Category Archives: Entertainment

Anonymous

Though I bought the DVD last February, I didn’t get around to watching Anonymous until yesterday.  I was somewhat familiar with the theory that the Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere, wrote the plays and poetry attributed to William Shakespeare (the Oxfordian theory) but not the Prince Tudor theory (“Prince Tudor theory,” “Examining the Prince Tudor Theory,” “A Royal Shame:  The Origins and History of the Prince Tudor Theory“).

I’m certainly not convinced, but I’d like to study both theories more.  I have a copy of “Shakespeare” by Another Name and hope to find time to read it over Christmas break.  Some of the books listed in the Wikipedia article on the Prince Tudor theory also look interesting:

  • Oxford: Son of Queen Elizabeth I by Paul Streitz
  • Shakespeare and the Tudor Rose by Elisabeth Sears
  • The Monument by Hank Whittemore
  • The Secret Love Story in Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Heightsman Gordon

I’m more interested in analyses of the literature than historical works.

Video: “35) TWELFTH NIGHT_BBC SHAKESPEARE COLLECTION”

Video:  “35) TWELFTH NIGHT_BBC SHAKESPEARE COLLECTION

Video: “Anonymous [Official HD] Movie Trailer”

Video:  “Anonymous [Official HD] Movie Trailer

Anonymous is scheduled to be released on Sept. 30 in the U.S.  According to  The Telegraph.co.uk, the movie “makes a case for the controversial theory that the 17th Earl of Oxford wrote Shakespeare’s works.”

Recipe: Special K Bars

This is one of my favorite treats, but I usually make them only at Christmas. I got the recipe when I was in high school, and I have no record of who or where it came from.

I usually file the recipe under Candy.

Special K Bars

Thin Medium Thick Ingredient
1 c. 1-1/4 c. 1-1/2 c. sugar
1 c. 1-1/4 c. 1-1/2 c. light corn syrup
1 c. 1-1/4 c. 1-1/2 c. crunchy peanut butter
6 c. 7-1/2 c. 9 c. original Special K cereal
6 oz. (about 1 c.) chocolate chips (milk or semi-sweet)
6 oz. (about 1 c.) butterscotch chips

Use soft butter or margarine to grease a 13 x 9 pan. I have a springform pan that size, which I use because it’s easy to get them out. You might want to line the bottom of the pan with was paper, too. Prepare the pan first because you probably won’t have time while preparing the mixture, and you don’t want to let it get too cool before you put it in the pan.

Measure the cereal into a large bowl.

Combine the sugar and corn syrup (NOT the peanut butter) in a heavy sauce pan. Bring it to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the peanut butter and stir until thoroughly combined. Pour the hot mixture over the cereal and mix it well. Press the coated cereal into the prepared pan.

Melt the chips together and spread over the top of the cereal mixture in the pan. (Follow instructions on the bag for melting.) Allow the contents to come to room temperature, or chill the pan if the chocolate topping isn’t setting.

Remove the cereal brick from the pan and cut into as many pieces as you want.

TV Show: “Holy Grail in America”

Sunday night I watched a show on the History Channel that I’d recorded on Sept. 20:  “Holy Grail in America.”  The reference to the Holy Grail in the title and runes (Kensington Runestone) in the description caught my attention on (or before) the 20th, so I set the DVR to record the show, which I found fascinating when I finally watched it.  (The show is scheduled to air again on Sat., Oct. 3, at 5:00 p.m. and on Wed., Oct. 14, at 10:00 a.m., time zone unknown.)

The show began with the discovery of  the Kensington Runestone and traced its possible connections to other runestones and carved stones found in North America, to the Knights Templar and Cistercians, to Prince Henry Sinclair and Christopher Columbus, to the Newport Tower and Rosslyn Chapel, and to the Freemasons.

I made a list of authors and books mentioned in the show:

  • Scott Wolter, The Hooked X
  • Ashley Cowie, The Rosslyn Templar
  • Erling Haagensen, The Templars’ Secret Island
  • Steven Sora, The Lost Colony of the Templars
  • Alan Butler, The Knights Templar Revealed
  • Simon Brighton, In Search of the Knights Templar

I don’t know that I’ll read all of the books, if I can find them, but I did want to keep a list of them somewhere.  I found Sora’s book in my county library and requested Haagensen’s book and The Kensington Runestone: Approaching a Research Question Holistically by Alice Beck Kehoe through Prospecter, which includes all the major public and university libraries in the state.  I also recommended to my county library that they buy Wolter’s and Cowie’s books.

I certainly don’t accept everthing presented in “Holy Grail in America,” but I do find it interesting and want to do more research on the subject.

WareHouse 13

This week a new series, Warehouse 13, premiered on the Syfy channel.  I finally watched it Friday night, and I really enjoyed it.  Fans of the Indiana Jones probably would too.

The Other Boleyn Girl

Last night I watched The Other Boleyn Girl.  After the recent celebrationof the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s coronation and marriage to Catherine of Aragon (in real life and Second Life), I was interested in seeing something set during his reign.  From what little I know, the costumes and settings seemed pretty accurate.  It’s too bad the plot wasn’t.  The movie adhered to the major historical events of the time, but apparently not to the details.  Among other things, Mary didn’t visit her brother and sister while they were imprisoned.

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Cream Puff Murder

I finished reading Joanne Fluke‘s latest book, Cream Puff Murder, the other day.  I enjoyed it, as I’ve enjoyed all of her Hannah Swenson mysteries.  I just wish Fluke would have Hannah dump Mike, who’s obviously a jerk, and marry Norman.  I also wish she’d publish a cookbook with the recipes from her novels.

Twilight

One of my sisters and her daughter are true fans (i.e., fanatics) of the Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer.   On the other hand, one of my teenage nephews said he got bored on the first page.

After hearing so much about the books, my other sister and I decided to read them.  She’s read all four, and I just finished the first one.  We agreed on our assessment:  The books are worth reading once, but we wouldn’t buy them or read them again.  (For the record, we have both read a lot of fantasy; we both really enjoyed and have reread The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.)  I also have no interest in seeing the movie versions.

I guess I have trouble willing suspending my disbelief enough to accept that a 17-year-old narrator could sound so mature (more like a woman in her 20s or 30s) and that a being so old could fall in love with a teenager.  Meyer adequately explains his physical attraction to her but not his romantic feelings.

I can understand why teenage girls are so obsessed with the series and teenage boys wouldn’t particularly enjoy it.