Sunday, December 04, 2016

The Week in Entertainment

Live: A brilliantly done Christmas Carol at Clarence Brown, and an entertaining 1940s Radio Show at the Oak Ridge Playhouse.

DVD: More of Stargate SG-1. The 1954 Sherlock Holmes series with Ronald Howard and H. Marion Crawford, which was quite entertaining.

TV: The Librarians, a good episode.

Read: Began White Rage, which is not going to be a quick read, it's so enraging (no pun intended). Michael Chabon's newest, Moonglow, truly excellent.

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Why?

Why do people feel the need to get all aggressive about "saying Christmas"? Seriously. I almost feel like not going. But "Winterfest" redeems it ;-)


Text: "Come back to the Smokies. Network news does not tell you everything, businesses are still open, we are celebrating Winterfest, you can still visit Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Sadly Gatlingburg is closed as much work is needed in the area. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is closed but ALL animals are SAFE AND SOUND and will reopen soon. Today Dollywood reopens! The Christmas (yes, we still say Christmas here in the Smokes) lights are all on in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. The theaters in Sevierville/Pigeon Forge all have fantastic Holiday Shows. The stores are open for shopping and our restaurants for dining. If you have plans or are thinking about coming, PLEASE COME."

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Project Feeder Watch Week 3

Mostly the same birds as before, but the juncos have arrived (well, one anyway).

Female House finch

Carolina chickadee

And another

Downy woodpecker

White-breasted nuthatch

American goldfinch

Mourning dove

Female Northern cardinal

and a male - there were six of them (at least) and they chased each other a lot, but he couldn't get this chickadee to budge.

Northern cardinal sharing the water with a Red-bellied woodpecker

Red-breasted nuthatch

White-throated sparrow

The Red-bellied woodpecker eating a peanut

 And at the small seed feeder

A blue jay

A Brown thrasher

Tufted titmouse sharing a feedwith with two House finches

The finches can eat at the feeder, while the titmouse has to take his seed away and crack it open on a tree branch

A Song sparrow

These are Purple finches - new this fall

A male Eastern towhee

And the female
 And a second pair

And a Dark-eyed junco

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Some more birds

These birds came outside of the Feeder Watch days...

An American goldfinch


Goldfinch with Tufted titmouse


A Brown thrasher

A chipmunk climbing to the feeders


Chipmunk with titmouse in background


I've rearranged the feeders, though, so he couldn't actually get to them. A moment after this shot he got back on the pole and ran down to the ground again.


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Thursday, November 24, 2016

The festive table

A good meal with good people.


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At 9:07 PM, November 26, 2016 Anonymous Mark P had this to say...

That looks really nice. Both of our parents are dead and my brother lives in Chattanooga, so we don't have that kind of get-together very often.

 
At 2:52 PM, December 05, 2016 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Three of my siblings live close, also a niece and her family, so we get a dozen at Thanksgiving and three or four more at Christmas.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers, and happy end of autumn (or spring) to the rest!

cornucopia

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

O hai


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At 8:40 PM, November 23, 2016 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

If you're roasting turkey for Thanksgiving and she's never smelled it before, I predict she'll go bonkers for the aroma -- maybe camp out in front of the oven for hours watching the door intently, as though it were a TV or computer screen.

 
At 8:41 PM, November 23, 2016 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

We'll find out. My brother is bringing a turkey that will need reheating.

 
At 8:43 PM, November 23, 2016 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Looks as though the princess is enjoying some quality time there. Is she at ease around company yet?

 
At 8:44 PM, November 23, 2016 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

No. Tomorrow she will probably hide out in the back bedrooms. Especially with three little kids!

 
At 10:41 AM, November 25, 2016 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

She did not hang out in the kitchen smelling turkey. She hid under my bed for the whole time. She really doesn't like it when strangers come over! And unfortunately for her, "stranger" is a category that includes everyone but me.

 
At 12:44 PM, November 25, 2016 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Maybe she'll get braver as she grows up. Did you save her a few turkey scraps to try?

 

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Week in Entertainment

Film: The animated restoration of Patrick Troughton's first Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks. I enjoyed it - the animation was a bit middling, but that's pretty much fitting for 1960s Who. The (British) National Theater's encore broadcast of Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. The staging was ... a bit odd, let's say, and I wasn't especially fond of the Horatio, but the other roles were solid, especially Guildenstern. And Claudius! I was thinking during the intermission how very good he was, matching Cumberbatch head on. And then the credits rolled. Ciarán Hinds. No wonder. A Man Called Ove - a wonderful, emotional film, with excellent performances; faithful to the book though they had to leave a lot of the details out. Read and watch them both! Also Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which was very enjoyable. And Arrival, which was very good even though they made a number of changes to the story (Ted Chiang's "The Story of Your Life"), some incomprehensible and some probable needed by the changed medium.

DVD: Started rewatching Stargate SG-1.

TV: The Librarians at last. I do wonder how the Australian guy knows "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" so well, though. Some Leverage, but now they're into the Tara episodes, bleagh. Stargate which sent me to the DVDs.

Read: A Man Called Ove - what a brilliant book. I've already picked up Fredrik  Backman's other books (the translator is Henning Koch) and read My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here, both very good.

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At 11:24 PM, December 04, 2016 Anonymous Adrian Morgan had this to say...

My favourite Stargate episodes from the first three seasons of SG1 are (in chronological order): Hathor, Singularity, Tin Man, Bane, Holiday, 1969, Legacy, Learning Curve. How does that compare with your shortlist?

 

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