?

Log in

jeffsoesbe
19 August 2016 @ 02:39 pm
Tags:
 
 
jeffsoesbe
13 August 2016 @ 11:11 pm
  • Sat, 22:45: I just watched the swimming 4x100 medley relays, NBC. I don't need to see them recapped 30 minutes later. How about something else?
Tags:
 
 
jeffsoesbe
08 August 2016 @ 11:31 pm
July 2016 was a slow month. Not as slow as June, in which I was on vacation for more than half the month and catching up on work the other half of the month. But still felt like I was getting back up to some sort of speed and routine. And the last week of July was big work prepping for a demo, and a vacation to LA. Once August arrives and schools starts I should be able to get back to regular hours. And I still need to figure out how to do something at home.

Summary:
- 9 days of writing
- Finally got "Telepresence" out into the world
- A little bit of work on a story for a writing group prompt ("Grandma's Dentures") - found the real story after some searching, but didn't write it.
- 7 story submissions
- 6 story responses, all "no"

Plan for August:
- Send "Bits and Bytes" to Orycon Writing Workshop, then revise it and get the revised version to them by mid-August
- Write the "Grandma's Dentures" story
- Revise "Void and Voice" and send it out
- That's probably the end of August. Next story after that is "Where The Two Rivers Meet" (nee "The Fishing Trip")

Keep on trucking,

- yeff
Tags:
 
 
jeffsoesbe
08 August 2016 @ 12:01 pm
  • Sun, 21:51: So the whole point of the Suicide Squad mission was to get (character) from the top floor of a building to the roof? WTH? Stairs don't work?
  • Sun, 21:58: Adam Peaty is very red all over before the 100m breaststroke. Does he slap himself before races? #olympics
  • Sun, 22:19: Blog Post - Movie Review: SUICIDE SQUAD (spoiler warning) https://t.co/nDYwh69txn
  • Sun, 22:26: I wish there was a cable channel / stream that was "All The Sports You Usually Only See During The Olympics". I would *so* watch it.
  • Mon, 07:41: Hey coffee shop fly - leave me alone! I doubt you can read, so you obviously aren't trying to catch a glimpse of the story in progress.
Tags:
 
 
jeffsoesbe
07 August 2016 @ 10:18 pm
(Warning: there are spoilers here)

Saw SUICIDE SQUAD Saturday at IMAX. Semi-entertaining but wow, what a mess.

The first third was completely introduction of characters. So much introduction I started wondering if the entire movie was going to be introduction. And even after the introduction I didn't feel like I had any insight into characters except for Deadshot (played by Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie).

After the introduction, I had to go to the bathroom. When I came back from the bathroom, Captain Boomerang was talking to a character. It was like this character was important, it was like this character was part of the team. I had never seen this character. I asked the person next to me "who's that?" and he said "some rope guy, he just showed up." Two minutes later, "rope guy" (Slipknot) was dead. His entire role was to serve as an example that Amanda Waller and Rick Flagg were serious about the bombs. But since he had JUST SHOWED UP in the movie, with no introduction, who cared about him? WTH?

So the Suicide Squad goes about their mission. And their mission was to get Amanda Waller from the top floor of a building to the roof so a helicopter could pick her up and fly away. She couldn't walk up a flight of stairs? They couldn't bring the helicopter to the window? WTH? Never mind that a witch is opening up a big portal and threatening to destroy the earth. Suicide Squad's job is to help Amanda Waller get up stairs. And she doesn't need any help anyway. WTH?

And, by the way, do not work for Amanda Waller. Worst Boss Ever. Can you imagine the glassdoor reviews on that workplace? "We did our best, working late, under very trying circumstances, and then she shot everyone!" WTH?

Enchantress is doing something involving a beam and a portal with trash hanging around it, threatening to "destroy them all." But I'm not too sure how that plan was actually supposed to work. And the way to break her plan, and to destroy the brother, was just to blow things up with explosives. Why not just drop bombs from planes? Or from helicopters? WTH?

Deadshot was an engaging character, especially as played by Will Smith. Humorous, attitude, seemed to have something at stake. I think his future will be as a government hitman. Makes sense, especially because he wants to be around for his daughter. Harley Quinn was also engaging because she actually had some character, and a relationship that meant something. Sure, it was with the Joker, but there actually seemed to be some caring there. In a strange, twisted way. The Rick Flagg - Enchantress relationship was supposed to be touching and meaningful, but I never really got what they did for each other. Diablo was also a pretty good character, too bad he had to be the one to sacrifice himself, but his "turning into a monster" at the big fight was very nice. Amanda Waller was a badass but, again, what's her motivation? The whole "team full of villains" just never seemed to click in terms of answering them question - why use them versus finding some superheroes?

So, indeed, SUICIDE SQUAD was a hot mess. Several times, while watching, I said to myself "I have no real idea of why anything here is happening the way it is." Scenes just seemed to be thrown together semi-randomly without any real plan. And the plot itself just made no sense.

But it made $135 million so we'll get a sequel. I don't have a lot of hope it will be better.

- yeff
 
 
jeffsoesbe
05 August 2016 @ 11:59 pm
Tags:
 
 
jeffsoesbe
03 August 2016 @ 03:44 pm
Tags:
 
 
jeffsoesbe
30 July 2016 @ 12:01 pm
  • Fri, 19:52: Story submission out. Count (of works out on submission) is at 6
Tags:
 
 
jeffsoesbe
24 July 2016 @ 03:09 pm
  • Sun, 05:51: Major failure by @americanair at SMF to have enough workers checking bags for flight - line is stalled and full of unhappy passengers
Tags:
 
 
jeffsoesbe
21 July 2016 @ 12:01 pm
Tags: