Old music

Been listening to some old songs I haven’t heard in a while and it’s strange how much music draws you back into the past. What you were doing when listening to the music the first time, with supreme clarity sometimes, can come flooding right back with just a few notes…

Nature

Is interesting, and I find it hard not to write about it. Insects, animals, trees, weather. It’s all super cool and fun to describe. I might go off on tangents though… Is it as fun to read about as it is to write about?

I guess I’ll find out…

Game of thrones season 7 episode 02 spoilers

So does Grey Worm have a worm or not?

Screw all Greyjoys except Yara

We’ve been overdue for some Varys awesomeness and boy is he awesome. He knows just what to say to make Dani like him. Such a pro.

I was the only one in my viewing group that was sad Arya turned back toward Winterfell. I want her to complete her list!

Samwell slicing off Jorah’s nipple then a cut right to someone cracking open a hot pie was so perfect we had to rewind and watch it a second time. WTF

I hope Sansa takes over the north and somehow takes the reigns from Jon

The whole meeting of Jon and Dani seems really rushed and contrived but the season is short and we got to get there some point so…

A mountain of dragonglass seems too late when the zombies are already crossing into the north… seems it would take years to set up a mining/smithing operation or whatever. I don’t understand time on this show.

Euron just showed up randomly last season and started killing well established people. This is not good writing. It is a cheaty way to make us instantly hate someone. I don’t like hating someone because so far on this show you can kind of get behind everyone even if they are garbage. This guy, though, is not likable in any way and is killing cool characters. So, they better kill him off soon in a satisfying way.

Time stopping powers

Very often, unusually often probably, I wish I could stop time and just sit and read or write all day. Now I wonder why our world is such that I need to imagine fantastic powers for myself, just in order to read all day…

In the future, unless things change, even when we have robots and AIs to do all conceivable work for us that is needed to survive, corporations and those in power will still find ways to eat up all our time with work.

If AIs and robots are going to take up all the jobs (and they will) we need a society that doesn’t require money or work to live. It’s not the society we’re in now, I can tell you that much…

Valerian and the city of a thousand planets (2017)

I wanted to see this movie, based on this graphic novel, because it looked like an original idea, and we usually get about one of those per year among the tide of super hero sequels, remakes, reboots, and brand name movies. It was pretty original, and had lots of elements I hadn’t seen before. It was also long, tiring, ham handed, and boring for long sections. Spoilers:

Cut the first half hour of the movie. During all the action (lots of it very interesting and creative and cool looking) I kept wondering ‘when am I going to care?’ These characters I don’t know are running around doing stuff I don’t care about, and there is no tension. There is no feeling of weight or consequence. It’s just ‘stuff happening.’ Some of it is interesting, this movie is definitely good at being creative and interesting. But… that can’t be all there is.

There problem is the characters. The movie, I think, takes for granted that I’ll like and care about them, and puts no effort into helping me do so. They are both very wooden… deadpan almost. They have no defining characteristics that I can think of. Valerian at first seems to be the one who just does whatever without any plan, while Laureline is the by the book planner. Then at the end they randomly switch roles and Valerian says ‘I’m a soldier, I obey the law, the rules’ to paraphrase. Probably this is just so the woman character can be the emotional one breaking the rules for love. Though everything leading up to that end should have had Valerian doing that. What a mess.

The Bubble character was really fun and likable, once you got past the overly drawn out, awkward and pointless pole-dance scene. Then the writers kill her off once she’s completed her job helping the characters, and Val and Laura have a very forced moment of sadness before they move on and we all conveniently forget we ever met Bubble.

At the end, I was trying to remember what other movie I’ve seen where the military destroys the planet of a primitive race of tall blue people who commune with nature. Hmm, I can’t remember.

I’m probably being too hard on this movie. It does get a lot of points for coming up with interesting ideas and having a plot that made sense and I could follow most the time. However, it was missing something. Heart and soul maybe. I just didn’t care most the time. All the bright lights and pretty colors washed over me while I waited to feel anything at all. I perked up a few times with an ‘ooh that is really neat’, but not that often.

Over all, flashing lights and loud noises, signifying nothing.

The pieces are not the whole

People (or corporate entities, which are people for tax reasons i guess) often mistake the elements of some piece of entertainment or art, to be the things that make it good or enjoyable in themselves. This song is popular, they think, so lets make a song using the same sounds and it will also be popular. People like this character, they think, so lets make a character that dresses like them and people will like him also.

These kind of people would think ‘oh, they like coffee? it must be caffeine! lets give them more caffeine in their coffee!’

Oh…. I guess someone already did

MORE of something or BIGGER something doesn’t make it more popular or better…

Or they might take all the elements of coffee–coffee beans, sugar, hot water, etc–and just throw them in a bowl and expect people to like it as much as coffee…

It works just as badly with books and movies.

Steam

Is very pretty when the sunlight hits it at the right angle. I’ve noticed this while making my coffee in the morning the past few days. The first time I was just staring, wondering how I never noticed steam in my life until now. But I guess steam + sunlight isn’t so common an occurrence, maybe?

I wish I could take a picture, but my camera won’t capture it. I can see each little particle. They move in swirls and puffs and look like miniature water droplets (I guess they are?) in a continual splash. The light makes them sparkle.

I wonder what else I see every day that I’ve failed to notice…