My neighborhood was hit hard by storms this week. Lots of trees came down. Lots of folks without power. Lots of people with roof damage. And me--nothing. I didn't even lose power. It kind of made me fee guilty. But I actually just felt lucky. it could've easily been my house that took damage. And no one was hurt, as far as I know. The tree guys have been sawing up the fallen trees and things almost look like nothing happened. The smashed up roofs--well that will take a little longer.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Well, I met the news that Jodie Whittaker will be the next Doctor on Doctor Who with a so-what attitude. I went from just loving the show during the Matt Smith era to no longer watching it during the outgoing Peter Capaldi. I didn't stop watching it because of Capaldi. I actually liked his performance. It was more a total dislike for the preposterous and moronic storylines the show had descended to.
So, a woman doctor eh? I predict set in their ways fans will not take to her. It had already been established that Time Lords can regenerate into different genders. The long-term villain The Master had already regenerated to a woman and changed the name from The Master to Missy.
Is she going to have dudes travelling with her? I hope they keep the concept of hot babes in short skirts for travelling companions. I still miss Amy Pond. I also think the doctor should get a dog. [Not a robot dog like Tom Baker had--a real one.]
Anyone have any thoughts?
Monday, July 17, 2017
A few days ago I expressed dismay that Westworld got so many Emmy nominations. I really did not think much of the show. HBO had a free view of one of their other shows, so I took a look at Game of Thrones. I am probably the only person in the USA who has never watched it–not a single episode.
Can’t beat free. I watched about half an hour’s worth then turned it off. I couldn’t take any more. It was absolutely awful. I can’t sit through shows where I know what characters are going to do and say before they do it. I knew every word the actors were going to spew out of their mouths with no idea of the story background. I knew the wine was poisoned too, I’ve never seen an HBO produced program that I like.
A few days ago I was complaining about the heat and lack of any rain. Well, we've been getting rain. quite a bit of rain. Sunday afternoon I was sitting in front of my computer when a violent blast of wind came along. Only when I ventured outside did I see the scope of the damage. There were down trees everywhere. Some of my neighbors car ports had been destroyed. Thus far the weather service has not branded the storm a tornado. Me thinks it was as the damage is too spread out for a micro burst.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Had my annual termite inspection recently. They're a real problem in this area. The one last year, which was when I was buying the place, turned up the little bastards. A treatment ensued and I'm still here. It occurred to me one could get termites out in the wild and implant them underneath the homes of people one didn't like. If they, like most folks, didn't get regular pest control, uh oh. How do I think up stuff like this?
Friday, July 14, 2017
22 Emmy nominations?
It baffles me. I think Westworld is a mediocre television series that doesn’t really accomplish anything. Who are the good guys? Who are the bad guys? They’ve muddled that. But they’re so obsessed with what it’s like to be an android one has but the barest glimpse of what it’s like to be a guest there. I had a rough time watching some of the episodes as I dearly wanted to turn my TV off. I guess they got so many nominations because so much of what’s on TV is such mindless crap. Just like this show.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
This morning I found a track in my back yard that startled me. I think it was a mountain lion. There are tons of them in southern Arizona, but they usually stay up in the mountains. It was a big cat. You can tell a cat print from a bear or dog because cat's claws retract. This animal had a paw print the size of my hand. It wasn't the kitty that lives with the elderly lady down the street. Well, we've had no rain this year at all, six months with no measurable rain where I live. The airport had some in March but we didn't get any. With record heat and no water anywhere I guess it's on the move trying to find better digs. Our neighborhood borders a large park called Tucson Mountain Preserve. The mountain part is a ways off, but there's plenty of desert. Maybe it wanted a dip in the pool. Well, other than it surprised me, I'm not going to worry about it. I've lived in national parks so I've lived around wild animals before. My view is if you leave them alone, they'll leave you alone. Sure wish I'd seen it.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Friday, July 7, 2017
Generally, I don't mind the heat. Heck, after freezing my ass off in the mountains of Colorado for 14 years, a little warm air seemed nice. But damn! Every day is over 110 degrees. My trees I planted to get some shade are in trouble. Their leaves look burnt. There's talk of rain and cooler weather in the next few days. I certainly hope so. I do not want to lose my trees.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Weird Westerns have always been on the fringe of genre fiction. But they’re not the ticket to obscurity they once were. It’s actually a hundred year old genre that’s very rich and diverse in its subject matter. These stories are riding a new wave of popularity, not only with readers but authors as well. Case in point, a new anthology:Straight Outta Tombstone. Edited by David Boop, the book is packed with stories by major writers . Alas, I’m not one of them. Although I know most of the contributors in the book, my story didn’t make it into the book. I have nothing to gain or loose from the success of this book. I just note it’s out. And it’s a rarity in that so many Weird Western books are put out in the small press world. Boop has collected major authors and the book is put out by Baen, a major publisher. I hope it does well as this sort of book, with it’s wide distribution, can reach a lot more readers.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Over the years I've been an on-again off-again fan of Dr. Who. Most recently, it's been mostly off.. I've found most of the episodes silly and preposterous. That's why I was surprised at the season finale. It was quite good. They're on a massive ship stuck in the gravity well of a black hole.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Yesterday there was a fireworks display nearby. It had to have come from somebody's house. Thing is, it was the big fireworks that come in displays. It can't possible by legal. It was a nice show. I personally quit setting off fireworks since all we have are the boring kind that don't explode==the safe and sane,
Monday, July 3, 2017
I was planning on being in Phoenix this weekend for Westercon 70. That didn't pan out. "You have an awesome background, we'll get back to you," in English means we want nothing to do with you. Being snubbed is not unusual, about 90% of the cons I've approached to participate with in some way have snubbed me. They rarely communicate than they think I'm a worthless toad--they just ignore me. That's what Westercon did. That's the way it goes. But I will not buy a ticket to places that treat me like that.
Saves me transportation costs, I suppose.
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Well, the neighborhood didn't hear from the prowlers last night. They say when it's 110 degrees crime drops off quite a bit. In fact, there's some study that shows a sharp drop off in crime after 92 degrees. I think you have to adjust it up a bit for the desert southwest. We have a dry heat, as they say. Does this mean global warming is bringing good things?
Saturday, July 1, 2017
My neighborhood was a little bit rattled in the wee hours of the morning yesterday as a number of houses reported someone prying on and knocking on windows around 1 am. I live one block from all the activity. Our neighborhood is quiet, mostly older people and I really don't know why someone would find it that exciting to prowl around in the middle of the night. I guess the local hooligans have little else to do.