- Jun 18, 2013: Tweets re: Dark Shadows eps 3-5 on Netflix...
- Watching the original Dark Shadows on NetFlix #darkshadows
— Dragoness Eclectic (@Dragoness_E) May 29, 2013
Fortunately, NetFlix skips the early season 1 crap when the show was still figuring itself out & starts with the 1st Barnabas Collins ep.
Ep 3. Creepy handyman hasn't been seen since he opened the wrong coffin. However, 'Cousin' Barnabas has just shown up.
Gotta wonder where he found the modern suit & tie if he's been stuck in a coffin for the last 180 years or so.
Barnabas, for someone who supposedly grew up in England, you're missing the accent.
Barnabas, did you get a crash course in 'how not to sound like an antiquated dork' from Willie? You are far too smooth here.
Victoria, did you just send the kid out to play? Barnabas is in the study. That means it's dark out. You hate the kid, right?
Oops, he still sounds antiquated to the kid. Needs to work on those modern English lessons.
Time for #darkshadows ep. 4...
— Dragoness Eclectic (@Dragoness_E) June 18, 2013
Victoria, you sound stoned whenever you're narrating.
Caroline, if you need to take a taxi to get home from the pub, how did you get there? Teleport?
Meh. Thought we were going to find out why Blackmailing Git is blackmailing Elizabeth. Nope. Just hints and relationship angst.
On to ep 5
'That door was shut tight! How did you open it?'
'With a little technique & practice'.
Yes, Barnabas knows about doorknobs.
Context: 'the wind' blew the double door shut. Victoria tugs hard on the doorknobs, can't open the door. Barnabas steps up to the door, turns the doorknob, and the 'stuck' door opens.
Old Collins House should be on the Historic Register. And ought to be restored, if everything Barnabas says is correct.
Enter Uncle Roger. Egads, that suit is hideous!
Barnabas, you've noticed the rest of the Collins household is oblivious, so you're making these sly hints to us, aren't you?
"Dear viewers: I am undead. Thus my quips about 'the house not being INTENDED as a tomb' & how living the other Collins are.
Victoria is still boggling over Barnabas's skill at turning doorknobs.
Apparently, Barnabas does drink... wine.
- Jun 7, 2013: Why I'm Cynical about Politics...
- ...When Obama talked about change, I really didn't think he meant "Bring back the Nixon White House" (and the Hoover-era FBI).
As someone who is old enough to remember Nixon's heyday, the parallels are disturbing:
- Enemies List
- Illegal surveillance of U.S. Citizens
- Use of federal law enforcement agencies to harass political enemies
- federal intelligence agencies that consider themselves above the law
- a "Justice" department that makes up the law as it goes along....
Even Nixon didn't use the military to assassinate U.S. citizens, though. That we know of.
- May 23, 2013: Feel the Hate
- I still hate Buck Moth Caterpillars and would like to see them all drown in DDT.
Today, while trying to pull a weed, I failed to notice the big fat poisonous caterpillar wrapped around the stem. I pulled a handful of poison-spined caterpillar instead.
The fingers of my right hand are all swollen up and have I mentioned the excruciating pain of these stings? This makes typing difficult and uncomfortable as well.
Yeah, me and Phylum Insecta are at odds again.
- Apr 17, 2013: Adding to my hate list...
- I also hate
tent buck moth caterpillars and want to see them all die. Preferably without leaving a huge pile of twitching corpses underfoot, because they are disgusting.
Because waking up to a massive horde of the damn things spiraling up one of your favorite oak trees, and knowing that they will strip the leaves clean off the tree is just peachy. Fortunately, a strong wasp spray kills the little bastards.
Unfortunately, the little fuzzy bastards have poisonous spines disguised as fuzzy. DO NOT brush up against them. You will seriously regret it. Yet another reason tent caterpillars must die.
Addendum: we identified the "tent caterpillars" as actually being Buck Moth Caterpillars, which do not tent, but do occur in massive outbreaks and really like oak trees. And are poisonous, and like to fall out of oak trees. This can be a problem if you are walking under an oak tree at the time.
Apparently this is a normal spring thing in Lousiana, because we have so many live oaks...
- Apr 16, 2013: I hate fire ants
- Have I ever mentioned how much I hate fire ants? They are one species that I would celebrate the extinction of. I think everyone in the South would--massive, Mardi Gras-style rejoicing.
Does anyone know how to put them on the Endangered Species List? And then push them into extinction? If someone does, that person needs to publicize the method, and be given a Nobel Prize of some kind.
Sadly, the malevolent little psychotically-aggressive bastards with the poisonous bite are as tenacious as cockroaches. You can poison the mounds in your own lawn, but you can't cover every woodlot, pasture, and crack in the sidewalk.
Summation: I hate, loathe and despise fire ants. Kill them all.
- Apr 11, 2013: This.
- Those of you with depression will understand this all too well.