August 29th, 2009


Odds And Ends

Review Coming

I've made some comments on Facebook regarding ABC's so-called SF show Defying Gravity and I've been meaning to post about that here.

In the meantime, I just saw an episode of Stargate: Atlantis, "The Game", on the so-called Syfy Channel. And I realized that the young woman with the blond hair looked an awful lot like the Zoe Barnes character on Defying Gravity. So I did a quick Wikipedia search and lo and behold -- it is Laura Harris. She was also Daisy on the disarmingly charming series Dead Like Me, among other shows. Interesting.

And Reviews Past

I wrote about District 9 here. I'd meant to make more comments, especially as I had forgotten to make what I thought was a pithy comment, comparing the movie more to Black Hawk Down, than Alien Nation. Well, turns out I don't have to. Howard Waldrop and Lawrence Person's review of District 9 on LocusOnline made it for me. Great minds think alike? (grin)
The way things go pear-shaped is totally convincing because the situation was already totally screwed up in place where no one really seems to be in charge, less Alien Nation than Black Hawk Down.

On the other hand, I keep feeling like using the metaphor of one movie for another is just a shorthand. Surely I can write better reviews? Or maybe not.


Missing the fun at the Writers of the Future. Didn't win a place in the anthology this year, and I'm not yet important enough for them to invite me back. (double-power-grin) The good news is that the Event on Saturday night 29 August 2009 is being streamed live online. 8:30pm PDT = 11:30pm EDT.

We'll see if it works. (triple-word-score-grin)

Dr. Phil

A Cold Day In...

Stares At Calendar Again

High today in Allendale was maybe 65°F. Lows in the next few days will be in the 40s. Cold and rainy all day. I was just looking at the latest Northwestern Magazine -- the alumni mag from NU -- and noted to Mrs. Dr. Phil that (a) 2010 will be my 30th Reunion, which means (b) 2009 would've been her 30th Reunion. But she doesn't like the way her college does reunions right now. They used to be held at graduation in June -- having it in October makes no sense at a school where football was not important.

On the other hand, NU reunions in October are wonderful -- fall in Evanston is wonderful. Of course the picture in the alumni mag showed fall foliage with a backdrop of brilliant blue sky. Given today's weather, Mrs. Dr. Phil brought up the rain. But it didn't deter me. Cold fall rain in Evanston is perfect, too. (grin)

Kind of like... today. (Goes back to contemplating the calendar.) The end of August calendar. Not October.

More On Charles N. Brown

Back on 13 July 2009 I reported on the legendary editor-publisher of Locus magazine. Today I got the September issue, which includes several pages of reminisces by many SF people about Charles.

Also cover interview with Larry Niven and extensive coverage of this year's Hugos. As if you didn't have enough reasons to go to LocusOnline and get your own subscription to Locus.

(Goes back to contemplating calendar.) Locus almost always comes on the first, but it's the 29th. Of August. Not September.

Whatever The Weather Is Doing, It's Not All Bad

My mother used to comment that when they were at the University of Illinois, that the farm reports typically said the weather was "good for the corn" no matter what the weather was doing.

Well, this year had produced some damned fine Red Haven peaches. Red Havens are already the best eating peaches ev-ah, but the ones we bought today continued to be beautiful and lovely. Sigh.

(Goes back to contemplating calendar.) It's still summer? I can has Red Haven peaches? (double-grin)

Dr. Phil