Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Christmas itself was good. Family and children back home, food, chilling and hanging out together, board games, and so on. We had a good Christmas dinner, everyone was safe and healthy, gifts were exchanged, games were played, and we went on several family outings between Christmas Eve and Christmas day including the family dog, who, as dogs are wont to do, had the best day ever. The evening outing was pleasant - a local county festival/faire that's been running for the last week, and even Christmas eve. It was crowded, but relaxed. Even on Christmas Eve people working the…

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Holidays vs Time Off

Holidays vs Time Off

Over at Pushing Rubber, Adam notes a post of Cappy's, and affirms that a true holiday, actually getting some rest, is not a "holiday" at all. Remember what I said the other week about rest and rejuvenation? It’s pretty important seeing as it could quite literally save your life. I was gratified to read that piece from Cappy. He’s had a recent health scare and it has woken him up, (although I very much hope that it doesn’t transform him into some vegan health nut because that would be sad when we would have to dispose of…

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Star Wars is For Kids

Star Wars is For Kids

A friend of mine makes the excellent point that Star Wars is not for adults, but for kids. And that's fine. Sadly, like a lot of things from the past, I should have let this movie live fondly in my memories. It’s a good movie, if you ignore the CGI vandalism Lucas vomited onto his own work, but it’s a movie made for 12-year old boys and I’m a 36-year old father. The acting, the plot, it’s rather cringe. In my mind’s eye I remember Vader and the Empire being menacing. On screen the acting…

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Gun-free Zones

Gun-free Zones

Not too long ago there were two shootings on military bases. The usual level of hysteria and amplification was likely dampened by the fact that the desired "angry white male" that the left and media (but I repeat myself) have been getting themselves off dreaming of since the days of the DC sniper, was typically, yet again furtively wished for yet not present. What might surprise most people, though likely fewer people who read me, is that military basis are largely de facto gun-free zones. This has prompted a couple articles that bring that point up. I know, I know,…

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Male Cat Ladies

Male Cat Ladies

I wrote yesterday that love transcends. But what happens to those who do not build a family, who "go their own way" and never build a legacy? They end up like Carl.…

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Love Transcends

Love Transcends

A year ago, give or take a couple months, my father left this vale. It was unexpected, the result of an accident that put him in the E/R, and a week later, rendered further treatment unnecessary. Not too much later, a friend of mine lost a daughter. In her case, every day and week of life, for nearly two decades, was a precious joy held close against a lifelong chronic illness.  That said, it too caught his family off guard when she suddenly took a turn for the worst. The term he used, describing flashes of memory and emotion…

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Critics No More

Critics No More

The Dark Herald has an excellent post where he dissects some SJW word salad and points out something that is worth a reminder: that critics are no longer really, as a whole, evaluating whether or not movies are good entertainment and stories. Instead, as he puts it, they are telling you what you should be seeing - not the same thing. Dare I say he didn't go far enough? Not caring about craft has been obvious for a while. I'd been making posts about how the level of actual technical skill and polish was consistently high, that the only real…

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