September 16th, 2009

the mark

Okay, I wasn't hallucinating.

There really is going to be a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and apparently it's going to be based on Tim Powers' On Stranger Tides. Which is doubleplusgood in my opinion; as you may or may not remember from my review, I was getting some strong deja vu when I read the book, since I'd seen the first couple of Pirates movies before reading the book.
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mo' better salvage & ratting

I got tired of having Ospreys stuck on rocks and blown up by rats, so I bought another Ferox and fitted it out as a salvage boat. Basically, it has the same fit as the salvaging Ospreys I normally use but with some extra shield tanking and firepower. Speaking of which, jamestrainor will be glad to hear that I took the lasers off my ratting Ferox and went with more orthodox railguns. No sooner had I done this than I came across my first officer spawn - granted, it was a pretty cheap Dark Blood Apostle, but I'm not turning up my nose at a 7 million isk bounty.

Also, the mainstay of my ratting efforts is now a Raven sporting six cruise missile launchers, which can hang around out of laser range and blow even the top-end rats to scrap. But I did leave the two beam lasers in the first two high slots. :)
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    Johnny Cash - Jackson
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library gets and other news

Picked up the latest sequel to Ender's Game, Ender in Exile. It's starting strong. Also, an updated version of E.M. Nathanson's classic The Dirty Dozen, which I haven't read since I was stationed in Germany; the new version has some art that wasn't in the original Random House version, and Nathanson did the typesetting on this one himself. Looks nice. Finally, Sewer, Gas, & Electric by Matt Ruff, which seems to be popular with the TV Tropers. This may not necessarily be a good thing, but I guess I'll find out.

Finally touched base with Don Beyer, got the bad news about the bill, and promised to get the Sportage out of hock tomorrow (unlikely) or Friday (more likely) if for no other reason than I'm tired of dealing with the Subaru's foibles and want to listen to my own music again.

Tomorrow I have an appointment downtown at the VA vascular clinic; we'll see what they say about my legs. They've been hurting lately, so it could get interesting. I also need to pick up copies of my chest X-ray results from the Alexandria clinic, and doubtless other tasks will present themselves as the day wears on.