I am Loddy…

…Just another white boy with a blog about geeking out and living life.

Monthly Archives: October 2009

Stargate…

…I remember walking into the cinema with my dad about a minute or so after the film had actually started and seeing the locals pulling the stargate out of the ground. I sat, I watched, I became a fan.

The mythological idea behind the Stargate movie was amazing for me and I think I was 13 at the time. Pyramids as landing sites? Egyptian gods really aliens? Wormhole travel though a funky looking orifice? (Sure, they called it that, once, in the series) I was hooked from the beginning and longed for the day someone announced a sequel or a series or something!

When they finally announced the series, I must have been doing something else because I was late on the scene. But once I got into it I was again, hooked. Don’t get me wrong, it took me a while to get used to MacGuyver (I used to watch too) playing O’Neil but it happened and I settled down to continue the saga, for 10 years! When I moved away from home I missed a lot of Atlantis but I also caught up thanks to daily repeats on cable TV.

For me, it was the wide-eyed wonder of Daniel Jackson that took me along for the ride-along through the gate and his pleading for a diplomatic solution before just shooting everyone that kept me into the show beyond the new cultures they’d encounter. I love how they wove the old gods together and through the show linking technology and history to the Ancients.

Admittedly, there were perhaps too many ‘alternate timlines’ or ‘parallell universe’ episodes for comfort but on the same token they did each have their own unique eye-twinkles. It is a show that has managed to be a franchise surviving various setbacks or threats to its longevity but here it is, still, in it’s third series, Stargate Universe.

I’m enjoying it alot. I think like a lot of people “Light” is my favourite episode. Something else I like is the way the civillian vs military struggle is going, because unlike SG1 and Atlantis, I think the sturggle is more about the military being out of their depth this time because it takes alot of knowledge of Ancients to get through these challenges and so the soldiers and colonel Young seem to hanging on to their powerbase out of tradition rather than qualification. It will be interesting tracking that theory; can’t wait for the next show!

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Serious…

…With only 38 days left to go, that is how things have become rather quickly during the lead up to our wedding. Quite a few admin based housekeeping things I need to do before the big day and the honeymoon. I won’t lie to you, there are things I could have done sooner, but when you’re in the thick of a situation like this, with let’s face it, as much uncertainty as we have (in regard to both housing and enployment) are facing, well the stress does tend to sneak in the back door and floor you.

But things are happening, maybe the slow pace they’re happening to teach us to be patient, and if so, I am in class, ready to learn but sure it will be unsettling until I see the result of the equation. In addition to my own conclusions, the good old book would have me endowed with a good deal more discipline to prioritise these last few tasks. So what I think I’ll do is create a slight accountablility and list what I need to do.

  1. Travel related tasks
    • One for me
    • One for her
  2. Career related tasks
    • Negotiate out hours & fees
    • Create training programme and define methods
  3. Accommodation related tasks
    • Arrange viewings
    • Find a suitable house/apartment and move in
  4. Have fun getting married and going on holiday

So, I shall strikethrough the tasks I’ve done in edits as and when.

Accompanying song for this post:
“Big Time Dare” by Bobby Martini (it’s a mashup of Gorillaz vs Peter Gabriel)

Engagement…

…I am about to be a married man. To be more precise, in 39 days. It has been an very character building year considering that about a month after my lady and I got engaged, the recession hit and things started looking pretty bad for people foolish enough to fall in love and commit to each other but we did it anyway and we not shifted the agreed date once.

We have given ourselves one year from the engagement date (4/12/2008), and all our planning has been done, and has to be done prior to the 4th of December this year, because the next day, we’ll be saying “I do” among other things like “What the heck are we going to do with 12 bread makers!?”

But what I have realised lately is how much growing up it has made us both tackle, both emotionally and mentally, dealing with each other and dealing with our past experiences and confronting the challenges ahead. For instance, right now, we don’t have feesible permanent jobs or a place to live, which is a little stressful as you might imagine. The stress shows up sometimes in conversation, and lately it’s shown up physically, but we will not give in to it because we know we are meant to be together and there is no point in delaying that from happening.

During my engagement, I have had people say things to me like “You’re mad, I thought you had more sense than that!” or “You know there’s no financial incentive to get married don’t you?” and to be honest, that’s very sad. My lady and I have waited -she more patiently than I- a long time for the right person and for a while I gave up that search but now we have met each other, we cannot wait anymore than these last 39 days that’s for sure.

Love is…
…and will be.

Accompanying song for this post:
“Are you in?” by Incubus