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.


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 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)

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Doctor Doctor give me the news

the rest of that lyric doesn't apply to this, but whatevs. It's only slightly better than the first "doctor" related song that came to mind, which was Dr Feelgood.

Anyway, had a physical (sort of) today - basically it was the results from the last time I had a real physical (which was back in January).

Everything came back mostly normal. However...

I'm 161 lbs now. I don't have a scale, so I don't often get a chance to weigh myself, but i've been under 150 for ...well, for all my life, really, so that number came as a little bit of a surprise. Of course, I had on my shoes... and it's been a while since I've had a haircut. So.

Bloodwork results...

My glucose levels were near the high end of the normal range. So, the doc suggested cutting back on sugary drinks and snacks. Grumble.

And I had high ...liver something or other? Which came as a big shock, considering I don't drink alcohol at all.

And my 'bad' cholesterol levels were really excessive. So, I was told to avoid greasy/fatty foods to help bring that down.

I am supposed to go back in 3 months for a follow up, and if the cholesterol isn't improved, then I'll have to go on medication for it. Harumph.

Guess we'll see how things really are three months from now...

Wednesday, August 01, 2018


ugh. i still need to call and make an appointment for my yearly physical. SO don't want to. And it's not even that I hate the doctorbs office (although, sure, that plays a role) it's just the inconvenience and being pressured/blackmailed into doing it.
my work offers a 'discount' on the insurance. if you get a yearly physical - and have your doctorb sign a sheet saying you did it - then your rates are 50 bucks less than if you forego having the physical. This seems suspicious to me, and every year i fantasize about lawsuits to end the practice,, but, every year i just end up getting the physical to get the lower cost. I'm sure i'll do the same thing this year too. Just need to get it done before the end of September. blah.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Just discovered Jessica Jones on Netflix.

We're not normally "binge" watchers - if we find a show we like, we'll typically watch an episode - or maybe two - a night.

We just finished episode 5.

The show is good, ya'll.

Friday, July 27, 2018

an old song turned 23

The following songs have been played recently on the *ahem*, "Classic Rock" station:

"In Bloom" by Nirvana
"You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette
"December" by Collective Soul

Now, In Bloom, having been released in 1991, is 27 years old.... But the other two songs came out in '95, making them only 23... um.

Still. Hearing songs that were popular in my 20s being played on the classic rock station just feels fundamentally... wrong, somehow.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


so, i haven't logged into my facebook account in, easily, 5 years. (More, maybe?) I don't know that i could get in, even if I wanted to, because I certainly don't remember my password.
Despite that, I still get the occasional email from FB telling me updates that others have made. But.
The frustrating thing is that the emails show me only the first few words of the post.
So, I see things from Saren that say, "u can only pick one: Jeff Bezos"

...and then i have no idea what else was said! (Unless I log in. which aint gonna happen. Or I could go ask, in person. Which is more likely.)
But what about OTHER people who post things? I have no way of knowing their complete thoughts.
just another reason to dislike the book of face.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

wii u woes

Our Wii U gamepad no longer functions. For  while, it was workng, but only if it was near th Wii U itself. And now... completely kaput.
That's been the case for a while now. It's (at least) 100 dollars to have it sent to Nintendo to get repaired, and we don't have the extra cash to get that done. (And when we do get money, there are numerous other items that tke precedent.)

I just was reminded, though, of all the games we haaave on our Wii U that we can't play. Super Mario Maker, Captain Toad, Mario Kart 8... well, some day.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

that'll do

Had a dream last night that Key and Peele were in a third Babe movie.
In the dream, they were transporting Babe ...somewhere, and they had to travel by hot air balloon. There may have been a joke about pigs flying involved.

I don't remember much else from the dream, but now that I've thrown this idea out there, Hollywood, ya'll need to run with it.