Posted by: Mark | April 25, 2017

Hide and Seek Champ 2017

Ever so often aquatic frogs, shrimp, lobster, and even fish go missing from their tanks. Usually they are found under bottom shelves, dried to crisps.

A big blue lobster disappeared a few months ago and it was assumed fish fanatics shoplifted him (they bring ziplock bags in their pockets and scoop them out when no one is looking).

Nope, he must have crawled out of his tank, dropped six feet, and hid under a box of bags.

Poor guy. It’s like a depressing crustacean remake of Logan’s Run.

Posted by: Mark | April 24, 2017

Pikachu III R.I.P.

Pikachu III was dead in his cage today. PIII was preceded by the late, great Pikachu II.

I have no distinct memories that separate Pikachus I, II, and III. They all blend together in my mind–I’m not sure which one the top picture is of. I guess I got III in 2015 but don’t remember much about it .

I don’t know if I’ll replace him with a IV or give the cage to the gerbils. I love hamsters but we’re running out of room.

Posted by: Mark | April 23, 2017

Previously On/Shadow Hunters

I played a distorted version of Previously On . The game consists of a series of cards with clues about the title of a tv show on one side and facts about the show on the other.

It’s fun to play until you run out of cards (there’s only 60). The art is great but once you run through the deck, I don’t think it would be much of a challenge.

The fact side of the cards probably have a longer expiration date. The various shows were rated on a scale of one to 100 on sex/nudity, violence, profanity, and substance abuse. On the top were:

Sex/Nudity – 98 Spartacus

Violence – 98 (tie) Spartacus and The Walking Dead

Profanity – 95 (tie) Oz and Spartacus

Substance abuse – 96 (tie) Weeds and Breaking Bad

Breaking down the demographics of the audience by sex:

Better Call Saul – 96.4% male

Girls – 86.0% female

On the more traditional side for board games was Shadow Hunters.

It’s got a good reputation but it just didn’t click with me. It might have been my fault for not catching all the instructions before the game started. I’ll try to give it another chance.

Posted by: Mark | April 22, 2017

Resolution Update 16

Another week down. Not much to show for it.

1. Run 730 miles – 60 miles. It’s been 60 miles since I don’t know when.

2. 5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts – 512 push ups and 500 leg lifts. My back is killing me but I should have done something.

3. Lose 26 pounds – Once again, no weigh in.

4. Support 24 local artists – now 16 weeks of nothing.

5. 42 manuscript submissions – 15 submissions.

6. Write 40,000 words and five new stories – 14,575 words and three completed stories.

7. Read all the New Testament – Up to Chapter 8 of Acts of the Apostles.

8. Read The Nature of Things – haven’t started.

9. Finish Finnegan’s Wake – No change – On page 351 with 189 to go.

10. 300 blog posts – 62.

Posted by: Mark | April 21, 2017

699

Last night I  sent out a manuscript for the 699th documented time. I know before I started keeping track, I mailed out a dozen or so more (thank God they switched to electronic submissions or I would have lost a fortune).

I hear the second 700 submissions go easier.

Posted by: Mark | April 20, 2017

George the Ripper

My mother-in-law is just as convinced that Donald Trump is the new messiah as she is that O.J. was innocent (I guess I’m the same way but in the opposite direction).

Her latest is that King George III was secretly Jack the Ripper. Of course, George died in 1820 and Jack didn’t strike until 1888. (She isn’t mistaking him for another Royal–she thinks he killed prostitutes because he was upset over losing the Revolution.)

So how’d he do it? Secret passages.

Posted by: Mark | April 16, 2017

Pre-Seen MST3K

I was on a streak with the new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000. I own a copy of Reptilicus, the first episode, Avalanche, the fourth episode, is in one of Roger Ebert’s books of bad reviews, and The Beast of Hollow Mountain is in a field guide of monsters.

The rest of the movies, I’ve never heard of.

Posted by: Mark | April 15, 2017

Resolution Update 15

Back to back resolution updates? You can guess how well things have been.

1. Run 730 miles – I can’t remember the last time I ran–no change–60 miles.

2. 5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts – no change– 512 push ups and 500 leg lifts.

3. Lose 26 pounds – Once again, no weigh in.

4. Support 24 local artists – now 15 weeks of nothing.

5. 42 manuscript submissions – Up to 15 submissions.

6. Write 40,000 words and five new stories – 14,158 words and two completed stories.

7. Read all the New Testament – Up to Chapter 3 of Acts of the Apostles.

8. Read The Nature of Things – haven’t started.

9. Finish Finnegan’s Wake – On page 351 with 189 to go.

10. 300 blog posts – this makes 58.

Posted by: Mark | April 9, 2017

Resolution Update 14

I’m hoping this will be the last bad week. Well, what else would I hope?

1. Run 730 miles – No change–60 miles.

2. 5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts – no change–490 push ups and 450 leg lifts.

3. Lose 26 pounds – No weigh in again.

4. Support 24 local artists – now 14 weeks of nothing.

5. 42 manuscript submissions – Up to 12 submissions.

6. Write 40,000 words and five new stories – 13,188 words and two completed stories.

7. Read all the New Testament – Up to Chapter 13 of the Gospel of John.

8. Read The Nature of Things – haven’t started.

9. Finish Finnegan’s Wake – No change-On page 349 with 191 to go.

10. 300 blog posts – this makes 57.

Posted by: Mark | April 5, 2017

TV: the Book: Part X

The end of the list:

91. Sports Night: Never watched it.

92. Star Trek:  Deep Space Nine:  Over Next Generation?

I’ve watched every episode of the original Star Trek, The Animated Series, and Next Generation but missed whole seasons of Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. I would put Next Generation over Deep Space Nine but objectively, the first two seasons are unwatchable to anyone but my son who goes through hellish marathons with them.

I guess I’ll concede this one.

93. Batman: The Animated Series: I think this gets credit for other series set in the DC Animated Universe (Batman shows up in Superman, Batman Beyond and Justice League). The animation had a number of glitches compared to the later shows but overall it probably was the most solid.

94. Boardwalk Empire: The first couple seasons were fantastic but it seemed to burn itself out. Like Game of Thrones, it wasn’t afraid to kill major characters but unlike Game of Thrones, it didn’t replace the characters with others as interesting. By the end, it seemed thin.

95. NewsRadio: I watched pretty consistently until Phil Hartman was murdered. It wasn’t the show’s fault but it was never the same.

96. Picket Fences: I never really got into it.

97. Scrubs: I’ve seen memes based on the show but never an actual episode.

98. WKRP in Cincinnati: I might have seen every episode. The Thanksgiving episode was one of the best sitcom moments of all time.

99. How I Met Your Mother: The last series on the list that I never watched.

100. Terriers: Sometimes I wonder why I check out lists like this. I’m reminded when I find something I like that I might never have known about without the list.

I’d never heard of Terriers but saw it was on Netflix. I’ve only seen three episodes but I’ve liked them a lot.

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