"When faced with a problem you do not understand,
do any part of it you do understand; then look at it again."
~(Robert A. Heinlein - "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress")

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

2 cellos ...

... and now for something COMPLETELY different  ...
The absolutely incredible  2CELLOS - Thunderstruck [OFFICIAL VIDEO]  
 
Be patient with whatever ad that may (or may not) show up at the beginning. There might be a little one popping up in the middle, but it will have an "x" allowing you to dispose ot it. The video is worth it. :-)
 
(PS the image is small here, but at the lower right corner is a selection for "FULL SCREEN" - next to the youtube symbol;)
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Friday, August 07, 2015

Death by a thousand cuts ...

... MY term for the billing practices of major hospitals.

Yesterday (Thursday, 06 AUG 20150, I made my third (and hopefully FINAL) follow-up visit to Ben Taub hospital, concerning the broken ankle and lower tibia I suffered in my accident of 23 MAY 2015, and which I wrote about in numerous previous posts going back to Sometimes, life just sucks ...

They want me to continue wearing this special boot for another week, but don't feel another visit will be required, as the bones appear to be healing just fine.

So, the major crisis in front of me is the billing system summed up by the title of this post.

When I had my broken arm accident  in late July of 2014, there were ultimately over half a dozen different accounts to deal with, as each department in the hospitals (TWO hospitals were involved in that accident recovery) and the various physicians ALL had their own  accounting services.

It took over two months after the initial invoice arrived before I had a fairly complete picture of the whole mess. Approximately $6000.00 in all.

The ONLY way I could deal with it was to make a (VERY) small payment to each every month.

This continued until the 23 MAY accident, at which point I stopped paying, as the paychecks ceased for about six weeks until I began working again.

I have NOT resumed those payments, as I was looking at a whole NEW nightmare from Ben Taub
to come.

THIS prospect had me looking at Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, and I was looking at going in for a free consultation with a bankruptcy lawyer, to see (among other things) if I needed to wait until ALL the parties involved with Ben Taub had sent invoices, and the whole picture was clear, before filing.

But then, a circumstance involving me possibly owning a small part of rural property belonging to my late mother made it look as if a small sum might come my way and make it possible to get my car running again.

As that possible ownership would complicate the Hell out of the bankruptcy (and the bankruptcy could have an effect on the property), I temporarily took the bankruptcy off the table.

But, I've heard nothing more, and frankly doubt it's gonna happen,  So, in a few weeks I'll go in for that consultation.

This is NOT something I'm keen to do; I went through a Chapter 7 in 2000, and the paperwork is absolutely HORRIFIC. (To paraphrase a classic Jack Benny routine: "The PAPERWORK, or your LIFE!"  Reply: "I'M THINKING." )

But, I HAVE to consider this.  The financial situation threatens to absolutely DESTROY me.

There's a REASON I still have the PayPal donation button near the top left of my page.

If you feel like helping, God Bless You,.

And, Thank You.
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Monday, July 20, 2015

The Eagle Has Landed ...

Patch from randomramblings-absentmindedprofessor.blogspot.com

... at Heaven's Gate, and so has its pilot ...
Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)- From guardian.co.uk

Yesterday, Saturday 25 Aug 2012, a genuine American Hero left us.

There's really not much I can say that hasn't already been said far, far better by people who knew him. The closest I ever got to him was when he passed by about 60 feet away in a parade in downtown Houston, shortly after his return to Earth.

I still envy the young man who did what I never had the nerve to do;  jumping over the retaining line, running over to the car Armstrong was in and shaking his hand.

As I recall, no undue fuss was made over the incident, but even if there had been, how on Earth could they ever take away from you the experience of shaking the hand of the first human to set foot on another world?

Of course, that's not even a pale shadow of actually being the man to set foot there, but as only eleven others qualify for that, you must settle for what you can get.

Rest In Peace, Sir.
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(Originally published Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 2028 CDT.  Moved to top as today (20 Jul 2015) is 46th anniversary of Man's first visit to another world.)
 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NOT one of my brighter ideas.

Being cheap about cab fare.

There's a Kroger about half a mile from my apartment. Being unable to drive, I've been taking a cab each way to do my grocery shopping, usually around $5.00 each way (including a modest tip).

Tuesday, the 23rd, I went back to work for the first time in a month.  I go again tomorrow (Friday). I HAVE been walking some, in this cast-like boot, and using the bus again. But, it's still awkward and exhausting.

Today, I decided to walk to Kroger and just use the cab to get back with a load of groceries.

The STUPID part was going around 2:30 PM  in wonderful Houston summer weather, trying hard to not pass out because if I went down, not only would I need help in getting back up again, I'd be damned lucky if I didn't break something else in such a fall.

If I try that stunt again, I'll at least wait until later, when the sun has gone down.

I DO need to get better at walking, as it is all too possible I may not have anything to drive ever again (see "First blow ..." in Hat-trick:  ).  This situation just may KILL me financially.  The money is running out. I am grateful beyond words for the donations that have come in from friends, but as I mentioned in that post, I see no possibility of avoiding Chapter 7 in the near future.

So, I may be walking for the remainder of my life.
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Christopher Lee

A couple of weeks ago, I updated "Of COURSE, they're naked!!!" ...  because of the sad news that one of my all time favorite actors had passed away, on 07 Jun 2015, at age 93.

As if the man wasn't already fascinating enough, I found this at
  http://buzzfeeduk.tumblr.com/post/121266080043/rip-christopher-lee ...

 
What more needs saying? :-)
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Friday, June 19, 2015

Shower ...

... equals unfathomable luxury in my present situation.

For the first time in four weeks (since my accident of Sometimes, like just sucks ), I've been able to shower, instead of just sponge bathing. 

As with my broken arm accident of two years ago, deliberation in all things is the rule. If I sit in the tub, I have a Hell of a time getting back up, being weak in my arms and trying to brace myself against wet slippery surfaces. I prefer a shower while standing.  I DO have one of those Rubbermaid non-slip (with suction cups) mats for the bottom of my tub.

BUT, if I slip anyway, or lose balance from a spasm of pain by putting my foot down wrong, well, there might be a more dangerous place in my apartment for such an accident (considering the spigot, faucet handles and mixing valve at one end of a typical apartment bathtub), but I have great difficulty in conjuring it up.

So, this IS progress, of a sort.  I'm getting better at walking with that awkward boot (like walking on a cast), and may attempt a bus ride in a couple of days.

Tomorrow, I'll call Randalls to find out if I'm on next weeks schedule.

But, STILL a long way to go on recovery, including financial, so if you can help, I desperately need it and would be very grateful.

Paul Gordon
3433 West Dallas, # 1102
Houston, Texas 77019

(Or, you can use the Paul Gordon Medical donation button (PayPal) near the top left of the webpage, just below the main title picture.)

Thanks, in advance. :-)
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Hat-trick:

In some sports, a triple win (or more).

Could NOT find an antonym, which would best describe my current situation (described in my previous posts).

Yesterday (Monday, 15 Jun 2015), I went to Ben Taub Hospital for my follow up to my checkup and diagnosis of a week ago (Described in my post: Where things stand ... ).

After spending about six hours there, they gave me a doctor's note saying that on Sunday, 21 Jun 2015, it would be Ok for me me to go back to work. When I got home, I had my apartment manager fax a copy of that note to Randalls , so (maybe) I'll be on next week's schedule.

Ben Taub wants me back for another follow up in a bit over three weeks (Thursday, 09 Jul 2015), and they want me to keep using that boot until then.

So, in another week, maybe I can begin earning and collecting paychecks again.  I sure hope so.

What makes me look for an antonym for "hat-trick", and has made me so despondent and desparate lately, is a series of trevails I am sufferring, to the point of feeling my options have been reduced to the numbers 7 and 44:  Bankruptcy - Chapter 7, and .44 Special hollow-point.

First blow ...
In early January, my car died on me when I pulled into a restaurant parking lot. I couldn't restart it and had to have it towed home. The next morning, I had it towed to Pep Boys, who couldn't find anything wrong with it. Was able to drive it home, but when I drove it to Kroger's later, it died again. Thinking possible fuel contamination. I got a bottle of STP fuel cleaner and put in in the tank. Made it home alright.

The next day, on my way to work, it died again. I managed to push it off the street into a parking lot, and called Pep Boy's towing. When it arrived, the car  (after sitting awhile) started again, and the driver thought it would be a waste of time taking it back to Pep Boys as they would have nothing they could check. So I continued on to work, while he followed.

After a few days it seemed to get better, and for a couple of months I thought it might be a fuel contamination problem that finally just passed through.

Then the problem returned with a vengeance. After a few miles driving, it would die and not be able to restart until it had sat for 5 or 10 miniutes. Numerous trips to Pep Boys and then to the Honda dealership did no good because they could not reproduce the failure.

Having a car I simply could not trust resulted in me depending on walking and riding the bus (free with my special pass for being over 70) and awaiting my tax refund before trying again on service.

Second blow ...
In April, my 11 and 1/2 year old computer died and I was pretty much cut off from everyone except for trips to a local branch library where I could use their computers. Horrible!


The bus rides may be free for me, but the time involved really sucks. To go there, and to come back involved about and hour and a half each way, using two busses, to have an hour's access to the computer.

So, when the tax refund arrived, my first use of it was to go to Micro-Center and get a refurbished Windows 7 desktop unit. To get back in business online.

A few months back, the apartments in my complex were wired up with cable outlets for Comcast/XFINITY and I took advantage of that to get one of their high-speed modems with a telephone package, figuring that I would drop my landline telephone to help offset the cost.

Coming up on the Memorial Day weekend, I figured on using the rest of my tax refund seeing about the car. The Honda dealership told me that they could do a VERY thorough analysis for $112.00 and I was going to have it towed to them the following week.

THIRD (and possibly DEATH) BLOW...
Friday, 22 May 2018, the event in Sometimes, life just sucks happened, and everything just went to HELL.


This has cost me FOUR paychecks so far, and the bills soon to come from Ben Taub may literally KILL me.

Obviously, the car problems have been put on hold, I am literally running out of money, and am scared to death about what's in store.

So I would truly appreciate whatever help you can provide.

Paul Gordon
3433 West Dallas, # 1102
Houston, Texas 77019.


(Or, you can use the PayPal donation button near the top left of the page, just below the title picture).

Thank you.

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Monday, the 15th ...

... I should learn if I am going to survive the situation of the last three posts.

I mean that, literally. The reason for my "Please, HELP" plea is that I am running out of money. This has cost me FOUR paychecks already and almost guarantees Chapter 7 in the near future.

If I don't get that doctor's note allowing me to go back to work and start drawing paychecks again, THAT'S IT!  That's all she wrote.

I'm panicking because the situation has become scary, beyond words.

So, wish me luck.  I'm certainly gonna need it.

Thanks.
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Friday, June 12, 2015

PLEASE, HELP

Dear GOD, I so hate to beg.

But, this situation (being almost crippled and unable to work and draw paychecks) is literally DESTROYING me. I am running out of money.

Those with access to PayPal ( https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/send-money-online ) can donate to my email address of gordonp@airmail.net

I am so ashamed of asking for this, but my options are becoming desperate.

If you can help a bit, Thank you.

Paul Gordon
3433 W. Dallas, Apt. 1102
Houston, Texas 77019

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Where things stand ...

On Friday, 22 May 2015, I had my accident (referred to in Sometimes, life just sucks ).  I had badly sprained my right angle after slipping on a muddy sidewalk at a bus stop.

Sunday, 07 Jun 2015, I thought things had improved enough to go to a local clinic and hopefully get a doctor's note allowing me to return to work.

BUT, the nurse at that clinic was very disturbed by all the redness that still remained on my foot and lower leg.  Fearing a possible blood clot, she felt she couldn't issue such a note and recommended I go to Ben Taub emergency room for blood flow tests.

I took a cab there, arriving just before 6 PM, and was there until a bit after 2 AM before I was released.  It was almost 3 AM when I got back home.

They took all kinds of blood tests to make sure there was nothing toxic, and to make sure (by sonogram) that blood flow wasn't restricted by a clot. They took x-rays of the ankle and the tibula (one of two parallel bones in the lower leg) and found fractures on both the ankle AND the tibula.

They gave me a special boot they want me to wear until I go back for a follow-up on Monday, 15 Jun 2015.  Unfortunately, I cannot use it, as it is like walking on a cast. I almost had a bad fall right in the emergency room when I tried it (I suppose THAT would be the best place for it to happen, but there is no way I can afford a fall that might break something else.).

The only way I can use that boot would be to get a crutch. I'm going to see if someone here will give me a ride to a local CVS pharmacy that has one. I'm probably going to have to use that boot if I hope for that doctor's note from the orthopedic surgeon Monday morning.

I have GOT to be able to return to work and begin drawing paychecks again. Otherwise, this situation will finally FINISH me; it's really just as simple as that.

Will know more on Monday, but this is NOT good. :-(
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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sometimes, life just sucks - Update

ANOTHER accident ...

For some time now, I've been walking and riding the bus because my car has a problem that even the Honda mechanics haven't been able to duplicate.

Yesterday (Sat, 23 MAY 2015), I decided to take the bus to a theater to check out the new "Mad Max: Fury Road" movie.

It had been raining and lots of mud was there, which I slipped on and fell down HARD. 

A couple of people in a car saw this and helped me up. At first, I feared that I had broken my leg, but apparently had just numbed part of it on impact. I could stand, and walk a bit.

They drove me home (damned considerate of them as I was a muddy mess and left them with a bit of a cleaning job on the interior of their SUV even though they had put down some old clothes they had in the back).

When we got there, I could limp and hobble my way to my apartment. I had actually thought of going out again later when my ankle felt better.

Unfortunately, it DIDN'T get better. I could barely stand on it and asked a neighbor I didn't even know if he could drive me to a local Kroger about half a mile away, to get a few essentials.

He did, and during the trip he thought (from my description of symptoms) that I had a MAJOR sprain, that could take days to get better.

This morning, I could barely manage to even stand up from a sitting position on the edge of my bed; almost couldn't put the weight on my right leg.

I DID manage to get up, and am using a chair as a walker just to move around my apartment, but GOD - it IS an ordeal. So bad that I slipped the chain off of my apartment door and unlocked it so, if I have to scream for help someone could get in without breaking in the door (being the Memorial Day weekend, the apartment manager's office is closed, so there is no one there with a master key to let help in).

So, the next few days could be interesting. I hope to GOD I wont have to go to an emergency room over this, but if I DO, I'll try to take a cab ($20.00 cab fare for a three mile trip beats hell out of the $1000.00+ that a 911 response would cost).

Wish me luck. Being a loner has been my choice for much of my life, but it DOES have drawbacks sometimes.

Update-Monday 25 May 2015:  Today is my 73rd birthday. That's why I'm making such a big deal out of a sprain. My body is a lot more fragile than it was half a century ago, and this situation is crippling.

I've still a couple of days to decide if I need to go get help. If you wonder what's stopping from going right now, see my post of a couple of years ago: A Scream of Pain . I am STILL paying on that one, and will be doing so for the rest of my life.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bah. Humbug! :-)

There are three absolutely perfect movies for Christmas. This is about one of them.

First, of course, is Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946), starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a bank officer who attempts suicide in desperation after losing a large sum of money entrusted to him.  He is saved by Clarence, a guardian angel tasked with convincing George that the world would not really be better off without him.
   Clarence: "We don't have money in Heaven."
   George:  "Well, it comes in mighty handy down here, Bub."

Second is Bob Clark's A Christmas Story (1983), about Ralphie's desperate quest to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, against all obstacles ("You'll shoot your eye out!").

And then, I found this at Walmart, on their $5.00 shelf ...

A Christmas Carol (1984),  a made for TV movie that I saw when it was broadcast in 1984, and which I recalled as being pretty damned good, with George C. Scott just maybe being the finest incarnation of Ebeneezer Scrooge that I ever saw.

That recollection was validated when I watched this DVD. I love it when I get occasional reassurance that my memory is just fine. :-)

Although temporarily upstaged by Edward Woodward as The Ghost of Christmas Present ...
Original photo from thomasorourkeactor.blogspot.com, 
but considerably brightened by me

... this is George C. Scott's movie, and he is at his best. ...
From www.cedmagic.com

Find it, and give it a look.

(Originally published 23 DEC 2013, 2301 CST - Moved to top because those three titles are still fine recommendations.)
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Sunday, December 07, 2014

The Year of the Jackpot (Updated 07 DEC 2014)

At first, Potiphar Breen did not notice the girl who was undressing.

Most good writers will try to hook you with the first paragraph (the first line, if possible), and Robert A. Heinlein (the author of the novella this post is named after) was a master at that.

In the story, Breen is a statistician who has been following a number of peculiar and disturbing trends, and intervenes when the girl (who had absolutely no idea of why she did what she did in public) was about to be arrested. Although that changes, at that moment what he rescued was just another statistic.

Meade Barstow (yes, the statistic has a name) demands: "I want to know why I did what I did!".

He looked at her soberly. "I think we're lemmings, Meade."

He explains what has him so worried, talking about a 54-year cycle of events, an 18 & 1/3, a nine-year one, a 41-month one and several others, all laid out on a chart he is showing her.

Poitiphar: "See anything odd there, Meade?"
Meade: "They sort of bunch up there, at the right end."
 . . .
Potiphar: "Meade, if statistics mean anything, this tired old planet hasn't seen a jackpot like this since Eve went into the apple business. I'm scared."
 . . .
Potiphar: "This is it. The Year of the Jackpot."

Ok, then. It's a story. Anything to it?

When I first read it (in the story collection "The Menace from Earth"), something about it triggered a memory. As a kid, in the late '40s and early '50s, I devoured copies of Mechanix Illustrated (my uncle was a subscriber). Besides the usual do-it-yourself articles on auto repair and furniture building, and the Tom McCahill auto tests they were famous for, they often had articles that seemed to have nothing whatever to do with what you'd think the magazine was about.

One of those articles was on cycles and I remember it mentioning some of those Heinlein named. "Jackpot" was published in 1952 and the article was from around that time. I figured that Heinlein probably came across it.

Much later, at a used book store, I found ...


Back cover

Published in 1947, it covers every one of the cycles Heinlein mentions in his story, and was almost certainly the inspiration for it. I suspect that one of the authors probably wrote that Mechanix Illustrated article I recalled, but I've had no luck in verifying that.

What's the verdict on this book? Being lazy, I'll let someone else sum it up ...

[Cycles: The Science of Prediction] is not a scientific book: the evidence underlying the stated conclusions is not presented in full; data graphed are not identified so that someone else could reproduce them; the techniques employed are nowhere described in detail.

That's from Milton Friedman (reputed as being somewhat knowledgeable in economics and trends :-), who dismissed the book as pseudoscience.

Did Robert Heinlein believe it?

He was a professional writer, with an insatiable curiosity about anything and everything, who may have went "hmmmm" about it, but never used it again (as far as I know). That sounds a lot like someone who figured a good story could come from it, but would not take it to the bank.

So, I seriously doubt that Dewey and Dakin had made a devoted convert.

In one of Heinlein's darkest and most prophetic stories, "Solution Unsatisfactory", his main character (Colonel Clyde C. Manning) was described by the first-person narrator ...

... what I liked about him was that, though he was liberal, he was tough minded, which most liberals aren't. Most liberals know that water runs downhill, but Praise God, it'll never reach the bottom.

Manning was not like that. He could see a logical necessity and act on it, no matter how unpleasant it could be.

I believe that to be a fair description of Robert Heinlein himself.

Straying slightly from topic: Heinlein on film ...
For such a prolific writer, not much of his stuff has made its way to film. Considering the fate of all too many beloved stories and novels, perhaps that's a blessing.

In 1950, Destination Moon was released, for which he was a writer and technical advisor. Sort of like a Life Magazine article brought to life, it wasn't bad but probably contributed to his attitude towards Hollywood ("Take the money and run!").

The IMDB lists three of his short stories ("The Green Hills of Earth", "Misfit", "Ordeal in Space" ) in a short-lived CBS TV series that I'd never heard of, Out There (1951–1952), about which an anonymous writer noted ...

Innovative anthology series was one of the first adult-oriented science fiction series of the early-fifties and probably suffered for it. Teleplays were adapted from the best science fiction stories available from such masters as Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein. The series, which did not have a sponsor, was canceled after only twelve episodes.

There's a thing called The Brain Eaters (1958) in which the IMDB lists Robert Heinlein's The Puppet Masters (uncredited). I'd love to think that Heinlein told them, "Put my name on that thing, and I'll KILL you!". But, as the Writers Guild of America allows the use of pseudonyms to protect both your royalties and your dignity, I suspect they thought they had changed enough details and names to avoid the necessity of even mentioning it to him. Oh, and Leonard Nimoy's in it too.

In 1994, a three-part animated mini-series Red Planet was adapted from his juvenile of the same name.

In that same year, one of my all time favorites of his novels was legitimately adapted into The Puppet Masters by the writing team of Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio (who had much better luck with the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies). Not even the presence of Donald Sutherland could save this movie.  Those writers had a blog post for a long time, "Building the Bomb" (apparently no longer available), about the writing of their screenplay, in which they demonstrated that what you finally saw on the screen was not at all what they had in mind. Enough said.

1997, a year that will live in infamy, saw Paul Verhoeven's savaging of Starship Troopers. When a movie has Clancy Brown in a major role, and I still cannot stand it, what more needs saying? :(

What I'd like to see ...
"Stranger in a Strange Land" - This has been rumored since before many of you were even born, and I have doubts about living long enough to ever see it happen. When I first read it, I could see John Philip Law as Valentine Michael Smith, most likely because I had seen him as the blind angel Pygar in Barbarella.  But he died in 2008, so I suppose they'll have to make do with someone else.

"Lifeline" - Heinlein's very first published story.  Set entirely indoors, it could work quite well as a stage play.

The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag - That this one has a link means it's actually in the works. From the IMDB synopsis ...

A man, who suddenly realizes that he has no memory of what he does during the day, hires a husband and wife detective agency to follow him. The truth takes a dark turn as their investigation leads to a series of frightening revelations.

"takes a dark turn" - Boy, does it ever!

While I was less than thrilled with Director Alex Proyas' treatment of Isaac Asimov's I, Robot, I do believe the director of The Crow and Dark City just might be the perfect choice for this tale.

Whenever I read the story, I can't help seeing the late comedian Ernie Kovacs as Hoag. But, because of that word "late", I'm tempted to cut Mr. Proyas some slack when it comes to casting.

Scheduled for release sometime in 2013, this is one I'm really looking forward to.

And finally, for inflicting upon you two of the most boring images imaginable, let me apologize by presenting (even though it has absolutely nothing to do with this post) ...
Jolene Blaylock as Vulcan Commander T'pol in Star Trek: Enterprise
(c) by Thomas Raube 04/2004 - Thunderchild2604@freenet.de 
WWW.HyperspaceVision.de

Am I forgiven now? :-)

Originally published 25 JUN 2012. 1640 CDT

Update: 07 DEC 2014 - So, what happened with "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag"?

Above, I had noted "scheduled for release sometime in 2013". You may have noticed that date has come and gone, along with most of 2014 as well.

The link I gave above for the movie still lists it as "In developement", which could mean exactly what it says, or that nobody has updated the page since the April 2012 news that Alex Proyas had picked this as his next project.

Alex Proyas' IMDB page also still lists it. THAT suggests that he hasn't given up on it, but is probably facing the usual hoops to jump through on getting financing and had to move on with other projects (because rent is due and he might like to eat).

That happens all the time in this business. Director Guillermo del Toro ("Hellboy", "Pan's Labyrinth". "Pacific Rim") had worked to bring H.P. Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness" to the screen, until Universal pulled the plug in January 2013. I understand that he has not given up on the project, and it may eventually happen someday.

THAT could be the case for "Jonathan Hoag". At least,I sure HOPE so.
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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

NOT dead YET!!!

-- or WHY I haven't posted anything since early July.

Part of it is a few things on my plate I have to deal with.

But, MOST of it is because my ancient computer is having more and more trouble dealing with certain websites.

My computer is an HP Pavilion 061 desktop unit, with a tower and a separate monitor, bought near the end of 2003 when I learned that the entire IT division of SCI (Service Corporation International) would be outsourced to InfoSys (in Bangalore, India) the following March.

It has 256 megabytes of memory, running Windows XP, which is no longer supported by Microsoft.

Some websites (facebook and linkedin, for example) hog so much memory that visiting them (I have accounts on both) fall into the "life's too short" category.

Blogger.com's editor (which I have to use when posting here, has become flaky. While editing a post, it automatically (periodically) saves a draft of the post. Normally, each save would overwrite the earlier version, but the "flaky" part results in each save creating a new draft, so when I finally publish the post, I have DOZENS of drafts to have to dispose of. Other functions (such as text centering for captions under images) no longer seem to work. Posting has become a pain under these circumstances.

I need a new computer with a later operating system and as much memory as I can afford to dump into it.

In a few months, I should have a very nice income tax refund, which will allow me to find something better.

The LAST time I went for months without putting anything up, an Air Force buddy in Montana called the store at where I work to find out if I was still ALIVE. Thought maybe I should put THIS up to make a repeat of that unnecessary.

I have NOT become bored with blogging. I just hope that getting a better computer in a few months will put me back into the game. :-)

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Memorial

Found THIS in a tumblr porn blog, of all places  ...

In my earlier engineering career (1964-1984), one of my co-workers had a coffee cup I wanted very much, but I could never find one like it.

I wanted it because of a quote that was on it;  a quote I later learned came from the Peanuts comic strip, by Linus van Pelt (Lucy's kid brother; the one with the security blanket):

   "I love mankind;  it's people I can't stand."

That sentiment seemed to perfectly fit that co-worker, it fit ME at times, and I suspect the subject of that memorial was on the same page with both of us. :-)

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