Beware of Spoilers

Just a little public service announcement, just in case... The media review embargo for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ended over the weekend.  Most of the reviews out there are spoiler-free, and the early buzz is promising.  The standard hyperbole is "the best one since Empire."  We can only hope that's true.  We'll know for … Continue reading Beware of Spoilers

“The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Usually Watson finds about the cases of Sherlock Holmes when Holmes tells him, or when a client drops by.  This one, we're told, is one of only two cases where Watson brought the matter to Holmes. Victor Hatherley, a young hydraulic engineering consultant trying to build a career for himself, shows up seeking medical attention … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Old School

Some evenings, I just want to unplug. No computers.  No smartphones.  No televisions.  No video games.  No streaming media of any kind.  Sometimes not even books.  I know, that seems harsh to me too.  Some nights, the old eyes need some rest. On an evening like this, the solution is music.  Just music. Nothing overproduced.  … Continue reading Old School

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XVIII. Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin

The title sort of says it all, so... spoilers.  Break out those maps of Beleriand, ladies and gents.  You're going to need them. In the fight against the Dark Lord, there have been three great battles.  Now we arrive at Dagor Bragollach -- the Battle of Sudden Flame -- wherein the High King of the … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XVIII. Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin