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I set my DVR to record the Doctor Who Christmas Special twice . . .
just in case. I'll watch it when I get back to Oregon. New Year's
Did watch the wonderfully silly Downton Abbey Xmas spoof. My
mother, sister, and niece are fans of the show, as am I. My other
sister and brother-in-law had no idea what was going on or why it
Merry Christmas where appropriate!
My first present was not having to shovel snow.
#354: The Hobbit films are gorgeously produced, but Big Hero
6 was arguably a far more genuine and entertaining film.
So, as a result of heavy marketing (including a TV special) the
"Elf on the Shelf" is now a "Christmas tradition."
You put this little felt doll on a shelf to keep an eye on the kids
and report their behavior to Santa.
I'd like to combine this tradition with a British one.
Everyone in the family gets their own special Elf on the Shelf. And
on Christmas day, over a family meal, everyone grasps their elf
firmly by the feet and extends his head to a family member . . .
AND THEY RIP THE LITTLE SNITCH IN HALF, snapper-style, revealing a
selection of candy and novelties.
"Into the Woods" sounds like a good outing w/ my sister's family
when I visit this week.
#241 is a spam probe, I suspect.
I watched "The Battle of Five Armies" at the 2D bargain matinee. It
turned out to be fairly low on outrages; the grudge-match battles
went on far too long and were kind of ludicrous, but as a Peter
Jackson movie goes it was relatively free of things
The White Council's attack on Dol Goldur was handled early on and
The one good innovation was Lake Town and its inhabitants,
and there was lots of that. Bard and the Master's toady got lots of
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#306: Grand Budapest was a fine enjoyable trifle, one I enjoyed
enough that I bought the Blu-Ray, but not a movie for the ages. And
the competition, oh my . . .
Birdman is an amazing drama. Well "shot," with a innovation
or gimmick I'll leave it up to others to discover. Excellent
acting, good story.
Boyhood could have a subtitle, "Parenthood," because it is
as much about a mother and father and stepfathers. And the
filmed-over-seven-years thing . . . that could have been a gimmick,
but it is made to work. Chutzpah and dedication that pays off.
#300: Ukulele Anthem:
That was hilarious!
I'm done with work for the year. I actually was supposed to leave
at noon, but there was stuff to do. I hope that counts for
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I find myself wanting to see The Hobbit mostly to see what
outrages will be added to the story. Do I pay extra to see the
outrages in high frame rate 3D?
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How much practice should I put in on my new ukulele before I force
others to listen to a performance?
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My favorite movie of the year, Grand Budapest Hotel, is probably
one that should not win Best Movie or even be in the running. I'm
baffled as to what should win. Nebraska? Boyhood? Birdman?
I'm done with baking, and maybe cooking*, for the year. Today I
2 trays red velvet brownies, with dried cherries thrown in.
2 trays brownies marbled with chocolate-mint peanut butter.
2 trays mocha hazelnut fudge. (The condensed milk variety, which
purists call a ganache.)
3 dozen assorted dessert muffins.
* As opposed to microwaving things I froze.
If you don't want to spin it yourself, V.I.P. Fibers will turn your
collected dog fur into yarn.
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John Rogers, the co-creator and pilot-writer of The
Librarians, is a major league geek. Comic book author (The Blue
Beetle), co-wrote the D&D 4th edition Manual of the
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I've been donating to Heifer International for years, but the
"Here's a catalog! Buy gifts for needy people!" hype and conceit is
increasingly grating. I've been getting emails almost daily, and
two "catalogs" a week. I may look elsewhere next year.
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I imagine the screenwriters of 24 reading the torture
report, slapping their foreheads, and muttering "Why didn't we
think of that?"
What I did today:
Not shown: German's Chocolate Cake for the shipping department.
All from mixes, but scheduling it all in an afternoon felt like an
#53 is obvious spam. Exterminate!
Feel an urge to write The Drow on the Shelf.
@Teresa: Went back and paid attention to the ads this time, and
yes, I do!
Only familiar with Vox Day from the obnoxiousness of a month or so
ago; is Wright of similar ilk?
This article has me wondering: How commercial / corporate is
Japan's animation industry?
Hayao Miyazaki: Anime Suffers Because the Industry is Full of
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