Monday, July 06, 2020

1. I remember when my dad and I took my nephews to see the movie Avatar my dad said that he had read a short story very similar to the story entitled Call Me Joe. I looked it up when I got home, and sure enough the novellete by Poul Anderson, published in 1957, told the story of a disabled man controlling a remote being on the planet Jupiter. Evidently there was no lawsuit filed for copyright infringement, but James Cameron did rip off other sources for the story of Terminator and had to award a settlement. 

Just the other day I was with my dad and just asked him out of the blue how in the hell he remembered reading that story and connected it to Avatar when he only read Call Me Joe once around fifty years ago. He can just do that. He is always telling me stories from way back in time with an insane memory for detail.

2. I'm watching a six part documentary called I'll Be Gone In the Dark on HBO about a woman trying to solve the case of a murderer/rapist in the Bay Area from the 1980's who raped fifty people, killed 10, and was never caught. She was actually married to comedian Patton Oswalt, so he is in the film too. The details of these home invasions are so vivid, descriptive, and terrifying that I actually paused it to check that all of the doors were locked. 

3. Every day is pretty much the same in terms of the three things I try to get done: Work on my continuing education program online, work out, and write a blog. Today I completed 2 out of 3. The work out didn't really happen unless you count the shared bike ride/walk home from the mechanic and then again to go pick up the car when it was done. Also I spent over $400 on the car and made $0, so that's not a good pattern for the summer. 

Hope everyone is doing super. Drop me a comment about something you're doing to stay productive, a show you're watching, or a new thing you're doing during quarantine. 


Mistress Maddie said...

Your routine sounds like mine. I do the ASPCA to volunteer, do a blog and do my job around the lake. Of course there is time for a pornhub session! You brought it up in a comment!

I'll be gone in the dark sounds interesting. I don't recall hearing about it and she was married to Patton Oswald? Wow! Never caught? I wonder how she is exluding this long?

My mother claims i have a long memory too and has no idea how I remember things from such a very young age. I hope I like your dad on im older.

Mistress Maddie said...

That should have read jog around the lake...damn word correct.

PipeTobacco said...

My routine has many similarities to your own:

1. I try to write a blog post daily (today's is about some of the statistics about my health journey).

2. I run and work out (8 miles today).

3. I do some University related tasks.... yesterday I mapped out one of my courses for Fall in terms of exam dates, due dats of materials etc, and have the syllabus for that course probably ~75% set. Today, I am working on IRB submissions (IACUC, actually, but in the same realm) for my research.

4. I am also trying to (with my wife) work through some aspect of "gussying up" the house in some fashion each day. Yesterday I did a very intensive, deep cleaning of the kitchen. Today, I am hoping to find wrought iron wall hanging railing to hang photos to put some art work up in the dining room.


Mr. Shife said...

I had no idea about Avatar but I guess I shouldn't be surprised with James Cameron. Sorry about the car expenses. Hope that trend doesn't continue for you.
I have been working from home since March and I thought I would learn to play the guitar while I was away from the office. I have tried but I don't think I have the guitar bug so I am looking for a new hobby. Any suggestions?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Mistress: Wish I had the lake to incorporate into my routine. I mean, I can run a mile to a lake by me, but sounds like you're right there. Today I just made it. Barely got all 3 things done.

Pipe: You're getting A LOT more done than me. Good work. My dad is a retired professor. Little known fact.

Shife: I suck so bad at guitar. It's damn hard. I do need to train my brain to do something new so it doesn't get dumber. I feel like I get dumber all the time. I don't have a good hobby suggestion, as I'm looking for one for myself too.

Mistress Maddie said...

Yes...the lake is about a 9 minute drive up the road....park and then jog. It about 6 miles around. It takes about a good 1 and half hour to jog it. But it's so beautiful up there...its over before you know it. And lots of wildlife.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Mistress: Nice work, dude. Something to be said about a mission run like that. I did a 20 miler race around Lake Geneva back when I could do things like that without a problem. Drank a bunch of beers and smoked cigars and partied my butt off with my now wife that night. That's a story I got to tell on a blog. I'll jot that down. Thanks for the talk!

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