Hello hello, gentle readers! I hope that everyone is having an awesometacular holiday season!

This year, for ease of reading (and writing), I have decided to split my journaling of Yuletide adventures into two parts. Instead of one "Twelve Days of Christmas", you get two "Six Days of Christmas" posts. Really, it works out to be six of one, half a dozen of the other.

Thus, without further ado, here is what everyone's favourite Nomad has been up to this Decemberween:

Day Zero: (Thu Dec 20) As the sun set at the start of the Longest Night, our coven -- Dreaming Spires -- lit a candle to hold the light through the long dark. Later in the evening, my beloved [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat led us in a lovely Yule ritual.

Day One: (Fri Dec 21) At the distinctly dark hour of stupid o'clock five a.m., my darling [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth, [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat and I piled into the car and made the ~75 mile drive to Stonehenge. As noted in my previous post, this was my ninth dawn amongst the Stones -- three Summer Solstices, one Vernal Equinox, and five Winter Solstices.

The first seven Stonehenge dawns took after an early Pink Floyd album -- the Sun was Obscured by Clouds, making a cameo appearance... or often none at all. That changed last year, when we were fortunate enough to witness a spectacular Stonehenge Solstice sunrise!

After last year's great luck, I was ready to accept another year full of clouds, with memories to remind me how glorious the experience can truly be. Imagine my surprise, then, when we arrived at the henge to find the pre-dawn mist slowly dissipating, giving way to clear starry skies! That's right, my dear friends! For two years running, we have witnessed the Sun rising to signify the return of the light!

Don't just take my word for it, though! They say a picture is worth a thousand words... but, truth be told, I think these shots convey the beauty far better than any description that I could ever write:

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

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Guess Who? Your Friendly Neighbourhood Nomad greets his old friends, the Stonehenge Stones!

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Here Comes The Sun! The first rays of light emerge over the horizon!

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This is basically the same shot that I took last year, included here for comparison.
(Honestly, I liked last year's version of this one better -- what do you think?)


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Um, wow. Just wow. Really, do I need to say anything else here?

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From a different vantage point. If you look closely, you can see that the Sun is passing through two of the Stonehenge archways here. Behind the large inner arch in the foreground, there is also the lintel of an outer arch visible. Pretty spiffy, no?

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Finally, the new Sun rose high enough that its brilliant light made everythng else seem dim by comparison. This one is taken well after Sunrise, and shortly before the site was cleared.

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Two years in a row? How lucky is that?! And what an amazing way to welcome in the return of the light! Huzzah!!

Day Two: (Sat Dec 22) Much holiday prep during the day; in the evening, [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth, [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat went out for a delicious Yule feast at one of our favourite Oxford restaurants.

Day Three: (Sun Dec 23) Started the day by ringing a quarter peal of mixed doubles -- Plain Bob, April Day, and Grandsire -- at St. Nicholas Church in Old Marston. I am pleased to say that the quarter was a success; this makes my second quarter peal of the month.[*] Later in the day, I also rang at St. Giles Church before their annual candle-lit carol service. Along with [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth and [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat, we stayed for the service. The atmosphere is really quite lovely, with the church lit up by all those candles and the celebration of the season through singing!

Day Four: (Mon Dec 24) More holiday prep ensued during the day; in the evening, my beloved [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat and I went out for a Christmas Eve dinner at The Old Parsonage Inn. Over the past couple of years, we have slowly been sampling some of the best restaurants in Oxford, splurging on an expensive meal for special occasions. This marks another one checked off the list! The food was absolutely excellent, and the venue was delightful -- particularly since we managed to reserve the table near the fireplace!

Day Five: (Tue Dec 25) In the morning, [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat and I woke up early to see what had been left under the tree and to open our presents! I received many lovely gifts from my beloved... but, without a doubt, the most impressive was a fantastic new Citizen Eco-Drive watch! Vunderbar -- I have been in need of a new watch! Actually, this is my first analog wristwatch. I have always appreciated the art of timepieces but, until recently, opted for a high-tech digital watch for practical purposes. Now, after a quarter of a century, my smartphone can do everything any watch of mine ever could manage (and more)... which frees me up to go for aesthetics on my wrist, rather than functionality!

After all the unwrapping was done, we spent a bit of quality alone time together before packing up our bags (and a kitty) and heading out to London. Our destination was the latest home of D&J, who were hosting the Christmas feast. And what a feast it was! Other than the roast goose, all of it was vegetarian-friendly: The stuffing, the cranberry sauce, the potato and onion mix, the carrots, the roast chestnut chutney[**], the sweet potato, the onion gravy -- incredible! For those of who could not enjoy the goose, there was even a yummy mock chicken dish as a substitute!

After dinner, we played a few party games like Werewolf and Celebrity[***] before the dessert was brought out: Pumpkin pie and homemade ice cream and cheesecake! My diet may have gotten slightly derailed for a day -- whoops! But, hey, it's Christmas, right?

Day Six: (Wed Dec 26) We stayed over at D&J's after the big Christmas party to spend Boxing Day in our pyjamas with these dear friends. The mellow follow-on to Christmas was part of the plan, with nothing more strenuous in the works than a few rounds of No Thanks! and some Christmas movies, like It's A Wonderful Life and Patrick Stewart's 1999 version of A Christmas Carol.

After an exciting Christmas and a mellow Boxing Day, [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat and I stayed over in London with D&J for one more night, before heading out for more adventures the following morning. But I believe that we have come to the end of Day Six, gentle readers... so stayed tuned to hear about Nomad's Six More Days of Christmas!


[*] The first one, on December 16th, was a quarter peal of Cambridge Surprise Minor -- my very first quarter of a Surprise method... and a significant milestone in my accomplishments as a ringer!

[**] Try saying that five times fast!

[***] A new game, for me, but one that bears a striking resemblance to an old favourite: Bag of Nouns.

anarchist_nomad: (Look Like An Egyptian)
( Nov. 16th, 2011 11:57 pm)
Haven't played this game in a while, gentle readers. Here goes:
  • CHUTE: Am writing this entry on the Oxford Tube, during the trip that never ends. Leaving London after 22:00, we immediately got stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the A40. Not exactly what I would expect at that hour. After finally making it through the jam, we seemed to be moving along well... until the motorway (M40) got closed off. So we are now diverting through High Wycombe -- whee! Eventually I will return home. I think.

  • LADDER: Yesterday, I went to Cambridge. There, I presented a high energy physics seminar on the first results from T2K at the Cavendish Laboratory. It went rather well, I think... with some post-talk discussions that may prove rather fruitful in the future. So now I have spoken at both Oxford and Cambridge -- spiffy!

  • CHUTE: I have just learned that one of our darling kitties -- probably The Boy -- has puked all over the bed. Feh. So on my arrival home, after midnight, I will need to strip off the sheets and put clean ones on. Irksome. I love him dearly, but I wish that his walnut-brain were keen enough so that he knew better than to vomit where he sleeps.

  • LADDER: The reason that I am coming back from London so late is that I had a very nice dinner in South Kensington with my high school history teacher. She is one of only three teachers that I actually liked in my high school (and only two of those are still alive). We last saw each other in October 2007, when I dropped in during a visit to NYC. However, she is now living in London for a year and looked me up online. I was rather pleasantly surprised, and it was a lovely evening of chatting and catching up. We have tentative plans for her and her partner to come visit Oxford next month, where I will treat them to one of my now-famous tours.

  • CHUTE: The new Muppets movie -- which comes out next week in the United States -- will not be released in the UK until February! What the...?!? I have no idea why some films are released concurrently in both countries, whilst others have an enormous lag. The latest cinematic adaptation of Jane Eyre, for instance, had a whopping six month delay -- coming out in March for the US and September for the UK. I very much hope that this Muppet movie will still be in the US theatres come late December, because I really don't want to wait three more months!!

  • LADDER: Quite by surprise, I appear to be headed to Berlin in March! Apparently, I am taking a five day holiday with the lovely [livejournal.com profile] faerierhona (plus one other). Rather excited about this, as I have not yet been to Germany properly... and Berlin is very much on my list of European cities to visit. As an added bonus, it looks like she has found us a splendid apartment for the trip -- located right on the Ku'damm! Excellent -- couldn't ask for a better location than that!!

  • LADDER: Speaking of plane tickets and March, the ever-exuberant [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup and the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] jadesfire55 have now purchased their tickets to come visit us in Merry Olde Englande! Huzzah! Looks like there will be much happiness and excitement in Oxford (and beyond) during the last week of March!

Additionally, there is one more ladder. It is a sooper sekrit ladder that I cannot talk about in this space... yet. If things go well, all shall be revealed in time. Stay tuned, true believers!

I've but one weekend in Oxford between the recent trip to Europe and the upcoming week to Asia. That weekend is rapidly drawing to a close now. It has been mellow, but fun!

On Friday evening, things got started when I came home from work to spend a spiffy night with my beloved [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat, the exquisite [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth, the lovely [livejournal.com profile] fire_kitten, and the devious [livejournal.com profile] ayaron at Chiron Beta Prime. We ordered pizza and played games; I taught Puerto Rico to [livejournal.com profile] fire_kitten and [livejournal.com profile] ayaron and managed to squeek out a slim win during a close game.

On Saturday morning, we made our way just outside of town to pay our annual visit to the bluebell meadow at the Harcourt Arboretum. Thanks to the hottest April on record, the bluebells were a bit past their prime, but they still made for a pretty stroll.

Here is my darling [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth and I in a lovely Beltane photo at the arboretum:


And here is a peacock, just because:


On Saturday evening, our Beltane ritual took place, marking the halfway point in the wheel of the year. In 2008-2009, [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat and I worked ritual with more-or-less the same group at every sabbat. It worked really well and coalesced into an experience that was greater than the sum of its individual rituals -- most of which were pretty spectacular by themselves! I missed doing that last year, so we have returned to the practice for the 2010-2011 turn of the Wheel of the Year. Once again, it is proving to be rather powerful WORK.

Finally, we wound down Saturday with a very interesting kink discussion. Details of which are not suitable to be repeated in this forum.

Sunday morning -- today -- I had an excellent lie-in with my dearest [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth. The early afternoon was dedicated to practicalities, like setting up logistics for my upcoming trip to Japan (work) and Korea (play). In the evening, I rang bells at St. Giles for a quarter peal attempt -- the method was Grandsire Triples and I rang the treble. Ringing was followed up by a stint at the Barton Pool with [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth, where I did my usual mile of crawl. We then headed to the cinema, where we met [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat and [livejournal.com profile] ayaron for the 21:00 showing of Thor. Visually stunning, I expected better of a collaboration between JMS and Kenneth Branagh. Still, there were amusing moments.

All of which brings us to the present moment. When I finish this write-up, I will phone the sweet [livejournal.com profile] livetbd for a spell... then make my way off to bed! Less than one week remaining in Oxford before I jet off again, and much to do in that time!

So, as you can see, gentle readers, it has been a quiet weekend but a good one, nonetheless. I hope, dear friends, that you have also had a pleasant time... and that you have a lovely night!
anarchist_nomad: (Look Like An Egyptian)
( Feb. 25th, 2011 12:13 pm)
Riding the Oxford Tube once more, on my way back to London. Sitting across from me, in one of the other four chairs that cluster about the laptop table, is a woman working on a presentation. Apparently, she is a speech therapist. Somewhat predictably, this has prompted another member of our impromptu party to ask her about The King's Speech.

On an entirely different topic, I was in the shower this morning when in occurred to me that I am thirty-five years old. How the helavic did that happen?? I say this not in the sense of bemoaning my age and whinging about getting older. At thirty-five, I know full well that I have decades of wonder and amazement ahead of me. One of my current role models is in his forties; another is fifty-two. Plenty to look forward to and to aspire for. Rather, I say this with a sense of wonder and amazement. Seriously, how the heck am I thirty-five? I certainly don't feel it, whatever that is supposed to mean. At Brushwood, last Summer, I was chatting with a lovely young lady who was twenty-one at the time. During our long and rambling conversation, she asked me how old I felt. Twas a question that I had not really considered before. After some thought, I concluded that I feel about twenty-four, plus or minus a year. I'm definitely not a teenager anymore... but I don't feel like a man in his mid-thirties, either. Early to mid-twenties seems about right.

I'm curious now, gentle readers: Relative to your physical age, how old do you feel?
anarchist_nomad: (Atum -- Sol -- Ra -- Sun)
( Feb. 3rd, 2011 04:57 pm)
Yesterday was Groundhog Day. It was also the day that I proved that the Nomad fails at obscure humour. It has been observed that the previous entry was posted twice. It seems that all who noticed this glitch chalked said duplication up to a mistake. Alas, not one of my dear friends observed that the time loop might have been in honour of Groundhog Day.

Does anyone remember the 1993 film, Groundhog Day? I'm not surprised that my Brit friends may have let this one slip by... but surely some of you Yanks can recall it, no? After all, it has even been added to the United States National Film Registry for being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

For those who do not remember -- or those who have never seen the film -- here is a brief synopsis: The main character, Phil, is caught in a time loop on February 2nd. He repeatedly wakes up at 6:00am [1] on Groundhog Day as his clock radio plays Sonny & Cher's hit I Got You Babe.[2] As a meteorologist, Phil is in Punxsutawney to interview the famous groundhog with whom he shares a name, Punxsutawney Phil[3]. Although he is stuck in a time loop, he can remember all of the previous events. No one else can.

Hence the clues left in yesterday's post. They are all there, calling out in their little clue-voices to be found! Don't believe me? Check out this short clip:


I had several hundred points on hand, ready to cheerfully award to the first person who suggested that I might have slipped into a time loop. But, sadly, no one did.

So, as I said at the start of this entry, the Nomad fails at obscure humour. Or else all of you collectively do, gentle readers. Perhaps it amounts to about the same thing...


Yesterday was also Imbolc, which is the first day of Spring by some calendars. Huzzah! Indeed, there is some significance in this: Today is February 3rd and, for the first time since November 7th, the amount of daylight hours in Oxford is not less than the minimum received in New York City. As a NYC native who has lived half his life in the Big Apple, I use the City that Never Sleeps as my reference point. On the Winter Solstice last year, New York received 9h 15m 05s of daylight between sunlight and sunset. Today, over six weeks later, Oxford receives exactly the same amount, with a precision of one second. The deepest part of the Dark Period -- which I use to refer to the 87 days where Oxford receives less hours of sun than the NYC minimum -- has now ended! Huzzah! Verily, the daylight is coming back!

This last sentence is probably of little use to those who are now under the Blizzard that Ate the United States. Still, for somebody who has been back in the Deep Dark North for nearly a month now, I certainly do appreciate the change!

Interestingly enough, the latitude difference between my once home of NYC and my current home of Oxford is just about enough so that we spend about 1/4 of each year getting less than their minimum (i.e., Winter), 1/4 of the time getting about the same amount (i.e., Spring), another 1/4 getting more than their maximum (i.e., Summer), and then a final 1/4 getting about the same once again (i.e., Autumn). The pattern is clear... but the fairly even divisions of time makes for an interesting coincidence.


[1] Note the time stamp on yesterday's entries.

[2] Note the "current music" on yesterday's entries.

[3] Note the subject field on yesterday's entries.

Today promises to be a long day. Thirty-two hours long, to be precise! This is, of course, due to the time change! I am still in Tokai... but four hours hence, I leave Masago -- the dormitory for foreign visitors at J-PARC[*] -- and start making my way back to Oxford. This afternoon, my darilng [livejournal.com profile] bunnypip and the lovely [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth will be meeting me at Heathrow; this evening, my beloved [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat and [livejournal.com profile] bunnypip and I will be going to the cinema; tomorrow, I shall be driving the Magic Roundabout in Swindon and visitng the tomb of Edward II in Gloucester Cathedral!

Although the volcano effect caused this trip to be shorter than originally planned, it has still been a fantastic experience! An excellent balance has been achieved between working in an old and familiar environment (i.e., Mozumi and Super-Kamiokande), taking time off to explore and sightsee (i.e., Kanazawa and Takayama), and working in a new and active environment (i.e., Tokai and J-PARC). I am feeling like this was a productive trip and -- even better -- I am feeling enthused and invigorated for continuing the work when I return to Merry Olde England!

Additionally, I have been invited to make yet another presentation. As already mentioned here, at the Oxford University Astronomy Weekend last month, I was invited to co-run the 2011 Oxford University Cosmology Day (in October 2011) and reprise my "Neutrino Astronomy" talk at the opening of the next weekend gathering of the British Astronomy Association (in April 2011). Combined with the request from the Cody Astronomy Society to return for a second lecture, I had already thought my speaking plate was rather full. However, as the saying goes: If you want something done, as a busy person! I have now also been asked to co-run the 2010 Oxford University Cosmology Day, which has the theme of "Particles and Cosmology". Four lectures -- two by me and two by my co-conspirator. This will be held in Oxford just six days before the start of P**T***, a Pagan festival with triple digit attendance that [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat and I are organising this year. Naturally, I accepted the invitation!

Must run now and start packing! Hope to see some of you very soon!


[*] The Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex, which is where we make the neutrinos that are fired at Kamioka.

anarchist_nomad: (Sunset over Key West)
( Mar. 19th, 2010 11:58 am)
I am writing this entry from Ye Olde Oxford Tube, heading into London. Tis Friday again! Another weekend is nearly upon us!

Speaking of weekends, there is quite a bit going on this weekend! Although that may not be so unusual. Upon looking in my Slingshot yesterday, I was struck with the realisation that my next completely free weekend is September 17 - 19. Eeep! That is six months from now! The last free weekend in the next half-year (June 11 - 13) just got filled yesterday with a narrowboat trip on the Walden III, cruising the Oxford Canal from Banbury to Oxford!

I am used to having my calendar filled two or three months in advance... but not six! I suspect that the surfeit of upcoming trips -- two to Japan, one to South Korea, one to the United States, and one to Scotland -- have a lot to do with it! Thankfully, some of those weekends are only partially booked, with space still available for other activities!

Speaking of weekend activities, last weekend was quite packed! My official birthday celebration[1] was gangs of fun and an awesometacular success! All went according to plan -- we started off Friday evening with the All You Can Eat menu at the Pink Giraffe. Can anything that begins with some of the best vegetarian Chinese food be less than fantastic? As usual, the Giraffe did not disappoint, with favourites like the Beijing [mock] duck and the [mock] chicken satay and the [mock] chicken with cashews and yellowbean sauce. Even the meat eaters enjoyed! As is also usual when doing AYCE at the Giraffe, everyone left the meal feeling like we could roll home[2] and we wouldn't need to eat for a week! We wound down Friday evening with a couple of rounds of Dominion, introducing L1 to the game.

My actual birthday -- Saturday -- began with the traditional phone call from my mother. This is an event that defies description; one truly needs to hear it to appreciate it! After breakfast and a bit of prep work, people began to arrive... which meant that it was time for presents! I got a particularly awesome stack, including some coins from the Royal Mint, comic book t-shirts[3], the new Chumbawamba album, sushi-making lessons, My Neighbor Totoro[4], a very sweet framed photograph, and more! Once all the presents were opened, we let the games begin! We started out with Wise & Otherwise (which my darling [livejournal.com profile] bunnypip won), then moved on to Betrayal at House on the Hill The Shinnin'. I ended up as the traitor -- this was my third time in the role... and I have never succeeded at my task! Guess I am just too much of a good guy! As the day went on, we also played Bag o' Nouns (my team won), Apples to Apples, Lost Cities[5], Monte Python Fluxx, and a few rounds of Werewolf. Good fun!

Partway through the afternoon, we mixed up some liquid nitrogen ice cream. It was a collaborative effort -- F and L2 mashed the strawberries, [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth and [livejournal.com profile] wolfpeach each helped pick up the supplies, I mixed them all together, [livejournal.com profile] topbit poured the LN2, and [livejournal.com profile] xmakina stirred. I was less than ecstatic... as I had overestimated the ingredients, leaving some of the mix unfrozen by the time we ran out of liquid nitrogen. I really need to purchase a larger dewar! Still, methinks that I was just being a perfectionist -- everybody else seemed to really enjoy the ice cream![6]

In the evening, we ordered pizza and then had a karaoke sing-a-long! Starting with the Bohemian Rhapsody, we moved on to Video Killed The Radio Star, Karma Chameleon, American Pie, Build Me Up Buttercup and more! We even Rickrolled ourselves! This was a phenomenal group to have a sing-a-long with -- I have not laughed so hard in nearly a year!

Throughout the day, calls and text messages had streamed in. That was very nice -- thank you to all who could not make it, but send something on! We had a decent turnout for the party, too; nineteen people helped me bid farewell to the first half of my fourth decade. At the Event Horizon, I would consider this number to be quite small and the party to be a bit of a flop. But, bearing in mind that I still have far fewer friends in England than in either Chicago or New York, it was a decent turnout.

As the hour got late and people started to head home, we broke out The Shinnin' again for another game. This time [livejournal.com profile] xmakina was the traitor -- helping a giant spider to lay its eggs in one of us and waiting for them to hatch. Alas, the poor victim to get caught in its web was the arachnophobic [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat! Luckily, we heroes managed to free her and destroy the eggs, then get the hell out of the haunted house in time! My explorer did not survive... but at least I was on the winning team! We finished playing around four in the morning... but with two arachnophobes in the game, it was not considered an ideal way to end the night. L1 wanted to play The Shinnin' yet again... but no one else thought this was a good idea. So out came Dominion once more, which I won by a reasonable margin. Finally, we dropped off to sleep around five o'clock in the morning -- which was still my birthday in Eastern Standard Time, where I was born!

Sunday was a much more mellow day. To wind down from the weekend, I planned to have us watch a few of my favourite films. The choices were made according to the movies that I have been waiting to introduce to [livejournal.com profile] bunnypip. We started with The Princess Bride, as I have been waiting to show it to my British friends ever since I learned that the film was not ubiquitous here -- inconceivable! Next up was my favourite anime, My Neighbor Totoro. After those two, we took a break for chocolate cake -- complete with Red Dwarf figures and rocket candles on top! Awesometacular, indeed! Finally, we finished off the films with one of my favourite comedies: Michael Frayne's Noises Off! It was wonderful watching how hard everyone laughed at this hysterical show!

Shortly after the movies ended, I made my way to St. Giles -- accompanied by my dear [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth -- to ring bells for Sunday evening services. Then three of us went up to the roof to watch a particularly striking sunset. Upon returning home, [livejournal.com profile] xmakina and [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat and [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth and I played Lost Cities (which [livejournal.com profile] xmakina won). Then it was off to Atomic Burger in Cowley for dinner. Finally, I dropped [livejournal.com profile] xmakina and [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth off at home before settling down for the evening with my beloved [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat. Twas a very good weekend. A very good weekend, indeed!

So now, my dear friends, I am thirty-five! It began with a bang... let's keep the excitement -- and the good times -- rolling!


[1] In contrast to the unofficial surprise party held the week earlier!

[2] Except for the fact that it would mean rolling up a rather steep hill!

[3] Iron Man, and the movie version of the Watchmen.

[4] Extremely important for Sunday! See below.

[5] The four-player board game, which was new to me, rather than the familiar two-player card game.

[6] Either that or they were just being very polite!

I composed the initial part of my holiday write-up from a motel in Ohio, USA. Thus, it seems somehow fitting that I now write its counterpart, concluding the holidays from a hotel in Tokai, Japan![*] Without further ado, here is a summary of the last two states visited in the Nomad 2009 Decemberween Five State US Tour! Have at it, gentle readers!

Day Nine: (Thu Dec 31) Arrived in Michigan with [livejournal.com profile] gyades, where I greeted my darling [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup and her husband, [livejournal.com profile] plasmonicgrid. After settling in, we were introduced to Little Big Planet and the four of us spent a couple of hours bonding over the Playstation 3. When finished, I took a call from the future -- the charming [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat, the beautiful [livejournal.com profile] bunnypip, and the marvelous [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth phoned from 2010! We chatted for a bit, then it was time for homemade pizza paninis!

Guests[**] began arriving at half eight -- in total, fourteen people attended, making for a cozy little group. We played a couple of games of Bag of Nouns -- each time I was on the winning team by just a razor-thin margin of victory! I passed around the Signspotting book that [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat had given me for Yule -- it was generally a huge hit, with much laughter ensuing! At midnight, we watched an animatronic Dick Clark ring in the new year -- and decade! -- as we enjoyed malts at midnight! Yummy!

We got comfortable in the new year by chatting and having random attacks of silly string. Around two o'clock in the morning, it was suggested that we go to sleep... but we played Apples To Apples instead! Despite an early lead, I came in third with six cards to my name. Apparently, I am "pure" & "eternal"... as well as "chunky", too! More sleepy -- and slightly tipsy -- musings followed, so it was nearly six o'clock in the morning before people finally made their way to Dreamland. Definitely a fun way to see out the old year and welcome in the new one!

Day Ten: (Fri Jan 01) After a lazy lie-in, [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup and [livejournal.com profile] gyades and I went out for a delicious breakfast of omelette and hash browns and pancakes! Then we exchanged gifts before packing up for the drive to Chicago. [livejournal.com profile] gyades drove on first in his car; [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup and I followed half an hour behind in hers. The weather outside was frightful -- much snow and ice assailed us. Still, my dear Tawney handled the roads expertly... and the slow speeds required gave us all the more time to talk in the car! When we finally ran out of things to say, we spent the last hour or two singing various and sundry songs together, especially a few duets!

On our arrival in Chicagoland, the three us of went out for a dinner of Mexican food... followed up by games! I managed an amazing rally to beat [livejournal.com profile] gyades at air hockey... only to lose the next game to [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup. I then scraped by a win -- in overtime! -- against [livejournal.com profile] gyades in foosball before we all headed in to the Lazer Tag arena. This time around, I tried a new strategy: Hide in one of the highest spaces and try to pick people off sniper-style. It didn't pay off, though; not enough people in my field of view to rack up sufficient hits. Out of fourteen players in our free-for-all, I ranked only twelfth -- compared to [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup (clad all in black ninja gear) at #3 and [livejournal.com profile] gyades at #5. Oh, well -- better luck next time! After our session shooting each other in the backs[***], we returned to the Event Horizon for some good old fashioned Rock Band. That topped off the night well, until we were all ready to collapse into bed!

Day Eleven: (Sat Jan 02) After waking, [livejournal.com profile] gyades and [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup and I made our way to the Morton Arboretum to wander about the grounds. Although this magnificent arboretum is located only half a mile from the Event Horizon -- making me a frequent visitor when I am local -- this is only the second time that I have dropped by in Winter. The ground was covered in snow and the sun glistened beautifully off the shiny white surfaces! I had never seen the arboretum like this before -- it was absolutely lovely! We drove slowly through both sides, stopping in the middle to wander on foot. We attempted a gnome hunt... but found too many gnomes were hiding beneath the snow! Whoops!

After we returned to the Event Horizon, we let the games begin! [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup and I played Tic Tac Doh! using my Icehouse pieces, each winning several games. We then moved on to Martian Chess -- also an Icehouse game -- where I won. By this point, [livejournal.com profile] xirpha had arrived; we broke out Betrayal At House On The Hill and played with all four of us. Interestingly enough, we stumbled on the one scenario -- out of fifty -- where there is no traitor! Instead, the four of us had to collectively defeat our evil twins, which I am proud to say we managed without sustaining any casualties! Go us! By this point [livejournal.com profile] gyades was feeling a bit off so he went to take a nap whilst [livejournal.com profile] xirpha taught [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup and I how to play Ingenious; the first game was a close win for [livejournal.com profile] xirpha (eight points for him, with seven for each of us), whilst the second was a much more dramatic win for [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup (eleven points for her, seven for me, one for [livejournal.com profile] xirpha. Next up, we played Empire Builders. This was a close game -- and a long one! -- but I managed to achieve a victory! By this point, the lovely [livejournal.com profile] wyldekyttin, & [livejournal.com profile] unclevlad, as well as the charming [livejournal.com profile] emrldgirrl & [livejournal.com profile] wiktowasichu had arrived! We introduced them to the now-infamous Bag of Nouns, which was a hit! I teamed up with [livejournal.com profile] wyldekyttin and [livejournal.com profile] unclevlad against the rest... but, alas, we were undone! At the end of the game, we were behind three points!

We had a little time to chat and schmooze before we needed to head out to catch the midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. My dear friends, I am proud to say that your favourite Nomad is a Rocky virgin no longer! Before the show, us virgins were rounded up and made to mimic barnyard animals having an orgasm -- my turkey garnered great laughs... and came in second only to the walrus! The show itself was lots of fun! The shadow cast was excellent and came equipped with very elaborate props! Of course, I have no basis for comparison... but [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup has seen half a dozen such productions of Rocky -- and she thinks that this one was the best! Originally, we had planned to dress me up as Magenta for the show; to that end [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup had brought a French maid's costume with her. Alas, time did not allow... so there are no compromising photos to share with you, gentle readers! Perhaps next time!

The cinema itself was impressive, with a fantastic ambiance and seating at conference-style tables. This permits a full restaurant menu, with food and drink delivered throughout the show. I very much enjoyed the venue and plan to return on future trips to Chicago -- either for Rocky or just for other movies! The admission fees are quite reasonable (only eight dollars), though everyone is required to purchase at least one item from the menu. No complaints there -- tis a good deal! Meanwhile, I owe thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wyldekyttin and [livejournal.com profile] unclevlad... as the surreptitiously intercepted and paid the restaurant check for [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup and I![****]

When the show ended, we bid them farewell... then returned to the Event Horizon to collapse into bed once more, circa three o'clock in the morning!

Day Twelve: (Sun Jan 03) Vacation over -- hop a flight to Japan!

Thus completed the Nomad's Twelve Days of Christmas in the US of A -- all in all, it was an excellent holiday and a wonderful start to the new year! Now I am in Tokai, batteries recharged and eagerly looking forward to the start of our next collaboration meeting tomorrow! The experiment is turning on now so these are some very exciting times!!


[*] Hey, I've got a name to live up to!

[**] Other than [livejournal.com profile] gyades and I, of course!

[***] And front. And shoulders.

[****] Indeed, I would have thanked them sooner -- and in person! -- except that I did not learn of this until after we had already parted ways for the night!

anarchist_nomad: (One of my babies)
( Jan. 3rd, 2010 02:46 am)
Just got back from seeing The Rocky Horror Picture Show -- I am no longer a virgin! Writing this entry whilst [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup gets ready for bed, so I have to be quick. I get about three hours of sleep, then need to wake to pack for Japan. In five hours from now, I will be on my way to the airport!

Today continued the 2010 trend of excellence! Had a lovely outing to the Morton Arboretum in the morning, followed by a nifty games party at the Event Horizon, then Rocky Horror to cap the day. I have enjoyed the company of my darling [livejournal.com profile] tawneypup, who I don't get to see nearly enough, as well as several other excellent Chicago friends! As I write this, my darling kitty Stumpy is sitting by my left elbow -- curled up, cute, and purring. Life is good!

A more detailed write-up should follow from Japan, when I summarize the last few days of my holiday trip. For now, though, merry Sunday to all... and to all a good night!
anarchist_nomad: (The Eyes Have It)
( Jan. 2nd, 2010 11:27 am)
Thanks to the exquisite [livejournal.com profile] emrldgirrl for pointing out a mistake in my previous posting! Correction follows:

Tonight's outing to The Rocky Horror Picture Show will not be taking place in the city. Rather, we shall be going no further than the Hollywood Blvd Cinema right here in the West suburbs -- Woodridge to be precise. If you are planning on meeting us for the midnight showing tonight, the address is 1001 75th St, Woodridge, IL 60517.

Apologies for any confusion that my previous message may have caused. We now return you to your regularly scheduled Saturday...

-The Management
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Spoiler-Free Synopsis

This movie would have been better titled: WATCHMEN FOR DUMMIES. Possible with a subtitle reading: The Lobotomized Version.

Unlike with Iron Man, this time my expectations going in were basically met. Visually, the movie was stunning. Much of what they did was also really good. However, there was far too much that they did not. Basically, the film was just the skeleton of the story, with no nervous system or muscles or organs or skin.

Picture Les Miserables, but with a few minor details removed. Like the Paris Uprising of 1832. And the Thenardiers. And Eponine.

Additionally, to cover for parts that were removed, a fair number of changes had to be made that struck me as just plain dumb. Meanwhile, while all the meat was being removed from the bones, extra fight scenes were added to flesh it all out. This is a Hollywood flick, after all.

Probably the worst sin committed by the film is the removal of the affect. When we got home, I asked [livejournal.com profile] sanjibabes what she felt when SPOILERS HERE ). Her answer, put quite simply, was to shrug and say: "Nothing." Exactly. It is just one more such scene put out by Hollywood. We've seen it all before and will see the same thing again. When this happened in the comic book, I was utterly horrified. Shell-shocked. Left feeling really raw for quite some time afterward. The way that it was told in the comic book invested the scene with a large emotional attachment. I know others who have had the same reaction to the last two issues of the comic book. Whereas in the film, nothing.

One of the main differences between this film and other super-hero movies is that in this case, a specific text was being translated from one medium to another. When you make a film about Iron Man or Spider-Man or Batman or the X-Men, you are not drawing on one specific text. You take the character and combine elements of certain classic stories with new material to produce a screenplay that is largely a new work. Whereas, for The Watchmen one specific text -- a twelve part mini-series -- is being directly transferred to an alien medium.

Ultimately, I stand by my original impression, formed years ago, that this story was too complicated to be made into a movie in any form that preserves the intricacy and detail that went into crafting it. I commend Alan Moore for his decision not to see it. I think that he would cringe to see his work reduced to such.
Spoiler-Free Synopsis

This movie would have been better titled: WATCHMEN FOR DUMMIES. Possible with a subtitle reading: The Lobotomized Version.

Unlike with Iron Man, this time my expectations going in were basically met. Visually, the movie was stunning. Much of what they did was also really good. However, there was far too much that they did not. Basically, the film was just the skeleton of the story, with no nervous system or muscles or organs or skin.

Picture Les Miserables, but with a few minor details removed. Like the Paris Uprising of 1832. And the Thenardiers. And Eponine.

Additionally, to cover for parts that were removed, a fair number of changes had to be made that struck me as just plain dumb. Meanwhile, while all the meat was being removed from the bones, extra fight scenes were added to flesh it all out. This is a Hollywood flick, after all.

Probably the worst sin committed by the film is the removal of the affect. When we got home, I asked [livejournal.com profile] sanjibabes what she felt when SPOILERS HERE ). Her answer, put quite simply, was to shrug and say: "Nothing." Exactly. It is just one more such scene put out by Hollywood. We've seen it all before and will see the same thing again. When this happened in the comic book, I was utterly horrified. Shell-shocked. Left feeling really raw for quite some time afterward. The way that it was told in the comic book invested the scene with a large emotional attachment. I know others who have had the same reaction to the last two issues of the comic book. Whereas in the film, nothing.

One of the main differences between this film and other super-hero movies is that in this case, a specific text was being translated from one medium to another. When you make a film about Iron Man or Spider-Man or Batman or the X-Men, you are not drawing on one specific text. You take the character and combine elements of certain classic stories with new material to produce a screenplay that is largely a new work. Whereas, for The Watchmen one specific text -- a twelve part mini-series -- is being directly transferred to an alien medium.

Ultimately, I stand by my original impression, formed years ago, that this story was too complicated to be made into a movie in any form that preserves the intricacy and detail that went into crafting it. I commend Alan Moore for his decision not to see it. I think that he would cringe to see his work reduced to such.
Have now finished my re-read of The Watchmen. Two hours and twenty minutes to go until the eight o'clock showing begins.

When I finished reading this series the first time, in late 2000, I was quite shell-shocked. This time around, knowing what was coming, I was less so... though I am still disturbed by how the story plays out. I won't say more, to avoid giving spoilers.

More than ever, though, I am convinced that the film adaption is going to be utterly horrible. Sure, most people who go see it will not have read the book; they will chide those of us who have done so as being too "purist" or "close-minded" to appreciate the film. This is fairly standard fare, in my experience. Ultimately, I believe that the film cannot do the story justice because it is simply not a story that can be told in film. Not to go all Marshall McLuhan here, but different mediums have different capabilities. You wouldn't try to make a comic book version of a piano concerto -- it wouldn't work. There are things that comic books cannot convey. This is true of any medium. In this case, moving The Watchmen to film will also not work, because there are things that film cannot convey. This story is one of them.

The length of the film is a problem... but it is only part of the problem. The Watchmen tells, to various extents, the story of a great many people over the span of six decades. Some of those people are masked heroes, others are ordinary folks. To tell the tale in under three hours necessitates the removal of much of the story. Indeed, I would argue that the length necessitates the removal of most of the story. Although the main plot will, of course, be there, it is only the skeleton of the story. Without all the rest, you have a skeleton with no muscles, nerves, organs, et cetera. And what good is that?

However, even if the length were greatly increased -- a la a television mini-series -- it would still not work, I believe. There are things that you can do with comic books that you cannot do with film. Most comic books do not probe the depths of their medium, of course, and thus translate fairly easily to film. Indeed, these days many comic book creative teams are practically writing their comics as a film transcribed to page. In contrast, The Watchmen makes good use of the advantages of comic books as a medium... and, as such, is basically unfilmable.

I will update again, later tonight, after I have seen the film. It is possible that I will have to take up a knife and fork to eat some of these words. I have been wrong before: I predicted that the Iron Man film would be terrible, and ended up liking it very much! Yet, somehow, this time I do not think that I am likely to be off the mark. Iron Man, as a character, can work just fine in a variety of media. I had not expected the studios to put in the effort to produce a good story for the film, but I never doubted that it was possible to do so. For The Watchmen, we are talking about a very specific story. A most excellent story... but one that really does not work in the medium of film. My expectation is that I will say the visual effects were stunning... but the story fell far short. In a few more hours, we shall see if this prediction is correct.
Have now finished my re-read of The Watchmen. Two hours and twenty minutes to go until the eight o'clock showing begins.

When I finished reading this series the first time, in late 2000, I was quite shell-shocked. This time around, knowing what was coming, I was less so... though I am still disturbed by how the story plays out. I won't say more, to avoid giving spoilers.

More than ever, though, I am convinced that the film adaption is going to be utterly horrible. Sure, most people who go see it will not have read the book; they will chide those of us who have done so as being too "purist" or "close-minded" to appreciate the film. This is fairly standard fare, in my experience. Ultimately, I believe that the film cannot do the story justice because it is simply not a story that can be told in film. Not to go all Marshall McLuhan here, but different mediums have different capabilities. You wouldn't try to make a comic book version of a piano concerto -- it wouldn't work. There are things that comic books cannot convey. This is true of any medium. In this case, moving The Watchmen to film will also not work, because there are things that film cannot convey. This story is one of them.

The length of the film is a problem... but it is only part of the problem. The Watchmen tells, to various extents, the story of a great many people over the span of six decades. Some of those people are masked heroes, others are ordinary folks. To tell the tale in under three hours necessitates the removal of much of the story. Indeed, I would argue that the length necessitates the removal of most of the story. Although the main plot will, of course, be there, it is only the skeleton of the story. Without all the rest, you have a skeleton with no muscles, nerves, organs, et cetera. And what good is that?

However, even if the length were greatly increased -- a la a television mini-series -- it would still not work, I believe. There are things that you can do with comic books that you cannot do with film. Most comic books do not probe the depths of their medium, of course, and thus translate fairly easily to film. Indeed, these days many comic book creative teams are practically writing their comics as a film transcribed to page. In contrast, The Watchmen makes good use of the advantages of comic books as a medium... and, as such, is basically unfilmable.

I will update again, later tonight, after I have seen the film. It is possible that I will have to take up a knife and fork to eat some of these words. I have been wrong before: I predicted that the Iron Man film would be terrible, and ended up liking it very much! Yet, somehow, this time I do not think that I am likely to be off the mark. Iron Man, as a character, can work just fine in a variety of media. I had not expected the studios to put in the effort to produce a good story for the film, but I never doubted that it was possible to do so. For The Watchmen, we are talking about a very specific story. A most excellent story... but one that really does not work in the medium of film. My expectation is that I will say the visual effects were stunning... but the story fell far short. In a few more hours, we shall see if this prediction is correct.
Astute readers will have noticed that I have not yet written the promised summary of January and February. Do not abandon hope, all ye faithful! I still plan to do a synopsis, as there were several important events and milestones in that time. Not least of which were two weekend adventures -- one in Cambridge and one in Essex[*] -- to celebrate important anniversaries. At the very minimum, I plan to write a travelogue for each before embarking on my next weekend adventure in eight days!

Meanwhile, what has March (i.e., this week) brought to everybody's favourite Nomad?

Bell ringing )

Particle Physics )

Bus racing )

Watching the Watchmen )

What else has been noteworthy? )

So that is the Great Nomad Update (GNU) for this week! Tune in next time, gentle readers, for more... ah, but that would be telling, wouldn't it?


Footnotes )

Astute readers will have noticed that I have not yet written the promised summary of January and February. Do not abandon hope, all ye faithful! I still plan to do a synopsis, as there were several important events and milestones in that time. Not least of which were two weekend adventures -- one in Cambridge and one in Essex[*] -- to celebrate important anniversaries. At the very minimum, I plan to write a travelogue for each before embarking on my next weekend adventure in eight days!

Meanwhile, what has March (i.e., this week) brought to everybody's favourite Nomad?

Bell ringing )

Particle Physics )

Bus racing )

Watching the Watchmen )

What else has been noteworthy? )

So that is the Great Nomad Update (GNU) for this week! Tune in next time, gentle readers, for more... ah, but that would be telling, wouldn't it?


Footnotes )

Just a couple of random and sundry as I ride home on Ye Olde Oxforde Tub:

Random the First: Is anyone in the Chicago area able to give me a ride from O'Hare to the Event Horizon on Monday (Dec 22)? I will be landing at about 1:30pm. I can always take a taxi if necessary, but I would not at all object to saving fifty dollars! I can sweeten the deal with offers[*] of dinner, foreign gifts, undying gratitude, sexual favours, whatever...

Random the Second: Being largely cut off[**] from most of mass marketed media, I only recently learned that a film adaption of Will Eisner's The Spirit is soon to hit the cinemas! Whilst I have never actually read any of the Spirit comic books, it has been on my [rather considerable] reading list for some time. After all, Eisner was one of the greats! It does not hurt one bit that Frank Miller has written the script, either! I was poking about online earlier to learn a little more about the upcoming film. It sounds like it has potential! I also was looking over the visuals on the promo posters -- one in particular managed to grab my attention...

Random the Third: I really need the powers of Jamie Madrox, especially for New Years Eve! I think I have about six different options on the table right now. Even restricting myself to the Chicago area still leaves three possibilities! Want to do all of them! Need more Nomad![***]


[*] I will be leaving the Event Horizon almost immediately to drive to New Jersey. However, I will be back from Dec 31 to Jan 05 and can make good on those offers then.

[**] Quite happily and voluntarily.

[***] Yeah, I know -- I have friends, pity poor Nomad! I am certain that somebody on my f-list is cueing up the world's smallest violin...


Just a couple of random and sundry as I ride home on Ye Olde Oxforde Tub:

Random the First: Is anyone in the Chicago area able to give me a ride from O'Hare to the Event Horizon on Monday (Dec 22)? I will be landing at about 1:30pm. I can always take a taxi if necessary, but I would not at all object to saving fifty dollars! I can sweeten the deal with offers[*] of dinner, foreign gifts, undying gratitude, sexual favours, whatever...

Random the Second: Being largely cut off[**] from most of mass marketed media, I only recently learned that a film adaption of Will Eisner's The Spirit is soon to hit the cinemas! Whilst I have never actually read any of the Spirit comic books, it has been on my [rather considerable] reading list for some time. After all, Eisner was one of the greats! It does not hurt one bit that Frank Miller has written the script, either! I was poking about online earlier to learn a little more about the upcoming film. It sounds like it has potential! I also was looking over the visuals on the promo posters -- one in particular managed to grab my attention...

Random the Third: I really need the powers of Jamie Madrox, especially for New Years Eve! I think I have about six different options on the table right now. Even restricting myself to the Chicago area still leaves three possibilities! Want to do all of them! Need more Nomad![***]


[*] I will be leaving the Event Horizon almost immediately to drive to New Jersey. However, I will be back from Dec 31 to Jan 05 and can make good on those offers then.

[**] Quite happily and voluntarily.

[***] Yeah, I know -- I have friends, pity poor Nomad! I am certain that somebody on my f-list is cueing up the world's smallest violin...


anarchist_nomad: (Big Hair)
( Aug. 20th, 2008 04:55 pm)
In about an hour, I will head over to St. Cross for bell ringing practice. Meanwhile, I have a bit of spare time, which shall be devoted to an entry on nothing in particular!

Random the First: I am thrilled to announce that, at [livejournal.com profile] wolfpeach's punting party on Sunday, I acquired my first 1p and 2p coins with the new designs on the reverse. I fully realise that caring about this makes me a dork, but that's okay! I also realise that I have a full uncirculated set of the new coins from the Royal Mint... but finding the ordinary ones is fun, too! To celebrate, I reorganised my coin collection. Don't look so surprised -- I did confess to being a dork!

Random the Second: I am delighted to announce, before I forget to do so, that [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat and I watched Batman Begins on Sunday evening, then drove to Birmingham after work on Monday to see The Dark Knight on the IMAX screen. I will freely admit that seeing it on the enormous screen does make a big difference... especially the scenes that were specially shot with IMAX cameras, rather than being simply adapted from ordinary film. It was good to watch the movies again, back to back; I continue to be impressed with the most recent Batman movie franchise. I cut my teeth on Batman -- my second favourite comic book character -- under Denny O'Neil's long editorial reign (1986 - 2000) and fully embrace his version of the hero. As such, these movies were really spot-on! Nice work! (And anyone who liked Heath Ledger's version of the Joker should hurry out to a comic shop to pick up Alan Moore's 1988 classic: The Killing Joke)

Random the Fourth: I have the cutest -- and most energetic! -- little kitten! He is omnipresent, simultaneously occupying all parts of Skullcrusher Mountain at once. He is also utterly adorable! Last night, as I wrote the previous entry, he sat on the back of the couch and ate my hair... then relaxed with his paws on my shoulder!

Random the Fifth: I am proud to announce that -- thanks to the lovely [livejournal.com profile] lunarbitch and the powers vested in her -- I have been upgraded from the Chia Pet Of Love to the One True Chia Pet Of Love! I am honoured and humbled by this distinction. I am also humbled by the big whomping tackle hug that accompanied the pronouncement!

And that, my friends, is all the news of the day!
anarchist_nomad: (Big Hair)
( Aug. 20th, 2008 04:55 pm)
In about an hour, I will head over to St. Cross for bell ringing practice. Meanwhile, I have a bit of spare time, which shall be devoted to an entry on nothing in particular!

Random the First: I am thrilled to announce that, at [livejournal.com profile] wolfpeach's punting party on Sunday, I acquired my first 1p and 2p coins with the new designs on the reverse. I fully realise that caring about this makes me a dork, but that's okay! I also realise that I have a full uncirculated set of the new coins from the Royal Mint... but finding the ordinary ones is fun, too! To celebrate, I reorganised my coin collection. Don't look so surprised -- I did confess to being a dork!

Random the Second: I am delighted to announce, before I forget to do so, that [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat and I watched Batman Begins on Sunday evening, then drove to Birmingham after work on Monday to see The Dark Knight on the IMAX screen. I will freely admit that seeing it on the enormous screen does make a big difference... especially the scenes that were specially shot with IMAX cameras, rather than being simply adapted from ordinary film. It was good to watch the movies again, back to back; I continue to be impressed with the most recent Batman movie franchise. I cut my teeth on Batman -- my second favourite comic book character -- under Denny O'Neil's long editorial reign (1986 - 2000) and fully embrace his version of the hero. As such, these movies were really spot-on! Nice work! (And anyone who liked Heath Ledger's version of the Joker should hurry out to a comic shop to pick up Alan Moore's 1988 classic: The Killing Joke)

Random the Fourth: I have the cutest -- and most energetic! -- little kitten! He is omnipresent, simultaneously occupying all parts of Skullcrusher Mountain at once. He is also utterly adorable! Last night, as I wrote the previous entry, he sat on the back of the couch and ate my hair... then relaxed with his paws on my shoulder!

Random the Fifth: I am proud to announce that -- thanks to the lovely [livejournal.com profile] lunarbitch and the powers vested in her -- I have been upgraded from the Chia Pet Of Love to the One True Chia Pet Of Love! I am honoured and humbled by this distinction. I am also humbled by the big whomping tackle hug that accompanied the pronouncement!

And that, my friends, is all the news of the day!
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