Monday, December 23, 2013

Of Dragons, Ducks and Holidays (I'm back, and a few random thoughts)

Twas the night before the night before Christmas, and not a creature was stirring...except the insomniac at her keyboard...

So, you might have noticed I've taken a sort of involuntary hiatus from blogging. Mostly due to too much going on IRL, including interesting reading and other writing projects that might end up future blog post topics. But for now, there have been a few topics that have been on my mind, some more than others, so here goes...

Painfully, first, Duck Dynasty...no, I'm not going to rehash the bigoted comments made by and supported by fans of camouflaged clown Phil Robertson. That's been done to death (and, seriously, does anyone believe that this is going to end any way other than a nice, face-saving deal, where A&E keeps raking in the money, but gets to pretend they give a crap about people too? C'mon...the only “real” about reality TV is in the name, and I'm pretty sure that use is ironic...). But, for the love of all that's holy, can we please stop referring to this as an issue of “free speech”? From the Palins to Huckabee to I don't even now how many social media presences, I've seen this come up. Until the government fines, imprisons, or otherwise harasses or injures Roberston, it's not a free speech issue. Period. If you're about to say otherwise, do us all a favor, yourself included: shut your yapper, and get an education. Seriously. It's embarrassing to see voting citizens so painfully ignorant of our basic rights.

Alright, now that that's done. Desolation of Smaug came out, and I missed the reasonable time frame for writing a review. * sigh * Very briefly, I thought it was overall better than the first, but with neither the very high nor very low points of Unexpected Journey; a solid, if lengthy and sometimes rather too full of itself adventure. Major pluses: very little Radagast, some of the pieces that didn't make much sense in the first are fleshed out. Major minuses: other than Smaug, a lot of the CGI was quite remarkably bad; Beorn (*weeping*). While I didn't get a review finished in time, I did catch the midnight showing and that was a lot of fun. Probably more fun than the movie. Would be interested in hearing your opinions on it.

Finally, it's Christmastime again. If you're keeping score for the War on Christmas, that's 1 Point, Jesus; 0 points, atheists. Yup, as wars go, this one's still a snooze fest. As far as I can tell, the only Christmas-y thing that resembles a war zone is my tree, and that's because of the cat. (I have a picture, but for some reason it's not uploading at the moment. I'll try again tomorrow. At any rate...)

Seriously, though, I'm wishing all my readers a great holiday season and a happy new year. I will probably have some new posts up within the week (fingers crossed). Otherwise, I'm going to start my new year by having my wisdom teeth pulled, so I've got some time off scheduled. If I'm not too far out of it, I'll put something up then. Maybe even if I am. It could be interesting. ;) Happy holidays, everyone!