They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me

HBO 27 -- Braveheart -- Virus

Twenty-seventh session: Braveheart (conclusion)

Always hard to watch the execution, but it leads to Robert the Bruce finally taking charge.

The score is one of a series of great scores by James Horner in the 90s -- Braveheart, Titanic, Zorro, Apollo 13, Deep Impact -- which I have on CDs and often use for writing music. Zorro is very good for grading. Zzz-slash! And the photography, the Highlands, the huge armies and battle scenes. Historically inaccurate? Sure. So what. Hollywood cares not for such things.

Definitely a movie to see over and over.

The listing in the printout didn't give a year, just a title and a running time, so I wasn't sure which of several possibilities I'd get. Turns out it actually wasn't an Ebola, anthrax, plague or killer flu at all. No, we are the virus.

I first ran into this 1999 film maybe two years ago on cable. Huge Jamie Lee Curtis fan, excuse me, The Right Honourable Jamie Lee Curtis, Lady Haden-Guest. And Donald Sutherland makes another HBO Film Series appearance as the drunk and greedy captain of an ocean going tug. Plus one of the Baldwin boys.

It's a terrible movie, with a few cool visuals. They had a real satellite ship, the USNS Vandenberg to stand in for the Russian ship prior to it being sunk to create an artificial reef, I believe. Apparently some of the Cyrillic lettering is still on the ship.

Next up The Princess Bride, because... oh hell, who needs a REASON?


Complication on Wednesday, or at least a potential one. We're doing daily bandage changes on my foot and part of the dressing is a little piece of hydraferra blue (or something like that). But when Mrs. Dr. Phil unwrapped my left foot, she couldn't find the little piece of packing. We know there is some undermining around the wound -- not serious at last report -- but could the piece of packing have slipped under the thick heel skin? That could cause problems like when a surgical sponge gets left inside.

So the Wound Clinic uses a room nearby to examine HBO patients. The doctor and nurse came over from across the street and I had my foot looked at. Couldn't find the piece. As near as we can tell, it probably fell off while Mrs. Dr. Phil was dealing with some tape stuck to her gloves and tossed with the old dressing on Tuesday, so there was nothing to find on Wednesday. The hydraferra blue is moistened with saline solution before being applied and the deep color drains out as the blue is absorbed. There was a little piece of hydraferra blue in the trash can, which was still suspiciously dark in color, so I think this is a good explanation.

And everyone said I did the right thing in calling the problem in. I don't need any more setbacks. (grin)

Dr. Phil

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