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And.. the Christmas tree is up!

All 18 or 24" of it. I go tiny as well, it's been ages since we had a big tree, and now, well, I want the perfect white Christmas tree. I saw one, but at $300, I balked (I'm more like, oh, hey, $8 at Target, yes!). I have four little ones set up around the house now. And it sorta washed out as I used flash on white which mucked up the meter and I was too lazy, no, busy!, to redo it ;)

The penguin salt and pepper shakers make great decorations :)

Candle Cove: Channel Zero & Star Wars

Did anybody else watch this SyFy series? I was very happy to see that this segment/series was actually limited run. They'll do another one Candle Cover: ______ I guess next year. This one was sufficiently creepy but not overdone in the horror/gore/ripping off limbs like Walking Dead department. Slow pacing, like the old days. Likeable cast, although I was sorry to see one character I like get stabbed to death by the murderous little children. Well done.

Still no show to get hooked on.

Meanwhile, wonder what I would have said eons ago had I known Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher had had an affair back in the Star Wars days. As Carrie Fisher pointed, it's so old that it doesn't matter. Aiee, does that make me feel old! ;)

And the state of TV is..

No new shows that scream "watch me". I'd say the closest, which I really hope to heck is a limited run x-amount of episodes, done, finished, etc. is "Channel Zero - Candle Cove". Sufficiently creepy, good actors and no whining teenagers. Alas, I'm tired of them, which is why I turned off "Aftermath" as I just don't have time to waste about angsty teen love or whatever. I do like "Timeless" but keep missing it or they pre-empt or I don't know what. I hope it gets renewed and gets a better time slot. I'm watching "Dirk Gently" but must admit, if not for the Corgi, I might not come back. The whole holistic assassin and nasty bloody knifings if a turnoff. If I want gore, I'd be watching "Walking Dead."

As for the presidential election, I opted to watch "The Exorcist" but fell asleep. Alas, when I woke up I went to turn off tv and then got smacked in face with news that THAT person won. Ugh. Sleepless night. I endured months of hideous, ugly, vile, lying campaign rhetoric, so I would sooner stick my finger in light socket than vote for a man who denigrates women, mocks the disabled, lies (easy enough to sort 'em out), etc. I don't know HOW the US ended with perhaps the two most reviled candidates in history, but we did. I've watched enough post-election news coverage (mostly foreign cuz I think CBS basically STINKS) to know that people voted for Trump for a change (although I am positive that a certain percentage voted for him because they're biased enough to never vote for a woman - hey, I have run across people who think that, sad to say). However, the automakers will never go back to the heyday of incredible salary and golden medical benefits.Nope, the union folk will have to realize no one will pay for it. Coal mining? Extremely debtable. It will happen if someone wants to risk to investment, and who will want to risk that kind of money for a short-term risky investment, when natural gas is so cheap? (and if Trump gets his way, he'll sell off federal land to be dug up, drilled into, and injected with wastewater). The environment is not going to do well under his regime. And I work in the finance industry and there were a lot of happy faces as they expect him to deregulate everything, so we can go back to 2008. Yeah, that worked out well for everyone. As for folks saying trump will be great because he's a businessman didn't look to the huge picture; a man who runs his own empire can do whatever the hell he wants, a president cannot. Businessmen are also the main reason for outsourcing. Perhaps the gov't enabled them with globalization, but buisnessmen will do whatever they want to make shareholders happy and make money, and that includes laying off employees/offshoring. For years (BEFORE globalization) I watched them hire high-priced contractors because they didn't have to pay them benefits/retirement.

Sigh, very disillusioned with the US right now and how trump's idea of protectionism/isolationist is going to harm us (and others) in the long run. It's like living in a neighborhood and telling your neighbors to go away and don't bother me, and no, I won't lend you a rake or help you clean up after a storm. Well, tit for tat, no one will help US if we get in a bind because why should they.  I feel like I'm now living in some warped dystopian bad tv movie. Blech.

On the plus side, Hallmark is showing lots of sugary Christmas movies, so I can escape reality there.

Godzilla!

Found out about Shin Godzilla (or Godzilla: Resurgence as it's been termed in the US) being out for a mere two weeks, if that, from a friend on Twitter. Had to wait till it got closer to find out if one of the 400 theaters showing it was within driving distance, and it was! So my friend and I ordered tix through Fandago (costs a little more) because well, very limited run and we weren't sure of the attendance. We got to the movie early and there was one guy in theater thumbing through his smartphone. At about 30 minutes till the movie started, people started filing in. I'd say the theater was 90% full by the time the movie began, and we had no trailers, since this was limited run and a studio wasn't presenting it. @Funimation, who had a panel at New York Comic Con last weekend, put together the distribution deal.

Now, the first Godzilla from ye olden B&W days, rampaged through and stomped on Tokyo but slowly became more of a he's going to battle some other monster, or save us humans from another monster. This Godzilla? Bad-ass is what probaby best describes him.



I mean, yeah, all that red (which he had) and those hands/claws were creepy as were the really evil pointed teeth. He just stomped his way through Japan, and when the humans attacked? Well, let's say Tokyo is in need of a LOT of urban renewal. And the tail. You have to watch the movie to know all about his tail.

If you're a Godzilla fan, go and see it! It's finished on October 18th. The film is subtitled in English. Takes a while to get used to as there's a lot of rapid talking around meetings in the beginning.

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New York Comic Con 2016

This year, we managed to get Friday and Saturday tickets. Kept trying for 3-day or 4-day but it was impossible to obtain, so.... at least this year, no train breakdowns or disasters that ate up travel time. I'd leave house at 5:30am and get back at 10:30pm and then repeated it the next day. Don't know if I could have done that for a third day. Most of my time was spent walking. Took just under three hours to go through entire dealers room and the 'Block' (more artist dealers). Took two days to get into ARtists Alley to peruse their wares. It was PACKED. I think a lot more people were there, despite farming off many panels to Madison Square Garden, and two other off-site venues, which sorta sucked as if you went to those, they were first-come, first-serve, so you lose out on the Javits experience.

Took a ton of pictures, and instead of posting one or two here, below are the links:

Friday - https://www.flickr.com/photos/10668630@N06/sets/72157671556749284

Saturday - https://www.flickr.com/photos/10668630@N06/albums/72157673860446980

It was fun, despite the crowds. On Saturday, of course, it rained when we left. Got a bit wet but another fan gave me and friend disposable ponchos. Thanks! I was also sitting in fold-down seat on double-decker buses they used for transport. At one point, I stood up to look around corner, then sat down, but the seat had flipped down so I nearly hit the floor. Recovered quickly and popped back up, with other fans going "OMG, are you okay?" while my friend laughed. Guess those squats I've been practicing helped!

Met two other friends while there, and one sat at table right next to mine in main concourse, looked up and saw me and called my name. It was so weird, but otherwise, it's impossible to connect due to immenseness of venue and crowds.

Survived the weekend

In last two weeks, did three library book sales. The first one is huge and everything is in alphabetical order, so was easy to find stuff. It was in a school gymnasium so A/C and auditorium and I did find some books but not a lot. The second one was held outside under tents as library doesn't have that much space. Found half a dozen books and a Tony Hillerman audiobook. Last one was a sidewalk sale at another library. Not a ton of books but found a cheap book on mac'n'cheese (I may never use but the pictures are yummy looking). The last two I cooked, aka sweltered as we're now in a heatwave. Heat isn't so bad but yech, the humdity.is awful. I'm sure it's a lot worse down south. I scored the compete Fawlty Towers DVD set, in perfect condition, for $4! Also found a Stargate Sg-1 book - "Do No Harm". Read it already, and well, although I love the series, the book didn't appeal to me, so goes back into my sale pile.

While I love library book sales, I'm tired of those dealers with their scanners. The second library sale (under tents) had staff repeatedly yelling at those people (because normal folk aren't grabbing and tossing). I'd love to ban them for 15 minutes; let the average folk come in, grab some books to leave. The science section looked like it got trashed by five year olds. That's where the high resale stuff is. They grab book, scan, toss. I got in there and managed to get a few books I wanted, but geez. I bumped into a couple later on who were grumbling about some guy bumping into them and not apologizing, and yup, it was one of those dealers. ON the plus side, nobody was hunting Pokemons ;)

Meanwhile, The Last Ship is back on and doing good. Most shows tend to get secondseasonitis and go downhill. Have found a guilty pleasure in CBS's Braindead, with alien creatures chewing up people's brains and taking them over. In Washington DC. If that were true, it would explain so much, but Washington, sigh, is such a mess. I can't stand the Presidential election news and tweets. Why can adults behave so badly and people still want to elect them? (I'm talking both parties).

And as much as I hate the heat and humidity, it's preferable to winter and cold temps and high heating bills and shoveling snow.

Despite all the bad reviews...

My friend and I went to see Independence Day: Resurgence (aka I thought Brent Spiner's character died in the first film). Many reviews were, um, rather unkind, but since we saw the first, and Jeff Goldblum was in it, why not? Basically, take 50% Independence Day, mix with the CGI-overdone and who really cares about the chararacters 2012 and San Andreas, with a dash of White House Down (the one with Channing Tatum). I say that due to casting; Roland Emmerich likes to recast, so if he's doing Stargate movies, I expect to see the guy who swung the antique clock and gunned down aliens in IDR, in the Stargate flick. It was not a great, nor was it a horrible film. Could be my expectations are lower for all sequels but it had its moments; however, I really didn't care who died (except for the cute little dog).

Did see, via DVD, Zootopia, which was a scream. Fantastic animation, adorably cute animals. I had to suspend belief that the lead bunny character had over 200 siblings, and without predators, well, bunnies will overrun the planet in no time flat ;)  But quite well done.

TV-wise, nothing grabs me fannishly, which sucks. I watch Zoo, but sorta root for the animals with some characters as they can be so dumb. Hmm.... it's summer. Oh, Last Ship is back. I do enjoy that one and there has been some 'headcount attrition' (aka killing off characters). The show Thirteen, on BBC America, is one of the reasons I hold on to that channel. It's excellent! I now have to catch on BBCA's The Hunt as of course, it's shown opposite Last Ship. And, sniff, Person of Interest. They kiiled my favorite character! But in some way, it made sense as that character started off the show pretty much doomed. The only spoiler I'll give, to avoid anybody anxiety, is that the dog survived. Alas, this also means that the cast will not be at New York Comic Con, not that I was able to see them the last couple times due to their presense being on a day I could not get a ticket.

And this year, I managed to score a Saturday ticket! While the servers did not crash this year, NYCC's plan on pre-verifying fans was shot to hell as scalpers had up the prized 3-day tickets on eBay and Stubhub within minutes, while I spent over an hour waiting for my chance. Got Friday and Saturday, at a more expensive tab than a 3-day ticket, but since I may not go again, I figured, why not. You can't do the con in one day, so this gives my friend and I time to do dealer's room, other rooms, and see some panels, except for the celebrity-laden ones at the Hammerstein. If you go there, you blow an entire day just waiting. Their Facebook page was full of irate fans, of course and I suspect when the they get the ones back from the scalpers and resell, it will get uglier as once you buy tickets with your pre-determined link, that's it. Can't get anymore. So I can't trade two expensive 1-day tix for the cheaper 3-day tix. They'll get theri act together once I no longer care to attend.

Otherwise, life is boring. Job, house, real life stuff. I'm attempting to get together a fannish garage sale, but I have so much other stuff to get through house first and may have tag sale and get rid of things. When you've got half a century's worth of stuff in a house, it mounts up.

Mediawest*Con 2016 trip report :)

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Deep Sixing the VHS Tapes

Yeah, that time has finally come.I'm slowly tossing VHS tapes. In my preliminary sorting, I found the wretchedly awful "Lucky Pierre" episode of Dynaman, a show which aired in the 80s, I think. sorta like Power Rangers. This episode was about a giant French frog kidnapping Japanese brides. I kid you not. A true classic. Not on YouTube (removed, alas). I remember showing it to James Doohan in my hotel room at a Pennsylvania Con eons ago. He just sat on the floor, drink in hand, jaw dropped open as he couldn't believe what he was seeing...

Also found Peter Cushing's Island of Terror, which I tend to describe as 'mutant turtle creatures rampaging UK island, sucking the bones out of is population'. ;)

Meanwhile, shows that are out on DVD are going, although it will be a while before I toss Magnum PI, or Riptide. Got rid of half of Miami Vice as I replaced with DVDs. Combat! goes tonight, but I'm sitting there staring at the one tape of Black Jack Savage, which isn't out on DVD. If I can't find a fan who wants it, to the garbage can it goes!

What's most fun about old tapes is the old commercials, the news footage. I found a news item of a British soldier, dressed up as a gorilla, skydiving for charity. The chute failed, and he plummeted to ground. Amazingly, he survived with no lasting damage. Checked YouTube but not there.  One thing about old TV commercials is that they seemed a lot nicer in tone. These days, it's all drug ads, or in-your-face type ads (may be just the market I'm in, but I miss nice ads).

And the rest of the garbage can will be filled with poison ivy vines. Been ripping 'em out (wearing long gloves) and hope not to get it.

I really need to post more often

Good grief, it's been months since I last posted. At least it hasn't been a year. Fannishly I'm still in limbo. No show screams "must watch!" like the old days, which sucks.

But what sucks more is repeating what happened three years ago. Well, three years, two months, when a car rear-ended me. And guess what? It happened again! ARGH! This time it was a Honda Pilot which drove into me, sqooshing the trunk and sorta scalping the bumper. Had it been a CRV I'd have a few hundred in damage. As it stands, it's shy of $6K in damage. I hate this stuff. I'm not at fault, other driver got ticket (and no doubt, increased car insurance) but in some respects, she got off better as the SUV showed nary a scratch, whlie my poor Civic....



And I keep getting hit by Hondas. If it has to happen again, hope it's a Fit and not the humongous Ridgeline. At least the car wasn't totalled cuz I can't afford a new one. 

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