Been Busy…

The last week has been busy… a lot of reading (articles, mostly, for the “teaching” class), as well as lots of social functions that have required attention… a couple of birthday parties, dinners with friends that we haven’t seen in a while… and call volume at work being rather high as well the last few days…

So, here’s some of the latest…
Went to see Coraline on Saturday night… the movie itself was good, but the experience was less than stellar… There were people, with their children – the kind where the kids are the wriggly, and the “parents”[1] were the kind that they would “tell” the children to be quiet, but nothing more. Kind of took away from the experience, when every couple of minutes you hear, “I said hush!” Not in a yelling, carrying through the theater kind of voice, but loud enough that it could be heard two rows away. Maybe if the “parents”* had been sitting with the younger children, there could have been more direct authority, instead of calling at them from two rows away. *sigh*

I have settled into the 1904 World Series project… the one that I will be doing for the research class, and have managed to get some basic web sources (ah, Wikipedia…) but want to pull a lot more, including newspaper articles, etc. to get me more into the time, mood and vibe of the era… the only catch is going to be identifying “World Series”… I don’t know if it was actually called that back then.

Switching back to Neil Gaiman… a couple of items that he had posted on his site (either directly, or by link) that I thought were cool enough to reference from here…

One that he mentioned today, is a web comic…
[Edit to Add: I had to change the image size to make the whole thing fit in my layout… you may need to click to embiggen, ifyou can’tread it…]
Dog eat Doug
and I just thought it funny when I read it…

The other one… *goes digging* is this… the “Button” trailer…

And I like it for a couple of reasons… the first, is that it’s Mr. G. himself… while I have seen loads of pictures (from book jackets or on his blog) I had never really heard him speak, except for a couple of youtube clips, at awards ceremonies and the like. He really does have a good sounding voice, that I’m sure handles readings like a pro (I have one of the audiobook sets that I have downloaded, but have not listened to yet)… There’s also the couple of shots in his library (as he says here, that is the “downstairs” library…) Which gives me hope that my abundance of books can one day be very similar… (for the record – that has been an image in my mind – a large personal library – for much, much longer than I have been into Mr. G.)

Tickets have been confirmed… and hopefully en route shortly for the Hurricanes game that we will be going to next month for my S-in-L’s birthday… and tickets go on sale the end of this week for Keith Urban & Sugarland… MC and I had a good time at last year’s KU show, and my S-in-L likes Sugarland… since she doesn’t get a chance to get out much lately (between work, running the church youth group, and the classes she has been taking to be eligible to teach – let’s just say if it’s not related to one of those three things, it’s a stretch for her to work it in on her own)…

I have at least two more books (novels)as well as a script to read for the research class, and a lot of articles still to come down for the “teaching” class… as it is, I have some “responses” still to post before class tonight, so it’s off to the…. well…. time to change windows….

[1] I say “parents” because it was dark, an during the previews when their camp paraded in. The “older” figures could easily have been still in their teens… of course, they could have also been the parents at the same time…

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