For What It's Worth

Friday, February 21, 2020

52 Lists Friday

I’m trying to do more personal (non bookish) posts so I’m trying the 52 Lists for Happiness prompts on Fridays as a regular feature.

I’ll posts the prompt for next Friday at the end in case you want to join in.

I’m having one helluva week (Fonzi is still sick on and off, I had a flat tire, leaking furnace, Figment had a vomiting, pooping meltdown the other day because I was out too long & now my laptop computer screen is literally separating from the computer).


But I’m determined to - not be positive exactly – but maybe not fall into the pit of despair lol so I’m continuing with my 52 Lists for Happiness.



Without sounding super cliché – my husband. He's a calming force in my life because he's so chill while I tend to be a worrier. He's calmed me down SO much over the years. I tended to date the bad boys before him and, luckily, got over that crap. Kevin's a great guy but has a little sarcastic, cynical edge to him so it works lol

Getting my first sheltie, Indy. Well, he wasn't actually my 1st sheltie - my first one came with my house lol The couple was divorcing and they had him tied to the tree and were going to put him to sleep. We took him in but he was a hot mess with severe separation anxiety. After he died suddenly of cancer I had a crazy idea to get another sheltie.

Indy was a fearless, and whip smart puppy. He kept getting bumped up to the next levels in obedience and agility after a week of class - only held back by his slower to learn mom lol He was the epitome of not holding on to any baggage and just moving forward. I learned so much from that dog at a time in my life when I needed it.

In my quest to keep his brain challenged, I pushed myself way out of my comfort zone, taking him to classes with *gasp* people! and competing in obedience and agility and meeting life long friends. And, of course, going on to get my other shelties. They all literally changed my life and Indy was the catalyst.

Starting a blog. I never in a million years thought I would put my self out there on the internet and still be hanging around 10 years later but here I am. I started out as a private political blog on Word Press Ha! THANK GOD I didn't stick with that. And then on Indy's birthday in 2009 I launched For What It's Worth. I didn't even tell anyone I knew for over a year and I still can't believe anyone found me or that I became a book reviewer. I originally intended to talk about TV, movies, music and life.

As you can see, most of my best decisions were ones that pushed me a bit and blogging is no exception. My desire to meet my online friends and authors got me to fly (I hate flying) for book cons (I hate crowds) and contact publishers. It's been life changing.

What are the best decisions you've made in your life?

List for next Friday: List the things (from your past and present) that feel like blockades in the way of happiness.

Oooh...getting deep next week! lol

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Review: Alex & Ada, Volume #1 by Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn

From JONATHAN LUNA (GIRLS, THE SWORD, ULTRA, Spider-Woman: Origin) and SARAH VAUGHN (Sparkshooter) comes ALEX + ADA, a sci-fi drama set in the near future. The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot.
Collects ALEX + ADA #1-5. ~

Source: Purchased

Review: I started dabbling with graphic novels last year and this series was one that was repeatedly recommended to me so I decided to give it a shot.

Alex is struggling after a break up. He’s lonely and well-meaning friends keep trying to fix him up.

On his birthday his wealthy grandmother surprises him with an X5 android in his living room. Granny has been getting it on with a hot stud model X5 😂 and thinks it can help Alex get out and enjoy life more - or at least not sit at home alone all the time being mopey.

Alex is skeptical at first but does power his AI up out of curiosity. She’s very accommodating and whatever Alex wants is right and that’s very disconcerting for him. He wants her to have a little more…personality. He hopes, over time, their interactions will become more natural. They don’t and Alex feels very uncomfortable with ordering her around and her not being able to express her own wishes or even take care of her own needs (the robots need food for example to maintain power) unless Alex orders it.

After some poking around, Alex finds a secret group that *wakes up* AI’s and decides to do the same for his despite a rogue, violent incident with a sentient AI years ago. But the problem has been fixed with newer models. Or has it?? Dun…dun…dun…

I really loved how Ada’s awakening played out. It wasn’t a happy occasion for her and she’s overrun by stimulus and emotions. Alex is actually a decent guy. He’s not trying to use her as a sex toy – or even as a romantic partner (although I'm sure they'll fall in love later 😍). He truly sees something in her and wants to give her a voice so she can decide things for herself. He doesn't like the power imbalance.

Of course, it’s illegal to turn on AI’s – government secrets, rogue robots and all that and you know what’s coming….lol

There was nothing particularly original about this story. It really reminded me of the excellent AMC series Humans and the movie Ex Machina but there was something about Alex + Ada that drew me in and kept me hooked anyway. The story and artwork flowed really well - even though it was very simple and straightforward.

I know I was supposed to root for the robots to gain sentience. Which, once they are turned on, I’m all for it, but I also kept wondering – it they aren’t already sentient – do they know or care? It’s much safer for them without it and Ada really struggled at first. Was she happier given choice? It didn't seem like it. On the other hand – I’m not in favor of anything that’s being used to serve humans that could even potentially be sentient.

It's an interesting dilemma & thought provoking and I’ll be reading the next two volumes for sure.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Whatever Wednesday…

It's been a while since I've shared any music. While not my most popular posts lol I do enjoy discovering new (to me) groups and songs.

I'll kick it off with one of my favorite groups - Glass Animals. They have really trippy songs and videos (like Gooey & Black Mambo). I was about to see them in concert when their drummer was in a horrible bike accident and suffered brain damage. They're finally on the comeback trail and I'm loving this new song...

Tokyo Drifting - Glass Animals with Denzel Curry

Love the lyrics to this one - 

Go Easy by Matt Maeson