Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Merry Christmas! and Happy Holidays!

Season's Greetings to everyone! :D

My grandmother is coming home from the hospital tomorrow, so the the traditional Christmas Eve celebrations will continue as planned! yay! Hopefully, I'll be out of work early enough in the day tomorrow that I can accomplish some wrapping before joining family at the party. *g*

Somehow I must coordinate a get-together with three friends who'll be in the area. Sounds easy, doesn't it? Yet nothing is ever as easy as it should be. Ah well, it'll be worth it in the end. ;)

The filming of the Farscape miniseries is a wonderful Christmas present for all Scapers yet I'm a bit dismayed by the lack of publicity. Instead of Farscape Commences Filming in Oz!, I've been hearing about World Idol and the fact that no one will be watching it ... that's what I hear anyway. Maybe the entertainment media is waiting for the Henson announcement which hasn't happened yet. Hope is the seasonal theme and one ever present in Farscape; it's what, imho, motivates Scapers. So, I guess I'll hope. I hope that there's a buzz and the cast & crew get some long overdue attention and accolades. I hope the ratings soar through the roof. I hope it leads to challenging roles for the cast and exciting jobs for the crew. Whatever happens, I'm excited that it's happening so soon, and somehow I feel vindicated. :)

This morning was spent shooing Tigger away from the tree. Usually he goes after tinsel, ribbon, and really shiny bows, so those items were left off the tree and the presents. This morning he decides he will eat the tree anyway. Mind you, it's a fake tree, and the cat is desperately chewing on it. Then when he is scolded (because tree-eating tends to lead him into wrapping paper ripping), he pauses and looks at me with his big, round eyes as if to say Who me? I'm not doing anything. He even got sneaky and slid through the presents to behind the tree where I can't see him as well. I hear rustle, crinkle, munch, look up, and he's nowhere to be found. I call him and suddenly the noises stop. I approach the tree and peer through the branches (it may be fake, but it's a *big* tree) and see him standing ever so still. *g* Occasionally he looks up through the branches, then straight ahead again, unmoving, probably hoping I wouldn't notice him. It was too cute, so I gave up and went back to getting ready for work. I'm a bit fearful as to what condition the tree and gifts will be in when I get home. *bg*

and Welcome Home, Amanda! :D

Friday, December 19, 2003

I, Robot!

Taken from Sci Fi Wire:

A faux Web site and "commercial" for the "NS-5" robot domestic assistant has gone up as a promotion for the upcoming feature-film version of Isaac Asimov's classic I, Robot collection of stories. I, Robot, starring Will Smith, opens July 2004.

Isaac Asimov stories in a feature-film!!! woohoo!! :D


Here's another funny email I got! I hope you enjoy. :)

Actual Headlines of 2003

> Crack Found on Governor's Daughter
> Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
> Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
> Iraqi Head Seeks Arms
> Is There a Ring of Debris around Uranus?
> Prostitutes Appeal to Pope
> Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
> Teacher Strikes Idle Kids
> Miners Refuse to Work after Death
> Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
> War Dims Hope for Peace
> If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
> Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
> Enfield Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
> Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
> Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
> Man Struck By Lightning Faces BatteryCharge
> New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
> Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
> Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
> Chef Throws His Heart into Helping Feed Needy
> LocalHigh SchoolDropouts Cut in Half

Thursday, December 18, 2003


I want to point your attention to a fabulous new site that launched recently called FabHill. Beautifully designed, it's a fun fan site dedicated to the incredible actress Hilary B. Smith. What are you waiting for? Go check it out! :D

Next, if you haven't seen it yet, check out the Holiday Snowglobe and turn the volume up! LOL

For an IFILM stream of Monty Python LEGO (which I believe is one of the extras on the DVD of Monty Python and the Holy Grail), click here.

Finally, it appears I am only 28% geek, earning the title of geek liaison.

You are 28% geek
You are a geek liaison, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.

Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.

You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You'll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!

Geek [to You]: I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!

You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at Thudfactor.com

Disorder in the Court

Another one of those forwarded emails. These are supposedly taken from a book called "Disorder in the Court" and are all things that were said in court and transcribed, word for word, by the court reporters.

*Spew Warning! Do not drink or eat while reading this. *g*

Ready? ...

Q: Are you sexually active?
A: No, I just lie there.

Q: What is your date of birth?
A: July fifteenth.
Q: What year?
A: Every year.

Q: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
A: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

Q: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
A: Yes.
Q: And in what way does it affect your memory?
A: I forget
Q: You forget. Can you give us an example of something that you've forgotten?

Q: How old is your son, the one living with you?
A: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
Q: How long has he lived with you?
A: Forty-five years

Q: What was the first thing your husband said to you when he woke up that
A: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"
Q: And why did that upset you?
A: My name is Susan

Q: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo or the occult?
A: We both do.
Q: Voodoo?
A: We do.
Q: You do?
A: Yes, voodoo

Q: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't
know about it until the next morning?

Q: The youngest son, the twenty year old, how old is he?

Q: Were you present when your picture was taken?

Q: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
A: Yes
Q: And what were you doing at the time?

Q: She had three children, right?
A: Yes.
Q: How many were boys?
A: None.
Q: Were there any girls?

Q: How was your first marriage terminated?
A: By death.
Q: And by whose death was it terminated?

Q: Can you describe the individual?
A: He was about medium height and had a beard.
Q: Was this a male, or a female?

Q: Is your appearance here this morning persuant to a depostition notice which I
sent to your attorney?
A: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

Q: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?
A: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.

Q: All you responses must be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
A: Oral

Q: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
A: The autopsy started around 8.30pm.
Q: And Mr Dennington was dead at the time?
A: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an Autopsy.

Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
A: No.
Q: Did you check for blood pressure?
A: No.
Q: Did you check for breathing?
A: No.
Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the
A: No.
Q: How can you be so sure Doctor?
A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
Q: But could the patient have been alive, nevertheless?
A: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law


Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Fun With Numbers

I got this in an email and thought it's interesting enough to share.

1. Key in the first 3 digits of your phone number into a calculator (not the area code)
2. Multiply by 80
3. Add 1
4. Multiply by 250
5. Add the last four digits of your phone number
6. Add the last four digits of your phone number again
7. Subtract 250
8. Divide by 2 at last

And the answer is ...

your phone number ??

Monday, December 08, 2003

Let it Snow ...

The first real snowfall of Fall/Winter in New England dumped around 24 inches on my little town over the weekend. Luckily the office where I work closed Saturday in anticipation of the weather. *g* Saturday was very windy, and the snow came down heavy. Sunday was a bit warmer, probably due to slower winds. I spent an hour or two Saturday afternoon shoveling; same for Sunday morning. Imagine shoveling the driveway, the walkway, the stairs, then unburying the cars, thinking you’re done, then ... wha? the driveway, the walkway, and the stairs all need to be shoveled out again. lol

One of my neighbors suggested the town (or someone) should provide a Coffee Truck (similar to an Ice Cream truck in the summer time) to drive through the streets on these wintery days, selling coffee. *vbg* I think that’s a great idea. lol

We took a walk downtown to a local store at the end of our street to pick up snacks. It must’ve been a sight to see. Not much is cleared from the streets or sidewalks, and there are mountainous snow bank mounds separating those on the street from those on the sidewalk. Climbing the snow banks brought back memories. lol


Today I am babysitting Ella instead of going into work. Yay! =)

That’s the happy news. The sad news is another great uncle passed away. The wake was Thursday and Friday (which I, of course, missed due to work and not knowing about it on time); the burial was Saturday, during the storm .. though it might have been delayed due to the snow (?) .. I don’t really know how these things work.


Saturday I also had the pleasure of watching really bad anime (not adult anime - the kind that’s geared toward teens). Well, I only watched it for a few minutes, and it was bad in the sense that the cartoon was mostly voiceovers and panning over stills. There wasn’t much actual animation. (Hey! I can do that!)

Then I watched a bit of “Little Bill” which is a sweet, fun, cartoon for kids.


Saw this on CityLine ...

Check out Nuestra Culinary Ventures to find out about a non-profit organization, based in J.P., that helps entreprenurial chefs get started (properly licensed, work in a professional kitchen, etc.) ... tasty foods! =)


A little on conventions ...

I’ve finally finished my Scaper Con report, complete with photos, but I have to upload the pages. It’s more of a personal diary of the weekend and may not be of interest to everyone (which is why I have a Photos Only section). I have to figure out a way to set captions on the photos, too. *g*

The wonderful Blue Lady committee will be taking a much needed rest in 2004 and “Scaper Con” will not be held, *but* there are several smaller Scaper conventions proposed around the country for next year, organized by fans. So far I know of two, one on each coast of the U.S. Wormhole West will be held in San Francisco in the Fall of 2004. They plan on inviting Farscape guests to their convention. A smaller, fans only (ie, no guests!) convention is being planned on the East Coast. Soon, the organizers (of which I am one) will be ready to officially announce Escapade, a fan-run Farscape convention based in Boston, June 2004.

We’re almost there. We’ll let you know. Keep your eyes and ears peeled. *g*

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

What is My Color?

Apparently, it's "lightcyan."

you are lightcyan

Your dominant hues are green and blue. You're smart and you know it, and want to use your power to help people and relate to others. Even though you tend to battle with yourself, you solve other people's conflicts well.

Your saturation level is very low - you have better things to do than jump headfirst into every little project. You make sure your actions are going to really accomplish something before you start because you hate wasting energy making everyone else think you're working.

Your outlook on life is very bright. You are sunny and optimistic about life and others find it very encouraging, but remember to tone it down if you sense irritation.
the spacefem.com html color quiz

Thanks to Mesascaper for pointing out Thinkum's Burbank Con report complete with transcripts! :D

And, finally ... A little piece of advice on how *not* to get fired from your job because of your blog from blogger.com.

Friday, November 28, 2003

Happy Thanksgiving

Though it was questionable at one point (an argument over defrosting in the microwave was avoided -- don’t ask), yesterday turned out to be a wonderful Thanksgiving day. My mother, sister and I enjoyed a selection of side dishes instead of a big, old turkey. We watched the Macy Day Parade, Miracle on 34th Street and then Shogun on DVD. Unfortunately, our RCA cables went kaputt on us today, and so the Shogun DVD was viewed on the Playstation 2 machine. :-)

Thursday morning I was awoken with a phone call from a friend in Texas wishing us a Happy Thanksgiving. She always remembers, no matter where she is. *g* I need to plan a visit out to Austin before she moves again. ;-)

Wednesday was a lovely visit from my little niece and a phone call from daddio. Another sis was supposed to come for Thanksgiving, but she had car problems and couldn’t make the drive. *sniff* Of course, had she come Wednesday, she would’ve only had to rush back the next afternoon because she had to work Thursday! (poor Sherbert)

I hope everyone had a good day. Gobble, gobble ...

Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker is playing at the Wang Theatre until the end of the December, and then the annual tradition will be no more! The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will be at the Wang for the next five years (or something like that). I have to make sure I get my family there this year. I don’t think many of them (if any of them) have seen Boston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker!

Friday, November 21, 2003

Shelly Awards

The Shelly Awards are the first ever Farscape fan video awards! Nominations are being accepted until December 20th. After that, the voting will begin. :D

Nominations for the Sparkys (fan fiction awards) continue until January 10, 2004.

Unless you haven't been online much (or you don't read TV Guide, the Chicago Tribune, or USA Today, or you don't watch CNN HLN), you know that the rumors of a Farscape miniseries are true! You know what that means? We did it! More Farscape! Woo hoo! :D Of course, we're still waiting on the official announcement from Jim Henson Productions, and there are no further details ath this time. This is fantastic news, and in conjunction with the Corporate Sponsor Announcement on SFS.com, it's generating a lot of excitement in the campaign. One of the goals (other than more Farscape) has always been to grow the viewing audience. Between the Military Project and other efforts, when the miniseries airs, there should be some noticable Neilsen ratings! :D

I *had* hoped for more mainstream press and entertainment news re: Farscape recently, but maybe it'll come with the Henson announcement at some point. (Enough with who was voted off "Survivor" and who "The Bachelor" is going to marry! I want to see some mention of John and Aeryn! D'Argo and Chiana! Moya! Rygel! ... )

There were some non-Farscape news I wanted to impart, but I've forgotten it! (let's blame it on my age starting to show)

Well, I'll leave you with the following. At TrivialPursuit.com you can register to play a virtual game of Trivial Pursuit against others online. At TyTreadway.com there is a wonderful Soap Talk report on an outing of Ty fans to the show during the same weekend of the Farscape Creation Convention in Burbank. I'd really love to get Ben Browder on Soap Talk (which is on SoapNet). I think Ty and Ben, onstage together, would make an interesting combo. Having met Ty, I can honestly say he is as down-to-earth, intelligent, caring and genuine as he appears. :D ... Plus, Ben guest starred on both Melrose Place and Party of Five, so there *is* a Soap connection. *g*

Monday, November 17, 2003

What a Weekend

Well, I missed the VP at Katya's on Saturday! My niece sitting and grandma duties ran late. I heard, though, it was a fun time by all, and Sean narrowly missed major spoilage. *g*

Sunday was interesting. Ella came for a visit, and Tigger ended up licking the top of her head. It was fascinating to watch and maybe a bit nerve-wracking for my sis. lol I would give more details, but they probably aren't very worthwhile to anyone but us. *vbg* Sunday also found us watching For Me and My Gal with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. That was a first for me; I'd never seen that movie before! This put us in the mood for some Fred and Ginger fun, so we popped in Shall We Dance. It's a hilarious movie! or at least I think so. We laughed out loud at Cecil Flintridge trying to explain where he was to confused manager Jeffrey. *g* Such a great movie! and it has one of my favorite scenes, roller skating in the park during "Po-tay-to, Po-tah-to" (hee hee)! Can't say more just in case you haven't seen it! Of course, we followed that with The Philadelphia Story! Fantastic performances all around! :)

My mom showed me a dollar bill full of little "love notes" scribbled on it that she found. I'd forgotten that people sometimes write messages on their money. lol So, of course, I wrote various Farscape-related things all over mine before I went to bed. ;)

Speaking of which, FS rumors are readily becoming reality. Supposedly there's a press conference by Henson later this week. No news was leaked at the con, but plenty was hinted at. *g* Head on over to FMD, Kansas, or the Dom for con reports of all kinds. :) Sounds like the con was a success and everyone, including the guests, had a good time. :)

On another note, my grandmother went into the hospital last night, but all's well. She should be home today. ;)

Saturday, November 08, 2003

You are starch. You are rigid, opinionated, hard-
willed and not too friendly about it. You keep
people out of places, or you keep them in, and
without you a lot of things would collapse.
hopefully you'll never have the authority to
burn people at the stake. Sir. Ma'am.

Which Biological Molecule Are You?
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But I don't want to be starch! ... This is actually funny because sometimes I do feel like I am "starch" as described here. *sigh*

Tuesday, November 04, 2003


When I returned home from work Saturday, I found out my grandmother was finally home from her six month ordeal in hospital & nursing home limbo land. I didn’t have a chance to visit because we were off to see my niece (and new mom & dad, too, of course!). My sis had been kind enough to download an mirc client to her hard drive, so I wouldn’t miss the FWA meeting. =) ... When we arrived, they were watching another baby, too. So, there was a 4 1/2 month old in addition to the 2 1/2 week old. *bg* Unfortunately, the meeting went over two hours long (I signed off after two hours). I didn’t get as much play time with my niece or the other baby as I would’ve liked. :( Also, my brother-in-law’s brother and his fiancee were visiting from out of state, and I felt very rude because I was online the whole time they were there! They left, and I was still online in the meeting. :( Babies were needing to be tended to, so I signed off. *sigh* At least, after a few weeks of trying to attend, I finally made it to a meeting, and some things were decided, so I was happy about that. ;-)

By the time we returned home, it was too late to visit with my grandmother, so I saved that for Sunday. My aunt and her family came over for awhile as well, and I was lucky enough to see my cousin’s babies -- 4 1/2 month old twin boys. They were so cute. I hadn’t seem them yet. *g* My grandmother was thrilled to be home, and she seems much better though she’s not able to really care for herself on her own (not yet anyway). Hopefully the visiting nurses have been set up. I’m a little worried about that, but I don’t work too far from home (within walking distance actually), so I can always check up on her or hurry home in an emergency. She was so relieved to be in familiar surroundings and was so excited to be visiting with the twins. =) Her dog was in over protective mode because she missed my grandma, too. *g*

All went well.


Deadlines for the con books are approaching! It’s your chance to tell the Farscape cast how much you appreciated all their hard work on the series and anything else you might want to say! Jot down a short note, write a poem, send a recipe! Whatever you want, just send it!


Work should not take up so much of my “free” time. Off work hours are fleeting. I feel drained.

Halloween Night

The final count of Trick-or-Treaters was around 20 ... or 23 if you count the return visitors. *g*

Besides candy from our house, I was also handing out a second round of candies from the neighbors (well, my uncle’s acutally) ‘cause no one was home. *g*

The initial two groups were followed by a scary witch (hee hee), a cowgirl “riding” her inflatable pool-float horse (*g*), a group of seven (assorted witches, pirates, a flower *bg*), Harry Potter & two Scary Movie guys (“no, no, we weren’t here before,” they insist). They were adorable! and polite! =)

Then there was the final group of five little girls dressed as witches or whatever who seemed to be overly excited by the sugar (note to girls: you’re supposed to wait ‘til you get home before sampling the candy!). The most obnoxious of them proclaimed, “Don’t you love me?” then quickly added, “Can we take two pieces?” as she snatched a handful of candy. “Everyone says Yes, ‘cause we’re such good kids.”
Another one asked, “Are they home next door?” (keep in mind that I just told them the neighbors weren’t home) One of the youngest piped up with “Why not?” when I answered “No.” Still another spoke up and said “because they don’t want to be.”
Well, at least they said Thank You.

Friday, October 31, 2003

Happy Halloween!

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays not only because it occurs during Autumn, one of the prettiest seasons in my area, but also because it's the one enchanted time of the year when little kids can get all dressed up, walk around at night and collect candy. Oh, sure, there are other holidays where small children dress up; some do it every day while playing games of make-believe. None of these costume celebrations really happen though when the sun goes down, that mysterious time of the day when children are told to come inside and go to bed. Ghosts and goblins and fairy princesses parade through the neighborhood and knock on doors they'd never be allowed to visit when the sun is shining. Spooky stories and movies are not just scary but fun on Halloween. Eating candy is acceptable, and the stash lasts a week or more, even after you've brought most of it into school to share with others. It's magical for many kids. It was for me; it still is sometimes (especially when I see a small child excited to be out trick-or-treating). So, in keeping with today's theme, here are some ghoulish links for you! mwahahahaha ...

Halloween Customs

More on Halloween's history

Halloween Central (featuring links to Halloween-related sites)

Farscape characters pumpkins

Haunted America

Ben&Jerry's Halloween page

Aristotle's Halloween on the Web

Hauntworld.com: a searchable guide to haunted places

Martha Stewart's Halloween suggestions

and lists on the net of some of the best films to watch on Halloween ... Thirteen Scary Movies by DVDTalk.com, ClassicFilm.com's list, Movies that Go Bump in the Night ... Can you think of any others? *eg*


Off-topic: I've decided to stop stressing myself over getting my Hong Kong Phooey video on tape for the Farscape Music Video Contest from Creation Entertainment because I'm not going to make the deadline no matter. Plus, the chances of my little vid being chosen is slim to none since I've seen some of the competition! They are good! Ah, well, life goes on ... =)

Monday, October 20, 2003

First Snow Fall of the Season

The first snow fall of the season was mostly wet but sometimes fluffy. It didn't last very long. Well, that's New England for you!

The Viewing Party on Saturday at Jo's was so much fun, and we received little goodie bags at the end. (hee) There was pizza and cannoli and a newbie, too! The Doll Doctor brought her current creations, some of the custom dolls for the guests at the November 2003 Official Farscape Convention in Burbank (and for other cons, too). *g* We also saw some ElectraWoman and DynaGirl (in addition to Farscape, of course), along with the Star Wars Holiday Special. Missed it? Don't remember it? Read a review at Teleport Holiday News: Star Wars Holiday Special.

LJers will recognize this baby book: Ella Marie

and some fun links:

Top 9 E-Mail Hoaxes

Tribute to Ray Harryhausen followed by a fascinating quiz (well, fascinating to me, anyway) ... Programming Language Inventor or Serial Killer?

and finally, Movie recommendation: Onmyoji

Friday, October 17, 2003

Welcome to the World, Ella Marie!

Big hugs to my little niece, Ella Marie, born on Wednesday, October 15th! Hugs to my sis, the new mom, and her hubby, the new daddy! *vbg*

I'm an auntie! yay!


In other news, I'm fighting a head cold, so let's hope I can visit again with my niece this weekend!

Also, Saturday is another Viewing Party. Hopefully, I make it there! ;)

Finally, I wanted to post re: this year's Con Books for the Farscape cast (to be presented at Burbank). A list of who's doing which book(s) can be found at various bboards and over at Kansas. Please note the deadlines as all of this is coming together rather late this year. For an example of what's been done in the past, please visit BritAngie's site where she has posted some covers and pages for Ben, Claudia, and Gigi's books courtesy of "a mad group of Brits" (Angie's quote, not mine! *g*).

Monday, October 13, 2003

Autumn in New England

Well, it's that time of the year again where the trees turn gold and red, and people drive up and down New England roads looking for the best views of the leaves turning color. It's a beautiful time of year around here, and one of my favorites. (I love Fall and Spring!) Following are some sites that address Autumn and where the peak colors are (and when):

Yankee Magazine's Foliage report

New England Foliage Central

Visit New England - Foliage

Photographer's Guide to New England Foliage

Vermont Fall Foliage

Massachusetts Fall Foliage

Maine Fall Foliage

New Hampshire Fall Foliage Report


New blog addition! On the right-hand sidebar, near the bottom, you can see the lovely javascript (not mine, mind you) I've added of revolving, random quotes (that I happen to like).

Also of interest, AMISTAD to Boston, October 14-26, 2003! You can tour Amistad while it's docked at Fan Pier, $5 for adults, $3 for children.

Friday, October 10, 2003

I haven't looked at this site in awhile. *g* Go to Oddcast and click on the virtual host!

WachedUsa.com is a puzzle oriented site.

Issue Two is available of Green Room Magazine.

Evil Pupil was a link given to me by micky some time ago. It's supposed to be a puzzle page, but it looks like someone's blog now. ;)

Some more sites for your perusal (all courtesy of micky:

Broken Saints

Vox Angelica

Parkersburg, WV and Indrid Cole

Theseus and the Minotaur Maze

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Film notes

Go, Red Sox!!! Woo hoo!

Okay, now that my little outburst is out of my system (hee) ...

The following is courtesy of the October 2003 issue of The Independent, Video & Film Monthly put out by the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers.


"3 Minute Thriller Contest"
Tuscon AIVF in Tuscon, AZ is setting a challenge to filmmakers to make a 3 min. (or less) thriller, horror short, or science fiction short (or spoof). The short should have been shot between August 1 and October 13.

Deadline is October 13.

Entry fee is $13.

VHS or mini DV for screening. Entries will be screened on Halloween, October 31 when the winner will be announced.

For information contact Jana Segal@aol.com or call (520) 325-9175.


and finally,

National Film Challenge, from the creators of the 48Hour film project. Make a movie in a weekend! October 17 - 20. For details, please see www.FilmChallenge.com.

Thursday, October 02, 2003


Okay, this post isn't really about October. *g* My grandmother is supposed to come home on Saturday. To be honest I'm not sure this is the best thing for her, health-wise, at this point, but it's what she wants. Hopefully, she'll be happier at home and will improve some.

I'm almost finished writing up my Scaper Con report sans photos. Yes, I know. The convention was in August, and it's now October. I am aware of that. lol

The latest Island Chronicles dispatches:

The Housecall

Hospital Visit

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

A Cool September Afternoon

On this beautiful fall day, I thought I'd share some more links to online gems.

*** Courtesy of Micky:
Kill Bill

*** The following are from the forums at Project SciFi:

Muffin Films

Optical Illusion

*** and the rest are from general surfing:

Bombay Life

Johnny Depp Zone

another Johnny Depp fan site simply called Depp!

The International Buster Keaton Society


a little site on the mythological Unicorn

Arthurian Legend:

In keeping with the mythology theme (a train of thought begun with the Unicorn link above), there is the Journal of Arthurian Studies. Ever wonder where Tintagel was? or any of the other locations mentioned in the tales of King Arthur? If so, check out Arthurian sites in England. A wealth of information is to be had at this King Arthur site. Read "Lancelot, or The Knight of the Cart" by Chretian Troyes.

*** A little insight into my fascination with the name Tegan:

Concerning the name Tegan

Teagu Eurfron

Celtic female names of Wales

The Poetry of the Celtic Races (you can find the reference to Tegan right before footnote #1)

King Caradog Freichfras

And although Sarah Jane was always my favorite, I first heard the name Tegan on the BBC TV series Dr. Who (which by the way is returning in 2005 if you haven't already heard the news!).

*** Finally, some words on the Labyrinth and on the history of Mazes, and a collection of links to other sources of information on the Labyrinth.

Sunday, September 21, 2003

INTP - "Architect". Greatest precision in thought and language. Can readily discern contradictions and inconsistencies. The world exists primarily to be understood. 1% of the total population.
Take Free Myers-Briggs Personality Test

I procured this test from Whitelight's LJ.

Friday, September 19, 2003

I could be playing my Sims

The following link was snurched from Eve11's post on her LJ.

Talk Like A Pirate

New writing challenges are up at Farscape Friday!

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Read all about it!

Ancestor of the modern guinea pig was a giant! Read all about it here.

Giant squids are dying off the Spanish coast. Click here for more on the story.

Ever wanted to stay at a haunted hotel? Go here for the Top 10 according to Citysearch editors.

No word yet from Micky (aka Flash Guru) if she has decided to visit with the Dalai Lama or attend the Scallop Festival (assuming it's not cancelled due to the hurricane).

Get your JAG vids here, courtesy of the multi-talented kerlin!

Please be sure to stop by the new Boston Scapers forums and say "hello." The direct link is here. :D

Sunday, September 14, 2003

Happy Norwood Day!

a day late ... yesterday was Norwood Day, a day to celebrate all things Norwood. The main street in the town’s center was blocked off since early in the morning. The day started with a road race, followed by a parade which included the high school sports teams, and continued with a street festival atmosphere. Local dance schools showcased their students at one end (Guild Square) while musicians played at the bandstand in the Common. Who knew Norwood had a Hula Dance school? ... There were over 150 tables featuring Norwood organizations, local restaurants, etc. On the common was a series of tables with free samplings from loccal restaurants for anyone wearing a Norwood Day button (and who was willing to wait in line). There were pony rides, a petting zoo, a mini carousel, rock climbing for kids. There was a mini farmer’s market with fresh fruits, vegetable, and honey from local farms. Town trucks were open for children to explore. The Fiddlehead Theater group had a table as well. Norwood Trolleys took you around town to tour the new Police & Fire stations, the airport, and the high school. Day House was offering tours. Local artists displayed their works.

Signs around the Common showed scenes of Norwood’s past and brought back memories ... Brigham’s, Garner’s Pharmacy, ... a map of Norwood when it was still South Dedham. Irish immigrants (and immigrants from other countries) played a part in Norwood’s beginnings (as every resident knows). In fact, according to one of the signs, Gaelic was still spoken in most of Norwood’s pubs into the mid-20th century!

You could also buy “deeds” to land at Norwood High where Juliet the Cow was to do her deed. If she dropped a, um, present on your deed, you won $2500. If your square was next to a winning square, you won $200.

The day ended with a Norwood Day Dance over at Concannon’s Village where the townies gathered, ate, drank and danced the night away.

Today was one of my grandmothers' birthdays, so I spent the early part of the afternoon visiting with her. Now, I'm going to watch Spirited Away before I buckle down and write out my thoughts on the hotels.
Hotel Duty

Day Off #2 on Friday: I overslept. Good thing the field trip to hotels was for later in the day. *g*

Before hotel duty my younger sis stopped by. As I was talking to her at her car, we were “cat-called” (I think that’s the term) by a passing car full of young men. It’s was very funny actually, especially considering how pregnant my younger sis is. Perhaps they hadn’t noticed her big belly strategically hidden behind the car? *vbg*

Friday I spent visiting two hotels that we’re considering for the location of the June fan convention. The visits were productive but did not help me come to a decision. In fact it made it more difficult for me. Neither hotel was what I was expecting. I’ll have to make a list of pros and cons and impressions of each hotel and post to the group. I actually considered approaching a third hotel in town just for another point of view. As my mother says, it has nice bathrooms. *g*

The bar at the Radisson Boston is small and service is sparse, but once you get the service, it’s friendly. The food is good. The price is right. Oh, and I received a compliment (I think it was a compliment) on the color of my eyes.

Oh, and Dark Shadows is getting good. My other sis has a tough choice for next weekend -- visit with the Dalai Llama in NY or attend the Scallop Festival on the Cape. Decisions, decisions, ...

Attack of the Seagulls

Day Off #1 on Thursday: Two of my sisters, my mom, & I spent the majority of our day at Old Silver Beach in Falmouth. The beach is beautiful, the sand soft. There are little silver fish swimming about, crabs, snails, and other marine life. And there are seagulls. Oh, how my mother loves those seagulls.

The seagulls were fed ample amounts of grapes until T. caught on to what my mother was doing. T. has no love for the seagull, and so she was not pleased. When we left her unattended to explore another section of the beach, she suffered a seagull attack! Yes, the seagulls chose to search for food on their own, and unprotected, our bags were the targets. First the plastic bag with the water bottle was attacked, then dragged away for a short distance before my sister managed to seperate the seagull from the bag. Once she relaxed again on the blanket the seagulls returned and another attack was perpetrated on the bags. This time the brown paper bag full of blankets and things was the focus of two crafty seagulls. They tried dragging it away and wouldn’t give up even when T. tried to shoo them. Unfortunately, we missed the whole scene. When I returned to where she was, I found her stretched out on the blanket eyeing a seagull who was eyeing her right back.

All in all it was a fun day. *g*

When we arrived home, I slept and slept ... that’s what happens when I spend all day in the sun.

Monday, September 08, 2003

The Wolves in the Walls

Yesterday Micky and I found a fantastic children's book by Neil Gaiman with illustrations by Dave McKean called The Wolves in the Walls

You can purchase it at your local bookstore or visit the Official Neil Gaiman Online Store.

The links above and here are fansites for Dave McKean. The links for Neil Gaiman are the "official" links.


Saturday, September 06, 2003

Where did the week go? *bg*

Some odds and ends for you to enjoy:


Desiderata (thanks micky for sharing this one with me!)

Kindomality Quiz
my results: Your distinct personality, The Dreamer-Minstrel might be found in most of the thriving kingdoms of the time. You can always see the "Silver Lining" to every dark and dreary cloud. Look at the bright side is your motto and understanding why everything happens for the best is your goal. You are the positive optimist of the world who provides the hope for all humankind. There is nothing so terrible that you can not find some good within it. On the positive side, you are spontaneous, charismatic, idealistic and empathic. On the negative side, you may be a sentimental dreamer who is emotionally impractical. Interestingly, your preference is just as applicable in today's corporate kingdoms.

tribute site to the original 1963 film The Haunting ... ooh, what a good, spooky movie! *shivers*

or visit the AFI's tribute to director Robert Wise

in keeping with that theme, consider a visit to The American Ghost Society

and the Haunted Places Index -- search for haunted places by state! ... who knew that my little town had a haunted hotel? ... hee!

and my vid is up at Boston Scapers!

Friday, September 05, 2003

The Latchis

Upon recommendation by a very nice person (whom I'll call P.H. to protect his anonimity) I just finished reading an article "The Latchis Lives On" in Vermont Life. The Latchis Hotel and Theater is in Brattleboro, Vermont, just off Rte. 91 & less than a five minute walk from the Amtrak station (per the article). The history of the the Latchis family hotel is very interesting, and the hotel itself is amazing. The room rates are incredible!!! $55 for a single to $155 for a suite!!! (I wonder if that's a reflection of all Vermont hotels?) The hotel has a website, too. You can check it out at www.brattleboro.com/latchis. :D

I'm off to finish up at work before heading home to finish baby shower invitations. Supposedly there will be Thai food waiting for me. *g*

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Jimmies for breakfast

L: What did you have this morning for breakfast?
me: I had jimmies! (yum!)

Those cute Whiskas commercials can be found at the offical site here.

Found this little gem at msn.com: Find the work you were born to do

Farscape fan vids! Kerlin's can be found here at Boston Scapers. They are beautiful. You must go see. :) ... Also, Eric Durchholz & Chris Galehouse have created an amazing & very creative video set to the Prince song I Wish You archived here at Farscape Fantasy.

All of the above music videos are available in Windows Media.

Soon, my vid will be up on the Boston Scapers site as well -- um, that is, as soon as I get the requested information to Amanda. *g*

Lycos Mail is experiencing technical difficulties. :( *sniff* I suggest you use my yahoo! addy for the time being.

Fan fic recommendation: Fate's Gamble

Lastly, I'm still waiting for the scanner to share my pics from SC2K3. I plan on posting a report for the Boston Scapers site. Question: Should I post a report here and on my LJ? or would it be too late for that now?

p.s. whaddya say? jimmies for dinner? hehehe

Sunday, August 31, 2003

Thursday, August 28, 2003

And More Dumb Laws

In keeping with the sentiment of my August 22 post, here are some more gems ... this time from Massachusetts!

State Laws:
At a wake, mourners may eat no more than three sandwiches.
Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of their taxi during their shifts.
No gorilla is allowed in the back seat of any car.
Tomatoes may not be used in the production of clam chowder.
Bullets may not be used as currency.

No one may cross the Boston Common without carrying a shotgun in case of bears.
It is illegal to eat peanuts in church.
Two people may not kiss in front of a church.

Hopkinton: Though horses and cows are allowed on the common, dogs are prohibited.

Longmeadow: It is illegal for two men to carry a bathtub across the town green.

Marlboro: One may not detonate a nuclear device in the city.

Newton: All families must be given a hog from the town's mayor.

North Andover: An ordinance prohibits the use of space guns.

tee hee ...

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

The Red Planet

Mars is the closest to Earth as it's been in 59,619 years! You can view Mars tonight without the aid of a telescope! It'll be at it's closest point Wednesday morning, 5:51 am EST.

You can read more at NASA's site here.

We watched it awhile the other night. Very cool. The next opportunity will be the year 2287.

Friday, August 22, 2003

Dumb Laws

I got this in my SACC digest from KellEy.. "red"

Alabama: It's illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.

Florida: Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.

Georgia: It's illegal to change the clothes on a storefront mannequin unless the shades are down.

Kentucky: One may not dye a duckling blue and offer it for sale unless more than six are for sale at once.

Lousiana: It's illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol.

Mississippi: It is illegal to teach others what polygamy is.

North Carolina: It's illegal to sing off key.

South Carolina: If a man promises to marry an unmarried woman, by law it must take place.

Tennessee: It's illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish.

New Mexico: it's illegal for a woman to ride a horse on a public street with a kimono on.

Illinois: it's illegal to take a French poodle to the opera.

California: Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses.

Nebraska: If a child burps during church, the parent may be arrested.

Alaska: It is considered an offense to push a live moose out of a moving airplane.

New York: A person may not walk around on Sundays with an ice
cream cone in his/her pocket.

New Jersey: Handcuffs may not be sold to minors.

Wisconsin (Milwaukee): If one is thought of as offensive looking, it is illegal for him to be in public during the day.

Pennsylvania: You may not sing in the bathtub.

Canada--Ontario--Guelph: The city is classified as a no-pee zone.

Canada--Ontario--WaWa: You may not paint a ladder as it will be slippery when wet.

Canada--Quebec--Montreal: Citizens may not relieve themselves or spit on the street. Punishable by a fine of over 100 Canadian dollars.

Find more at http://www.dumblaws.com

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Buried under Paperwork

Here I am, buried under a pile of paperwork which has no end! *sigh* To relieve the stress of it all I'm taking a break.

Over at the Dominion I see a post which gives a link for an NZ interview with Anthony Simcoe! (streaming video) Break is good. =)

Plans for the New England area Scaper convention in Boston are snowballing. Just hope I can keep up. *g*

This weekend I plan to watch the DVD my Dad sent us for the movie So Close. It's supposed to be the Hong Kong version of Charlie's Angels but with less camp. ;)

Also, new movie coming out soon with Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, and Johnny Depp called Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Release date is 9/12/03. Looks good.

Lastly, I found some recipes for Malasada!!! Perhaps there will be a test of the recipes this weekend? and I can munch on the results? heh heh ..

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

My LiveJournal Sitcom
Being ctegan (TNN, 8:30): ctegan (Patricia Richardson) takes crankygrrl (Morgan Freeman)'s grandfather on a date and ends up necking. Then, atomicpagan (Charlton Heston) bites fbf (Malcolm Gets). Nearby, maramcc (Quentin Tarantino) uses mesascaper (Morgan Fairchild)'s apple. That same day, methought (Cindy Crawford) and kixxa (Nick Nolte) find a lost iguana at a computer store. In the next town over, kernezelda (Jimmy Fallon) and veritykindle (Jason Mewes) don't believe in circadian rhythms. Crazy results follow.
What's Your LiveJournal Sitcom? (by rfreebern)

Monday, August 18, 2003

Northeast Scaper convention

Talks are under way for a possible Northeast Scaper convention to take place in Boston in June 2004. Although the idea is a con for Farscape fans in the Northeast, you don't have to be from the Northeast to attend. *g* Right now, it's still at the gauging interest phase, so if you have any interest at all in attending, please shout out here at Kansas or here at Frell Me Dead to let the organizers know. Also, at this time, there is no plan for inviting cast members (ie, no guests), just fellow Farscape fans.

This weekend was a busy one, complete with a Viewing Party, a birthday party, and a visit with my grandmother. (among other things)

Last night we watched Daredevil starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. Although it was dismissed by the critics, I didn't think the movie was that bad. In fact, I enjoyed it; I only wish that there was more tweaking of the script and storyline before it went into production. Other than it was okay; the movie had a lot of potential. Ben did a good job; the character of Elektra was very interesting. It's not something I would watch over and over, but every once in awhile, yes, I would. It's not perfection, but not many movies are.

Reminder: Tonight is a repeat of the CSI: Miami episode starring Ben Browder -- okay, so it doesn't star Ben, but I can dream, right? -- Support the Farscape actors! Watch CSI: Miami -- 10 pm EST!

Friday, August 15, 2003

No Blackouts in Boston

Thank goodness! All those poor people in this heat with no electricity, some with no drinking water! Imagine no shower or not being able to flush the toilet in this heat. Or being stuck on an elevator in a high rise or in those subway tunnels, packed on a train. *shudder* At least, it wasn't raining and storming last night.

Okay, latest installment in Island Chronicles is here.

Chryse (aka Aileen) has posted her Scaper Con pics here.

Also, the Mad Libs (in the style of a bad Farscape fan fic) are here.

Thursday, August 14, 2003

Avoidant:Very High

-- Personality Disorder Test - Take It! --

I am a psychiatrist's dream patient. Wow! Who knew I was this ... neurotic? ... Don't answer that! :p

Oh, and for quotes from SC2K3, check out Rev's LJ!

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Meteors, Scaper Con, and really bad!fic

Perseid Meteor Showers!

All my pics have been developed and are waiting to be scanned. Reports will be forthcoming, til then please have a look at what other people have said about SC2K3.

Shipscat's report

herdthinner's report

Windfire's photos

Acca and Mnem's point of view


SACC list mum Lauren's report

and many more!

And plans are in the works for a Northeast/New England Scaper gathering in June 2004! woo hoo!

Plus, the Chicago Tribune article gets a mention in USA Today online.

Lastly, a Bad!Fic Mad Lib courtesy of me *g* ... This is my first attempt at a Mad Lib, and I'm not positive it'll work, but I promise it'll be very bad -- also, it's Farscape related (as if you couldn't guess). Have fun!

P.S. Laura saw Melanie Griffiths and Antonio Banderas in NYC last weekend. She got pictures and autographs and everything! *bg*

Saturday, August 09, 2003

Links, Links, and more Links!

Still a favorite of mine: My Pet Skeleton

A new film I can't wait to see: Passionada

Some photos (not mine) from Scaper Con (aka SC2K3): Farscape2000.com

NTX Course Builder: Titleist -- go to the Titleist page and find Contests and then NTX Course Builder -- game was designed by Micky and others at Weymouth Design (how's that for a shameless plug?)

I originally watched this on Tim Burton's site, but now you can go to Atom Films to see every episode of Stain Boy!

Anthony Simcoe in Blind Date. Funny, funny little film. ;)

And finally, the latest dispatch on The Island Chronicles.


Thursday, July 31, 2003

Chicago bound

Last night my sisters were nice enough to help me hunt for my Snurch & Procure gift (think Yankee Swap) for the Farscape Anonymous meeting on Friday. (They are so nice!) We found something that made me very happy and will hopefully make someone else very happy as well. *g*

We also bought a bag of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans and yes! there are flavors like earwax, vomit, and grass mixed in. (Don't think about it.) Actually we had a fantastic time hesitatingly testing the jelly beans! *eg* My mom, a big Harry Potter fan, volunteered to be the guinea pig. Her first jelly was the earwax. Undaunted she tried another and was rewarded with toasted marshmallows. She also informed us the cherry, blueberry, apple, and banana were good, and that she didn't care much for the sardine. *g*

Well, I'm off to read emails and continue last minute packing of things.

This weekend should be fun!

To those 'Scapers who can't make it to Scaper Con you won't be far from our thoughts! and I promise to take lots of pictures!

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

This link is my contribution to the Pirates of the Caribbean mania. *g* ... Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, ...

Okay, well, maybe this doesn't qualify as an icon, but it's a gif which is close enough. *g*

In honor of Scaper Con 2003 here is a lovely gif I created of me and Gigi Edgley at SFX November 2002. (well, okay, the purpose of this post is really to show off the gif I did, but it does relate to Farscape, doesn't it?)


Monday, July 28, 2003


Just a few more days & I'll be in Chicago. Please send good thoughts my way on Thursday afternoon and again Monday afternoon as I'm on my way home. I promise to post a ScaperCon report when I return. :)

omg! Ping Pong in the Matrix Universe! (thanks, Micky for the link!) Very cool! You have to check this out!

and yet another link, courtesy of Jody :) Random Name Generator ... mine is Tamma Tiara (insert my real last name here) or Demeter Lyndsey Duchovny-Browder depending on your point of view. :p

Friday, July 25, 2003

Day Off

The plan was to go to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum but once we arrived at the Boston Common, my mom decided she'd rather take a ride on the Swan Boats. So we headed over to the Public Garden, bought a bag of peanuts in the shell for $1.00 and took a nice ride on the swan boats for $2.50 (good deals all around!).

Afterwards we walked past the Tadpole playground in the Common and then the State House. We took a round about route through Bowdoin Street to reach City Hall Plaza and continue past Boston City Hall to Faneuil Hall marketplace. There we were greeted with the acrobatic antics of Daredevil Chicken. They were hilarious! and very talented! :)

I saw some cool Kangol bucket hats for sale and almost bought one, but all they had was black and pink. Why couldn't they have blue or white or green? :(

We entertained some children by feeding french fries and peanuts to the seagulls. They seemed to prefer the french fries. lol

On our way back to South Station we passed by the Brigantine Formidable and picked up a schedule. Click here for online information. Not far away was docked the tall ship Jeanie Johnston, an Irish barque. You can find an online schedule at the Jeanie Johnston's official website.

Finally, to end our adventure, a nice, cold dish of Mint Patty ice cream from Ice Jack! (yum!)

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Aficianado Girl post

I'm not just a fan but a Farscape afianado! (hee hee)

Tiriel's adventures as Harvey

Kerlin's Comic Con tales


totally non-fan girl links below:

Irregular Orbit: ookworld's wobbly satellite points you to some interesting blogs and has a multitude of fun little links to follow!

summer time means ice cream!
Ben & Jerry's
Turkey Hill ice cream recipes
History of Ice Cream

I didn't know there was a list of the top 100 historic sites in Norwood. Live and learn!

and for good measure, since my sis is trying out the Boston-NYC Chinatown bus service ($10) today -- Chinatown Bus Lines!

Okay, now I really have to get back to work so I can be home in time for a very important phone call. *g*

Packet Trade

Much information on The Cape Verde Packet Trade can be found under Special Programs at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth's website.

References to the Mathilde or the packet trade in general are found in the links throughout this post. The term "packet" refers to "a regularly scheduled ship which carries cargo, mail, and passengers." The Portuguese men (and sometimes women) of the "packet trade" traveled back and forth on ships from different Cape Verde islands to New England, especially Cape Cod and New Bedford.

1943 (August 23). A group of men from Brava, some born in America, risked a clandestine Atlantic crossing aboard the packet Mathilde and set sail for New England in the middle of World War II. They planned to secure emergency relief supplies and immediately return to Brava. The Mathilde was lost at sea with all hands somewhere near Bermuda. Chronological references: Cabo Verde/Cape Verdean Americans

Brava, CVI

A famous ship in the Cape Verde packet trade was the schooner Ernestina. Read more about her here.
The Move to Paradise

Rarotonga or Bust: Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair's move from LA to the Cook Islands is now a weekly feature in LA Weekly. Their first installment is here!

You can follow their adventures at The Island Chronicles.

side note: I got a raise! woo hoo!

Monday, July 21, 2003

Another fan girl post

Okay, there are sooo many wonderful reports on Comic Con out there, including mesascaper's! Farscapeweb.com has a great two-part report on Comic Con.

Okay, back to work for me!

Sunday, July 20, 2003

Another Icon!

Lookie here at what I found as I was perusing the LJs! I have another beautiful SACoC icon courtesy of the icon goddess kernezelda.

Removing the vest

(tee hee)

I found this on the Save Farscape site. It's a message from Heather Henson, a member of the Henson family to the fans of Farscape. *cheers*

Also at Save Farscape there are more links to pics from Comic Con., including a reort from our very own kerlin. *yay, Amanda!

Yes, this has been a total fan girl post, but many of my posts are like that. Farscape fandom is now a part of my life. :p


Okay, we're a bit teary-eyed from "Love Affair" and are now going to watch "An Affair to Remember" (for comparison). We are a glutton for punishment. *sniff*
Quiz Junkie

The following is shamelessly snurched from Lorance.

Jolly good, wot! Anyone for tennis? That'll be ten ponies, guv. You're the epitome of everything that is english. Yey :) Hoist that Union Jack!

How British are you?

this quiz was made by alanna

And on the same site,

What X2 character am I?

Which X2 Character Are You?

Hey! and the outlook for Farscape is looking brighter every day! :)

Pics from ComicCon ...
Frell Me Dead's Pics of Farscape Panel
Ian Smith's web site

and a report from Mesascaper on her LJ -- read all about it here.

Saturday, July 19, 2003

Just another Saturday

I received an ecard from my sister (thanks!) on July 14 for Sister's Day. I'd never heard about it, so I did a search on the net & saw it listed on August 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, depending on whose site it was. Very interesting. ... Then I went to the home page on this computer and saw this article: France bans the use of the word "e-mail." Bizarre. So, then I decided to do a search on the web and find out what other weird or unusual things were happening in the world.

Here is what I found.
News of the Weird reports weekly on the strange happenings in the US. You can search by state, too, and I found the following among news reports for Massachusetts. Maybe it was a slow news day?
1994 -- In April in Easthampton, Mass., a four-foot-long iguana got free from its cage in a car being driven by Joann Colby, causing her to lose control and allow the car to fall down a 25-foot embankment. She and the iguana received only minor injuries. In nearby Northampton, Mass., the next week, another iguana left its terrarium on a jaunt through Sheri A. Dilks' apartment and en route, accidentally triggered an alarm that brought firefighters.

Bizarre News reports on weird news from around the world and also lists unusual holidays. For instance, did you know ...
July is National Ice Cream Month?
July is also National Hitchhiking Month?
July 18 is National Ice Cream Day?
July 19 is Flitch Day? (um, what's a "flitch"?)
July 26 is All or Nothing Day?
July 27 is Take Your Pants for a Walk Day? (I suddenly have visions of Nick Park's "The Wrong Trousers")
July 29 is Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day? (huh?)

This Is True takes stories off of Reuters and from other sources. It's a weekly publication with links to sample stories, like the 40 year old woman who's marrying herself. (is that legal?) Commentary's included.

A news article about cloning woolly mammonths from The Guardian in the UK. I don't know how reliable The Guardian is or if it's a tabloid, but why would you want to do this is the first place?

Oh, and this one from the BBC regarding claims that lasagna is British in origin.

And lastly, NewsBop! has a host of odd news headlines from around the world with links to the full story. One of the stories listed has to do with Europe's favorite pastime, another with the subway performer arrested, with his cat, by NYC police. Also, of note is the Armed robbers steal bags of rubbish story.

I learn something new every day. ;-)

Friday, July 18, 2003

Bloggers Anonymous

Blogging is addictive. It really is. I didn't understand how much until I gave it a try. Amanda had warned me, but I hadn't taken her seriously. In fact, I was told about this months ago by Micky, but like many people, I said, "Blog? What's a blog? Oh, that's nice," and never fully realized how nice it is.

Someone I know checked out a site of mine awhile back (just a personal site, not a blog or anything fancy) and told me it was cute. She "likes fan sites." That statement made me pause. Fan site? Well, I suppose I'm a fan of myself ... Another friend checked out my blog recently & replied with "I don't get it. Isn't it just a website?" This led me to explain that a blog is an online web log, etc. Later another friend admitted she hadn't checked my blog out yet because she thought it might be too personal, as if she were reading my diary, and wasn't sure how I'd feel about that.

... well, anyway, ... almost everyone has a blog these days, and it's a great way to stay connected or share your point of view (etc.)

As an example, check out The Homeless Guy. I found the link over at Pro Blog (which is a blog about, well, blogs). There's also blog maps for certain areas, like New York City or London or Washington, D.C. Hey! There's even Bananas Foster which posts recipes to their blog. Oh! and a list of Boston Blogs and more is out there on the net as well.


Thursday, July 17, 2003

Drabble Goodness

Well, my SACoC drabble is now complete, for better or worse. Comments are welcome.

Ooh, last night we watched some of The Duel, from the same people who did Storm Riders. You can read a review of The Duel here.

And finally,

Some links to share:

Erica & Jessica's 1999 Cruise to Bermuda: no, I don't know them, but their site brings back memories from my first cruise *g*
In Memory of a Scaper: Alex Stansky
IGN FilmForce article: is it Rumor or is there some truth to the article?
Troy and Nora Fan Fiction: noralaura's latest installment in the Troy/Nora fan fiction series
My Pet Skeleton: I still love to visit this site after all this time!
Wacked USA: a puzzle site
Moccu.com: from the creator of Yenz.com
Johnny Clegg Dot Com: official website for singer Johnny Clegg
Ashley MacIsaac: official website for the Cape Breton singer

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Random poetry?

LJ Random poetry is goin' around ... unfortunately, I can't create any because I don't have a paid account (free LJ for me!), but it's a cool concept. It creates a poem out of random content in your live journal. If you have a paid live journal account and want to check it out, you can type in your username at Patrick's LJ!

Or just use the form below! (found on his lj) Enter your livejournal username and click "Go"!


I had an invitation for going out to dinner with my family, but I'm still at work, so no dinner for me! *sniff*

There's more I wanted to post, but I'm trying to get out of work soon, so I can go work on my drabble.

*sending happy thoughts to Amanda (lucky girl) at Comic Con while she interviews the guests! you'll be awesome!*

Monday, July 14, 2003

Não quero trabalhar

I'm still curious as to what "le moing" is in French. "L'habit ne fait pas le moing." Could it be slang for perfect? Practice doesn't make perfect? oh, I dunno, doesn't matter.

I wanted to post something up beat about how much fun I had Saturday at the Farscape Viewing Party, but my mind is in a fog, so I'll do that later.

So instead, a link to the SACoC Meeting hosted at fbf's journal where you can read all sorts of fine drabble and enjoy. Be forewarned, the fics are *not* G-rated and involve JC in various states of leather. *g* (also, I was often reminded of the DMB while reading many of the drabbles *beg*)

'Scapers, enjoy.

and to my non-Scaper friends, what are you waiting for?

Saturday, July 12, 2003


Still no Drabble in Progress though I read many a fic online at Leviathan for inspiration.

Friday night, watched Cutthroat Island with Geena Davis and Matthew Modine. Such great names the characters have ... Mordecai Adams, Morgan Adams, Mr. Shaw, King Charles (the monkey). "Bad Dog." It's a really fun pirate movie full of humor, adventure, swordplay, a kick eema heroine & her damsel (Mr. Shaw) in distress. (hee hee)

Previous to Cutthroat we watched the 1960s version of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine. It is a *far* better movie, imo, than the recent remake, despite the fact that the Eloi are all, um, well, so "blonde" (literally). Why is it that the special effects of this version seem to outshine the CGI effects of the remake? I had more fun watching our hero travel through time in his machine this time around.

While on the topic of movies, I'd like to recommend the Chinese film Hero, a sophisticated tale, wuxia pian style, of love & intrigue (though not necessarily in that order). I especially enjoyed the way it was filmed, the choices made in the filming, such as the use of color to tell the story. Maybe I can rewatch it next weekend now that we have it on DVD.


On the genealogy forefront, a Bermuda journalist contacted me because of a post regarding the shipwreck of the packet Mathilde. Turns out he has access to some papers from 1943 and has offered help in researching the shipwreck if I can get him a more specific date! Progress comes to those who are patient. *bg*

On the home front, Daddio's having a grand old time with his new DVD recorder/burner. I've been asked to request some movies from him. What to choose? Ah, decisions ... *g* Grandma's still in rehab ... frelling incompetence by those frelniks at the hospital .. for over two months this has been going on, paying for the doctors' mistakes *grumble*. Little Olivia West is settling in by all accounts. Sherbert's applying herself to her studies. Tracy's okay, and Matt's eye is okay, and I have to remember to visit little Angel soon. *g* Let's see ... Gno's business seems to be booming. Glen's on the road. Josephine's getting ready to move. Silvie's in the midst of wedding plans (no folclorico for me, per Silvie). Linh's got AC in her coolio apartment. Haven't heard from D in awhile, so I don't know what she's been up to. Sheila is ... where is Sheila? Wonder how Jeefa and Missy are doing, especially in this heat.

*sigh* hardly get to see anyone anymore -- never enough time in the day

ah, but tonight is the Farcape Viewing Party, so that should be fun (though no ice cream for me this time).


conversations from my looking glass world

Naturally, I overslept this morning and woke up a half hour before the first patient was scheduled .. and took the shortest shower in history .. and ran to work .. to find out that Laura had opened the office for me & was already there. lol

"I'm alive, and you're alive, and we're alive together."
-- Mr. Shaw to Morgan, Cutthroat Island

Friday, July 11, 2003

8th Grade Math

Found this at msn.com

Could you pass 8th grade math?

I was relieved to find out that, despite the fact that it's been many years since I was in 8th grade I could still pass the math ... barely. *g* I got 12 out of 16 questions correct. Woo hoo!

I had starting packing for Scaper Con, but now I must clean and disinfect my suitcase over the weekend, then start all over again. Wonder why? Read all about it here.

... and tomorrow is a Farscape Viewing Party! yay!

... and my hair shall be snipped appropriately for the summer weather!

... and somehow I must still tackle my drabble for Sunday. You'd think 100 words would be simple, wouldn't you? *sigh* I must now admire my icons in the post below for inspiration.