August 2nd, 2006

little review

Poem for Wednesday

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I got my wish from yesterday so I am crampy and tired and the murderous heat index doesn't help matters. My kids once again were inside from 11 a.m. on, so got somewhat less runaround time than is ideal in a sports camp (though younger son once again played basketball indoors for most of the day). And for the second day in a row my lunch date wasn't feeling well, so I was lonely but at least I did not overeat! Instead I watched part of my reviewing project for tomorrow, Star Trek Fan Collective - Klingon, which Paramount graciously sent me for critical analysis, and wrote articles on such exciting topics as Rod Roddenberry's latest money-making venture off fans and Marina Sirtis and Michael Dorn's skepticism about the idea of J.J. Abrams reinventing the Star Trek franchise with a prequel instead of looking forward.

And since I was in full Trek mode, I watched "Spock's Brain" early. We had intended to watch the McKellen-Dench Macbeth with the kids in preparation for seeing Macbeth on stage this weekend because they are always far more attentive to Shakespeare when they know the story without struggling with the language, but younger son wanted to Purrfect Predators about wild cats on Animal Planet at 9, so we did that instead. I must admit that considering how agonizingly awful "Spock's Brain" is, it's really quite entertaining in a hideous sort of way; Kirk only has eyes for zombie!Spock, not any of the bimbos in tinfoil, and with such lines as, "Brain and brain! What is brain?" and McCoy's trembly lip when Spock has to talk him through surgery while McCoy tests his connections (there were rude comments coming from all quarters of my household about which body parts McCoy should test next), it's hard not to have a good time.

sparowe made younger son happy by pointing us to CNN's Brazil's military to airlift penguins back home, which we then discovered at BBC News with a picture, and then we also discovered penguins waddle back to sea after oil slick clean-up on a Google search for more pictures. So it was a great penguin news day! And some days that's about the best one can hope for.

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And in the wake of all the post-Lumos confessionals, I might as well confess: I am really not terribly interesting or different in person than I am here, besides being louder and cruder yet conversely not really a group person. I have not constructed a persona, though there are things I don't feel it necessary to talk about here (these days including all Middle Eastern politics and Jewish identity issues, immediate family Bar Mitzvah-related stress and anything having to do with money, among others). If we are friendly here, it is almost certain that we would get along in real life, and if you have treated me like snot here, it is likely I will avoid you even if other people claim you are much nicer in person. So, yeah, I am really this unglamorous, sorry!