Mrs Moore said she took the name from a book. Does anyone know which one?
"He brought a box that had a vibrator in it, but with a picture of me sitting on a bomb on the front. It was called 'the Captain Jack stimulator' and this guy gave it to me as a gift. He didn't say he used it. It was just a Klingon who gave me a vibrator."
As if John Barrowman talking about vibrators and stimulators wasn't enough, that being thrown into the conversation certainly wasn't expected. He looks at my dropped jaw and just sort of shrugs 'yeah-a-Klingon' before carrying on.
"I went home to Scott and said 'Look, a Klingon's given us a vibrator' and he said 'Well fucking chuck it out 'cos they're filthy.'"
I first got a link to Jonathan Coulton's Skullcrusher Mountain from someone on my friends list and went on to download the rest of his free stuff, which includes some pretty good songs. Skullcrusher mountain has inspired an hilarious filk as well as some slashy fic.
On the topic of cool stuff these pavement drawings are really impressive. I think this one is my favorite.
Warchild by Karin Lowachee reminded me of early C.J. Cherryh, before she got so long winded that a whole novel covered less than 24 hours. I think there are two more in this series that I will have to track down.
Keeper by Greg Rucka was a decent thriller that kept my pro-choice hackles raised throughout.
I just finished reading The Tale of Despereaux to my daughters. A good tale, although I found the author's interjections a bit tedious after a while. I think they are making a movie of this, so I'm glad we read the book first.
The first half of Steel Drivin' Man - John Henry - The untold story of an American Legend by Scott Reynolds Nelson was fascinating. It described how he tracked down who John Henry really was and the roll of the steam drill in his death. It was a historical mystery with lots of interesting tidbits thrown in. The second half was a bit drier and described the evolution of the folksong and it's roll in different communities, but there were still interesting details. The sad thing is, writing this more than a week after finishing the book, I can remember enjoying it, but not many of these interesting tidbits. But, hey! There was a Superman tie-in: John Henry as a proto-man-of-steel in early comics and John Henry Steel in Adventures of Superman #500.
Does anyone know when the new season starts? or the next season of Dr Who?
Any recommended TW fic ljs or communities?
While I'm on the topic, he blogged about another film which shows how the full moon changes its appearance over the year due to the slight non-circularity of it's orbit and some wobbling around it's axis.
On a non-science note, I finished book 2 for the year: Voices by Ursula K. Le Guin. This was a young adult novel, a sequel to Gifts which had more of a fantasy element (paranormal abilities). This one was more anthropological. Le Guin has yet to write anything that I prefer to my old favorites of hers (The Left Hand of Darkness and The Tombs of Atuan) but this was a good story.
( What is spoiler courtesy for shows already broadcast in their country of origin and not likely to be aired in the US? )
My first book of 2007 is The Last of Her Kind by by Sigrid Nunez.
I forget where on the web I saw this book recommended. It might even have been here on my friends list. I enjoyed reading this book tremendously. I think one reason is that, while I was too young to really be aware of the political activism in the late 60's and early 70's, let alone participate, I find it fascinating to read about things that happened while I was growing up. This book is incredibly rich and has a wonderfully strong narrative voice. I highly recommend it.
In no particular order:
1. Read more books, fewer blogs
2. Eat less junk
3. Make time to listen to my kids regularly
4. Get my youngest fully weaned, potty trained and into his own room by December 2007.
I think these are the ones I am serious about. I'd like to post more often, but SV hasn't inspired much this season.
Can I make resolutions for AlMiles? 1: More clex, even if it's rifty angsty clex. 2: Clear, consistent character motivation. Number 2 is probably more important, but I don't think they are capable of it.
Happy New Year Everyone!
You are The High Priestess
Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.
The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
On a related note, a poll:
I loved Land of the Lost when I was young and felt sad when I learned that there is no such thing as a Brontosaurus. So I can sympathize with those who think Pluto should still be considered a regular planet. But the planet/dwarf planet distinction makes a lot more sense in light of what we are still learning about the solar system.
LJ Interests meme results
This is probably out of date. And to be accurate, it should be Lindsey instead of Angel. Season 1 and 2 Lindsey. Later Lindsey not so much.
My profession, even though I've been bogged down in the technical end of things for the past several years.
Also out of date. I never read the fanfic much and the show is off the air, but I'd love to get my hands on mp3s of Once More With Feeling.
Mmm. Especially dark chocolate. Truffles with coffee, hazelnut, orange or raspberry. No liquers.
- figure skating:
I'm a little burned out on this what with the olympics and all. I still have lot on Tivo I haven't watched, but will probably get to in rerun season. I would love to see Kwan come back if she is healthy enough, but doubt she will be. I hope Weir gets his act together as I love his skating.
I am limited in what I can grow due to deer, groundhogs and a toddler, but I like working on the garden bit by bit, even if it takes a few years to get everything set up the way I'd like it.
Lex, Clex, Clark, Lionel back when his character had continuity and people remembered he was evil. I still watch the show but it is getting more painful. I love the fanfic and get a little sad when favorite authors get pulled away to shiny new fandoms.
Enter your LJ user name, and 10 interests will be selected from your interest list.
OB CLEX: I guess, since Clark is 18 (shouldn't he be 19 if he was 15 in the 1st season?) this doesn't change the situation between him and Lex
( My favorite bit of meta )
...the baby is part of you. At first, she can't survive without you. And then, more and more, she can. Until, finally, she can't survive with you--everything you try to do for her is wrong--so you just have to let go, and stand back, and let them make their own mistakes and realize, maybe, they aren't mistakes, they're just somebody else's life.