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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Astounding

      I just ate a pork rib (6:48), and I'm not sick to my stomach.

Interesting Buildings

      A hat tip to James Lileks, who directed me to this Chicago building slide show, and this Russian building.

      Not to be chauvinistic, but ours is better.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

      K. and I saw it yesterday, with our friends L. and T. and what we want to say is, this is one stone weird movie.

      Four thumbs up, we loved it, and neither K. nor I expected it to be nearly as good as it was.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Last Week

      Haven't really had much going the on since I last posted here.  K. and I did go to the movies yesterday, and saw The Island.  A pretty good sci-fi action flick, if you like that sort of thing -- and we do.  Two thumbs up from Casa St. Onge.

      Today, we'll go see Charlie and the Choclate Factory with our friends L. and T., who will also have K.'s birthday card and present.  Report on that tomorrow.

Friday, July 15, 2005

OOPS! I Forgot to Mention in the Previous Post

      Of all the television shows currently on the air, Battlestar Galactica may be the best.  The second season starts tonite.  Watch it.

It's Your Birthday, Charlie Brown!

      Well, really, it's my beloved K.'s birthday.  Right now, we're in the middle of our "find the card" game.  We typically buy five or six greeting cards for birthdays, and anniversaries (we celebrate two, marriage and move-in together), and we distribute them around the house for the other to find.  I've outdone myself this year -- one is in the mailbox, and when she gets the mail, she'll find it.

      Birthday present is the widescreen, two-disc Phantom of the Opera.  We both love the music, and the movie version was spectacular.  An added bonus -- with a recorded soundtrack, they were able to get the lyrics very nicely distinct.  On the Broadway soundtrack album, it isn't always clear what's being sung.

      Yesterday, we saw Fantastic Four.  It's a movie made from a comic book, and about as good/bad as most of them.  A lot of people are down on it for some reason, but I enjoyed it.  I just didn't enjoy it a lot, or consider it a great film.

      Oh, among the previews was one for an upcoming animated Tim Burton film, Corpse Bride.  Looks very good.  The preview for Sky High, which is a sort of live-action Incredibles, seemed fair, as did Ice Age 2: The Meltdown,which I've seen the preview for before.  And there were posters up for a Terry Gilliam movie of the Grimm fairy tales that looked intriguing.  On the other hand, Transporter 2, and The New World, are right out, and The Island is probably on our "skip it" list too.  There was a seventh preview for something I can't remember, so it probably wasn't much.

      It's been very hot and muggy here (Thank You, God, for creating air conditioning).  Hope the weather's nice where you are.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Recent Reading

      The "Heirs of Alexandria" fantasy series by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, and David Freer.  It consists of three novels so far, The Shadow of the Lion, A Mankind Witch, and This Rough Magic.  For some reason, the novels were published out of chronological order (Witch is the second chronologically, but the third published, and that just recently).

      They're all very good, and after finishing A Mankind Witch, I decided to read them all over again.  Just as enjoyable on the second or third time through.

      The series is set in an alternate universe in which Hypatia of Alexandria, a neo-Platonist philosopher became a convert to Christianity, and miraculously saved the Library of Alexandria from burning.  (Hypatia is a historical figure, but in real history she didn't convert, and the Library did burn).  Magic works here, and Grand Duchy of Lithuania, nominally ruled by Duke Jagellion, but actually by the Demon Chernobog, is intriguing against the Holy Roman Empire (remember the "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence from Disney's Fantasia?  That's Chernobog torturing the damned souls).  The main characters are Prince Manfred of Brittany, third in line to the throne, and his bodyguard/tutor/nudje Erik Hakkonsen of Iceland and Vinland.

      But there are lots of other characters, not all human, and intrigue, romance, sex, derring-do and general fun.  Very good reading, and I recommend them to anyone who likes this sort of thing.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Nuisancy, but the benefits outweigh the costs.

      Bariatric surgery, I mean.  Despite all the complaints I've made about not being able to eat easily, it was worth it.

      I peaked at 465 lbs. I'm now down to about 340.  Or to put it another way, for the first time in years, I can step onto our bathroom scale, and not go over its highest reading.

      As for my clothes, they're falling off me. I mean that literally.  I still have some pants that were tight before, and won't immediately hit the ground when I pull them on and let go, but the pants that fit right before have to be held up with a belt or a hand.  Otherwise, they immediately migrate to my ankles.

      So, I'll settle.  There are three or four kinds of bariatric surgery currently, and if you have a persistent obesity problem, I recommend you look into them.

      Me, I'm sorry I didn't do this years ago.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

A boring week

      Nothing much has been happening around here, except that it rained several times.  I also managed to get the grass cut.

      K. and I saw War of the Worlds last weekend.  Eh.  Special effects are nice, the come out of the ground touch was good, but mostly, I can't see a reason for this picture.