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  1. Avatar Chris says:

    R.’s mother had a stroke, and it’s looking like it was a pretty bad one, so our plans for the weekend, and perhaps for a while after that, are a bit up in the air. She’s going to NY, and I will probably join her for a little while (though she’s planning on staying for several weeks at least, so I won’t be up there the whole time she is), but for now we’re basically in a holding pattern, sitting by the phone and experiencing dread every time it rings.Report

  2. Avatar Slade the Leveller says:

    Annual Midwest League trip with my son. Seeing the Lugnuts, the Loons, and the Whitecaps this year, which is a reprise (mostly) of our first trip together in 2005. The only difference is the Battle Creek team has folded, and we no longer get to visit the really cool C.O. Brown Stadium.

    @chris Sending good thoughts your way regarding your mother-in-law. Hoping for good news for all concerned.Report

  3. Avatar Boegiboe says:

    A couple of mornings ago, Alice announced to me that “Maleficent” is her new favorite movie. I noted that Jason hadn’t seen it yet, and she agreed that she should take him. So that’s tomorrow.

    My brother is in town, so we’re going to do some hanging out. Edge of Tomorrow while Jason and Alice watch Maleficent, then U.S. v Portugal Sunday evening.

    And Minecraft all (a lot of) the time in between.Report

  4. Avatar Mad Rocket Scientist says:

    I’m home early from NH, so tonight is sleep. Tomorrow is a hike with some friends to play with our cameras, then a birthday date with my wife (my birthday).

    Sunday is open, AFAIK.Report

  5. Avatar Maribou says:

    Gaming is Saturday night.

    I’ll be sitting on the porch tonight.

    I think there will be a lot of sleeping.

    Mondays are technically part of my weekend, but I’ve started seeing a counsellor, as I think I mentioned, so based on yesterday’s session-then-work-until-10pm-then-not-able-to-sleep-until-4am” experience, I think my Monday plan is more like “counseling session. spend rest of day exhausted, alternately processing, napping, and reading books. While eating cherries. in bed.” Which might sound like a day off but isn’t really.Report

    • Avatar Maribou in reply to Maribou says:

      Oh yes. Also I will be doing a lot of chores. Because of the ones I didn’t do last weekend AND this weekend’s AND next weekend’s….

      Because next weekend I will be in Vegas. Loitering about and going to author readings (and one copyright panel and a couple of meetings, because I’m a geek that way). And sitting in lounges reading while sllllloooooooooowly drinking away the afternoon (when done properly, not even the slightest symptom of inebriation appears until 6 pm or so). HOORAY.Report

  6. Avatar Glyph says:

    If I can watch either the Veronica Mars or Hobbit/Smaug DVDs that have been sitting around here for a while, I will count it a win. Probably some yardwork.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Glyph says:

      Missing Hobbit/Smaug is an even bigger win. I honestly cannot remember ever being more disappointed in a film.Report

      • Avatar Glyph in reply to Mike Schilling says:

        I watched half last night. Not great so far. I sprang for the 3D version, because I thought at least that would make it more entertaining – that might have been a mistake, because it really highlights the excessive CGI even more (am I crazy, or is Jackson leaning harder than he used to on it?)

        It’s also suffering from me just having watched GoT, which deploys CGI sparingly (granted, that’s as much a budget thing as anything); the difference that restraint makes for suspension of disbelief is profound.

        Other notes:

        1.) Human Beorn looked ridiculous. And that scene was overwritten. When Beorn says “once there were many”, that’s where you stop. We can fill in the rest.

        2.) Why is Kate from Lost playing an elf, who nccneragyl vf tbvat gb unir fbzr fbeg bs fgne-pebffrq ebznapr jvgu n qjnes? At least she’s a slightly better actor here than she was there.

        3.) Continuing with #2 (and this may be my fault) I am finding some of the elf casting distracting. Granted that the world may not be as familiar with Lee Pace as I am, but when I see him I’m not thinking “elf”, I’m thinking “Piemaker”.

        4.) If including Legolas is absolutely necessary, can we at least stop with the “surfing”? It was stupid the first time, and it isn’t getting less stupid.

        5.) Seriously, ease off on the CGI, Peter.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Mike Schilling says:

        This may be fanboyism, but I missed the Beorn scene from the book, which goes like this:

        Tnaqnys xabjf gung Orbea vf xvaq bs venfpvoyr naq vf abg tbvat gb erfcbaq jryy gb svsgrra harkcrpgrq thrfgf. Fb ur naq Ovyob tb nurnq bs gur bguref vagebqhpr gurzfryirf, naq fgneg gb gryy Orbea nobhg gurve nqiragherf jvgu gur tboyvaf naq gur jnetf. Rirel srj zvahgrf, n pbhcyr bs gur qjneirf neevir, naq Tnaqnys vagreehcgf uvf fgbel gb vagebqhpr gurz. Orbea vf zber vagrag ba yvfgravat gb Tnaqnys guna ur vf naablrq ng gjb zber vagehqref, fb ur fnlf “Bx, lrnu, uv, naq gura jung unccrarq?” Ol gur gvzr Orbea ernyvmrf ubj ur’f orra gevpxrq, ur erfcrpgf gurz nyy sbe gur jnl gurl’ir sbhtug gurve zhghny rarzvrf.

        It’s a nice example of Gandalf being clever about people. And it’s not like what Jackson replaced it with is better.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Mike Schilling says:

        am I crazy, or is Jackson leaning harder than he used to on [CGI]?)

        In this film, he certainly leaned on non-stop, drawn-out action scenes harder than ever. In the first film, I loved the scene where they arrived at Rivendell and Bilbo was completely entranced by it. I’m sure Rivenell was all CGI, but the focus was on the character moment, and the CGI enabling it was a positive.Report

      • Avatar Glyph in reply to Mike Schilling says:

        I’m guessing they skipped over recapping what we’ve just seen, for time?

        Though now you are making me wish that the Mirkwood-barrels sequence was ALL being shown in snips and flashbacks, as Gandalf was telling Beorn the story. Not only would that have allowed us to keep the scene you wanted, it would have papered over some of the less-believable bits of those prior action sequences, since any good tale grows in the telling.Report

  7. Avatar Kim says:

    looking at someone’s graduate thesis.Report

  8. Avatar Will Truman says:

    I am hoping that, over the weekend, I will find the missing remote control to my TVPC. I’m getting tired of using my phone.

    Beyond that, not much going on. Clancy has to work, so I might take advantage of the opportunity to start road-testing some of those GPS apps.Report

  9. Watching lots of soccer and taking the Six Year Old to summer camp orientation.

    In other news, Costa Rica just outright beat Italy just days after they outright beat Uruguay! While they did not try to go punch for punch against Italy like they did against Uruguay (where possession was roughly equal and Costa Rica actually took more shots), they still very much deserved the victory – despite Italy having a pretty massive advantage in possession, CR still managed more shots, and their goalie only had to bail them out once or twice because they were so organized in defense.

    It’s hard not to root for the Ticos – as CONCACAF’s overlooked third power, any success for them is good for CONCACAF as a whole, and on top of that, they’re a surprisingly fun team to watch with a great spirit in a group filled with traditional powerhouses. That they’re one of the first sides to clinch a berth in the second round has to be about the most wonderful surprise story at the WC since Cameroon broke through in similar fashion in 1990 (albeit in a somewhat less-stacked group), making it all the way to the quarterfinals.Report

  10. Avatar Brandon Berg says:

    Is Wild Oats a strip club?

    You know what? Just don’t tell me. I don’t want to live in a world where it’s anything else.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Brandon Berg says:

      It’s our name for Whole Foods. The store used to be a Wild Oats, a million years ago.

      Then the hippies ran out of money and The Man bought the store. No politics.

      We still call it Wild Oats.Report

      • Avatar Will Truman in reply to Jaybird says:

        This sort of thing was way confusing to me when I was young. My parents kept calling this place “Safeway” even though it wasn’t Safeway and hadn’t been Safeway as long as I had been conscious of such things. The Circle K was called the Utotem, which was also completely unfamiliar to me. Those just happened to be the names of the places when my family moved to town.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Jaybird says:

        I still call CVS “Longs” and probably always will.Report

  11. Avatar dragonfrog says:

    This festival. I swear we’re leaving right away now. Any minute. Car’s packed. Just one more thing.

    Sunday evening, my wife’s dance show. Monday evening, a going away party for a friend who’s moving to New York.Report

  12. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    Assuming all the other chores get done in a timely fashion, using Prof. Hanley’s ode to lilies as motivation to pick out and plant a variety of lily bulbs here and there around the landscaping.Report

  13. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    Hanging with the rents and family friends that the rents have known since before my birth.Report

  14. Avatar LWA says:

    Weeding my corn, enjoying some wine, and watercolor painting.
    Not necessarily in that order.Report