231 thoughts on “Scroll Angels

  1. Working getting caught up on some media.

    Finished Season 2 of Stranger Things. Decent, but didn’t really capture things quite like the original. I also thought they were trying way too hard this time with song selections that were just too on the nose most of the time.

    Also watched the Scarlett Johansson version of “Ghost in the Shell”. I hadn’t partaken of any of the previous versions, video or comic. Decent and very beautiful. However, it seemed a much more shallower take on the questions of identity and what it means to be human than Blade Runner, or even the original Robocop, which it seemed to share an awful lot in common with.

    • I still haven’t seen SJ’s GitS. I recall thinking the original was pretty deep, a thousand lifetimes ago.

      Your opinion is so wrong about Stranger Things 2, Ed. So wrong! So, so, so wrong.

      • Yeah Season 2 is pretty goddamn great. Ed just hates all things Netflix. It’s a Netflix bias I say! Get thee behind me, Edward!
        DING DING! SHAME!*

        *note. I don’t even watch goddamn Game of Thrones and I’m pretty sure I know everything there is to know. #GoTinherantinthesystem

      • I’m kind of on his page with the music. I did LOVE a lot of the music choices but I often found them distracting from the show. They didn’t advance or support the plot (just the time period) but often they where forced “front and center” anyway.
        Several times it felt like it was a character who had randomly shown up and stood center screen yelling “ME ME notice ME hey guys look at ME.” Then it would exit frame with no explanation and the show would continue.
        At least it was music I liked though.

        • I kid Ed. I didn’t have that reaction to the music, but it is a valid point.

          Overall, I felt like it was akin to the way Alien/Aliens upped the stakes. And the they used an 80s movie trope beautifully in the final episode for a great emotional payoff.

        • Bingo! I think you really captured it. I mean, yes, I enjoyed all the songs and was able to appreciate the references. But, at the same time, they did tend to overpower the narrative.

          Also, with the big setup going back to the trailers with Ghostbusters – I was a bit disappointed that they pretty much completely forgot about that reference in the approach to the climax.

          That said, I did enjoy it! I don’t hate everything on Netflix…and, for the record, I like Flash Gordon! 🙂

  2. Speaking of anime turned live action… I recently watched the live action Death Note on Netflix and it wasn’t half bad. I don’t watch a lot of anime, but will do so when I find one I like well enough (e.g. Witch Hunter Robin). Anyone have an opinion on the anime version of Death Note?

  3. Wow. I just got the most realistic spam mail yet. It was a paypal receipt for a scuba knife. It looked so much like a real paypal receipt (I ordered something else last week so used it for comparison). It said, “if this payment was not authorized by you log in here and cancel it.)

    Good thing I’m a paranoid mouse. I logged into paypal but on my own through my web browser, not through the link.
    Seriously, this was scarily good.

    • I liked that book, but not enough to continue the series.

      I may have been a bit grumpy that he did such a great job with the body-hosting concept that I’d used in Spherical Tomi.

      I’ll definitely give the show a chance.

  4. So it’s raining today. The first since I got my new roof.
    … and my roof is leaking more than ever.

    So now instead of getting all of my errands run that I had to do this morning because I will be waiting from 1 to 5pm for the cable repair guy … I am now waiting for the roofer.
    And also trying to dry a hardwood floor.

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

  5. You know your hubby had a rough day at work when he comes home and says “thank you for being normal”
    I guess he had to deal with some crazy parents yesterday

    • Best heard with an unkempt beard, gauged ears, and a fez at an independently-owned coffee shop.

      (They’re hipsters, you see. . . .) And yes, that is a fucking hipster list. RE: Kendrick Lamarr: people keep recommending him. I’ve listened, but I don’t get it.

  6. In addition to the Pearl Harbor attack and the shooting of John Lennon, December 7 is also the day that Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released.

    In fact, the long, sweeping shots of the Enterprise from that first screening are still playing, right now.

  7. Crap joke for the day:

    Two scientists walk into a bar.
    “I’ll have H2O,” says the 1st.
    “I’ll have H2O, too,” says the 2nd.
    Bartender gives them water because he is able to distinguish the boundary tones that dictate the grammatical function of homonyms in coda position, as well as pragmatic context.

  8. With the help of Alcohol, I have forced myself to get the boxes of winter clothes out and am swapping them with the “summer” clothes in my closet.
    I hate giving up on summer but I fear it has given up on me.

    Does anyone else still have clothes they wore in high school?

  9. My pop culture weekend:

    Finally getting to Sense8 season 2. Love the V for Vendetta nod.
    Mindhunter. Seriously good, smart stuff.
    Hip-Hop Family Tree. Fascinating non-fiction comic about the origins of Rap music.
    And we’re off to see The Shape of Water today. Don’t let me down, Guillermo.

      • Bingo. Not for nothin but he clearly has a drinking problem. When I saw them a few months back he could barely form complete sentences in the between songs banter he was so sloshed.

  10. Why would the box office even sell tickets for $485 apiece? I suppose it’s an interesting way to try to put scalpers out of business. . . .

    Excuse me, while I try to start breathing again after seeing a $2000 checkout price come up in my Ticketmaster app.

  11. Hubby asked for a Ferrari for Christmas, so I got him one. True, it’s a hot wheels Ferrari but that’s as close as he’s going to get

  12. Crap joke for the day:

    “I still can’t believe that my nan and grandad are having sex at 86.”

    “Really? Why’s that?”

    “Because they live at number 84”.

    • Booooo. I hope they put Bon Jovi’s plaque next to The 1910 Fruitgum Company.

      I don’t object to Dire Straits, The Cars, Nina Simone, or Moody Blues, but it’s a travesty that Judas Priest and Link Wray were left out. I’d also cast my votes for Depeche Mode, Rage Against the Machine, LL Cool J, and Radiohead. My votes were completely shut out.

    • Sad day, although not unexpected. The difference in his health from 2010 to 2014 was pretty daunting. Between his diabetes and alcoholism and other life choices I wasn’t expecting him to live more than 5 years. I am happy that I got to speak to him personally on two separate occasions.

      RIP Warrel, may your spirit forever burn bright.

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