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Posted on entry Open thread 202 ::: December 25, 2014, 11:14 PM:
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 Day, hopefully.

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 was funny.
Posted on entry Texts, 2014 ::: December 25, 2014, 09:44 AM:
Merry Christmas where appropriate!

My first present was not having to shovel snow.
Posted on entry Open thread 202 ::: December 23, 2014, 09:48 AM:
goodThoughts->Send(Lee);
Posted on entry Open thread 202 ::: December 22, 2014, 11:20 PM:
#354: The Hobbit films are gorgeously produced, but Big Hero 6 was arguably a far more genuine and entertaining film.
Posted on entry Open thread 202 ::: December 22, 2014, 01:16 AM:
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.
Posted on entry Open thread 202 ::: December 21, 2014, 03:16 PM:
"Into the Woods" sounds like a good outing w/ my sister's family when I visit this week.
Posted on entry Loss of suspension ::: December 21, 2014, 12:58 AM:
#241 is a spam probe, I suspect.
Posted on entry Open thread 202 ::: December 20, 2014, 05:16 PM:
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 continuously falling.

The White Council's attack on Dol Goldur was handled early on and fairly briefly.

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 screen time.

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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.
Posted on entry Open thread 202 ::: December 20, 2014, 12:14 AM:
#300: Ukulele Anthem:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njDQsQpFIqA

That was hilarious!
Posted on entry Open thread 202 ::: December 19, 2014, 09:10 PM:
Random thoughts.

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 something.

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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?
Posted on entry Open thread 202 ::: December 19, 2014, 09:10 PM:
Random thoughts.

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 something.

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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?
Posted on entry Open thread 202 ::: December 17, 2014, 04:50 PM:
WorldCon Havana.

#ThanksObama
Posted on entry Open thread 202 ::: December 14, 2014, 09:32 PM:
I'm done with baking, and maybe cooking*, for the year. Today I made:

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.
Posted on entry Open thread 202 ::: December 12, 2014, 12:35 AM:
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 Planes.

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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.
Posted on entry Open thread 202 ::: December 10, 2014, 09:16 PM:
Thanks, Terry.

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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?"
Posted on entry Open thread 202 ::: December 08, 2014, 08:38 PM:
What I did today:

Coworker Goodies

Not shown: German's Chocolate Cake for the shipping department.

All from mixes, but scheduling it all in an afternoon felt like an accomplishment.
Posted on entry We'll make an example of him ::: December 08, 2014, 12:47 AM:
#53 is obvious spam. Exterminate!
Posted on entry Open thread 202 ::: December 07, 2014, 11:46 PM:
Feel an urge to write The Drow on the Shelf.

Posted on entry Open thread 202 ::: December 07, 2014, 11:27 PM:
@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?
Posted on entry Open thread 202 ::: December 07, 2014, 11:03 PM:
This article has me wondering: How commercial / corporate is Japan's animation industry?

Hayao Miyazaki: Anime Suffers Because the Industry is Full of "Otaku"

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