New Theme!

As you can see I have switched themes for my blog. I particularly like this theme because it is customizable by the user to a pretty good degree.

You can expect the background image — currently courtesy of NASA — to change a bit as I look for the perfect space image for my SF blog.

Comments are of course welcome.

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Next Week I start Cawdor

Well I had meant to start writing Cawdor this week, but that just didn’t happen. Between the hellishly busy pace at the day-job and two days sucked into the Big Bang Experience, I got nada done this week.

Still, I am excited. This will be a challenging novel for me to write and I am looking forward to it.

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The Big Bang Trip

So on Tuesday this week I worked half a day because I went to Hollywood to watch a live taping of The Big Bang Theory.

I left work about noon, but our plans had changed an I knew we would not be leaving La Jolla where I work any sooner than 1:30, so I took  along lunch at a near by strip club. No, not that kind of strip club. It’s a steak house called The La Jolla Strip Club. It’s a vodka bar and steak house. I had a really bug burger and some tasty fries. Continue reading The Big Bang Trip

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Big Bang

Big Bang was fun I will blog about it later. I am way way too tired right now. I was so tired when I woke up this morning I dreamt that I was causing a police stand-off and my demand for surrendering to the police was one more hour of sleep.

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Sunday Night Movie: Back To The Future III

After last weekend’s Sunday Night Movie it seemed only right to select the final film in the trilogy as the weekend’s movie.

Back To The Future III completed the story arc started with Back To The Future II. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), when the time machine is struck by lightening it stranding Marty in 1955 and Doc Brown in 1885 the old west, seeks out Doc Brown — of 1955 — (Christopher Lloyd) to get home. Upon learning that Doc Brown was murdered in the  Old West, Marty travels back into time in the new repaired time machine to save his old friend . Their plans for a quick return home are complicated by Biff Tannen’s murderous ancestor Mad Dog Tannen. (Thomas F. Wilson) and Doc’s growing feeling for the new school Marm of Hill valley, Clara Clayton (Mary Steenburgen.) There are plenty of stunts and action and even middle-aged romance in this film and in fact I think it plays better than the second film of the trilogy does.

Again the time travels story is simplified by the malfunction of the time machine upon arrival. This is the most classic method for maintaing drama in a time travel story. Even the progenitor time travel story, The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells, strands the time traveler by having his machine stolen shortly after his arrival.

I have not seen this film since its original theatrical showing and I was unsure how well the film would stand up over time in my mind and emotions. It did so pretty well. I had forgotten a few details but I remembered the arc of the film well enough. The cast was good and it was nice seeing Christopher Lloyd getting a chance to stretch his own acting and dramatic muscles.

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