Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 25, 2020, or: Of Wi-Fi Issues, Upcoming Reviews, and (Star) Trekkin’ On

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 Hi there, Dear Reader, and welcome to another edition of Musings & Thoughts. It’s Friday, September 25, 2020, and as I write this it’s late morning in my corner of Florida. The current temperature is 79˚F under mostly sunny skies; with humidity at a whopping 89% and a 3 MPH breeze blowing from the east-northeast, the feels-like temperature is 91˚F. Per my phone’s AccuWeather app, we don’t expect any rain here over the next few hours, although the long-range forecast suggests that we’ll have thunderstorm activity on Monday.

(C) 2019 Oxford University Press

 I spent most of my morning reading from Peter Caddick-Adams’ massive Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France. I would rather have been writing a review of Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape) for this blog, but even though I have the actual figure – still in its box, by the way – I often need to be online to get information as to when it was produced/released. But if I am offline, I can’t look anything up on my PC; I have to use my phone, and sometimes that’s harder for me to do.

Here’s the problem: We have connectivity issues if too many people try to connect to the house’s Wi-Fi at the same time, and because the owner of the house is working from her home office, she needs 100% connectivity from 8 AM to just a bit past 5 PM during her work days, I’m not sure how many of us are online simultaneously; I do know that the Wi-Fi signal strength varies from room to room, and I have noticed that if three of us (out of five individuals) try to connect to the Internet at the same time, the connection is just awful.

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Because of this, I really don’t have a lot of options as far as keeping entertained or productive. I have to read out in the living room or write on my computer in silence since I can’t work online or watch TV anywhere. My study is located between two occupied bedrooms, and one of them is occupied by a college freshman who needs a tranquil environment in which the student can attend virtual class or work on assignments. The other room is also the realm of the homeowner’s oldest, who is currently unemployed – he quit his job due to fears about getting COVID-19 – and stays up all night gaming and sleeps during the day. So I can’t watch my TV here, and I can’t go watch TV out in the Florida room because its adjacent to my hostess’ home office.

If I had my way, I would be looking for a nice two-bedroom house or apartment where I could live independently or at least semi-independently. However, even after the sale of my townhouse, I don’t have enough money to buy a decent, solidly-built, no-remodeling, no-renovations-needed property…at least not one which would comfortably hold me and my belongings.

(C) 1999 Legacy Records
(C) 1999 Columbia Records

Anyway, today I’m expecting another package from Amazon: the 2-CD Star Trek: The Motion Picture 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition with legendary film composer Jerry Goldsmith’s score on Disc 1 and an updated version of  Inside Star Trek, a 1976 recording that Gene Roddenberry and several guests – including William Shatner – made for Columbia Records at what I believe was a Star Trek convention on Disc 2.

I have not owned the musical score prior to my recent purchase of this 2-CD set, but I did have the original 1976 version of Inside Star Trek on eight-track tape back in the late 1970s. The one on the 1999 CD is different; it features many of the tracks from the original 1976 edition, but it also has a new intro and a closing  by actress-singer Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant – and later Commander – Nyota Uhura from the original Star Trek TV series and the first six feature films).

From what I see on my Amazon Orders – on my phone, natch – the soundtrack album has 18 tracks, and so does Inside Star Trek. I have never heard the former – just the score in the movie – but I did listen to Inside Star Trek many times when I was in high school, and many of the track titles are familiar.

Right now my order is in the same metro area where I live, and it’s currently Out for Delivery.

It looks like my one-hour window to use the Wi-Fi will open soon (it was 9:30 AM when I started writing this post, now it’s almost 11) so I’ll close for now. If I can dig up the info I need for that Star Wars The Black Series figure review, I’ll be working on that from 12 to 5 PM and post it as soon as I can reconnect to the ‘net. If all goes well, I’ll see you later.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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