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29 April 2015 @ 11:50 pm
Temperatures are climbing...  
It felt like it was about 90 at the end of the day today, when I went to an outdoor event at my son's high school and just kept sweating and sweating--even in the shade. I hate that! I hope the heat backs off soon.

We finally watched the finale of Justified, which was satisifying. I'll miss the story of Raylan and Boyd, and the show's theme song. Winn Duffy and Loretta? Not so much.

The show had a great cast, right down to the minor roles. We recently saw Cousin Johnny playing a Russian Mafia member in The Equalizer, and Cousin Dewey is currenly hiding behind "smart" glasses on Battle Creek. I hope Boyd pops up in something soon, too.

I'm closing in on the end of that Jasper Fforde YA trilogy on the Kindle. I was reading bits of it at the dentist's office the other day, waiting for the anaesthetic to kick in, and the dentist asked me about Kindle's dictionary feature. Um... I have never used that. I don't think I've run across a word I needed to look up in years, unless it was foreign. Perhaps there are words I should be looking up, but I'm so used to abstracting their meaning from the context that I never do? Or maybe I should torture myself with heavier reading? \o?

Right now, I need to get to bed. Another fun-filled work day awaits! Yarghhhh...

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Vice Captain of the Universesweeny_todd on April 30th, 2015 10:27 am (UTC)
tis getting cold here. I am not such a fan!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 30th, 2015 06:10 pm (UTC)
I don't really like either extreme, though in Australia, you have some sense of how awful summer weather/heat can truly be. We get in the 98F-106F range a lot here in the summer, and it's dreadful. :O
bleodswean: sethbleodswean on April 30th, 2015 04:50 pm (UTC)
Have you watched Deadwood?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 30th, 2015 06:10 pm (UTC)
I have not! I like Timothy, but I actually don't really like Westerns. It's why Netflix and people on my f-list had to suggest Justified to me multiple times before I actually tried it. :O
bleodswean: brokebackbleodswean on April 30th, 2015 06:14 pm (UTC)
Justified is perceived as a Western by some? What is it you don't particularly like about the genre? There is so much amazing work out there - both in novels and films and tv. You should definitely try to watch Deadwood, it's strangely satisfying in its truncated serialization.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 1st, 2015 04:50 pm (UTC)
I don't really like the formula of Westerns. Its masked form, in Jack Reacher novels, is kind of fun-- those are really more mystieries. But as a basic form, it bores me. Same for the Romance genre.

I think most women dislike Westerns, so it's more rare if they don't! Much as most men hate Romance novels, I suspect.

I did used to like the TV "Maverick" show, though...
bleodsweanbleodswean on May 1st, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
I love westerns! I'm trying to think of the formulaic aspect....Is it the White Man Powering Over the Indigenous that bothers you? I've never seen Maverick but cut my teeth on Kung Fu.

I wonder if that's true about women and westerns!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 1st, 2015 05:50 pm (UTC)
The whole setting-- the wild west-- really doesn't interest me at all, and the One True Hero (typically, the Reluctant Hero) fixing everything wears thin.

Plus, the female characters are typically secondary and stereotypical, and that kind of grates on me.

My grandfather loved L'Amour, which is interesting because he came over to the U.S. at age 13 (British by origin), and this was not his initial culture. He lived in Utah and then Enterprise for many years, before the difficulty of homesteading in that part of Oregon finally wore him out and he became a carpenter in Eugene instead.
bleodsweanbleodswean on May 1st, 2015 06:03 pm (UTC)
But isn't that the exact same formula as sci-fi? Which I thought you liked...I dunno, maybe I DON'T know what you like!!!

The issue of strong women in entertainment of all genres is a whole 'nother conversation. ;)

I loved L'Amour when I was a tween.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 1st, 2015 06:11 pm (UTC)
Haha-- I have a blanket hatred of Westerans, and Sci-Fi is really iffy for me.

I'm more about alien cultures/ideas and unusual realities in Sci-Fi. Think "The Lathe of Heaven" and "Left Hand of Darkness" rather than "Rendezvous With Rama." Anything that basically amounts to just war/weapons/my-ship-is-better-than-yours bores the crap out of me.

So, I like SOME Sci-Fi and Fantasy a lot, and some of it is just hopeless.

Personal taste is such a huge thing, too. Cannot tolerate Tolkien (too much detail about unimportant things, from my POV), but for other authors that detail might come across as atmosphere. It's just so hard to say!

the key of the day and the lock of the night: heartpapersunlocknkey on April 30th, 2015 10:09 pm (UTC)
So hot!!!!! Already! *worried about August*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 1st, 2015 04:52 pm (UTC)
I'm even just worrying about May right now! And I keep coming back to the second year (?) I lived here, where it was 110 for ten straight days in July. By 10am, the day was over. You could not leave the house.

This is the only place I've ever lived where you get cabin fever in the summer!
cindytsuki_no_bara on May 1st, 2015 01:00 am (UTC)
i liked loretta and wynn duffy! i had to admire his uncanny ability to survive any clusterfuck with his skin intact. and he seemed genuinely distraught when mikey was killed.

dickie bennett was on hannibal and constantine, which was so weird. and i've seen cousin johnny in a couple things, too. and mags was on the americans! as a soviet spy handler or something.

it's still in the 50s here. not that i want your summer temps, but i'm ready for it to be warmer.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Justified Black As Coalhalfshellvenus on May 1st, 2015 04:56 pm (UTC)
Winn kind of creeped my out (his physical appearance), though his remorse over Mikey won me over. Actually, Mikey won me over. I spent the whole season thinking, "Why is this guy here, and why does he keep talking?" And then in the last 2-3 episodes, I suddenly felt for him and liked him! As opposed to Choo-Choo, who grew on me from the start. And was also in The Bridge this year.

I recognized Dickie Bennett on Hannibal, though he was only mildly strange there (well, in the context of Hannibal). The actor's Dickie character is SO vivid and bizarre. Someone wrote a story for the Never Leave Harlan fic exchange last year that featured Dickie, and the author just nailed his weird delivery and thinking (and hidden conniving) SO well.

I was very pleased to see Constable Bob return this season, especially after his unexpectedly awesome turn in the previous (?) season.
cindy: fangirltsuki_no_bara on May 1st, 2015 07:13 pm (UTC)
mostly it was weird seeing jeremy davies play someone else. (he's always "dickie bennett" my head, never just "dickie". same for wynn duffy.) i bet he's hard to write, altho to be honest i think justified has such a specific kind of dialogue that writing any fic and getting it right would be hard.

aw, choo-choo. i wasn't sure how i felt about him, other than he seemed kind of dim, until he was talking to, uh, crap, i forget her name, but the girl he was supposed to shoot, who saw him kill the realtor. suddenly there was more to him and i liked him. i always kind of liked mikey, tho.

i was nervous constable bob would end up dead! and was so relieved that he seemed to survive. any time anyone on twitter retweets patton oswalt or mentions him for any reason, i always think "constable bob! ^_^ " with that exact face.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 1st, 2015 09:16 pm (UTC)
I'm glad he survived, too. I was worried!

My first exposure to Patton Oswalt actually was as "Leon," one of the escaped souls in "Reaper." He was highly memorable. :D

He also appeared in S6 (maybe also 7?) of Burn Notice.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on May 1st, 2015 06:22 am (UTC)
It wasn't that hot here, but it felt like it! I have such a low tolerance for any temperatures beyond 68-72!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 1st, 2015 04:57 pm (UTC)
Me too! Especially for exercising in it, or even just standing around in it. Ugh.