Mar. 13th, 2017

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Time marches on.

Wednesday I did the dentist thing; late morning I had an extraction followed by a filling and then went to work with a heavy work load all afternoon. No pain meds, either.

During the week, we viewed some Netflix streaming, specifically the whole season of Santa Clarita Diet, a very strange and funny zombie thing. Worth seeing.

Saturday, we went to a Holi festival which they called The Festival of Colors at the Whittier Narrows Park, a Hindu celebration of Good over Evil; the whole event was vegetarian, and we got covered in colored chalk dust. There was dancing and Indian foods, lots of friendly people, and live music, especially a group called The Householders whose music I really enjoyed.

Following that, my wife was aware that at Cal Poly Pomona they were having a sale of tomato seedlings that they were calling Tomatozania, so we showed up covered in the chalk which amused the onlookers. A few seedlings purchased, we also stopped at the Farm Store at Cal Poly and picked up a few things. Again, folks were nonplussed at our colorful appearance.

Later, at home, showered and a bit rested, our mechanic and his girlfriend dropped by, and after chatting for an hour, we went to Nancy's Pizza for a Chicago stuffed pizza. Lovely way to end the day.

Today, we had a young man in who dug plenty of holes in the front yard to plant several peach, apple, cherry, mulberry, and Asian pear trees, as well as a hibiscus. While he was about that, I did some maintenance work on the backyard as well as doing most of the construction of another firepit to replace our old one. We've already laid in a fire in the pit, which was very relaxing. Very much seemed to have been accomplished today and now I'm basking in the cool night air.

We're seriously getting into yard preparation for Carnivore's Feast even though it's more than six weeks away.
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I'm way past due documenting my comic book reading for the last several months, so let's get to it. See if any of these titles sound interesting, many of them get republished as graphic novels.

Letter 44 #25, 26, 27, 28, 29: SF, Alien invasion, end of the world, politics. Lots to ponder in this one.

Dream Police #10, 11, 12: The end of this series by JMS where the protagonist discovers some details about his real status. Good read.

East of West #26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31: A strange SF post-apocalyptic saga dealing with the nations that the US breaks up into and an end of times situation. Cool tale.

Johnny Red #7, 8: A British fighter pilot ends up in the Soviet Union during WWII; these are the last books of the series in which he finds out bad things about Stalin and others (avoiding spoilers here). A trifle confusing but generally good.

Dreaming Eagles #5, 6: The end of the tale of the first African American fighter squadron and its efforts during WWII. Important history.

Joyride #2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9: Humanity has chosen to hide from the Universe in the future, but several kids bug out into space for the fun of it; these are their adventures. Moderately amusing.

Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas #1, 2, 3, 4: A comic book reworking of the book, which later became a movie. Not a bad handling of the subject.

Providence #9, 10, 11: Continuing the Cthulhu/Lovecraftian flavor. I'm not sure if it's over or not; it seemed a good place to stop actually. If you like Lovecraft, this comic is perfect.

Control #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6: A police officer is caught in a situation in which a crime committed leads to powerful people who try to strike back. Full series. Had it not ended, I might have.

Satellite Falling #1, 2, 3: An SF piece about a bounty hunter human living on an alien space station. #4 is way past due.

Injection #10: An AI issue; this is a Warren Ellis book and has since been on hiatus, about to continue.

Invisible Republic #10, 11, 12, 13, 14: A complex political tale about an SF situation of a moon that tries to revolt; it hops back and forth through time, so it is occasionally hard to follow. Might be easier to read in graphic novel format.

The Sheriff of Babylon #7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: A comic about the difficulties of police work by the occupying power in Baghdad. Unclear if this is finished or not.

Brutal Nature #2, 3, 4: The rest of the tale of a South American aborigine/shaman who takes on the aspects of various animals of his lands in an attempt to stop the Spanish invasion.

Lucifer #7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15: A vindictive diety has taken the Throne of the Lord Almighty and Lucifer finds himself as the opposition with, of course, complications.

Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Wild Card #3, 4, 5, 6: The rest of the story in which Harry Dresden ends up in conflict with Puck.

Ian Fleming's James Bond 007: Eidolon #7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: More of Warren Ellis, the James Bond books have been carried out further by other authors but I'm not following. Typical Bond, IMHO these books are well-produced and seem to be right in line with Ian Fleming's vision.

Irwin Allen's Lost in Space: The Lost Adventures #3, 4, 5, 6: I think this is the lot, doing as a comic book a couple of scripts that they never filmed. Not great, I'm afraid.

Horizon #1, 2, 3, 4, 5: I have to admit that I tried to like this book but it was just too disjoint. Supposedly it's about an alien race that sends a hit team to Earth in advance of humanity invading their planet.

Trees #14: Another Warren Ellis which is again on hiatus but expected to restart soon, a group of alien life forms have appeared on Earth at various places often damaging and changing life in those areas.

War Stories #19: Vampire Squadron #1, 2, 3, 4: The whole thing, it's about a WWII British night fighter squadron.

Jim Henson's Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special: Most of you will probably know why I purchased this.

Briggs Land #1: I picked up this first book of the series about a post-apocalyptic world, but I didn't much care for it and stopped.

Lake of Fire #1, 2, 3, 4, 5: During the Albigensian Crusade, an alien vessel crashes in the region and crusaders are sent to investigate. I believe that the series is over.

Saga #37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42: A war has been being fought for a very long time between a technological society and a magical one; our protagonists come from both sides but love each other and are being chased across the galaxy.

World of Tanks: Roll Out #1, 2, 3, 4, 5: British forces against German (specifically tanks) in WWII after D-Day.

The Forevers #1, 2, 3: A rock group uses magic for nefarious purposes but as the power wanes one of them starts killing the others for a magic boost.

Hadrian's Wall #1, 2, 3, 4: Murder on a spacecraft/station that is involved in research; a straightforward investigation this isn't. Lots of complications.

Karnak #5: The last of this series written by Warren Ellis in which a known character in the Marvel Universe finds who he sought. I won't follow this one in the future.

Britannia #1, 2, 3, 4: I'm pretty sure this one is over; vaguely Lovecraftian in Roman Britain during the Empire.

Seven to Eternity #1, 2, 3: Fairly standard fantasy; a fellow with special powers gathers others around him to destroy the darkness that has fallen over his land. And I've abandoned it because it just doesn't interest me enough. I don't think that they've done a good enough job with characterization.

Angel City #1, 2, 3, 4, 5: A murder mystery set in Los Angeles in the early years of the Hollywood studios. Pretty good.

Green Valley #1, 2, 3, 4, 5: Famous knights get badly beaten and then find themselves in their greatest fight of all.

Eclipse #1, 2, 3, 4: Something strange happened to the Sun, burning humans down as they stand forcing the survivors to live underground.

Shipwreck #1, 2, 3: Warren Ellis series in which a scientist is lost in a strange place.

Night's Dominion #1, 2, 4, 5: A fairly standard D&D-style adventuring group fights a horde of what appears to be undead. Unfortunately, I just didn't like the story or the artwork. Feh.

Spell on Wheels #1, 2: I gave this one a try but dropped it. A coven of witches get robbed and go hunting for their stuff.

Serenity: No Power in the 'Verse #1, 2, 3: Three more expected books, the other experiments like River show up.

Namesake #1, 2, 3: Every x number of years there's a crossover between two universes. I just found myself not caring about the characters and gave it up.

Enchanted Tiki Room #1, 2: A comic vaguely based on the Disney attraction. Stupid. I gave it up.

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