26th May 2017

Not on my list

Watched a movie that caught me off guard, due to the humour. Called Mindhorn and has a number of cast members that are familiar faces. Also a chance to look around the Isle of Man. Altogether a good way to spend a rainy evening. No Oscar contention here, but sometimes you just need a simple distraction. Thank you, Netflix.

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9th May 2017

Proof that times have changed

As the news came up, I realized just how much times have changed. The Prez just fired the Director (of the FBI). Now that would not have happened, back when J Edgar was in the office. No reason has been given, but let’s take it as a sign that things are chaotic in that big, white mansion with the fence all around. I’m looking forward to late night TV, for the usual explanations.

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2nd May 2017

Guessing at menu choices

Remember the kid that played the role of the wizard in nine movies? The one with the glasses and the crazy bolt scar? I knew you would. He took a chance; some people never escape their persona in later movies. In his case, he did. After watching two of the recent efforts, I feel qualified to say that “typecast” isn’t among his weaknesses. A villain AND a skinhead?

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27th April 2017

A community says farewell

In one of those “you won’t know it’s over until it’s over”, our local TV news lost their core, this week. In a double whammy, brought on by retirement, for one and career redirection, for the other, the two people that anchored the suppertime program will be gone, as of tomorrow. This evening, a huge public reception was held (and shown in simulcast via Facebook Live). I joined the close to two thousand “off site” participants.

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26th April 2017

Hang in there

Perhaps “the news” isn’t as important as I had thought. For years, I’ve given great credence to what comes across my desk as coverage of the world at large. I read newspapers, listen to the radio, watch the evening telecast of local content (although the Bruce and Boomer show winds up tomorrow evening, replaced with as yet unrevealed changes). Over all, I take pride in being able to (at least) recognize names, faces and places.

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23rd April 2017

A plus to procrastination

When it comes to getting certain things done, I’m not always proactive. In particular, service on the car. I don’t let that “service due soon” flag interrupt my calm nature. Oil changes are for the next visit to see my local garage guy. Getting the tires changed; sometimes, it pays to be late. This morning, we had a fresh new cover of snow, all around. If I’d changed over to summer rubber, that could have been problematic.

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13th April 2017

Just a mixup, apparently

I’m going to have to explore the whole situation further, but the “commutative property” doesn’t apply to making good coffee. Specifically, a caffè americano does not taste the same as a long black. As for the caffè luongo… not going there again.

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4th April 2017

Generations in play

Some years back, I watched a fun spy movie with the power couple Brad and Angelina. You might have seen it: Mr And Mrs Smith. Did well at the box office, came with a few good scenes. Worth the dime. This evening, I had a chance to see a similar plot, used to provide some decent giggles. No power couple, but Zach and Jon (Hamm) did work well together. I suggest that you see this one, as well: Keeping Up With The Joneses. After all, movies are supposed to amuse. Besides, the current administrators of the US are not far removed from this sort of slapstick.

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3rd April 2017

Would have been the highlight

Missed seeing the cable laying ship, again. My marine traffic site tells me she sailed by here, in the dark. I mean, it’s not that big a deal, but the ship is three times as wide as my usual ferry boat. Be fun to put the telescope on her and get a feel for what a marine giant is like.

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2nd April 2017

Different fronts

Another double-feature day. Watching movies on my own schedule is fun, albeit not highly social as an activity. I prefer to think of it as educational, and choose my media in consequence.

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