Sunday, January 18, 2015

Seahawks... what???

So... five minutes left in the game and the Seahawks were down 12 points.

Then they scored 15 points in 44 seconds.

What?

I hadn't quite given up, but I was fairly certain the Seattle season was over. So I just watched because you always watch to the end. Then they got a TD. Not enough time, I said.

I didn't believe until the onside kick. That recovery was beautiful. Not in the slightest bit expected, either. I was shocked. But suddenly a spark of hope lit up within.

When they got the second TD... THEN the 2-point conversion... I was stunned. Simply shocked. With the time left, I knew Green Bay had a good chance to tie it, and a decent chance to win, but the Seahawks finally arrived and actually played the freakin' game.

Hubby-Eric and I had the quake monitor going, too, so we were getting about 10 seconds advance notification of big plays. The stadium really shook when there was a big play. So we saw those TDs coming.


I was disappointed when the Packers scored a field goal... it was very nearly tipped, but the tie was better than a flat out loss. When the 'Hawks won the toss, again I felt a great deal of hope. And when the quake monitor showed a HUGE jump, both Eric and I watched intently as the Seahawks won on that final TD in overtime.

Now to see who they will face in the Superbowl... and to get ready for two weeks from now. Wow.


Thursday, January 08, 2015

Morning Thoughts

I submit to you that any person who feels that they must defend their almighty "god" by killing non-believing blasphemers is not actually worshipping a god. If their god is so weak that it cannot handle a little blasphemy from a non-believer, it's not only not divine, it's simply pathetic. If it has to be defended by its "true-believers," then it's simply false... utterly non-existent.

In addition, those people who are "defending" their "god" or the prophets are clearly faithless. They simply haven't got any faith at all that their "god" can defend itself, so they feel they have to take murderous action. They are faithless murderers. They may claim a particular religion, but they are liars. They aren't religious, they are people who are so mentally weak they cannot trust god to take care of himself. They may claim to be Muslim or Christian, but they are faithless... and because of their lack of faith they actively work to destroy the religions they profess to believe while claiming to be supporting those religions.

That said, don't mistake the faithless for the people who truly believe in God. People who are secure in their faith smile wryly at the antics of non-believing blasphemers, shaking their heads. The truly religious know that God has a sense of humor and are not offended, just sad that other people do not share their faith. They do not kill to spread the gospel because they know the only way to prove their religion is true is to live good lives.

The only thing the faithless murderers are proving is that they are worshipping a false god.

Je Suis Charlie

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Evening Thoughts

Kirby Delauter is an idiot. As a reporter, I think even our village idiot wouldn't be this stupid, and that's saying something.

Not a lot more to say today. I took pictures at a wrestling match. Hopefully I got a good shot or two. Otherwise, not much happened today. No exciting stories... well, unless you count my husband showing up in a photo on the front page of today's paper. That was cool.

Anyway, it's late and I have to get up early...

Monday, January 05, 2015

Adventures in Anxiety

Hubby-Eric went over the mountains right after Christmas, that Friday, to visit family and attend events on the wet side. He stayed until yesterday, at which point he attempted to come home.

I say attempted because he had a little trouble. Let's cut to the chase: he ended up in a ditch along a mountain pass on a wet and dark night. After getting towed out of the ditch, he stopped at a hotel for the night rather than try to make it back in difficult driving conditions.

In the meantime, I was a total wreck at home worrying for him. I stayed up until I heard he was safe at the hotel, then couldn't sleep because I was so wound up from the anxiety. I finally started to fall asleep about the time my fuzzy alarm started begging for breakfast. I called in to work and let the boss know I'd be late, fed the cat, and went back to bed.

Anyway. Eric got home after I got up and got to work. Then we got to see each other for the first time this year at lunchtime. I'm now feeling a lot better, and hopefully will have a better day at work tomorrow.

Anyway, that's how last night and today went. You?

Sunday, January 04, 2015

A Sunday Review

DCBS
Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Nov 5th
  • Aquaman and the Others #7 - Well, that's an awkward twist in the Operative's life. I'm still mixed feelings about this book, but overall I like it.
  • Earth 2 #28 - A four-part origin story of characters that I'm still not sure I'm interested in. I find Darkseid in general to be a fairly boring character most of the time. And this... eh. Let's see how these characters are used.
  • Green Lantern #36 - More of the massive crossover. In this one, Hal finally learns that Kyle is alive. Nifty. I love the variant cover... pity the insides weren't as good.
  • Justice League 3000 #11 - Aside from finding the art sloppy and the characters mostly annoying, this isn't really *that* bad a book. I'm not loving it, but since we're still ordering it, I guess I'll try to enjoy the ride.
  • Flash: Season Zero #2 - Creepy clowns! I'm kind of ... underwhelmed by the idea of this issue. It seems to be way too much, all at once. Definitely not the way the series is introducing things.
  • Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #6 - Ah yeah, treehouses! A slight dearth of Aqua-characters in this one, however. I'm not sure I want to count Aqua-orange as a sighting. At least both Aquaman and Aqualad are on the cover.
  • Scooby-Doo Team-Up #7 - I really didn't think this would work. I'm still not entirely sure it did. But Scooby-Doo and the Flintstones? Well, it's something new, I guess. And I loved the joke about Barney and breakfasts.
  • Fiction Squad #2 - This is getting a little more sensible and a little more fun. Witches vs Queens? Lovely. Dorothy is... irritating. But hey, a good murder mystery with decent cliffhangers, I like it.
  • Doctor Who 10th #4 - I like Gabby, she's got some sass. I'm not sure I like the journal/letter style of her narrating, but I'll get used to it I guess. I'm amused by the title the apprentice gives to the Doctor... Heh. Good issue.
  • Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #4 - Wow, there were some intense bits in this one. Hebi's actions were a surprise. And the regrets of Usagi and Tomoe, ouch. This one stops on a dreary note. I do wonder what will happen next and how closely it will follow the classic tale.
  • Nov 12th
  • Justice League United #6 - Mostly a big old fight sccene with a couple of quiet moments thrown in. I think I kind of like the switching between Adam and Alanna.
  • Green Lantern Corps #36 - Ok... so, John? I'm not sure I understand how he could be one, but that's just the whole nonsense continuing on. This whole crossover is building little pieces of slightly interesting stuff mixed with a whole bunch of boring.
  • World's Finest #28 - I'm not sure why this is relevant, as it seems like everyone dies before the book even started. So I'm getting confused by these flashbacks.
  • Arrow Season 2.5 #2 - Brother Blood. I was kind of hoping that plotline would go away, but you never can get rid of something as insidious as that, I guess. Oh well.
  • Smallville Chaos #4 - So, after all is said and done, it's not nearly said and done yet. In fact, there's a whole new series after this one to tell us what's going to happen next. Why not just have it all one series? Why the series of mini-series?
  • Star Trek: Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever #5 - A strangely satisfying conclusion to the story. Yeah, it hurts, but it also had some very good bits, like the old soldier. Pity Harlan wasn't able to contribute the essay, but you can't control some circumstances.
  • Spongebob Comics #38 - Someone is even worse than Squidward? Ha.



Saturday, January 03, 2015

Evening Thoughts

Yay, the Pittsburgh team lost and is out of the playoffs.

*ahem*

I'm almost done rewatching all of Campion. I also have managed to get through quite a few comics recently.

Other than that, not much to report. So I think I'll curl up and finish Campion and tease the cat tonight.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Fireworks

Somebody out there is letting off a lot of fireworks, and it's only 9:30 here.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Evening Thoughts, again

No links today. I'm too tired to cut and paste.

Another mostly calm day at work. Nothing major to report on reporting on.

It's brutally cold outside. Like climbing into a cold bath every time you go out the door. It's the wind that's making it hard. It stayed around 20F today, which isn't that bad... but the wind cuts through you.

Watched a little more Campion tonight. Maybe I'll watch some tomorrow, too. Who knows. I'm still trying to get through comic books and magazines I've been neglecting. Drinking herbal tea and reading is a good way to pass the time.

Well, this is why I haven't been writing. Not much to say. I'll sign off, and maybe I'll finish the year with a blog entry tomorrow. Adios.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Evening Thoughts

First up, a link: Breaking Cat News Christmas Special: Part Eight (conclusion). If you missed it, start here and just keep clicking next to read the whole thing. That final panel... I think some dust got in my eye again.

It wasn't really a long day at work today. Work is kind of loose right now due to the holiday. It's not easy to get stuff to fill pages when school is out, none of the service groups are meeting and all the school board and city council meetings are done for the year. Even the school sports are sparse. I managed to get all my writing for tomorrow AND Wednesday done this morning, even a column.

My dentist just retired. I offered to go to his retirement party for a co-worker who had been assigned to take a standalone photo at it, just to make sure I wouldn't get lazy and not attend. It was fun. And good food, too. But I really need some serious protein soon. My body is starting to get over-sugared.

Not a lot else to report from here. I've been watching Campion on Amazon Prime and enjoying it. Also catching up on comic books. Having few/no evening meetings means much more time.

We expected to get snow yesterday, but instead it rained a little and maybe flurried a tiny bit this morning, then bright sunshine this afternoon. Right now there's a nasty cold wind blowing that makes it feel considerably colder outside than it really is. No idea if the snow will materialize or not. The weather prediction seems to be changing every three hours.

Inkwell spotted the neighbor cat in the yard today. It was chowing down on a bird, and I think Inkwell was extremely jealous. So I pulled out Inkwell's harness and put it on him, then took him out into the freezing cold wind. The neighbor cat took off immediately and Inkwell attempted to get back inside immediately. I picked Inkwell up and checked out what the cat was eating... euw. Then a car came up the street and Inkwell nearly clawed my shirt off trying to get away from it. I quickly got him back inside. He's a true scaredy-cat.

I didn't put many Christmas decorations up, but what got put up is still there. I need to find a 3-way bulb for a lamp before I take down the tree. I wanted to get an LED bulb, but I haven't been able to find one I thought was worth the price, based on reviews.

Ok, need to figure out what's for dinner. Hopefully, I will write again tomorrow.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Sunday Review

TV this week:

  • Doctor Who: "Last Christmas" - A bit of a mess in some ways, but the dream within a dream within a dream concept is nice, if frustrating. Especially since the story starts with something dreamlike. As for the rest... it was nice to see "Strax" without the makeup. Nice to resolve whether or not Clara is returning. Lots of clever bits, including Shona's close questioning of Santa. I liked seeing another son of Troughton, as well. The Alien joke was also fantastic. In short, there was plenty to like. There were some possibly glaring plot holes and some questions left after the episode ended, but perhaps that's just how it's going to be. Only Who knows.



DCBS
Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Oct 22nd
  • Aquaman #35 - So, someone gets his dearest dream, which leads to another problem. Nice. I also like Aquaman's way of dealing with the traitors.
  • Red Lanterns #35 - More of the massive and annoying crossover. Not sure when this will be over, but I'm not really all that interested.
  • Secret Origins #6 - Three characters I am not terribly interested in, although I don't dislike any of them. This was ok.
  • Multiversity: The Just #1 - That is one completely screwed up universe. At least there was an Aquaman (or two) there. Good to see Garth again.
  • Batman '66 #16 - Wow, Egghead is really annoying. And this one goes even further out-of-scientific bounds than usual. Still, fun to see Ape-Batman and Ape-Robin.
  • Batman Beyond Universe #15 - It really feels like these stories are wrapping up, but there's still more to be told.
  • Twilight Zone #9 - Starts out fairly normal. Still connected with the other stories, I see.
  • Oddly Normal #2 - I vaguely recall this from the previous series, but I'm looking forward to another look at Fignation. This was definitely one of the good ones, it's good to see it back.
  • Steampunk BSG 1880 #3 - And all the pieces are together, next we get to see if the colonials can win. Overall I'm enjoying this take on the original. Amusing stuff.
  • Oct 29th
  • Justice League United Annual #1 - I'm afraid I'm not a big fan of the Legion, but this is a fun sort of crossover. I'm pleased that both plotlines appear to be merging again.
  • Sinestro #6 - Mega-crossover still, but I'm mildly amused that it's the Yellow Lanterns to the rescue. Ha.
  • Groo vs Conan #4 - This book was strange from start to finish. I love the clash of artwork almost as much as the silly story. I just feel sorry for Conan. He may be a barbarian, but he's got way more in his head than Groo.
  • Litle Nemo: Return to Slumberland #2 - Poor Jimmy. And yet... I've read enough of the original strips to feel like this has captured the heart of them. The art is exquisite. The characters are fun so far. I'm looking forward to the next issue.
  • Grimm Fairy Tales: Warlord of Oz #6 - There's a story in there! It's a little buried, but this issue kind of pulls it together.
  • Doctor Who 11th #4 - Alice hits the nail on the head with the Doctor. He tries, but he can really be a bit more lordly than he means to be. Meanwhile, Jones is a kick.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve Morning

I wish I had more prepared to post, but I'm somewhat empty at the moment.

Last night Eric and I attended the company Christmas party at the local bowling alley. I participated, even though I haven't bowled in more than 20 years. It was only the second time ever I've bowled. I got a strike, two spares, and a lot of gutterballs. I scored a pathetic 85, but it's better than my first attempt, if I recall correctly.

I also got two awards from the company. The first was for best celebration after a strike. The second was for worst form. Eh, it evens out.

Well, I'm going to be late for work regardless of what I do, so I'd better head out now. I've got a photo to get before hitting the office.

One last link: I wish Eric and I could afford a full set of these. There's so much Doctor Who merchandise now it's impossible to keep up.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Morning Thoughts

I was sick yesterday... ended up coming home from work a little early and sleeping for a few hours... slept in this morning, wished I could sleep in longer. Getting ready for work is difficult. Here's some links I gathered up last night for everyone to enjoy.

Breaking Cat News Christmas Special: Part Seven. That's not a little happy tear in my eye, just dust or something.

Happy Holidays from Texts from Superheroes. I like the first one the most.

How to step on lava.

The Oatmeal learns about self-driving cars by taking a ride in one. And makes some important points about the use of having such a car, particularly for people with disabilities.

In the latest I Had That! #44: Doctor Who: The Game of Time and Space, Dave makes this game sound incredibly unappealing... but I like the additions.

Microsoft is actually going after the tech support scammers? Wow. I got a call from them that I answered. I asked the guy what it is like working for a company that lies to everyone they call. He hung up on me.

Yet another study determines that red light cameras don't improve safety. Often because scumbag cities shorten the time of yellow lights to get more money.

Now to get sadly serious. The vast majority of the protests have been peaceful... which unfortunately has had the knock-on effect of the media ignoring them. Some police departments and officers still need to be investigated... action needs to be taken at the local, state and federal levels to make sure justice is actually being served. But we also need to condemn violence of any sort. The murder of two officers in New York may or may not have been related to the last four months of protests, but it cannot be allowed to stop any progress towards justice that may be made. And it should be condemned by all, including the protesters.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday...

...and I'm back to work again. I did some work last night as well, headed off to a church service. I hope the photos come out.

Apparently I've neglected the blog again. I want to write something every day for myself, but I keep getting caught up in what I have to do and forgetting to do what I want to do.

I have been saving some links...

Ok, not much more to say this morning, and I do need to get to work. I'm enjoying the Seahawks season-end run, but as a true-blue Seattle fan I keep expecting something to go horribly wrong. Part of me still thinks the Superbowl win was a dream.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Sunday Review

Getting way behind again. I'll catch up eventually.



DCBS
Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Oct 8th
  • Justice League United #5 - I like the new characters, but I hope they make sure Alanna and Miiyahbin stay distinct. Right now the costumes are way too similar. I forget, is this version of Martian Manhunter originally Justice League, or did he belong to some secret organization, or was it something else entirely? I'm getting confused.
  • World's Finest #27 - The slightly different origins of Superman and Batman on Earth 2... ok, I get it. Interesting stuff. I like elseworld-type stories. This one qualifies for me.
  • Earth 2 #27 - This definitely compliments the World's Finest issue. So, Kara and Val, huh? I really wish we could have afforded to get the Earth Two weekly.
  • Green Lantern Corps #35 - If I had any notion that the New Gods were supposed to be good guys, this book takes that away. Not impressed.
  • Arrow: Season 2.5 #1 - Reading this after I'm halfway through the new season means I'm getting whiplash from trying to remember the status quo from before the season started. I kind of wish I'd read this online as it came out.
  • Smallville Chaos #3 - More and more chaotic. This book keeps popping the surprises out at you. Lex is a particularly annoying surprise in this one.
  • Astro City #16 - This one hits you in the feels. (I think I used that slang right). It's a really good story, one that I think I'll probably read again. And hey, the last page reminds us of that other ongoing arc. Good stuff.
  • Spongebob Comics #37 - All about dreams. I just wish we'd seen more of Mermaid Man.
  • Tales of Honor #5 - I really enjoyed the source material for this series, which is why the series itself is so disappointing. It just isn't an adaptation: it's an illustrated retelling. The note in the back about doing something that is "less a pure adaptation" is good news. Perhaps they will actually take advantage of the comic book form.
  • Doctor Who 10th #3 - I'm liking Gabby more and more. She's really together for a person who feels helpless in life. There was some intensity in this story as well, along with nods to the Weeping Angels. Fun. This is a great book.
  • Oddly Normal #1 - I first read Oddly Normal in 2005 or so, and I loved it then. It's pretty good on the second go-round as well. I hope we get a LOT more of this book.
  • Oct 15th
  • Justice League #35 - Aquaman's at ground zero in this one. Literally. I enjoyed his bit, even if the general Lex Luthor plot is mildly boring. I'll be pretty annoyed if Aquaman is out of the story due to whatever the virus is.
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians #35 - So Kyle-god meets Highfather-god and fun ensues? I'm still not impressed.
  • Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #4 - Back to Cyborg, The Flash and Zatanna! And what a world they've ended up in. I really want to see that universe's Aquaman. The story then shifts to where the threat is from. Also cool, also a case of me wanting to see Aquaman. There really isn't enough Aquaman in this book.
  • Teen Titans Go #6 - This is a fun book, despite the dumbed down versions of the characters. I like all the background characters in the bowling alley.
  • Fables #145 - So, they faced the wolf. Still not certain how Bigby's tale is going to play out. I wish we'd seen Snow face him.
  • Spider-Man 2099 #5 - Wow, a crossover I'm not interested in. Pity I didn't realize that when I ordered it. Maybe I would have skipped it. Although, Peter David generally manages to make even crossover issues slightly interesting.
  • Peanuts V2 #22 - Ah, lots of fun. I like the classic strips in this one.
  • Doctor Who 12th #1 - So, this is probably one of the many adventures she's seen having with the Doctor while hiding her activities from Danny. Not bad... I'm still vastly amused by the extreme number of alternate covers Titan is putting out, and happy that I have no desire to get them all.



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Yesterday morning was difficult.

When I arrived at work, I was immediately told that one of my co-workers was out and the phone system wasn't working. Yikes.

Then I found out WHY my co-worker was out. Tuesday night, apparently as he was headed to another town to take wrestling photos, he hit a pedestrian. I don't know much more than the article says, except the pedestrian is apparently in stable condition with a broken pelvis. We believe, but don't know for sure, that the ped was jaywalking in dark clothing after dark. But again, we aren't certain. All I know for sure is that my co-worker is devastated, his car is damaged and the other reporters had to cover for him yesterday morning.

I could go into other things, but this has me mentally a bit fatigued, so I'm just going to go to work and face the music. I hope today is better.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Monday! I want it to be another Saturday so I can rest...

Slate has an article about how expensive it is to be poor. Also: Terry Pratchet and the "Boots" theory. via.

Breaking Cat News Christmas Special Part 3. Oh, Tommy!

So, I'm partially recovered from the parade Saturday night, but I gotta go to work today and write up the cutlines (captions) for the photos. I've also got high school sports to cover, so I probably should go early.

Inkwell jumped up on my lap, pushing my laptop off, just after halftime of the Seahawks game yesterday. Then he stayed there until the game ended. At the end of the game he sat up, yawned and jumped off my lap. I didn't realize he was an NFL fan.

My sister texted me yesterday to ask if my town has a crow problem. Turns out a Seattle TV station has done a piece about Sunnyside's crow problem. Yes, we hear the fireworks at night. Since I've lived here, the crows always come back to town at night in the winter... it's a heat sink. And they always make a terrible mess.

Ok, off to work. Maybe I'll write something else later if today isn't too hard.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Ug.

It was a long day yesterday. Including a very long walk during the parade. In fact... *calculates* ... I walked about 2.2 miles. My feet hurt, my brain hurts, and I'm just going to take it easy. Plus I haven't read much of the comics, so I don't have a review ready. So, no content today.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Friday! But not my last day of work this week...

So this is the first day this week that I don't have to head into work before 8 a.m.

Not a complaint, really. My editor gets in at about 5 every morning. More of an observation of how strange life can be. So... um... I'm going to post some links. At least one of them is not something you should read if you are feeling grief and despair at the current situation in the United States.

Ok, I'm going to leave that particular link until last. In the meantime, I'm going to be a little more lighthearted.

So, this kind of makes me want to try knitting again. I was pretty miserable at it, I think this project is well beyond my foreseeable capacity.

The source of rubber bricks washing up on the shore may have been discovered.

The second part of the Breaking Cat News Christmas Special has been posted. Poor kitty!

Inkwell will be sad: Cat Fancy is going away.

Do What You Wanna Do - DJ Earworm's United State of Pop mashup for 2014.

Now to get serious. Let's start with Jon Stewart's serious reaction to the Eric Garner decision.

Strange Fruit, a multi-link MetaFilter post that connects historical racism to current events.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

I'm Tired

Yesterday I started the day at 6:45 a.m. at the local hospital, covering the morning Rotary meeting. I went to work and wrote up the story and my other deadline stuff, then jumped in my car and drove to a town more than 16 miles away to cover the open house of their new birth center, located in their hospital. I had "lunch" there and got my pictures, then rushed home to feed the cat before heading back to work to write up the open house and another story about recycling electronics. I was the night owl, so I stuck around until closing time before heading out to my final assignment of the day, at a local health clinic. This was a forum on human trafficking. I was fed there, as well, but didn't get home until about 8 p.m.

It was very much a health care day for me, even though most of the stuff wasn't particularly related to health care.

I haven't had time to skim through my favorite sites yet, so no links this morning. I've got to go to work and write up a summary of the human trafficking forum that will make it understandable for the average person while not minimizing the issues. That's a bit of a job, so I should head out sooner rather than later. But I'm taking a long lunch today, darnit.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

No Morning Thoughts...

Too much going on to write today. I've got a meeting this morning, then an open house after I finish my deadline work. This afternoon I'll be writing up the open house and another story, then after work I'm going to a presentation on human trafficking. I don't expect to set foot at home between lunch and late evening, and that's assuming I manage to get home for lunch.

So, no links this morning. Maybe tomorrow...