This entry should have been posted on Friday, November 29, but the night before my Mac -- my new
Mac -- gray-screened. I'd never seen that before and I've been using Macs since there were Macs to use. I'm posting it now because I'm a completist and because I did all that work.
Happy Day after Thanksgiving, fellow USians! Mmm, what a feast we had. Martha Stewart's herb-roasted Cornish game hens
, mashed potatoes and gravy (for my husband), Thug Kitchen's cranberry sauce (WHOA is that stuff good!), Sunset Magazine's Coconut Pan-Roasted Sweet Potatoes
(another big hit), and for dessert, Sunset's Spiced Persimmon Tart
minus the crust. It was so good, but next time I'll double the amount of persimmons. Oh, and I made sourdough bread. I hope your Thanksgiving was peaceful and delicious.
On Tuesday, Mother moved from her independent living condo into an assisted living condo -- same facility, just another building. The apartment is smaller -- small enough she had to replace her couch and recliner -- but she says she is already happier to be there. My sister and I emailed throughout the day, and Mother and I talked Wednesday night. She was tired and a little confused, but overall sounded good and, as I said, happier. I can't wait to see her new digs when I'm out again in February, and I'm so relieved to know the move is safely over.
Friday I saw Thor! And I discovered that I can get fifty cents off admission because at sixty I am a "senior." Wow, fifty cents. But if I see enough movies, that adds up, so I'm taking advantage of it. Now, ( SPOILERS for Thor IICollapse )
And last Saturday I finally, finally saw the National Theatre's Frankenstein
, the one with Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor and Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature. I thought Naomie Harris as Elizabeth was fantastic and had to hide my eyes at that one scene -- you know the one I mean. The lighting was spectacular, quite literally so. I'm so glad I finally saw it.
POEM of the week is a kind of Thanksgiving poem, by everybody's favorite poet Billy Collins (well, my husband's and sometimes my favorite): Aimless Love
:( This morning as I walked along the lakeshore,Collapse )Fannish Stuff:
» There's a rumor on Tumblr that series three of BBC Sherlock will be back on December 21, 2013
-- do you think it's true? I thought in January 2014, but heck, why not sooner!
» I've mentioned this comic before, Steve Rogers' American Captain: A diary comic, and I mention it again because a "mini-comic" I've been following was just completed: Little Dog
. I love Captain America, and I love how seriously this artist takes Steve and his predicament. I found the discussion between Pepper Potts and Steve very true-to-life and at times quite moving (for both of them; Pepper has her own issues, of course). Also, it's long and detailed and thoughtful and I recommend it. (Bear in mind that I'm not a for-real comics person and that everything I know about Captain America I've learned since the movies came out.)
» Stop it, Show!
is a blog about tv shows. I first discovered it way back during the second season of BBC Sherlock when the author posted Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur, and the nature of adaptations
(which is about all the current incarnations of Holmeses and Watsons) and started following her. A few days ago she posted her opinion of the Doctor Who special, Nomination for my least favorite episode of anything ever: The Day of the Doctor
. The title kind of gives it away, so if you loved that episode, perhaps it's best not to read her post. Just a warning: Like me, the author isn't in love with Moffat's interpretation of Doctor Who.
» Speaking of Doctor Who, did you see Mark Gatiss's An Adventure in Space and Time
, about the first episodes of Doctor Who? I loved it. I cried so hard at the end. As the Hollywood Reporter review said, But it's David Bradley (Filch from the Harry Potter films; Walder Frey, organizer of the Red Wedding, in Game of Thrones) who gives this telefilm its heart. As William Hartnell, the veteran British actor who Verity recruits to play the Doctor, Bradley is everything the film he needs him to be: prickly, ornery, warm, avuncular, heartbreaking.
» Did you love Blader Runner? I did; I still do. Yes, there's lots wrong with it, but its examination of memories and how memories determine who we are, or who we think we are, is wonderful. And of course, that final scene between Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer -- Jesus, how haunting, how beautiful. Anyway, Anders Ramsell has created a thirty-five minute version of Blad Runner that is, as the CNET blogger wrote about it, one of the most spectacular works of fan art ever created. Blade Runner: The Aquarelle Edition
» I haven't written fanfiction in more than a year (no idea why; just stopped having ideas for a story), but I think I can still call myself an author. Or maybe not. Anyway, authors might find this post by Guy Gavriel Kay thought-provoking: "I Am The One Who Types": On Breaking Bad and Shaping Art
: I'd suggest that it is impossible for the writing team on this or any other ongoing series (or any novelist doing a multi-volume work) to separate out his or her artistic "vision" from this steady drumbeat—or cacaphony in the case of a major phenomenon. Non-Fannish Stuff:
» About thirty years ago I went through some bad days with little income and still remember my husband saying (repeatedly) that being poor makes
you poor, in part because you can't afford to take advantage of sales. We've been awfully lucky and things are better now, but neither of us have forgotten the days we could afford to buy socks one month, underwear the next, maybe a shirt the next -- moving from paycheck to paycheck. Anyway, everyone should read Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions: And why their "bad" decisions might be more rational than you'd think
: The train is just not coming.
» Let's move to something more cheerful: Cookies! (Or biscuits, if you prefer) are SO GOOD and this video explains how they work: The Chemistry of Cookies.
Oh my god, do I want a cookie now.
» USians, do you say "soda," "pop," or "coke"? Soda vs. Pop vs. Coke: Mapping How Americans Talk
. We've all seen the maps, but this time you get to hear
the differences while the map flashes the locations.
Why do I never seen something like this for Canada? Or England? I know for a fact there are differences in pronunciation due to geography there as well as here. I think that would be fascinating, don't you?
This week's terrific fanartist is Meeting Your Maker
who has posted a bizarre and wonderful AU of BBC Sherlock in which one of Sherlock's experiments turn him into Cupid. A substitute Cupid, in fact, as the real one has taken advantage of the situation to go on vacation. It's such a hoot and the drawings are gorgeous: Stupid Cupid
, part one. Click on "part two" and keep going. If you have trouble reading the text, click on the image and then click again to embiggen (as they say). My favorite line is when John, trying to get Sherlock's attention, shouts, "Conductor of light speaking!" Ha! Alas, this is a WiP, only up to the eighth comic, but it's so worth it. Especially the nose crinkle.
You can see all of her art here
. Check out her version of DI Lestrade (oof), and this Moriarty
is utterly terrifying.
Be sure to check out past artists because many are still producing gorgeous work. ( The list of past artists is so lengthy I've put it behind a cut:Collapse )