Game of Thrones

This week I dedicate my musings to one specific topic.
I am an avid fan of George RR Martin’s Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series. I have been reading them from the first book. With the TV series currently on and the next book being released in July, I decided to re-read the first 4 books. Also, I am up to date on the TV series. Here are my thoughts on both.
The books – still a great read and I am pleasantly surprised on how much stuff I forgot and a few things I cleared up upon re-reading. I do not think you need to be a fan of fantasy books to read these, they are well written with immense character development. If you have not read them, do so and what I write below may be spoilers so stop while you can.
My thoughts:
Jon Snow is NOT Eddard’s son but his nephew. He is the offspring of Lyanna and Rhaegar. This is the promise Lyanna made Ned swear to and why he will never speak of Jon’s mother. Lyanna died giving birth to Jon. This makes him half Stark, half Targaeryan.
Targaeryan’s – Heirs to lost kingdom of Valyria, sibling weddings, white haired, and ride dragons. GRM can not tell me they were not influenced by Michael Moorcock’s “Elric of Melnibone”.
Daenrys Targaeryan – she is Azor Ashai reborn, not Stannis Baratheon. The legend says ‘reborn in fire, and awakens the stone dragon’. In the first book she walks through the fire with no real harm done to her (except her hair) and the stone dragon eggs she has hatch.
Stannis Baratheon – in one of the short stories pre-dating this series (Dunk and Egg) Stannis grandfather is mentioned and how there was a marriage to a Targaeryan. This means Robert, Renly, and Stannis all have Targaeryan blood in them.
Three heads of the Dragons – More then a few times it is mentioned how it takes three heads of the dragon to rule (and with their being three dragons the foreshadowing is quite obvious). Daenrys is a given. Jon Snow being her half brother would be an obvious choice. The third, I am supposing here, is either Stannis or possibly his daughter. She is shown in the books a few times and her jester definitely has something special about him (see below).
The Others – ghouls and zombies, yes. And based on the temple Daenyrs burned down they are not just beyond the Wall. One theory my wonderful wife put to me this week (Misreall) is that the Others also reside below the sea. It would make sense in that they do not need to breathe and it is cold the deeper they go. Patches the jester goes on about being under the sea in such a way that this makes sense. But what does this say about House Greyjoy and the worship of the Drowned God? Could the Drowned God be the Others?
The TV series – if you thought it was going to faithfully follow the books you were being naïve. There is way too much inner dialogue in the books for them to be able to put that on the screen. There have been some changes from what I have already seen. Sansa is mean rather then insipid and in the last episode there was one scene changed from the book and a second one that was never in the book.
The first was Jaime and Eddard fighting. In the book it is all on horseback with the Lannister Guards attacking and Eddard’s horse is killed, falling on him and breaking his leg. He passes out. In the TV show there is now way to film that without hurting actual horse’s so he and Jaime fight. It is done to show that Eddard is not a slouch despite the fact that he is not a tournament knight. Did I think Jaime would win if the fight went on, most likely? But the point of the fight was to show that while Jaime is a great knight, possibly the best swordsman around, Eddard is a seasoned knight with years of experience. Note the prior conversations with Ser Baristan Selmy. Jaime says he saw him do the greatest move he has ever seen and later Baristan tells Eddard he knows he is a great fighter.
The other scene was between Cersei and Robert. They didn’t fight, he doesn’t hit her, and they almost get along. Different then the way they are portrayed in the book, yes. But it shows that these are two people who have been stuck together for 17 years. There is no love between them but 17 years is a long time to live together, raise kids together, and deal with all the political ends of ruling the seven kingdoms.
These two scenes I am using to illustrate a very specific point. Yes the show is different than the books but what quality actor/actress would take a role that was all internal dialogue or required no range of acting ability?

Friday the 13th

I have not written anything for a long time. Not that I have ever been a frequent poster at anytime. I have just not been feeling the urge to post, not here or on FB. Today I decided I will post no matter what so this is going to be possibly very random.
SCA – fighting has plateud, which happens occasionally. Think I had a breakthrough with archery this week and hope to up that game going forward. Have some projects I need to do like garb and armor. Saturday is a good day for that.
Work – switched positions in the last few months. It has more long term potential but means learning new stuff which I have not had to do in 7 years. There are new people to work with and that is not a bad thing.
Other – Health is good although asthma did not like me earlier this month. Need to get back to working out (P90X) starting tomorrow. Tonight is bowling with a bunch of people. I am putting together a fantasy campaign for a role-playing game (Runequest), two people have made up characters already and done some background stuff. Need a third person to commit and we can start playing. I have an art project I need to get moving on. I am doing a deck of cards for Teslacon this year (Steampunk) so need to get moving on it. I have the materials just need to get started. Also, need to work on the nerf guns I am painting and modifying to sell there.
Well, that is all for today. Going to try and post once a week.
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February is generally a bad month for me. Things, never good things, always seem to happen during this month. So perhaps after this many years of that I start looking for bad things for these 28 days. Makes me moody and not a fun person to be around.

So far this month I am feeling like I have no say so in anything that affects me, my opinions do not matter, and that I am completely taken for granted.

Here's to hoping March gets here quick and I get over this.
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Ryan Sherrod

It is easy to say you are prepared for something when you know it is coming. When an event happens that you did not, and should not, see coming….then you get to rant about the unfairness of things.
This is my rant. Ryan Sherrod, known in the SCA as Ryan of Foxvale, died in a car accident on Wednesday. He was not yet 19. This kid was seriously one of the good ones. He was always willing to help, always smiling. I cannot imagine what his parents and siblings are going through.
He was sort of a part time student of mine, fighting wise. So in honor of Ryan, for the rest of this year, I will wear a black scarf on my arm while in armor or garb.
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Friday March 5th

Today I am experiencing what can only be called an ‘in between mood’. I can’t be the only one who has these moments, right? What I mean is that I am not really in any mood. Not happy, bored, anxious, etc. yet I feel like I could be in any and all moods shortly. Is there a better term for this?
I am teaching a scribal class tomorrow (Intro to Vellum) and there are various projects I could be working on except I am at work. And work is slow today so I am stuck trying to look busy. I could be painting a scroll, cutting out my red suede mantle, sewing, or working on the model train layout. To name but a few. But nooooooo, I have to work so I can get paid.
Winning the lottery tonight would make everything better. I mean $130 million dollars would change the perspective of almost everything.
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January 28th....

So today it was 8 degrees when I walked outside. Then the sun came out and it was probably 10 degrees by the time I dropped my car off to get the brakes worked on. They started making that wonderful grinding noise during the last week.

I just got the call on how bad it is going to be....$1300 for all four brakes since everything is rusted out and needs replacing. Oh and that includes a lightbulb that was burned out.

Am I depressed now...oh yes.
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I just finished reading ‘The Elfish Gene’ by Mark Barrowcliffe. It is about growing up in the 70’s and being obsessed with Dungeons and Dragons (known as D&D). Normally when reading a book I visualize scenes that the author is describing. If I am having trouble doing this then either I am not relating to the story at all or the author is not very good at descriptions. In this book I didn’t visualize, I had flashbacks. He has put into words that I could never come up with the WHY us adolescent males were obsessed with this game. Eating, sleeping, breathing was optional. Playing a game of D&D was not.
There has been only one other thing that made me have flashbacks like this book and that was the movie ‘Dazed and Confused’. This is really weird since I am having dinner in a few weeks with high school friends I have not seen since Member’s Only jackets and one glove were in style. A couple of the guys I played D&D with and one of the women I dated briefly.
How do I feel about all this? Not sure. I am a completely different person now. I was not the nicest person in high school and definitely not a good friend. Yet when I look back, I see how it all shaped who I am now. I guess this is just kind of weird to me.…but that is why this is a journal, right?

Friday the I think of movies

And therefore, my top 5 movies of all time. Some movies were hard to not put on this list but I am pretty happy with these choices. What does this say about me, based on these 5 movies? Comment away.

1) Henry v with Kenneth Branagh
if you know me at all, you already knew this.

2) Shawshank Redemption
One of those movies I can watch over and over.

3) History of Violence
Not for everyone maybe because it is kind of violent but one of
the few movies I have seen in recent years that was not a story I
had seen many times before.

4) The Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn
Childhood memories of channel 9 on a Sunday afternoon, "Family
Classics" anyone?

5) Miller's Crossing
Another story where you were not able to guess what was going to
happen next. Plus it is all about being Irish.
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TV show meme

Pick your five favorite TV shows, put them in any order. Then go under the cut and answer the questions.

1. Firefly
2. Babylon 5
3. Burn Notice
4. Rome
5. NCIS (I am watching it in reruns so…..)

01. Who's your favourite character in 2?


02. Who's your least favourite character in 1?


03. What's your favourite episode of 4?

Season 1, episode 11 “The Spoils”

04. What's your favourite season of 5?

Season 3, episode 21 “Bloodbath”

05. Who is your favourite ship in 3?


06. Who is your antiship in 2?


07. How long have you watched 1?

One season plus one movie. All gone now….

08. How did you become interested in 3?

Liked the promos…been watching since day one.

09. Who's your favourite actor/actress in 4?

Ray Stevenson/Titus Pullo

10. Which do you prefer: Show 1 or 2 or 5?

tough…Babylon 5 I watched every episode of…..NCIS I am still playing catch up and Firefly had only one season. So Babylon 5 it is.

11. Which show have you seen more episodes of, 1 or 3?

Burn Notice

12. If you could be anyone from 4, who would you be?

Titus Pullo

13. How would you kill off your favourite character in 1?

I think the movie did a good job, don’t you? Not necessarily my favorite character but still….

14. Give a random quote from 1?

“I swear by my pretty blue bonnet I will end you”.