My desire to play table top baseball appears to be directly influenced by how well the Giants and Mets are doing in real life.

Right now, both teams are below .500, with the Giants (38-63) dead last in the NL West, and the Mets (46-51) in 3rd place in the NL East.



I started the day with an early screening of Dunkirk.

From the standpoint of a history and World War II enthusiast, it was a great story, well told.

From a film standpoint, it was a good movie.  I can see it getting nominated for awards, and Christopher Nolan may actually win an Oscar for directing.

But because my tastes differ from an Oscar voter, the movie was simply ‘good’.  Entertaining, compelling, but not a film for everyone.

3 stars out of 4.

So many trailers released for so many things that I’m waiting for.

Of them all, the Justice League and Thor: Ragnarok trailers were my favorite movie related ones (Ready Player One gets an honorable mention).

The TV ones were plentiful, with all the CW series and Star Trek Discovery shown.

So much to look forward to in the future.

The Panda’s back.

I don’t know how I feel about this, to be honest.  I believe in second chances, and this season is a wash, so what does it hurt?

Pablo Sandoval was young and made a dumb choice, like many young, dumb people do.

We’ll see what happens.

SDCC 2017

Truth be told, I do miss going.

I just don’t miss the planning, travel, lines, and crowds.

The smaller cons around here take care of that itch to attend a con.  I just miss seeing folks I know who go to SDCC.

7 Months Later

And still no podcast.

I’m just as unfocused as I’ve been over the past few years, with a new shiny attracting my attention more often than usual.


What kills me is that there’s so much that I could be talking about but generally keep to myself, or post on social media Facebook.

Maybe if I come up with an actual format…

Latest Dive Into the Past

Old sci-fi films that I never watched for $100, Alex.

The ship design is familiar, and one that I’ve always liked.  Even though I grew up during the time of the Starship Enterprise, the Alphan Eagles, and the Millennium Falcon, the sleek, simple shape of a rocketship is what classic science fiction is all about.

Sadly, I couldn’t find this movie streaming on the usual sites, so I went looking for a disc version.  I managed to find a copy on ebay, at a reasonable price, and should have it in a week or so.

I found this on Amazon as well:

It’s my next project, as soon as it comes in.

5th Doctor

Annual check up/physical time!

So my regular doctor, who I’d been seeing for a few years, is out on leave, so I had to see another doctor, the 5th in a series of doctors who I’ve seen now, at the same location.

Anyways, my blood pressure came back fine, my left elbow pain was diagnosed as tendinitis, and she challenged me to get my 10,000 steps in (she saw that I was wearing my FitBit) and to spend at least 3 days a week working on cardio for 1/2 an hour, like on my elliptical.

We also talked about my getting a colonoscopy, which I’ll need to call in for soonish.

They opened up a separate office of lab work, which I went to for blood work after my visit, and I was in and out in a couple of minutes.

I was a hungry afterwards, more than usual, so I ended up with 2 bagels (one pretzel, one sourdough) and juice from Noah’s Bagels.


A while back, when they first announced that Peter Capaldi was leaving Doctor Who, and speculation began on his successor (i.e. the 13th Doctor), there was the usual talk of an actress taking over the role.

Talk like that has gone on for as far back as I could remember, even before I watched the series.

When Tom Baker was leaving the series, and the possibility of a woman taking over the role, Starlog Magazine got blasted for writing an article tiled ‘Nurse Who?’ implying that a woman can only be a nurse.

Sadly I’d recently seen the same comments, and worse, from people on Twitter.

Anyways, one of the first women who I thought of for the role was Jodie Whittaker, since she had worked with incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall on Broadchurch.

I put that thought aside, until this weekend, when the frontrunners for the role were Kris Marshall, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Tilda Swinton… and Jodie Whittaker.

So I jokingly said on Facebook that I’d be okay with Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor, since she’d fought aliens before, in Attack the Block.

I got up this morning to watch the announcement after the Wimbledon Men’s Final, and was surprised to see this:

For the second straight time, my suggestion for the Doctor’s replacement was been picked.  I said that Peter Capaldi would make a great Doctor, days before the official announcement.

Welcome aboard the TARDIS, Jodie Whittaker!