Time Warner Cable is on my list, yet again. You would think that I would learn, but no, I can’t seem to get that down. What has my most recent ire raised in the TWC’s direction? Several things, so why don’t you pull up a chair and read for a bit…
A little late on the mentioning, but it is was still running on at least two cable networks as of a week or so ago, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is some of the better television I have seen in years. What exactly is it? That is a big question that requires a bit of an in depth answer – probably best of left to someone like Neil deGrasse Tyson… but I will make my humble attempt.
Those who know and read know that it is an inside joke with some folks I know from McAfee that you just do not offer poor customer service to someone from the little spot in the road I did most of my growing up called McAfee or they will just take their business elsewhere. I am left in a icky place after my dealings with Insight, over the last week but especially yesterday. But to really get the full picture I have to make up to Friday a week ago, on the 3rd of February…
I recall just a couple of weeks ago I was so looking forward to the return of some real TV for a change. I know there are some decent things on some of the cable/satellite shows during the summer, but most of those that are good are generally far and few in between. Of course the big thing I was looking forward to is my normal three or four standbys, but there were more than a couple of new series that had my interest. That lasted for about the first commercial break on of them, though a couple of them pretty much lost me after about five minutes…
I am being reluctant to use the term resolution. I am not sure the reason behind that reluctance, I just know that it exists. Anyway, as I did last year, here are some goals for going forward in 2010. I think I need to go back and evaluate how I did in 2009, as I see more than one or two here in the list that seem to have become recurring themes. That will be another post if I go that direction. So here are the 2010 goals, in no particular order mind you.
Last week I was in the middle of approximately eleven thousand people, mostly encamped in a semi medieval fashion and having a good battle of several thousand people every day. Today I am back to reality for my third day and reality really set in with a vengeance. Now before I go to far with that I would like to step back a bit to last week. It was truly awesome and I plan to post at least once for each day going back to last week. Some may recall I thought of maybe posting while I was there, but honestly, aside from checking those work systems that I had too I stayed away from the computer during my medieval escape.
It is now late on Monday afternoon and I have not posted since sometime late Friday night. My apologies for being such a slacker. Sometimes being a slacker is the one thing I can be good enough to succeed at the task. Anyway, I really meant to get a lot more work done on the projects I have at hand and to accomplish at least three or four more posts in the process. Instead, I ended up just chilling. Do not get me wrong, I did get some writing work and now I have so many blog idea notes here and there that I find myself having the complete opposite of a writer’s block.
What exactly do I mean by that. Well, I have so many good ideas of what I think would make an interesting a blog posting that I tend to get caught up in the moment of reviewing them and coming up with the perfect one for the current moment that I end up not writing one at all and instead spanning off to at least two or three more ideas before I am wearing on my own tolerance levels and end up putting things aside and watching television instead.
So I had been thinking about things that I am currently reading, listening to, and occasionally watching. I have tried to update some of those items as well as a current favorite or two on my accounts for MySpace and Facebook, as well as a few other places. I have since decided it just too much work to maintain it in separate places and will, going forward on a semi-sporadic time scale, post a message here in my blog that contains what I am reading, listening to, or watching – as well as any current favorites and what I have recently finished (and for those I plan to give the a rating out of 5 stars)
- Man O’War: A Legend Like Lightning by Dorthory Ours
- The Essential Agrarian Reader: The Future of Culture, Community and the Land edited by Norman Wirzba and foreword by Barbara Kingsolver (re-reading)
- Marching Through Culpeper: A Novel of Culpeper Virginia by Virginia Beard Morton
- The Knight Triumphant: The High Middle Ages, 1314-1485 by Stephen Turnbull
- Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
- Native Dancer: The Grey Ghost: Hero of a Golden Age by John Eisenberg – A good little work of history regarding the horse Native Dancer. A horse that became even more famous because of his gray coloring and the contrast that gave him on the new fangled device in the early 1950′s that we call television. Despite having lost the Kentucky Derby and having a reputation of being a lazy horse toward the finish once he knew he had the victory, his record crunchy times and his later huge winning progeny definitely make him one of the better horses of the last century, some accounts placing him as high as 3rd (even without a triple crown). Good background for where America is and what is going socially and such at the time too. Only thing I would say is, maybe written at a bit of an elementary level at times. Rating: * * * *
- The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir – A good account of Elizabeth and her reign, as Weir is noted for having done with several monarchs around about the same time. I found a couple of her theories on things a bit implausible, but she doesn’t really say one way or the other, but rather presents them as possibilities that have been considered by scholars at one point or another. Overall, you get a really good feeling of just what court life would have been like during the reign, especially as she is establishing and consolidating her power during the early years of her reign. You can also really appreciate the tricky balancing act Elizabeth played over the years with her many suitors, while all the while knowing full well as soon as she had a husband she would be submitting to his rule over her in all likelihood. Rating: * * * * 1/2
- about anything they have out by Pythia – Interesting cross between old style music and lyrics with a very heavy metal instrumentation and presentation. I need to break down and by a CD, but so far I have just playing off of their MySpace page. Be sure and check out Tristan and My Pale Prince (now humming aloud “Dark Lord hold me, you control me, you should know me, by my faithful heart…”). Beside all of that, Emily Alice is HOT!
- Ghost of a Rose and The Village Lanterne by Blackmore’s Night – Another cross of old world styled lyrics and instruments with some pop style riffs and updating. I am pretty sure that most of material is original lyrically, but I am not 100% that some songs are not old lyrics re-done. Again, you can at least get an example of their sound at there MySpace page.
- Greatest Hits by Willie Nelson by Willie Nelson – Obviously, if you have read other post in this blog this should not come as a surprise. What is surprising is this is the only Willie recordings I own, and there are only like maybe eight to ten tracks. How do you reduce his greatest hits to that number, I am not sure? Anyway, I think this is a very old set of music and I am thinking that I should get his version of the ‘immaculate’ collection in the boxed CD set (One Hell of a Ride) that was released not to long ago, which I think a total of over a 100 tracks.
- Survivor – I am not even sure where they are doing the current season. There was a year or two there where I watched this show often. The couple of episodes I watched sort of here and there while doing other thing recently was more than enough for me to get my fill. Basically the same thing is still going on – it is much more a political suck up game the anything about actual survival.
- CSI - Again, a couple of episodes caught mostly in full view after having finished other things that were being worked on. This is the original one, set in Las Vegas – and I admit to at one time a few years back having been sucked into the other two CSI shows as well, though I was never as fond of the one set in Miami (guess I was just to set on it they should be working Crockett and Tubbs). Anyway, as I felt before, there is a lot more depth to and development of the characters in the original CSI. However, while the science is mostly sound, I still get agitated about how quickly things tend happen, how there is a computer database available out there for everything material composition of everything ever made to tire tread and shoe tread patterns, and of course the desperate we need a break by point X in the show and then tah-dah – there it is with just enough time to wrap up the story line – but almost everything is always solved. And yes, I admit to not having much for a willing suspension of disbelieve of the last few years in case you are wondering.