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21 January, 2013

I Am Not a Blogger: A Look Back

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Though we did the whole Year in Review business a few weeks ago, around the actual New Year, this is the day I choose to mark as the anniversary of this here blog – the third Monday of January. A good time to look back on that first post, a year ago, where I declared my intention to waste a few hours less.

I said I wanted to start posting regularly, and I’ve done posts! 52 weeks of at least one post a week – usually on Monday – and a few with two, mainly before my workload increased. Fairly regularly, in other words. So am I a blogger yet? I don’t feel like it. The fact that this post is late says lots, I should think.

I started strong, with two weeks’ buffer in the bank before even launching, but the buffer did not last very long. There’s been some good stuff, quite a few duds, and several panicked evening where I had no earthly idea what I’d say.

That last thing is something I don’t really want anymore, so I think I’ll stop stressing about a midnight update from now on, as this post should show. When better to make changes than an anniversary?

Next, I lamented my lack of a specific topic, and that’s pretty much borne out I think. I’ve written about various and sundry, but I don’t think anyone can accuse me of having an overarching theme.

Have I avoided wasting my hours? Yes and no. I think I have wasted fewer, but surely a man must be allowed to waste some. There certainly seems to be fewer hours in the day these days, but I am assuming that’s all in my head for now.

I am still not a blogger, I think, not at heart. But I may be on my way. Ask me again in a year.

14 January, 2013

Cookery

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I’m not an especially good cook. In fact, I think I’d call myself a boring cook. I tend to make the same small selection of dishes over and over again, and mostly just do those by following the¬†familiar steps, without much experimentation.

I like baking a good bit better than cooking – not so much for the process as for the results – but cooking seems to be more called for in everyday life. Dinner every day, and all that.

But I cook boring, Three or four dinners that just rotate around, occasionally changing rice for potatoes. And it tends to be made from powders, just add water. Dull. Unfortunately, when I do try to break out, the results tend to be disappointing. Which was the case today, when I tried to make fried rice myself for the first time ever. The results weren’t unpleasant, but also not good enough compared to the effort required.

I bought a bit cookbook a while ago, with vegetarian recipes, but have only tried a couple. Most of them didn’t look appealing. I guess I need better books. Cause right now, dinner is boring.

7 January, 2013

Sticky Stories: The Tolkien Legendarium

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There are some stories that just seem to stick. Some stories that latch on, and stay with me, never leaving my brain, and resurfacing every now and then to make me ponder the intricacies and details and themes they explore. Stories that I periodically just have to read or see or experience again.

The Myst franchise contains such a story. As does The Dark is Rising Sequence. And the one that’s currently bubbling around near the surface is the vast story found in the works of Tolkien.

Obviously, what has brought this fit of bubbling thought on right now, is the first Hobbit film. I’ve seen it twice now, and enjoyed it greatly both times. It has its flaws – I’m basically of Dave Kellett’s mind here. While it is a very entertaining film, I am far from convinced that it needed to be split in three. And when it is split in three, it does not need to be three hours long.

But while the film is greatly entertaining, it isn’t the book, isn’t the depth and mad brilliance of Tolkien’s writings. Much like the Lord of the Rings films, it is a good, nay great, effort to tell that story in film form, but it mostly just whets my appetite for rereading the books. I want to see again how it all fit together in the text.

The Encyclopedia of Arda¬†did a series of articles back when the Lord of the Rings films came out, the Movie-goer’s Guides, which listed some of the most important changes from book to film. I wish they’d do more of those for the Hobbit, I’m always game for a good explanation of Tolkien’s work.

I did find another list of changes, but it seemed less thought through and coherent in its presentation, listing even the most minor of quibbles as its own huge point, and I was so annoyed by its Cons section I eventually couldn’t read on. Oh, no, this change means using a word of dialogue that Tolkien didn’t write! Horreur!

The point is, I’m now in a mood to revisit this story. The best way would be a reread – Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Silmarillion all – but considering how little reading I get done these days, I doubt it’s be the best idea. Maybe I can just do the Hobbit, and contend myself with that.

Or maybe I’ll just watch the Lord of the Rings films again. Yeah, that sounds nice and lazy.

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