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12 May 2015 @ 04:51 pm
random thoughts  
1) I did *not* get laid off from work today. Yay! But many people were, which is sad. It's also been a very quiet day.

2) The Theodore Sturgeon Award Finalists were announced today (http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/sturgeon-finalists.htm). What an honor for those nominated. I need to read more Theodore Sturgeon. I need to try to write like Theodore Sturgeon.

3) We're entering the season of Big Giant Movies. I saw Avengers Age of Ultron. Fun, some funny and different moments, but also formulaic and predictable. And why have the whole Black Widow / Hulk romance plot? I did enjoy seeing me some Vision, who was always my favorite Avenger. And Thanos is coming, so I hearken back to the great Jim Starlin storyline in Avengers Annual #7 and Marvel Two-In-One Annual #from 1977.

Avengers Annual #7 = http://www.captainamericalibrary.com/superhero-library/captain-america/captain-america-comic-details.aspx?id=AA&issue=7&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2 = http://www.ironmanlibrary.com/superhero-library/iron-man/iron-man-comic-details.aspx?id=M2IN1A&issue=2&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Man, I loved that story.

4) Following the style of the close of NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast: What's making me happy this week? (Beyond not being laid off).

Answer: Cowboy Bebop. I am at long last watching this series, and enjoying it TREMENDOUSLY. Interesting characters with problems and backstory, great story telling style, wonderful visuals, detailed world-building, whole lotta spaceships but still in our solar system, and awesome music. Very Highly Recommended.

- yeff
Dorothy Winsordawtheminstrel on May 13th, 2015 11:13 am (UTC)
I cringed at the layoffs and I'm far away. I'm glad you're still working.
jeffsoesbejeffsoesbe on May 14th, 2015 08:05 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad to be still working here, too!
They Didn't Ask Me: smirking-winsletdr_phil_physics on May 13th, 2015 12:38 pm (UTC)
Yay for job.

Yay for Cowboy Bebop.

The layers of complexity, the art, the music, the wonderfully dysfunctional yet competent characters. The humor. The wisecracking.

Cowboy Bebop is a class act among anime.

Dr. Phil
jeffsoesbe: mistercleanjeffsoesbe on May 14th, 2015 08:07 pm (UTC)
I'm almost done and, after the movie, will be bummed to have reached the end. It feels like there are more stories in that universe left untold.

I found a "Best Anime" poll which had Cowboy Bebop #2. Ahead of it was Neon Genesis Evangelion. So I'm going to try that next...

- yeff