22JUN2019 – OCF Update

“Summer, it turns me upside down
Summer, summer, summer
It’s like a merry go round”

Ric Ocasek

 

Well, it’s finally here.  Summer in New England.  And despite the cool weather, endless rain and soggy ground I will be rejoicing in the summer solstice and swatting mosquitoes.  I have guests this weekend and also some chores to accomplish but I’ll opine on anything that strikes my fancy and hopefully get out and take some photos of the gorgeousness that is summer.

 

After you’ve read enough sexbot articles on Drudge maybe switch to something interesting

 

15JUN2019 – OCF Update

Apologies for the quiet today.  I was on a trip and got home later than I thought I would.  I’ll catch up tomorrow.  Shatner-Khan is in disarray.  Attendance has plummeted due to outside forces, George Takei perhaps.  I’ll have to salvage it using, in Deadpool’s words, maximum effort.  I haven’t reviewed the news today, so who knows what fresh horror awaits me.  Stay tuned

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After you’ve read enough sexbot articles on Drudge maybe switch to something interesting

26MAY2019 – OCF Update

Please excuse the sparsity of posting this weekend.  An illness in the family took precedence, of course.  I hope to put something together for tomorrow that may be interesting.  It shouldn’t be too difficult with all the fascinating chaos swirling around our maelstrom of revolt.  The Brexit Party has upended the Establishment apple-cart in the British European Parliament election.  Essentially it’s like a second Brexit vote and this has finally forced Theresa May to declare her resignation for sabotaging the Brexit and even bungling that.  Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage are the men of the hour and with any luck they’ll force a hard Brexit and begin to eject the Remain Conservatives from their seats.

Trump and Barr are the focus on this side of the Atlantic and the prospect of DOJ Swamp Critters outbidding each other to be the Rat Who Stayed Out of Prison just warms my vengeful little heart.  Can you imagine Comey, Clapper and Brennan each trying to spin a tale that makes the other two the criminals and himself just an innocent bystander.  Be still my beating heart.

I’ll put up a review of the Blade Runner 2049 movie.  And I have a few things to say about the Globalists.

And finally I’d like to give a ShatnerKhan update.  Camera Girl has made destructive comments concerning the value of ShatnerKhan.  I won’t say this has threatened the marriage but it has certainly lowered my opinion of her cultural literacy.  But I haven’t allowed this assault to lessen my zest for all things Shatner.  Even now I am drafting the audio-visual list.  The Original Series, of course.  The two Twilight Zone episodes, absolutely.  Secrets of a Married Man, it’s canonical.  I have to watch some of Boston Legal to see if it’s Shatneresque enough for me.  But I don’t think I’ll go back to TJ Hooker.  Even I have limits.

Hopefully it will be a good week.

19MAY2019 – OCF Update – ShatnerCon or ShatnerKhan?

I was out of town all day Saturday (18MAY) and only got back this afternoon.  It was a family event and gave me a chance to see all the people who are so important to me but don’t live int he area.  Most of the discussions were family stuff that doesn’t belong on a blog like this but there was one piece of business that could be discussed here.

A small secret fanatical group of Shatner fans will gather in July to celebrate and mock all things Bill Shatner.  The agenda will include the viewing of prodigious doses of Shatner on the screen and scholarly papers dedicated to dissecting the genius, nay the divinity, of the greatest bad actor of his generation.

But the naming committee is deadlocked between ShatnerCon and ShatnerKhan as the official designation of this seismic event.  It seems only fitting that you, the audience of Orion’s Cold Fire step forward and cut this Gordian Knot.  Or something.

Anyway, the road trip has thrown me behind schedule so I will be scrambling to put up contnet for the next few days.

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13MAY2019 – OCF Update

Greetings Folks.  Busy work and family stuff has been a challenge lately but I finally got some spring pictures going (well mostly spring, there are some Early March winter scenes).  Afraid there are a lot of moss photos in there but it is a very wet place I live in.  In fact it’s been raining almost continually for the last month or so and it’s starting to affect my usually sunny disposition.

The news for our side has been almost entirely positive for the last month or so but I feel like I’m still waiting for some piece of good news to drop.  Maybe I’m just getting greedy but I think there is something big coming soon.  My guess is something from the Barr investigations.

I’m curious to see if Nigel Farage is able to harness the British anger over the Tories’ betrayal of the Brexit movement in order to replace them in Parliament.  Third parties are always a disaster in US presidential politics but under a parliamentary system being a spoiler sometimes means holding the keys to the kingdom.  Time will tell but I’m impatient to know how this one turns out.

I had fun doing the Twilight Zone/ Democrat spoof  (   Trump vs It’s a Good Life (Part 1)    )  and I wanted to do some more but I’m waiting till I have the right match up.  In the mean time I’m plowing along with my Twilight Zone reviews.  It’s funny, even some of the episodes that I remember annoying me on a second viewing can grow on you.

And War Pig, I finally finished watching  EEGAH!  You are right.  This is weapons grade schlock.  But you can tell that the creator put his whole heart into it.  The mummified cave men with EEGAH talking to them was a wonderfully goofy idea.  This Arch Hall guy must have been a character.  Turning his son into a Ricky Nelson/Fabian surfer boy for the movie shows a monumental lack of parenting scruples.

Well, just wanted to catch up.  Here’s hoping for some yuuuge news soon.

Easter 2019 – OCF Update

Good Morning to all of you out there.  Today is a day for family here, as it always has been for me.  We’ll have a meal with the kids and grandkids, some in-laws and even some family coming up from New York.  It should be nice.  The weather has been rainy the last few days but the forecast says it will stop and the sun may even appear.  The first daffodils have bloomed in the yard (we’re always about two weeks behind the rest of the world here in the “Land of the Lost”).  Turkeys have been walking around in the woods and even stopping by Camera Girl’s bird feeders.  The Mallards have retuned from Capistrano (or wherever they go) and are eating whatever goo they find in the puddle.  Still no sign of the beaver yet (smart money is that the coyotes got him).  To quote from that memorable philosopher George Costanza, “Spring. Rejuvenation. Rebirth. Everything’s Blooming. All That Crap.”

For photos I’ve got to get some new stuff together.  Even I’m butterflied out (or is it butterflown?).  I have some flower stuff that is appropriate but I’ll need to do some shooting soon.  Maybe I’ll look for something old that will be interesting.

On the politics side things are definitely looking interesting.  Now is the time for the President to strike while the iron is hot as they say.  A two-pronged strategy to set the Justice Department on the perpetrators of the Russia hoax and at the same time advancing his immigration policy would be the best idea from my point of view.  The important thing is to be seen to make progress.  That rallies the troops and frightens the bad guys.

With respect to reviews, I’ve enjoyed the Twilight Zone project and have decided that after it’s done, I’m going to embark on a review of the original Star Trek series.  Mocking Bill Shatner will be a labor of love for me and certain to raise the spirits of all readers.  I’ve got a review of the movie, “The Natural,” coming up tomorrow morning and I’d like to pick out some other older films to highlight that people still have a choice of watching something entertaining even while Hollywood is still dominated by the insane death cult ensconced there.

To all Christians out there Happy Easter.  To all Jewish readers have a Happy Passover.  To everyone else, enjoy the chocolate eggs.

16FEB2019 – OCF Update

This has been a pretty eventful week compared to the preceding few.  William Barr was approved as the new Attorney General.  The President has declared a National Emergency on the southern border and expressed his intention to use that declaration to build a wall on the border.  The useless Congress has produced a bloated awful budget document.  The President continues to chip away at the Obama legacy such as the “disparate impact” criterion by which even good legislation is made worse.  Amazon has reneged on their decision to put a headquarters in New York City, much to the sorrow of Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo (they really need the tax dollars) but much to the delight of that dingbat Ocasio-Cortez.  Even the Chicago Police Department couldn’t acquiesce in Jussie Smollett’s lies about being attacked by MAGA quoting noose brandishing hooligans and seem to have identified the alleged attackers as a Nigerian actor on the show Empire and his brother.  Another four or five Democrats have declared their 2020 Presidential race aspirations.  One of them, Elizabeth Warren was mocked mercilessly by Howie Carr in the Boston Herald because of her ongoing exposure as a lying hypocrite who used her fake native American ethnicity as a ticket to the Harvard Law School faculty and thereby fame, fortune and a senate seat.

I have some more winter photos and I’m embarking on a project in astrophotography.  And because this is Orion’s Cold Fire my first subject will be in the constellation of Orion and I’ll use the Orion 10010 Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G Computerized GoTo Telescope Mount to track with.  I’m very excited but full of trepidation over the time needed to master the equipment side of it.

On the review side I’ll continue to plow through the Twilight Zone and I’m a third of the way through the latest Galaxy’s Edge volume (Retribution) and will review it when completed.

Now I’m off to my grandson’s basketball game.  Have a nice Saturday everybody.

10FEB2019 – OCF Update

Looking ahead to next week, I assume the big news will be the Senate vote on Barr.  I read that the vote should be done this week.  The media will probably throw a fit about it and I wouldn’t be surprised if Mueller unleashes some new nonsense or even his final report.
The last volume of the Galaxy’s Edge “Retribution” will arrive this week.  Actually I got a copy last Friday but the first eight pages were missing so I sent it back.  It’s the final volume but now they’re calling it the end of Season One.  Good Lord, how many seasons will there be?  Well, I’ve been enjoying the series immensely and I’m sure that will continue for a long way still.
I was threatening to put out my recommendations on Sony E-mount lens choices.  I’m still working on that.  I’ll be putting out some winter landscape and macro photos of the day starting this week.  And in the distant future I’m planning on some astrophotography.  I’m looking into what kind of star tracking drive I should get.  I saw an amateur photographer’s site who had a multiple exposure overlay of the Andromeda Galaxy that was a thing of beauty.  I’m very jealous.
Of course I have the Twilight Zone episodes to review.  And I have some old country (or folk) music reviews and other dribs and drabs coming up.
And finally, soon I assume there will be some more substantive stuff coming out of Washington.  The Wall and the Swamp.
Stay tuned.

04FEB2019 – OCF Update

It’s been pretty quiet on the political side.  From my point of view anyway.  The Virginia Governor outrage doesn’t interest me because either way Virginia is run by a Democrat.  Everything else is just us waiting for President Trump to get tired of waiting for Congress to not do anything and do something on his own.  This week is the SOTU address.  Probably nothing much there.  Thursday the Senate subcommittee votes on Barr for AG.  That’s big.  The military situations in the Middle East and Venezuela are important but it looks like nothing substantive will happen anytime soon.  For me Barr is the big news and that’s four days from now.

Here in New England it’s Super Bowl rehash.  Blah, blah, blah.  Honestly I’ve skipped the whole NFL season for the second year in a row and it’s now standard operating procedure.  Same as the Oscars, same as the Hugos. No different.

I’ll start to dig out some interesting stuff on the edges.  I think the de-platforming stuff is going to be more in the news now that some legal push-back is occurring.  And I’ve found some winter woodland photo opportunities so I’ll be putting up some different stuff up soon.  The Twilight Zone has been fun so far so I’ll keep churning it out and we’ll see what other reviews I can find.

Stay tuned.