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.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Just a bit of bile

Found out my credit card got compromised. Fun times that.

To the ratfuck bastards who decided to go apeshit with said card, I leave you with these thoughts:
  • May you contract something that lives you with a painful burning in your genitals for the balance of your life.
  • May you also contract something that delivers you unto a horrific world of pain while rotting your body and keeping you alive in pain for as long as possible.
  • May you suffer horrible poverty beyond human imagining.
  • May those who care for you spurn you and walk away.
  • And I really hope you wind up in prison with a cellmate who is in charge and enjoys deviant sex acts.
I realize this is passive-aggressive, but in all fairness, if you (mysterious credit card thief) were in front of me right now, I would probably be more direct in my displeasure. So I gotta settle for this. Life ain't fair.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Odds and Ends of the brainstem

Had a bacon, bacon, bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato sandwich for lunch today.

Could have used a little more bacon.

Got about a third into "The Providence of Fire" by Brian Staveley and decided to stop for a bit. It's kind of a slog. Lots of misfortune happening to people and folks talking about bad stuff, but not a lot actually happening to move the story along.

Now switched over to "Half the World" by Joe Abercrombie. The sequel to the brilliant "Half a King", I'm already well-in and I just started this morning. I need to pace myself if I want this book to last the week, but it's so good...

Sent by a friend:

I believe no further commentary is needed.

So... this. Seriously. $200 for this thing? It's cool, but $200 cool? I am not presently convinced.

Review: "Emperor of Thorns"

I finished the third novel of Mark Lawrence's "Broken Empire" series the other day on BART.

I have to say I liked "Emperor of Thorns" a lot better than "King of Thorns". "King" felt a little aimless while "Emperor" tied threads together and brought the Dead King into play finally.

Lawrence remains solid in book three with his world-building and does an admirable job turning Honorious Jorg Ancrath into a vaguely-heroic character by the end. I personally feel the ending was a bit rushed, but I was still satisfied, especially after he clearly-established all the stakes.

All aid, it's a clever mix of technology and magic in a gritty story of a nasty SOB's quest to fuck up anyone who gets in his way.

Solid read.