Hobbit Day is observed annually on September 22.Happy Hobbit Day!
In the world of Middle-earth, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins share a birthday which is celebrated on September 22nd. According to the books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien, Bilbo and Frodo were born during the Third Age in the years 2890 and 2968 respectively. Translated to Shire-reckoning, Bilbo was born in 1290 and Frodo in 1368.
I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. ~Bilbo Baggins ~ Lord of the Rings ~ J.R.R. Tolkien
HOW TO OBSERVE
Join Hobbit Day celebrations or have a Hobbit Day party of your own. Reading the book or watching the movies are other ways to enjoy the day. Use #HobbitDay to post on social media.
The American Tolkien Society first proclaimed Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week in 1978.
While I was in the hospital, I had access to my wife's tablet. I was able to not only surf the internet and watch shows on Netflix and Hulu (I watched an episode of "The Good Place" when I had it for the Coffee Party Board Retreat a couple weeks earlier), I was able to compose and post short blog entries. Here are links to the three that I managed to write while sitting next to my hospital bed.
September 9 R.I.P. Jerry Pournelle
September 10 Vox on hurricanes, climate change, and storm surge
September 11 Dinosaurs dancing to 'Jurassic Park' theme and more science fiction music on a football field
That's as much as I wish to dwell on my morbidity and eventual mortality today, which happens to be my birthday.
'Westworld' and 'Stranger Things' lead drama series with five Creative Arts Emmy Awards each
I report on the five Emmy Awards both "Westworld" and "Stranger Things" have already won as well as the three statuettes "The Handmaid's Tale" earned, all of which put them in the lead for drama series, along with all the rest of the live-action speculative fiction winners, including the first Emmy Awards for "Gotham" and "Marvel's Luke Cage."
The five awards "Westworld" won last week were Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series, Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within A Scripted Program, Outstanding Make-up for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic), Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour), and Outstanding Special Visual Effects.
"Stranger Things" also won five awards, Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, Outstanding Main Title Design, Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series.
"The Handmaid's Tale" came in third among drama series with three wins. The dystopian tale won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Alexis Bledel as Ofglen/Emily, Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour), and Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More).
"Gotham" won Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role, the show's first Emmy.
"Marvel's Luke Cage" won Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series, or Movie, the show's first Emmy.
'The Handmaid's Tale' sweeps last night of Emmys to win five awards
It went very well for "The Handmaid's Tale," as it won all five of the categories in which it was competing last night. In addition to Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, the show won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
"Planet Earth II" won two awards at last weekend's Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series and Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program for "Islands."
'13th' leads non-fiction programs with four Emmy Awards
"'13th' won for documentary special as well as writing, motion design and original music and lyrics for “The Letter to the Free” by Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins. The Netflix documentary, which also collected a Peabody Award and an Oscar nomination this year, led the winners field with four trophies" -- Variety.
I've been following ICP's travails with the FBI declaring their fans a gang since 2012 with updates here and here. Normally, I'd post this at Crazy Eddie's Motie News, but I posted Goodbye, Cassini! today instead. I might follow up with the results of the march here or at my main blog later.
I've been missing from blogging because I've been hospitalized for diabetes and Grave's disease. I'm home now, but I'm sharing the above photo from the hospital, a courtyard with fake (but beautiful and very convincing) maple trees until I have more to write about my experience. In the meantime, have a music video.
An instrumental cover of this song is also on the "Westworld" soundtrack, which I might share later as well.
I've just finished a series about posts about the shows (and commercials -- yes, the Emmys recognize commercials) with political themes nominated at the Emmy Awards with posts organized by genre: Commercial, Documentary and other non-fiction, Comedy, Drama, Variety Talk, and Variety Sketch. It only took me a month!
'Love Has No Labels' and 'Women's March' among 2017 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Commercial
"13th" vs. "O.J.: Made in America" plus other non-fiction political programs nominated at the Primetime Emmy Awards
'Veep' leads nominated comedies at the Primetime Emmy Awards with 17 nominations
"House of Cards" leads contemporary American political dramas with six nominations
'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' leads variety talk shows at the Primetime Emmy Awards
'Saturday Night Live' tied for most Emmy nominations with 22, 24 counting its web series and interactive program
Videos of Emmy-nominated episodes of 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'
Happy Labor Day and Happy National Wildlife Day! Click on the link in the salutation for my thoughts on both holidays. Instead of writing about the day here, I'll post something a little more meta. I included three title sequences along with the theme songs at Crazy Eddie's Motie News in 'Westworld' leads drama series with 22 Emmy nominations, followed by 'Stranger Things' with 19 and 'The Handmaid's Tale' with 13 and "House of Cards" leads contemporary American political dramas with six nominations. I'll share them behind the cut. First, here's Opening Credits: How TV's Title Sequences Grew Up | WIRED.
( Title sequences for 'Stranger Things,' 'Westworld,' and 'The Good Fight' behind the cut. )
( Saved comments from Michigan Liberal about Michigan politics behind the cut. )
The return of the bot traffic, which began on July 17th, ended on August 17th. That was enough to push my page views to 78,000+ over the 30-day period. The blog also passed 1,200,000 page views during the month. It's also the second month to pass 60,000 page views per month, the other being April 2017. It ended up setting a new record of 61,841 page views. However, there were only 27 comments.
( Most read, liked, saved, and retweeted for last month behind the cut. )
I said I'd post some saved links today. Are they from November 2015? Hardly. They are from this month.
( Links for the Emmy Awards and my various projects in the history of science fiction behind the cut. )
The other track actually got used as "exit music for a film" or at least a TV show.
I find both of these selections to be genius and more than a little creepy.
To celebrate today's eclipse on the main blog, I posted Vox on the Great American Eclipse. Here, I'm observing the occasion, if not the eclipse itself, with something sillier. Take it away, Unipiper!
Keep Portland weird, Unipiper!
Next, a bit of history about the song itself.
This song is about a romantic relationship with a vampire? First, if I had known that 30 years ago, when it became "our song" for myself and my ex-wife, I might have realized that it could be a bad omen for our relationship. Second, I have just the icon for that!