Freighter Watch

Hello, my Loves... so much time has passed.

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Chriminy-Sticks. I know, I know... I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place that many of you will not grasp, and many of you will sympathize with.

I've not liked what has been happening with LiveJournal. I'm not comfortable with LJ shifting more and more [OKAY IT SEEMS TO ME] to Russia's dominance. I do believe that LJ would like to divorce itself from their ownership, but this feels like a Russian takeover of a website which had a large American buy-in... I only recently got the notice (read: 'recently is relative', and being older, time has been flying by crazily) that renewal rates would be converted to rubles, which confirms this is now a Russian company. Normally, this wouldn't make one whit of difference (say if this was GB and converting to pound sterling), but with Putin being such a USSR/KGB throwback, I am extremely concerned that my participation is actually harming my nation-since-birth in some way. I wouldn't suggest I'm of the flag-waving/close-eyes-type patriot, but I AM American. I simply don't trust the alleged new Russia while it is being strong armed by a former Soviet Union muscleman and master spy. I don't trust that LJ will be able to stand up to Russian-state demands to share American account information or to have the honor and ability to protect me against the state-sponsered Hackers that are targeting US assets.

I have been investigating moving my LJ account to a new service based in either the USA or Canada, but I'm not tech savvy [ironic since I work in IS, but I'm involved in user accts, not the tech side of things], which has left me in a position of being paralyzed about what to do if I don't want to provide my updated payment information to a company who is going to convert it to rubles. Simply put, I don't trust Putin to respect me as an American (I don't think this is paranoia), or to respect companies who are moving more and more of their operations to Russia [especially since I can't be confident that my account won't be used nefariously by our Opposition - despite its overall non-political nature, I could be hacked and used to spread cyber-attacks to anyone who visits my site, if the G.U. or god-knows which other Russian government group is targeting Americans].

This is why I've not been posting, even when I'm in the mood to do so. I'm extremely worried about being Un-American (though I'm not blind to our own tarnished image, jeeezus - we elected a piece of shit/conman like Donald Trump and too many Americans are dumb asses supporting his authoritarian aspirations, including the deluded GOP leadership who continue to believe they can control and use his followers for their own power, despite clear evidence that DJT has proven he only gives one shit about himself -- and I live in a red county, so I know of what I'm opining on, alas).

Anyway, the point is that I'm stuck with inaction, which is definitely the worst place to be. I should either pull the trigger and provide my renewal information, instead of letting my subscription expire without providing an update to my payment details, OR I should bite the bullet and start the process of migration, even through my terror of not having everything going easily [and it won't because this is my life -- THE LORD -- whatever, and whoever ITS nature, seems to revel in making me suffer from day to day in ridiculous, petty ways -- I'm presuming that this is a retread of a life past and I'm forced to pay for former sins as I grow toward wiping the slate to even -- it'd help if i knew what I was paying for, but I'm accepting that ignorance is a part of the parcel -- and even more bizarre? I'm not even religious..., which tells me that religion is ultimately about comfort to the mortal, and doesn't mean a damned thing to the cosmos]. I do want to continue my reviews of Supernatural, Buffy, etc. that I was working on before my more-than-extended-hiatus, but I am actually experiencing real, physical anxiety when I start to think about what I need to do to relocate digitally to a new platform. [I didn't used to suffer this, but now - the older I get, the more social anxiety about anything that I have to deal with... my actual fantasy involves being a recluse -- off in the wilderness with only minimal contact with actual people. I have theories about why I've become this, but it would take psychotherapy I can't afford (and probably wouldn't engage in honestly to resolve) to really drill down and maybe treat it.]

Everything sucks in this realm.

Yes. I know. This is a pathetic post. The older I get, the more I want to withdraw from interaction with the real world and exist completely cut off from having to deal with 'out there'. I don't know how I got this way, but here is where I'm finding myself.

The real question remains. Will I pay LJ? Will I try to migrate to another platform before my current acct expires? Will I simply disappear from an online space? I'm shouting "Fuck Me!" to the universe, but this somehow has failed to take the decision out of my hands. G'd Dammit.


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Buffy_Angel

Boom!Buffy reviewed: issue 20

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Boom!Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Issue 20

Writers: Jordie Bellaire & Jeremy Lambert, Artwork: Ramon Bachs & Raúl Angulo, Lettering: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: David López







Page 01: Willow is on the astral plane, currently watching a mysterious meeting between a large demon and a cloaked figure. The demon promises the cloaked figure that everything is proceeding as it should, and further elaborates that soon "they'll fall and we'll bury them where they land". They are speaking of the Council - one could infer the Watchers Council.

Willow is spotted and the hulking demon snaps his fingers at her.


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Review: Boom!Angel number 16

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Boom!Angel
Issue 16

Writer: Zac Thompson, Artwork: Hayden Sherman & Roman Titov, Lettering: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Gleb Melnikov





Page 01: We open in the midst of battle between Team Angel and Team Werewolf. They've apparently been battling for a while, as Angel thought-bubbles that they've only to hold out for four more minutes, and then the wolves are back to people.

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Boom!Buffy reviewed: Issue 19

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Boom!BTVS
Issue 19

Writer: Jordie Bellaire & Jeremy Lambert, Artwork: Ramon Bachs & Raúl Angulo, Lettering: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: David López






Page 01: We open on Xander, or at least his vampire counterpart, just after he's sensed Willow's astral form. He asks Willow if they're not bound to each other.





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Boom!Buffy reviewed: Issue 18

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Boom!BTVS
Issue 18

Writers: Jordie Bellaire & Jeremy Lambert, Artwork: Ramon Bachs & Raúl Angulo, Lettering: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Becca Carey





Page 01: We open with Willow, back in Sunnydale from her solo adventure. She's thinking to herself that it has been so long since she's seen her friends, and wondering if it's her fault that she
feels disconnected from them.

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Boom!Buffy reviewed: Willow, issue 5


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Boom!Buffy
Willow, issue 5



Writer: Mariko Tamaki, Artwork: Natacha Bustos & Eleonora Bruni, Lettering: Jodi Wynne
Cover: Mirka Andolfo & Rosemary Valero O'Connell


Page 01: In the woods leading to an exit from Abhain, Willow and whats-her-name are confronted by Aelara and her girl-squad, plus some magical wolves. Willow warns Aelara that not many people ever expect her to fight back, but she's never been one to back down. Aelara isn't there to fight Willow, but she tells her that this is bigger than just what she wants.
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Movie Reviewed: Horror Express (continued)

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Sc36: While our scientists are making their amazing discovery of the creature's memories being contained in an eye of a host, a hairy ape-man hand is checking out Vanessa's smooth brain.

Next it pulls the sheet off of the ape-man's body, only to discover the amazing glaring eye missing from the face. A human hand fingers the eyelid over the empty socket.


Commentary: Our next stupid thing. Yes, Mirov was possessed by the thing that had been in the ape-man. So -- somehow -- it transforms only one of the inspector's hands into an ape-man's?! Uhhhh. What?!
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Movie Reviewed: Horror Express

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Horror Express a.k.a. Pánico en el Transiberiano
(1972)

Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alberto De Mendoza, Silvia Tortosa
DIR: Eugenio Martín


Blurb [edited - the back of the box is really wordy]: In the early 1900s, anthropologist Alexander Saxton unearths in China what he believes to be the scientific find of the new century: the centuries-old frozen body of a gigantic ape-like man, a veritable "missing link". Booking a ticket on the train back to Europe with his crated-up, but still very healthy discovery, he joins an international group of passengers on a nightmarish adventure aboard the HORROR EXPRESS.





Sc01: We start with an extensive black screen and the sound of a train whistle, before we finally get some relief in the form of a headlight from that train illuminating our cast.

Also joining us is a whistled theme. [You should just resign to loving it, because you're going to hear it A LOT.] The train light comes and goes, and gets bright in our eyes and withdraws as the cast names keep coming. Just when you think it's done, we get the entire crew credits!

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review Boom!Angel: issue 15

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Boom!Angel + Spike
Issue 15

Writer: Zac Thompson, Artwork: Hayden Sherman & Roman Titov, Lettering: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Christopher J. Mitten





Page 01: We open in Angel's basement, where Spike, Angel and Kate are gazing in at a cell holding Oz. Our werewolf reports to a skeptical audience that he's not their killer, and that there are at least two and possibly three other wolves hanging out on skid row.

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