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Went to visit folks on Sunday. Mom is physically weak, but in reasonably good spirits. She's glad that, through KitchenCons past, she knows many of you, and she wouldn't say no to a phone call. 508-754-6812. Dad and I moved her computer into the bedroom, so she'll be able to be online a bit more than she has lately.

Since mom won't be driving any time soon, they loaned me a car, to facilitate more frequent visits. It will also come in handy for other stuff, like making to to the Palio event on my own schedule.

Today, I went to the comic book store, for the first time in (estimated) seven weeks. *Vast* pile of comics. Two issues worth of most regular series. On the plus side, I brought back three long boxes worth of trade-in material to get rid of. Incidentally, they were the last three long boxes in my collection, everything else having moved to the half-size ones, which are much kinder to my aging back.

Played a bit of T2X last night. It's a fan-made expansion pack to the computer game Thief II: The Metal Age. It's quite good, close to on par with the original. Ah, if only there was money to be made in playing Thief fan missions all day...

Also this weekend, caught up on Lost and Battlestar Galactica.

Lost has exhausted my patience and their grace period. The revelations during the finale were, let's see: The Black Rock was a slave ship (cool), the hatch has a ladder underneath it (cheap), and The Monster likes to hide in holes (lame). Uh, yeah. *Real* exciting. As far as plot developments, we had: Walt gets kidnapped, and... well, nothing else really. As kestrell put it, "They don't give the viewer a cookie often enough." I'm really not terribly interested in what happen next, because I expect that it's mostly going to be a lot more teasing and undue stretching-out of minimal story elements. Five bucks says that the viewer doesn't see what's at the bottom of the hatch until at least episode three next season.

BSG, on the other hand, was quite satisfying. It's a show less based on 'mysteries', per se, and more about how the characters react to the ongoing plot developments. And, boy howdy, are there *plenty* of plot developments in the finale. I *really* want to know what happens next there. No "Big Reset Button" on this show; they don't appear to *have* a status quo to return to. I'm curious to see how much of the encroaching mysticism is real, as opposed to manipulated into existence by Cyclon conspiracy. Assuming, of course, that those *are* in fact contradictory states...

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The one saving grace of the Lost finale, for me, was we finally had someone speak up for the objective point of view: "You eight act like it's all about you - I teach high school, I know a clique when I see one. There's forty other people on this island! And some of them have been losing weight!"

Of course, with an attitude like that he had to die. (If only because viewers would start to ask, with a high school science teacher on the island how come they haven't got coconut-shell radios yet?)

Lost has exhausted my patience and their grace period.

I'm still enjoying the character interactions enough to keep with it, but I'm going to need to see more progress in the first half of next season. The "hiding-in-holes" didn't bother me -- indeed, I don't believe there *is* a Monster, and never have, so that's still consistent with my expectations. (The "island security system" thing matches my assumptions pretty well: I've been figuring for a while that there is Something Big Underground.) But I agree that the ladder under the hatch was basically a cop-out and a tease. You can't build something up for *that* long and not pay it off at least a bit.

No "Big Reset Button" on this show; they don't appear to *have* a status quo to return to.

No kidding. I liken this series from the very start to B5 once it started really running, late in Season 2. The show is all continuity and ongoing story, and that story keeps changing the scenario in qualitative ways. I am *so* enjoying it: it's the one thing that gives me a little faith in the Sci-Fi Channel. (Provisionally.) If they manage to keep it up, and the series proves to have genuine overall arc, it will likely be one of my all-time favorites.

I'm curious to see how much of the encroaching mysticism is real

Given how deeply *personal* the Cylon mysticism seems to be, I give better than even odds that we're going to meet "God" one of these days. So far, I have no reason to believe that they're talking about anything nearly as ethereal as the usual human conception of God.

But yes, it's fascinating to watch this playing out. They are very, very clear that these people are living out long-standing prophecy. Sooner or later they're either going to have to grapple with that seriously, or cop out. Yes, the Great Cylon Conspiracy model is a possibility, but it'll be hard to pull off...

So far, I have no reason to believe that they're talking about anything nearly as ethereal as the usual human conception of God.

Have you ever spoken at length with a True Believer Born Again type? I recall doing that in my teens or early college. From their point of view, Jesus is really sitting right next to them. Now. No doubt at all.

So a really personal, vibrant belief in "God" might not translate to having him show up to anyone else, is what I'm saying.

Re: Devil's Advocate

Oh, sure -- there is certainly ambiguity. But there's just something in the phrasing that keeps making me suspicious...

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