Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I'm usually the last to know...

I'll bet you guys have been watching the Guild for 3 years. I just sat down and watched all the episodes. Can I get more geeky?

Jack Me In All The Way Baby!

I have got to get TED to leave me alone. They keep sending me emails with interesting stuff and I watch videos instead of getting any work done. SIGH. Here's today distraction:

It wasn't Tom Cruise who looked cool it was all the gadgets. I like how at the end she says that maybe in 10 years they'll be back with the ultimate SixthSense brain implant. I can't wait! Jack me in all the way baby!!! I don't need any more gadgets to take care of. I want it right in my brain. No muss. No fuss.
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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Earth Hour - 8 PM Tonight

From the official webpage:
In 2009 hundreds of millions of people around the world showed their support by turning off their lights for one hour.
Earth Hour 2010 will continue to be a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community. A call to stand up, to show leadership and be responsible for our future.
Pledge your support here and turn off your lights for one hour, Earth Hour, 8.30pm, Saturday 27th March 2010.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ada Lovelace Day

A friend on Facebook pointed out that today is Ada Lovelace Day. Who is Ada Lovelace you say? Well if you went to the website you'd read: "Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace was born on 10th December 1815, the only child of Lord Byron and his wife, Annabella. Born Augusta Ada Byron, but now known simply as Ada Lovelace, she wrote the world’s first computer programmes for the Analytical Engine, a general-purpose machine that Charles Babbage had invented."

Today is a day to honor women in science and technology. I'll be the first one to admit I don't know much about what women have been doing in science or technology. I'm a "creative" after all. I do like reading about "uppity" woman who don't let men stand in the way of their goals.

I'd have to say that my heroine in the "social" science category is Amelia Edwards who was the first female Egyptologist. In 1882 she was a co-founder of what is now known as the Egyptian Exploration Society. When she died in 1892 she left money to fund the Edwards Chair of Egyptology. Her protege William Petrie was the first person to hold the chair. Sad to say that no women have held the chair.

Another woman I admire is Barbar Mertz. She was the first American women to get a Ph.d in Egyptology in 1950. She is currently on the board of KMT (A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt), Egypt Exploration Society and the James Henry Breasted Circle of the Oriental Institute. She is probably better known as an author. She writes as Elizabeth Peters or Barbara Michaels. As Peters she writes the Amelia PeabodySeries which take place in Egypt in the lat 19th century..

In the "hard" science category I'd have to say I'm rather proud of Dr. Roberta Bondar who was the first Canadian female in space. She was also the first neurologist in space. She holds numerous degrees in zoology, pathology and neurology. Bondar flew on the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery during Mission STS-42, January 22-30, 1992.

We are very lucky to live in a time where, for the most part, women are considered just as capable as men. We should all remember the women who came before us. Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Not all commercials are created equal

In my travels around the internet this week I came across a UK commercial for something called a Barclaycard.  I guess it's one of those express pay cards that we have gotten in Canada yet. This commercial is 2 years old and I wonder if they've done anything more recent. I'd love to see it if they have. This commercial made me smile.

How many commercials have their own "the making of" documentaries?

And the inevitable spoof. This one's a real killjoy.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

I is for iEverything - Belated ABC Wednesday

I took this photo of my iPhone and its SIM slot.Image via Wikipedia
You can put iTunes on your iPod and have a happy iLife (but only if you're a MAC). If you're a PC you can whine about it to friends using your iPhone. If you're feeling charitable you can head to iGive. If you need to write an essay on your iPad you can research it on iEarn. Then you can make a power point presentation about it with iWork. If you're in the mood you can have iSex. Or maybe you should look for iLove. Maybe it really does take an iVillage.

When did everything start beginning with "i"? The next thing you know they'll be an "i" in Team. Is this fascination with "i" a true reflection of how humans relate to the world? Have we all become self-centered? What happened to working towards a kinder and gentler world where we all get along? Does anyone have time to fit it into their iSchedule?

We left the "me" generation behind only to get lost in an iWorld. I used to wonder when we stopped living lives and started living "lifestyles." I didn't notice we were starting to live iLives until it was too late. I can't imagine a life without my iPod, my iTunes or my iPhone. Sad.

I don't know the answers. I'll have to wait and see if we become better or worse people with all this iStuff. I'll hang in there. I don't want to iGiveUp.

This post is part of ABC Wednesdays
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Wanda Sykes

I love it when I discover a new comedian. Laughter is good medicine. Almost nothing makes you feel as good as you do when you're laughing. Notice I said "almost". I've seen Wanda Sykes in a few movies but I didn't pay much attention. While flipping channels a few weeks ago I came across a rerun of a January episode of her TV show. I only caught the second have of her panel discussion (which I could not find on YouTube for some reason) but I was laughing all the way through it.

The other day I heard that Wanda called  Constance McMillen and asked her and her girlfriend to fly to LA. It seems that Sykes is getting an award for being an openly gay entertainer. She got to choose who presents the award and she chose McMillen.  Very cool in my book.

After hearing about that I went to her website and watched some of the videos there. One was a clip from her new HBO special Ima Be Me. Funny stuff:

Friday, March 19, 2010

Yeah I have a vagina. So?

I just read a report on how all 3 of the major US TV networks refused to air a new Kotex ad that used the word vagina. It had to be changed to "down there". WTF?!!!

On one hand it's great publicity for the "new" Kotex product. I don't know how many people would even care without this little bit  of scandal. The product is called "U" and even after watching a few commercials, I can't figure out how it is new or different.

On the other hand, it's just one more put down for women. For years we've had to put up with douches and scented products to cover up the smell from "down there" as if a woman's natural smell was a bad thing. Now we're being told we have a body part that isn't fit for public consumption. So to speak...


Okay. I got that out of my system.

The good thing about this story is that it pointed me to 4 cute U commercials from Australia

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go and find my "If you're Canadian show me your beaver" t-shirt.

Edit: I've just read another news story that said that 2 of the networks refused to run the ad with "down there". No word about what it was changed to. Maybe one of the names from here.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I laughed until I didn't any more

Every month on Eddie Izzard's Website fans submit artwork and/or videos that they've created about Eddie. The rest of the fans vote on which one they like best. The video above is this month's winner.

I have a big smiley face. I love it when fandoms collide.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I don't know why I do this to myself...

I am notoriously bad at these month long writing contests. I usually get sick about half way into the second week. Or a relative dies like in 2004. I wouldn't be surprised if, this year, I came down with a case of The Plague.

Yeah, yeah I know - self fulfilling prophecy and all that. It doesn't help that this year's Stargate con is smack dab in the middle of the month.

What bugs me is that I've got two really good ideas that I've been waiting for a chance to work on. Stories that have been stewing in my brain for a long time. One of them would take a lot more research because it's a historical drama. The other takes place in the present day so not so much work.

Script Frenzy is much more manageable than NaNoWriMo. 100 pages in 30 days compared to 50,000 words in 30 days. It's only a measly 3.33 pages per day. Totally doable. All I need is to get myself into a manic state where I don't sleep and chain myself to my computer. I could churn out 100 pages fast if I didn't sleep for  few days. They might not be good pages but they'd be there.

My other downfall is going back and editing before I've finished. I know I shouldn't do that but I always do. Hell I just did it right now. I went back and fiddled with the first paragraph. Lame.

Part of me thinks that if I just keep signing up for these contests eventually I will hit something good and actually finish a project...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I Want My IFC

Eddie Izzard is going to be hosting the Spirit Awards on the Independent Film Channel on Friday. I will not be able to watch. Hopefully someone will post it on YouTube.