Friday, July 14, 2017

Game of Thrones



               This is an odd post.  Well, first of all, it’s a post.  That’s weird enough from me these days.  Second, I’m pre-writing this, to copy and paste in my blog.  It will still be largely unedited, but not perfectly so.
               As you probably know, I’m a Game of Thrones fan.  I like the show.  Full Disclosure:  I’ve only read the first book.  I hate waiting for new seasons of shows, but I despise waiting for new books.  He has his reasons, but George R.R. Martin takes a long time to write, and I don’t want to get invested in books that I’ll have to wait years to read.  Also, the books and the episodes are different enough in plot, storyline, names, dates, ages, ranges, timelines, datelines, ley lines, and probably everything else.  They’re similar enough to only be confusing.
               This isn’t going to be an entirely popular post.  Then again, I doubt mine really are all that often.  Being a fan turns me off from everyone who doesn’t like the show.  Everything else about the post will turn me off from the fans.  Shrug.  I write these things for me. 
               So, I’m watching the episodes again, in anticipation of another season.  I’ll finish late, which means I’ll watch the episodes late.  That’s me.  I’m so far behind, I’m reading news from four months ago.  Why should television be any different?
               As I was saying, I was watching the episodes again, and I’ve got a complaint.  I have the same complaint about the first book as well.  The first book seemed like it was written in search of a story.  George R.R. Martin wrote television episodes for other shows in the past – maybe that’s the reason for it.  The first book was written like a TV series.  Generic (and less generic) plot hooks are left dangling left and right, some never to be brought up again.  Overdramatic scenes are overdramatic, simply for the sake of drama.  People grow, which is the nature of people.  These characters flesh out more than they grow.
               I’m learning to appreciate character deaths more, but many of these character deaths serve little purpose, except as plot contrivances to create season highs and lows. 
               Y’know, I don’t mind all that to a point.  It’s just that Game of Thrones takes it up to level fourteen so much that it’s become a trope by itself.  I’m writing this post after seeing yet another, “I Promise” on the screen that you know will end unfulfilled, as the character saying it, or the characters they’re saying it to, die tragically.  Wouldn’t be such a big thing, but this character was instantly developed, over the course of twenty minutes, to be a tragic death.
               I admit, the show has a lot to live up to.  It has to constantly upgrade tensions, outrages, action scenes, and special effects.  Its worst enemy is itself, but the highs come too often, too fast, with too little story behind them.
               Speaking of story, I also dislike the digression into backstory as often as it does.  Sometimes it works well, too often it is inserted clumsily, leading to clunky exposition.  Sometimes, when a character is angry and chomping at the bit, answering yes or no is more appropriate than extolling about the time your father taught you a lesson about taking a spear to court.  Blah blah blah.
               None of this makes the show unwatchable, in my opinion.  It’s enough to make ones eyes roll pretty hard though.
- Jim

             My prediction for the series now is that Petyr Baelish either is, or becomes a follower of The Great Other. 

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Still Not Dead Yet. Sorry.

Nope, I'm still not dead yet.

I've been away from here for a while.  I haven't been totally gone - you can see my Twitter feed to the right of this page.  I just haven't posted here.  To tell you the truth - I've been behind on everything.  Last year, I was sick several times, bad enough to be put in the hospital.  In that time, and the recovery time afterward, I've fallen behind on everything.

I also didn't want to comment on the election.  Yeah, like everyone else I have an opinion.  While I think I may have had something to say, I couldn't have gotten a word in edgewise.  The screamers from both sides weren't letting any reasonable opinion through the gates.  Of course, balanced against everything else in my life, it just wasn't that important.

I'm not back yet.  I'm catching up, but there are literally piles of stuff around here - projects I started and never finished, news articles I haven't read, books I haven't seen, movies I haven't watched, papers I haven't filed.  I just figured it'd been long enough without posting that I should probably say something.

The Twitter feed does give some indication of stuff I do from time to time, but I mostly reserve it for movies and television shows I watch.  Rarely, I mention books and magazines.  I don't post about much else.  If you're stalking me, it's a good place to start, but you'll have to work harder than that.  Of course, if you're stalking me, you need more of a life than even I do.

The book(s) are being worked on.  Work essentially stopped when I started getting sick and either never started again, or had been just restarted when I got sick again.  I'm a weird sort of OCD completist, and taking a break that long usually means starting from the beginning, one way or another.

I hope to have something better to write about soon.  High hopes.

- Jim

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

I'm going to go off on a weird tangent, but it's late, I've taken pain meds and allergy pills and here goes.

I'm watching Game of Thrones and I just started watching Season five. I know people age, but it does seem to me that everyone looks different. No, not everyone, but a lot of them. Shrug. I'm oblivious at times to how people change. Sometimes I look up from whatever I've been working on and wonder how I got to be forty years old.

The first time I watched this season, I thought Melisandre was played by someone else. She looked just different enough to be different.  I've thought that about a few people this season.  Maybe it's that Game of Thrones got more money.  Maybe it's that everyone is dressing differently.  Maybe it's the tone of the show.  

Except.

I do this in real life too.  I rarely recognize people I haven't seen in a while.  Suddenly they've gotten older, or old, and they look totally different.  Family reunions are crazy for me - everyone remembers me, and I have no clue who they are.  Did I go to the wrong reunion?  Maybe I'm on the Truman Show and they changed actors (or actresses) in-between seasons. 

Yeah, yeah, I know this is my first post in a while.  I haven't written here because there hasn't been much to say and then, when there was, there was no excuse for not writing earlier.  No, I'm not dead.  I've been sick, got better, got sick, got better, got sick, got better, and the whole time I've been in pain.  That about sums up my life since I wrote last.  Add in allergies and you cover all of my health issues that I know of.

Family drama, personal drama, life trauma, and so on.  Never a dull moment for me, but there is plenty of down time.  I used to think I was a strong person, capable of handling what life gave me.  The month of Hell, followed a year later by my Mother's death changed all that.  It doesn't take much for me to melt down for months at a time.  

And so, nothing has happened.  No writing, or significant amounts anyway, no drawing, singing, poetry, acting, dancing, jumping, or skipping.  And I can't whistle and never really learned how to swim.

I don't promise to write a lot now, but since the seal is broken, maybe I'll write more.  I promise nothing.  Sorry.  Life is what it is.  And what it is not.

- Jim

Friday, May 08, 2015






May I just add... WOOOOO!

It's almost my Sixteenth anniversary too!


- Jim

Monday, April 20, 2015

So, I'm leaving more and more of the social media behind.  I'm not really gone, I'm just far away.  It's like a postcard sent to a remote island.  Yeah, it'll get there eventually, probably.  It'll just take a long time.  Unfortunately, I have too many things I'm into and not enough time to do them all.  Something had to give and I put too much into these social media things and not enough came out of it.

That sounds terrible, but it's true enough. 

Anyway, I'm not wholly gone.  There are ways to reach me for the determined.  If you need to do so, you'll figure it out.

- Jim

Thursday, February 05, 2015

So, here's a guy on ebay, his handle is happyjackarnold.  I bought a video card from him that he said was new.  Here's what his listing showed: 

And here's the rest:



When I got the card in the mail, there was no packaging, original or otherwise and the card was bent and hardly new.  The only thing protecting it was a packing envelope that you can get for free from the post office.  Needless to say, I complained and while he responded at first, he stopped communicating.  I had ebay step in and I got a refund.  I returned the card.

He's selling it again, though not new, and he names me by name.  So, I'm naming him by name:  Arnold Toney.  This is what the guy looks like:



Take my advice and stay away from him.

- Jim

Thursday, December 25, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Hope everyone has a great holiday!


- Jim

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Saturday, August 09, 2014

I seem to fall further and further behind every day.  I have several new ideas for projects, but no time to work on them.  So, I'm going to attempt a crash course to try and get all the current stuff under control.  To some extent, my nature doesn't allow me to catch up - the more I do, the more I attempt to do because I want to know everything, learn everything, and do many things.  If days were a thousand hours long, they wouldn't be long enough.

There is light at the end of this tunnel.  I may be working on things the hardest way and the longest way possible, but there is a bit of method to my madness.  I hope. 

- Jim

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ah Beloit....






Post by Jamal Lawson.


- Jim