Also Erik asked that I remind everyone that Monday is Lon Chaney Day on Turner Classic Movies. He talks about many of the movies that will be shown in a post here.
23 March, 2013
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I’m trying to work on a few different posts at the same time. One is a For Love of Film, one is the next batch of Oscar-nominated directors. Another is a look at Adapted Screenplays from 1912-1926. And there are a couple of For Love of Books posts that I’m trying to work on.
That, and I have been reading to Thomas from The Hobbit every night. We just finished last night, after having started back in December. Now we’re moving on to The Wind in the Willows.
Oh, and Veronica and I have been watching our way through “Doctor Who”. After finishing all of the current run (Eccleston, Tenant, Smith), we also went back and started at the beginning. The very beginning: “An Unearthly Child”, which aired originally on 23 November 1963. Well, after watching a bunch of Hartnell (most of which were “meh” but definitely get “The Chase”) and every available serial with Troughton (who was awesome), we have been watching our way through the 3rd Doctor – Jon Pertwee, with some mixed results (Veronica really doesn’t like a particular companion who happens to not be Liz or Sarah Jane). We’ve been trying to finish before the second half of Series 7 begins on 30 March. We won’t quite make it, but it will be close.
All of this means the next post might be ready for tomorrow or it might not. But there will be some coming soon. And after finishing three different series which ran for over three years each (Year in Film ran from 30 Oct 2009 to 3 March 2013, The History of the Academy Awards: Best Picture ran from 9 March 2010 to 17 March 2013 and The Top 100 Novels ran from 10 January 2010 to 24 February 2013) I am a bit exhausted. So more soon. But now I’m off to watch more Pertwee (only six more serials until Sarah Jane!).
And we’ll let you all know how Thomas’ science fair project goes. We’re investigating if crushing Mentos before you put them in Diet Coke effects how much they explode. Let the messiness begin!
9 February, 2013
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Well, for once the weathermen in Boston were right. We got a blizzard. The picture on the left is partial proof. This powerpoint (BlizzardFeb13) is more proof. We got closer to three feet of snow rather than two. But, with the drifts, as you can see when you get to the first picture of the car, it went closer to five feet. Also, our upstairs neighbors did a timelapse video which you can see here. But, two days in a row home with Thomas and Veronica – can’t remember the last time that happened. I love the snow.
31 December, 2012
I hope you all enjoyed 2012. We actually spent the whole year in one place, a place we like living in, so that alone was good for us. And Thomas is having a much better time now at the end of the year than he was having during the start.
So, if you come to the blog to read about Thomas and to follow what he’s doing, we’ll try to keep updating it in 2013 as much as we can. Meanwhile, now that Veronica and I both have iPhones, we’ll be trying to put more videos of him up on YouTube. If you keep watching after the first video, it will keep playing them. Or you can find them all here.
But, if you are here for the posts about film and literature and other random things that I feel like writing about, keep reading after the jump. (more…)
25 December, 2012
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That pile under the tree has now pretty much been devoured. We have eaten our eggs, coffee cake and sausage and we have our croque monsieurs and chicken cacciatore to come. We are watching Pixar Shorts Vol II (though last night we watched A Charlie Brown Christmas and Christmas Eve on Sesame Street and we watched Mickey’s Christmas Carol while opening presents), which Thomas got for Christmas. And tonight it will be all about the new companion on the Christmas episode of Doctor Who. Though before that, we’ll go out in the snow (yes – we actually have received the gift of a white christmas – at least it’s a gift to Erik).
Thanks to everyone who sent Thomas things – except for the pile in the back, everything under the tree was pretty much for him. And he has been enjoying it all this morning.
22 November, 2012
The picture pretty much says it all. Except for the fact that this is all for only four people.
Also, Thomas recently did a biography project at school. He did his on Dr. Seuss and for the “Wax Museum” part of it, he dressed up (see picture on right).
And in addition, for a Thanksgiving field trip at school they went to Plimouth Plantation and Veronica went along. And thankfully when they went back to the bus and it wouldn’t start to bring them home one of the parents was able to fix it and get them going before too long.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.
18 July, 2012
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Arlington_Microburst A microburst came through Arlington this afternoon.
It was a nicely powerful thunderstorm, with lightning, sheets of rain (the only accurate way to describe it) and a lot of wind. After it cleared, I joined much of the neighborhood, walking around, assessing the damage. I chose an example picture at right of an uprooted tree, but I took a bunch of pictures and threw them together in a Powerpoint, which is the link at the top.
25 June, 2012
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So we went to Story Land to celebrate Thomas’ birthday.
If you’re not from this area, Story Land is a nice little amusement park that happens to be in the middle of nowhere. Well, in the middle of the White Mountains. Yet, somehow, even though I am roaming everywhere in the Fox Cities (pop. 360,000), in this valley tucked up in a mountain range in northern New Hampshire (pop. 185,000), I had perfect phone reception.
To get back to the point, we had a nice time. It’s an amusement park based around fairy tales. Well, the older parts of the park are based around fairy tales. We went on some rides, played with some water, had a nice Sunday out. (I don’t know which surprised me more about the park though – that they let people bring in outside food or that they actually have designated smoking sections inside the park.)
The Cinderella aspects of the park (there is a castle and a pumpkin ride – the picture to the right is not the ride, it’s a designated picture spot – the actually pumpkin ride coach holds something like 8 people – it was quite sizable) worked nicely – Thomas and I have been slowly watching our way through the Disney Animated Films and we just finished Cinderella on Friday.
There is also a video here of Thomas and V on the flying shoe ride. There’s not much action to it, so you are forewarned.
20 June, 2012
It might seem incredible, but Thomas is now 8.
For those of you who haven’t seen him in a while, he’s gotten pretty big. He’s now 4’4 1/2″ (pretty much the same height I was on my 8th birthday).
This was also the last day of school, so there was lots of excitement. Thanks to everyone who called or sent him a card or otherwise wished him a happy birthday. Tomorrow he and Veronica are going to the Museum of Science (to make up for him missing the field trip there while we were in Wisconsin) and on Sunday all three of us are headed to Storyland in New Hampshire.
4 June, 2012
We’ve had to go out of town for personal reasons. If you know us, send an e-mail and we’ll explain. If you just like to read the posts, check back next week for the next year in film (2003), the next Top 100 Novel (Great Gatsby), and whatever random shit that comes into my head and comes out of my keyboard. In the meantime, enjoy a random picture of Thomas.