Saturday, December 26, 2009

Finding Inspiration

If you're reading this then you survived another Christmas Day. Good on ya. I managed to cook steaks to a lovely medium rare and open a bottle of champagne without loss of life or limb. Or property damage. Dinner was my now traditional Xmas Nachos. All in all I'm quite content with how the day went. I am currently contemplating going through my closets and boxing up all the clothes I don't (or can't) wear and donating them to charity. It is Boxing Day and I am in the mood to give onto others. I'm also in the mood to purge.

Yesterday I got a tweet that sent me on a journey that was quite inspirational. Brian J. Smith who plays Matthew Scott on Stargate: Universe posted a link to the following video:



I like classical music. Don't listen to it enough any more. I'm particularly fond of Ludwig from the beet farm. There are times when I end up sobbing while listening to the Moonlight Sonata. I feel both exhilarated and sad when I hear the "Ode to Joy". To me Mozart's music is always saying "look what I can do." and Beethoven's says "This is how I feel."

What a person "gets" from music of any kind is unique for each person. Our experiences, feelings, background and culture all play a part in whether or not we like a piece of music. That leads me to another video I found after watching the one above:



Yes it is a bit long but well worth the time. I'd never heard of Evelyn Gleenie before but now I think she's just amazing. I had no idea she was deaf until she mentioned it. Just amazing. I think she is right that we all experience sound in many ways, not just with our ears. Thinking about it now I feel that our ears are just the easiest way to listen to sounds.

After the Evelyn Glennie video I started watching more videos from TED. I was especially impressed by Mae Jamison's talk about connecting the arts and sciences. I wish I hadn't been labeled as "artistic" or "imaginative" when I was a kid. I'm sure all my teachers expected me to do something creative (writing) as opposed to important (cancer research).



What I'm listening to now:
Evelyn Glennie: Her Greatest Hits

Next up:
Benjamin Zander: Beethoven: Symphonies No. 5 & No. 7

Some links you might find interesting:
Evelyn Gleenie
Benjamin Zander

Monday, December 21, 2009

Billy Idol Christmas





I'll bet you didn't know that Billy Idol made a Christmas album. I was quite surprised when I stumbled upon it last year. I really like Yellin' at the Christmas Tree. Some of the other songs are a bit too smarmy for my taste. I guess if you have to listen to Xmas music you should listen to something that give you a laugh.









Saturday, December 19, 2009

Favorite Christmas Show Title



The hour long show is the band singing songs from their album of the same title. Unfortunately the show doesn't seem t be available on DVD but you can by the CD.

Barenaked for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

International Animal Rights Day

Oreo's law will save animals.  Visit petsalive.com/oreoAnyone who follows me on Twitter knows that I have a soft spot for animals. I will retweet every tweet that asks for someone to adopt an animal before the shelter kills it. I will support any cause that takes care of the animals man has mistreated or abandoned. I will stand up against any agency that kills an animal in its care before every avenue to save it is tried.

I love animals. I also eat meat. I don't find a contradiction in that. I don't like seeing images of thousands of chickens that live their lives in crowded cages. I don't want to see how cows and pigs are slaughtered. I'm not stupid I know that an animal had to die for me to have a burger. I don't have a problem with hunting either as long as it's not for "fun". My rule of thumb is "kill what you eat and eat what you kill".

What would happen if we all stopped eating meat? We'd have a an animal population problem in a manner of months. We'd have to sterilize most of the animals or they'd eat us into extinction. And who would look after all the animals? It's hard enough to get people to be responsible for dogs and cats. I can't see people stepping up and helping out that pig who no longer has a farmer to feed him.

I try to eat free range and drug free animal products whenever I can. I eat wild salmon as opposed to farmed. I put my money where my conscience is. I would love it if everyone else did the same but I'm not going to hold my breath.

I'm not a big fan of using animals in research but I know that it's the only way we're going to find a cure for cancer or AIDS or any number of diseases. I do not condone animal testing for cosmetics or any other commercial product. I don't want a rabbit to be harmed or die for my hairspray. Here's a link to the Cruelty Free Shopping Guide that I use. I do not condone or support any group that breaks into or firebombs medical research labs. I won't be a part of terrorism.

I am against anyone who abuses animals. I don't care if they run a puppy mill, a dog fighting ring or if they're just your everyday asshole hurting anything weaker than him. I think we really need stronger punishments for people who abuse and neglect animals. I think we need to be a voice for animals but I don't believe in getting violent or crazy. I will admit when I first heard about heard about Oreo my first reaction was to hope someone throws that guy off the roof of a building. Part of me thinks that if abusers got the same done to them as part of the punishment I wouldn't have a problem with it.

I puppy raise for Pacific Assistance Dogs. I love every dog that comes through my door. The idea that I am doing anything to hurt these dogs is just insulting. I recently found out that PETA is against animals with jobs. If they had their way we wouldn't have guide dogs for the blind, service dogs for the physically impaired or assistance dogs for deaf people. There wouldn't be bomb dogs or drug dogs or rescue dogs. There wouldn't be therapy dogs or seizure dogs. I have seen how happy dogs are to work with their people. These smart dogs would be bored if they didn't have a job. Most people who work with these animals know how special they are and take care of them. If I ever saw anyone abusing a working animal I would get in their face and wouldn't rest until that animal was removed from their care.

This isn't turning out to be your average "animal rights" post. I'm sure most of the others written today will disagree with me on most points.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Blasts From The Past - Isis

You never know what is going to make an impression on you. In 1975 I was 11 years old when Isis first started airing as part of the Shazam/Isis Hour. I discovered a bunch of episodes on YouTube lately and have come to the realization that the show was really goofy and I don't mean the fashion.

Every episode had a lesson. Sometimes the lesson was stated by Isis talking to the audience at the end of the show but usually it was worked into the last conversations between the main characters. Not exactly thrilling television by today's standards. The issues the show dealt with weren't controversial. The plots were simplistic but how complex can you get in a 1/2 format with commercial breaks?



In spite of the simplicity the show stuck with me. Isis was the first Egyptian deity I'd ever heard of and she remains my favorite. A kitschy television show started a lifelong interest in Egyptology. I would have gone into archeology in college but the closest (and cheapest) university didn't offer those kinds of courses. I'm looking forward to turning 65 when I can go and take archeology classes at UBC for free.

Isis was the last Egyptian deity to be worshiped. Her last temple at Philae was closed in the sixth century. There are remains of her temples in Rome and London as well as many other cities. In a way, she's still being worshiped as the Virgin Mary. Many Egyptian depictions of Isis and her son Horus are similar to the way Christians portray Mary and Jesus.

I'm sure the creators of the Isis TV show never expected their Isis (and her raven Tut) to change anyone's life. My love for all things (ancient)Egyptian has lead me to some strange places. I only went to the movie Stargate because it used Egyptian mythology. I read everything I can get my hands on. I watch every documentary on the History channel (there are a lot). I collect images and nicknacks of all shapes and sizes. My Egyptian art address book is from the Cleveland Museum of Art (I've never been to Cleveland). I have bookmarks in the shape of sarcophagi. My pencil case is a sarcophagus from New York. I have a scarab necklace purchased at the Luxor in Las Vegas. Those are just the things I can see from my desk.

I love everything about ancient Egypt. The art, the religion even the politics. I can't seem to get enough. The great thing is no matter how much I read or see there will always be more. And it all started with a silly little TV show.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Xmas Baking

For some reason I am craving all the Xmas goodies I used to eat when I was a kid. I make a mean shortbread cookie but I want something even better. Below is a recipe that was made two or three time each holiday season when I was growing up. Enjoy


No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

  • 1 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter, crunchy or smooth
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter


In a medium mixing bowl, stir together butter or margarine, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9 x 13" baking pan.

In the top of a double boiler over hot (not boiling) water, melt the chocolate chips with the 4 tablespoons peanut butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. Spread on top of the mixture in the baking pan.

Refrigerate for about 1 hour before cutting into bars.

Makes about 24 but yield depends on how big or small you cut the bars/squares.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

World AIDS Day

Today is always a sad day for me. I started having sex in the 80s (yes I'm that old - get over it) and a fun time was had by all until 1985 when Rock Hudson died. That's when AIDS became real for me and my peers. All of a sudden sex could kill.

A friend of a friend was the first AIDS patient in my hometown. They put him in a half finished hospital because, at the time, they didn't know how the disease was spread. So there he was, on the outskirts of town in a huge building with only a couple of nurses wearing masks for company. Not that they wanted to get close to him.

The list of people who could get AIDS seemed to grow every day. Gay men, intravenous drug users, hemophiliacs, straight women, straight men, babies of infected mothers... the list just kept growing. All of a sudden people had "risk factors". Gay? Move to the front of the line. Had sex in New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco? Move right up the line. Drug addict? Up you go. Bisexual? Yes, you too.

For an assignment in university I went to the local STD clinic to get tested. The process took hours. I kept moving up in risk factor lottery - what? I told you I had fun. I had to listen to a nurse talk about safe sex and demonstrate how to use a condom. Then I had to talk to the doctor. Everyone was so serious. AIDS was a big deal. Unfortunately when I'm in a tense situation I have a tendency to laugh and make jokes. This worried the people in the clinic. Maybe if I'd kept my mouth shut I'd have been out of there much faster.

After a tense couple of weeks, my test came back negative. I shall forever be thankful that I dodged a bullet. So many others weren't that lucky. There came a point in the 90s that I didn't want to answer my phone because every call was someone telling me that someone else had died. So and so OD'd. So and so killed himself. So and so was just diagnosed. Happy shiny people who were there and then all of a sudden they were gone. Around that time I ran into a friend who had been a model in the 80s. She told me that EVERYONE she had worked with was dead either of AIDS or a drug overdose.

Then AIDS went away. Not really. The new drugs were helping people to live longer so the disease didn't seem as bad as it once did. The media moved on to bigger and better things. Most people just stopped thinking about it. They might see something about World AIDS Day once a year but then they forget about it.

Unless you live in Africa. There an estimated 15 million children have become AIDS orphans. Little girls are raped because the men believe that having sex with a virgin cures AIDS. 22 million Africans are living with the disease. 1.5 million die every year. Most are dead within five years of diagnosis. People are dying because they don't have access to the drugs the West has. (Source)

I guess you can see why the first day of December gets me down. I'll probably spend the day listening to my Queen albums and toasting Freddie Mercury and all the other people who aren't here any more.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Random Song Lyrics

All of the letters and all of the words in all of the books all over the world they're nothing but sounds and vowels and nouns for talking to strangers that's all they're worth. - A Smile In a Whisper by Fairground Attraction

Sanctuary For All: Operation North Pole

Posting this so as many people as possible can see it:

Sanctuary For All: Operation North Pole
Wouldn't it be great if you could wish Amanda Tapping a Merry Christmas and put a smile on her face by helping to raise money for her recently launched charity, Sanctuary for Kids? Well, this Christmas, you can! We've contacted Sanctuary for Kids to explain this project to them and they think it's a great idea and have given us the information we will need to make this happen.

So, how can you participate in "Sanctuary For All: Operation North Pole"? All you have to do is make or buy a Christmas card for Amanda and send it to us along with a donation to Sanctuary for Kids of at least $5 CAN and we will put together a package containing all the cards as well as the donation total and make sure it gets to Amanda.

How do you donate? Sanctuary for Kids has indicated that they prefer online donations which can be made here:http://sanctuaryforkids.org/donation-form. If you choose to donate online, please print a copy of your PayPal receipt and send it with your card as confirmation of your donation amount. We do understand that not everybody has the ability to donate online so, if this is the case, you may send a money order with your card. Please ensure that all money orders are in CANADIAN DOLLARS and made out to SANCTUARY FOR KIDS. Please, no cash or cheques.

We ask that all cards be sent no later than WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2009 as we would like to mail everything before Christmas, if possible. We will make sure all cards which are postmarked by December 16 get where they need to regardless of when they are received, but, of course, the sooner you send your card, the better.

In order to ensure that all cards are received and included, we ask that you email us at operationnorthpole@gmail.com and let us know that you have sent your card along with your donation confirmation or money order. At this time, please let us know if you would like a confirmation email when we receive your card.

SO, LET'S RECAP:

- Make or buy a card for Amanda Tapping
- Make a donation of AT LEAST $5 CAN
- Print online donation confirmation or send a money order in CANADIAN DOLLARS made out to SANCTUARY FOR KIDS
- Don't send cash or cheques
- Make sure your card is POSTMARKED no later than WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2009
- Email us and let us know you've sent your card

If you have any questions you can contact us at operationnorthpole@gmail.com or on Facebook and we'll do our best to answer.

FACEBOOK PAGE:
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MAILING ADDRESSES:

IN CANADA:

Sanctuary For All: Operation North Pole
1362 Lambton Mall Road
Suite 8-314
Sarnia, ON N7S 5A1

IN THE US:

Sanctuary For All: Operation North Pole
P.O. Box 1072
Avon Park, FL, 33826

Please note: We have provided two mailing addresses simply for the convenience of those participating in the project; it is obviously less expensive for American citizens to mail a card within the US and for Canadian citizens to mail a card within Canada. If you live outside of Canada and the US you are free to choose either address. All money orders must still be in CANADIAN DOLLARS as Sanctuary For Kids is a Canada-based charity.

We are very excited about this project and we hope you guys are, too!

- Kyla & Tarrah

Friday, November 27, 2009

Blasts From the Past - Darkwing Duck

It's not a secret that I love animation. Especially old school animation. I am dismayed by today's Saturday morning cartoons. It all seems to be violence and robots and such junk. There seems to be a lack of cute - yet intelligent - cartoons on TV. Years ago, when I did a brief stint as a nanny, I got addicted to the Disney afternoon line up. Duck Tails, Rescue Rangers, Tail Spin and especially Darkwing Duck. How could you not love a caped crime fighter whose tag line is "Let's get dangerous!"



I know, some of you are thinking that I hate Disney. You're right. Sometime after my introduction to Darkwing Duck I saw a documentary about the sweatshops where the merchandise sold in Disney Stores is made. I wrote to Disney asking to explain how they could support sweatshops. The letter I got back pissed me off. It said outright that they sold licenses to companies to make the products and have no part in the labour practices of those companies. The "it's not my problem" attitude spoiled the Disney magic. I will no longer give my money to that company. If I want to see a Disney product I will rent it or get it out of the library. Or, in the case of Darkwing Duck, I will watch it on Youtube.

I've spent a lot of time catching up with Darkwing over the past few days. I've even seen episodes I had no idea existed. I can't believe I never saw the episode called A Brush with Oblivion before. It has a great super villain. Splatter Phoenix, who calls herself a "daringly innovative pseudo anti-neo post modern deconstructionist", uses her paintbrush to move in and out of paintings in an art gallery. She steals an Egyptian artifact while our hero is in the gallery for an art contest put on by his daughter Goslin's school. It's way cool. And way over kids heads.



Splatter comes back in another episode I haven't seen called Paint Misbehavin'. I think I'll go watch it now.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Anti-Olympic Rant 312

Some of you know that I'm REALLY against the 2010 Winter Olympics that will take place in Vancouver in February. I lived through them in Calgary in 1988 and that put me off the whole idea. No Olympic games have ever made money in Canada. Hell, they just finished paying for the 1776 Montreal Olympics a couple of years ago.

They only people who will make money on "The Games" are those in hospitality and retail in the busy areas. Anyone outside the "traffic patterns" is out of luck. For example all the businesses on Cambie St. that were effected by the years of disruption while the Canada Line LRT to the airport was built won't see a penny. Some of those business have closed for good. Others are suing but it will be a long time before they see any money, if ever.

Legislation passed through the B.C. legislature Nov. 17 gives police the power to take homeless people to shelters. Civil rights advocates are calling it the Olympic Kidnapping Act. We've had homeless people spending winters outside for years. I find it suspicious that the law gets past just as the Olympics are coming. I think the law is designed to keep the homeless people out sight of the tourists. When I lived in Calgary police were stationed at every corner leading into Olympic venues to make sure homeless people did not get anywhere near the tourists or media.

Today I found out that the City of Vancouver is closing the Bloedel Conservatory and the Children's Petting Zoo in order to save money. There are over 100 birds in the conservatory and more than 200 animals in the zoo. All of them will need new homes or they might have to be put down. Not to mention that there are people who are now jobless. But the city says it needs to make up for lost revenue. They'll be cutting hours at community centers and canceling volunteer programs.

They may even cut library hours and close the Riley Park Branch entirely. I love the people at the Riley Park Branch. When I lived in the neighbourhood I used to go in a couple of times a week to give the staff a chance to get some loving from which ever PADS puppy I had. Now I only get in about once a month but I feel like I know the women there a bit and I like them. I don't want to see them lose their jobs.

I realize that times are tough. I wouldn't be so pissed off about these cuts if I hadn't just found out that the city of Vancouver bought $377,000 worth of tickets, including 100 Opening Ceremony and 100 Closing Ceremony tickets at up to $1,100 each. That's more than the operating budget of the Conservatory.

The money spent on the games could have gone a long way towards helping homeless people, struggling food banks and an over worked health care system. But no. They had to spend millions on a 16 day party.

Do you really blame me for being pissed off?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Blasts From the Past - The Muppet Show



By now most of you have probably seen the above new Muppet Video. Somewhere Freddie Mercury is laughing his ass off. HD really makes the Muppets look good. If you haven't watched the other videos by "MuppetsStudio" you should. I can only hope that HD versions of the TV Show are somewhere in the future.

I had forgotten how much I loved The Muppet Show. You have no idea how much it pains me to watch the YouTube Videos with the Disney logo on the bottom of the screen. I remember seeing a cartoon of a huge Mickey Mouse walking over various Hanna-Barbera andWarner Bros. characters with the caption "Run! He just ate the Muppets!"

Change is hard. Especially when the original Muppet Show was so good. The new HD vids have a few new voices. Time marches on and some of the original cast members aren't with us any more. I cried when Jim Henson died. I miss his voice. One of my first thoughts on hearing about Henson's death was what will Bert do? He's never lived alone before. I didn't even consider that they might get someone else to voice Ernie. Some things tied to our childhoods are just too precious.

I was shocked to learn that Jerome's spots were blue but that's another blog post and another hour on my therapist's couch.

Back to the Muppets...

One of my favorite bits on The Muppet Show was Christopher Reeve doing Hamlet. He totally hammed it up. The "coffee grounds" still makes me smile every time I think of it.



It didn't seem to matter who they had on the show, the guest usually had to leave their dignity by the stage door. Strangely enough, the only guest I remember them being "straight" with (mostly) was Liberace. Go figure.



I remember looking forward to watching The Muppet Show each week when I was a kid. I'm happy to say that, for the most part, the show is still funny when I watch it on YouTube. Not everything from childhood has stood the test of time.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

When Health Insurers Know Nothing About Depression

Just when I thought health insurers in the US were beyond stupid a woman in Quebec has lost her benefits because of pictures on Facebook. Nathalie Blanchard had to leave her job due to a major depression last year. Now her insurer, Manulife, says she is able to go back to work because of "happy" pictures on her Facebook page. A page Blanchard said is supposed to be locked allowing only people she approves to see her photos.

This is so wrong on so many levels. How will Facebook explain strangers getting to pictures they told her were private? Who in their right mind would use Facebook as a diagnostic tool? I predict this will end up in court.

If Manulife insures people with depression then they really should have a better understanding of what depression is. People who are depressed go out. They go on vacation. They try to look happy while doing it. They do it for other people because they don't want to drag them down. People also act happy to try and hide their depression from others. Just because someone looks happy in pictures doesn't mean they are happy.

I also can't believe some of the mean spirited comments the story has received. They're mad because she went on a vacation. They think she shouldn't be spending the benefits she paid for on a vacation. No where in the story did it say she paid. Would they feel better if the vacation had been bought for her? If it had she would feel a responsibility to take some "happy" pictures for the benefit of the person who paid?

They're also mad because she went out to a club a few times. One of those times was a staggette. She wouldn't have wanted to ruin her friend's wedding by not showing up or going and moping around. She would have put on a happy face.

Depressed people are very good a hiding their condition. They feel that people would not understand and think less of them. They also don't want their illness to spoil things for others.

Let me make another point: just because you're depressed it doesn't mean that it is impossible for something to strike you as funny or make you smile. The good feelings don't last beyond the moment and that is part of the problem.

Read the story.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Brown Bag Project - Vancouver Food Bank

Today's project from Bloggers Unite is the Brown Bag Project. The idea is to give the gift of food to those who are hungry. Take a needy family a meal or donate to a local food bank on 11/21/09.

It makes me sad that there are hungry people everywhere. Not just in Africa but in Vancouver and most other towns and cities around the world. The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society has seen a 15% rise in usage between March 08 and March 09. The problem is they've had a continuing decline in donations too.

I've never gone hungry. There have been times when I was down to bread and water a couple of days before payday but I've never gotten to a point where there was absolutely nothing. I hope I never do. If I do I hope there's a food bank.

In Vancouver there are many ways to donate to the food bank. You can do it online at their website or you can do it at your grocery store. Most stores have a bin you can put donations in. Some also have something called BC Sharing Coupons. You buy one for $2 at the check out. The food bank can use the coupons to by eggs, milk and other perishables.

I like the coupons. It's a painless way to donate. What's $2 more to the bill? If everyone did the food bank may not be in such dire straights. I don't have a lot of spare money but I can buy coupons. Think about it the next time your doing your shopping.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Nerd Geek Dork Quiz

Your result for The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test...

Pure Nerd

70 % Nerd, 43% Geek, 30% Dork

For The Record:



A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.

A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.

A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.



You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.



The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up all of the traits and tendences associated with the "dork." No-longer. Being smart isn't as socially crippling as it once was, and even more so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.





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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Some people just shouldn't talk.



Okay. I know she's only a teenager but she's been in the public eye for a while now. One would think that someone would work on making her a bit more articulate than your average teen.

I didn't count how many times she said "like" but it was, like, a lot. This is what she said about the Twilight phenomena:

"I've never seen it and nor will I ever," she tells Ohio's Q92-FM backstage at a concert. "It's a cult. I don't believe in it."

"I don't believe in it. I don't like vampires. I don't like any of the stuff. I don't like the wolf that pops out of the screen when I'm watching my TV at night. I don't like it. I don't want anything to do with it. I don't like the shirts. I don't like any of it."

"And like, it's just, I feel it's like, seriously, it's like people get like really into it. And maybe it's 'cause I'm like people always like fall in love with the characters, I don't know. It makes me not like, I don't know. I'm not into it," she says.

"But I feel really lame 'cause everyone's like so excited and I'm like not gonna talk about it."

A cult???? Does she even know what a cult is? I am so tired of celebrities saying stupid things.

Love Style Quiz

Your result for The Lover Style Profile Test...

The Surprising Lover

55% partner focus, 24% aggressiveness, 70% adventurousness

Based on the results of this test, it is highly likely that:



You prefer your romance and love to wild and daring rather than typical or boring, you would rather be pursued than do the pursuing and, when it comes to physical love, your satisfaction comes more from providing a wonderful time to your partner than simply seeking your own.



This places you in the Lover Style of: The Surprising Lover.



The Surprising Lover is a wonderful Lover Style, and, like the name implies, is often filled with hidden delights and talents that might not be apparent from a surface knowledge of the person. The Surprising Lover is rather like a geode--sometimes rough on the exterior, but filled with beauty and wonder. The Surprising Lover is thus a gem to find, though it can sometimes be difficult to do so because they often tend to be humble and unwilling to reveal their inner greatness unless they're in a rewarding relationship.



In terms of physical love, the Surprising Lover really shines, often highly imaginative and utterly devoted to bringing the heights of pleasure to the one that they truly love. Given a rewarding, reciprocative relationship, and the right lover, the Surprising Lover can be a delight in bed.



Best Compatibility can probably be found with: The Carnal Lover (most of all) or the Exotic Lover, or the Suave Lover.




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Saturday, November 14, 2009


Ma'chello Microwave


R I P





Ma'chello Microwave succumbed to Friday the 13th. With a flash of light and a loud bang Ma'chello left this world. He was Madison's humble servant for almost 15 years. They were especially close after Ma'chello took over the Movie Night duties of Ms. Penny "Popcorn" Popper (d. 2004).

Over the years Ma'chello prepared meals both healthy and questionable. Madison counted on him for everything from entrees to warm milk. She depended on him for quick nourishment. Ma'chello worked so often that both Beta and Quincy (Madison's assistance puppies-in-training) knew to alert her when he rang his assertive, yet still charming, buzzer.

Ma'chello will also be missed by his co-workers Tammy Teakettle and Tony Toaster.

Ma'chello will be recycled in a private service on Tuesday.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

When Things Hurt In the Virtual World



I just had a very embarrassing moment in the virtual world I hang out in sometimes. I put myself up for auction. Thankfully I had one friend (3 out of 120 showed up) willing to bid on me.

I can think of one reason this happened. It has to do with one of the things I hate about all social activities. They always have groups of people who all know each other and rarely, if ever, let anyone new in. I'd only been at the club a couple of times (with friends) so no one really knows me. I signed up to be auctioned off on a whim (those damn whims getting me in trouble again) so I really didn't think I had that much invested in it.

I was wrong. Feeling embarrassed in the virtual world feels EXACTLY like being embarrassed in the real world. I hate being embarrassed, especially publicly embarrassed. But I think I'll go make myself some hot cocoa and spend the rest of the evening curled up with a good book.

Tomorrow I'll dust myself off and go have some fun with my date.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

To Infinity and Beyond





Many of you reading this will have seen the new Stargate series Universe. Some of you will like, or even love, it. Other may have a different opinion. I'm afraid I fall into the second category. I WANT to love Universe but, so far, I just can't.

Maybe I should start at the beginning. I am an armchair Egyptologist so back in 1994 I went to see Stargate. I really just wanted to see the Egyptian stuff. I didn't like the movie. Except for an Egyptology in-joke that isn't in the new DVD version of the film. I think I didn't like the film mostly because I don't like Kurt Russell or James Spader. I don't know why I don't but I don't. I also felt a bit sorry for Jaye Davidson. Let's face it the part sucked. I couldn't help thinking he was cast to add "strangeness" to the part. SIGH.

Anyway.

I didn't start watching SG-1 until they were filming the seventh season. I was flipping channels one night and came across this show that had this guy who was snarky. I like snarky in the right amounts and Jack O'Neill had just the right amount of snarky. I've only just recently completed watching all ten seasons and the two DVD movies. I really didn't like the last three seasons all that much.

My favorite episodes of SG-1 (in no particular order) are: Urgo; Window of Opportunity; 1969; The Other Guys and Wormhole X-treme.

That list might tell you something about what I like. It also might tell you why, so far, Universe is not my cup of tea.

I hate spin-offs so I didn't start watching Atlantis until after it was canceled. I still haven't seen season five. I have to wait for the reruns on SPACE. I'm enjoying the series and will admit that I was wrong for not watching from the beginning.

So far, my favorite Atlantis episodes are: Duet; Tao of Rodney; McKay and Mrs. Miller; Miller's Crossing and Thirty Eight Minutes. Looking at this list you might think that Rodney McKay is my favorite character but you'd be wrong. My favorite character is actually Radek Zelenka. So there.

So that brings us to Universe. Early reports, before the show aired, were calling the show Stargate:90210 because of the young cast. Then there were comparisons to Battlestar Galactica. I'll admit that this news really turned me off. Still, I decided to give it a try. I even started following many of the actors on Twitter. They seem like nice, likable people. My opinion of the show won't change that in any way. Which is a good thing.

I really do want to like Universe but so far it hasn't touched me. There are just some niggling little things. Like how if the Destiny is hundreds of thousands of years old that makes it older than the stargate system and even older than Atlantis. What bugs me about that is that Dr. Rush can read (with a little difficulty) the writing on Destiny's panels. Language changes quickly. Just look at English in the past 400 years or so. I don't think a language not spoken for hundreds of thousands of years would be readable to anyone today. No matter what kind of a genius they were.

Before you all go spastic, I know that Dr. Daniel Jackson did the same thing.  He was only working with a few thousand years. There are people on this planet that read Sanskrit and Coptic and hieroglyphs. If people stop learning and using the old languages in a they will die out completely in a thousand years or less. Some times much less.

After Alexander the Great conquered Egypt people slowly stopped speaking and writing the Egyptian language. By the time of the last Cleopatra the was no one left who had any idea what the inscriptions on their monuments said. In that particular case there was a concerted effort by the new rulers to wipe out much of the defeated culture. The Greeks adopted some aspects of Egyptian culture, mostly the part of the religion that deifies pharaohs, but they didn't think preserving the language was important.

Okay. We got way off track there. It's my blog and I'll ramble if I want to.*

Back to Universe. I love the character of Dr. Nicholas Rush. He's so ambiguous. He could be riding the fence between good and evil. It's fun to watch him. I like Eli Wallace. He's a geek and I have a weakness for fellow geeks. The rest of the characters I could do without. But that wouldn't make for much of a show.

The character I hate most is Chloe. I don't even remember her last name. She, so far, is useless. I hope she has some useful skill that will come out later. Otherwise she's just a passenger on the ship. Somebody hand her a red shirt. Please.

I want to make one thing clear. If I don't like the show or some character it does not mean that I hate the actor playing the character. I think all the people who have worked on the show have done a great job. It is no fault of theirs that the show hasn't touched me yet. Anyone who bad mouths the people involved with Universe are idiots and should be ignored.

I like having discussions about things like Universe. I think that art is best when it creates discussion and debate. Art that effects people differently is much more valuable than art that has a universal appeal. IF there is such a thing. Discussion and debate do not include name calling, disparaging personal attacks or threats.

There has been one pleasant surprise for me. The I'd seen the actor who plays Everett Young, Justin Louis, in another series called Missing. I hated his character on that show. When I heard that he was cast as Young I feared that I would see the other character. I guess it says something about his acting that I don't. Robert Carlyle is another actor I'd seen before. I don't see any of his other characters when I look at Rush either.

I won't give up on Universe just yet. It might grow on me. Stranger things have happen this week.

*there were other things I had problems with but this post is too long winded as it is.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Welcome

Somehow you have landed at my catchall - anything goes blog. I have no idea what I'm going to write here. I have no idea how often I'm going to post here. The best I can say is the topics, and how often they are posted, will be horrendously random.

As for the title of this blog... I just liked it more than Exotic Mesons.

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