Updates: Fish, Flowers and Fiction including The Martian & Godzilla

Kiryu carrying half a blanched pea.

Kiryu carrying half a blanched pea.

Kiryu carrying half a blanched pea.

War In Flesh is off again and this time I am well pleased with how it’s going. I had to purchase a new computer and between that and working overtime lately I haven’t had any time for writing or blogging. Whilst setting up my new computer I went ahead and cruised the interwebz for some kind of editing software, with an emphasis on affordable (read “cheap” because I had just had to buy a new computer) and found something I kind of like.

I did make time this last weekend to read a novel. The first new fiction I’ve read in quite some time, as it turns out. I’m really glad that the novel I chose was The Martian by Andy Weir. It reminded me of how much I love reading science fiction. I’m also very much looking forward to the movie. In fact I’m going to put the trailer right here:

Casting Matt Damon as Mark Watney is brilliant. For my full review keep an eye out for it at Fangirl Nation

Also, Toho is planning on releasing a new Godzilla movie in 2016. This is in addition to the planned sequel to Gareth Edwards Godzilla due in theaters in 2018. Add Pacific Rim: Maelstrom into the mix for 2017 and we have monster movies coming out once a year for the next three years. Yay! That is, presuming everyone stays on schedule.

Alright, we’ve dealt with fiction, on to fish. Gipsy Danger died. I tried everything to diagnose and cure him but there was just nothing that helped. Looking back I think he came to me with a chronic columnaris infection that finally caught up to him. He had a mark on him that I thought was just a part of him but now, in hindsight I think it was the columnaris infection and I just didn’t know what I was looking at. Anyway I tried everything and nothing worked. Poor Gipsy fought a good fight but it was just too much for him. I did 25% water changes daily. I adjusted his heater, put aquarium salt in the aquarium and in the last days, desperate, I put antibiotics in his water. Nothing helped. 12 hours before he died he was riding the current from his filter like he loved to do. He couldn’t flare at Scunner because the snail climbed up to the top of the mountain decoration and refused to go back into the water after the antibiotics were added. I took him out of the tank and put him in another tank.

Gipsy Danger the crown tailed betta named after a Jaeger

Gipsy Danger the crown tailed betta named after a Jaeger

The hour during which Gipsy died he wanted to be close to me. He swam up to the front of his tank and stayed near my hand. I put my fingers on the glass and he hung there near them. Then he died. We buried him underneath a rose bush. I miss him still.

I evicted all of the other residents, bleached everything with 2% bleach water and got the tank set up again. The next day we went out and got Kiryu. He’s no Gipsy Danger but he did need a good home. I didn’t realize how hungry he was when we bought him. He was starving. He’s been eating hungrily and getting more color every day. He was mostly white when I got him but now he’s mostly blue and red. He’s beautiful and he has also claimed the whole 10 gallons for himself. Also he discovered his reflection the other night and spent a good 20 minutes vigorously defending his territory from himself. It’s almost time to put Scunner back in the tank. We’ll see how Kiryu likes him.

Taboo

Taboo

Finally Flowers. The flowers have been gorgeous this year. I’ve gotten a bouquet of roses every week all summer long from my rose bushes. The lobelia bloomed and is still blooming. The mallow plant bloomed and the flowers lasted for the hummingbirds. There were two nests of hummingbirds this year and they had many chicks. They usually got up early and hopped around the clerodendrum having breakfast from the flowers for an hour before moving on. I loved to see them bounding around and chirruping.

Godzilla 2014, Sharknado Sequel and Other Nerdish Movies Coming Up

Official Godzilla 2014 Trailer Screen Capture from godzilla-movie.com

Official Godzilla 2014 Trailer Screen Capture from godzilla-movie.com

Official Godzilla 2014 Trailer Screen Capture from godzilla-movie.com

News about Godzilla coming out of the SDCC is that the new Godzilla has a cobra head. I do wish I could be there this year. Long time Godzilla fans know that the suit gets redesigned for just about every movie and many have their favorites. Personally I think the Final Wars suit is the best with the Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla suit running a close second. That being said this Godzilla, while not a suit, is at least a clear Godzilla; not like the Not Godzilla from the 1998 movie fiasco. Feel free to chime in with your favorite suit in the comments.

With the breathtaking effects on display in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, produced by Legendary films; I have high hopes for Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, which is using the same production company. It should be, given what we’ve seen so far, gorgeous, stunning and everything Godzilla should be as far as visuals.

Things are happening so quickly I simply cannot blog about them fast enough! So far this week in nerd movie news:

Sharknado 2 has been given the green light. This is no surprise since Sharknado, which I reviewed here and had posted also at The Geek Girl Project, was a surprise phenomenon for the SyFy channel. Sharknado was in the top three twitter trends for several days last week. According to the Guardian UK during the peak of the most exciting moments of Sharknado the viewers were clocking over 5000 tweets per minute. Also it seems that SyFy wants your tag suggestions for the sequel, as you can see in the above link. Audience participation like this is sheer genius on the part of their marketing team.

Asylum Films, who is the production company behind most of the SyFy original movies has announced that New York City will be the setting for the sequel. Because what’s more fun than sharks in subways? Plus NYC is where the giant-alligators-in-the-sewers urban legends are centered and it’s the home of C.H.U.D.. It’s smart of SyFy to ride that wave for as long as they can.

Elysium Movie Poster

Elysium Movie Poster

I’ve seen a few trailers for Elysium (in theaters August 9th) and I have to say that I’m not really taken by what I’ve seen so far. The really strange thing about that is that I should love this movie. It’s a great premise, the visuals look stunning and I adore Jodie Foster and Matt Damon. So what’s my deal? I have no idea. Something about it is pushing me away though and I cannot pinpoint just what. I hope you, gentle reader, have a more positive reaction to it because it looks like it should be fantastic.

Gravity Movie Poster

Gravity Movie Poster

Gravity is another science fiction movie I’ve seen a teaser trailer for and that looks like it’s an old school science fiction thriller. To be lost in the endless void, alone, waiting for your oxygen to run out or the heating system to fail? How horrible is that? I love the premise of this movie. I love old school science fiction that doesn’t feel the need to apologize for what it is or throw in idiotic and unnecessary psychopath scenes because the writers understand the strength of the material and trust the audience to get it. This one is dicey though because any movie like this runs the risk of getting bogged down in intrigue, which drives me crazy. Of course I have no idea what this movie is really about since all I’ve seen is the teaser trailer but it looks interesting enough that I’d like to know a bit more. Also, and I know I shouldn’t but, I like Sandra Bullock. K.