Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
So I was re-reading The Musashi Flex, because Siblings of the Shroud is a direct sequel and I need to remember what I said. And I came across a throwaway reference to the Enforcers -- the people who deal with Flex players who violate the rules of the game.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
P.S. You'll notice that the hummingbird doesn't look real happy about this, either ...
Monday, December 28, 2009
So, as of Sunday night, Avatar's world wide grosses are running $617,000,000. Read Nikki's piece on it here.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
So, we weren't going to get each other big gifts, my wife and I.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Three years ago this coming spring, I bought a climbing rope and and looped it over a tree limb in the back yard. This is a good upper body exercise, if you don't push it too much, which, of course, I did. Eventually, I got some gloves and eased off a bit, and got to where I could go up and down it.
Yesterday, the rope broke.
Unfortunately, my son, holding onto the youngest of the grandsons, was swinging on it when the line gave up the ghost.
Fortunately, he landed on his back on the soft earth and vines, and neither he nor the boy were hurt.
This was something of a surprise for all concerned. The rope was a two-inch ship's hawser, good quality hemp. A combination of squirrels and Oregon weather did it in, I think.
When I put it up, back in April of '07, I wrapped the loop and a few inches below it in several layers of duct tape, but it broke just below the wrapping.
Back to the chinning bar. If it lets go, I won't have so far to fall ...
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
What is it about the Christmas season that turns the drivers on my streets into looney tunes?
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Now and again, I shoot video of myself doing this or that. Mostly, it's playing the guitar, silat, and now and then, some sleight-of-hand.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I'll skip all the technical stuff and use what I hope are terms most folks can understand.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Saw Avatar today. I wasn't planning on seeing it the first day, but my son took off from work to do some shopping, and so we went.
- 1974 Dark Star – writer, special effects, editor, production design, co-star
- 1977 Star Wars – special computer effects
- 1979 Alien – writer
- 1981 Dead & Buried – writer
- 1981 Heavy Metal – writer of two segments, Soft Landing and B-17
- 1983 Blue Thunder – writer
- 1985 Lifeforce – writer
- 1985 The Return of the Living Dead – writer, director, voice
- 1986 Invaders from Mars – writer
- 1990 Total Recall – writer
- 1992 The Resurrected – director
- 1995 Screamers – writer
- 2010 Silvaticus 3015 – co-screenplay writer
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Seems that the Predator drones that fly about over the Middle East and take videos and potshots at suspected insurgents aren't that hard to swipe video feeds from. Local hackers, using commercial software, were able to see what the drones could see.
Back to playing with bare hands against knives in the silat class, and once again -- even though I've mentioned it a time or twelve -- the realization that against an attacker (or defender) who has a clue what s/he is doing with a sharp and pointy thing in your direction? You are in trouble.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
New series on TNT, Men of a Certain Age.
Years ago, Billy Crystal did a character, "Fernando," based, ostensibly, on the late actor Fernando Lamas. No matter how terrible your life might be, Fernando would, if you looked great, allow that you looked mahvelous! and that, of course, was what mattered. Because -- especially in Hollywood -- it was better to look good than to feel good.
Monday, December 14, 2009
A few new ones, dropped a couple, but mostly the same as in October:
Bell Bottom Blues
Can’t Get Used to Losin’ You
One Toke Over the Line
Walk Away Renee
We Just Disagree
Year of the Cat
Angel from Montgomery
Way Down in the Hole
In My Life
Here Comes the Sun (Inst.)
Stand By Me
Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay
Brand New Key
Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)
The Water is Wide (Inst.)
Ashokan Farewell (Inst.)
Born to Run
For What It’s Worth
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Inst.)
Vader’s Theme (Inst.)
Werewolves of London
It’s Lonely at the Top
Love and Affection
Have a Heart
Merry Christmas from the Family
Sunday, December 13, 2009
This post an addition to the previous one, concerning the notion of truth sometimes being more in the middle than on either side of an argument.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
So, a Canadian SF writer, Dr. Peter Watts, got into a set-to whilst crossing the border back into Canada from the U.S. His version is that he was singled out, pulled over for inspection, and when he got out to inquire what the beef was -- and for no reason whatsoever -- he was beaten, pepper-sprayed, cuffed, arrested, and charged with assault a federal officer.
Friday, December 11, 2009
I suppose I should weigh in on the most critical, important, burning story of the day, and possibly our times, just to show I heard about it. Of course, anybody who has a television, radio, computer, newspaper, tom-tom, or ESP heard about it. President says he's gonna ship thirty thousand more soldiers off to war, and the lead story? Tiger is up to seven ... no wait, eight -- hold on a second, nine ... ?
According to Harlan Ellison. These are Sex, Violence, and Labor Relations.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
If it were up to me, Christmas wouldn't start the day after Hallowe'en, but about three days before Christmas Eve. Time enough to get excited and stay that way. I dunno about you, but while I'm still figuring out how to avoid eating the leftover trick-or-treat candy, I do not want to have the radio blasting me with "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Silent Night" and "Jingle Bells," it's just not right.
Can't tell by me.