Thursday, July 26, 2007

Out of Pocket

Hey, Leaguers. The week started off busy with work. However, our attention now turns to Jamie.

Jamie had a small medical procedure this morning to look at her heart. So, anyway, I was up at 5:00ish, and I'm now really, really tired.

Jamie is spending the vening in the hospital, and, depending on how things go tomorrow, may be there for a few days. I don't really know. The good news is that she actually feels okay. This whole thing was about checking out her heart for a possible future transplant.

Hope you guys are well.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Additional/ Supplemental

So Saturday evening we headed over to Carla's for "Bad Movie Night". Carla had rented the 1983 Australian produced Alan Arkin-starring superhero musical adventure "The Return of Captain Invincible". Somehow I'd missed it was a musical, and so when the president burst into song, I confess I was more than a bit surprised.

The movie makes some interesting choices, and there's a lot of gratuitous nudity to remind you that it's the 80's. Plus, the female lead somehow keeps getting the buttons to her blouse popped open to remind the viewer why she may have been hired.

If you want to see Christopher Lee participate in a Rocky Horror/ Bob Fosse inspired musical number... If you want to see a man with a salmon-gun... If you want to see a weird green little monkey man... Leaguers... This is your movie.

Anyhow, the story of the movie was actually stunningly close to the story of DC Comics' own Justice Society of America who ALSO disbanded after being called in front of McCarthy and being asked to unmask. This is a storyline DC fans take deadly serious, so seeing the same idea being taken lightly was... well, shall we say I have a different filter.

Carla also showed a film she'd made, "The Perfect Dress", which, apparently, I thought was better than she did. But I can understand being close enough to your own work that all you see are the things you wish you'd done different. Carla's film was actually fun and a musical for which she'd written lyrics. Good stuff.

In addition, she busted out our student film from Film I. All I can see now are the places where my cuts were all wrong, so its a tough one to watch. You kids and your fancy non-linear editing systems will never know the joys of the hand-crank Film 1 editing machinery. So shut up.

Lots of memories tied up in that film. It was fun to watch it with the two other folks who'd been there for the whole thing.

Thanks to Carla and David for having us over. The mini-burgers were excellent!

Tonight Jamie and I went to see the new Harry Potter, which was actually a good, all-ages (not kiddie) adventure movie. I've not read the books, so it's fascinating to see the world which started out being cute little moppets playing silly wizardy games turn into a life or death struggle of fairly epic proportions.

I don't know all what one can say about a Harry Potter movie at this point. Either you're interested or you're not. Daniel Radcliffe and Co. are blossoming into honest-to-God actors, and can easily handle the material being thrown their way.

There's some interesting commentary upon the nature of power in the film, especially of government. It's the sort of confusing lesson one might discover in high school when you begin to realize authority figures are all too often all too human, but that doesn't mean you're in any position to do anything about it. I think the solution in the movie is of the deas ex machina variety, but after time-reversing devices, etc... playing key roles in the conclusion of Potter movies, it's something I can live with.

Anyhow, worth a look see..

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Hey, Leaguers!

As you may have noted, the last week was a busy one for your League. Between work, sick cats, etc... it was a long week. We hope to get back to your regular scheduled programming as soon as possible.

Mostly I was just super tired by the end of the week, so the weekend has mostly been spent trying to remain immobilized, get some shut eye and read some comics.

Just a quick reminder that you can always make the best of a bad situation...

Now those guys REALLY know how to use an hour a day in the rec yard...

Why can't our American prisoners be this industrious/ entertaining? You don't ever see Aryan Nation or the Mexican Syndicate putting anything this good together. And you KNOW they wouldn't welcome the tranny prisoners as a key part of their act if they DID put it on. Some people have more artistic vision than others, I guess...

This coming week should be fairly colorful. The in-laws must be getting fairly serious about buying a house or something, because rumor has it they're returning to town. Jamie is also having a medical procedure Thursday that's going to take her out of pocket for a day or so. I'm taking Thursday and Friday off work to spend some time with Jamie during that, so we'll see this next work week will be cut short. The fun part is knowing that I will most likely be working from home over the weekend. Making eLearning waits for no man.

Potter-Mania has struck League-Central. I'm a bit of a jerk, so after picking up a copy of the new book for Jamie, I went ahead and read the last three pages.

spoiler alert

I'm not sure I agree with Rowling's decision to turn all seven books into a dream. After all, that leaves Harry a poor, abused orphan living under the stair well. I mean, it's nice to know he has a fantasy life, but six books' worth? And then making him forget the dream? Even if the owl was looking at him from the window... I dunno.*

end spoilers...

The other night I was watching "To Catch a Predator" with Jason and Jamie, a show I've seen once or twice before, and I was, once again, glad that kids are nowhere in my future. I can't really envision the effort parents have to put in these days trying to keep their fourteen year old kids who've decided they're already grown up, from making some really awful decisions when the access to kids online is incredibly easy. Telling girls that they mature faster than boys, coupled with an internet connection, seems like fairly dangerous territory.

*Not actually a spoiler as far as I know. I made this up.