One week in this year’s NaNoWriMo and I’m a little ahead of schedule, which is a little bit surprising as, although I have tried to pace myself and am aiming a more regular production, I faced so many distractions that I was afraid procrastination was going to bury me.
Take for example, my data gathering. Every November, I decided to limit my visits to my usual sources as I would take a mental note of what was available at the beginning of the month and run with it. Sure, this means that I have little chance of coming across something new for a couple of weeks but saving myself a couple of hours each week is a boon.
Except this year, I have yet to use this stratagem as even my regular planned visits have been hampered by either weather, work (both in and out of the office) and other extracurricular activities. So, while I don’t considered having wasted any time, I can’t really say I’ve gained any on that front.
Keeping with the same theme, I have planned my data gathering sessions for the rest of the month with an eye into making just small adjustments here and there. In fact, one of the items I tweaked was removing some reference on psionics as they were used in the D&D setting, now that Pathfinder seems to be releasing content on the very same subject. And I am pruning BigMediaCo-related that has become irrelevant. Hopefully by December, I’ll be going on all cylinders to end the year on a high note.
On a totally different tangent, I came across this news item about an upcoming condo project in the Plateau borough that sees lots of opposition from its neighbours on account as this would bring students in the area and we all know that they would bring loud music and disturb the quiet. I find it funny because the Plateau was for a long the place where students and artists would find relatively cheap place to live, before gentrification set it.
On the work front, the Horsewomen of the Apocalypse were hogging the spotlight, with only Sloth, (un)suprisingly not doing much, War spent much of week telling stories on how our bosses told her (and only her) that changes were coming and how our life would become a living hell despite all her actions to prevent said apocalypse. Given a) their unwillingness from the powers-that-be to deal with any *legitimate* problems and b) the source’s tendency to… well, let’s say embellish a story and give herself the starring role, I’m taking all this Doom & Gloom with a grain of salt. As for Famine and Pestilence, they both school-related problems that spilled into the workplace where one had her daughter’s school calling because the girl had brought her iPad at class and the other had her precious son talking back to his teachers… And Pestilence’s boyfriend (who also work at BigMediaCo but in another department) seems to have job-related troubles and even the union wasn’t able to get him out of his latest sticky situation. Her week ended with the *poor* woman spending most of the morning on the phone berating people, before going AWOL for a couple of hours before coming back to pick her things and saying she was returning on Thursday (as she had already asked for Friday and Monday off). It almost makes one wonder how much was planned. Normally, she should not be paid for the day but then again…
What was painfully ironic was that an outsourcing company had arranged for a private screening of the new Bond movie, Spectre on Wednesday and our bosses decided to give pairs out at random… Out of the 6 who gave their names, the Fates decided that… Pestilence was the most worthy. On the day after she learned of her son’s wrongdoings she had NO hesitation in bringing him and given that she left the day after, I think the Gods were having a laugh.
But this story had a kind of happy ending for yours truly, it seems that there was an extra ticket lying around and after a last-chance draw, it seems I was in the winner’s circle. Given the fact that my boss had whispered in my ear that she had wanted my name to have called out the first time around, I kind of wonder how much *Luck* was part of it all. But I’m not one to look too closely at the Universe’s actions…
So I took an evening off of writing to watch the latest Daniel Craig-as-Bond story. Sam Mendes’ last turn directing Double-0 Seven was an opportunity for him to say his goodbyes by offering an hommage to the suave British Spy. The number of shout-outs to previous movies is fat too numerous for me to disclose but it was worth it.
The movie itself was the first of the lot that reminded me of the Connery era. Not just because Craig’s Bond is finally coming out of his shell as an agent as I found the previous movies always left me with the impression he was still “in training” but also the fact that secondary characters like Q and Moneypenny are sharing the limelight and M is acting like a BOSS!!!
As for the villains, Christoph Waltz’s Franz Oberhauser / Ernst Blofed is interesting (although, more on that later), Andrew Scott as a bureaucrat hellbent on dismantling the 00 Program to replace it with a worldwide surveillance system called Pris, err Nine Eyes has hints of Moriarty coming across. The fact that Chiwetel Ejiofor was the first choice for the role is an intriguing What if. And Dave Bautista’s Mr Hinx might seem underutilized but I think he was a lot like Jaws or Oddjob, dragons that were a threat to be put down…
They were a few shortcomings with the movie. Monica Belluci’s character was a bit of a letdown, especially given all the media treatment on she was a Bond Girl. Having said that Léa Seydoux’s Madeleine Swann was a proper Bond Girl and for once, at least since the reboot, it was nice to see an happy ending on that front. But the main irritant was… not the Sam Smith song, but close.
No, it was the fact that if you are to take Blofed at his word, SPECTRE seems to have been created solely to the purpose of taking revenge on the cuckoo who took residence at the Oberhauser household . In fact, one could suppose that the whole “department heads meeting” was probably actors and cosplayers, LOL Still, it feels more like something out of Dr. Evil’s playbook.
Having said that, and given that the fact that James Bond (and probably Daniel Craig) will return, it was a fitting sendoff for Mendes, who managed to left his mark.
4 Ramens out of 5 and as a parting thought, was 009 (whose Q Branch’s DB-10 was intended for), Johnny English by any chance?
Today’s MtG Tarot is Wear / Tear. If I had one of the two, I would choose the latter. Because, much like the proverbial Band-Aid, I’d rather have something pulled out quickly, even if it would inflict a lot of pain, than having stuck on me needling me a little for a long time.
Feels like: Tired
Playing on CJFL: Couperin: Deuxième Suite – III. – Francois Couperin