Having seen the new 2-parter by Stephen Moffat, I'm finally going to give a review of less than excellent. That's not to say that it's not a high point of a lackluster Season 4, but compared to "The Empty Child", "The Doctor Dances", "Blink", or even "The Girl in the Fireplace", but the new two parter is merely Good.
"Silence in the Library" set up the story (I'm being deliberately vague here, in case someone hasn't seen it yet, and wants to) in a perfectly acceptable fashion, and "Forest of the Dead" wrapped things up, while still leaving us with some questions. The countdown, the "being saved", it's nothing new, is the thing. Even River Song I could see coming.
This isn't to say that I hate it. Even while somewhat predictable, it was generally well executed, one or two scenes notwithstanding.
My verdict? 8/10
After such a long absence, this may seem like a trite post, but I assure you, it isn't!
I've learned a disturbing truth about the world today. No matter how many times I hit "Refresh" on the UPS package tracking website, my packages don't seem to move any faster.
So I'm back from yet another trip to Vegas. I hadn't planned on going 3 times in less than 12 months, really :)
As always, it was a blast. But I'm getting a bit ahead of myself.
First, I decided that Mike and Dan had been guilt-tripping me long enough, and it was time to get my lazy ass in gear, and visit them in San Diego. So I took off work for three days, and had a phenomenal time, albeit busy and full. Grace and James also took some time off, and flew out from Toronto to join us there.
Despite Dan and Jen having to work on Wed/Thurs, and Mike having to work Wed, we still managed to hang a bit, and Mike showed us around the area. It's amazing just how much San Diego feels like it's in Southern California. Odd, that :)
After a few days there, we rented a van, and started our slightly-extended road trip to Vegas. We could have gone the fast, boring way, but we decided to stretch it out a bit, and head up through the colorado and mojave deserts, and through Joshua Tree national park. What can I say? We saw a lot of cool stuff, and no one killed each other in the confined space. A successful road trip :)
Then Vegas, for Mike's bachelor party. There was a huge group of people there, since Jen and her friends were doing a bachelorette at the same time (so, to clarify, 17 people, 2 groups, no contact between groups, few pictures, no incriminating evidence!). Let's just say that it was a blast, and leave it at that. The first night was general partying, and a lot of people, including me, stayed up just a bit too late that first night, leading to a lot of droopy eyes, and caffeine infusions the next night, to get the bachelor party goin'.
And the gambling. Now let me be clear. I like to gamble. A lot. But I don't have a gambling problem, as some people (*coughstevecough*) would claim :) I only gamble in Vegas, and damnit, when I'm in Vegas, I'm going to gamble! And I finished the weekend up a fair bit, so that helped too :)
And now I should get back to work. Stupid work... Wish I was still on vacation...
[Edit:] I've also got no voice right now :) My throat is screwed up from yelling over the crowds in Vegas, and from trying to compete with Schwartz in conversations. He's one of the greatest guys I know, but damn, is his voice ever loud
I hate taxes. They are bullshit.
That is all.
I've got this strong craving for Tim Hortons, and no way to scratch the itch. The closest Timmy's is Canada, and there's no way I'm driving 2 hours to the border for a doughnut. No matter how sweet a canadian maple sounds right now. Or a double chocolate dip. And timbits. Lots of delicious timbits.
I was just finishing up some shopping, and started up my car to hear The Eagles "Life's Been Good". The tagline really got me, "Life's been good to me so far", and it truly has.
I was in Toronto for Bryan and Jenn's wedding over the weekend, and it was a fantastic ceremony, if a little non-traditional. The bride got hammered, her boss passed out face-down in his appetizer during dinner, and while the bridesmaids were steady as a rock, the groomsmen just about broke down and cried during the vows. I always knew Schwartz was a sentimentalist!
The wedding was excellent, and the reception a great party. I saw a whole bunch of people whom I see far too infrequently, and it was like a reunion. I got a bunch of invitations to come visit people, and plans have been made.
It was a lot of flying, and a very exhausting trip, but worth it, completely. The only thing I regret is being in Burlington, and not seeing Matt, Steph or Stas. I hardly had a minute to myself, but I keep thinking that I could have somehow worked in an evening, or an afternoon, somehow.
I've got a lot of travelling to look forwards to this year. I'm going to Whistler in March, San Diego sometime between then and June, my family will be in Seattle in July, cottage in August, in September my Aussie friend Amanda is going to be in the US, October is Mike & Jen's wedding, and December is Christmastime with the family, probably somewhere warm. My dad mentioned the Cayman Islands, or the Bahamas.
So yeah, in conclusion, all I've really got to say right now is "Life's been good to me so far" :)
Oh, and "Drink and fight!". Words to live by
So I'm going on to my 5th straight night with no power, and temperature dropping (last night was -2 degrees). It sucks, but Steve regained power yesterday, so if I don't get power back this evening, I'm going to crash at his house.
I'm screwed for Christmas shopping, though. I planned to do it this weekend, but that just didn't work out, and my car is still locked away in my garage, and I can't get at it, because the office can't find the key to manually open my garage. I've got to work some freakin' magic to get everything done, and not freeze to death in the process.
But above all, I'm still alive. That's something :D
I'm posting this from work, which has power, and some heat. It ain't cold, but it's not that warm, either.
Probably not of interest to everyone, but fascinating to me, I just watched a live webcast on the laser inferometry xray scan of a folio of the archimedes palimpsest, containing the earliest known copies of some of archimedes work, including "The mechanics of floating bodies" and "stomachion".
It was fascinating, and kind've made me sad that I didn't go with physics or classics, instread of Computers. Not that I think I made a bad choice, but y'know, the grass is always greener :)
It was amazing. Archimedes text had been scraped and sponged off the parchment about 800 years ago, and greek orthodox prayers and psalms written over top of it. The in the 1930's, forgers painted fake illuminations over parts of that to try and increase the sale price of the book. Even more, the text had been damaged by fire and mold over the centuries, so Archimedes' writing was virtually invisible. The technique made it jump out, though, and it was very legible. I'm impressed, and kind've jealous, too.
My first post in ages, and it's just to post this silly thing. You may all proceed to berate me (but berating counts as a comment!)
If you comment on this post:
1. I'll respond with something random about you
2. I'll challenge you to try something
3. I'll pick a color that i associate with you
4. I'll tell you something I like about you
5. I'll tell you my first/clearest memory of you
6. I'll tell you what animal you remind me of
7. I'll ask you something I've always wanted to ask you
8. If I do this for you, you must post this on yours
So now it's up to you to decide. Chastising me for the lack of posting means you're going to have to continue this yourself. What delicious revenge :)