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May 29, 2008
By: Cheryl Rofer

TIME OUT....Harumpf. Kevin said we could post photos, but I don't see any way of doing that.

What I was going to say was that I'm getting a bit tired of nuclear weapons and treaties and all that, but the issues with them just don't stop. I've been saying that for several years now. Back in the early nineties, I began to think that they would be less of a problem than they had been, but they're baaaaack!

So I went to see "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" this afternoon. I enjoyed it immensely and hope to write a review on it, either here or at WhirledView, depending on how long-winded I decide to be.

And I thought I'd post a photo. I do photoblogging at WhirledView, mostly on Tuesdays, but whenever I get to it. I don't have cats as engaging and beautiful as Inkblot and Domino, but I do take photos of the birds, lizards and wildflowers in my yard.

The photo is from last night, when the wind was blowing and the clouds were sailing. There was even a weather warning for further north of a nasty big cloud that could have produced hail. I haven't heard that it did. This one grew up after that one was gone, and the photo is facing east at a little before sunset. I've posted it at WhirledView if you're interested. If you click on it, a larger version pops up.

Update: I've inserted some code sent me by a helpful hacker. Let's see if it works. Looks like it did. You can get an even larger version at WhirledView.

Cheryl Rofer 6:36 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (29)

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The ONLY pictures allowed on this blog are those of Inkblot and Domino and maybe the odd one of one of the Drum's relatives' pets. Kevin had the NSA program these instructions onto the intertoobz. That is why you cannot post your photos here.

Tomorrow is going to be tough - Inkblottipuss withdrawal is really, really difficult.

Posted by: optical weenie on May 29, 2008 at 6:57 PM | PERMALINK

The Indiana Jones movie sucked.

Posted by: tom on May 29, 2008 at 7:05 PM | PERMALINK

Even the sets and costuming sucked. But particularly the stunts/thrills. I'm as ready as the next fantasy-adventure watcher to suspend disbelief, but this stuff strained the suspension powers of all but the most fanatic fans. I felt sad for Spielberg, Lucas, and Ford.

Posted by: tom on May 29, 2008 at 7:10 PM | PERMALINK

Don't listen to that optical person. All cats are beautiful -- even her Cleopatra -- although Inkblot is one of the best.

Beautiful cloud picture. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: thersites on May 29, 2008 at 7:52 PM | PERMALINK

Looks like New Mexico above Santa Fe during yesterday's storm. Right?

Posted by: Joyce D on May 29, 2008 at 8:03 PM | PERMALINK

Gorgeous photo, by the way.

Posted by: Joyce D on May 29, 2008 at 8:04 PM | PERMALINK

Saw Indiana Jone last Saturday. I enjoyed it, and thought it was rather cute. It had a different feel to it than the first three movies, and I liked that Lucas didn't try and hide the fact that Ford is almost 20 years older than the last movie. Working the time lapse into the script was a nice touch.

I actually think Lucas is rather daring in his choice of plots, using UFOs and Area 51 as the theme.

Posted by: RonCharest on May 29, 2008 at 8:25 PM | PERMALINK

I thought it was one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

Problem is that digital visual effects have evolved to the point that anything can be depicted, no matter how preposterous or idiotic. When it was done with models and various practicals, there was still some small connection to the laws of physics. So stuff that was 99.9% impossible didn't insult one's "suspension of disbelief" by a factor of several thousands like most of the silly visual effects in "Crystal Meth" or whatever it was. (Worst case of this was Mutt Jones standing on the two vehicles. Even worse than Tom Cruise on the train in MI22Many.) Also, the last scene in particular was just sloppily done, even for digital. The Marion/Indiana relationship was about as compelling as Chris Farley's SNL Paul McCartney "interview." 'Uh...remember in the first movie when you and Indiana were in love but fought all the time. That was cool !!!" Glad you enjoyed it - but it was a piece of crap.

Posted by: brucds on May 29, 2008 at 8:33 PM | PERMALINK

I can't believe Indiana Jones ended with a ufo taking off from an ancient mesoAmerican ruin.

I also can't believe an Indiana Jones movie took away all human innovation to set up an alien-are-with-us plot. I mean, Indiana Jones is human adventure incarnate, and this movie said, nope, only aliens had the imagination, sense of dare, and technological-know-how to come up with something as basic to civilization as early irrigation systems.

Like Tom above, where this movie lacked believability, it tried to make up for it by adding insult.

Posted by: A Different Matt on May 29, 2008 at 8:55 PM | PERMALINK

Haven’t seen the movie yet, but I am not a big fan of Spielberg. Too many of his movies seem more like very good cartoons rather than serious movies. He has these obsessions with UFO’s (SEOTTK), anti-science (Jurassic Park & ET among others) and smoky cinematography (worked great in black and white for Shindler’s List, otherwise it sucks). I once heard Karen Allen checked out of the second Indiana Jones movie because she felt Spielberg treated actors like props. Don’t know if this is true, but it would explain why so many good actors look like card board in his movies. Guess I just can’t forgive him for the kick in the teeth he gave to environmentalism in general and sharks in particular with “Jaws”. Even Benchley has now recanted and admits humans are a far bigger threat to sharks (shark fin soup any one?) than sharks are to humans. Still, I love Harrison Ford, and maybe the Crystal Skull will be just good enough that I can buy in.

BTW: getting ready for a road trip to New Mexico in August. Looking forward to the land of enchantment and confronting the eternal question: red or green?

Posted by: fafner1 on May 30, 2008 at 12:02 AM | PERMALINK

What brucds said. The whole thing had cartoon physics, they need to go back to real live stunts. They use CG now even when it doesn't make sense, and it shows.

As a friend said after, "I wish Lucas and Spielberg would stop raping my childhood." I have to agree. Someone needed to have taken the two of them for a walk in the snow at least ten years ago.

Posted by: Bruce the Canuck on May 30, 2008 at 3:11 AM | PERMALINK

". . . raping my childhood"? Lighten up, dudes, it's a freakin' escapist movie.

I'm 43, and I saw Raiders for the first time a couple of weeks ago. It was fun, but very silly . . . people melting upon the opening of the Ark - I mean, c'mon! Now there's some believable physics for you.

I disliked Shia's portrayal of Mutt, the ridiculous Mutt scene with the gibbons, but everything else in the Crystal Skull was a continuation of silly fun. I saw it with my 7-year old son, who loved it, and who I am sure will have a glowing childhood memory himself associated with this flick.

Don't take it so seriously, have a beer, focus the anger on the people who really deserve it - the Bush admin!

Posted by: GullyFoyle on May 30, 2008 at 8:55 AM | PERMALINK

For what it's worth, my own review of the new Indy movie is available at

If I knew how to activate that link I'd do it, but unfortunately the filter here at work blocks me off most of the software I'd need. So those who want to check it out will have to cut and paste. My sincerest apologies.

Posted by: Doc Nebula on May 30, 2008 at 8:56 AM | PERMALINK

In answer to fafner1. You should choose red for Carne Adovada and green for everything else.

Nice that Cheryl has gotten the picture software working.

Posted by: troglodyte on May 30, 2008 at 9:22 AM | PERMALINK

Joyce D has it right. Those are the Sangre de Cristo mountains east of Santa Fe. You would be able to see Santa Fe Baldy if the clouds weren't there. I said it was looking east, but it's actually more northeast from town.

Troglodyte also has it right. There is now an option in most New Mexican restaurants of "Christmas," which is half red, half green, but I think it's silly.

Posted by: Cheryl Rofer on May 30, 2008 at 9:48 AM | PERMALINK

As promised, Friday SCATblogging! Moose are on the rise in New York’s Adirondacks and moose scat helps scientists learn why.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on May 30, 2008 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

Oh nooooooooooo -- it's the mushroom cloud Condi warned us about!!

fafner1: You are totally on the money (and money is the operative word for ol' Steve) about Spielberg. He is a glorified hack and a self-promoting commercial whore. The other overarching element in all his movies -- which a lot of other talentless hacks have adopted -- is The Look of Awe, where people stand wide-eyed and openmouthed, gazing awestruck at something, with treacly music in the background.

His movies are mirror images of himself: bloated, overstuffed, infantile, self-indulgent and unbearable.

Posted by: sullijan on May 30, 2008 at 10:27 AM | PERMALINK

The Jones movie sucked. The whole tribute to American culture in the 50s, the nuclear explosion, the swordfight scene, etc. Not to mention the whole alien thing. It was just crap. It officially has "does not exist" status.

Does anyone realize that Lucas hasn't made a good film since Indy 3 in 1989? Look him up on imdb. It's almost 20 consecutive years of crap. But he's ridden the early franchises (Star Wars and now Indy) to billions. Never has a man done more with so little directorial and writing talent.

Posted by: Nobcentral on May 30, 2008 at 10:42 AM | PERMALINK

Never has a man done more with so little directorial and writing talent. Posted by: Nobcentral on May 30, 2008 at 10:42 AM

LOL, but isn't that the American dream....look at Bush, never has a man done so little with so much power and wealth behind him....did I say that correctly?

:)Great picture but I really neeeeed my weekly Domino fix.

Posted by: Zit on May 30, 2008 at 11:10 AM | PERMALINK

Zit et. al.,
She's no Inkblot, nor even Domino, but say hello to my fried Shadow

(I take no responsibility for the ads that show on that page.)

Posted by: thersites on May 30, 2008 at 12:15 PM | PERMALINK

The link to your "fried Shadow" doesn't give any pictures of a cat. Wanna try again, or do you want to re-take your pet's photo after you smear her with ketsup?

Posted by: optical weenie on May 30, 2008 at 12:32 PM | PERMALINK

I dunno. The link works here. How about Baked Shadow?


Posted by: thersites on May 30, 2008 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

Cheryl: Those of us a few miles north of that gorgeous cloud did indeed get hail early Wednesday evening -- enough to drive a rattlesnake up on our porch!

Posted by: Joyce D on May 30, 2008 at 1:36 PM | PERMALINK

I can't see any pictures of a cat when I go to the link you give. There is an ad with 3 sexy grrls in the middle, and a small picture off to the right of some flowers.

Maybe I am too dumb to figure out this website. Obviously eating fried cat improves brain function.

At worst, send the picture to blue girl and she can forward it to me.

Posted by: optical weenie on May 30, 2008 at 1:36 PM | PERMALINK

I don't have the original here, or I would.

Go easy on them hapless dudes this weekend.

Posted by: thersites on May 30, 2008 at 1:46 PM | PERMALINK

hail ... drive a rattlesnake up on our porch!

Reason # 338 that I live in New England.

Posted by: thersites on May 30, 2008 at 2:05 PM | PERMALINK

I grew up east of the mountains in Oregon, and rattlesnakes are shy creatures who a) take every opportunity to let you know they are there, and b) take every opportunity to go the other way. Putting up with rattle snakes is no big thing compared to having to deal with “mud time” or black fly season.

Posted by: fafner1 on May 30, 2008 at 4:03 PM | PERMALINK

Got that right, fafner1. We get skies like that photo up there on a regular basis. And have seen two snakes in nine years.

Posted by: Joyce D on May 30, 2008 at 7:57 PM | PERMALINK

I went to see Indiana Jones, and was utterly appalled at how bad it was. It was only slightly entertaining, and for the most part was so stupid and poorly done that I couldn't stop asking how Lucas and Spielberg lost whatever touch they once had. How could they have come up with this crap?

I'm fully aware that in a movie like this you have to suspend disbelief, but come on. The whole last 1/3 of the movie was excrement, from the moment Karen Allen drives off a cliff straight onto a tree that drops them gently onto the river (as if she knew where the tree was). Then they go down three Niagara-size waterfalls, and emerge unscathed (including a delusional old man). And then they go see the aliens, and watch a cosmic interdimensional warp-thingy with boulders flying around them, without getting a speck of dust in the eye.

After being so disappointed I decided I was going to get my money's worth, and so I sneaked into Iron Man. Wow! Double wow! Now that's a great movie! Anyone here who hasn't seen it, and is still recuperating from the crystal-shit skull, run to the nearest theatre. Iron Man is as perfect as a comic book movie can be. If there were any justice, Downey would be nominated for an Oscar.

Posted by: movie critic on June 3, 2008 at 1:24 PM | PERMALINK



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