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28 June 2013 @ 11:23 pm
 
Still so happy about the DOMA decision! California should begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples again within the coming month. We've got a lot of sore losers complaining that the State of California didn't back Prop 8 in court (as they expected it to), but it was an unconstitutional amendment and not the State's idea to begin with. I'm just sorry it took so long for that last nail to be pounded into its coffin.

Other much less important news... thanks to a shift in Idol scheduling, I may get things done this weekend that are completely unrelated to trying to squeeze out stories one sentence at a time. They're unlikely to involve anything outdoors, though. It'll be over 100 both days this weekend, possibly 111 on Monday (last Monday was raining and about 67, which is why Sacramento is SO much fun). Only one of our cars presently has air-conditioning, as the other's fancy built-in dashboard stereo went in for repair and that sidelines the A/C, too. Had we known that, we would have let it go until the Fall! As a software engineer, I reiterate my motto: keep it simple. And for the love of god, do not converge multiple devices into a single point of failure!

Item #491 of "If I ruled the world": Despicable Me 2 would just be a series of film shorts involving the Minions. Who needs the main characters? I like them well enough, but I LOVE the minions. ;)

Books: I'm finishing Pride And Prejudice. It becomes more and more clear how much a labor of love the movie "Bride and Prejudice" was. The work put into making updated characters/settings that are still utterly recognizable as parallels of the original really stands out. I also reviewed Reboot for Amazon VINEs. The premise, start, and characters of that book were terrific, but it derailed into a stereotypical (and sexist) romance novel in the middle and just barely recovered by the end. Very entertaining overall, but the middle was an utter waste.

Meanwhile, I'm reading a Kay Scarpetta novel at the gym (and cursing the tiny font). The whole series took a downturn for me when the Mary Sue niece became such a prominent character. And while Kay married the FBI agent she loved, the author frequently ditches him as quickly as possible because he's kind of a wet blanket and makes Kay seem more of one, too. I still enjoy Marino, though, because let's face it—he's a crank. I always love the cranks...

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ecosopherecosopher on June 29th, 2013 06:40 am (UTC)
Oh, ick. That weather sounds just awful.

I agree with you about the minions. They're so great :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 29th, 2013 06:46 am (UTC)
Today was the first 100+ degree day of what will be several, and it makes me think of my first or second year in Sacramento, where it was 110+ for 10 straight days in July. It was awful Cabin fever in the summer!

I adore those minions. I could watch them dorking around all day long (and possibly watch Gru's assistant repeatedly blow himself up) and be perfectly happy. ;)

Edited at 2013-06-29 06:53 am (UTC)
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on June 29th, 2013 08:49 am (UTC)
MINIONS!!!!

When the trailer came on last night, SO turned to me and sighed. That only means I get to drag him with me when it opens :D

It's nowhere near as hot here, but we've been in the low-mid 90s all week with probably 70-80% humidity. I dread seeing my next electric bill. I haven't had the wherewithal to really do anything as a result. There were a couple of afternoons where The Kidz and I just dozed because all the energy had been sucked out of each of us and all three of us woke up crankypants because none of us really slept (actually that's been happening all week, too).

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 29th, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! Well, at least SO understands your deep love of the minions. :D

I'm also partial to Gru's pollution-mobiles, just because they're so wrong.

Sounds like you've got more than enough weather misery in your part of the states too. Ugh. Summer was only good when I lived in Oregon. Here and Illinois, it's awful.
cindy: angel - what fresh hell (by anniesj)tsuki_no_bara on June 29th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
111º. i'm sorry, what? that's not right. it's supposed to be 82º here today which i think is about normal, and hot but not, you know, triple digits. yikes.

(also we're supposed to get rain, which makes walking outside unpleasant but also cools things down. i might even be able to turn on the oven so i can bake muffins!)

i never saw despicable me the first but i want to see the second one, mostly because the minions really are adorable.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 29th, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
We actually spend long parts of the summer above 97o a lot of the time, and those 105+ days are just horrific. I hate the heat here! And while I'm craving pumpkin muffins, I'm not turning the oven on for anything. Yikes.

Despicable Me is worth seeing! And probably fairly easy to get on DVD right now. The minions are just wonderful, but Russell Brand as a crankster of an old-man scientist is also unexpectedly fabulous. :D
bleodsweanbleodswean on June 29th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
This is just miserable. We're staying inside. And even here which is 3500 feet above the valley, it's HOT. But we went down to Chico yesterday and I just melted. Hang in there. And stay cool.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
Where are you, though? Because Red Bluff, for instance, is usually just a few degrees WORSE than Sacramento!

I hate this heat. And it's so rarely just a day or two once it gets started. Yark. :O
bleodsweanbleodswean on June 30th, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
Thank god NOT in Red Bluff or Redding. A small mountain community to the east of Chico!

We don't have A/C but we do have a pool!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
No A/C?!? Oh, that would be just awful in this climate. Though you could almost tolerate it in our downstairs (old 1950s lathe and plaster).

The last of my three summers in Illinois, I lived in a small house with no A/C. It was 95-degrees with 90% or more humidity for WEEKS, and I thought I just about die. Ugh.
bleodswean: crafty mommableodswean on June 30th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we're pretty high elevation wise so we really only need to deal with this a handful of days a year....but this current wave is not good. I'm actually wearing a bathing suit right now and INSIDE the house.

When my kids were little we lived in the Bay Area - no A/C but when you needed it you really needed it. We tried sleeping outside, we tried fans, we finally found the most relief by draping ourselves in wet towels and turning on fans. It was miserable.