a week from today is (finally) election day.  I truly hope for a better result than the last one.
(I am honestly unsure of what tuesdays outcome will be. 16 seemed like a sure thing, after all. This year ive been trying to keep my expectations low. Guess well find out in a weeks time.) Anyway, blogging has now officially been done, which means I can try to get some rest now. . Haven't been sleeping well lately. I blame the news, mostly. And getting older, maybe. And the seasons. And our 13 year old mattress. Sheesh, I am totally turning into an old man who just complains about everything. ..

Thursday, October 25, 2018

obligation complete

I'm too tired to do much more than that, sorry.

Friday, October 12, 2018

company loves misery

I mean, it's a small comfort, but at least I'm not the only employee that is feeling absolutely overwhelmed, overworked, overpressured and overstressed due to political season.

It's a testament to ...well, I guess to needing to pay bills and eat, that more of us haven't just said screw this and walked off the job. Because, hoo boy, if that were an option...

On the bright side, we did make 3rd quarter's budget, so there's a bonus coming at the end of the year for that. AND. There are only 20-something more days until the freaking midterms and then things will normalize for a bit. Hopefully.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

delay tactics!

Yay, I have inspiration for a story!

Now comes the part where I decide to focus on research and tinkering with the plot in my mind instead of actually writing it.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Chick-fil-lame

Went and had Chick-fil-a for the first time in, like two decades (probably closer to three, to be honest),  and... it did not live up to the hype that I had in my mind/memory. So few things really do. But, that just makes it that much easier to never need to eat there again. (I know, the politics of the owners should be enough, but I remembered the food as being SO good. Turns out, nope.)

Friday, September 21, 2018

100 days left

Random entry time!

Today is Stephen King's 71st birthday.

Relatedly, I recently finished watching season 1 of Mr. Mercedes (the streaming series from ...AT&T?? Man, does EVERYONE have a streaming service now?) Anyway, I picked up the DVD from the library (aka, sticking it to The Man) and watched the 10 episode season. Overall, I felt it was a pretty strong bit of television, and improved a lot on the novel. (I felt that the novel was standard King. I liked it a lot, but it wasn't one of his best.) ANyway, the series was immensly watchable, with a few things that didn't work. Oddly, there is a scene in the novel that was supremely disturbing that ...didn't work as well on screen. (Without getting spoilery, I'll just say Brady's younger brother.) And dream scenes bug me a lot lately, and there were a few of those that i felt were somewhat just padding. So, maybe if the series had been 8 episodes it would have been stronger? I mean, 10 didn't really wear out its welcome or anything, but it still could have been tightened up somewhat.
The music selection was top notch.  And I adored Fred and was always happy to see him in the credits. The casting of Brady, Hodges, and Jerome were all perfecto. And while my feelings toward book-Holly are ambivalent, tv series-Holly went a long way toward improving my outlook on the character.
Speaking of characters and improvment - Brady. Oh man, King tries (too hard, maybe?) in the novel to have you HATE him. And, yes, he's vile and murderous and so on, but ... the series just makes it so much better. Because while he's frightening and hateful, he's also ...more human? Like, there are moments where you can actually feel sympathy for him, and where he has glimpses of actual humanity that make him all the more complex. (Plus, he did murder a homophobic white supremacist, so he's not all bad, I guess...)
I read that a lot of people didn't like book-Hodges because he's selfish and puts others in danger at the cost of his obsession with Brady. Series-Hodges is unlikable for other reasons (he can be off-putting) but I think they toned down the "putting other people in danger" aspect to a more realistic degree.
Wow, I rambled about that a lot more than I had intended to. Suffice to say that I enjoyed the show, and once season 2 gets out on DVD, I'll check that out, too. (I wonder if they will stick to the Mr Mercedes trilogy...and if that means that there will be anything past a season 3. Book 2 didn't really focus on Brady much, actually so I'm guessing season 2 will follow more of book 3.... I dunno.

ANYWAY.

What else?

Silas is playing the Legend of Zelda (original flavor) and .... Link was kind of fat back in the day. Not body shaming, just observing.

Speaking of body shaming and Nintendo.
Actually, no. Not even gonna go there. (apologies for even approaching it, as I'm sure if you're aware of it, it's now (back) in your mind now...)

Tangentially related to THAT, though - overheard some people at work the other day discussing Brett Kavanaugh. More accurately, they were discussing the allegations against him. The gist of the conversation was that it was "a long time ago" when they were both in high school, and, bringing things up NOW was unfair and "back when I was in high school there were  boys who would try to sneak into women's bathrooms" and  blah blah blah, because people suck.  (Somewhat interestingly, we had a person who worked at the station with the same name as the current SC nominee, although his last name was spelled with a C instead of a K. Based on the little I know of both Bretts, I would prefer that *our* Brett was the one who would be deciding court cases.)

November cant' get here soon enough. I am SO freaking tired of political season.

I have watched about the first third of Avengers Infinity War so far, and so forgive me if this is answered later - but...why not use the Reality Stone to, um, make it so you have the others?

There's a new show starting on NBC on MOnday called Manifest, which looks a bit like a Lost-reboot, but I've watched the first segment (it's been posted up on YouTube) and ...eh. It looks like it's going to focus more on the relationships than on the actual mystery of what happened, and I'm just not there for it. (Although I'm curious if Trump will get mentioned in the show at all. I mean, if you had disappeared in 2013, and then just arrived in 2018, THAT would certainly be a shock to discover. Hell, living through it has been a bit of  one. Also, if it did happen in real life, you know he'd take credit for the plane returning/blame Obama somehow.)

There are only 100 days left in 2018. Not sure how many of them will be blogging days, but I guess we'll see. And then after that.... I've been thinking about possibly not blogging anymore. I don't (typically) have a lot to talk about, and I don't know if anyone is even still reading. But, then, I've felt that way before, and have somehow always come back around, so who even knows.

Monday, September 03, 2018

so August was pretty quiet

Not that September is shaping up to be anything yet, either. I guess it's still too early to tell.

Anyway.

Anything interesting lately? Erm... I shaved my head yesterday, so... that has taken some time to adjust to. (Tomorrow I get to see all the reactions from coworkers. Oh, goody.)

Harper's car is in need of repairs of ...some magnitude, although exactly how much/what is still trying to be determined. Here's hoping that the universe is feeling kind.

I've been super uninspired when it comes to writing, and have been thinking that since normally all my story ideas are of the fantastical/sci-fi/not really realistic type... that maybe I should take a crack at writing something a little more ...grounded. It hasn't happened yet, but I have been thinking about it. I don't even know if that is possible for me - to write something that is about actual people having actual lives that could actually happen? Well, the idea is simmering in my head, we'll see if anything results from it.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

like rats off a sinking whatever

a LOT of people have been leaving/are leaving work lately/soon. It seems to happen like this every so often - there will be a rash of multiple folks all find other work (or get fired) all around the same time.
it doesn't really bother me - just makes me a little sad, is all. Most of these folks are good people (I'm sure they all are, but I don't KNOW all of them). Plus, since one of them is from my department, and another is someone that I work pretty closely with, MY workday is being impacted, which I'm not a fan of. And, sadly, I know that both of these coworkers would probably stay with the company, if they were being paid what they're actually worth. Stupid cheapskate corporation.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

top 100 scifi movies of all time

Oh, random articles on the internet...

So, just like how a few weeks ago I listed the top 100 horror movies (of all time!), now I've got the top 100 science fiction flicks, courtesy of this article at buisnessinsider.com. And, again, these are based off of scores from critics. And, again, bolding the ones I've seen.

100. Movement and Location (2015)
99.  Serenity (2005)
98.  Inception (2010)
97.  Twelve Monkeys (1996)
96.  Thelma (2017)
95.  Okja (2017)
94.  X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
93.  Captain America: Civil War (2016)
92.  Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
91.  Attack the Block (2011)
90.  THX 1138 (1971)
89.  Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
88.  Repo Man (1984)
87.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
86.  Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (2017)
85.  Ghost in the Shell (1996)
84.  10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
83.  Wonder Woman (2017)
82.  World on a Wire (1973)
81.  Midnight Special (2016)
80.  Escape From New York (1981)
79.  Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
78.  Logan (2017)
77.  Westworld (1973)
76.  Evolution (2016)
75.  Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1982)
74.  WarGames (1983)
73.  Sleeper (1973)
72.  2046 (2005)
71.  Ex Machina (2015)
70.  A Clockwork Orange (1971)
69.  Under the Skin (2014)
68.  Godzilla (1954)
67.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
66.  Iron Man (2008)
65.  Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)
64.  Annihilation (2018)
63.  The Fly (1986)
62.  Planet of the Apes (1968)
61.  Time Bandits (1981)
60.  Minority Report (2002)
59.  The Survivalist (2017)
58.  The Endless (2018)
57.  Incredibles 2 (2018)
56.  Melancholia (2011)
55.  Superman (1978)
54.  The Martian (2015)
53.  Sorry to Bother You (2018)
52.  Paprika (2007)
51.  District 9 (2009)
50.  Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
49.  The World's End (2013)
48.  Battle Royale (2000)
47.  Upstream Color (2013)
46.  Little Shop of Horror (1986)
45.  The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
44.  Arrival (2016)
43.  Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
42.  Isle of Dogs (2018)
41.  Marjorie Prime (2017)
40.  A Quiet Place (2018)
39.  Star Trek (2009)
38.  2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
37.  The Lobster (2016)
36.  Face/Off (1997)
35.  Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
34.  War For the Planet of the Apes (2017)
33.  Alien (1979)
32.  Spider-Man 2 (2004)
31.  Avatar (2009)
30.  Snowpiercer (2014)
29.  The Terminator (1984)
28.  Looper (2012)
27.  Aliens (1986)
26.  Children of Men (2006)
25.  Holy Motors (2012)
24.  The Iron Giant (1999)
23.  The Host (2007)
22.  Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)
21.  Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1985)
20.  Back to the Future (1985)
19.  Superman II (1981)
18.  Black Panther (2018)
17.  Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (2014)
16.  Brazil (1985)
15.  Blade Runner (1982)
14.  Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
13.  Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
12.  Hard to Be a God (2015)
11.  King Kong (1933)
10.  It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
9.   Solaris (1972)
8.   Her (2013)
7.   Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
6.   E.T. The Extra-Terrstrial (1982)
5.   Werkmeister Harmonies (2001)
4.   Threads (1984)
3.   WALL-E (2008)
2.   Gravity (2013)
1.   Metropolis (1927)