Check out what I picked up today at The Comic Shop today. It’s the latest addition to my collection of supervillain statues. Magneto, Master of Magnetism! When Akemi asked me what I bought, I told her it was her early birthday present (two weeks away!). Unbeknownst to her (in the unlikely event she doesn’t read this blog), I’ve got some other things in the works for the big day – “special plans” that I can’t divulge because she has spies everywhere. I can, however, divulge that it involves the consumption of comestibles in a public setting.
In the meantime, my other girl, Jelly (pictured above) has been having a rough couple of days. Despite the fact that she suffers from hip dysplasia (made manageable by the stem cell treatment she received via Vet-Stem – Vet-Stem Cell Therapy: Arthritis in Dogs & Cats | Tendons …), she usually manages a wobbly walk down to the corner and back. But, as of yesterday, she is incapable of even a few steps. I’m not sure whether it’s a deterioration in her condition or a possible injury she suffered on the slippery hardwood floor (those areas not covered by runners for her comfort).
She’s scheduled to see a specialist on Friday morning. In the meantime, her regular vet prescribed her some Percocet.
This was supposed to be THE WEEK, the week that I would finally achieve resolution/clarity on a number of outstanding issues. With two days to go, that’s looking increasingly unlikely. In fact, certain outstanding issues have taken a step back. So, what’s a guy to do? Well, I’ll tell you what he aint gonna do: maintain that sunny disposition and assume things are going to sort themselves out eventually. I just don’t have the time (nor, quite frankly, the patience) to continue along this drawn-out path so I’m handing this off to the professionals. Let them figure it out sometime in the not too distant future. From a personal/genial/hey-let’s-make-this-work perspective, I am DONE.
On the bright side, no doubt sensing it was one of those days, Akemi treated me to a double dessert tonight:
News of note:
Feast your eyes (not your brain) on these: http://io9.com/12-movies-that-are-incredibly-beautiful-and-utterly-vap-468403055
Don’t worry. The government has your backs. ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ slips silently through US Congress — RT USA Wait, did I say “your back”. I meant “their” backs.
BITCOIN HITS RECORD HIGH OF $147. How’s Monopoly money doing?
I can’t help but feel partly responsible: Hit Cable Series on the Rise as Broadcasters Suffer Record-Low Ratings | Variety
Via the gang at www.SFSignal.com: Game of Thrones Gets Auto-Tuned :
Ah, good old holier-than-thou PETA. Classic “Do as we say, not as we do”: PETA Euthanized 1,675 Animals in 2012 – J.K. Trotter – The Atlantic Wire
How spiral galaxies evolve: http://www.space.com/20477-evolution-of-spiral-galaxy-arms-simulated-using-supercomputer-video.html
Finally, sad news regarding one of my very favorite SF authors: Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer
Lewis writes: “Curious though, no one from SGU. If it had gone on for more seasons, is there anyone from SGU that you think could have made it on the list?”
Answer: No one from SGU because all of the supporting characters we developed over the show’s two year run (ie. Volker, Brody, Park, etc.) were envisioned as recurring rather than one-offs. Even the character of Varro was introduced with the intention of having him play over several episodes, perhaps eve more (which is what ended up happening).
Patricia Stewart-Bertrand writes: “I would also include Apophis, played by Peter Williams, the very first ‘over-the-top’ bad guy.”
Answer: Again, not conceived as a one-off character. He was established as a Big Bad early in SG-1’s run.
gforce writes: “Did you notice that the movie that the gangster father was taking his kid to see was “The Spirit”?”
Answer: Not The Spirit but (even better) The Spirit III! It was the unintentionally funniest part of the movie.
Mike A. writes: “One last question, I assume this movie would’ve taken place during the events of Continuum, correct? Hence, Carter’s mentioning of the “new moon base”?”
Answer: Yes, that was the original plan.
Kymm writes: “Why don’t people have to go to the bathroom in space? I mean some of those puddle jumper trips were pretty long…”
Answer: March 7, 2009: How do you answer the call of nature if you’re stuck on a cargo ship? In the case of the puddle jumper, I imagine everybody just holds on tight while the rear ramp is lowered, then allow rapid decompression to do the rest.