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13th-Apr-2016 12:03 am - The Project Strigas Affair
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Earlier today I watched "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." episode titled "The Project Strigas Affair" which was the first time William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy acted together as it was filmed in 1964 two years before "Star Trek" premiered. In this show Shatner was a graduate of MIT and Nimoy the villain's henchman. They shared one scene and from what I've read, having recently finished reading Leonard by William Shatner with David Fisher, they did not recall meeting each other when they first started acting in ST but they did become friends over time afterwards. I saw this ep once or twice back in the 60s and now it was on MeTV which airs the show on the weekends. In a few weekends my favorite UNCLE ep titled "The Mad, Mad, Tea Party Affair" will air and I can't wait to see it once again. Ah the good old days.
25th-Mar-2016 11:13 pm - 3/11
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This evening a friend and I went to the Japan Society to see the photographs of their Spring Exhibition - In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11 (the great earthquake and tsumani of March 11, 2011 which triggered the on-going nuclear crisis at Fukushima). The photographs were varied and the one that really stood out for me was of a street in a deserted village and in the middle of the street was an ostrich!!! I didn't know they had farms raising ostriches in Japan. You learn something new every day.
20th-Mar-2016 10:30 pm - Spring is Sprung
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Today was the first day of spring and walkiing in Central Park I saw my first robin of the year. Of course Mother Nature wasn't paying attention so it was a chilly 40° with some snow later in the evening however by Wednesday it might be close to 70°. I think this spring may be as weird as winter was weatherwise. Hopefully it will be nice during my visit to Sweden.
16th-Mar-2016 10:31 pm - Spotlight
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Went to see "Spotlight", the Oscar-winning movie of 2016. It certainly is in the same league as "All the President's Men" made 40 years earlier. It demonstrates how necessary investigative reporters are and unfortunately they are becoming fewer and fewer (and if Trump wins who knows what will happen to journalism). We now are becoming aware how unscrupulous the Catholic church is as are other relligious institutions and I can't help wondering how many millions of children have been abused by priests, nuns, minsters, rabbis, imans etc. over the millennia. We'll never know *sigh* Power certainly corrupts.
10th-Mar-2016 10:45 pm - BtVS
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A friend reminded me that today is the 19th anniversary of the premiere of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"! Where did all the time go? Buffy has been part of my life for almost a third of lt and in a way it's still part of my life. Buffy is what got me online and onto LJ where I made many friends some of whom are still my friends. It truly was a gamechanger in many ways.

I checked and found I haven't posted since the end of January but then not much has been happening except...from late May to early June I'll be visiting my relatives in Sweden. I think Facebook was a big help as I friended a couple of cousins on it and we have done a lot of communicating on FB the past few years so early in January they invited me to visit them. I haven't been there since I was 11. Back then I was fairly fluent in Swedish - I even dreamed in it - but since my mother passed on when I was 15 I never had much opportunity to speak it. It will be interesting to see how much I can recall when I'm there.
24th-Jan-2016 05:04 pm - Jonas
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After a full month of winter with only a light dusting of snow, Jonas brought 26.8 inches of snow in about 24 hours to Central Park. The blizzard I recall as being the worst was in 1888 as it killed a lot of horses and more than 200 people but it was "only" 21 inches and that was over a 4 day period (it's now #4 on the list of worst snowstorms in NYC). In the 21st century we have machines that can move snow, grocery stores full of food, most of us had no problems with electric power and the subways worked though not everywhere. I took 3 subways yesterday and they all came within 2 minutes; what got to me the most was seeing sparrows again take refuge in a couple of stations - I hope they can find their way out. Here in mid-Manhattan the streets are being cleared though it renders large snow heaps on the curb and many cars are still hidden under piles of snow. The temperature is set to go up into the 40s later this week and some rain is due so slowly the snow will disappear. Will this second month of winter bring a lot more snow?

Currently I'm a bit pissed at Amazon. Way back in March 2007 I joined the reading website Shelfari. I have had a wonderful time with a couple of their SF groups as we discuss what is going on in the world of SF including books, movies, TV and science. A few years ago Amazon bought it and it was sort of neglected as Amazon preferred its Goodreads. Now I'm told that in March the two will be merged so after 9 years the fun will be gone as Goodreads will be the victor (I am a member as my favorite SF author Lois McMaster Bujold posts there but I really don't like it). There's another book site named Leafmarks that members of my SF groups are joining so I've joined too and I'll see if we can continue as if we were on Shelfari *fingers crossed*

Though that's a bit depressing something great happened a week or so ago. One of my favorite Spander fanfic writers stillrose is finally finishing her epic "There's Always a Sneer in Vegas". She began it the same year I joined Shelfari meaning it will have taken her around 9 years to write some 90 chapters! I'm looking forward to/dreading reading the finale of the fic but I really am glad it will be completed.

ETA: I forgot to add that Jonas was the 2nd biggest snowstorrm in NYC history and of the 5 worst snowstorms I've lived through 3 of them which I find hard to believe.
13th-Jan-2016 12:16 am - Back Home
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Well I'm back in NYC having arrived home yesterday. It was a very different kind of b'day bash this year. My cousin and her husband had moved in with her parents this summer in order to take care of them. Her father is not very healthy physically and her mother is not very healthy mentally *sigh* Her mother will be 95 next month and is severely demented ("OK mom it's time to make a wee wee. We'll go to the bathroom and you'll pull down your pants and sit on the toilet"). The horror with dementia is that there is no cure  Luckily for my cousin she found a place that will take care of her mom for a few hours a day but the majority of the care is still her responsibility.

We did have a small family party for my birthday on Saturday. We made my current favorite dish Calico Beans though I do think the other recipe we made in Fargo last September was a bit better (they're so similar I didn't realize we were making the other recipe - my bad). On Sunday we had thought to go see "The Martian" but ended up being lazy and watching a couple of old classics on TV instead - "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Yours, Mine and Ours". If I don't see "The Martian" in a theater I know I can eventually see it on TV.

The morning I left I found out that David Bowie had passed on. Of all the rock stars that are or were he was the one I would've loved to have met. I feel sorriest for his daughter Lexie as she is 15, the same age I was when I lost my mother. Fortunately she has her mother and half-brother to help her and of course she will always be able to see and hear him as he's made numerous recordings and movies. RIP David Bowie - we will miss you.
7th-Jan-2016 08:03 pm - This Year's B'day Bash
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I'm currently in Needham, MA celebrating my annual birthday bash with my relatives. I came up on Tuesday on my cousin's birthday and we had a great time that night where I met her 6 month old granddaughter for the first time. The baby is adorable and I can't wait to see her next year when she probably will be walking and talking.

I'm not that much online but I did come across a short story The Tomato Thief by one of my favorite professional writers on LJ ursulav (not sure how long it will be available so go read it toot sweet).
2nd-Jan-2016 03:11 pm - Son of Solo
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One of the things I disliked about the new Star Wars movie was that SpoilerCollapse )
1st-Jan-2016 02:32 pm - Books Read 2015
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I found I read only 29 books last year which is 8 books less than I read in 2014 but a few more rthan I read in 2013. Again I'm nowhere near the amount of books I read before I got on the internet *sigh*. It's partly because of my time on the internet (it's a huge chronovore) but partly, at least in the fiction area, because I'm finding fewer authors I'm willing to read in SF/F and mysteries. Maybe I will end up like my father - in all the years I knew him he only read non-fiction books.

Fiction:
Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
Sustenance by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Hard to believe it took a vampire novel to make me see how awful the whole HUAC thing was back in the 50s.
Cold Betrayal by J. A. Jance
Dance of the Bones by J. A. Jance
Tracker by C. J. Cherryh
The Angel Court Affair by Anne Perry
Day Shift by Charlaine Harris
Uprooted by Naomi Novik - a surprisingly gratifying fantasy
Rock With Wings by Anne Hillerman
Nemesis by Catherine Coulter
Brush Back by Sara Paretsky
Long Upon the Land by Margaret Maron
Darkness on His Bones by Barbara Hambly - odd learning about history through fiction as Barbara Hambly is a historian and this one, about the early days of WWI, was totally new to me.
Death Without Company by Craig Johnson
Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves

Non-Fiction:
Hitler's Master of the Dark Arts by Bill Yenne
The Gospel According to Science Fiction by Gabriel McKee
Imagination/Space by Gwyneth Jones
Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History by Robert Greenberger
Brain Maker by David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg
The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery - absolutely wonderful
Interplanetary Outpost by Erik Seedhouse
Did Jesus Exist? by Bart D. Ehrman
How Jesus Became God by Bart D. Ehrman
The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up by Steven Masley, MD
The People's Pharmacy Quick and Handy Home Remedies by Joe Graedon and Terry Graedon
The Making of Home by Judith Flanders
Staying Sharp by Henry Emmons and David Alter
Science of the Magical by Matt Kaplan
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