Friday, March 25, 2016

TGIF 3-25-16

TGIF! It’s been a busy couple weeks, adjusting to changes at work, with more changes right around the corner. It’s an ongoing reminder that change is the one dependable constant in this universe. Everything changes. Nothing stays the same. No matter what the mathematicians might tell you, this is the universal constant. You can’t stop change. You just have to roll with it. “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance” [Alan Watts] has never been more true.

Updates! Do I have any updates? Okay, let’s be fair. Do I have any updates to share? There are always updates, but some you don’t care about, and some I wouldn’t care to share. So, on the sharable front:

Nothing has really changed on the foster case, but I think that actually qualifies as a good thing. It means I’m not being asked to repeat something I’ve already done multiple times. All of the appropriate paperwork has been filed (and is probably evolving entire generations of dust bunnies on someone’s desk), so it’s just a waiting game now. Out next court date is not until June, so I don’t expect there to be any significant news one way or another before then. The at-home portion is going great. I was just telling our foster daughter yesterday how proud I was of the progress she has made in so many areas in recent months.

As always when this subject comes up, I will point out again that there are so many children in need of good, loving homes, and so many systems in need of serious overhauls. If you have the ability, the space, the love, it would definitely be fantastic if you would look into how you can help, but never forget that you also need patience. Even when they work well, these systems don’t actually work well. Some just work better than others. Even beyond needing patience to work with whatever issues the child or children bring to the table (and those can be plentiful, with more than plentiful reason), you will often need mountains of patience to work with the people and programs that often don’t seem to have as many valid excuses. Do help if you can, though. It’s worth it!

Family adventure. We’re going to see Batman Versus Superman this weekend at the local IMAX theater. I haven’t seen a movie in IMAX since the Lord of the Rings movies, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in 3D. This should be an adventure no matter how it works out, but I have high hopes. Unlike some critics, I have one overriding criteria when it comes to movies: Did I have fun? As long as that answer is yes, everything else is a bonus, and I fully expect to have fun at this one. I’ll let you know.

Speaking of having fun with science fiction (We were, weren’t we?), I just watched the short film Code 8, and I highly recommend it. This is a labor of love being put together by Stephen Amell (of Arrow) and Robbie Amell (of The Flash), so you know it has a good pedigree right there. The 10-minute short stars Robbie, and deals with a world where 4% of the population has some degree of super powers, and the discrimination these people face because of these powers. Though he is not in the short, the Amells have stated that Stephen will be in the feature length movie they hope to spin out of this. Check out their campaign on indiegogo and help make it happen. We could always use more good science fiction.

Hope everyone has a great weekend, and we will talk to you Monday. Namaste.

Watch Code 8 below, and remember to visit their indiegoogoo campaign to make it happen.