November 16th, 2006

little review

Poem for Thursday

Collapse )

Woke up with a headache that I am convinced stems from a combination of the time of the month and the front that's slowly moving in, trailing rain across the midwest at the moment. I was really slow and sluggish today as a result, got some more reorganizing done but you'd never believe it if you didn't know how things looked in the first place and no one but me will care that all the biographies of C.S. Lewis are now with the Narnia books and Llewellyn's Wheel of the Year books are now upstairs with my Book of Shadows instead of down the basement with the books on how to throw wizard parties for kids. Yes, I realize these are dorky priorities. *g*

While I'm discussing my acquisitive spirit, I had a very good day so far as CBS-Paramount is concerned: they sent me Star Trek: The Complete Animated Series on DVD, mentioned that it was likely that George Takei would be doing interviews in connection to the DVD release at the end of the week and would TrekToday be interested in speaking with him, and when I said to the PR contact that I had been hoping Brent Spiner and/or Brannon Braga would talk to us when Threshold came out on DVD but didn't know who to contact, she offered to send along the Threshold screener DVDs as well, so now I can watch Heroes on the big TV again because I don't need to be burning Threshold off Sci-Fi on Mondays. Whoo! And speaking of Heroes, TV Guide says that Christopher Eccleston is guest starring later in the season! Which probably means the Sean Bean rumor was just that and someone mixed up their Northern actors, but I am very excited anyway because I miss my Ninth Doctor!

Again speaking of the spirit of acquisitiveness, CBS and squee, CBS News has photos of the "white carpet" premiere for Happy Feet, which includes live African penguins as well as Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, et al, plus actors not in the film like Jeri Ryan. Not as cute as Jason Isaacs with a penguin, but then, few things are. (Have posted a pic to penguinpics if you would rather look there than struggle with CBS's pictures.)

Anyway, the acquisitive aspect: apaulled went looking for the Nintendo Happy Feet game for younger son. We had received a coupon for $5 off the game at Best Buy when we bought a Burger King happy meal toy, but our nearest Best Buy store still didn't have the game on the shelf at lunchtime Wednesday (officially, it came out Tuesday). So he checked K-mart, which not only had the game but was giving out little stuffed Mumble penguins with it -- a store exclusive. So if you're going to get that game, you may either want to get a toy at Burger King for the Best Buy coupon, or you may want to go to K-mart to get the free stuffed penguin! Either way, the game comes with a coupon for a free movie ticket.

One more fall-on-the-farm photo, before winter sets in: a tractor on the Eastern Shore concluding the harvest.

apaulled was uneasy to find a small tent city set up in front of Best Buy...turns out it's for the PS3, which comes out on Friday, but we imagine things may be similarly overwrought for the Wii on Sunday. While he was out acquiring video games, I also suggested strongly that he pick up The Da Vinci Code on DVD, and my subliminal (heh) messages must have worked because he came home with it. We watched the first half this evening, then agreed to stop because the kids had to go to bed and we said we'd watch the rest tomorrow, but it was enough to make me realize that my first instinct holds true and I really do like this movie even though I think it's not a terrific adaptation of the book and I think the book is not a terrific rewriting of Holy Blood, Holy Grail (yes, I know he won the suit, but please). It would be worth owning just for two lines of Ian McKellen's: Collapse )

And when it comes to possible alternative Jesus studies, I was highly amused by this MSNBC article, "Toilet tied to tale of Dead Sea Scrolls", which quoted Josephus as saying that the Essenes refused to "go to stool" on the Sabbath, possibly because the latrine was farther away than Jews were allowed to travel. You're not allowed to move your bowels on the Sabbath?! This rates even higher than Biblical sexual taboos and somewhere near alleged Opus Dei self-flagellation on my personal list of why tradition-for-tradition's-sake religious customs are insane! And speaking of self-flagellation, we have finished watching the end of the Mud Bowl -- Miami of Ohio vs. Bowling Green playing football on the soggiest, dirtiest field in history -- and now have Baylor vs. Gonzaga on TV playing in a nice indoor basketball stadium. Bedtime, methinks.