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This post contains massive spoilers for Season 1 of the Netflix Umbrella Academy series

I have not read the comic books upon which the series is based, so please do not post anything about those comics which might be a spoiler for the series, down the line.

Ah, spoiler cuts, how I've missed you )
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Instead of doing any of the productive things I imagined myself doing this 3-day weekend, I ended up watching the entire 10-episode Umbrella Academy show on Netflix.

Non-spoiler thoughts:

I read a review of this that described it as a cross between _The Royal Tennenbaums_ and the X-men, and I think that's an apt description. It takes an X-men-like premise: a live-in school for kids with powers, where they are taught to use their powers and become a crime-fighting super-team. _Except_ that instead of being led by Charles Xavier and a team of similarly high-minded super-teachers, the Umbrella Academy is led by Reginald Hargreeves, who is a reclusive asshole without a parental bone in his body, and instead of turning out a competent superteam, it turns out a fucked-up, dysfunctional group of super-people, some of whom can barely stand to be around the others, and one of whom is dead. The show starts with all the kids returning to the Academy after many years, for Hargreeves' funeral, and sticking around because they learn that a civilization-destroying apocalypse is due to happen in eight days, and they're the only ones who can stop it.

The show bounces around between advancing the apocalypse plot, and delving into each of the six living kids' past experiences and present issues. The apocalypse plot was very predictable (like, nearly all of the plot twists were clear from the second or third episode), but not unenjoyable. There were lots of good actions scenes, each one set to snappy music, creating a series of ultra-violent music videos. I like that sort of thing, YMMV. The character arcs were a mixed bag; I enjoyed most of them, or at least thought they made interesting drama. Some intriguing mysteries were teased, probably with the intention of expanding on them in future seasons, if they get made.

All in all, I enjoyed it as an entertaining bit of pulpy action-adventure, and am interested in seeing what happens next. (I have not read the comics upon which the show is based, and have no idea how close the adaptation is, so please don't post any comics-based spoilers in the comments. If I decide I want to see those, I will read the comics. )

links, Adventure Time, baby gator

Feb. 18th, 2019 06:49 pm
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The kids have been watching Adventure Time after I brought home some of the Ryan North-authored graphic novels from the library because, well, Ryan North; I hear such good things about it but seeing it over their shoulders definitely gives me a lot of sympathy for people who can't with Steven Universe because of the character designs. Perhaps I should do what I did with SU and just listen while stitching until I get into it . . .

Finally, we are visiting family in Florida, and I very much enjoy this picture of a baby gator that Chad took.

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Feb. 17th, 2019 07:28 pm
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Mostly I attended filk items and talked with friends at Boskone, as usual. Unfortunately, there were quite a few regulars who didn't make it. With some it was conflicts; others had health issues. And of course Harold S. is no longer there. Attendance at the filk was light, but a number of younger people were there, which is good for the future. I didn't bring my keyboard but used Ed Stauff's, for which I'm grateful. I parked at Alewife and took the MBTA in; to complicate things, there was no train service between Alewife and Harvard, so I had to ride the shuttle bus. Not having more luggage than necessary was good.

In addition to filk concerts and singalongs, I went to a lyric writing workshop, a panel on the year in physics and astronomy, and a "name that tune" session on TV and movie music. For the last one, I sat back in the audience rather than joining one of the teams, since my knowledge of that kind of music isn't very deep. However, one part featured classical music used in movies. I got the name and composer for every one of those; the slow movement of Beethoven's 7th symphony took me just one chord to identify. However, I didn't know what movies they were in. (Correction: I did know that the Blue Danube Waltz was used in 2001.)

Boskone was fun. It's the only general con that's still on my regular schedule.

Done Since 2019-02-10

Feb. 17th, 2019 03:11 pm
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There is sadness this week, as NASA's Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to End. Oppy's last transmission amounted to “My battery is low and it’s getting dark.”. Several songs have already been written; I'll almost certainly try to write one of my own. Probably from Oppy's POV; I seem to enjoy anthropomorphizing AIs and other inanimate objects.

Not a whole lot has been getting done this week. I did manage to run some errands Thursday and Friday, with the car on the street. Pulled back into the driveway Friday after things were done, anticipating that the predicted good weather would make it possible to get up again the next time I need to. Fingers crossed.

I started working on the potential writing (tutorials) gig -- we'll see whether $editor likes my proposal. Not many notes Friday and Saturday as a result. Not sure I'm working fast enough. That remains to be seen; it's going slower than I'd like but that may just be because I'm working on the outline.

If you're into music at all, you'll get a kick out of (Gimme Some of That) Ol' Atonal Music - YouTube and Twelve Tones - YouTube (via ysabetwordsmith).

And I was highly amused to find someone seriously advocating the use of RFC 1149, some 18 years after I wrote a song about it.

Notes & links, as usual )

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I have another three three-month subscriptions to the Shatner Chatner to give away; comment here WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS -- comments are screened -- and if I have more than three by Wednesday night, I'll ask the RNG.


Feb. 16th, 2019 07:52 pm
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Our OVFF set will finish uploading in just a few minutes. I will upload the 31-ET acoustic set tomorrow. And the electric set on Monday.

February - UK Filk Con, carrying on

Feb. 16th, 2019 10:52 pm
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I went to the UK Filk Convention in Colchester early Feb and had no plans to play a set, but Songbird had to cancel her slot so I did one with the minimum of thought and with some hasty strumthrus. I realised I hadn't played a solo songs set since June/July? I was pleased to play Astronauts this year as I chickened out of it last year as it was so new. I tried a new silly-ish song Parts Of You. I also sang some songs I've never sung live in the filk circles - Jazz Potato, The Violet And The Rose, & Time Circle Dance.
So I had quite a chilled convention and it hopefully will kick me into getting some slots and gigs.

Apart from that I've been chugging along with the things I started in January (see last entry).

Last night I went to see German comedian Henning Wehn (he's lived in the UK for 17 years) at my local concert hall across the park. He was clever and very funny - he plays with the German and British stereotypes. His long 2nd set was all about perspectives on Brexit - which sounded a terrible idea - but it was thoughtfully done and it's always fun seeing a smart brain in action. It was quite a tonic anyway on a February Friday,

Restart Blog - January

Jan. 31st, 2019 10:36 pm
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After my brother Jules passed away at the end of November a lot of things like this blog stopped. I kind of slogged my way through December's gigs and limped to the end of the year.

January was been about starting things and trying to get my mojo back for doing things. Partially successful but was still largely foggy headed and unfocused. I forgot all about one posh piano gig, then late I dashed to it only for my car tyre to blowout at speed. I changed the tyre in my suit & white tie, but the gig was gone. Ambient Underground 12 went musically very well - Audible Light & guests LION/s - and we actually got a reasonable audience, and recordings were taken. I was tired though and still not quite on it. But it was still January wasn't it so no worries.

I mentioned starting things....
1. I wrote a couple of songs.
2. I recorded one for the Conway/Britton album
3. I started recordding my first wafty/relaxation/new age album in years and have been chipping away at it.
4. I am part of a group of electronicists perfoeming Terry Riley's iconic minimal classic "In C" in Rugely on March 2nd - so I;ve needed to rehearse that and work hard remembering the 53 motifs enough to spot them from the music.


Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball

Feb. 16th, 2019 03:59 pm
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From SNL Transcripts Tonight— For Die Hard Saturday Night Live Fans

Happy Fun Ball

Kid 1…..Jan Hooks

Kid 2…..Dana Carvey

Kid 3…..Mike Myers

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Warning: Pregnant women, the elderly, and children under 10 should avoid prolonged exposure to Happy Fun Ball.

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Happy Fun Ball contains a liquid core, which, if exposed due to rupture, should not be touched, inhaled, or looked at.

Do not use Happy Fun Ball on concrete.

Discontinue use of Happy Fun Ball if any of the following occurs:
    •    itching
    •    vertigo
    •    dizziness
    •    tingling in extremities
    •    loss of balance or coordination
    •    slurred speech
    •    temporary blindness
    •    profuse sweating
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If Happy Fun Ball begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head.

Happy Fun Ball may stick to certain types of skin.

When not in use, Happy Fun Ball should be returned to its special container and kept under refrigeration. Failure to do so relieves the makers of Happy Fun Ball, Wacky Products Incorporated, and its parent company, GlobalChemical Unlimited, of any and all liability.

Ingredients of Happy Fun Ball include an unknown glowing green substance which fell to Earth, presumably from outer space.

Happy Fun Ball has been shipped to our troops in Saudi Arabia and is being dropped by our warplanes on Iraq.

Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

Happy Fun Ball comes with a lifetime warranty.

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Rushing the season

Feb. 15th, 2019 10:41 am
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Today I saw Easter egg Oreos in Market Basket. Easter is April 21 this year.

Am I going to have to write "Keep Your Easter out of February?"