Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum & Raptor Free Flight

This is a little outside of the normal sort of things I post, but I recently got a new camera, and on my day off for Presidents Day I went to our local museum/zoo and took some video, and I thought I’d share.  Watch at least through the middle of the video, to see some cool footage of various raptors in flight, as part of a daily show at which my wife works.

Thank Your Teachers

Today one of my all-time favorite teachers passed away from a heart attack.  I hope my regular readers will excuse this brief interruption in my typical movie/tv related ramblings, but I have thoughts that I need to get out.  Boyd Johnston was my middle school band teacher, as well as my advisor.  He taught me in band class every day for three years, and was the assistant band teacher for four years of high school.  He had an unbridled enthusiasm for music, played a large variety of instruments extremely well, and genuinely cared about both his subject and his students.  He was all anyone could possibly want from a teacher and he’ll be sorely missed.

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Today I got my 100th follower!  I just wanted to say thank you to all of my followers, and everyone who reads my blog.  I don’t really do this for pageviews, but it’s still nice that someone out there is reading all of this.  Keep leaving me comments and suggestions, it’s great to be able to hear other people’s views.  Thanks!

How do you write about something you love?

Harry Potter is an obsession of mine, but it’s something I have a hard time writing about.  The depth of feeling I have about the books keeps me from being able to explain myself in a coherent way, because the emotional experience is so raw and personal that it overwhelms me, and I can’t find the words to express it.  I listen to the audiobooks constantly (because I have more time to listen to audiobooks than to read, lately), getting to the end of Deathly Hallows and starting over again with Sorcerer’s Stone.  It’s pretty much constantly on my mind, and even if I’m not actively thinking about it, it’s always nearby.  (The only piece of jewelry I wear other than my wedding ring is a ring I designed which has 7 symbols on it, one of which is the sign of the Deathly Hallows.)  I may proselytize about the church of Joss Whedon, but Harry Potter means more to me than anything Joss has created, though I rarely talk about it due to its personal nature.  I find myself disappointed and heartbroken whenever I try and fail, so I often just keep my mouth shut.

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Tucson Can’t Stop the Serenity 2013 Recap

Inside the Fox

This past weekend was our annual Can’t Stop the Serenity event in Tucson, and I thought I’d share a few observations about the evening.  There are still many upcoming CSTS events for 2013 scheduled around the world (including Melbourne, Phoenix, London, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta and Philadelphia), so you might be able to find one near you.  If not, there’s always next year.

This year’s CSTS in Tucson was at the gorgeous 1920’s Fox theatre, for the 3rd year in a row.   Continue reading

New Look for the Ship’s Log

I’m trying out a new look for my blog.  The header image is one I took this weekend at our local Fox Theater.  It was built in the 1920s and restored in the 2000s, that image is of the ceiling inside the theater.  Anyway, I thought it was time for a change.  Let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions.  Thanks!