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Got the Roku thingie attached to the TV and speaking to the WiFi router and to Netflix and Amazon Prime. Rewatched all the Sherlock episodes to date on Amazon Prime so as to be up to speed when the new season starts here.  It’s already aired in the UK.  It won’t be aired here until the 19th, via Masterpiece on PBS. Whether our local PBS channel gets it remains to be seen.  Now that Moriarty has eaten a handgun and joined the choir invisible, there will be a new arch villain who apparently is even archer, played by Lars Mikkelsen.  To be anticipated:  Watson’s fiancée will be played by Martin Freeman‘s real life partner, Amanda Abbington.  Sherlock’s parents will be played by Benedict Cumberbatch‘s real-life parents, Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, both of whom are actors.

I’ve been going to sleep listening to the Grace internet radio.  It’s nice, but I think what needs to happen is that I get a headphone extension cable so I can plug this speaker into it and put it under my pillow.  Too much competition from the air purifier on my night stand and the fan I run for white noise.

It’s been delightful watching Netflix and Amazon Prime stuff on big screen, rather than on my TV monitor.

You will notice the space suited figure in the lower right-hand corner is not a pig.   The artist, Mattias Adolfsson, is a freelance illustrator living in Sigtuna just outside of Stockholm, Sweden.  His drawings are witty, wry, and incredibly detailed.  He has a blog, Mattias Inks, which he uses to showcase his work.  You might find it interesting.  I have featured his work several times because I really like it.  He has individual prints and a book on offer.

And for you LOTR fans, here’s “The Passing of the Elves” from the Howard Shore Fellowship of the Ring complete soundtrack.

220px-Aerlinn_in_Edhil_o_ImladrisThe Passing of the Elves
sung by Plan 9.
lyrics in Sindarin (right) transliterated with translation:

Fanuilos heryn aglar
Snow White! Snow White! O Lady clear!

Rîn athar annún-aearath,
O Queen beyond the Western Seas!

Calad ammen i reniar
O Light to us that wander there

Mi ‘aladhremmin ennorath!
Amid the world of woven trees!

A Elbereth Gilthoniel
Gilthoniel! O Elbereth!

I chîn a thûl lin míriel
Clear are thy eyes and bright is breath,

Fanuilos le linnathon
Snow-white! Snow-white! We sing to thee

Ne ndor haer thar i aearon.
In a far land beyond the Sea!

A elin na gaim eglerib
O Stars that in the Sunless Year

Ned în ben-anor trerennin
With shining hand by thee were sown,

Si silivrin ne pherth ‘waewib
In windy fields now bright and clear

Cenim lyth thílyn thuiennin.
We see your silver blossom blown!

A Elbereth Gilthoniel
O Elbereth Gilthoniel!

Men echenim sí derthiel
We still remember, we who dwell

Ne chaered hen nu ‘aladhath
In this far land beneath the trees,

Ngilith or annún-aearath.
Thy starlight on the Western Seas.