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New TV shows, a book, and a washing machine

I spend a lot of the free time afforded by retirement reading, but I only finished one new (to me) book last week. It was the seventh in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, and quite a fun read.

Kingdom of the Wicked by Derek Landy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It has been said that power corrupts. When a group of average teenage mortals suddenly develop incredible magical abilities, that hypothesis is put to the test. Can humans accept magic and bring about a new age of peace and cooperation, or will they use their power selfishly to exert dominance over others? It’s an interesting experiment, but the cynical skeleton detective is fairly sure he knows how it will turn out.

This is yet another fine episode in the continuing adventures of Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain. It’s considered a YA book because one of the two main characters is ostensibly a teenager, but there is nothing juvenile about it. The characters have some depth, the world building is solid, and the plot makes sense (given the existence of magic). It’s also a bit dark. There’s no actual sex, but there is extreme violence, a bit too much, actually, for my sensitive, old man tastes.
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I spent more time than usual watching streaming video last week because of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+, Stranger Things 4 on Netflix, and Star Trek Strange New Worlds on Paramount+. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen so far of all three of these new shows well enough to keep watching them, but only one really stands out for me. That’s Strange New Worlds, which continues to be surprisingly good. I say “surprisingly” because I have been less than impressed with what Paramount has done with Trek up to this point. Discovery, Picard, Lower Decks, and Prodigy, ranged from truly awful (Discovery) to okay (Prodigy). Despite being a Trekker for the last half century, I found Discovery and Lower Decks literally unwatchable.

I also spent more time than usual not doing laundry since Whirlpool has still not fixed my washer. I’ve blogged about this before, but it’s now been out of service for over seven weeks. Developments since last week are:

  • DAY 47 – (May 23rd) I sent an email to Whirlpool ( asking for clarification on what they consider “non-repairable” and reminding them that my washer has been out of service for over six weeks and would cost more to repair than it cost me new.
  • DAY 49 – (May 25th) Whirlpool responded to my email, telling me that parts being on backorder for an extended time does not equate to an appliance being deemed “non-repairable.” Apparently, their warranty has no limit on how long it takes them to fix something. The cost of those parts was not mentioned, suggesting that either their prices for parts are highly inflated or that their contract with the service company shifts some of that cost to them.
  • DAY 51 – (May 27th) Whirlpool (@WhirlpoolCare) sent me a Tweet offering to help if I sent my name, address, and info on my washer via a DM. I did.

I plan on writing another email to them later this week asking for further clarification on the criteria they use to determine if an appliance is repairable because it really seems that the one I have isn’t.

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