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Saturday, December 27, 2003

Booklog Backlog

After a harrowing trip back up from Scenic Whitney Point, we're home, and the dog has been freed from durance vile, and all is well at Chateau Steelypips. Posting here will continue to be light, as I attempt to catch up on my book log (I've done a bunch of reading over the past few weeks).

Not coincidentally, there are two new entries there now. Go read them.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2003

There's No Place Like I-88 for the Holidays

I'm off to kennel the dog (she doesn't do well with other dogs, despite being the cutest thing ever, and she definitely wouldn't do well with R.D. (my parents' nine-month-old yellow Lab)), and do a little last-minute shopping and stuff at work, then Kate and I are off to my parents' in Scenic Whitney Point for a few days. Blogging will thus be almost nonexistent. Not that there's anybody reading this at the moment, anyway.

Merry Christmas to all. (Assuming you celebrate Christmas, that is. If you don't, Merry Obligation-Free Day Off Work. Unless you're in another country, or an industry that doesn't recognize Christian holidays, or something, in which case, um... Look! The Winged Victory of Samothrace!)

And to all a good night.

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Business Cards From Hell

A little while back, there was an online poll on gay marrriage run by a bunch of annoying fundies that got linked by various bloggers. It was a slow day at work, so I went over there and voted against their preferred option. By way of thanks, I got email this morning that began:

I want to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas, and to offer my sincerest thanks for signing the American Family Association's poll on marriage.

which at least suggests that they did keep the voting anonymous. Sadly, the letter goes on into the usual gibberish about saving gays through the holy power of Jeebus, which doesn't deserve repeating.

What caught my eye, though, was the signature:

Stephen Bennett
Homosexual Issues Editor
American Family Association

I bet that title gets some interesting reactions at convention parties...

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Monday, December 22, 2003

The King, He's Back

The Return of the King has been out for five days now, so the hard-core fans have mostly seen it already. Those who haven't seen it are advised to skip the following, as it will be massively spoiler-ridden.

SPOILERS for The Return of the King

As usual, waiting a few days to post about a topic has made my job easier. A lot of the things I'd like to say have been said by Timothy Burke. While I don't agree with everything he says, I agree with most of it. Of course, the existence of his review won't stop me from repeating some of what he says... Kate posted some early comments as well. And, of course, a wealth of material is available in this Making Light post and comment thread. The main result of a lot of the comments is to remind me that I really can't relate very well to the hardest of the hard-core Tolkien fans, but it's fascinating stuff, as always.

Overall, I thought it was a terrific movie. Everything just looks fantastic, and they did a wonderful job with a lot of the key scenes. Minas Tirith looks amazing, the Ride of the Rohirrim was great, Shelob was spectacularly creepy, and they nailed the tone of the whole thing.

This is a weblog, though, so anything I post about it has to include some bitching. In order to end on an up note, though, I'll get the negative stuff out of the way first:

Changes I Really Didn't Like:

Changes I Didn't Like, but Understand: These are mostly scenes I would've liked to see. Weirdly, they tend to owe a lot to the fact that I saw the Rankin-Bass cartoon version several times before I even read the book....

Changes I'm Indifferent To:

Changes That Improved on the Book

I could wibble on about the movie for quite a bit longer, and I may do that later. But for now, I'll stop there.

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