gridlore: A pile of a dozen hardback books (Books)
The title is half of one of my favorite Grateful Dead lyrics.

Went up to Half Price Books today, it what is probably the last load of decluttering books for some time. While waiting for them to tabulate my payoff, I wandered around for a bit.

Wandering the history section, I scored. My friend Bruce Norbeck had suggested two books for me as part of me research for Task Force Singh, "Dreadnought" and "Castles of Steel", both by Robert K. Massie. The first is a detailed examination of the people and events that shaped the naval arms race between the United Kingdom and the German Empire in the decades leading up the First World War.

It's an amazing read, as Massie takes the time to introduce to characters like Kaiser William II and Admiral Jackie Fisher as people. Indeed, the book spends more time on how the personalities of the movers and shakers interacting with each other shaped the balance of power in Europe. This style also gives great insight to these powerful figures as human beings. Otto von Bismarck was a brilliant statesman, but also a petulant, petty jerk. King Edward VII was pretty lost as a monarch, happily deferring to his government on almost everything. And Winston Churchill had the crappiest childhood you can imagine.

All of this is wrapped around the whirl of European politics in the wake of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870; the war that made the scattered German states into a single empire while causing the fall of France's Second Empire. It's really fascinating to see how England was stuck in the ideal of the Splendid Isolation, secure in the knowledge that the Royal Navy was a bulwark against any invasion. Even as the age of sail began to fade, the hide-bound traditionalists of the Royal Navy clung to sail. It took true revolutionaries and mavericks to drag the navy into the modern age.

In Germany, the Kaiser faced a similar problem. German had little coast line and limited access to the North Sea, so a navy had never been a concern. Besides, Germany's power was her armies. Vast, disciplined, and well led by a professional officer class, the Imperial German Army could crush any of her neighbors. Convincing the Reichstag to spend huge piles of marks on building battleships and improving the Kiel canal to allow them access to the North Sea was the work of years, and involved no small amount of dishonesty and gambling. Several times, the Kaiser ordered ships to be laid down before the funds had been approved, and then presented the assembly with a fait accompli.

All in all, a fascinating read. But as long one, and quite dense. I've already had to renew the books once, and the Santa Clara library never guarantees endless renewals. "Dreadnought" is almost a thousand pages long, and the next one is about the same length. But there's so much good material in here! I've already cribbed three characters, some setting details, and the casus belli that sets off the who plot.

Since these are library books, I've taken to taking pictures of important passages that I want to remember and emailing them to my self. Rather clumsy, but it works. I tend to do most of my reading in bed lying down, so taking notes would be an act of some contortion, and even I can't read my own writing these days.

So these books must be returned, and possibly soon. Which brings me back to Half Price Books. As I said, I was wandering the store, glancing at this and that, when I spied the Ballantine Books paperback edition of "Castles of Steel", which is more directly on point for the style of warfare I'm hoping to describe in Task Force Singh. New, this book goes for $20. I got it for about nine bucks, which I just took out of what I got for the books I was dropping off.

Now I can highlight, margin note, and page mark to my heart's content! I can take time, reread important bits, and really digest the material. Because I really want the foundations of the novel to be as strong as possible. As I mentioned in my writing group this morning, getting the basics right makes the whole story sing.

My next step in laying that foundation, is to design the Vajra, the Arjun battleship that will be one of the main locations for the events of the book. I'll be using GURPS Starships for at least an initial pass on making the ship more a place than an idea, but will be working out details of the living ship. Because down properly, the ship can become a character in its own right.
gridlore: A Roman 20 sided die, made from green stone (Gaming - Roman d20)
I'm reading Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire by Caroline Finkel. There's a passage describing what Western Anatolia was like at the time of the rise of the Tribe of Osman. Both the Byzantine and Seljuk-Ilkhanid empires were in decline; the former withdrawing steadily towards Constantinople, the latter wracked by internal strife and clinging to territories along the Mediterranean coast to the south. The lands between these two fading states were. . .
. . . criss-crossed by overlapping networks of nomads and seminomads, raiders, volunteers on their way to join military adventurers, slaves of various backgrounds, wandering dervishes, monks and churchmen trying to keep in touch with their flock, displaced peasants and townspeople seeking refuge, disquieted souls seeking cure and consolation at sacred sites, Muslim schoolmen seeking patronage, and the inevitable risk-driven merchants of the late medieval period. 
Tell me that isn't an epic setting for adventures! Right in that passage, I see barbarians, fighters, rogues, clerics, and arcane magic users all crossing paths, uniting to save (or plunder) a column of refugees or follow up on the rumor of lost treasures on either side of the Byzantine/Seljuk split. Replace the Turkomen with hominids, add in some bad magic events, some lost cities.. the area is lousy with tombs and caves, and is home to one of the greatest subterranean cities known, the Derinkuyu site in Cappadocia. Plus, the highlands hold many ancient ruins dating to the Hittites and Hurrians. More lost places of mystery to explore!

Dervishes, in reality wandering Muslim holy men who had taken strict vows of poverty and charity, make great models for the tradition FRPG monk class. Everything else can be dropped in with almost no modification.

I'm picturing the larger setting being the rise of a new limited pantheon led by the Moon God, who has assumed the role of God of War. The Imperial Sun God cult has lost that, as it is old and tired. So along with the looting of tombs and slaying of monsters, you have the larger game of armies marching under the Crescent Moon. Will the players defend the Unconquered Sun? Rise in power until they can challenge the walls on Constantinople? Or forge a third path?

Let's find out. I need players.
gridlore: The word "Done!" in bold red letters. (Done!)
I took a couple of days off for the holidays.

Done today:

  • Did a pretty big shopping at Smart&Final.

  • Remembered everything without a list.

  • Put all groceries away.

  • Did two loads of laundry.

  • Did all the dishes. Still need to unload the last bit out of the drying rack.


To be done tomorrow:

  • Get a haircut.

  • Go to Autzone for Darby stuff.

  • Go to the dollar store for cheap fuel treatment.

  • Take down holiday decorations.


Today's fails:

  • Forgot to bring bags for shopping


I also finished The Hittites, one of the books in the Folio Society's Empires of the Ancient Near East series. I now know more than I did when I started the book. Next up, The Babylonians, I think.
gridlore: A pile of a dozen hardback books (Books)
One of the joys of reading history is you occasionally stumble over something new that reignites your passion for learning. I mostly read medieval history, of course, but inspired by an article in one of our Uncle John's Bathroom Readers I picked up Double Eagle: The Epic Story of the World's Most Valuable Coin at the library.

The 33 Saint

Long story short. In 1933 Roosevelt signed a law making it illegal to own gold to prevent the collapse of the US banking system. The Philadelphia Mint had struck 450,000 $20 gold coins, dated 1933. These were never circulated. 500 were sent out for testing, with 24 being destroyed in the process. Two coins were sent to the Smithsonian for their collection. All the 1933 Double Eagles were supposed to be destroyed.

Of course, they weren't. At least ten were somehow stolen. Nine were recovered. The story of that last coin is amazing.

But this book isn't about the coin, it's about people. The dying sculptor and his bitter rival at the Mint. The man who saved the American banking industry. Shady Mint employees and coin dealers facing off with hard-boiled Secret Service agents. King Farouk of Egypt and his court. Laywers, informants, auctioneers, and liars. The last 33 Saint had an amazing cast of characters around it.

The best thing is how this book is written. When we reach the theft of the coins, we get a brief amusing tutorial on how to steal from the US Mint. When discussing King Farouk's obsessive collecting, we learn the history of his life and Egypt in the 20th Century. So we get context for everything.

I read this in a single sitting. Amazing book.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Default)
My therapists have suggested that I make an effort to get out more. So [personal profile] kshandra and I have decided to make at least token outings as often as possible so I can practice walking in places where I will be challenged by crowds and over-stimulation.

Friday night we watched Thor as Kiri hadn't seen it, and we had tickets for Thor: The Dark World on Saturday morning. We had to see the movie because next week's Agents of Shield ties into the film. Marvel: we do continuity right!

Really enjoyed the film except for one minor nit. They tried too hard for laughs. The "B" story involving Jane Foster and the other humans Thor grew to know in the first film was filled with forced jokes. The intern has an intern. Dr. Selvig is crazy. Just badly written attempts to force laughs in what should have been scenes showing the growing menace on Earth. It detracted from the actual funny moments. But still, a fun addition to the Marvel movie canon.

After that, we had lunch at Sizzler. Good food, although I need to give up on their hot appetizer bar. Or try something different next time. The next stop was new shoes. I found a nice pair of black slip-on loafers and awesome walking shoes:

Awesome shoes

Forging on, we took a swing through CostPlus. Don't know if it was just this location, but I was shocked by how different it was from the one I worked at a decade ago. CP used to be all about cool imports, now over half the stuff on the self is house brand. Also, I wanted to look at frames for all the unframed art we have. That section appears to no long exist. Instead there's plenty of Art By The Yard in stock. Kind of weird. We did find a tool to manipulate hot oven racks and small iron skillet for making pan chocolate chip cookies. Finally, we hit Barnes & Noble. I finally got the first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series (hey, I've sat on the Iron Throne, I should read the books!), a couple of Bathroom Readers, and Kiri bought a Kushiel book.

Today was much more mellow. Just shopping at RiteAid and Save Mart. Thanksgiving wine has been acquired. Still need to make my Outreach reservation for Tuesday, and tomorrow I need to set up my various doctor's appointments.

Great weekend.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Default)
Tonight, [personal profile] kshandra and I attended a party at her boss' home to inaugurate his new fire pit. Numerous prongs were available, along with various pre-cooked sausages and hot dogs. raw biscuit dough was also offered. All to be cooked in the oldest of old school ways, over an open fire.

Fire and food

It was actually a lot of fun. I tried hummus for the first time, and found a variety I enjoyed, cooked a sausage, found that a dog had bitten my roll (big whoop, I ate it anyway), enjoy a few beers, and played fetch with the aforementioned dog. Lots of kids and people I didn't know. But still, a fun evening.

Coming home, we stopped at BookBuyers in Mountain View where we still have a mountain of credit, and I picked up an abridged edition of Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. You can't call yourself even an amateur historian of antiquity without owning this book.

I should note that Niece Prime is now working with me at Classic Limousine. She's kicking ass and is a threat to my security there. I have awesome nieces.
gridlore: A pile of a dozen hardback books (Books)
Make me happy.

Back when were decluttering the old place, we took a metric ton of books down to BookBuyers in Mountain View and traded them in for credit.. and promptly forgot about it.

The other night, as I was fighting between reading quickly because the book was close to its due date and wanting to linger over an awesome history of Venice, I remembered that credit. Confirmed with [personal profile] kshandra where it was, and called them.

We have a lot of credit there.

So today I wandered over. Castro Street in Mountain View is one of those great suburban core shopping streets, a sort of British High Street with shops, restaurants, and nightspots. Really beautiful. Also, they planned for plenty of off-street parking. Not that I didn't see some parking jobs on the street that reminded me of a Great Dane trying to fit in a cat bed.

But anyway, I browsed around, mostly in the history section, and in their extensive science fiction section (which is huge) and found some really great books.


After checking out, I was walking towards the door. Immediately after commenting about there was just too much neat stuff there, I practically leapt for another book

A good day.
gridlore: A pile of a dozen hardback books (Books)
An update on my latest attempt to read The Lord of the Rings.

This time, for whatever reason, I'm enjoying the book. It may be that having seen the movies allows me to at least know the major plot and some of the major checkpoints, but I'm having a much easier time with the writing style.

I really hope that somebody can explain what Tom Bombadil and the whole detour through the Old Forest did for the story.
gridlore: The word "Done!" in bold red letters. (Done!)

  • Got down to Orchard Supply to look for a bag to cover our swamp cooler. [personal profile] kshandra suggested looking for one of those covers to protect plants from freezing temps.

  • Sadly, they don't get those in until the end of November. A big trash bag will have to do until then.

  • I'm proud of getting out of OSH with no impulse buys. Because that place is impulse buy central.

  • Went to the library. Our library has two parking lots; one above ground in the front, and an underground lot under the building.

  • The upper lot was filled, with several cars circling for a space. The parking garage was almost empty.

  • Paid my fine for a late book (the librarian was laughing at my expressions of shame and remorse)

  • I need to remember to make Wednesday's my library day. Because it is story time at the library. Meaning loads of toddlers and preschoolers (always adorable) going in to hear a story, and then getting armloads of books.

  • I shared an elevator with a Hello Kitty princess. I looked at her and said "I like Badtz-Maru."

  • She smiled and said "He's a penguin!"

  • Grabbed a history of the Mongols, a history of France from Caesar to Charlemagne, and The Fellowship of the Ring.

  • Because I've never read The Lord of the Rings.

  • Feel free to be aghast, but every time I've tried, Tolkien's dense prose has stopped me cold.

  • Maybe this time will be different.

  • From there, a trip to my preferred hair place.

  • #1 guide on the head. What I love is the attention to detail I get.

  • Eyebrows trimmed, straight razor shave, beard trimmed (if needed, today she judged my beard to be under control) rogue hairs on the ears dealt with.

  • A whole lot of value for $14. I drop a $20 and leave the change as a tip. For quality like this, it is worth it!

  • My particular stylist also asked where Kirsten was. Nice to be remembered.

  • After that, a walk down to Smart & Final for some grocery shopping.

  • Beer, Italian sausage and rolls, Kiri's smoked sausage, chips and salsa, work soda and Gatorade, breakfast stuff, Rice-a-Roni...

  • My "quick stop" ended up being a pretty major trip.

  • But we have food now.

  • Just waiting for the start of Game 3 of the NLCS. Possible thunderstorms in St. Louis.

  • GO GIANTS!!!

gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Me - Glare of Sarcasm)
Saturday and Sunday were utterly insane days at work. Too much to explain here, but suffice to say that I will never cheer for a Stanford sports team again. Then I wake up Monday feeling utterly miserable, and that grows into the dreaded flu-like symptoms. Which caused me to miss both Monday and Tuesday. It was one of those things where you are so sore and drained of energy that just the idea of eating, let alone actually preparing food, makes you sick on its own.

Feeling a bit better today. Took a Vicodin for the remaining muscle soreness early this morning. Feeling good enough to break out my new mop (as yet unnamed) and finally do the kitchen floor. New mop, very hot water, and Pine-Sol really killed the accumulated grime. I may make a second pass later. I am such a Domestic God! I need a new floor mat for in front of the sink.

Anybody want to buy me a one-time visit from a maid service for the Generic Winter Holiday?

I've decided to try playing Madden11 without coach mode being on. Spending a lot of time in practice. Learning the kicking controls was probably the hardest part. I mad some... interesting kicks and punts before figuring things out. The game looks amazing on our new TV. Hell, everything looks amazing on the new TV.

Reading yet another Black Library omnibus. Enforcer is Matt Farrer's collection of tales concerning Shira Calpurnia, one of the Empire's elite Adeptus Arbites, the enforces and judges of Imperial Law. I've finished two of the three books. On the plus side, Farrer has a great grasp of how big and alien the Imperium really is. He also explores areas not normally seen in these books; the Ecclesiarchy, the inner workings of a Rogue Trader flotilla, and the network of powerful telepaths who pass messages through the warp. He writes fascinating characters and places. Where he fails is in good story-telling. The first novel in the collection concerns a huge religious festival and the attempts to disrupt it. Each chapter starts with a description of the day's required rituals and observances. But the actual story reads like a SSI Gold Box adventure. Go to a place, beat the monster, get handed information. The second book should have been brilliant.. a contested succession in rogue trader flotilla sold old that their charter was signed by the God-Emperor Himself nearly ten thousand years ago! The maneuvering of factions and claimants should have been a game of shadow and daggers. Instead, the entire thing falls apart. They just aren't good police stories.

The Giants remain alive. We just need to win two straight on the road to make the NLCS. GO GIANTS!!!
gridlore: One of the "Madagascar" penguins with a checklist: [x] cute [x] cuddly [x] psychotic (Penguin - Checklist)
After I pointed out how decrepit our bookshelves were (these things have survived at least two moves are are close to a decade old) I convinced [personal profile] kshandra that we needed a new set. So tonight we're hitting Ikea.

Which means I'm now agonizing over what to get. I really like the EXPEDIT series stuff. But I keep dithering. My evil plan is to slowly replace all the storage stuff with Expedit stuff so we have an actual look to the living space.

I'm just not good at spending money. I've been poor so long I have developed an ingrained panic switch for spending.

Along with a new bookcase, I'm going to be culling books and games. We have a lot of things that are just gathering dust and need better homes. I may part with my accumulated Hârn stuff; I doubt I'll ever actually use it. That being said, I really wish they'd put out a CD with all the accumulated stuff for us fanatics.
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I'm at work. Today, we have a grand total of seven trips scheduled. The usual amount is somewhere between 20 and 40. Of those seven trips, four of them took place before I even got to work. The next scheduled trip is at 1335. Roughly six hours from now.

Me and the early Byzantine Empire are going to spend some quality time to while away the hours.
gridlore: A pile of a dozen hardback books (Books)
About a hundred bucks worth of John Scalzi books were delivered to me today. From Tor, in New York. One is autographed.

I have no fucking clue how this happened. I didn't order tham, and I certainly don't remember entering (or winning) any contests...

But I'm not complaining (grabs Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded off the pile.)
gridlore: The word "Done!" in bold red letters. (Done!)
Years ago, when serving in the Army was still a dream for me, the Army had a recruiting slogan: "The U.S. Army. We do more before 9AM than most people do all day." Once I was actually a soldier, I realized that the copy should have read "We waste more time before 9AM than most people waste all day", but the basic idea of getting and doing things was pretty sound.

Which brings me to today. I recovered from the Mongolian Death Yuk yesterday (a brief phone call with my doctor confirms that there is a nasty stomach virus making the rounds) and started cleaning. Today? I left the house about 0900.

  • Picked up the recycling from Earthbaby.

  • Got cash for Darby's DMV renewal.

  • Took all the recycling to our recycling place.

  • Renewed Darby at the AAA's DMV desk (that thing alone is worth the price of membership)

  • Dropped off old clothes in a recycling bin.

  • Went to the library and picked up A Traveller's History of Venice and Daily Life in the World of Charlemagne.

  • Got a haircut at the awesome barbershop. Seriously, for $14 they not only mow my head, but trim my beard, my eyebrows, and do touch-ups with a straight razor. I feel now shame in dropping a $20 and saying "keep the change." These people are awesome.

  • Quick raid on Smart and Final for beer, salsa, and chips.



All done in 3 hours.

Oh, by the way.. anyone local want a six-drawer dresser? If you help me load it into Darby, it's yours. We also have a huge TV set that is free to anyone that wants it.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Me - Glare of Sarcasm)

  • What I thought was a mild cold/allergies blossomed into a full-fledged case of the Mongolian Death Yuk.

  • Had to miss two days of work simply because not only did I not feel safe driving to and from work, I didn't feel safe walking to the truck.

  • Up and down fever, the usual gastro problems, and just feeling like someone drained all the me out of my body.

  • Really pissed about missing work, as we're still short a person.

  • I'm feeling at least slightly more human today, and have managed to do laundry and the dishes.

  • Tomorrow, I may venture forth to do recycling, renew Darby, and get my head mowed.

  • On the bright side, finally read Deadline (did that Sunday at work. It was so dead I got almost the entire novel read there.)

  • But the best news of the week? Iron Maiden, August 3rd, Shoreline Amphitheater. I am so getting tickets for this.

  • It's 74 degrees. WTF happened to winter?

  • Giants are all reporting in Scottsdale now. Baseball is back!

gridlore: One of the "Madagascar" penguins with a checklist: [x] cute [x] cuddly [x] psychotic (Penguin - Checklist)
.. but this ongoing cold or allergy or whatever it is has really had me to stuffed up to think. I was supposed to spend last weekend working on a writing project. Ha. I'm bring a pad of paper with me to work tomorrow and redoing my outline. It's going to be dead as hell with the holiday weekend. Speaking of which, I went close to three hours today without the phone ringing, the on line reservation system trumpeting, or the email alert going off. Yes, I was bored silly.

And I did bring a book. Sadly, the book was so boring I've returned it to the library with only a quarter of it read. The author or translator decided that when in doubt use the longest word possible, and the writing itself jumped from topic to topic with no discernible logic. We'd go from discussing Heraclius' campaigns against the Persians to a twenty page discussion of Christian heresies for no good reason. Plus the author seemed to assume that everyone reading would know what ranks like Caesar or Augustus meant, or the locations of places when given their contemporary names. Both very bad things in what is advertised as an overview of a complex topic. So that went back to the library most unread.

What else is going on... we're making at least one Giants game this season, and it's the June 27th game against the hated Blue Menace. Kirsten, me, and my mom will be going up. I do have the mysterious writing project to jump on, and I do want to take some small advantage of the extension of disability benefits to get new bookcases. I know exactly which ones I want.

Now I think it is nap time.
gridlore: The word "Done!" in bold red letters. (Done!)
The first day of Spring Cleaning and Decluttering is done, and it turned out to be a money maker. After clearing out trash and putting things where they (allegedly) belong, I tore into our two large boxes of CDs. Kirsten and I were pretty vicious about eliminating things, and we ended up with a nice load of stuff we didn't want any more. Off to Streetlight!

We dropped off the stuff, and went browsing for about a half hour. Came back, and asked what our stuff was worth. We walked out with a check for $128 and about a quarter of the CDs we had brought in that they didn't want. This was just the first load as we clear out unwanted books, games, CDs and DVDs.

Decluttering can be profitable!
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Me - Google)

  • As usual for a Saturday, we needed to run errands.

  • Due to me being unusually listless this past week, that included going to the library to return a book

  • And get more books.

  • [livejournal.com profile] kshandra and I took one look at the DVD collection available, with a 10 DVD limit, and decided on the spot to kill our Netflix account.

  • There a little more money not going out that we can use for more important things.

  • I was returning Napoleon III and His Carnival Empire and picked up two new books: The Hapsburgs: Embodying Empire and The Bourbons: The History of a Dynasty

  • The reason for this sudden fascination with European royal houses is simple. I might have a RPG design gig.

  • This is research as well as pleasure.

  • But before going to the awesome Central Park Branch, we went by the civic Christmas Tree.

  • We're both kicking ourselves for not going to the tree lighting, because Santa Clara has a teddy bear that lives at the top of the tree. This was Teddy's 100th anniversary serving as the tree topper.

  • But while walking around the tree I found a pencil. A police pencil. The police chief's own personal pencil!

  • I have a police pencil and you don't.

  • Neener.

  • Seriously, I am way too pleased about this pencil.

  • After shopping for food (Yay food) we made one stop for a lottery ticket, and then home.

  • Near our home was a SC police car, stopped in front of an apartment building with lights going.

  • Nearby was a chicken.

  • I freaked.

  • The police knew I had the pencil! They were after me! And the Chickens of French Camp were helping the police track me down!

  • My babbled explanation of this to Kiri invoked the infamous An Explosive Affair episode of WKRP in Cincinnati.

  • "And the phone cops are in on it!" As we drove past a Comcast truck "See!?!?!!"

  • I do paranoia right.

gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Me - Google)

  • My neighbor is shouting into his phone again.

  • Inside his apartment.

  • I wouldn't complain, but I can't hear the power metal I'm listening to right now.

  • Yes, he's that loud.

  • Accomplished quite a bit in the last two days.

  • Yesterday I got my delayed blood draw done, and did some dishes.

  • Today, I took in all the recycling from home and Earthbaby and picked up a book on Napoleon III at the library.

  • I was going to get my haircut, but my Nice Asian Ladies are closed Tuesdays.

  • Napoleon III? Think of using his life as the basis for a novel/series.

  • He's a very interesting guy, and the reason Germany and Italy were able to become nations.

  • I've figured out why things like NaNoWrMo don't work for me.

  • It's the whole "write now! meet an arbitrary schedule!" aspect.

  • I actually felt guilty when I got pneumonia at the start of the month because I couldn't write.

  • That's seriously fucked up.

  • If I ever get to the point when I'm writing seriously, then I can see enforcing a schedule for writing.

  • But I'm still at the "doing it for my personal enjoyment stage."

  • I have discovered iTunes radio.

  • Some of the metal stations are quite good.

  • Watched Captain America: The First Avenger last night.

  • Good, but not great. I never saw the charisma that Cap possesses. He's supposed to be a natural leader.

  • Also the love story really felt tacked on.

  • Hugo Weaving, as the Red Skull, was as awesome as ever.

  • But the film was filled with a ton of great in-jokes.

  • My favorite was the Red Skull gloating that he had found true power while Hitler was "digging in the desert for trinkets."

  • Also, did y'all notice the original Human Torch in the glass tube in the fair scene?

  • I may have over=pushed myself in the last couple of days; so I'm taking the rest of the day to crash.

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