The announcement of the 2019 Hugo Awards winners means that I’ve had to readjust my progress on my Hugo “best novel” reading project, and am now at only 21.33% of the way through. As I said when I started, this is a marathon, not a sprint.

Me: 1, Apple Support: 0 (So far…)

Today’s morning entertainment: Stumping Apple support. Long story short (if I can manage that…(spoiler: I can’t)): Sometime in the early 2000s, I signed up for Apple’s then-new iTools service (later rebranded as .Mac, and then MobileMe), and was issued an @mac.com account and email address. Over time, that service became what is now AppleID, and […]

Aquaman

Aquaman: ⭐️⭐️ Completely ridiculous, and in the constant-eye-rolling sense, rather than the this-is-fun sense. Admittedly, it was nice to see a DC film that wasn’t as dark (thematically and literally) as most have been, there were occasional gorgeous images, and I did get an occasional laugh. But there were just so many things that didn’t […]

I love this remembrance of an old newspaper summary of Top Gun. ★★ TOP GUN (Drama, 1986) Trivializes war by turning it into a music video. Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer. (1 hr. 50 min.)

Book forty-four of 2019: The Enterprise War, by John Jackson Miller. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Filling in the blanks of Pike’s Enterprise up to the start of season two of ST: DIS. Not a bad romp, and helps to flesh out some of the secondary characters we see in Pike’s crew.

Thanks to today’s silly memesplosions on Twitter, I’m now familiar with feral hogs, know that William Carlos Williams’ ‘This is Just to Say’ is the source of this poem meme I keep seeing, and learned of the problems of unionized subs (and hogs). A productive day! Of sorts.

Book forty-three of 2019: Maus, Vol. II, by Art Spiegelman. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The second half of the story, from Auschwitz to America. This really is a powerful piece of work. I really don’t understand how we as a nation are coming so close to letting this happen again.

Book forty-two of 2019: Maus, Vol. I, by Art Spiegelman. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The first part of a graphic novel memoir of one man’s relationship with his father, and his father’s experiences as a Polish Jew during WWII. So many of the early events are sadly topical right now.

Book forty-one of 2019: White Trash Zombie Unchained, by Diana Rowland. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Finished off the WTZ series in fine form, wrapping up various plot threads, dealing with villains, and even introducing psychic zombie alligators into the mix. All in all, a very fun series.

Book forty of 2019: Frozen Hell, by John W. Campbell, Jr. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ A recently discovered longer version of Campbell’s classic novella “Who Goes There” (the source for John Carpenter’s SF/horror film The Thing). Holds up well for a late-30s story; still creepy and fun.