Thursday, April 16, 2015

Okay, time to comment

Yes, I saw it.

I am, of course, talking about the new Star Wars trailer.

Nice scenery. Intriguing characters. Loved the old character popping in.

Overall, I have no high hopes for this film. It's clearly going to rehash as much as it can get away with. Between that and the bad taste of the prequel trilogy... I can't get too excited.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The fun never stops

I've got a nice dose of cosmic ennui this weekend. After several days of a cold and severe allergies, the game I was supposed to run this weekend was cancelled (my fault), then the backup game was cancelled. Now I have severe plumbing issues in my apartment and am anxiously awaiting someone to come fix them before things get ugly.

I pissed some deity off nicely.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Bits

I haven't really been in the mindset of blogging. Makes me feel bad to neglect this thing after all the ridiculous nonsense I've posted before.

I continue to have credit card misadventures. The less said about them, the better. I think I have a way around the problem, but the solution has been imperfect so I continue to explore my options.

I've started "The Shadow of What was Lost" by James Islington. Interesting world and magic system. I'm engaged in the story thus far.

Re-watched "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies". It's got some video-game-like fun, but it's appalling what savage abuse they did to Tolkien's story.

With California's drought continuing to be crazy, I'm trying to remember all those tricks from my childhood during the last big drought. Not fun. Time for a rain dance.

Started watching "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." again after missing a few eps. The show's starting to hit a rut, but I do like elements of it. Go Inhumans!

I've fallen out of the habit of watching "Arrow" and "The Flash". Caught some eps this week. It's nice to see little has changed. They're still entertaining trash. Can't say the same for "Gotham", but that's mainly 'cause I think I can't get my head around the heavy tweaks to the Batman mythology in the show. I don't think there needs to be a "Batman as a tween-ager" show. Ever.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Movies seen while traveling

Just returned from an international trip that gave me the opportunity to catch up on a few films and TV shows.

Saw Interstellar. A pretty movie, though bloated and a little new-agey for my tastes.

Saw The Expendables 3. Ye gods.

Saw an episode of "Gotham". Ugh. This Batman prequel is getting a lot of love from critics, but I can't see the appeal. This would be a better show if it were divorced completely from the Batman mythos.

I saw Birdman which was surprisingly-entertaining.

Got caught up on some "How I Met Your Mother" and "Big Bang Theory" as well as a few foreign sitcoms.

Most of this had the effect of making me glad I've been spending less money on cable TV and movies of late.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Abolish Daylight Saving Time

There's a petition to the White House to abolish Daylight Saving Time. Probably won't do anything, but I'm sure as hell in favor of this!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Review: "Half the World"

Thought I'd commented on this already, but I guess I was wrong.

A week or so back I finished "Half the World" by Joe Abercrombie. The sequel to "Half a King", "Half the World" switches to the journey of young Thorn, a female warrior in a society that doesn't generally tolerate such, and Bran, a warrior who doesn't like killing.

They join Father Yvari (from "Half a King") in his mission to counter the High King's influence and avenge his father's and brother's deaths.

As with "Half a King", this was a fun ride. It's light, for Abercrombie fare, and a quick read. I found myself liking the characters and enjoying their growth as well as their trials and tribulations.

Abercrombie gives us a bigger view of his world, though at a dizzying pace. I have to say I'm enjoying it. I loved the book's easy narrative and mix of old-and-new characters. A fun read. I can't wait for the next one.

Friday, February 27, 2015

RIP Leonard Nimoy

You lived long and prospered. Wish it had been a bit longer. NY Times article.