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If Thou Didst Live, ‘Twould be Thy Birthday April 23, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Yes, today is the birthday of the Bard. Well, sort of, since he is, of course, dead. Which makes today moot from the point of view of it being William Shakespeare‘s birthday.

In any event, folks, to celebrate today’s being the Bard’s birthday, go and read something by Shakespeare. I am reading “Romeo and Juliet” today in appreciation of the Bard. Wonderful play. A Passion Play, you might say (and if you know the reference to that one, give yourself 25 bonus points).

Happy Earth Day! April 22, 2017

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Happy Earth Day, everyone! 🙂

Today is the day when we celebrate Gaia, Mother Nature, and all that goes along with that. While it’s fine to celebrate today and all that, please remember to treat the planet right. It’s the only one we’ve got.

Sick at Home March 27, 2017

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Definitely feeling ill today.

Woke up around 3:11 am with a case of mild acid reflux. The stuff must have started causing problems with my air passages, because when I woke up again at 5:45 am, I was hacking and coughing away, and was having definite problems breathing.

At 7:00 am, I called the office and told them that I wasn’t coming in to work for the day. Donna told me she barely recognised my voice, so that wasn’t a good sign.

Suffice to say, I’ve got left shoulder pain, arm pain, neck pain, and head pain. I’m hacking away, and there’s lots of discoloured phlegm, my chest hurts something fierce, and I’m feverish. Taking the rest of the day off, and going to try and sleep and relax.

Good thing I’ve got a doctor’s appointment for tomorrow.

Back to bed. Going to take some Ricola throat drops, and have a cup of tea. Then bed.

Happy Cupid Day February 14, 2017

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I just want to wish everyone who is celebrating Valentine’s Day today a very Happy, Happy. Be good and especially kind to your loved one today, and make the day special and something to remember for the both of you. Not that you shouldn’t be doing that for your special and loved one every day, of course. As experience has taught me in the past, sometimes one may end up with just the memories of a good Valentine’s Day to remember.

Ah, well, such is life… *sigh*

Movie Review: Passengers (No Spoilers) January 20, 2017

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I went and saw Passengers last night, the science fiction-cum-romance movie that left me feeling…flat. What can I say about the movie that won’t include spoilers? Hmm…

Well… Passengers starts off with a bravura opening sequence of the interstellar ship Avalon (it’s a sleeper ship at best, not a generation vessel) passing through an asteroid field on the 30th year of its 120-year voyage to the galactic hinterlands, and to tell the truth, while the opening bit is impressive visually, the plot of this movie lets the film down. The film is so proud of really boasting its star power (Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence) that it takes a while for the viewer to notice that the romantic sub-plot of the movie is quite…lame. I can’t go into details on the plot here at all, but to be honest, the first act of the film had my attention, and was quite solid; the second act of the film is about the romance between the two leads, and that was all right to some extent. The third act, however, was a disappointment and almost unwatchable in so many ways. While it’s one thing to have the ship malfunction, my problem was that the absurd amount of reveals designed to make the viewer/audience gasp wasn’t warranted or necessary. There is a plot device that’s utilized throughout the third act that could easily have been removed from the entire film, without changing the film’s conclusion.

Having said that, I will say that overall, the film is one that I rather enjoyed, and it definitely doesn’t deserve the flack that it’s received, but the final product could have been great – and it wasn’t. It has some terrific space visuals, an interesting set in the Avalon, and two interesting, well-acted main characters in Pratt’s Jim Preston and Lawrence’s Aurora Lane. Director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) impresses with how easily he translated his visual prowess into the realm of large-scale science fiction, and the set design by Guy Hendrix Dyas (Inception) was immaculate, and had me really wanting to visit as many of the Avalon locations as possible.

If you have had high expectations and have yet to see this movie, I still recommend checking it out on the big screen, but I would definitely suggest lowering your expectations. Rating: 6.5/10.

Happy New Year! January 1, 2017

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Happy New Year!

I would like to wish each and every one of my LiveJournal friends (and all my friends in other media who might be reading this) a safe, healthy, and Happy New Year. May the Goddess bless you with health, prosperity, safety, and good cheer for the coming year.

Happy New Year, one and all! 🙂

This Ancient Invertebrate Had a Nightmare Mouth November 21, 2016

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Palaeontologists reveal one of the scariest sets of jaws to ever have evolved.

This Ancient Invertebrate Had a Nightmare Mouth

Tales of the Bog: Tollund Man – and His Toe October 29, 2016

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Something weird for Halloween.

It concerns the Tollund Man. What is the Tollund Man? Check out this National Geographic piece.

Tales From the Bog

But that’s not the best part.

Danish Mummy’s Missing Toe Found After 60 Years

Gotta love this stuff. And can’t make it up for Halloween, even! 🙂

A Salute to Erythrosuchidae October 14, 2016

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Very cool. A stunning article and series of artwork by Mark Witton. Rawr!!

A Salute to Erythrosuchidae

Palaeo Profile: The Monster of Minden October 13, 2016

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The Monster of Minden prowled Jurassic Germany about 163 million years ago.

Palaeo Profile: The Monster of Minden