Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year!



May everyone's New Year's Eve celebrations be fun and safe. May 2006 bring much health, happiness and success! :D

Friday, December 30, 2005

Fun in Flash

For your surfing pleasure, may I suggest the following (click the links!):

1. The War of the Worlds in 30 seconds with bunnies
warning! spoilers! *g*

2. The Excorcist in 30 seconds with bunnies
warning! spoilers! *g*

3. Angryalien.com (Here you'll find a whole host of little animated movies in Bun-O-Vision, including the ones above.)

4. http://samorost2.net/ .. no, there are no bunnies at this one, but it's a really cool Flash puzzle game (hee!)

5. Treasure Box is back! Yay! :D

Monday, December 26, 2005

Merry Christmas Tree

I think that'll be my new holiday wish/greeting for people. Have a merry Christmas tree. My little niece wished us that this weekend. She was so excited. Christmas trees, lights, people smiling, lots of joy, especially for her. At the annual Christmas eve gathering, she was a hit with all the relatives who hadn't seen her in two years. They commented on how happy and polite she was. *g* When anyone asked, she would say she wanted a Christmas tree from "Santa comin' to town." Sometimes she sang "Jingle Bells" though not to the "guys upstairs." On Christmas day she was given a little kitchen set from her parents and trains, books and a baby doll from us. She also received a vacuum cleaner which she *loved*. She was busy cleaning up the living room most of the day. *bg* We also watched "Polar Express." (more trains! yay! *vbg*)

We learned a very valuable lesson though. Too many gifts equal an overwhelmed child. Also, assemble the toys and put the batteries in *before* you wrap the gifts. You'd think we would've learned this on her birthday, but no. :p

Somewhere in there the meaning was lost, too. My niece had been excited about the day we remember Jesus' birthday (that's how we had all explained Christmas to her), and she was still excited when the day came, but it seemed so rushed, like a blur. I wish we'd taken a little more time to slow it all down for her .. and stressed more quiet moments. She didn't even have a chance to listen to the Christmas record I was playing in the background. I used to love listening to the music on the record .. and the stories. *sigh*

It was a good day but a blur, like I said. Saturday night, I'd gone to bed without heading out to midnight mass. Sunday morning we finished some wrapping, some cleaning, got dressed, and my sister and her family arrived. A blur. A very nice blur .. but a blur.

Gift highlights: (that I received)
- a little photo puzzle with my niece as the picture
- a digital camera
- more Alice
- a faster notebook with more HD space (we transferred all my files, preferences, programs, etc., last night)
- a new Sims game
- a cute hat and scarf, some socks & tights (yes, I like these things! I walk to work so they keep me warm)
- a jewelry box

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Mostly Music Musings

We finally put our tree up last night. No, it's not real; it's a fake tree but looks quite nice. The best part is that there are no needles on the floor. Also, it doesn't make me sneeze. :P

My little neice has been saying she wants a Christmas tree whenever someone asks her what she'd like for Christmas. She's easy to please. Give her some crackers, some fruit, maybe a few berries, and my little neice is in heaven.

I'm off to do some Christmas shopping in a bit. I'm actually starting my shopping today. (see my problems with procrastination) Hopefully, I'm not required to do much talking on this trip because my voice is on the verge of leaving me. It left me Friday around 8pm and Saturday around 5pm. I'm hoping I can make it last until 8pm again, at least. *sigh*

There was a Christmas meme on Live Journal that I wanted to do and post here, but I can't find it right now so instead, I'll mention the three bands that are on My Space that you should have a listen to. Cyanide Valentine has a cool MySpace page, including a blog there (and on the main site). I was showing my mom because she adores Jake Z., and I think, after the holidays, I'll pick myself up the "Let It Riot" CD. So far my favorite song is Freaks; I can imagine it in a cool indie film with the lead strutting down the street as his fellow "freaks" posse join him one by one. :P Of course, I haven't listened to all the tracks yet, so there might be another favorite on there, *and* there will be a new album coming out sometime next year, I guess. :)

I also showed my mom The Slackers page on MySpace which I recently discovered. I showed her a pic of G., and she kept asking me if he sang in Portuguese and was amazed & impressed they were wearing suits. *bg* I played the music samples to give her an idea of the style of music. That's another one I want a new CD of. I have "Question" and downloaded the song Have the Time from online (such a cool song), but I want to check out their other stuff as well.

Last but not least, Signal Room has joined MySpace. Check them out here and add them as a friend if you're a MySpace member. They are a great up&coming band out of Australia. I have their latest CD "The Day You Ran Away" and am hoping they'll do another soon. I was lucky enough to attend an accoustic performance in NJ last year (2004); it'd also be nice if they did more shows though, especially stateside, but I suppose that's all costly and time consuming so I doubt I'll get to see them perform live again any time soon.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

I don't know what it is about me, but for some reason, people tend to give me coats as gifts. Maybe I look like I'm chilly a lot of the time? I suppose that's possible. It's also winter in New England, and today's weather chilled me to the bone. *brrrrr* I can only imagine how frozen I looked today as I walked to various destinations and back again, but I have to say, for the record and for anyone who might be thinking of getting me another coat, that I'm the type of person who wears a coat until it's worn out. To make matters more complicated for coat-giving friends and family, I already have two long winter coats (one wool) and at least three short coats. I guess one can never have enough coats for the winter, and some people aren't even lucky enough to own one really good winter coat so I can't really complain, and I'm not complaining, just noting this peculiarity out loud.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Copied from many people:

A lot has been said about how to prevent rape.

Women should learn self-defence. Women should lock themselves in their houses after dark. Women shouldn't have long hair and women shouldn't wear short skirts. Women shouldn't leave drinks unattended. They shouldn't dare to get drunk at all.

instead of that, how about:

if a woman is drunk, don't rape her.
if a woman is walking alone at night, don't rape her.
if a women is drugged and unconscious, don't rape her.
if a woman is wearing a short skirt, don't rape her.
if a woman is jogging in a park at 5 am, don't rape her.
if a woman looks like your ex-girlfriend you're still hung up on, don't rape her.
if a woman is asleep in her bed, don't rape her.
if a woman is asleep in your bed, don't rape her.
if a woman is doing her laundry, don't rape her.
if a woman is in a coma, don't rape her.
if a woman changes her mind in the middle of or about a particular activity, don't rape her.
if a woman has repeatedly refused a certain activity, don't rape her.

if a woman is not yet a woman, but a child, don't rape her.
if your girlfriend or wife is not in the mood, don't rape her.
if your step-daughter is watching tv, don't rape her.
if you break into a house and find a woman there, don't rape her.
if your friend thinks it's okay to rape someone, tell him it's not, and that he's not your friend.

if your "friend" tells you he raped someone, report him to the police.
if your frat-brother or another guy at the party tells you there's an unconscious woman upstairs and it's your turn, don't rape her, call the police and tell the guy he's a rapist.

tell your sons, god-sons, nephews, grandsons, sons of friends it's not okay to rape someone.

don't tell your women friends how to be safe and avoid rape.
don't imply that she could have avoided it if she'd only done/not done x.
don't imply that it's in any way her fault.
don't let silence imply agreement when someone tells you he "got some" with the drunk girl.
don't perpetuate a culture that tells you that you have no control over or responsibility for your actions. You can, too, help yourself.


If you agree, repost it. It's that important

"In almost all of the above, inserting the words "have sex with" instead of rape apply. Because so damn many people don't realize having sex with someone who is unable to give legal consent or legally not allowed to do is rape." - uisceboo

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone's day was wonderful. I have so much to be thankful for.

L_squaredd posted a list of what she's thankful for so I thought I'd do the same (in no particular order). Last year's list is here.

- my family
- my friends
- my health and the health & happiness of my family
- the clothes in my closet
- the roof over my head
- the food on my table and in my fridge
- that I have a job
- my books
- my boss who lets me take time off to go on silly trips and to help my sis at her daycare
- my cat Tigger who, despite his age, still acts like a cuddly, playful kitten at times
- that I live in an area of the U.S. where the seasons change
- my iBook
- moments I get to spend with my family
- the ability to walk, to see, to hear, to speak, to write, to breathe
- my camera and my camcorder
- chocolate
- the people in my life who make me smile
- a working sink
- my safety
- my life

Today, I feel blessed.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Procrastination Update

A few posts back, I wrote a bit about my procrastination woes of late. I've since ticked a few items off that list.

- I got my hair cut on Friday. It's now skimming the tops of my shoulders. So, it's still long enough for the cold weeks ahead, but it's short enough to feel weightless, which is nice. =) Since I had around two years of growth being chopped off (hehe), I donated my hair to Locks of Love. They make wigs out of donated hair for children who have lost theirs (for example, cancer patients).

- I finished all my con book entries before the deadlines. Yay!

- I burned my music vids on DVD before the Creation Farscape video contest deadline for this year's Burbank convention. I hadn't heard anything though, so I assumed that none of mine were chosen. After all, why would they be when there are so many talented vidders out there already with so many beautiful vids to their names? Creation announced at the con that they received 60 entries and chose 20 of them to show at the convention. Jo notified me over the weekend that one of my vids actually played at the convention! Herdthinner was at the con, saw the vid, and called Jo who then emailed me. :D

Although I'm still trying to figure out why they did pick mine and why that particular one out of the two I submitted, I can't help but be excited and pleased. Anyway, if you want to watch my video, it's online here: Happy Happy Joy Joy.

There's a lot wrong with it and that needs to be redone, but I think it gets the point across regardless, and I hope it's entertaining. Comments and criticism (if it's constructive) are welcome because that's how I learn what to keep, what to do differently, etc., for the next time. ; )

I feel semi-accomplished. *g*

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Welcome, Baby Liam!

Congratulations to M. and B. who welcomed a precious new life into the world on November 14. May health, happiness and a good night's sleep be yours. ; )

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Change in Claudia's Con Book

stlscape just posted the following on the Dom:

There has been a date change for submissions to Claudia's con book - new date & time is Wednesday, October 26, 2005, 10:00 a.m. Central. (Snurched from http://terrafirmascapers.com/index.php?topic=4898.0)

So, if you've been waiting to do your entry for her book, you'll need to send it out before 10am tomorrow. Please pass the word!

Monday, October 24, 2005

Naming Hurricanes

from The Sunday Seven at Patrick's Place

There are five letters of the alphabet not involved in hurricane names.  Apparently, no one wanted to show the love to the letters Q, U, X, Y or Z.  Pick one of those five letters and come up with seven names, male and female, that you'd use for hurricanes.  (Six names would be required for the current set of six lists, and the seventh name would be a back-up in case one of the first six needs to be retired.)

Z
male
1. Zander
2. Zachary
3. Zebediah
4. Zeke
5. Zane
6. Zeus
7. Zowie

female
1. Zena
2. Zoe
3. Zenobia
3. Zara
4. Zipporah
5. Zelda
6. Zinnia
7. Zhaan

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Your Personality Is

Rational (NT)


You are both logical and creative. You are full of ideas.
You are so rational that you analyze everything. This drives people a little crazy!

Intelligence is important to you. You always like to be around smart people.
In fact, you're often a little short with people who don't impress you mentally.

You seem distant to some - but it's usually because you're deep in thought.
Those who understand you best are fellow Rationals.

In love, you tend to approach things with logic. You seek a compatible mate - who is also very intelligent.

At work, you tend to gravitate toward idea building careers - like programming, medicine, or academia.

With others, you are very honest and direct. People often can't take your criticism well.

As far as your looks go, you're coasting on what you were born with. You think fashion is silly.

On weekends, you spend most of your time thinking, experimenting with new ideas, or learning new things.
Alchera Project: Beautiful Things

List/Option No. Four: It was hard to keep the lists reasonable in length, so I narrowed them down to no more than 10 (leaving off similar items, etc.) & listed them in no particular order.

Beautiful Places
1. New Zealand
2. Hawaii
3. White Mountains, New Hampshire
4. the mansions in Newport, RI
5. Cape Cod, MA
6. Shelburne Farms, Vermont
7. Europe
8. Japan
9. anywhere with a castle

Beautiful Castles
1. Neuschwanstein, Bavaria
2. Chambord Castle, France
3. Leeds Castle, UK
4. Chenonceau aka Chateau de Femmes, France
5. Linderhof Castle, Germany
6. Chaumont, France
7. Peles Castle
8. Versailles, France (technically a palace, I guess)
9. Taj Mahal (also technically a palace)

Beautiful Boston
1. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
2. Public Garden
3. Christian Science Center
4. Boston Common
5. the Waterfront/HarborWalk
6. Beacon Hill

Beautiful Languages
1. French
2. Gaelic
3. English
4. Italian
5. Welsh

Beautiful Sounds
1. child’s laughter
2. birds chirping on a sunny spring morning
3. crickets on a quiet summer night
4. tap-dancing feet (including Flamenco or other tap-styled dance)
5. the words “I Love You”

Beautiful Songs
1. Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”
2. Sarah McLachlan’s “Possession”
3. Enya’s “Oiche Chiun (Silent Night)”
4. Isaac Albeniz’ “Asturias”
5. Sting’s “Fragile”
6. Ave Maria
7. Judy Garland’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
8. Israel K.’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/ What a Wonderful World”
9. Silent Night
10. Dido’s “Here With Me”

Beautiful Dances
1. Flamenco
2. Waltz
3. Tango
4. Tap Dance
5. any freestyle dance performed by a young child who was moved to dance by the music playing

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Burbank Con Books 2005

The following con book list has been snurched, in its entirety, from Terra Firma. New to the world of convention books? Read Con Books 101 first.

* Please remember NOT to submit unpublished written works such as short stories, scripts, etc. The cast members may not read unpublished works due to legal issues that could arise at a later date.
Claudia Black (Aeryn) - blueaeryn - due Nov. 4 - send to blueaeryn@gmail.comOut of respect for Claudia Black's wishes to keep her personal life private, please do NOT include certain good-intentioned and well-meaning congratulations in your letters to her. - BA
Ben Browder (Crichton) - Elnea - due Nov. 4 - send to BensFanBook@aol.comPlease see THIS post before submitting anything for Ben's book.
Francesca Buller (MLee, roNA, Raxil, Ahkna) - Egraine - due Nov. 4 - send to Natira722@yahoo.com
Bianca Chiminello (Jenavian Chatto) - jeffrabb - due Nov. 4 - send to jeff_detours@yahoo.comPlease follow the same submission rules as for Ben's book - jeffrabb.
Gigi Edgley (Chiana) - LoyalVassalPatsy - due Nov. 4 - send to GigiConbook05@hotmail.com
David Franklin (Braca)jagwriter78 - due Nov. 4 - send to jagwriter78@yahoo.com
Paul Goddard (Stark) - AerynSG - due Nov. 4 - send to AerynSG@gmail.com
Guy Gross (music) - Xenajules - due Nov. 4 - send to xenajules2@gmail.com
Jonathan Hardy (voice of Rygel, Kahaynu) - JustPlainLisa - due Nov. 4 - send to Lmd1888@aol.com (Put Jonathan's Con Book in subject line.)
Virginia Hey (Zhaan) - Deadman - due Nov. 4 - send to lastrideusa@yahoo.com (Put Virginia's Con Book in subject line.)
Raelee Hill (Sikozu) - teddybear82 - dueNov. 4 - send to teddybear82@gmail.com
Wayne Pygram (Scorpius) - divinedaydreams - due Nov. 4 - send to BookScaping@comcast.net
Rebecca Riggs (Grayza)jagwriter78 - due Nov. 4 - send to jagwriter78@yahoo.com
Anthony Simcoe (D'Argo) - Deadman - due Nov. 4 - send to lastrideusa@yahoo.com (Put Anthony's Con Book in subject line.)
Lani Tupu (Crais, voice of Pilot) - KCLyn - due Nov. 4 - send to kclynnn@yahoo.com

If you want to mail something for the con book, try emailing the con book organizer for his/her address. Some do accept submissions by mail; others don't.

*cross-posted to Live Journal and Greatest Journal.
Booked by 3

I'd orginally posted this in my Live Journal, but thought to myself, hey, why not post it here as well?, so here's a fun little meme from Shelley's Book Shelf.

Name up to three in each category that have moved you or stayed with you, and for extra credit (heh), quote a favorite line or passage.

1. Poem: Jabberwocky (Lewis Carroll), The Tiger (William Blake), The Road Less Traveled (Robert Frost)
quote:
- So rested he by the TumTum tree and stood awhile in thought (Jabberwocky)
- Tiger, tiger, burning bright, In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry? (The Tiger)
- Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference (The Road Less Traveled)


2. Play: A Doll's House (Henrik Ibsen), Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare)

3. Short story or novel: The Dead Past (Isaac Asimov, 1956), Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (Lewis Carroll)
quote:
- It was a pleasure to burn. (Fahrenheit 451)
- 'No, no!' said the Queen. 'Sentence first--verdict afterwards.' (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)



Okay, so #3 is a bit of a cheat since I listed two seperate Lewis Carroll stories, but well, they're both Alice so .. I'm keeping them as is. =)

Oh! and I just found out that I haven't missed everything that I thought I'd missed due to good ol' procrastination. National Novel Writing Month starts in November! Yay! I haven't missed NaNoWriMo so I think I'll head on over there and sign up. =)


Elnea, the woman putting together this year's con book, has given permission to use the graphic wherever you'd like to spread the word. In fact, she encourages you to do so! ;P So please feel free to snurch and spread around at all your favorite Farscape and SG-1 sites.

If you're wondering what a con (appreciation) book is, please visit Con Books 101 for an explanation.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Procrastination

It's a job that's never started that takes the longest to finish.
-- J.R.R. Tolkien


Mr. Tolkien had it pegged. No job gets done if you don't start it to begin with. In my experience, putting things off is not the best course, most of the time. I've been plagued by procrastination a lot lately, and it's gotten the better of me, I'm afraid. Among the many projects that have suffered are some videos I've been working on and some writing I wanted to get started on. What Mr. Tolkien failed to mention is that the longer one takes to start a project, the more tired one becomes as deadlines loom. *sigh* I am so tired right now.

I missed the Blogging4Books deadline. I hadn't even written my entry yet, just a few lines scribbled inside my head. Still, it would've been nice to try.

I haven't yet missed the con book deadlines of Nov. 4, but I haven't yet sat down to write a message either. The deadline for Creation's Farscape video contest is Nov. 1, and I've yet to burn my vids (ones I finished awhile back) to DVD. The month is almost half over!

I have yet to schedule my dentist appointment, regular doctor's appointment or my appointment for a hair cut.

Actually, I could make a long list of items on my to-do list which I have yet to tackle. Maybe accomplishing one or two items a day will help me get back into the swing of things? We'll see.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

"What is the use of a book", thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations"?

For all the bibliophiles, Lewis Carroll's original handwritten manuscript Alice's Adventures Underground is now available online (as a Flash document) in the British Library's Turning the Pages collection of books. They've got quite an impressive collection of other works as well.

(cross-posted at my Live Journal .. last month *g* .. how could I have forgotten to post this here? .. *sigh*)

I often toy with the idea of joining something like the Lewis Carroll Society or the Lewis Carroll Society of North America. Many of my friends love Alice as much as I do, but it'd be cool to be a part of one of the above societies. I think I'd learn so much more through them. ;-)

That reminds me! Was anyone else aware that the Libary of Congress has The Lewis Carroll Scrapbook?

Lastly, I stumbled upon The Invisible Library today. That is such a cool concept. Either that or I'm just easily amused. ;p

Monday, September 26, 2005

Reunion To Do

My 15th year high school reunion is coming in two months. So what do I need to do to before then? lol

1. Make sure I contact those that I know won't get the information except from me.
2. Get a hair cut.
3. Buy a new dress.
4. Buy a nice pair of shoes.
5. Visit the dentist.
6. Mentally prepare myself.
7. Add to the list as I think of more things.

Actually, I wasn't thinking of going originally, but some people I haven't seen in awhile are considering it. I'd really like to see them and hang out; we never have much opportunity to get together any more because of our schedules. Plus, it should be fun, I guess.
Ramblings Revisited

from Random Questions

1) Go to your journal's archives.
2) Find the 23rd post.
3) Find the 5th sentence in that post.
4) Post that sentence with these instructions.
5) Tag five more people.

The following sentence is from my 23rd post, "Ramblings."
It's a really fun pirate movie full of humor, adventure, swordplay, a kick eema heroine & her damsel (Mr. Shaw) in distress. (hee hee)

* I'm not taggin anyone in particular. Whoever would like to give this one a try, please feel free! ;-)

Friday, September 23, 2005

Pretend Writer: Thursday4

1. If you were a book, What would you be about? Why?
If I were a book, I'd be one of those stories about a dreamer with a quirky family who sometimes feels trapped by her life but breaks out of her cocoon to freedom (in whatever form that means to her) by the end of the book. Why? I feel that particular book would apply to me. ;p

2. If you were a movie, what genre would you be? Why?
I'd either be a quirky comedy romance or a fantasy movie. Why? I think those are the genres I'd prefer to be.

3. If you could open a restaurant, what type of food would you serve? Why?
I would serve comfort foods mostly but also international treats, like fruit-filled crepes or Spanish tapas. I'd serve during breakfast, lunch and dinner, and there would be different desserts available. I'd rotate the menu but keep basic comfort foods available at all times. I'm not sure if I'd serve a seperate brunch menu or afternoon tea menu or not. Why would I serve the types of food that I mentioned? I love to eat at restaurants that offer tasty variety and also a standard fare of home cooking inspired meals.

4. If your life was a movie, what actors/actress would play the main characters in your life? Why?
This is a tough one. I'm not quite sure who would play the main characters in my life as a movie. I'll have to contemplate this last question a bit longer and return to it at a later date.

from Pretend Writer

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

When you see this, post a poem in your journal.

"A Drinking Song"

Ho! Ho! Ho! to the bottle I go
To heal my heart and drown my woe.
Rain may fall and wind may blow,
And many miles be still to go,
But under a tall tree I will lie,
And let the clouds go sailing by.

-- J.R.R. Tolkien

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Alchera Project: Astrological Signs


Although I'm not (yet) a member of the Alchera Project, I enjoy lurking on the site and thought one of this month's writing options was cool. So, I decided to give it a try. Maybe I'll even see if I can join the group, too. Anyway, without further ado ..

List/Option No. Four:
This month is going to deal with astrology. Whether you believe in it or not will be irrelevant as this is more about personalities than lions, scorpions and bulls. eHow.com has a collection of "How to Spot a " articles. Each article points out the most common characteristics of each sign.


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Capricorn
Capricorns are symbolized by the Goat, and are born between December 22 and January 19. Those born under this sign struggle with duality and with an innate need to master themselves and those around them.

* Possesses a need for control in all aspects of their lives
* Practical, serious, methodical: chooses the slow & steady path
* Hard worker
* Enjoys success
* Lust for power
* Keen sense of humor & the ability to laugh in almost any circumstance
* Enjoys material goods more than most people
* Very lucky
* Prefers museums, galleries and lectures to beaches, parties or clubs


Much of these characteristics apply to me, imo. I tend to be a bit more serious and practical than many others. I'm very willing to work slowly & quietly behind the scenes for whatever I wish to accomplish, and to patiently wait for what I want as the end result. I don't see myself lusting for power or material possessions more than others, but I definitely enjoy success and praise when it's deserved. I can't really say whether I'm especially lucky (or unlucky), but I'm definitely not a beach, party or club person.

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I couldn't find any other sign's characteristics that matched me as well as my sun sign's. I did find a few characteristics here and there that applied.

Watch those who seem to have many unfinished projects in their life. A Gemini feels the need to be involved in a multitude of creative endeavors at all times, and subsequently has trouble finishing projects of any magnitude.

Seek out pack rats. Cancers form emotional bonds with everything that crosses their paths. Often unable to throw anything away, they can frequently be found hoarding such valuable treasures as a pair of gym shorts from junior high.

Notice those who have a strong relationship with their parents and immediate family. A friend who places a high value on familial bonds is likely to have been born under the sign of Cancer.

Cancers love to be within the secure boundaries of their own abode, and can often be found nestled under the covers reading a favorite novel.

Notice those who clearly preach their values and who wholeheartedly attempt to follow their own moral standards at all times. (Sagittarius)

Saturday, September 03, 2005

The World Offers Aid

Although the world's reaction to the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina varies, offers of aid are coming from dozens of countries, over 50 at last count. Some are allies; some aren't. Some are rich; some, poor.

"I hope that will remind Americans that we are all part of the same community," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday as offers kept pouring in.
(AP: Countries Pledge Hurricane Aid to U.S.)

It's amazing; for the second time in only four years, the world has reached out to the U.S., despite ideological or political differences across many nations.

By Friday, offers had been received from Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belgium, Britain, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Greece, Georgia, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela and the United Arab Emirates.
(AP: Countries Pledge Hurricane Aid to U.S.)

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has offered the U.S. hundreds of doctors, nurses, experts in trauma and natural disasters, NBC News has learned. Sharon has also offered field hospitals and medical kits as well as temporary housing and told Bush in a letter that the medical assistance and other help could be deployed within 24 hours.

(MSNBC.com: Aid Pours in from around the Globe)

It seems, though, from what I've been reading, that maybe not everyone in our government is openly welcoming & accepting not only the monetary aid that has been offered but all the promises of rescue teams & equipment, medical assistance, etc. For example, the following two quotes, if accurate, seem to illustrate a willingness to help by others but a lack of willingness to accept the help offered. Maybe I'm misreading?
But Cuban President Fidel Castro said he hoped an offer made Tuesday to send 1,100 Cuban doctors would be accepted "immediately so as not to lose another minute." Castro said in a live broadcast in Havana Friday night that he had just sent a diplomatic note to the U.S. mission in Havana to make the offer a second time.
(AP: Countries Pledge Hurricane Aid to U.S.)

Bush told ABC-TV: “I’m not expecting much from foreign nations because we hadn’t asked for it. I do expect a lot of sympathy and perhaps some will send cash dollars. But this country’s going to rise up and take care of it.”

“You know,” he said, “we would love help, but we’re going to take care of our own business as well, and there’s no doubt in my mind we’ll succeed. And there’s no doubt in my mind, as I sit here talking to you, that New Orleans is going to rise up again as a great city.”

(MSNBC.com: Aid Pours in from around the Globe)

I'm hoping that I'm just misinterpreting quotes like that. Honestly, I don't want to bring politics into the rescue/recovery efforts in the states affected by Hurricane Katrina. Yet, when help is offered but is slow to be accepted, I can't help but think of politics, or worse, someone's ego about taking care of business all by his lonesome. Well, like I said, it's probably misinterpretation on my part or simply frustration. We are each doing what we can do, no matter how small or how great the effort. Comfort, supplies, monetary aid, whatever, as long as everyone is doing something, the people are evacuated and those who need medical treatment receive it, that's all that should matter right now. After all is said and done, that's when people should focus on preperations for such a major disaster next time. Now is the time, imho, to focus on getting to the people who are trapped there and on the "refugees" who've lost everything.

Help and Hope are on the way though. :) I'm guessing we'll be hearing a lot of survivor's stories over the next few weeks, or at least, I hope we do. Katrina hit not only New Orleans but other areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama (after taking a swipe at Florida). That's a large area of devastation needing help now.

Want to help the rescue efforts? Donations can be made to American Red Cross, Salvation Army. FEMA has a more comprehensive list of places to donate in this press release.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Quickie

I'm trying desperately to finish up at work at a decent hour so I'll make this fast. M. had passed this along this link to me as an example of creative blogging: http://www.jeffbridges.com/latestjul.html
I *love* his doodles! :D I need to explore this site some more, but for now I thought I'll pass on the url. Check it out. You won't be sorry.

Oh, and I saw War of the Worlds yesterday with my friend S. I loved this movie. When I returned home, I popped in the DVD of the original for comparison, and then watched Signs because I wanted to keep on the same theme. I think the newer version is a wonderful tribute to the original film as well as succeeding as a fantastic film in its own right. I could say a lot about it, but I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't seen this new Spielberg film or the original version (and there are those out there who haven't seen the original). ;)

Now if only Peter Jackson can do with King Kong what Spielberg accomplished with War of the Worlds, I'll be an even happier (and quite impressed) woman. :)

Friday, July 08, 2005

London

My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out the people in London, to their friends & family, and to my friends in the UK. I watched & listened on the news last night as some of the survivors told their stories. (((hugs)))

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Abbott & Costello, Farscape-style

John: Alright, here's the thing. I think we ambush the escort, we hit him with a rock, and we take his belt.
D'Argo: That's your plan?
John: Yeah.
D'Argo: To hit him with a rock! When they have these like shield things?
John: The shields work against pulse energy. They don't work against other things. We saw the guy get burned.
D'Argo: Yeah, but not by a rock.
John: Alright let me lay this out for you. Fire is thermal energy. Thermal energy is like kinetic energy. Rock has kinetic energy. Ergo a rock will work.
D'Argo: Oh, okay, okay, I'm with you. I have just one small little question. Who is Lou Costello?
John: Abbott & Costello. We've been over this before.

-- Lava's a Many Splendored Thing, Farscape


Forgive me for the quote post. I was so excited when I saw the clip here. Can't wait until the new Fall season! (though I'm still not sure on which syndicated network I'll see it in my area)
Music Lyric Meme: Part Two

My original post is here.

Rule #4 of the game states: Post the answers to the ones people guessed correctly. A couple of days later, post the first two lines of the ones no one got and get people to guess again.

So I guess it's about time I repost the next lines! :)

1. She lives in this house over there, has her world outside it
2. Is there a time for keeping your distance, a time to turn your eyes away?
3. High, higher than the sun, you shoot me from a gun; I need you to elevate me here
4. Somewhere there's speaking; it's already coming in; Oh and it's rising at the back of your mind
5. I can see it; I can feel it rushing in my veins; I don't like it, I don't hide it; See it in my face
6. Today is gonna to be the day that they're gonna throw it back to you; By now you should have some how realized what you gotta do
7. Innocent, and in a sense, I am Guilty of the crime that's now in hand
8. You burden me with your questions; You'd have me tell no lies
9. I don't know; I don't know which side I'm on; I don't know my right from left or my right from wrong
10. I'm not afraid of anything in this world; There's nothing you can throw at me
that I haven't already heard
11. I spend the night in a chair thinking she'll be there, but she never comes
12. Stand up; You've got to manage; I won't sympathize anymore
13. Father wears his Sunday best; Mother's tired, she needs a rest
14. When I'm walking I strut my stuff yeah I'm so strung out; I'm high as a kite I just might stop to check you out
15. Baby love, sometimes it's hard for me to tell you what I'm thinking of So I try to find a way that I can show you love What you mean to me
16. If blood will flow when flesh and steel are one, Drying in the colour of the evening sun
17. What's wrong with the world mama; People livin' like they ain't got no mamas
18. Like the latest fashion, Like a spreading disease; The kids are strappin' on their way to the classroom, Getting weapons with the greatest of ease
19. Things are gonna change and not for better; Don't know what it means to me
but it's hopeless, hopeless...
20. The wind was a torrent of darkness among the ghastly trees, the moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon the cloudy seas
21. If I, I get to know your name, Well if I, could trace your private number, baby
22. I can't believe the news today; Oh, I can’t close my eyes and make it go away
23. See the people walking down the street; Fall in line just watching all their feet
24. Don't move, Don't talk out of time; Don't think, Don't worry, Everything's just fine, Just fine
25. All I can say is that my life is pretty plain; I like watchin the puddles gather rain

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

It's Fixed!

I made a change in the settings, and the blog posts have repositioned themselves accordingly! Hurrah!

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Live Journal Haiku

LiveJournal Haiku!
Your name:ctegan
Your haiku:cool as in not hot
i'm guessing it's because he
hasn't seen me walk by
Username:
Created by Grahame


I have an unopened Body Painting kit for auction on ebay if anyone wants to check it out.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Okay, I've done as you suggested, M. I've taken out the more recent post (with the photo-letters) that was made after the problem started. ;P Somehow, it's not helping, but I don't wish to delete the rest of the posts either so .. guess I'll try something else.

Oh, I also tried resizing the elephant and camel pics from the festival post, but that didn't seem to affect anything. So, I've returned the elephant and camel to their original sizes. ;)

This happened once before (or something similar to it anyway), and I removed a banner from the page; everything seemed fine after that. So I guess I'll take a look at various jpegs to see if any are the offending pic. It's funny how something will work for months just fine, then one day, bam!, it's all messed up.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

I'm not sure if it's just my browser or if everyone is viewing my blog in the bizarre fashion that I am, but posts are being pushed far below the date. I'm not sure how to fix this. Suggestions?
Because I Like My Play List on Random

I've done a similar meme, posting favorite lines from random songs and having people guess. Feel free to guess (or not) at this one, too, or take a look at the one on my live journal and venture a guess over there. :) I skipped any songs that came up in my playlist more than once and any songs' lyrics that I'd listed on live journal already. :)

Rules
1. Put your playlist on shuffle.
2. Post the first lines to the first 25 songs to come up (along with these instructions).
3. Have people guess the songs and artists in comments to the post.
4. Post the answers to the ones people guessed correctly. A couple of days later, post the first two lines of the ones no one got and get people to guess again.
5. Repeat, adding the next line to the unguessed songs each time, until they're all guessed/you've posted the whole song/you've gotten bored/no-one's going to get the damn thing if you don't tell them.

Instrumental/Non-English/Extremely obscure/spoken/etc. skipped over. Also, songs with the title in the first line.


1. She lives in this house over there
2. Is there a time for keeping your distance
3. High, higher than the sun
4. Somewhere there's speaking; it's already coming in
5. I can see it; I can feel it rushing in my veins
6. Today is gonna to be the day that they're gonna throw it back to you
7. Innocent, and in a sense, I am
8. You burden me with your questions
9. I don't know; I don't know which side I'm on
10. I'm not afraid of anything in this world
11. I spend the night in a chair thinking she'll be there
12. Stand up; You've got to manage
13. Father wears his Sunday best
14. When I'm walking I strut my stuff yeah I'm so strung out
15. Baby love, sometimes it's hard for me to tell you what I'm thinking of
16. If blood will flow when flesh and steel are one
17. What's wrong with the world mama
18. Like the latest fashion, Like a spreading disease
19. Things are gonna change and not for better
20. The wind was a torrent of darkness among the ghastly trees
21. If I, I get to know your name
22. I can't believe the news today
23. See the people walking down the street
24. Don't move, Don't talk out of time
25. All I can say is that my life is pretty plain

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Fathers and Photos from a Festival

Happy Father's Day to all the dads! I hope your day is relaxing and fun. :)

I wish I could've gone in town to visit with my dad today, but he didn't call back yesterday so I couldn't ask him (although I already know his answer - "I'm working"). Still, it would've been nice to go in for the day, have lunch and hang out. I haven't done that with my dad in several years, and I haven't seen him since Christmas .. or maybe it was two Christmases ago, before my grandmother (his mother) died. I'm surprised, too, that he hasn't called today yet since he wasn't able to reach me yesterday. If only I could get out at a regular, predictable time from work, we wouldn't have to play phone tag every weekend. *sigh*

Anyway, my other reason for this post (besides wishing a good day to fathers everywhere) is to share some of my pictures from the Irish Connections Festival on June 11.
I posted some of the photos on my Live Journal. You can see those by clicking here.


Step Dancers, 11 June 2005, Irish Connections Festival, Canton, MA


Elephant Rides and a Petting Zoo, 11 June 2005, Irish Connections Festival, Canton, MA


Fiddler Ashley MacIsaac and his band perform, 11 June 2005, Irish Connections Festival, Canton, MA

I'll post some more on my photo blog and on my fotolog as time permits.

- This post has been brought to you by the number 4 and the letter F.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Time Wasters

defined by me as an activity which takes up a lot of time & doesn't always accomplish something concrete (and that's a good thing sometimes *g*) .. in no particular order ..

Top 10 Time Wasters of the Modern World
1. Surfing the internet
2. Blogging
3. Those automated phone answering things where you press a number to get connected to the appropriate person or department and instead end up lost in the automated system traveling in circles, hitting "0" for "Operator" and being told it was an invalid selection
4. Traffic jams
5. Video games
6. Television
7. Sales calls
8. Waiting rooms at a doctor's office
9. The local bar/pub
10. Daydreaming

Notice I defined it as not always a bad thing. Sometimes you need to participate in a time wasting activity in order to relax and de-stress. Some time wasters actually do accomplish things (though the results aren't always concrete & visible to others). Other time wasters just eat up at precious moments and annoy me, er, people in general.

writing prompt from Day Dreaming On Paper

Thursday, June 02, 2005

stinky face

Keeper of Secrets,
Advisor and Cheerleader,
My sister, My friend


a haiku attempt in response to today's Thursday Thinker from The Daily Haiku: If diamonds are a "girl's" best friend, what is yours?

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Film Notes

* I'm thinking of going to the screening at the Boston Public Library this Saturday June 4th (sponsored by the Newbury Film Series). :) Cost is $35 per person (or $20 for filmmakers/students), and tickets are sold online only (so none are available at the door). The screening will benefit their new youth filmmaking program: Reel Vision. Doors open at 7pm. Screenings and Q&A start 7:30pm, and there's a reception after, with music and a cash bar, at 9pm. To purchase a ticket, go here. To see the films screening that night, go here.

* Boston Filmmakers' Expo returns June 9. It's fairly inexpensive ($30 until June 6 or $35 at the door), but I'd have to take the day off to go. I need to check with on this one. ;-) There are some interesting panels being offered. If the panel descriptions are accurate, I think I can learn a lot.

*I'm spreading around the link to Vendetta: A Christmas Story because I find it amusing. :) Reverend, if you're reading this, I'd love to watch more of your collaborations. (Hi to Sean!)

*My sister has made me a CD today of some short films: one's an HP Lovecraft film & the other's called "Prey Alone." Or you can find them on the following links (according to my sis): http://www.cthulhulives.org/toc.html and http://www.cgchannel.com.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Weekend Fun

I suppose everyone has big plans this weekend. Personally, I'm going to relax and try to get a few things accomplished .. starting tomorrow. Today, after work, I'm heading to a Viewing Party at maramcc's (I *finally* understand where the handle comes from! lol) with atomicpagan so that'll be the start of the fun weekend. Last weekend, I hung out with LJers L., solonia and Irvin (among others). Maybe May should be renamed Month of LJ, or better yet, Gathering of Friends since I've also seen L.L., G.P. and heard from Jo (fey-fey). :D

In keeping with that line of thought, I figured I'd give Glen a little plug. If you're in the Pittsburgh, PA area tonight and like ska, check out The Slackers at The Brew House. For the New Yorkers, there's a show tomorrow (the 29th) at The Bowery Ballroom.

If any LJers go (and if you know my real name), please be sure to tell Glen I say Hi and give him a big hug from me. :) You can also mention that D.F. (same first name as mine - different last initial) had a baby girl last week. ;)

Wow! I still have almost a half hour left before I've got to leave for work. I feel like I have so much free time right now. I'm not rushed nor late this morning! (not yet anyway) Woohoo! :D

(cross-posted on Greatest Journal and Live Journal)

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Movie Meme

*cross-posted on my live journal*

Well, Solonia suggested I take up the mantle next, so I guess it's my turn. =)

1. Total number of films I own...
Like l_squaredd and Solonia, I have too many films (on VHS & on DVD) to count. I started counting what's in our collection and decided to give up at 313 because I don't feel like fishing through boxes. lol So, to quote Solonia, "over a hundred, under a thousand." ;-)

2. The last film I bought...
I'm not sure. I think it was Jim Henson's The Storyteller for my youger sister.

3. The last film watched at home...
Sunday I watched Earthsea and then Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

4. Five films I watch a lot or that mean a lot to me...
Wow, this is difficult. I'm not sure how to narrow this down to five. lol I guess I'll choose ones that have meaning (for whatever reason) and that I can watch a lot (not necessarily that I do watch them a lot).

I. Shall We Dance (1937). Fred and Ginger are wonderful together, and the character of Cecil Flintridge is hilarious. The scene where Cecil calls from the police station makes me laugh every time I watch it. The jazzy tap dancing in Central Park on roller skates is brilliant. Po-tay-to, po-tah-to ... Watching all the old Astaire and Rogers movies (along with Shirley Temple when I was but a wee one) made me desperately want to take up tap dance. :P

II. The Pink Panther. Fantastic Blake Edwards film that introduces the world to the bumbling Inspector Closeau, played by the talented Peter Sellers. My family always loved watching the Pink Panther movies together. No matter how many times we watched them, my mother laughed out loud as if seeing it for the first time; her laughter is contagious & soon we'd all be wiping tears from our eyes from the experience. *vbg*
movie with similar feeling: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

III. Signs. My reasons for including Signs are similar to Solonia's reasons for choosing The Sixth Sense. I'll start by saying M. Night Shyamalan rocks. *g* I'd love to make the kind of films that he makes. The movie attracted a wide audience, including those who wanted to solve the mystery of what the movie was really about and those who recognized that crop circles = aliens. ;-) I know a few people who went to see this, who usually avoid anything to do with science fiction, and enjoyed it. There's also another reason I chose Signs (which, imho, is a very spiritual film) - what to me is the underlying theme: Everything happens for a reason, even if we can't see it at the time. Everything is connected. In many ways it reminded me of one of my favorite X-Files episodes, "All Things," written by series star Gillian Anderson.
movies with similar feeling: Dragonfly, The Mothmen Prophecies, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, What Dreams May Come

IV. Star Wars (original trilogy). Star Wars is the first movie I remember seeing in the theater. It's also the first movie where I saw a female character who was as smart and as tough as the guys. It made me want to create something that would move others to feel what I did when I first watched it, something that people would lose themselves in. At the time (keep in mind, I was in kindergarten *g*) Star Wars was action-packed, funny, imaginative, intelligent, visually exciting. The release of the next two movies was an event itself. I so wanted to be a Jedi. *g* I hear the theme song, and I'm immediately transported to the Rebel Alliance.
movies with similar feeling: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T.

V. The Fifth Element. Bizarre, touching and filled with great performances, the more I see this movie, the more I like it. =)

Yellow Submarine. Okay, so I'm cheating and including a sixth choice. :P The Beatles, Blue Meanies, Pepperland, singing, psychadelic cartoon strangeness ... what's not to love? :D

5. Which five people are you passing the baton onto and why?
Anyone who wants to give it a go. :)

That was fun. (hehe)

Side note: Signal Room's official website is now up. Check it out! =)

Saturday, April 23, 2005

The Walk for Hunger

Project Bread's The Walk for Hunger is Sunday, May 1, and I'm doing it again this year. If you'd like to sponsor me, please click here.

Many thanks to those who've donated something already! =)

Walk Day Map
Walk for Hunger FAQ

Thursday, April 14, 2005

iMix Fun



I watched a little snippet on E.T. (Entertainment Tonight) about the debut of David Duchovny's film House of D. That reminded me about D.D.'s iMix that he posted on his blog, and I was inspired to make some of my own.

Check them out. Let me know what you think (if you feel so inclined). Thanks!

D.'s iMix Shuffle

D.'s World/International Beat

D.'s Happy Joy Mix

D.'s Dance Mix
Invisibility and Force Fields R Us

Violet
Which Incredibles Character Are You?

brought to you by Quizilla

The above quiz was found on LJ user cretkid's journal. =)

I lost another piece of my tooth yesterday. *sigh* On a brighter note, I'll be visiting my grandmother this weekend. ;)

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Exotic Cities, Ducks and Disasters

No, the ducks and disasters aren't exotic. Neither is one related story-wise to the other. ;-) I'm just a bit bored, waiting for a friend to call and decided to do a little websurfing. These are some of the topics I found.

MSN.com has a great article 5 Cities on $250 a Day. Buenos Aires seemed to be the best bargain; the lucky correspondent even got a lesson in Argentinian tango. ;-) The other cities visited are London, Bangkok, San Francisco and Florence, respectively. (Speaking of Florence, there was a Globe Trekker episode on when I got home from work today - Italy, from Rome down to the tip, and then a little Globe Trekker extra: shopping in Florence. *bg*)

This story is funny and sweet: Secret Service Guards Mother Duck

Get your cameras ready! Billions of butterflies descend on California!

Just in time for the "Amityville Horror" remake's release the truth behind the Amityville Horror is revealed to those of us who hadn't heard the story behind the story before. According to this article, the Lutzes were not as truthful as we were led to believe; the house is just a house. I'm a little disappointed. Of course, there's also sites like The Amityville Horror Truth Website which lean in the opposite direction. That site has a transcript from a story on the house at abc.com. Oh, and before I forget, the official website hosted by George Lutz himself and the Warrens investigate: Amityville - enjoy the read & come to your own conclusions.

Somehow, I don't find the following comforting: Hole Drilled to Bottom of Earth's Crust, Breakthrough to Mantle Looms

That leaves the two articles I came across on disasters of both the astronomic and the volcanic kind. First, thecollision with Asteroid 2004 MN4 has been ruled out. Well, that's a relief. Let's hope the predicted trajectory doesn't change. Otherwise, I'm heading for the hills on April 13, 2029. Second, we have a little article out of Australia on super volcanoes. I wonder if that's a new term or have volcanoes of the size mentioned in the article always been called super volcanoes.

I think I'm growing tired of waiting for my friend to call or show. I still have to do my taxes if you can believe that, so perhaps, I'll take the phone off the hook and get at least one thing accomplished this afternoon. ;-)

Monday, April 04, 2005

House of D, part 2: the trailer

L2 mentioned to me that she'd seen the House of D trailer on apple.com trailers. For some reason, I hadn't even thought to look over there! lol (*shakes head*) I just viewed the trailer, and now, I'm even more excited to see this film. Robin Williams is an amazing actor, and I always look forward to projects that he's in. From the clips I saw, Tea Leoni does a wonderful turn as the mother of the boy, and the young actor himself seems very talented. I wanted a longer trailer. :)

As L2 had mentioned to me (over on Live Journal) she likes movies that are character driven. So do I. In fact, I love good storytelling, period, and adding compelling characters while weaving a captivating tale will definitely keep my attention. A lot of it, too, has to do with how the story is told, and I have a good feeling about this film.

***
Other examples, imho, of good storytelling in the movies (or television):
Farscape
Hero
Lord of the Rings trilogy
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
What Dreams May Come
The Matrix trilogy
Sliding Doors
and more ...
House of D

David Duchovny has a blog. I was not aware of this until now. I had heard about "House of D" but promptly forgot about it again as I often do (my mom's been telling me to eat more blueberries & apples to combat my recent forgetfulness - we'll see if it works) until I saw a little link on blogger. Wow. Very cool. :)

His movie comes out April 15. You can win advance tickets by entering a contest (here). Deadline for that is this Wednesday, April 6.

I'm very happy for David Duchovny and plan on checking this out; the premise seems cool, and I enjoyed his directing in The X-Files so I'm interested in what he does with this film. Now, if we can just get Gillian to direct something! I *loved* the episode "All Things" & wish she'd direct and write more!

Saturday, April 02, 2005

R.I.P. Karol Jozef Wotjtyla

I'm taking a moment to join the worldwide community in remembering Pope John Paul II who died today at age 84.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

PKW Widescreen!

The "Farscape: Peacekeeper Wars" DVD that I won was waiting for me when I got home today! =)

I want to watch the Making of PKW documentary, but I got home so late, and my sis would prefer I wait for her to watch it. I'm going to *try* to be patient. ;-)

Thank you, Tony Tellado from Sci-Fi Talk! :D

*doin' a happy dance*
Walking to Help the Hungry

Project Bread's annual Walk for Hunger is coming up on Sunday, May 1, and I plan on walking again this year (with, hopefully, a few new faces joining me! *g*).

If you'd like to make a pledge online/sponsor me, click here. Thank you!

To find out other ways to help ease hunger in Mass., please visit this page. =)

Thursday, March 17, 2005

March is Women's History Month

MSN's got an interesting article, in honor of Women's History Month (March), Eight Great Women, Five Awful Ones.

Like the title suggests, the article notes eight amazing women and five who weren't so nice. ;)
Some I'd never heard of before, like The Trung sisters and Phung Thi Chinh:

Trung Trac and Trung Nhi, sisters and widows of Vietnamese aristocrats, led a major uprising against Chinese invaders in AD 39. Trung Trac ruled for four years before the Chinese conquered Vietnam again, but resistance continued for the next 1,000 years. Many women figured in the resistance, notably Phung Thi Chinh, who fought while pregnant, paused to give birth, and rejoined the fight with her baby on her back.

Sound like a certain Peacekeeper we know? *g*

Or how about Ida Wells-Bartlett, described as a "precursor to Rosa Parks"?

Of course, I *had* heard of some of them, most notably Mary Mallon (Typhoid Mary), Countess Nadasy (Elizabeth Bathory) and pirates Mary Reade & Anne Bonney.

In the article is also a link to seven women explorers, also a great read.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Ugly Doll in the Movies!

Hey, it's Ugly Doll! :D

http://www.apple.com/trailers/sony_pictures/zathura/

(not that this matters, but my little niece loves her Ugly Doll that we got her -- actually, we'd gotten her two*g*)

*this is cross-posted to my live journal as well
MediterrAsian Cooking

MediterrAsian.com takes the best of Mediterranean and Asian diets and offering healthy, tasty meal options. I could definitely subscribe to this. Add some chocolates for dessert, and I am a happy person. :P

In honor of my cousin N. studying abroad in Greece, I took a look at their breakdown of the Greek diet. N., does this sound about right? *g* Actually, I was told by her that she & some new friends (six) had gone out to indulge one night: cheese sticks, fried zucchini with white sauce topping, lamb chops, two orders of calamari, feta with oil, bread, salad, cheese melt (four types of cheese w/ a tomato), and two liters of wine (though she says "it was the really cheap wine though"), and 3 liters of water. That's what she could remember. The total cost (for the six people) came to 60euro (N. kindly noted that 1euro=$1.30), plus they got live Greek music. Though I could've skipped the lamb and calamari, the rest would have been promptly devoured by me. It just sounds soooo good! :D

Anyway, I thought I'd share the site for those who might be interested.

(I've also cross-posted this to my live journal.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Happy Birthday, Sherbert

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! =)

---
The following was originally posted on my LJ, but I know not everyone reads it so, I'll repost here. ;-)

I love this. Filmmaker Scott Weintrob took his Canon digicam, his PowerBook G4 and a boom box to the streets of L.A. to record a music vid for the rerelease of the song "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory. He shot, edited and burned the video to DVD within a week. Macs rock. =)

Also, on March 11, I received my Walking Papers today. I'll be signing up online, too, to collect pledges soon and will post that link when I do (just in case anyone wants to pledge me!) ... If anyone wants to join me this year, just let me know before May 1. I know a lot of people walk it on their own or volunteer for the Walk for Hunger each year, but if you want company, you know where I am. =)

Monday, March 07, 2005

Scary Dolls and Needy Toys

Over the weekend, I was surfing the net for various blog sites and took a peek at one of Blogger.com's spotlighted blogs: PopGadget.net.

On this site is a collection of posts about unusual or just really cool gadgets and toys for popular culture. :) One post in particular caught my eye, and I followed the link to
Little Apple Dolls. The site design is almost hypnotic. lol I spent several minutes simply watching what happens when I rolled my mouse over certain pieces of text. (Yes, I am easily amused sometimes. *bg*) The dolls are as beautiful as they are creepy, and the tales about each character, the Children of the Inbetween Place, are haunting. They would definitely frighten most children, but teens and adults who are fans of the Goth world will love them, I bet. I'm almost tempted to get one myself. *g*

There's also a fun write-up on the Furby, which the author describes as the most annoying toy on the market, and another on a similar but lesser known toy, the Needies. :)

Friday, March 04, 2005

Angels, Hobbits and Dragons

I found all of the following in a post (well, posts if you count the Dragons television program) on Neil Gaiman's blog.

* This story is just too freaky. In "a place where angels and gargoyles are said to keep company" (according to local historians), five dogs have leaped off a bridge to their deaths, one in front of the owner.

* Scientists have recently confirmed that the hobbit-sized human remains discovered in Indonesia were most likely a new species of human. This might explain, in a way, the folklore of dwarves and elves (like in LOTR). I'd always believed the myths were derived from those born with a medical or genetic condition causing dwarfism, and the legends about giants (like in "Jack and the Beanstalk") were made up to explain those with acromegaly or gigantism before doctors had discovered the cause, but it could be that the stories were passed down about an actual, completely different species of human. I find that fascinating. Just as fascinating (to me anyway) is the program on Discovery about "Dragons", which I missed. lol

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Unrelated to angels, hobbits or dragons is a chilling new short story by Michael P. Dunn (aka wordboy on the Dom) called "With Eyes Open ..." published in the current issue of Deep Magic. Have a read and be sure to let him know what you think. :)
Tribeca/Amazon Short Film Competition

Tribeca Film Festival is coming up April 19 - May 1. I heard on the radio this morning that Robert DeNiro is offering/hosting a short film contest in conjunction with Amazon.com. The top five entries will be shown at the festival, and in June the winning entry is announced. The winning entry gets a pre-paid $50,000 American Express card to fund future films! :) Deadline is April 13 and details are over at the Amazon site.
Podcasting and the Saturns

I got home to find waiting for me my voting ballot for the Saturn Awards. Woooohoooo! :)

Also, last night I received an email announcing that Podcasting has arrived at Sci-Fi Talk which is really cool; I can now listen to shows on my iPod. :) But the best part of the email was a little contest for their listeners. The first two people to respond to the email win a copy of the Farscape: Peacekeeper Wars DVD. Guess who was one of the first two people to respond? That's right! .. ME!!!!! :D *vbg*

*does a little happy dance*

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Answers to Lyric Meme

Answers to the random song lyrics meme I had posted awhile back are below. Answers to my LJ meme (the link there's in my original post) are here just in case you were wondering. :)

The ones that are stricken out have been guessed (and the correct guesser named - in this case all were guessed by James). The ones that are in bold were not guessed, and the answers are underneath. Oh, and it's not your imagination that two songs are repeated. That happens on random play sometimes. *g* The strange thing I noticed was that I listed the same line twice! Ah well ..

1. "The devil came and I swear he made me do it."
"Avignon" by Signal Room

2. "I can say that I don't know what I'm doin' but I can't say I have the time, yeah."
"Have the Time" by The Slackers

3. "Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky"
"The Highwayman" by Loreena McKennit

4. "She's the one they're going to miss, In lots of ways"
"Our House" by Madness (guessed by James)

5. "And we still haven’t walked in the glow of each other’s majestic presence"
"Ana Ng" by They Might Be Giants (guessed by James)

6. "All that I have is nothing when it compares to you"
"I've Got You" by Marc Anthony

7. "Woo, woo, to relieve my bellyache, I say"
"Coconut" by Harry Nilsson (guessed by James)

8. "Here she comes like a brand new day"
"Glorious" by Andreas Johnson

9. "this guilt trip that you put me on won't mess me up, I've done no wrong"
"Don't Tell Me" by Avril Lavigne

10. .."All their voices can be heard, Long past their woodland days"
"The Mummer's Dance" by Loreena McKennit

11. "He's jammin' down the pedal like he's never comin' back"
"Go, Speed Racer, Go" by Sponge

12. "Why can't we be ourselves like we were yesterday"
"Bizarre Love Triangle" by New Order

13. "Playing dead and sweet submission, Cracks the whip deadpan on cue"
"Peek-A-Bo" by Siouxsie & the Banshees

14. "I love the way you laugh when I try to be funny."
"Everything You Do" by Marc Anthony

15. "It's not such a beautiful day, but I'll stumble through all the same"
"Stumblin'" by Powderfinger

16. "But my heart got heavy and my hair grew long"
"Staring at the Sun" by Simple Kid

17. "If you wear this sweater, all the kids will love you better."
"So L.A." by Signal Room

18. "A cavern gasps, a dragon screams"
"Dragnet Drag" by Peter Murphy

19. "I wish we could dress in only happy cloaks"
"Wish" by Peter Murphy

20. "Colored lights can hypnotize, Sparkle someone else's eyes"
"American Woman" by The Guess Who

21. "I pray my wish will come true, For my child and your child too"
"Peace on Earth/ Little Drummer Boy" by David Bowie & Bing Crosby

22. "Like the leaf clings to the tree, Oh, my darling, cling to me"
"Wild is the Wind" by David Bowie

23. "Rhinestone fools and silver dollars, Curdle into bitter tears"
"Peek-A-Bo" by Siouxsie & the Banshees

24. "Here she comes like a brand new day, Belly dancing across the room"
"Glorious" by Andreas Johnson

25. "On a long lost ocean wave of light, Submerged and unafraid"
"The Scarlet Thing in You" by Peter Murphy

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Quick Nitpick

Just a quick FYI for non-Bostonians, the two parks in Boston by the State House are called the Boston Common and The Public Garden. It's not the Commons or the Gardens. Their names are not plural. It might be helpful to remember it this way .. the Boston Common is a "common" area in Boston (originally designated as a common pasture for grazing cattle), and the Public Garden is one, large garden with a diverse variety of flowers & plants in its garden. Does that make a little more sense? Good. ;-)

Carry on.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Dancing & Sickness & Crime .. oh my!

It's been a busy two weeks. Two Sundays back I went to a Flamenco performance in Boston with my Mom. That night I got sick. I dragged myself into work that Monday and survived. *g*

I came home early two Fridays ago to play with my little neice before my sis picked her up. The little one was getting over an ear infection and wasn't eating as much as usual. When my sis arrived, she (my sis) had a headache which required aspirin. The next day, my sis was sick (no fever but weakness, dizziness & nauseau). On Sunday she was better but weak, achey and tired. Saturday night into Sunday it was my Mom's turn, so I spent Sunday running errands for ginger ale, bread and crackers to help settle my mom's stomach. She, too, was better Monday but achey so she opted to stay home from work. I find out at the end of the day that my brother-in-law (my sis' husband) was home sick, with the same thing that my sis and Mom had, Monday. So what happens to me Monday night? Yep, you guessed it.

No fever, but boy! does this thing take a lot out of you. All of a sudden I was sooo tired .. then shortly after, sick. Something similar happened that first Sunday (though the tiredness had been accompanied by a killer headache that time & I literally couldn't move for at least a half hour that Sunday). So, Tuesday morning, I call in sick promising that I'll be there as soon as I feel better. I dragged myself into the shower around 2pm on Tuesday and hauled myself into work for two hours. The dizziness had passed so I figured it was safe.

You might be wondering why I went into work at all on Tuesday. I wouldn't have bothered if I didn't have Jury Duty on Wednesday. On the busiest day of the week, made even busier by the fact that it was the first day my boss was back from his mini vacation in Florida, I had to go into Jury Duty. I've been called once before for Jury Duty and was excused before the afternoon began so I had no reason to think this time would be any different. So I made sure all the records were ready and all the insurances had been checked for Wednesday's work day Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday morning I left my house, still tired, two hours earlier than usual to trek over to the court house. It was a busy day at court, too, it seems, and I ended up being chosen for a jury on a criminal trial. I still went into work after wards, but one of the patients had to be rescheduled because I wouldn't make it back in time for her appointment to help with contact lens fitting/training. I arrived at work around 4pm; the last patient left around 7:30pm, and I remained there until 10pm preparing the records & insurances for Thursday, and reviewing everything that had happened while I was out.

Then Thursday's court day came & went, with a bit of delay in the beginning (well, three hour delay), and I returned to work again around 4pm. I only stayed about an hour this time, you see, because my coworker was distressed that I wanted to get coffee to wake myself up. In the hour that I was there I was fixing mistakes that she brought to me and helping her with her work and answering her questions. I hadn't even gotten to preparing anything for Friday yet, including gathering up the tax info. for the bookkeeper. She reminds me that I had a lunch earlier in the day while serving on the jury, and I remind her that I am not legally obligated to come into work at all. Then she starts to yell at me, and I realize that I don't need to do that to myself, so I tell her goodbye and head home (picking up coffee along the way).

Friday was the final day, and then it was over. Exhausted (and stressed) I stopped by work, ever so briefly, to let my coworker know that it was finished, head home and experienced a brand new work day Saturday.

Oh, and I read Jo's account of her drive down to a convention in D.C. That definitely put a smile on my face. *g*