I recently watched the BBC One/Netflix Dracula series/movie. Lots of slashes there, but why? Because, it’s my understanding that the BBC One made the thing and Netflix bought the rights. And while it is set up as a series, it’s only 3 episodes long and the total runtime with credits and recaps and titles and what-not is, probably, about four-and-a-half hours, basically, a long movie. You may have gathered from my previous post, that at the two-thirds mark, I was a bit disappointed with the product as presented. Then it got bad. It’s hard to do Dracula and do something that hasn’t been done before. My research, which is not extensive in any way, shows that there have been more than 62 Dracula films and that the character of Dracula has appeared in something like 200 films. Now, you throw in novels, TV shows, comic books, and games into the mix and you’ve got a character who is pretty well known and fairly extensively defined. I cannot imagine that anyone reading this is completely cluel
First thing to admit here is that I'm not done with the new Dracula on Netflix. I'm two thirds done, which means I've watched two of the three episodes, for those of you not in the know. It took less than that to reach this point. Really, it was early in the first episode that I became disillusioned. See, I had this crazy idea that we were going to get a version of Dracula that was true to the novel. An adaption of said novel, not whatever this is. I based this on the fact that the BBC was involved and I've watched some good stuff made by BBC of late. I'm thinking, here, of the Musketeers, Downton Abbey, and Poldark. All of which I enjoyed quite a bit. I'm not hating this new version of Dracula, but it is most definitely, not, a cinematic version of the novel. It's got a little Gary Oldman in there, a little Christopher Lee, and a whole lot of its own thing. I'm going to go finish it now, but I wanted to let you know that it's not Bram Stoker's D
Today, was a beautiful, sunny, fifty degree day here in Grand Rapids. Yesterday, was not too shabby either. It makes me impatient for spring to get here. I took advantage of the weather to straighten up the garage, get rid of some scrap, and put the finishing touches on my new lawn tractor. I arranged a pick-up of a bunch of stuff I just wanted gone, using a scrapper that I found on Facebook, Elite Scrap Metal Pickup . Which cleared that busted patio furniture off my deck, a couple file cabinets out of my basement, got rid of the metal sled that my lawn mower came on, and a bunch of other metal bits and bobs that I felt were cluttering up my life. The guy showed up with a pickup and a trailer, loaded it all up, and made it all disappear. Nice guy, too. I'm very glad to have the stuff gone, to have not had to pay to get rid of the stuff, and to have had to do little more than collect all the stuff into a pile. Really worked out for me. Hopefully, it worked out for him as well. scrap
I burned up my old tax documents from more than a decade ago. I could have shredded them, but it was a nice night for a fire. And the cat seemed to enjoy the show. This morning I had some weekend coffee, finished my taxes, paid my insurance bill, and played The Sims 4 for a long bit. It was a productive morning all-in-all. Expensive, but productive. I mean, I'm getting a refund on the taxes, but the insurance... damn. Why is insurance so expensive. Word is that it's because of the unlimited medical coverage required here in Michigan. But I think that's changing. I don't expect any of us to see any significant change in our rates. If you're curious, I'm paying about 35% of my car payments for insurance. Meanwhile, I'm driving a company vehicle 90% of the time and the vehicles I'm insuring are sitting in the driveway. When I think about it... it's frustrating. That was a bit of an aside. Sorry. We finished Mr. Robot, or rather, we finished the free bit
Today, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Valentine. But which one? I don't know, I've read that there were at least two. So, both, maybe. Probably, the Christian origin of this celebration has been first subsumed and finally consumed by cutural and commercial celebrations of romance, love, and sex for most of us. Which is definitely more fun. So, while Pope Gelasius may have established the Valentine Feast in AD 496 to celebrate and honor Saint Valentine of Rome who died on this date in AD 269, it seems that Chaucer is more responsible for what were doing today. The romantic association started within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer, way back in the 14th century. The idea of courtly love was a bit of a thing back then. Four hundred years later the English made the day, and probably the night, into one of expressions of love through flowers, confectionery, cards, lingerie, and sex toys. I'm not certain about those last two, but people are people. That's also when we got all
Well, I knew it was coming, and it had to happen, but today I got the email letting me know that my first student loan repayment is due at the beginning of next month. So, for the next 5 years, I've got that to look forward to. Unless, I can somehow manage to pay it all back early. I don't have a lot to complain about, when you break it all down, I didn't borrow that much money and the interest rate is reasonable. I managed to get my associate's degree at the community college for less than half of what I paid for my car. Of course, I'm only 8 months away from adding my wife's student loan payments to that monthly mix. Essentially, between the two of us, we'll be adding another car payment to our monthly bills every month. The good news, you don't need to have full coverage student loan insurance.
I was going to do a summary of how the year is going, in relation to my goals, but instead, I'm doing an overview of how my guitar lessons are progressing. I'll deal with the rest in another post. figuring things out So, I've had a month's worth of lessons from Adam at Guitar Center. Let's talk about how that's going. Firstly, I told Adam I wasn't interested in reading music at this time, so he's teaching me tablature (tabs). The lessons I'm doing are coming out of this book, Electric Guitar Book 1 - Guitar Center Lessons by Hal Leonard Corporation. Pretty sure, given the Guitar Center logo on the cover, that this is the official store book. A month in, five 30-minute lessons, and we're still working in Chapter 1. We skipped the first couple sections of the book and just sorta summarized that information. I bought a digital tuner and so I may never actually learn to tune by ear. Sad, but entirely possible. I learned that the mnemonic for remember