No, I just discovered that back in ye early 90s when the first three Bernie Gunther novels were published, successful and thus considered for movie versions, the two actors in consideration for the leading role were Klaus Maria Brandauer (wrong accent and wrong size, but could see him having pulled it off, acting-wise)... and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Thank the universe for small favours the world was spared that one. Nowadays, HBO has aquired the rights to the novels and Tom Hanks wants to executive produce (though again, thank you, universe, for favours, he's too old to play Bernie Gunther now except for the late 50s settings. Also, he's wrong for the part. Nothing against Tom Hanks in principle, but not in this role, at any age.
Since I believe in constructive criticism: I can see Max Riemelt (Wolfgang on Sense8) as Bernie Gunther, and since after the wrap-up movie (yay!), there will be no more Sense8, he's available. Advantages: actually German, actually from Berlin, actually the right age for Bernie Gunther in the 1930s when the series starts (and it's easier to age someone up than to age him down, especially if that actor has to play action scenes), and fluent in English which I assume (since HBO is producing) the series will be shot in. Also, he can do sardonic and increasingly self loathing.
(if it has to be an international movie star, Michael Fassbender would also do.)
(Going to actors who don't speak German and aren't at least half-German: Kenneth Branagh would be good for older Bernie, but just would not be believable anymore for a man in his 30s.)
Meanwhile, have two fanfic links in two different fandoms:
Just a kid: Both a prequel and a fleshing out to and of canon - covers Peter from Ben's death to the movie. Great voices for all the other suspects, too.
The Book of the Dead: in which the Centauri afterlife turns out to be far different than what Londo had expected. Also features a great G'Kar, Timov and Vir!
I'm probably going to lie down after I post this. I'm debating whether to try sleeping on the couch or to go in and join Scott in the bedroom. I've got about three hours before Cordelia gets home. If I sleep that long and am on the couch, I'll be where she can find me. If I'm in the bedroom, not so much.
Cordelia has stated that this working all day thing is hard but that she likes working with the little kids (five and six year olds). They all apparently think she's quite old, that fourteen isn't possible because it's too close to their ages.
I still haven't heard if my stepfather will be able to get treatment for his eye next week. I'm not sure that my mother will even think to tell me, so I should call this weekend and ask. I also want to find out if she'd like me to sit with her during the procedure (I might even be able to drag Cordelia along).
I'm hoping to cook a turkey breast in the instant pot tonight. I kind of suspect that it's not thawed all the way through yet, however, so it may have to wait another day or two. I have no idea what Scott will eat in that case. All we've got, leftover-wise, is the lentil soup that probably made Scott sick (He had hives, so there was some sort of allergen in there).
I'm making progress on my Captive Audience story, but I have a central motivation plot hole that I have to fill in somehow. There aren't any comments at all on the beta post for the exchange, so I can't go that route.
a song from the year you were bornbut I don't like going away from the weekend leaving scary stuff at the top of my journal. I am not enough of a muso to be able to immediately name something other than what was in the charts, and the charts for my birth year seem to be quite uninspiring. I got briefly excited about some Electric Light Orchestra stuff, but it turns out to have been released the year before and was still in the charts the year of my birth.
So about the only song I have positive feelings about is Take a chance on me by ABBA. This reminds me of a coach trip when I was a teenager, when the only music we had was one mixtape someone had thought to bring, that was played over and over on the coach's sound system. I can't imagine now going on a several day trip and only having a dozen songs to play. But anyway, this was one, and it reminds me of good times not quite 20 years after it was actually released. I'm a bit sick of it now because it sorts first in the alphabet in my digital collection and for a while I was using a music player that wasn't very good at shuffle and always started with the first track. But hey, it's cute and poppy and you might not have heard it as much too often as I have.
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I wore one for a few weeks after the election, but pretty soon I gave up and fled the circular firing squad. The message I was getting was, "If you wear one of these you had better be perfectly right-thinking and also a superhero highly trained in conflict de-escalation and preferably a martial art or two." It wasn't enough to say "I'm safe" as in "I intend in good faith not to hurt you," it had to be "I'm a savior; I will keep you safe," but then you got into (justifiable) criticism of the white liberal savior syndrome... At any rate just a simple gesture of solidarity didn't feel wanted or good enough.
Some days that does fill me with as much political despair as anything else.
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All of this is very relevant because I met with the orthopedic surgeon this morning, and the situation I'm in is basically: maintain (keep living with the pain), or fairly extensive surgery, much more so than I was expecting. The first option is not viable, so the second is the one I'm going with, even though it's going to SUCK. It'll be arthroscopic surgery to clear out the crap in my shoulder joint (arthritis and bone spurs), and an actual real incision through my armpit to detach, clean up, and reattach the bicep tendon in a different location. Three weeks in a sling (non-negotiable), three weeks of light use with physical therapy, and however many months of PT it takes to get back to full use. (I sense more time spent with the never-to-be-sufficiently-damned finger ladder in my future. :P)
There are details to work out -- what I can do at work is going to be limited and very slow, since I'll need to work left-handed (Dad has suggested a track ball, which may help), so I'll need to get with my SVPs and figure out how I;ll be working and on what. All of the lifting/stocking etc is going to be entirely out. But I'm looking at early- to mid-September, to avoid wearing a heavy sling in August, which would suck, and to hopefully be able to work properly again before the end-of-year craziness.
Vancouver, of course, is not going to happen, but that was a bit of pie-in-the-sky distraction and I think I always knew it. I do very much still want to do the trip, and I think I'll plan it for next May, as something to look forward to. Better whale watching that time of year anyway...
There's also a possibility of rain for tomorrow night, which is Shakespeare in Clark Park, but I'm still holding out a tentative hope it will happen. It's "Coriolanus" this year, and my friend L. expressed a desire to go as well.
Rainy days are good days for going to (indoor) movies, though. So that's a possibility for Saturday. "Atomic Blonde" will be out, I think.
I tried out a new machine at the gym last night. I think it was an elliptical but it was harder than the ones I usually use; I did fifteen minutes on that, after squats/deadlifts/overheads with barbell. That shoulder issue I was having seems better, and I had chair massage beforehand, which also helped. I did the overheads with the barbell only. That's always been my most difficult exercise, and I've never managed to do more than 65 pounds if I keep it up on a regular basis. For more than one or two reps, I mean. I'm going to stay low for a while until I'm sure that shoulder pain is gone, even though I'm not sure it was related to lifting.
Goal for the weekend: write up my structure notes about Apprentice in Death.
Individual grains of sand are irritants, small bits of ground-down shell and lava and minerals, but together they build a beach, a sand bar, a beachhead. We are creating a strong, huge sand bar to stop Trump's pleasure cruise, no matter how much the gilded yacht's engines are pushed. And when that happens, several possibilities arise from the sand bar: climb aboard and take it back, put a hole in its side and let it sink, or watch the waves wash it away. Thing is, we need a ship of state, so we may all have to become metaphorical pirates, theoretical Elizabeth Swans and Will Turners and Jack Sparrows and Calico Jacks (the gentlest and least bloodthirsty of the ones on Black Sails) and take it back, strengthen the hull, replace the engine, repair the holes in it and the damage that's been done (it's a wonder the thing sails at all), take off the fake gilding and give it an honest paint job, and set it back on course.
(I considered saying we were all stone crabs, such as the ones that moved the Black Pearl back to water in Davy Jones's Locker (third POTC), but I am not that crabby this morning despite how much I like and admire the sea goddess Calypso.)
“We’ve tried to do this by coming up with a proposal behind closed doors in consultation with the administration, then springing it on skeptical members, trying to convince them it’s better than nothing — better than nothing — asking us to swallow our doubts and force it past a unified opposition,” the longtime Arizona senator said. “I don’t think that is going to work in the end. And it probably shouldn’t.”
Here's the full text: John McCain on key Senate healthcare vote.
It is well worth your time, and quite a contrast to our faux president's position on taking healthcare away from millions of Americans.
President Donald Trump called out the three GOP no votes on Twitter, saying, "3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!"
It's obvious that Trump doesn't care about the millions of people who voted for him, who believed in him, who still believe in him. Who truly believe that he wants to "Make America Great Again."
The only thing Trump cares about is his image and his personal fortune. He didn't give a rat's ass what was in the death bill, as long as it got passed. He wanted "the win." Trust me, as soon as we stop paying attention, these bastards will be back for your healthcare. If they'd passed this bill, the next thing would have been eliminating Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. Paul Ryan wants to take away the entire social safety net. Well, maybe next year.
Here's the "play by play": How the ‘Skinny’ Repeal Bill Was Defeated, Play by Play.
Next on their agenda: putting more money into the pockets of the wealthy Republican donor class, aka "tax reform." They will steal us blind, if we give them the chance. Our resistance must be absolute.