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|Sunday, December 7th, 2014|
|Monday, December 1st, 2014|
|In Las Vegas
Well some randomness from here in Las Vegas.Television:
I don't have a TV. Being in a house with someone with similar entertainment tastes to mine was interesting to see since I haven't had a TV in a few years.
Commercial breaks are longer, louder and more intrusive than I remember, Fifth Element
still holds up after all these years,when movies of a similar vintage like the Lost In Space movie look like crap. Fifth element will probably remain a classic.
The Amazing World of Gumball
has some of the best comic timing of any modern Cartoon. Teen Titans Go
.. does not.Clarence
and Uncle Grandpa
have to be the worst atrocities against the art of animation since Hammerman
, or Squidbillies
. I can't watch even the commercials for these two as it is like having bleach poured into my eyes, with their graphic primitiveness and aggressive, random stupidity.
I still don't get the appeal of Steven Universe
, ain't too bad. though it's sensibility is a bit more modern than I am with regards to the D&D tropes it borrows, but it can be entertaining.Regular Show
. Other than the character designs and the fact that it is animated, could have been a regular sitcom. This.. I get, and it's not too bad.
_____________________________Other than Television:
The weather has been spectacular. Clear, cool and Dry, though wouldn't you know it, that it is going to rain tomorrow here (and in L.A>) for my return.
They have some excellent used book stores here. Though the absolute best one, is... well, overpriced. The Amber Unicorn
is well worth a visit, in spite of the prices, and is well stocked on any and all subjects (Their military Section invoked a lot of lust in me, but that was squelched by my miniscule bank balance.Dead Poets
was closed but looked well stocked, but had a sign saying they were not accepting trades
The third bookstore we looked at seemed to stock fiction only. It was well organized, but I joked to Will that it must exist on the cast off vacation paperbacks found in the Hotels and casinos all over town. I don't think I saw a single hardback.
We saw Big Hero 6
and Will,being an old animation hand picked apart the story like a hungry crow attacking a discarded burrito, but said on balance he liked it. We both marveled at the lighting and atmospherics of the wide open vistas of San Fransokyo. I give it a light recommendation, but The Incredibles was IMO better.
As a bonus for seeing BH6 at the Orleans Casino, we got to bowl for free, and so returned to the casino later to bowl. I opened with a strike as my first roll, and went downhill from there. My Wii Bowling, helped me to eventually win, but a 8oz. Wiimote, does not compare to a 12 lb. Bowling ball. Scott 72, Will 70....
As two people without jobs at the moment, we spent some time visiting thrift stores, but we didn't buy much, mostly just looked. Pro-Tip!: If you need and extra monitor for your computer, you may be in luck at Goodwill, as they tend to go for $15.00 - to $20.00, plus what ever discount they have for the day. However examine the manufacture date on the flat screens. Because of a manufacturing error, Flat screens between 2004 and 2007 have a fatal flaw in them which causes them to blink on for about a second then go permanently into sleep mode. Apparently there was a capacitor problem that wasn't corrected until October of 2007. The other thing is that Corporations are getting rid of wireless routers of certain models, and you can get them for around 4 dollars, but most do not have their power supplies. Keyboards can be had by the shovel full,but working computers are generally behind the glass, cost between 150 and 200 dollars, and are of low performance specs. On the plus side, they seem to be all Windows 7 Machines.
We ate in, mostly to save money, because, we have been both out of work aside from freelance here and there for a long time. Will cooked the Turkey in a slow cooker in onion soup mix in chicken stock, with fresh Garlic. It took 8-9 hours to cook but came out very tasty, and moist, which is hard to do with Turkey. The rest of the meal was the usual trimmings, of Green Bean Casserole, Stuffing, Potatoes Au Gratin, rolls, and Cranberry sauce. We may have overdone it, because on Saturday, we re-created the meal to use up the rest of the left over turkey that Fridays' sandwiches didn't use up (most of it), and Will's sister enjoyed her sweet potato casserole immensely.
A tradition, Will and I have it to eat at least one Breakfast at "the Cracked Egg" on Rainbow Drive, just north of the 215 bypass. This time was very good, where I had my usual of an Omelet, called "The Big Bad Wolf" (all the meats) with hash browns, and a cream cheese bagel, and Will had his Blueberry Pancakes. The Hash browns were perfect. I think it's the best breakfast in town and highly recommend it.
Tomorrow early I head back to Los Angeles and Should be home, just after Lunch. the Weather says it is going to rain tomorrow and Wednesday so I hope it doesn't keep the bus too slow tomorrow. I have very much enjoyed my stay in Las Vegas this year, and thank Will for his generous Hospitality. Current Mood: amused
|Sunday, November 23rd, 2014|
|Just crossed the state line and taking advantage of Megabus's Wi-Fi...
It's time for Thanksgiving, and as is my tradition, I go to Las Vegas to spend the holiday with Will Faust and his sister. This time rather rhan driving, I booked a round trip ticket on Megabus.com, and I have to say its cheaper than gas. It also has good A/C, and Wi-Fi. I will look into this inthe future for trips to the Bay Area. In the mean time I will be puttering arround Vegas and catching up on anime. Being away from the computer,, I may even draw a bit. Who knows? More later if anything of note occurs. If not, I will be back in Los Angeles on December 3rd or so. Still, $35.00 to VegS and $7.00 to return... That ain't bad.
|Wednesday, November 5th, 2014|
|Happy about the Election
I am loving the results of last night.
A repudiation of the current administration, and Harry Reid. I am only sorry that I still have to deal with the Local California scene.
|Monday, November 3rd, 2014|
|Heading Home from Kansas Today
The stay in kansas this past october has been lovely. the weather and the people were wonderful, and the long drives in the country, soothing. I visited several museums, and went to a jazz concert with my mother,and things were not bad at all. however , it's time for me to return to California, so with that said I am shutting down the computer in preparation for putting it into a box and shipping it home, and later this afternoon, boarding a plane in Wichita, for the flight back top Burbank. I may or may not have internet service when i get back but we'll see. sorry to leave kansas, just as the first snow threatened...
May post some trip pictures later.
|Friday, October 31st, 2014|
|Halloween 2014, and still in Kansas
First real autumn since i used to live in Seattle. Putting around in mom's huge old house, and generally enjoying small town America immensely. I wish i could stay, but i will have to return to California soon.
|Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014|
|My sympathies and support for My Canadian Friends
Having spent time in Ottawa, and stopped around Parliament grounds and thinking the Canadian Parliament building in the summer looks like a castle from Final Fantasy, I have nothing but fond memories of Ottawa. I just want to express my sympathies and support to friends in Ottawa, and also Greater Canada. Sorry this happened to you.
|Sunday, October 19th, 2014|
|25 Years ago today. 1989 Loma prieta earthquake.
it's been 25 years.. wow. driving home from work as i snuck out early (Security Guard at Apple computer's Santa clara warehouse facility), the rest of the employees had Word series tickets and were gone to candlestick. it was going to be the first "bay bridge Series" (something i predicted in a comic strip 9 months earlier in a comic drawn for the APA alarums & Excursions.)
Driving up the 101 in my 1970 dodge Dart Swinger (man i loved that car), and the car started to lurch, a lot like what happened when i broke a tie rod a few months earlier. Traffic slowed to a stop. and so did I, well the car stopped rolling forward, but kept moving and lurching. I looked at the car behind me, and the driver in an old Chevy had her hands on the wheel and her eyes as big as plates. I popped the driver's door and put a foot onto the grooved pavement of 101, and
...it was the ground lurching. Palmtrees beyond the soundwall around Fair Oaks , or Mathilda were swaying wildly, and the center divider was rippling like a high tension cable struck by a hammer. The rolling settled down and people started to drive again. Passing by where the Northbound 85 sweeps over and onto `101, back then was a dirt hill, and there was a large cloud of dust around it.
Listening to Live 105, The Dj announced that there was a massive shaker rolling through San Francisco, that there was glass all over the streets, and he would get word after he played some music just put on word Rap, by The Tom Tom Club, and after a few verses, the record slowed down and stopped. punching my presets gave me Not radio from San Francisco at all. Rock Radio KOME 98.5 was still broadcasting from San Jose, and they ere fielding calls from folks including a DJ of theres (Gino Mitchellini?) Who had gone off shift earlier and was sitting in traffic and had seen the cypress structure vanish in a puff of dust in his Rear view window. My first thought was "That this was the big one". Even more so when radio reports came in from Oakland about the collapse and word that the bay bridge had partially collapsed.
My mental images was of the bridge towers askew, and the roadbed strung like a wet shoelace over them like in all those disaster paintings. I got home. and found my roomie was still checking for damage. we lost a picture off the wall, a soccer trophy, and some cracks in the wall. and no power. well with no power, the roomie, (the late) marc Gallien and I started pulling perishables out of the fridge and making a barbeque. The cooking was well underway when mom got home. The rest of the family came in in dribs and drabs, with my father, and the Roomie's mother arriving late. There was no power, and it got dark fast. Roomie's mother, barbara told a harrowing story of driving south on surface streets after witnessing brick walls having crushed cars South of Market street in San Francisco, and having to take surface streets (El camino) home, as the freeway bridges were all closed for inspections.
With the news repeating itself, over and over, on the battery operated TV dad brought out from the camper van, and the distinct lack of power, there was little to do but eat and then go to bed. but thankfully all of my family was safe. I had friends that were going to UC Santa Cruz at the time. William Moss, and Bryce Nakagawa, and i later got some stories from them, but later as it would be a few days before things would even approach normalcy there.
The next day i was called into work, to escort Apple employees through a rixckety and creaking "Laurelwood one" building, as our supervisors became more short tempered and strident and the employees became more frazzled. A huge fishtank had exploded on an upper floor and the cascading water has fried a server cluster on the lower floor, and the mains from the sprinkler system had filled the grease traps in the cafeteria, so the whole building smelled or rot. I didn't go back to my normal post for a couple fo days, but when we did we found that the pallet racks that were oriented with the short axis NE/SW had buckled and filled the floor 3 feet high with Macintosh manuals. The racks oriented with their Long axis NE/ SW stayed put, so none of the hardware stored there was damages. but the gas lines had leaked and filled the buildings with the scent of natural gas.
It took a while to rebuild, but not that long, and once the elevated structure were removed from oakland and San Francisco, those neighborhoods improved dramatically.
A few years later Bryce M Nakagawa, and I and some others went down to Los angeles a scant week or two after the 1994 northridge Earthquake, but that's a story for another time.http://sf.curbed.com/archives/2014/10/16/loma_prieta_earthquake_photos_how_the_bay_area_came_back.php
|Sunday, October 12th, 2014|
|Bethany College Swedes 21, Southwestern Mountain Builders 16 (Still in Kansas).
Yesterday, my late father's best friend thought I should get out of the house, and took me to a local College football game. The sky was crystal clear, and the temps were in the 60's as Gilbert H, and I climbed the wooden stand amid a see of college faces and Bethany Blue and Gold. The smell of popcorn was in the air, as well as the sound of the band tuning up, and the P.A. occasionally playing snatches of Music. finding our seats, we have a clear view across the field at around the 35 yard line. Apparently, highschool games, using the same field, are more well attended than the college games, but the previous night (Friday, October 10th), the High School had been stomped. This Saturday though, it was the College Homecoming game, so there were lots of students.
the teams took the field about 10 minutes after our arrival, and a U.S. Army band, played the National Anthem, and then it was time for the kick off. This was not NFL, or NCAA quality football, though. Neither team had much of a passing game, and the few times they did try, the passes were incomplete, or intercepted, so generally, the game was mostly a running game, which made things dependent on defense. Bethany's defense was pretty good...
There were a few penalties int he first half. and two broken limbs. But the second half, the Southwestern mountain builders gained more yards from Bethany penalties and personal fouls than from their running game. It was sloppy, somewhat undisciplined football. The refs were mostly on top of things, but missed a couple of clear cases of holding on the part of Southwestern. The crowd didn't though and the shouts from the stands were mighty. Neither team had much of a passing game, but each team maybe had two successful long passes, but generally, the risk of interceptions and not handling the stress of being menaced by opposing linemen caused a lot of scampering on the parts of the quarterbacks.
it was definitely a family affair, as it wasn't just students but towns people happy to fork over $6 for an afternoon's entertainment. the stands were crawling with little kids, and families sat together and cheered and yelled. it was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon, and get out of the house.
Te Final Score was the bethany College "Swedes" 21, and the Southwestern "Mountain Builders" 16.
|Tuesday, September 30th, 2014|
|Heading off to Kansas in the Morning.
l be leaving Via Burbank airport to Kansas for the Month of October. If I take any pictures, I'll try to post them here. If not I'll do some updates tomorrow.
Basically this will be a repeat of april, where I helped mom organize and gather things up, after the inattention my father's illness and demise caused. But mom is in good spirits these days and busily finishing the restoration of the house, so I will probably be dragooned into doing some back breaking labor for her, but I don't mind, the beds are comfy the house is nice and the meals are good.
|Thursday, September 11th, 2014|
|13 Years Ago This Morning
I got a Live journal account in May of 2002. A year after the events of 9-11, I posted what I wrote in the zine "Huzzah!" edited by titanic
. It was an art zine, but the couple pages of text st the back of the chapter of "Asheru's Journey", I felt were adequate. we were all friends in that 'zine and it was an exclusive club of artists, hand picked for quality and productivity. we all shared stories, and snippets abut our lives, in those last days of fannish print and at the beginning of the internet as we know it now: What I posted 12 years ago
In the rear view mirror of hindsight. I think that summer may have been my peak. I have never made as much money, or never was as productive as I was that summer. Aftwerwards, I was laid off from The 3do Company the following November, and following that, the company cratered abruptly in the spring, unable to make Payroll and the rest of the company was out ont he street.
Since then my income has declined even though my 3d skills have Sharpened.
2D... well i used to draw a lot, now i don't draw much at all.
After my dad died.. i really haven't felt the urge to draw any more.
still even at this date, that morning feels fresh, like yesterday in some ways.
|Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014|
|A Universe of Assholes. Part 1.
Once again.. another short from "Star Wars Rebels" crosses my path, so I will share it with you all.
It is just me, or are we looking at a universe full of assholes? No one is sympathetic All of them look like a bunch of dicks or hapless goobs. Unlike the earlier "Clone Wars" this show is utterly charmless.
Also once again, A fellow artist, and much more Rabid Star Wars Fan's observation of "our hero" more than a little resembles Aladdin, with all of the tricks, and more than a little resemblance. Well now we know what Disney has done/is doing with the franchise.
|Friday, August 8th, 2014|
|Sunday, August 3rd, 2014|
|Guardians of the Galaxy
..it the best movie I have seen in at least two summers. It is adventurous, and has a lot of heart. Definitely worth full price.. maybe twice.
|Saturday, July 26th, 2014|
|At comic con
...actually at the Santa Fe station waiting for Francis H. To arrive on the green line from El Cajon. I will take pics and some notes while there, but Francis is bringing his pro gear for pictures. The movie premier was sparsely attended on Thursday night, but seemed well received by the fans. Hopefully Francis can get se networking done and that I can pic up the Captain America hoodie a friend gave meoney for at the Marvel booth. More later...
|Heading to the San Diego Comic-con
So after Thursday's Movie Showing, I return to San Diego by train this time to enjoy the con and the crush of bodies and the sensory overload. I am going to be the native guide for my friend Francis, who is attending this for the first time. Also because I am going a couple of friends plied me with money to purchase con exclusives. So...
So, I am heading out and Will try to post a report within a day or two.
|Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014|
|Comic Con 2014
I have a one day pass.
But tickets from LA's Union Station to San Diego Old Town are 92 dollars round trip. Ouch. I have one day, or part of a day to see the con. I am also going to be at the premier of a movie I helped with, the big Serenity fan film, "Browncoats: Independence War", directed by Francis Hamada.
I will take photos and some video, but I do not know how much of the con I am going to see. But I'll keep folks updated. Wish me luck
(Damn Amtrak is expensive though.. it would have been cheaper to drive.... if I still had a car.)
|Friday, June 6th, 2014|
|70 Years ago today
many years ago I had more energy than I do today. I would write long posts about D-Day sich as thishttp://ruggels.livejournal.com/2002/06/06/
It was something i studied, as well as the broader scope of WW2. in fact, when I oosted that, I had part of my savinga account and pension set aside to attend the 70 year anniversary of D-Day in Northwesstern France. Nikki Canotas helped me to save, but then in 2005 I was laid off, and over the next few years, consumed my 401K and retirement paying rent, until today where I am about penniless, and livbing in a single room, unemployed for three years, and underemployed for a decade.
Still when you see stories like this, where 89, and 93 year old veterans leap out of 70, to 80 year old aircraft, there is a hint that one should not give up.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/05/jim-martin-photo_n_5455567.htmlhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/06/veteran-nursing-home-d-day_n_5460830.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000014
In August of this year, we will start having the centenary observances of the calender of the First World War. we lost the last living WW1 Veterans a year or two ago. so it has passed from "living memory" and has become like the American Civil War, an event of pure history, and of books and still places. I like the face that the WW2 Vets are so far not going quietly.
|Thursday, April 17th, 2014|
|the Big Five Oh.
When I was born, JFK had been assassinated 5 months prior the previous November, the Soviets and the U.S. were still exploring near earth orbits, and The Beatles were starting their North American tour. it was the middle of the "Mad men" era, and the golden age of violence in children's TV . i was born on this date in 1964 for Mr. and Mrs. William Lee Ruggels, then of Palo Alto California, two Stanford Graduate students at the time, living on Clara St, just north of Louis Rd. I was born at Stanford Hospital, and was a beta tester for incubators, as I was a bit premature.( a long ramble part autobiography, part roll call, under the cutCollapse )
So today i am sitting in my mother's elegant house in Lindsborg, Kansas, having finished a nice birthday dinner at a local restaurant, enjoying this little town, and the more relaxed pace here. There are things I miss about Los Angeles, but if I got a decent job here i'd stay in Kansas. the weather is not good, but the people are nice, and the cost of living is a fraction of California. The politics here are also more agreeable to my sensibilities than California as well. honestly, California has it's charms, chiefly the weather, but the politics, and the increasing corruption make me amenable to relocating anywhere I can get a decent job, and keep my guns.
I probably could have been more ambitious, and a lot wiser about things, but for fifty years i have indulged my creativity, and I have had fun with many friends along the way. Hopefully m,y situation will improve, and i half expect it to 6 months after the current office holder in the white house is gone but only time will tell. But looking back on the past, for me the most fun were my hobbies shared with friends, and the products of those times. so far it has been a happy Birthday. My apologies if i have left anyone out but this was typed in a long session at the keyboard after dinner. thank you all.
--Scott A. H. Ruggels, April 17th, 2014. Lindsborg, Kansas
|Monday, April 14th, 2014|
|Go home, Kansas weather. You're drunk!
Still in Kansas with Mom. On Saturday we walked over to the Lindsborg Arts Council gallery show, of art that people have collected. Lindsborg has a few minor art notables and is a very arts friendly town. The weather was 85a degrees and muggy, and after the show we went to the town library to cool off. On Sunday the temperatures started to plummet. In the afternoon Mom and I went to the Bethany Colledge Campus to listen to a program of excellent quality choral music, kicking off the Holy Week Music festivities. Big sounnd seeing a massed chorus of 150 people belting out Handel's Messiah. Big sound! Mom was enthralled. Upon leaving the show, it was icy with a fierce wind. This morning there was a couple of inches of snow covering the town. I got photos. I'll post them later. Tonight it's supposed to be clear and dropping into the high 20's, Tomorrow, it's supposed to get into the high 60's. So...yeah... no wonder "the weather" is such a common topic of conversation here in the midwest.
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