Monthly Archives: July 2012

One More For the Road…

Recently, award-winning director Peter Jackson announced some drastic changes to his film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Originally there were going to just be two films: An Unexpected Journey, which deals with the actual story, and There and Back Again, which covers the sixty years between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings using material from the latter’s appendices (and those appendices are pretty fat). Now, however, Jackson has decided to add a third movie to the series, a decision he and colleague Phillipa Boyden came to when discussing how there was more information in LotR’s appendices than would fit into just one movie. Details about this third movie are scarce so far, just that they hope to release it sometime in the summer of 2014 (an odd departure from the other Middle-Earth movies’ Christmas releases) and that potential titles are The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of Five Armies.

My opinion: I am not certain that turning The Hobbit into a trilogy is a good idea. I was highly skeptical when I first heard that Jackson was going to turn it into two movies but calmed down when I heard that There and Back Again would bridge the sixty years between the two novels. And, frankly, I was curious to see how that would work. But in my opinion, two movies based on material from the appendices is overkill. This isn’t to say that I won’t go see the third Hobbit movie–I can’t help myself, really; charging hordes of Uruk-Hai couldn’t keep me away–I just think a third movie would feel anti-climatic. The Hobbit was only one book, so let’s keep the number of movie versions down!

As an aside, I wonder what would happen if Jackson decided to tackle The Silmarillion…nah, best not to give the man any ideas.

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Bloggers Have Patron Saints, Too!

This is an interesting article I found on another blog. It talks about how Blessed Titus Brandsma, a Carmalite monk who was killed in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, was sort of the first blogger–even if he didn’t use a computer to do it.

Rather than trying to give a synopsis here, I’ll just let you read the article for yourselves:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/kathyschiffer/2012/07/bloggers-have-a-friend-in-titus-brandsma/

Blessed Titus Brandsma, ora pro nobis.

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The Games Have Begun!

Last night, like countless other Americans, I watched the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Because I now have a fancy new blog, I figured I would share some of my thoughts about the ceremony.

First of all, I am extremely disappointed that this man did not light the Olympic Torch:

The Tenth Doctor Lights the Olympic Torch in "Fear Her"

It could have been done, too, which makes it all the more frustrating. There were petitions circulating as early as 2006, I think.  As someone pointed out, Doctor Who is a British icon. If they included Lord Voldermort and Mary Poppins, then, dagnabit, why not the Doctor?

Granted, there were about 3 seconds of TARDIS noise in one of the numbers, but the effect just wasn’t the same.

I am also disappointed that there were no Tolkien references. British readers voted The Lord of the Rings the best fictional work of all time, and it doesn’t even get a two second mention!? Really!? Personally I would have used a Balrog instead of Voldermort. Then, instead of the posse of Mary Poppins that came floating to the rescue, we could have had Gandalf, leading to an epic reenactment of the Bridge of Khazad-Dum (“You. Shall Not. PASS!”). Of course, the BBC America blog noted that the agricultural-era England setup looked suspiciously like the Shire, so I suppose that could have been a subtle Lord of the Rings reference, but I would have preferred something more concrete.

Now for the good parts…although it wasn’t on the level of the spectacle that Bejing hosted in 2008, the opening ceremonies featured some stunning visual feats as well as some unexpected guest appearances. The Queen parachuting out of a helicopter with James Bond? Priceless. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Internet and, thus, indirectly responsible for my blog? Proof that the geeks shall inherit the Earth. My favorite appearance of the evening, though, was British comedian Rowan Atkinson, AKA Mr. Bean. I used to watch his show on PBS Saturday mornings, and he was just as funny as ever.

In closing, the opening ceremonies were truly entertaining if a little lacking in certain areas (cough cough, Time Lords, cough cough, Hobbits), and now all that remains to be seen is how the athletes perform in the coming days.

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The St. Isidore Prayer

This is a prayer to St. Isidore, Bishop of Seville, who is widely regarded as the Patron Saint of the Internet. He has earned this distinction because of his ambitious project of compiling all of the known knowledge of his time (approximately the 13th century) into a four-volume encyclopedia, and one of the Internet’s purposes is to share the knowledge we have today.

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Almighty and eternal God, Who has created us in Thine image and bade us to seek after all that is good, true, and beautiful, especially in the divine person of Thy only-begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee that through the intercession of Saint Isidore, bishop and doctor, during our journeys through the internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter. Father, we ask you this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Testing, Testing…Hello, Is This Thing On?

Hey, out there in Internet land. I’ve gone and gotten myself a blog, so the Internet will probably never be the same again.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • The primary purpose of this blog is to give me an outlet to rant if I so desire. If you don’t like it, that’s not my problem.
  • If you do not agree with my views, you can at least be respectful of me. Any nasty comments and/or attitudes will be deleted.
  • Keep it clean on here, folks. We’re grownups; we’re better than that.

Apart from that, I hope people have a good time.

And to celebrate my first post, I am posting one of my favorite songs, “One Day More” from Les Miserables. It seems to fit, somehow.

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