1. To anyone I haven't already, Season's Greetings! (Or General Well-Wishings, if you're one of the people who don't find anything remarkable about this time of the year.) And a happy new b'ak'tun!
2. I got some nice presents for Christmas this year, but none of those really great surprises that was exactly what you would have wanted if you'd expected to get it. I did manage to hit the target a couple of times in my gifts to others, which was just as good. And it was really nice just to get to hang out with the family for a while. (At one point we were watching Fantasia
, and the narrator asserted that the dinosaurs were mostly peaceful herbivores apart from a few gangsters and bullies like T. rex
. A few minutes later, poinketh
remarked out of the blue that he could picture a T. rex
rocking a fedora, but he was having trouble figuring out how it worked the Tommy gun.)
3. There has been some good stuff in the Yuletide fic exchange this year.
* I particularly liked If the Fates Allow
, which is the one for anybody who's suspected that Captain America: The First Avenger
(2011, dir. Joe Johnston) is set in the same twentieth century as The Rocketeer
(1991, dir. Joe Johnston). Though not so much if your interest is in blazing action sequences; the focus here is on the quiet moments between the adventures (which, given that time takes its toll, are not all happy).
* The Butterfly Also Casts a Shadow
is another good one for fans of underappreciated retro action movies of the 1990s, in this case the 1994 version of The Shadow
* On a different note, What You Make of It
is an epistolatory fic, consisting of emails sent between Terry Pratchett's Johnny Maxwell and his friend Yo-less during their gap year after high school. Johnny is working at a dusty old second-hand book shop that never sells anything, which since he's Johnny turns out less boring than it sounds, while Yo-less is volunteering on a marine biology expedition and making new discoveries in the area of human biology.
4. Have I mentioned we finished our run of Snow White's Pizza Palace
? Well, that was a thing that happened. I enjoyed it, and I think I'll try doing more comedy next year. The first production in the new year will be a Season of Short Plays (we're officially not calling them "one-acts" any more, because informal market research has suggested that people think that means there's only one actor). I won't be involved with that, because it overlaps with preparations for the National Band Championships, which the band is going to take a shot at because they're on this side of the continent for a change.
5. Haven't seen The Hobbit Part One
or Les Mis
yet, because the people I was planning to see it with are out of town. (I suppose I could see Wreck-It Ralph
by myself, since the person I was hoping to see it with was poinketh
, and I know he won't be back before it closes.) Have seen the Doctor Who Christmas special, and wasn't super-impressed; it was enjoyable enough and had some really good moments, but I'm not sure it all held together, and there are worrying signs that Steven Moffat still hasn't remembered that when people say the hero of the show is a clever, unpredictable trickster figure, they're not talking about him