Disperser: Forgive me, NNWM 2016, for I have not written. This is where my word count sits today.
NNWM 2016: My child, I can’t hide my disappointment. You are one of the most talented and gifted writers I know . . . er, wait . . . I mean, the only writer I know, and it pains me to see you falter. Perhaps I can help . . .
Disperser: Trump is now . . . President Trump.
NNWM 2016: . . .
Disperser: NNWM 2016, are you still here?
NNWM 2016: . . . ah, yes . . . yes, I’m still here. Did . . . did . . .
Disperser: Yes; both the House and Senate are now controlled by Republicans.
NNWM 2016: I don’t suppose they are pledging to represent the will of all the people? No, of course not, what am I saying. But . . . Trump? Are you sure?
NNWM 2016: So, this is it, then, the end of NNWM 2016? Am I done for?
Disperser: No, you’re good. It was close there for a bit, but I think I’ll get back to writing tomorrow. If I don’t, the slimetards win.
NNWM 2016: ??Slimetards??
Disperser: The various anchors and reporters at FoxNews.
NNWR 2016: Ah. Good name. I might use it, if you don’t mind.
Disperser: Knock yourself out.
Dear readers, I swear it went down just like that.
And now, a brief musical interlude:
Anyway, the bottom line is that I’ve not written since Monday. That means I am 7,687 words behind the NNWR pace. Not major. I’m pretty sure I can make that up in a few days of hard writing.
The real question is whether I can regain the concentration for writing. It might take a few more days off to center myself. We’ll see.
Meanwhile, a few more photos from Saddle Road. This is a multiple photos panorama.
As usual, the SmugMug Photo Gallery is HERE and you can click on the photos for a for a version roughly twice the size. If you have a fast Internet connection, you can click THIS to have the full image open in a new window or tab (8MB file).
When I took this image, I envisioned it in B&W . . . so I tried two different conversions.
If you have a fast Internet connection, you can click THIS to have the full image open in a new window or tab (8MB file).
I would call that my “1800s conversion” because I tried to make it look like photos of old . . . or, since I’m not really that old when it comes to the history of photography, what I think photos of old looked like.
I was trying to make this next photo like a mountain top — or hill top — poking through a cloud. Don’t know that I succeeded, but here it is.
If you have a fast Internet connection, you can click THIS to have the full image open in a new window or tab (5MB file).
I do have a bunch of photos I need to post, and even a number of awesome waves videos. But, that will have to wait.
How about another musical interlude?
So what are our impressions? If you have an aversion to swirly, circly, slidy, and unwindy things, like, for instance, if it gives you the heaves, you should avoid this movie. The trailer will give you an idea of what I mean:
So, what did I think? Well, let me first say that since it is an origin movie — meaning, it sets up the character for audiences like me who had no prior knowledge of him — I did not have high expectations. However, Cumberbatch, Swinton, McAdams, and Ejiofor (a.k.a. the Operative . . . . and if you don’t know the reference, perhaps you should watch Serenity instead) . . . what’s not to love, right? Oh, and Wong.
So, for them who don’t know, here’s the plot:
Arrogant rear orifice gets great power and . . . wait, too soon for that joke. Let me restart. Gifted but arrogant surgeon gets hurt and finds a different purpose in life by becoming a powerful wizard. Or, sorcerer. I get the two confused. In the process of doing so, he encounters buckets and buckets of CGI interlaced with some humor. The best lines of the movie, for me as an ex-business owner, are the following:
Dr. Strange: “People always laughed at my jokes.”
Wong: “Did they work for you?”
The thing drummed into him over and over is that he is not ready, has a lot to learn, and so on. Then, he proceeds to save the day when the person who was set up as being powerful beyond belief (I certainly did not believe it) is taken out and he has to go up against the most powerful — and evil — force in the Universe. No, scratch that, the multiverse.
The movie has time travel and multiverses (multiple universes), two things that, if you are a writer of short stories, will get your short story rejected within minutes of submitting it.
And, no wonder . . . it don’t make no sense in this movie either.
Really, the plot is wafer thin, but I was not expecting greatness (I’ve seen the other Marvel movies). The acting surprised me. Two supporting actors stand out: Swinton and Ejiofor. Oh, and Wong. Cumberbatch and McAdams had zero chemistry together. Cumberbatch did not manage to engage me in any of his scenes and his acting seemed wooden. I attribute it to both the writing and the direction . . . oh, yeah; the silly poses and all the swirling he had to do with his hands.
Really, both Melisa and I found the movie boring. The plot did not engage, the characters did not get me invested in them, and the CGI was too long and often without purpose other than to have stuff unwind and stuff. The fights had no drama, and there was no sense of urgency despite, you know, the world in danger of being destroyed.
There was heavy foreshadowing both for letting you know what happens next and setting up the sequel. I typically like to turn off my brain so that I can be surprised by what happens in the movie, but they kept switching the lights back on.
I did like the cape. Wish I had one, but then I might look a tad weird walking around with a red cape. Unless, of course, I wore my underwear outside my pants.
I would give this movie a 2.328 out of 6.157. I did not hate it, and I did not feel I wasted my time watching the movie (the place is air conditioned) but it was close.
I was left with a couple of big questions . . . namely, why would we need the rest of the Avengers if this guy is around and protects the Earth? And, why isn’t he doing something about the mess in the Middle East?
And now, a bit of humor to help pass the time and maybe conjure up a smile or two:
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