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Well James Marsters was in only one scene in last night's episode of "Without a Trace". I'm hoping that when they move his storyarc to the forefront that it might be a 2-parter with lots of JM scenes and that they give Detective Morris a nice first name for anyone who might like to write a Bones/Without a Trace crossover story (and it better NOT be Dudley *g*)

The writer E.E. Knight, author of the Vampire Earth series, has written an interesting entry in his LJ on writing blunders to avoid when writing a novel. He's another pro author on LJ - yay!

For all you booklovers out there [personal profile] lexica510wrote in a comment I don't know if you use Firefox, but in case you do — one of the most useful extensions I've installed is Book Burro. When it "senses" that you're viewing a webpage about a book (like on Amazon, for instance) it checks to see who else has it for sale, and for what price.
The website touts it as "Don't search for the lowest price — Let your browser do the work for you!" but the aspect I like best is that it taps into WorldCat to see if the book is available at any local libraries. *happy sigh*
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I gakked this from [profile] wisteria_: Project Gay presents The Gayest Holiday Movie Ever (aka "White Christmas" *g*)

Came across this sweet story about a Christmastime encounter with Mel Torme via [profile] ozarque.

Hope everyone out there had a very merry holiday yesterday and to those in Great Britain - Happy Boxing Day

Websurfing

Nov. 18th, 2006 09:22 pm
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Went websurfing and came across a few things:

Gakked this from [livejournal.com profile] wisteria_  - If I dig a very deep hole, where I go to stop? Another stupid application for Google Maps...

Go look at Kiwi and how he made his dream come true - it's sweet and a little sad.

Lots of cute cat pics here 

Came across The Chapbook of William the Bloody Rhymer with its collection of poems by our Spike.
shakatany: Sleeping woman plus moon and stars (Autumn Girl)
"Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?" - Ernest Gaines

That quote has been flying around the lj verse today. I believe we live in a very harsh world and that people should be encouraged to find love regardless of the gender of their desired one. Those who try to hamper this are sinners as they are guilty of cruelty and in my book the only true sin is to be unkind. 


On a lighter side here are some reviews by SF writers of imaginary SF books including one by our fellow ljer [profile] ozarque (Suzette Haden Elgin). LOL. Read them here and here.



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Spent the day roaming the internet and came across two great posts.
One is [profile] baylor_w's amusing commentary on The Ten Commandments; the other I found through that post. It's an essay on The Other People who apparently do not suffer from Original Sin as they are not descended from Adam and Eve. Both essays are amusing and thought-provoking.

The Edge

May. 23rd, 2006 01:38 pm
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In my websurfing today I came across the  Edge, the thinking person's Drudge Report.

Superman

Apr. 21st, 2006 12:14 pm
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I think I may have mentioned that as a kid I used to read Superman comics (plus others in the DCverse). Today I came across a site called Superdickery which is "Home of the phrase that started it all, 'Superman is a dick.' Witness an ever growing selection of examples of Superman acting like... well, a dick." It's a funny site often using the editions that I read oh so long ago.

Fibs

Apr. 15th, 2006 08:37 pm
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I read in yesterday's New York Times about a new poem form using the Fibonacci number sequence invented by a man named Gregory K. Pincus. In honor of being in the Times he wrote:

Mom?
Mom?
WAKE UP!
Fibs are fab!
Open the paper:
Your son is in the New York Times!

I'm no poet but I might try to write a "fib" one day. I just thought I'd post the story in case there are some poets out there.

Whimsies

Mar. 24th, 2006 01:38 pm
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My outrage at the xtian right and their scheme to make over the country in their image is making me far more political than I ever thought I would be. Found a couple of sites for my outrage (misery loves company *g*):

Democratic Underground
[livejournal.com profile] liberalrage

Need an icon with a message to Dubya? Go to [livejournal.com profile] liberal_icons. I'm heading over there to find one which I'll add to my allotment of 6 though which one to retire?
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Came across a couple of sites that sound interesting and thought I'd share.

The first is Lablit.com: the culture of science in fiction & fact. I've been going through the archive and reading various essays and peeking in in the humor section too. A section called Natural Habitat had a link to Improbable Research with its Astrology Chart for Bacteria--Lol.

Next comes My Left Wing with its motto--Rage, rage against the Lying of the Right. It's where I came across this quote by David Podvin: "Roe v. Wade is the revolutionary declaration that defies history to assert women are not brood mares. Although the issue is misrepresented as being exclusively about abortion, the real point of contention has always been female autonomy. Distaff independence is a frighteningly subversive concept so religious traditionalists have waged a terrorist campaign that has effectively negated Roe in most of America. Now, federally guaranteed reproductive freedom will be officially confiscated, the victim of Republican malevolence and Democratic indifference. Soon, other protections for the traditionally oppressed will experience a similar fate courtesy of the Roberts Court." The fundamentalist power grab is like a tidal wave which is not apparent until it hits the shore. This movement has been building for the past couple of decades and is now making landfall, sweeping away all in it's path to power so it can re-make America in its own image--scary.
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Gakked this info from [livejournal.com profile] kathrynt via [livejournal.com profile] ginmarie:

In light of the situation in SD, Cecilia Fire Thunder, President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, is opening a Planned Parenthood on res land which will provide abortions. The state has no jurisdiction over reservation lands.

Further [livejournal.com profile] kathrynt writes:

"I called the Office of the President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of Pine Ridge, and spoke with Ms. Fire Thunder herself. (In case you haven't seen it, this is in reference to http://www.indianz.com/News/2006/013061.asp)

If you want to mail donations to the reservation, you may do so at:

Oglala Sioux Tribe
ATTN: President Fire Thunder
P. O. Box 2070
Pine Ridge, SD 57770

OR: and this may be preferred, due to mail volume:

ATTN: PRESIDENT FIRE THUNDER
PO BOX 990
Martin, SD 57751

Enclose a letter voicing your support and explaining the purpose of the donation. Bear in mind, the Pine Ridge Res is not exactly dripping with disposeable income, so do consider donating funds directly to the tribe as well as specifically for this effort.

ETA: Make checks out to OST Planned Parenthood Cecelia Fire Thunder. This will ensure that the funds get routed properly.

For email contact, you can contact the president at:

firethunder_president AT NOSPAM yahoo DOT com
cc:vbush AT NOSPAM oglala DOT org

That is Ms. Fire Thunder's personal email address; I have received permission to post it here. For the sake of record keeping, do cc: the listed address on all correspondence; that's her official secretary.

She was frankly kind of surprised that a white girl from Seattle was calling to express support, and even more surprised that the news had spread so far so fast. She's likely to get deluged with screaming hate mail soon, so get your support in fast. Send email with good thoughts if you can't send money.

ETA: Yes, please, dear God, link it anywhere and everywhere!"
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I was reading Locus, the SF magazine, last night and I came across this link to what the American Book Review considers are the 100 Best First Lines with

#8. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. —George Orwell, 1984 (1949)

#15. The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new. —Samuel Beckett, Murphy (1938)

#47. There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. —C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)

#72. When Dick Gibson was a little boy he was not Dick Gibson. —Stanley Elkin, The Dick Gibson Show (1971)

#82. I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. —Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle (1948)

#83. "When your mama was the geek, my dreamlets," Papa would say, "she made the nipping off of noggins such a crystal mystery that the hens themselves yearned toward her, waltzing around her, hypnotized with longing." —Katherine Dunn, Geek Love (1983)

See if your favorite author made the list.


ETA: It appears that my lj layout changed all of a sudden without any doing on my part. I wonder if it's permanent or just a glitch in the system *ponders the mystery that is lj*
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There's a photographer named Gregory Colbert who has a show called Ashes & Snow with the most gorgeous photos of encounters between humans and animals. Take a look.
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They're going to establish a sturch in Missouri!! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] tabaqui I just discovered that Missouri legislators seek to make Christianity the state religion believing the separation of church and state applies only to the Federal government. Many years ago I read a book by Robert Heinlein (considered by many to be the dean of SF writers of the 20th century) called If This Goes On which is set in the future, telling the story of a band of fighters rebelling against the theocracy that was America. I remember thinking how absurd the premise was but now I am not so sure *shivers*

I'm currently reading a book called Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity by Bruce Bawer which tells how what he calls the Church of Law, the premillennialists that make up the Christian right, actually believe in the inerrancy of the bible and believe that theirs is the only version of true Christianity. They await the time when Jesus will return, lifting the faithful in the rapture and letting the rest of us non-believers burn in hell. The book was written in 1997 and it's gotten so much worse now that they are infiltrating the government--these people are scary.

When you read about what the fundamentalists want, be they Xtians, Jews or Moslems, it often boils down to control of women and their sexuality. As a woman and a non-Christian (don't know exactly what I am--still seeking) these are frightening times as both the Christian right and the Moslem extremists seek to make their religion the dominant one worldwide. To learn about the Moslem side go see Annaqed (the Critic) to read what moderates think of their fundamentalists.
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Anyone out there with an aquarium? There's a Fish School where someone has figured out a way to train goldfish, bettas and albino Oscars to do simple tricks. The only pets I ever had were a couple of goldfish that quickly departed to that aquarium in the sky (actually they were flushed down the toilet). I might have been more devastated if I'd known I could actually do something with them.

Word

Mar. 10th, 2006 01:20 pm
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In many stories Spike like to be touch and be touched by his partner. The Greeks had a word for it--epithemia plus other beautiful words for love (read here).
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Well I've been web-surfing and I found 2 sites with "Lost" timelines: here and here. They do help make sense of all the important trivia floating about.

With Tom Cruise and his Church so much in the news I found this very interesting site Operation Clambake: Undresssing the Church of Scientology Since 1996 and its very funny Scientology Illustrated. Is it just me or are there an awful lot of gullible people out there?

Sweet piccies of a baby monkey and stray kitten are to be found here

I just came across Cute Overload with a bounty of photos of cuddly hamsters, kittens, puppies and other adorable animals.

Whimsies

Mar. 10th, 2006 10:56 am
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Last night's episode of "Without a Trace" titled "Check Your Head" was delightful. The case was about Rachel, an agoraphobic who disappeared and foul play was suspected. It turns out that she was in love with her assistant Hilary and wanted to make things right between Hilary and Hilary's dad. So she gathered her courage and left her apartment for the first time in 2 years and went to see the father, then went to the bowling alley where her trauma began. There Malone finds her and the dialogue goes something like this: she says "I don't know how to be a lesbian" and he replies "I don't know either" (lol). He talks her out of her hiding place, she ends up kissing Hilary and no one bats an eye. Later she and Hilary are both embraced by Hilary's dad, the mob boss. It was such a sweet ep and I can just picture the outrage in the so-called heartland.

A friend sent me this link to an amusing site Swami Beyondananda where he delivers a State of the Universe Address using words and phrases like "shift happens", "babblum" (strained bullshit made digestible for a simple child's mind), "Iraqi Horror Picture Show" and saying things like "In 2005, Americans had to face the sad realization that the Bush Administration's 'pro-life' stance appears to be limited to the unborn and the brain-dead." All in all a funny yet sad (after all he is describing the state of our country) article.

Blog Book

Mar. 4th, 2006 03:44 pm
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In Thursday's NY Times I came across an aticle about a site called Blurb which can make a hardcopy book out of a blog (for a price of course). I don't know if it would work with livejournal and ghod knows I haven't written anything that should be preserved for posterity--yet--but maybe someday. I'll keep it in mind.
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Thanks to the NY Times I found You Tube with several crossovers with films like "Back to the Future" and "Star Wars" (with C-3PO and R2-D2!!) and DailySixer with crossovers like "The Empire Breaks Back" and one with "Lord of the Rings" plus many more. Enjoy.

ETA: The Trekkie in me is delighted--I just found that You Tube has a "Brokeback Trek" (pretty funny even if they spelled the name Nemoy)*g*

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