Search This Blog

Thursday, April 30, 2015

On Relighting

     More coming this weekend, on Prep for the Age of Ultron, but for now I want to talk Lights

     The power system is called "Ansluta" and it allows you to daisy-chain up to 10 devices together in a string. I started with a couple of light bars called "Inreda"which didn't really work out right, and was being discontinued. the principle was sound, but the lights themselves didn't attach well to the shelves.

     Six days after my early birthday gift, my sister met me at Ikea and bought me some spots called "Omlopp"  as a gift.  I set them up, and this is the comparison.

Before, with "Dioder" (not compatible with Ansluta, and would require
a bunch of outlets)

Now, with "Omlopp" spotlights. Vast improvement- So far double-sided
 tape is proving mostly effective

You may notice some new stuff- Pics are coming

Monday, April 20, 2015

Early Birthday Present

     Where have I been? I've been wrapped up caring for my early present, the gift that likes to keep giving. The gift I have been trying not to share.

     Three days to my birthday, and I have what is presenting as a light head cold. By birthday zero hour, I am in the throes of what appears to be at least a 7 on a scale of 10 in terms of sinus infections. For the next few days, as I worsen, then improve, I work, then collapse at the end of the day. I manage to work most of my hours for the week. In between that, I binge-watch a new show I have discovered, Murdoch Mysteries. That one is highly recommended by me, BTW.

     Wednesday Night- after days of sleeping fitfully, and short, I take two nighttime cold remedy pills, and remember why I don't do that. It's because when I wake on Thursday, I don't. Wake. I spend the day squinting at my PC screen, reading and re-reading the words there through the Absinthine green Nyquil haze of the consciousness I am barely clinging to. My day ends, I nap, get up and play with Tango (who is pissed) and sleep.

     Finally, Friday rolls around, and I think I might survive. Yesterday, I met my sister at Ikea, and we shopped, picked up improved lights for my display case. Then we met my parents and had late-birthday KFC.

Which brings me to today. When I can finally sit, compose my thoughts and this post.

For more on Nyquil... Dr. Denis Leary's prescription- NSFW or kids

Saturday, April 4, 2015

We All Knew it Was Coming...

      Just a quickie post about two CW shows...

     First off- The Flash... CW did it right from the very start- I didn't really like Grant Gustin when I first saw him on Arrow, but on the pilot of his own show, he shone. He brought all the optimism and hope to the character that Arrow was lacking for Oliver Queen. now don't get me wrong- I like Arrow, very much, but he's being played much more Batman than Green Arrow.

     Anyway... the Flash Episode titled "Tricksters" was I think my favorite of the season. In the original Flash TV series back in the 1990's (heavily influenced by Tim Burton's Batman) Mark Hamill played the Trickster. the new series gives more than a few nods to the old one, and this episode was no exception, and DID NOT DISAPPOINT.

     Mark Hamill may play a bland-ish hero on screen (yes, Luke, I mean that) but as a villain....OH-HO-HO-WOW! He left little scenery unchewed, and (spoiler) the great dramatic reveal to the younger Trickster(I AM YOUR FATHER) must have tasted sweet, echoing as it did his own career(endspoiler). If you have not watched this episode... you will love it. I personally guarantee it or your hour back.

     The Other Show is IZombie.  I started this one a little skeptical. figured it was a combination CSI/Autopsy show with a supernatural/zombie twist. And it is. And it is fun. The writing is tight and pop-culture referential, which has been pure win for all the seasons of Supernatural. My favorite Character on the show at this point is Clive Babinaux, followed closely by Dr Ravi.

the title of this post comes from this very moment in The Flash, Tricksters