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Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday 5 for July 13: The Road to H. E. Double Hockeysticks

Happy Friday the 13th. The following questions are from Scrivener's weekly Friday 5 blog.

Here are the questions and answers:



1. What are some titles in your to-read stack?

Funny thing about books, I tend to read one for several chapters and then skip over to another one before I continue, sometimes much later, finishing up the book I started to read....

Real Books

"Closer to the Light" by Melvin Morse, MD. - in progress
"Madam, Your Daughter is Molting" by Lisa Davidson, a collection of poems - read most but not all
"Radio Revolution" A novel by Sheriff Norm Winter - in progress
"Between the Songs" by Ron Gerber (Crap From the Past radio host / KFAI FM)

Kindle and Google Play Books

Got a bunch there, mostly freebies that I downloaded but haven't gotten around to read yet.

"Cyber Storm" by Matthew Mather - I hope it is not the beginning of a series.*
"Far From the Madding Crowd" by Thomas Hardy
"Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin"
"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll

Many others, mostly political, scifi or books in the public domain.

Audiobooks

I got so many here that I cancelled by Audible just so I have time to catch up with what I have. I also have a bunch of freebie books saved in my LibriVox library.

Currently listening to:

"Killing the Deep State" by Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D. - in progress, about 50% done.

Waiting list but titles in my library:

"Dune Unabridged" by Frank Herbert + the 2 other books he wrote in the long going series. I read the originals in the 1970s. Want to re-read these again. I wonder why this book is unabridged? As I recall the story was long... so what did I get back 40 years ago? A shortened version??? I don't want to think about it.

"This Perfect Day" by Ira Levin
"Hawaii" by James Michener
"The Reagan Diaries" by Ronald Reagan
"Alien: Out of the Shadow" by Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
"Kill Switch" by Jonathan Maberry
"American Sniper" by Scott McEwan, etc.

* Lately I hate reading new scifi books and other modern novels. A lot of them are set up so that they get you hooked to read sequels. Ugh. I want a good book with a great story that has a beginning, middle and end and that's it. No more sequels.... (I did make an exception for the Dune series.... never read "Lord of the Rings" but seen the movies... read "The Hobbit" but did not bother watching the movies... go figure).

2. What are the highlights of this weekend’s to-do list?

I do not make any physical "to do" lists.

3. Which current or upcoming movies are you looking forward to?

Movies are SO EXPENSIVE these days to watch in a theater. I don't keep track of them anymore since I rarely go. I am a big STAR WARS fan, but guess what? I haven't seen the latest installment, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. It's probably gone from the theater now.... I will probably watch it someday on DVD or a stream. Sadly, I missed the last installment of the current PLANET OF THE APES trilogy. I haven't gotten the DVD or watched on TV.

The only movie that I am looking forward to doesn't come out until next December 2019....

Drumroll please... STAR WARS 9: WHATEVER IT IS CALLED.... yep... and you know what.. this is the LAST STAR WARS movie that I will pay to see in a theater. It is probably also the last one I will get somewhat excited about. I have no problem with the stories moving forward and all that with new characters. It keeps the series fresh. But at my age, waiting another 9 to 12 years for the next trilogy to play out is probably not very prudent, given my life is about 2/3 over. I am getting older and who knows how long I will be around on Earth.

Lately too, my attention span towards movies or long form entertainment is not as great as before. I don't know why. Anyone want to buy some DVDs from my collection?

4. What’s something you meant to do this past week that will have to wait until next week?

It would be something I did not do this week and put off to next week. If I had to tell you this, the information would not be private. So hence that is known only to me. Sorry!

5. What’s an unfinished project (unrelated to media consumption) you haven’t touched in at least a year?

Clean out my storage locker that is costing me too much money. Need to get rid of 20 to 30 years of negatives and old photos. Should I toss them or give them away? I also have a Mac Plus computer and a bunch of stuff I need to rid of... probably sell.... all kinds of crap in there. I need to downsize even more... though I feel sad to think I got rid of a bunch of records and CDs from my collection a few years ago... The CDs I don't miss but some of the vinyl, I realize now, I do miss.... despite still having about 300 LPs in my current collection.

Clutter.... story of my life sometimes. Ugh.

Lastly if you got this far down in this posting... I'd like to thank everyone and anyone who has read this blog and commented. For about the last 2 years now, I can't reply to comments left on this blog. I don't know what is wrong with Blogger, but under my own or any name, I can't reply to comments.

So Scrivener, in answer to last week's comment... yeah I figured out the items was for trail mix... which I don't buy if it has raisins in them!

And with that,  I am outta here. Bye!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Friday 5 for July 6: Happy ASLIRT

What in hell is ASLIRT? Gonna have to look that one up. OK.. on Google it says ASLIRT "is not a valid Scrabble word".... if it is an anagram then you can get the words TRAILS and TRIALS from it.... so I guess these questions are a trial? I have no idea!

Anyway, from the Friday 5 page by S.

  M & Ms

1. What are your favorite and least favorite nuts? 

My Top 5 favorite nuts:

1. Macadamia Nuts
2. Walnut
3. Cashew
4. Pistacio
5. Almond

Least favorite: Brazil Nuts... they are ok but are a bitch to open and dig the stupid nut out.

2. What are your favorite and least favorite berries? 

Favorite: Strawberry
Least favorite: Probably black berry or anything that is poisonous.

3. What are your favorite and least favorite tropical fruits? 

Favorite: My all time favorite is grapefruit... unfortunately I am prohibited from eating that due to its bad interaction with medication I take. Bummers. Citrus fruits do grow in the tropics, right?

Otherwise #2 would be guava and #3 banana.

Least favorite: I love lemons but I hate lime. Are those tropical? If not I don't really care for papaya.

4. What are your favorite and least favorite varieties of m&ms? 

Best: Stick to the basics... m&m's plain chocolate candy.

Worst: Whatever the stupid new concoction is... did they have a coconut one at one time?

Just checked... they had coconut. Ugh.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%26M%27s#Varieties

Here is a dumb question. Why are M&Ms as a brand name in all caps when the candies themselves have lowercase "m" on them?

5. What are your favorite and least favorite raisin-containing foods?

Favorite: Huh are you kidding. I HATE RAISINS.

Least favorite: Raisin Bran cereal... I like the flakes but I will laboriously pick out those fermented grapes one by one before I pour milk on the darn thing to eat it. Ditto for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Ugh.

Going back to #4, at least M&M / Mars did not make an m&m candy with raisins in them. There have been other ones like Raisinets which I avoid like the plague.

There. Caught up. Done. No more raisins!!!!!!

Friday 5 for June 29: Scattergories, Part 8!

These are the answers to the annual Scattergories Friday 5 questions. So what letter did the "nifty online random-letter generator" give to me this year... Hmmmm.

I wrote most of this post last week but could not decide on question #5.... so here I am one week later answering this.

W!

1. What’s a movie you love whose title begins with the letter?




For the letter "W" this one is easy: The 1953 George Pal science fiction movie of the H.G. Wells story, War of the Worlds. Long long ago when I was a kid, the movie scared me. Over the years I have watched War of the Worlds and have never ceased to marvel at how great the special effects were, especially considering this movie came out when each effect had to be painstakingly produced using stop motion techniques and models. Combined with cool lighting, good acting, an interesting plot, the Martian invasion of Earth looked very scary and convincing. To me this movie is far superior to all other versions that have come out since, including the big budget Steven Spielberg edition that came out in 2005. Needless to say I own this movie on DVD and watch it at least 2 or 3 times a year.

I did read the book which took place in Victoria era Britain.

2. What’s a popular tourist destination whose name begins with the letter?

Waikiki Beach 2008


Um... about a mile away from where I live there is WAIKIKI BEACH and the entire resort area of Waikiki. Yep, it is super crowded there every day, but as far as popularity goes, it is one of the most popular places in Hawaii. To anyone who has not been to Hawaii, come here... spend your money... visit Waikiki and all of the other destinations around our island state.

3. What’s something you do, whose name begins with the letter, when you’re very happy?

In my life I am mostly an "observer" vs. being a "participant" in a lot of things. Usually with a camera around my neck I like to observe and photograph people, places and events. If I had to use the letter W to describe this I would say WATCH stuff...  It is a broad generalization, but I could not think of anything specific to the letter W.

4. What’s a frightening animal whose name begins with the letter? 

I had to look it up here for the letter W. I am going to fudge this one a bit, but my first frightening animal that starts with the letter W is:

GREAT WHITE SHARK

Why? Simple. If given the chance, a Great White Shark can eat you. That doesn't sound like much fun. My solution to not become shark bait is simple: STAY OUT OF THE WATER!

Runners up: White Tiger, Wasp, or any carnivorous animal name that is preceded by the description WILD.... Wild Lion, Wild Cheetah, Wild Leopard, Wild Tiger, Wild Dogs, Wild Snakes, etc. Anything wild that can consume a human being is frightening.

5. Who’s a person you admire whose name begins with the letter?

I can't think of anyone except for maybe George Washington who was the first President of the United States. I am reminded of him every time I pick up a quarter or a dollar to spend.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday 5 for June 22: GEAR



Catching up with the Friday 5 here... Gear... one would think I would answer this one sooner... but alas..

1. What kind of specialized equipment do you own for a specific non-electronic hobby or job?

Well I still have my old pica rulers, a reduction scale, exacto knives and blades, scissors, blue pencils, old paper clip art and stick on lettering someplace. Used to use this stuff as a graphic artist back in the 1970s to early 1990s.

2. In what way can this equipment be upgraded or souped-up, and how difficult or expensive would the update be?

It was very expensive but a whole lot better when everything in the graphic arts field was moved to computers. The Macintosh platform was groundbreaking with the introduction of the laser printer with software (Aldus Pagemaker) that allowed people to do all of the old manual graphic arts tasks on a computer. This started in the late 1980s and was complete by the mid 1990s.

3. In your fields of interest, what’s the gear envy like?

Plenty if you are talking about cameras, computers, video and stereo gear. All in that order I guess.

4. What’s something you own the old version of because it’s better than the new version?

Most definitely my two aging MacBook Pros from 2009 and 2011. They are better than the newest models which are hated for their keyboards and the touch-bar that took the place of the f1 to f12 keys. Ugh!

Frankly I think my old Power Mac G4 tower is better than most desktop Macs because it was modular and you could easily go inside them to change and upgrade stuff. Can't do that with most all in one computers (iMac, Mac Minis) that Apple now sells.

Oh I forgot, I still have CDs and plenty of vinyl records. All better than owning only MP3s of the music.

5. What’s a hobby you don’t engage in that intrigues you mostly because of its equipment or tools?

Drone owner and pilot which would combine flying and photography. I have no money to buy one plus there are not too many places to legally fly a drone in the city. Plus there is that learning curve regarding flying... I've read about people crashing their drones and that sounds quite expensive!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Catching Up With the Friday 5s: June 2018

Magic Island Sunset

Haven't been doing much here, so this at least catches up with the last two Friday 5s. Questions are derived from Scrivener's Friday 5 site.

Friday 5 for June 8: With a Capital T

1. What kind of trouble are you getting yourself into? - Financial

2. What was your most recent car trouble? - Flat tire two months ago, leaking coolant hose

3. What’s a rhyming phrase (such as “work jerk” or “poo shoe”) to describe something causing you problems lately?

This doesn't rhyme but I will go with "cash flow".

4. What’s something that needs loosening or unsticking?

My car antenna is stuck

5. What’s your favorite board game involving rolling dice? -

Monopoly

Friday 5 for June 1: Esprit

"This week’s questions are ridiculous, but I’m dying to read your thoughts.  Someone asked me a few years ago what my spirit animal is, and it’s a fun question to think about, whether one believes in such things or not (I do not).  In this (ahem) spirit:"

I don't have a spirit anything except for perhaps my own soul. Otherwise here goes with the answered questions.

1. What’s your spirit animal? 

None. Certainly not man if you watched the Planet of the Apes movies….
"Beware the beast man, for he is the devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him (drive him back into his jungle lair) for he is the harbinger of death."
2. What’s your spirit tree? None.

3. What’s your spirit food or beverage?

Water - the basic substance we need to sustain life. I try to drink plenty of it every day. We all should do that.

4. What’s your spirit weather phenomenon? - None really, but I like sunny days.

5. What’s your spirit passenger vehicle?

None, but I guess Toyotas seem to last a long time. Nothing spiritual about that.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday 5 for May 18: How About a Knuckle Sandwich?

The original Foodland Meal Club card when it first started.


The following questions are from Scrivener's Friday 5 weblog.

1. When did you last punch someone?  Alternate question: When did someone last punch you?

That was probably in 6th grade or even earlier. I can’t remember. I haven’t punched anyone in decades or have been punched since. I try to avoid violent physical stuff.

2. How many of those frequent (whatever) stampcards / punchcards do you have, and which are you most likely to fill and redeem?

Foodland Meal Club card. When you buy a ready made sandwich (knuckles not included) or bento lunch, you get one stamp. Collect 7 stamps and you get a free sandwich or bento. I have used these several times over the years.

3. When have you had a really good fruit punch?

I can’t remember. Since my heart surgery and pre-diabetes diagnosis, I’ve more or less avoided nearly all sugary drinks.

4. What are your thoughts on boxing?

I’m not a fan of sport fighting of any type. Surely boxing, wrestling, mixed martial arts, etc. are very popular. They are good for the promoters and pay per view TV networks, I just am not very interested. I have watched a few of the classic fights in the past, but none have moved me to fandom of any type. Overall I am not a sports fan of anything. I enjoyed watching the “Rocky” movies more than the real thing.

5. When do you usually punch in and punch out?

Currently late afternoon early evenings.

This song of course goes synonymous with the "Rocky" movies, the third one in the series:



Friday, May 11, 2018

Friday 5 for May 11: Who Put the Pomp in the Pomp Bah Pomp Bah Pomp



Been a few weeks since I did one of these Friday 5 blog postings. So here goes with my first post for May, 2018.

1. What’s something you remember about your high school graduation?

I attended the graduation for sure and walked the line to pick up my diploma. I think my parents were proud of me... most parents usually are. After graduation, we had a small gathering of my high school classmates and fellow graduates over at my home.

2. If you were asked to speak at a commencement ceremony this year, what would be the theme of your message?

Make America Great Again - It will be good for you and for our country. We need a strong country that is centrally focused on us, while retaining those important, traditional values that have made the United States the greatest nation on earth. Dedicate your lives and work to preserving and supporting our freedoms and the Constitution in all that you do.

Behind Honokaa School

3. What items in your possession are marked with the name or logo of your high school or college?

I have no idea where my high school diploma is. I am sure that has the State of Hawaii seal on it, since I graduated from Honokaa High School in Hawaii. I know I have my diploma stashed away from my college. It's in a file drawer, still in the foldable, red binder or whatever it is called. I think I have some class key or something from Honokaa, but don't know where that is. I was never one to buy trinkets like class rings since I considered them to be a waste of money. I do have my high school yearbooks.

4. What do you expect will be your next rite of passage? 

Well the next major thing will be death! Came close to that in late 2015. Enjoying my reprieve on life so far, but as the years go by the only thing that will be a major rite is passing on hopefully to that realm where the bright light shines ever so white and forever. Otherwise I am doomed.

5. What’s a good movie with a graduation scene, or a good movie with a graduation theme?

I can't think of anything recent since I rarely go to the movies or have seen many new ones (post 2010)..... My vague memory would like to recall the following:

Legally Blonde - Ellie did graduate right? Loved her pink Apple iBook G3. Been a few years since I last saw this comedy.

Back to School - Didn't Rodney Dangerfield's character also graduate? I think he did... this came out in 1986 and was one of two movies out that year that pushed the old Isley Brothers song "Twist & Shout", covered by The Beatles, back to the Billboard Hot 100 chart that year. The other movie with the Beatles song the same year was of course, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

OK those are the only two I can think off right now. I may amend this after I see some of your responses or think of another movie.