Entry for August 30, 2005

I hope this posting finds all of you well. Work has still been busy and is getting busier, as CW's copy desk prepares for the systems migration and an increasing workload of editorial content for our Web site. Janice and I successfully set up our new printer/copier/scanner; now we just need to send our old Dell PC in to be recycled/donated.

This past Saturday, Janice and I enjoyed the nice weather and visited the book shops of Harvard Square, Cambridge. We then met Brian W. & Beth S. in Dedham, Mass., for a late matinee of "Brothers Grimm." Monty Python alumnus Terry Gilliam's latest comic fantasy movie was a bit too dark for most of us, but I thought the plot was a bit more linear than in many of his other films, such as "Jabberwocky," "Brazil" or "Twelve Monkeys." While it was fun to guess which elements he incorporated from various fairy tales, there was more horror than myth. Matt Damon and Heath Ledger put in good performances as the folklorists, shown here as 18th century con artists. Overall, I'd give it about a six out of 10.

We also visited Brian & Beth's lovely home in Newton, Mass., and ordered takeout from a local Thai restaurant. On Sunday, I dealt with home computer stuff and began preparing for tonight's D&D3.5 "Vanished Lands: Mystical Harmony" game, in which the band of musician/adventurers will be dealing with the departure of Dan A./"Ol' Pete"… While there will be some fallout among the Boston-area role-players, I see this (and the imminent departure of Paul J./"Sai" for college) as an opportunity for a more cohesive and fun party…