The Forty-Fifth Post: The One Where I Say “Lo, There Do I See My Father…”

Fifteen points for those of you who can tell me where this line comes from.  Another thirty points for anyone who can finish the poem (no fair cheating).  Why this poem?  I am facing the prospect of returning back to work… unless I win the lottery.  $500 million dollars… I could really go for that.  I think I can live off of that for a while.  Maybe a month or two before I have to resort to having my servants fan me with mere ten-dollar bills to keep me cool.  Don’t get me wrong, they’re good… for other people, but for me — the air just feels cooler against my skin if I’m being fanned by nothing less than fifty-dollar bills.  Try it and you’ll know that I am right.

I had a full day of splurging thanks to my overtime.  I got a graphics card for my completely non-useful PC, along with a lot of sweet old games and a couple of updates to a game I play through Steam, and I had a good breakfast from Waffle House and a fine dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse.  By the way — if you ask for a half serving of their cheese fries appetizer you’re going to get enough for a single serving.  Not just a single serving for me, but a single serving for the average person.  The salad was good and the regular portions are good enough to keep me stuffed (indeed, I had to walk around for a few minutes before feeling up to getting dessert).  Very nice place, Longhorn.

Right now, I am watching a documentary about gladiators and trying to put some finishing touches on a project I have been working on in my head.  Still whittling away the backlog of “NCIS” and tomorrow I am going to start on “Ringer”.  Didn’t get near a movie theatre this time, but there is tomorrow or even Saturday.  Sunday is going to be the “Game of Thrones” premiere, so I am going to use that day to clear out some of the movies I have: “The Tempest”, “Rumble in the Bronx”, “You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger” (a romantic comedy with Naomi [swoon] Watts and Antonio Banderas) and “A Girl Cut In Two” (French comedy… I think).  as I watch this documentary, the more I think that reality TV is the modern version of the gladiatorial games.  People sign up for these things, looking to get fame and fortune.  The only thing that is missing is the swordplay, which I could completely get behind if I could choose the people to throw in the pit.  Snooki vs. one of the Kardashians?  Oh, pleasepleaseplease?  I promise to clean up.  Totally.  You know that Snooki is going to attack her like a feral badger on crack.  That visual is worth the price of admission alone.

Now one of my eyes is itching — which means spring is officially here, in case you were wondering and didn’t want to be fooled by this treacherous warm weather and scheming and chirping birds.  Huzzah for spring!  The single time of year where Mother Nature drops all pretense of being a friendly, happy butter-selling woman and tries to kill us with her most deadly foot soldiers — flowers.  The area where I live, as I have been told, is a hot bed for allergies.  If you don’t have allergies upon arrival, you’ll get them… except for me.  My allergies have become lesser when I moved here… also, I no longer live with cats (but I do miss them) and smokers (don’t miss them one bit).  So, if you take only one thing away from this, take this: smoking is horrible.  Please don’t do it.

Well, I am going to finish this documentary off and toddle to bed.  I hope you have a good day.  I, on the other hand, must get ready for the oncoming hordes on Monday.



Seething With Apathy


The Forty-Fourth Post: The One Where I Am Deeply Disturbed… An Odd Feeling…

OK — I am not the one to be easily disturbed.  When I was little, I wanted to be a special effects artist and I had been advised on a program to familiar myself with human anatomy.  So, with all the glee that a small child could muster, I threw myself into the study of the human body.  Even after I learned that being a special effects artist required for more talent that I had at my command, I still learned about the human body and how it looked and how it functioned.

With the advent of the Internet, I learned many more things as my curiosity went from child-eyed owl of wonder to jaded accident vulture.  I learned horrible things.  I saw the depravity of man in its rawest form.  I witnessed the honest fragility of the human form.  I read about how dark our hearts can truly be at times.  “Man is a wolf to man” and all that… but this… wow!  I can’t stomach to listen to it.  It is unearthly.

It is this.  It’s on YouTube, so it is safe for work but oh… I have no idea how you’re going to take it.  There’s been a good amount of ink spread on the subject, but I have to know what rancid, voice lusty mind got the idea to take some child and… well… do that.  Its not as if there was a manual for that sort of thing being passed around for others to read (is that right? As I am writing this, my caffeine reserves are dwindling down to nil).  Bless their soul  — as some would say — to stain the whites of their heart with such… brrr…  I need to get off this topic and on to something else… and get some more caffeine.

There — I feel better now.  As I might have mentioned elsewhere, I am on vacation.  Have been for this week and will go back next Monday.  This week, I am planning on venturing out to the movies.  If “John Carter” is still in the local cinema, I will watch it.  If you ask me, I think it was doomed from the start.  It is as if people in Hollywood wanted it to fail, like the skit in Monty Python’s “Holy Grail” with the old man saying he was fine, but Eric Idle insisting he’s dead.  I’m wondering if there was some sort of incentive for this movie to flop.  I should read the trades to see if someone had a contract was terminated.  When I come back from the movie, I will give a full review.

This Sunday is also the premiere of Season 2 of HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” — and it is a series that I heartily recommend.  If you haven’t read the books, then get right on it.  If you haven’t watched the series — do that first.  With each book (5 out of 7) over 400 pages, if you start reading now, then you should finish the current series by the time he finishes book 6.  I love the series and I will definitely read it over again once I have the complete set… now, if I can only find a way to cryogenically preserve myself so that I can be alive when the final book is released.  Yes, Mr. Martin does take a while to finish and I have no complaints as long as the quality of the series remains the same.  I am certainly not rushing him on anything… not that I could anyway.

Well, I am off to bed now, so I can sleep in and continue my days off.  Maybe I should try to do something somewhat constructive.  Stop laughing.


Good Night, Gentle Reader.



Seething With Apathy

The Forty-Third Post: The One Where I Feel Rather Old…

Well, I got a new computer and I’ve been loading up games and other counter productive things.  I got the Steam stuff to load up OK, and I got my AD&D character generator loaded just fine.  However these two games won’t load up at all — and they are my favorite games.  Sure — I cheated after I played them through and three older games were able to work just fine, but it is the fact that I like these games and I can’t play them.  I still like pen-and-paper games, but groups are becoming harder and harder to find to play with on-line (especially finding people who like 2nd ed D&D [AD&D for everyone else] or even 3.0).  Dagnabbit.

On to other things.  As mentioned, I got a new computer that is will have nothing useful on it… until I decided to load in Microsoft Word and Screen Writer Pro.  I am still committed however for this

This is the not the productive computer you're looking for...

to be as non-productive a computer as possible.  I wonder if anyone else goes through this?  Being attached to the memory of old games, rather than ditching them for something new and improved.  Heck, I still have some old V:tM stuff that I use as a reference guide every now and then… although I have Changeling and Promethean with me, and I would love to find a decent online campaign for those (since they are also the reference books for my ongoing ‘Why I Should Write For White Wolf’ campaign) games.

But enough about games — I am going to go see “John Carter” next week since I finally have the week off (one of two planned vacation weeks, the other being during my birthday week) and personally — I don’t buy the whole ‘it’s gonna flop‘ thing.  What they consider a hit and a flop is as different as night and day.  Remember The Artist?  No one I knew had heard of that film save for one commercial… then it won the Oscar and now I can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an ad for it.  The day that Saving Private Ryan lost to Shakespeare In Love was the day that I quit watching the Oscars.

Anyway… the season finale for The Walking Dead was on, but I am going to save it for later (please, no spoilers!) so I can savor it in the quiet.  Also — next week is the season premiere of Mad Men!  This will be a great couple of weeks for avid TV watchers like myself.  I should do some stretches, I think.

As the theme for “Games Of Thrones” plays on my player (and I quiver in anticipation for the premiere in 2 weeks), I will wrap this small post by saying — watch this space for my first chapter in “Kith and Kin” now that I got the three World Of Darkness books.

Good night all, I should get to bed since I am going to be working 18 hours of overtime this week in preparation for my vacation.

Sleep well, one and all

Seething With Apathy