impressive

is this anything?

this. is. jeopardy!

so after the baltimore chickens were returned to their coop, they get to face the expected end on this very unexpected wednesday afternoon, and so

because the game itself was rescheduled for midafternoon to accommodate a pine tree's evening coronation, the evening episode of alex trebek's contest ws rescheduled for two o'clock and i ended up watching it as it aired, which i never otherwise

(as these things go, i had a service scheduled at the house during a window which has gone out the window or over the sill? and continues on now during the game's preliminaries; my wife is already at her mother's where i'll join the viewing party later {one hopes})

the final jeopardy clue in the category of novel characters (for which i believe all of us here would be comfortable wagering to the hilt) was one which i feel confident everyone here would have provided alex the appropriate response [especially given that i could do so]: "this character from an 1851 novel 'was intent on an audacious, immitigable, and supernatural revenge'"

nonetheless, all three of the moderately sagacious constestants could not do so (one provided no answer, the others: frankenstein and count of monte cristo). the outcome became one that is fairly rare, even with as many episodes as i've been watching recently: the lackluster third place contestant, whose $4700 (!) trailed the five-digit bankrolls of the two leading contestants, wagered so little that she actually retained more money than the other two after they all had their wagers deducted, and won the day.
the light goes out

who was

a most excellent and charming man, who brought the fun of knowledge for knowledge's sake to life and often spun (!) the best form of humor deftly; a  master of questions who, among his other gifts, was kind enough to show up to help me out the day i popped the biggest question one can pop, and who is gone too soon when we thought he might just be our companion infinitely?

i'll wager everything i've got on that.

flame

(no subject)

the second line, undivided, shows the cauldron with things to be cooked in it. if its subject can say, "my enemy dislikes me, but he cannot approach me", there will be good fortune.



the fourth line, undivided, shows the cauldron with its feet broken; and its contents, designed for the ruler's use, overturned and spilt. its subject will be made to blush for shame.



the sixth line, undivided, show the cauldron with rings of jade. three will be great good fortune, and all action taken will be in every way advantageous.

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(no subject)

we all are aware of the reduced level of activity here, but even so....

looking back i saw that other than a dismissive reflection in the year in which the evil began, i haven't been posting my annual remembrance here....
or rarely posting much of even the smallest nothings here,
in fact spent four years not doing many of things i'd normally do when life is at base a generally enjoyable stress free garden bed for flowering whimsy
everything in the world isn't magically amazing,
but the baseline is back
and it feels like it may just being pushed upward like a growing mountain 
icône

it's pronounced fronkensteen...

and pretty much all you need to know about this filmed version was already written by someone else, as most things tend to have been.

"i’m annoyed by the film suggestion that frankenstein, through his assistant’s blunder, is forced to build his creature with the “abnormal brain” of a criminal instead of the “normal brain” he intended to use. of course the creature is going to be dangerous. it has a predisposition to violence and evil. this isn’t science, obviously, though anyone can see why it makes for scary movie stuff. we’re afraid of the creature now because we know he’s basically a revitalized murderer. but this destroys shelley’s creature, rendering him incapable of earning the audience's support and sympathy. he cannot be the tragic hero that shelley intended him to be because he is a diseased criminal brought back from the dead by some kind of modern day voodoo. the cards are stacked against him. “science” decrees that he has no other course but violence, on account of his abnormal brain."