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.