Watchmen Post Episode 3

November 9th, 2019

So Laurie Jupiter, now Laurie Blake, showed up and finally we have a character we can root for. That’s a big step forward. I don’t know why she;s using her father’s name now. He was a pretty bad guy and she was not fond of him to say the least. Perhaps this will be revealed later. Anyway, I’m still watching.

Watchmen Post Episode 2

November 2nd, 2019

Episode 2 didn’t answer many questions but it did reinforce my feeling that every adult in this series is a bad guy: cops, terrorists, “super” “heroes”, everyone.

One new revelation: Veidt has become a narcissistic psychopath. He was always a mass murderer, but thirty years ago it was at least possible to  read him as someone who had done the math and killed millions to save billions. Now, however, he apparently is willing to burn people to death for his personal amusement. Just maybe Mr. Phillips and the other servants are all some sort of robots or not fully sentient artificial life forms—they don’t exactly act like normal human beings—but even if that proves to be the case, the simulated subtraction of Mr. Phillips’s intrinsic field seemed pointless and cruel. Frankly I’m not thrilled with this development. It seems very out of character for him.

One new question: why did Laurie Jupiter decide to take her father’s name? Hard to believe she simply got tired of explaining how to spell Juspeczyk. Not hugely important, but I am curious. Possibly the name change was also mentioned in the previews, but if so I missed it until the end of this week’s episode.

P.S. I don’t consider Doomsday Clock canonical or worth reading, an opinion I apply to pretty much everything Geoff Johns is involved with. That’s the problem with non-creator owned properties. Even if a work is a recognized classic for 25 years, eventually some corporate bean counter is going to decide to milk it for a few more dollars.

Call the Midwife

October 27th, 2019

I watched the first season of Call The Midwife when it was first made available in the US, on PBS I think? I enjoyed it then and recently I noticed several more seasons were available on Netflix so I’ve been binging then. It’s a truly excellent show utterly unlike anything I’ve ever seen on American television. It is almost completely divorced from the usual tropes of TV drama, perhaps because it’s based very closely on the real memoirs of Jennifer Worth.
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Watchmen Post Episode 1

October 26th, 2019

I had very mixed reactions to the Watchmen premier on HBO last week. On the one hand, it’s incredibly well done and I can’t stop thinking about it, much like I was obsessed with the original comic book when it first came out in the 1980s. On the other hand, I absolutely despise every single character in this show. No one, so far, is likable or sympathetic except for the family in the opening scene; and based on the closing scene I’m not sure they’ll stay that way in the present day. In the comic book Rorschach, Nite Owl, Dr. Manhattan, Laurie Jupiter, and Veidt were all interesting people with some good qualities. Yes, they were all deeply flawed in different ways, but I didn’t detest any of them (except the Comedian, and he was meant to be detestable). Watchmen was a story about good versus good, not good versus evil. Everyone in that story was trying to do what they truly believed was the right thing, and that was the horror of it all.

So far in the TV series, it’s the opposite. I detest everyone. This is a story about evil versus evil. There are no good people, just less bad people or people who are bad in different ways. It’s really hard to root for anyone.

That said, episode 1 answered a few questions I had about HBO’s sequel and opened a few more. In no particular order:
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On Summoning Demons

January 23rd, 2019

kferrin.com has published my epistolary horror short story, “On Summoning Demons”.

Extra credit question #1: Who is the “B.F.” referenced in the story?

Extra credit question #2: What other famous horror short story does “B.F.” appear in?

2018 The Year in Birds

January 5th, 2019

eBird tells me I saw a reasonable 404 species last year. There are probably a few here and there I didn’t report. 146 of those were in Kings County. Thanks to trips to California, New Mexico, Florida, Louisiana, Vancouver, Portugal, and Morocco I managed a respectable 20 life birds including one in Brooklyn and one in Central Park:

  • Spotless Starling A1, Casablanca-Settat, MA (33.033, -8.533) MA-10 02 Dec 2018
  • Brown-necked Raven Essaouira Lodge MA-11 01 Dec 2018
  • Sardinian Warbler Essaouira Lodge MA-11 01 Dec 2018
  • Moussier’s Redstart Essaouira Lodge MA-11 01 Dec 2018
  • Corn Bunting Essaouira Lodge MA-11 01 Dec 2018
  • Maghreb Magpie Boulevard Mohamed VI, Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, MA (31.61, -8.003) MA-11 30 Nov 2018
  • House Bunting Jemaa el-Fnaa MA-11 26 Nov 2018
  • Common Bulbul Avenue du 7ème Art, Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, MA (31.594, -7.99) MA-11 25 Nov 2018
  • White Stork Avenue du 7ème Art, Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, MA (31.594, -7.99) MA-11 25 Nov 2018
  • Northwestern Crow Vancouver–Harbour Green Park CA-BC 28 Aug 2018
  • Black Rail Alviso Marina County Park US-CA 16 Aug 2018
  • Dusky Grouse Elliot Barker Trailhead US-NM 25 Jun 2018
  • Brewer’s Sparrow Eagle Nest SP – Moreno Day Use Area US-NM 23 Jun 2018
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker Angel Fire Resort US-NM 22 Jun 2018
  • Black-billed Magpie Randall Davey Audubon Center US-NM 16 Jun 2018
  • Scaled Quail Embudito Canyon US-NM 15 Jun 2018
  • Black-chinned Sparrow Embudito Canyon US-NM 15 Jun 2018
  • Kirtland’s Warbler Central Park–Reservoir US-NY 12 May 2018
  • Bachman’s Sparrow Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park US-FL 18 Mar 2018
  • Rough-legged Hawk Salt Marsh Nature Center at Marine Park US-NY 20 Jan 2018

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