Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The far too long in Entertainment

Live: Il Barbiere di Seviglia at the Met. Great fun. Several band concerts and a chamber music concert. A play called "Outside Mulingar" at the Clarence Brown Theater in Knoxville, which I enjoyed a lot.

Film: Hidden Figures, a splendid movie that enrages as it entertains. TCM Classics Singing in the Rain and An Affair to Remember. Lion, I enjoyed it but it's not really Oscar material. La La Land, which also isn't (though it was fine). Moonlight, which IS. ISISISISIS. Wow. Raees, Shah Rukh Khan's latest. I quite enjoyed it, though it was a bit timid and lost some steam near the end. The Lego Batman Movie, which was a hoot.

TV: Sherlock season four which ... ugh. There were a few moments in the second ep, The Lying Detective, but the other two were very horrible and off-putting. If there's a series five I hope the implicit promise of that ending is kept: back to solving cases, boys of Baker Street, and leave the spies, mercenaries, twisted politics and psycho-thrillers alone. The Good Place ended with a real bang and twist and I can't wait for the next season. Also am still liking Superstore.

Read: The Dry, an excellent mystery set in Australia. The Bear and the Nightingale, a Russian-based fantasy that was splendid. Plaid and Plagiarism, a cozy that is the first of a series I won't be reading, since I didn't care for any of the characters. Wakulla Springs, a Hugo winner for reasons that escape me. Not that it's not good, because it really is, but it's not science fiction OR fantasy. Still, very good. All the Birds in the Sky, an odd, eccentric, excellent novel. Crossroads of Canopy, first in a trilogy that I'm looking forward to the rest of very much. Nnedi Okorafor's sequel to her prize winning novella, Binti: Home. Excellent. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, Seanan McGuire's newest, and entertaining. Two by Kamila Shamsie, a Pakistani writer: Kartography and Broken Verses. They're explorations of family, very good and moving. Battle Hill Bolero, the very satisfying wrap-up to "Bone Street Rumba". Several of Paul McAuley's Jackaroo works (City of the Dead, Into Everywhere, Something Coming Through, Something Happened Here, But We're Not Quite Sure What); his world-building is superb. A lot of Charlie Jane Anders' short stuff; I love her!  Have started Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders. Very good so far.

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At 5:39 PM, February 17, 2017 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

"Sherlock" 4 was indeed disappointing. Given how in-demand for films both Cumberbatch and Freeman are, I wonder if it's time to end this series.

 

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A quick note of explanation

I haven't been blogging much lately. (Duh.) I haven't thought of myself as not being online, because I've been on Facebook a massive amount of time. Too much so, I realize.

So. Today I leave for 9 days in Egypt. I will check my email twice a day, but otherwise it's going to be no data. My plan is, after I return from a trip I'm really looking forward to, that I will Facebook much much less and do other things - blogging, writing, photography, volunteering - much much more. I have even resolved to take Facebook off my phone if I need to.

Looking forward to longer posts than short FB things in the future. I'll leave one massive "Entertainment" post to catch up.

See you in ten days - I promise!

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At 4:10 PM, February 17, 2017 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

"The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine":
https://medium.com/join-scout/the-rise-of-the-weaponized-ai-propaganda-machine-86dac61668b#.rt7ffpp42

"... Silicon Valley spent the last ten years building platforms whose natural end state is digital addiction. In 2016, Trump and his allies hijacked them..."

BTW, Boa Viagem!

 
At 8:55 PM, February 24, 2017 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Does Barsa forgive your absence? Will she be overjoyed to see you, or prefer to punish you for the abandonment?

 
At 11:25 PM, February 25, 2017 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

I'll find out. I've never before left here for more than overnight.

 

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Friday, January 06, 2017

12 Days of Yule ... Day 12

on a lamp, a wreath made of colored sleigh bells

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

12 Days of Yule ... Day 11

heirloom nativity set

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

12 Days of Yule ... Day 10

house lights

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

12 Days of Yule ... Day 9

broom decorated for Xmas with bows and bells

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Monday, January 02, 2017

12 Days of Yule ... Day 8

Ukrainian Grandfather Frost and Snow Maiden beside a tree made of pine cones

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

The Week in Entertainment

Film: Fences, which was excellent. Highly recommended. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are brilliant. Rogue One again. Yesssss. Doctor Who: The Return of Dr Mysterio

TV:

Read: Finished The People of the Book, which I recommend. Lumberjanes vols 4 & 5 - I do love this comic.

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12 Days of Yule ... Day 7

felt Indian robin on chandelier

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In the coming year...

card with rabbits and snowdrops, text 'hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come - Alfred Lord Tennyson'


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С новым годом!

моим читателям - To my readers:
Всего вам самого-пресамого в 2017!!! И здоровья, и счастья, и успехов!

The best of everything to you in 2017!!! Health, and happiness, and success!




On fir branches snow is lying,
The New Year to us today is flying!
May everything in life take a turn for the best,
May your most cherished dreams come true,
May the year give you treasures above all the rest:
Warmth, health, and understanding all come to you!

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Happy New Year!

moon and milky way over beach

If you celebrate the turning of the year today, then Happy New Year! May it find you happy and well, make you so if you aren't now, and keep you thus until it ends.


Saale Nao Mubbarak
Gelukkig Nieuw Jaar
Antum salimoun (اجمل التهاني بمناسبة الميلا و حلول السنة الجديدة)
Shuvo Nabo Barsho
Nedeleg laouen ha bloavezh mat
Schastliva Nova Godyna! (Щастлива Нова Година)
Z novym godam i Kalyadmi! ( З Новым годам i Калядамi)
Gung hay fat choy! Sun nien fai lok!
Chu Shen Tan
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Scastny Novy Rok
Godt Nytår
Gelukkig Nieuwjarr!
Head uut aastat!
Aide shoma mobarak (كرسمس مبارک سال نو مبارک)
Onnellista Uutta Vuotta
Bonne Année
Bliadhna Mhath Ur don a h-uile duine
Prosit Neujahr
Kenourios Chronos
Hauoli Makahiki Hou
L'Shannah Tovah (חג מולד שמח ושנה טובה)
Krisamas aur nav varṣ saṃgalamay ho (क्रिसमस और नव वर्ष मंगलमय हो)
Selamat Tahun Baru
Sanah Jadidah
Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit
Felice anno nuovo
Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu
Xin nian hao
Godt Nyttår
Manigong Bagong Taon
Szczesliwego Nowego Roku
Feliz Ano Novo
Karisama te navāṃ sāl khuśiyāṃvālā hove (ਕਰਿਸਮ ਤੇ ਨਵਾੰ ਸਾਲ ਖੁਸ਼ਿਯਾੰਵਾਲਾ ਹੋਵੇ)
An nou ferict - La Multi Ani
S Novim Godom (с новым годом)
Sretna nova godina (Сређна Нова Година)
Nayou Saal Mubbarak Hoje
Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Próspero año nuevo!
Gott nytt år!
Manigong bagong taon
Eniya Puthandu Nalvazhthukkal
Sawadee Pee Mai (เมอรี่คริสต์มาส และสวัสดีปีใหม่)
Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Shchastlyvoho Novoho Roku (Щастлівого Нового Року)
Naya Saal Mubbarak Ho (نايا سال مبارک هو)
Chúc Năm Mới Tốt Lành

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