πŸ“· October Photo Challenge Day 2: Dark

Currently listening to: On the Nature of Things by Lucretius. Read by Hugh Ross. 🎧 πŸ“š (Audible) Ross, whom I have listened to as Macbeth and also in the “Doctor Who” audio spinoff series “Counter-Measures,” is very good with this. He puts on a voice instead of doing a straight-out read, which threw me for a few minutes at first, and then I got it. It’s written in first person anyway, and Ross’ additional enthusiasm combined with the uniqueness of his voice makes me feel like Lucretius himself is narrating. Given the somewhat snarky tone the text sometimes takes as Lucretius bashes other philosophical deductions, it all works.

And it was written in the first century B.C.? Fascinating – because he just ain’t wrong.

“Nature works with unseen particles.”

”… there is a void in matter.”

“A shock of hair.” “A mop of hair.” Avoid clichΓ©, which in itself is a clichΓ©. Avoid carpets worn threadbare, at least, lest you fall in. And if you want to say something smelled of fear, you must ask yourself, does fear actually have a smell? Is it true? πŸ“

Oh, my … Ravens! 🏈 πŸŸͺ Longest field goal in NFL history.

Finished listening to: Cannery Row (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) by John Steinbeck. Read by Jerry Farden. 🎧 πŸ“š (Audible) I read this many years ago. A very rare case in which I prefer the movie (1982), which I saw first, to the book. But I recently learned the movie is based on both Cannery Row and its sequel, Sweet Thursday, so maybe the element I admire in the movie is from the latter. A good reading by Mr. Farden, who is ideal for the material, and of course it’s a delightful book.

Finished watching: “Dark Shadows,” Collection 5. πŸ“Ί πŸ‘» Still good, and now there are two different shades of green candle. πŸ•―

All the times I should have used the I Ching.

Currently re-reading after several decades but stuck halfway through: Logan’s Run: Vintage Movie Classics (A Vintage Movie Classic) by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. πŸ“š The striving for style gets in the way and I can detect differences in the chapters indicating, possibly, which writer wrote which. As for the term “vintage classic” in this printing, I can go with “classic,” but “vintage”? This book, and I, are not that old. And what is a “vintage classic” anyway?

Finished reading: In Plain Sight: An investigation into UFOs and impossible science by Ross Coulthart πŸ“š

Watched Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. 🎟 🍿 When Sean Connery and Denholm Elliot’s characters meet and go through an inside-joke pantomime, I like to think the actors did the same, being reunited from their roles in Robin and Marion.

Currently listening to: A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain by Marc Morris. Read by Ralph Lister. I like the reader’s rollicking, exuberant approach. Matches the text. We’ll see if this holds up after 18 hours. 🎧 πŸ“š (Audible)

The Signal Station

(Taken 2012)

“Dark Shadows” candle check-in, halfway through Collection 5: all the candles. πŸ“Ί πŸ‘» Gradually, the white ones in the younger-than-old house have been added to. Now we have numerous red ones, along with blue and, increasingly, green. We had a single green one in the regular old house, in which they hid an object. Well, it might all be as random as the beauty marks that change position and turn to stars (beauty marks everywhere) and the mark on the hand changing hands from one episode to the next, like Barnabas’ ring. On a show in which I’ve seen a studio camera creep into shot like a curious Dalek, it’s all delightfully par for the course.

Finished listening to: Princes of the Renaissance: The Hidden Power Behind an Artistic Revolution by Mary Hollingsworth. Read by Karen Cass. The reader’s voice was so enchanting that I have no idea what this book is about. 🎧 πŸ“š (Audible)

Use a pencil, he said. Use a pencil. I am, sir. I am. And Beethoven used carpenters’ pencils, fat and flat, because he kept breaking the regular ones. May I borrow it, sir? I said. Mine do not break at all.

Finished listening to: The Fall of Carthage (Cassell Military Paperbacks) by Adrian Goldsworthy. Read by Derek Perkins. 🎧 πŸ“š (Audible)

Finished watching “Dark Shadows,” Collection 4. πŸ“Ί πŸ‘» In an interview on one of the discs, Sam Hall, a writer on the show, said that they stole a lot from – “Who was that American writer?” – Lovecraft. Loved hearing this, but haven’t seen direct examples of it yet beyond general atmosphere. The change that takes place toward the end of this grouping of episodes is well done. And the candles in the now younger-than-old house are white. So, a-ha, the blue ones are purposeful and serve the set and atmosphere.

Watched Juggernaut for the zillionth time. A classic thriller and not as recognized as it should be. What a cast, with Richard Harris, Omar Sharif, Anthony Hopkins, and Ian Holm just for starters. 🎟️ 🍿

Finished listening to: Macbeth. 🎧 πŸ“š A good production. Hugh Ross as Macbeth was very good. And heard with the credits at the end: “The porter was David Tennant.”

“Give me your favor. My dull brain was wrought with things forgotten.”

Barnabas offering a glass of Amontillado to Peter in the old house is a nice touch. (Rewatching some of “Dark Shadows,” Collection 2. πŸ“ΊπŸ‘»)