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( Jun. 7th, 2009 06:57 pm)
My mother is at the Tony Awards tonight. She and a friend got tickets and are the cutest Broadway fangirls. They're in the 2nd to last row of the theater and, from the way they're talking, you'd think they were hosting. Between this and my mother's obsession with SYTYCD, I can almost believe I inherited my fannish instincts from her.

I'm not very exciting today. I went to boot camp and then to the office for three hours. Since I came home, I've been watching DS9, reading The Nine, and digging through link upon link of ST:reboot fic.

It seems like there's always a desktop meme going around but I haven't played in a while:

1. Anyone who looks at this entry please post this meme and their current wallpaper at their LiveJournal.
2. Explain in five sentences why you're using that wallpaper.
3. Don't change your wallpaper before doing this! The point is to see what you had on.

My current desktop wallpaper )

I've had this wallpaper for months. I think the picture is a perfect blend of sexy and vulnerable and I love Jennifer Aniston. The end.

What else? Someone, somewhere, posted this video of Leonard Nimoy explaining the background behind the Vulcan hand greeting and "Live Long And Prosper." I knew the origin but it's really neat to hear him tell of it - especially as it relates to his Jewish background. He rattles off Hebrew so easily. &hearts

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Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] cranberryink!! You are one in a million. I'm counting down the days to May. So is Kendra.

So I didn't go into work and I did get everything done remotely. \o/

Tonight I'm meeting up with friends for dinner and then we're going to see Let The Right One In.

    This award-winning horror film based on the best-selling novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist ably blends genre chills with genuine feeling. Oskar is a 12-year-old outcast who is frequently picked on by his classmates. He dreams of getting his revenge, but he never stands up to the boys. With the arrival of his new next-door neighbor, 12-year-old Eli, Oskar may finally have found a friend, ally, and first love. But Eli is no ordinary girl: she must keep her pale skin out of the sunlight, she can perform inhuman physical feats, and she has a thirst for blood. The bodies begin to pile up, but Oskar can’t stay away from the girl who has finally given him courage. Though there are plenty of scares, this remains moving and intelligent, a rare feat for the genre. Rated R. 114 minutes. Swedish with subtitles.

[livejournal.com profile] charlidos - Did you mention this movie?

I did that meme where someone gives you words/phrases they associate with you and you write about them. [livejournal.com profile] copracat gave me new york, your lovely family, space!, harry/snape, and professionalism under pressure.

New York
I was born and raised in NY and I'll always think of myself as a New Yorker despite the time I've spent living in DC, San Diego, Florida, and, now, Michigan. My family got off their boats, settled in NY, and never left. I grew up on Long Island but we were fortunate to also have an apartment in Manhattan which afforded me the best of both words - suburban and city living. To me, there is still nothing like falling asleep to the sounds of New York City. There's no city that compares.

your lovely family
What a wonderful thing to associate with me! That really stopped me in my tracks because, for a long time, I wasn't someone who loved spending time with my family. With the exception of my sister, I wanted AWAY. Somewhere in time I grew up and matured and realized how incredible my family is. My mother would do anything for me. My step-father is as close to me as blood. My sister is the axis of my world. It's really difficult to live away from them - and my extended family - but I also know that I'm too independent to make life choices just to be near them. Choosing not to live my life for them is one of the things that's made us closer. They respect my freedom of choice and I don't feel stifled. I'd love to get back to NY someday but it needs to be on my terms. Until then, I'll visit. Often. (I should also mention that seeing my sister parent is one of the most amazing experiences. She awes me.)

space!
Oh, my goodness, space. There's this quote I love from Michael Collins: It's human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it's an imperative. That's a great summation about how I feel about space. It's the great unknown. It's exploration. It's the human spirit. Our accomplishments in space exploration are an unbelievable testament to human achievement and I'm convinced that, the more we learn about the universe, the more we learn about ourselves. Plus, it's really cool. It's space! I'd totally strap myself into a rocket and give it a go.

Harry/Snape
I can still remember reading Harry/Snape fic for the first time. I was a huge HP fan but I had no interest in fic. I was convinced that canon was sufficient to meet my Harry Potter needs. Hahahaha. Someone, maybe [livejournal.com profile] between_names or [livejournal.com profile] nothinggold, recommended Telanu's "Tea" series and I stayed up all night reading. I never looked back. It was completely unexpected but I loved (and still love) the dynamic between Harry & Snape and how much they each have to grow and give to develop a relationship.

professionalism under pressure
Thank you! I try. What's interesting to me about the timing of this meme & comment is that the period between January 27th and February 19th was one of the most stressful of my career. I learned an awful lot about what I know, what I don't know, the kind of risks I'm willing to take, how I mange up, and how I react under pressure. The whole situation reinforced what I knew in my gut - think about everything you know, ask questions about the things you don't, and have a point of view.

That was fun. Drop a comment if you want some things that make me think of you!

Oh, right. These days I can't post without BSG content.
  • Maureen Ryan talks to Jane Espenson about "Deadlock."
  • Alan Sepinwall comments on "Deadlock."
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    ( Jan. 29th, 2009 08:31 pm)
    In response to this post, ask me about the first time I did something. It can be anything--the first time I ate Italian food, the first time someone I knew died, the first time I left the country, my first OTP, the first time someone of the opposite sex saw me naked. I'll answer in the thread. Then (if you like) put it on your journal and I'll ask you questions.
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    ( Dec. 11th, 2008 07:40 pm)
    I keep reading that a concern with Obama's likely appointment of Steven Chu as Energy Secretary is that he doesn't have a political background. I argue with two points:

    a) When it comes to energy, Nobel Laureate scientist > Arnold Schwarzenegger. I LOVE that the (presumptive) nominee for energy secretary isn't just a political appointment. It's a practical appointment.
    b) No one should discount the absurd political maneuverings required to succeed in the ranks of academia.

    Tangentially related, Michigan State Picked for Half-Billion-Dollar Accelerator. \o/ The only thing better would be replacing "Michigan State" with "University of Michigan."

    The new Sci-fi Magazine has an article of season 4.5 of BSG. I didn't read it because I'm spoilerphobic but I scanned it in the event anyone else is interested. (If you do d/l and read the article, please let me know if there are spoilers or if, at the very least, I can read the bits about the actors.)



    [Tag line is blurred to avoid spoilers for anyone who hasn't seen 4.0.]

    Download 11 pages of scans here: right click/save, zip file, 12.4mb, please comment if you download.

    Also in the BSG world: BSG: The 13 minute recap. It's funny (and, actually, a good refresher). Spoilers through season 4.0. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] titti for the head's up.

    [livejournal.com profile] arsenicjade tagged me to to talk about one thing that has made me happy for each of the last eight days.

    Here I go starting today and working my way back... )

    Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] runerinrun, [livejournal.com profile] between_names, [livejournal.com profile] worldwouldend and [livejournal.com profile] cruisedirector for the holiday cards!!

    I'm starting season 2 of The L Word tonight and then it's Grissom's penultimate episode on CSI. Tomorrow I'm off to NY for the weekend. My sister and Chase beckon!
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    ( Oct. 29th, 2008 07:09 am)
    Goodbye Kwame Kilpatrick. Please learn some humility in jail.

    TV Show meme )

    That was a fun meme!!

    I'm not usually affected by allergies but my eyes have been so itchy I haven't been able to wear my contacts. I want to rub my eyes out. I need to stop for drops on the way to work (if I eve get my ass up and into the shower). I'm so late!

    Up and and it. But first, a poll:

    [Poll #1287208]
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    ( Oct. 22nd, 2008 05:56 pm)
    I finally found Appaloosa fic. And it's good!

    Both stories are by Neichan:
  • Trouble With Reading - Virgil/Everett, PG-13. First time, on the trail. There is just so much between these two men and Neichan captures it perfectly.
  • Leaving Behind - Virgil/Everett, PG-13. This short story is the beautiful sum of Everett’s relationship with Virgil. Everett’s voice rings perfectly true throughout.

    I hope there's more to come!

    What else? It's sadly dark when I wake up in the morning so I'm in search of one of those alarm clocks that also gradually raises the light level. I think I'd be much happier if it was bright in my room when I wake up. A heater in the bathroom will help, too. In particular, I need to find one I can put on a timer so my bathroom is warm in the morning. I'm heading into Michigan winter survival mode!

    ETA: Alarm clock selections one; two; and three.

    I did that 'what your taste in art says about you' quiz. It's a fun little quiz! )
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    I'm home from a rejuvenating weekend in NY and, even though it totally feels like a Sunday night, my calendar tells me it's Monday.

    I have to go to bed NOW but, first, have a meme:

    1. Do you have the guts to answer these questions and re-post as The Controversial Survey?
    Obviously.

    2. Would you do meth if it was legal?
    No.

    3. Abortion: for or against it?
    Unless my life was in danger, I would never have an abortion but that's my choice and I support your right to make a different choice.

    4. Do you think the world would fail with a female president?
    No. PS. This is a dumb question.

    5. Do you believe in the death penalty?
    Not under any circumstance.
    The rest )
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    You've all seen this, yes?

    Matt Damon is a clear voice re: the frightening possibility of Sarah Palin in the White House



    Best part? Referencing actuary tables.

    [livejournal.com profile] carta brightened my day yesterday with this link to some of the hottest photos of Jamie Bamber EVER. L&O London: Here I come.

    [livejournal.com profile] crooked_halo8 gave me the letter R for that meme about 5 characters I like. Sadly, I could think of no women I love who's names start with R but here are 5 fabulous men:

    Rodney McKay (SGA)
    Robert McCallister (Brothers & Sisters)
    Ronon Dex (SGA)
    Robert Chase (House)
    Reid, Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)

    I was going to write up a nice little blurb about why I like them but, mostly, they're hot. Especially Ronon Dex. And Robert McCallister.

    Things that currently terrify me?
    1) The economy. OH, MY GOD.
    2) Possible election results. OH, MY GOD.
    10 minutes of morning news, these days, and I find myself flipping to VH1 for some relief.

    I had a long, late dinner with friends last night and, tonight, I have another dinner out. What I should really do is sleep but I'm no good at passing up fun. Off to work! (Which is decidedly not fun.)

    PS. I love Pink's new song, "So What." I LOVE PINK.
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    ( Apr. 14th, 2008 08:00 pm)
    [livejournal.com profile] carta did this and I loved it so I'm doing it, too: The "moment I fell in love with a character" meme.

    To make it nearly impossible, I limited myself to one character per show. Here are mine, with photographic evidence:

    Ronon Dex )

    Daniel Jackson )

    Dean Winchester )

    The Cast of the West Wing )

    Ianto Jones )

    Ten (Dr. Who) )

    Laura Roslin )

    ETA: Some of the things that people think might go wrong with the LHC are Miniature Black Holes - these exist for only fractions of a second and then decay, but naysayers worry that they'll form up into a massive black hole that will start chewing up France. Hahaha. I love io9.
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    ( Mar. 30th, 2008 07:32 am)
    I drank a bit too much last night and I'm paying for it now. UGH. I hate flying with a hangover. (The absolute worst was the morning after my sister's bachelorette party. UGH.)

    Before I leave, I meme:

    The Unpopular Opinions Meme

    1) Comment with one of my fandoms or a character or two from that fandom.
    2) I'll answer with one or two of my unpopular opinions about that fandom or character.
    OR! You can also comment with fandoms I'm not into, and I'll tell you why I'm not a fan.


    Fandoms I'm in/shows I'm fannish about: BSG, SGA, SG-1, SPN, West Wing, Torchwood, Harry Potter, SCC, ST:TNG, Boston Legal, CSI, Criminal Minds.

    Today is Warren Beatty's birthday. It's the only celebrity birthday I know (except for David Hewlett and Melissa Joan Heart and that's because we all have the same birthday :) ) and here we are another year past. He turns 71 today and hasn't appeared in a film since 2001 but remains my forever favorite.

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    I had a big negotiation meeting today and it went well! I invited my boss to come for support, even though she actually makes me more nervous, and even that didn't throw me! I've really needed some work mojo.

    Before the follow-up dinner I picked up my Bonnie and Clyde 2 disc ultimate collectors edition DVD set!! It comes with the 2 DVDs, a hard cover book with photos from the film & set and a soft cover press book with media from the original release. I AM THE HAPPIEST FANGIRL IN THE WORLD TONIGHT.

    There's also a mail in form for a free Bonnie and Clyde movie poster but it says that "offer is not open to affiliated...retailers." My receipt says "employee" but I'm going to try anyway. I do not want to be denied my movie poster.

    In a move that stunned me, I picked up The Ultimate Vegetarian Cookbook, too. It's my first cookbook but I'm kind of inspired to cook more and this cook book gives both the time to make the meal and the nutritional value. Let's check back in 2 weeks to see if I still have a kitchen.

    That meme about me... )
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    Happy New Year!

    It's been many days since I've posted because I've been playing host to [livejournal.com profile] stargems since Friday night. She's currently asleep in the guest room recovering from our ability to turn a whole lot of nothing into a whole lot of something.

    So far, there have been two movies, "Juno" and "Meet the Savages." Juno is one of the best movies of the year...of EVER perhaps. I give it two thumbs up and five stars and an A+ and the top of whatever other rating scales there are! If you're home today with no plans, go see Juno.

    We saw Meet The Savages at the Michigan Theater last night before dinner. It's an old, membership driven theater that doesn't sell advance tickets and has all of the old style trappings complete with a piano player, clad in a tragic iridescent shirt, performing for the audience before the show in lieu of on-screen dancing hot dogs. I am far less enthusiastic about Meet The Savages than I am about Juno. It depressed the hell out of me.

    On Sunday (?), Stargems helped me pick out a new coat and it's everything I didn't know I wanted. I knew I was looking for a fitted wool coat but I envisioned black and certainly not all of the awesome detailing. See?? I'm already strutting around like a peacock in the coat and reveling in my first compliments.

    Other highlights of the long weekend include the Patriots/Giants game. OMG THE TENSION. Stargems is a Giants fan and I'm a sucker for stories like a perfect season (and a sucker for Tom Brady) so it was the perfect, nail biting evening. Today though, and even better, is the Michigan/Florida bowl game. It's like it was delivered into our laps just for this visit.

    It snowed at least 6 inches last night and my neighbors are out with their snow blower. I'm sitting in my living room with every possible hope that they come down my way. I don't Stargems wants to be out shoveling show later. ;)

    In other business, [livejournal.com profile] between_names posted a meme and I played so it's my turn to offer up the same and post my answers.

    1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, your favorite kind of sandwich, or maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.
    2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
    3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
    4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.
    5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions

    My questions and answers to between_names' questions )

    Also, mostly for me, my top three books and movies of 2007. I tried to pick 5 but the top three are such standouts for me that I stopped there.

    Three favorite books of 2007:
    1. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
    2. Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
    3. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (I believe this was written in 06 but I found it in 07.)

    Three Favorite Movies of 2007
    1. The Bourne Ultimatum
    2. Eastern Promises
    3. Juno

    I'm off all week which is full of fabulous. Aside from a few necessary errands, my plans include reading some books, reading some fic, and finishing season two of Bones. Joy!
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    From [livejournal.com profile] crooked_halo8 because I love tv!

    01. Name a TV show series in which you have seen every episode at least twice:
    Individual seasons, sure, but every episode? Wow, that's tough. I've seen every episode of the first five seasons of The West Wing at least twice but not the 6th and 7th season. I've only seen those once. I've probably seen almost every episode of CSI twice.

    02. Name a show you can't miss:
    BSG. If I could only pick one show to never miss, that would be it.

    03. Name an actor who would make you more inclined to watch a show:
    Hahaha. ROB LOWE.

    04. Name an actor who would make you less likely to watch a show:
    Jennifer Love Hewitt. *gag*

    05. Name a show you can and do quote from:
    The West Wing

    More... )

    And here are the answers to last night's 'ask me anything' poll )

    The guy from the airport shuttle e-mailed today and we're getting coffee on Saturday. Yay!
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    • A meme from [livejournal.com profile] splifford! I love this one. Play with me!!

      1. Post a list of seven ten TV shows you love (current or canceled).
      2. Have your friends list guess your favorite character from each show.
      3. When guessed, bold the line and write a little bit about why you like that character.
      4. Post in your own journal.

      1. Star Trek: TNG - I was 16 and Riker was my man. Besides, I think I have a thing for men with beards.
      2. The West Wing - Sam! I loved them all but Sam was my favorite. He was so earnest. And smart. And he had this great way of tripping over himself.
      3. CSI - Hahaha! Is it any question this is Grissom? My love for him is inappropriate given he's a fictional character.
      4. Stargate SG-1 - I must have a thing for the smart guys. Daniel was my favorite through the entire series but I particularly like him in the later seasons when he's jaded enough to have a dangerous edge about him.
      5. Stargate: Atlantis - I love Ronon. He's so brave and strong and funny when you least expect it and much smarter than anyone originally gave him credit for.
      6. House - Wilson is the best trusty sidekick ever.
      7. Scarecrow & Mrs. King - I want to grow up and be Amanda King! Reallly, I do!
      8. Battlestar Galactica - I love Roslin as much for her strengths as I do for her flaws. She's smart, strong, beautiful and courageous but she's also, sometimes, too single minded and stubborn for her own good.
      9. Criminal Minds - Criminal Minds was difficult for me because Reid is so, so fabulous but there's something about Hotch, you know? He's the one I want to go home with. He's the one I want to distract from the madness of their days.
      10. Friends - Rachel!

    • The SG-1 episode where Sam's stuck on the planet that was bombed by Anubis' drones is on which means so is Carmen Argenziano. All of this is to say, I loved him on House!!

    • Also about SG-1, over the past 8 or 9 months, I've been lending my SG-1 DVDs to a colleague. I recently mentioned my frustration that I bought seasons 1- 8 before they came out in slimline and she said she may be interested in buying my DVDs at a discount so I can buy the nifty SG-1 Series box set. I did the math and, with my discount plus tax, it would cost $278. I can sell her the 10 seasons for $25 each which saves her money on the total but only puts me out $28 to upgrade to the box set. I'm crossing my fingers that she's in on the deal. ([livejournal.com profile] cranberryink...I may have to come calling for my DVDs back but, if I do, I'll send you the slim line versions once I upgrade.)

    • Someone on [livejournal.com profile] rob_daily posted a photo from an upcoming episode without a cut tag. GRRRR. It wasn't tremendously spoilery (and he was very pretty) but it's the principle. I prefer that spoilers only come my way when I actively seek them out. DOUBLE GRRRR.

    • I get a [livejournal.com profile] kiffle tomorrow!! I'm so excited. She'll meet Sally and then it's a road trip to Chicago where Jared and Jensen are waiting for us. It's the perfect end to this year's con season.
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    • Sally and I have been together three years! I can't believe there was a time when we didn't have each other. She's my baby girl. *loves*

      October 24, 2004



      October 24, 2007



    • Not being a physicist, until today I didn't realize that the Superconducting Super Collider referenced in the West Wing episode Dead Irish Writers is real! I mean, I knew about particle accelerators were real but I thought the Superconducting Super Collider was just a plot device for Sam.

      So, I'm about 2/3 through The Elegant Universe and I love it and I wish I had people to talk to about the book and the science and the theories. (And by "people," I mean people like me... regular ol' non-physicists who have a basic understanding and want to engage and know more but will never, ever have the capacity to understand this stuff at the level of a physicist. Ever.)

    • I'm still sitting on the Creation e-mail announcing Patrick Stewart's appearance at a NY con in March. My current plan is to wait on tickets and go for GA if, and only if, they offer photo ops. I can't possibly turn down a photo op with Patrick Stewart. Patrick Stewart.

    • My trip to KC was lovely most specifically because of my visit with [livejournal.com profile] powrhug. Kare - I hope you and Lori are having a fabulous birthday!

    • Icon meme! Which one of my icons do you associate with me i.e. when you see it, you immediately know it's my post or comment. (Excluding my default grapes icon.)
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    ( Oct. 14th, 2007 10:55 pm)
    This is the closest I have to a bookish icon. At least it's about reading.

    Name...

    Three books that have marked your childhood...
    1) Charlotte's Web by EB White - I read this book for the first time in 1st grade. It's been a definitive favorite every since. Who doesn't love Fern and Charlotte and Wilber? "Some pig!"
    2) The Ramona Series by Beverly Cleary - I identified with Ramona like no other character in my childhood. The Nosmo King. Her stomach flu. Beezus. Howie Kemp. Despite her antics (or maybe because of them), as a little girl, I wanted to be Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (and on).
    3) A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry - There weren't many books that addressed death from the perspective of a kid and this book was it for me. At the time, I don't think I realized why I read it over and over again but it meant an awful lot to me during some critical years.

    ... and your teenagehood:
    1) Escape from Sobibor by Richard Rashke - I first saw the film version of Escape from Sobibor. I remember watching it with my mother, in horror, and immediately borrowed the book from the library. The story of Sobibor was terrifying and haunting and made a lasting impact on my relationship with Judaism and my heritage.
    2) Chances by Jackie Collins - This is embarrassing but true. I went through an intense Jackie Collins phase in middle school but, to be quite honest, I was a teenager looking to read about sex and Jackie Collins delivered.
    3) 1984 by George Orwell - We read this in English class and I loved this book at a time when I hated most of what my teachers made me read.

    Your three favourite books (only 3, even if it's hard!):
    This is really tough. I'm picking books that are both long time favorites and ones I go back to again and again.
    1) Moonshot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon by Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton - This isn't the best book about the Apollo program but it's my favorite - probably because it's told by Shepard and Slayton...two men as inside as it gets without actually flying Apollo missions.
    2) Harry Potter by JK Rowling - For sentimental reasons, for the story telling, and for the years of excitement and anticipation.
    3) Corduroy by Don Freeman - It's possible this is my favorite book. Corduroy's been sitting on that shelf just waiting for a little girl named Lisa who'll love him as much as he'll love her. The art and the story still melt my heart.

    Three books you could read again and again without growing weary of it:
    1) Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer - Krakauer takes you right there into the harrowing plight of the climbers on Everest. Each time, it feels like I read the book in one breath.
    2) Harry Potter by JK Rowling - for all the reasons noted above
    3) Moonshot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon by Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton - One of the reasons it's a top 3 favorite is because I'll never tire of reading it.

    Three books you've read or are reading recently:
    1) Einstein by Walter Isaacson - This is my favorite book of 2007. Coming in at more than 700 pages, it looks like a daunting read but, written by Isaacson, it's accessible, engaging, and an incredible portrait of Einstein as a man and a revolutionary genius. I highly recommend this book.
    2) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert - This book is all about searching for yourself whether it's in Italy, India, Indonesia, or Indiana. Again, I can't recommend this book enough. It's changed the way I look at my days and is forcing me to evaluate what I really need out of my time here.
    3) The Elegant Universe by Brian Green - It's all science but also accessible and totally worth the time investment if you have any interest in understanding how physics shapes the world.

    Three books that you'll read soon:
    1) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer - Everyone I know who's read Meyer's series has devoured it and then raved about it. I'm a skeptic but who knows? Perhaps a future post will be my own glowing review.
    2) World War Z by Max Brooks - This comes on the recommendation of a co-worker and it's the world's battle against a zombie threat.
    3) Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson - This book has been sitting on my shelf since it was first published in 2004. I never gave it a shot but, on the strength of Einstein, I'm going for it.

    And one special, fetish book that you'd keep with you all the time:
    ONE?? ONE? I have no idea. Narrowing down the other categories to three was hard enough. Today, though, I'd say The Elegant Universe. It's dense and engaging and, if it was the only thing I had to read, would be guaranteed to always make me think.

    Now I'm off to bed. It's way past my bedtime.
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    • I'm finally starting to feel human again. After sleeping an ungodly number of hours yesterday, I rallied today for brunch with my friend Richard and a trip to the new Borders store in Canton. I can't leave a bookstore empty handed and came away with America in Space: NASA's First Fifty Years: The story of Americas space age is told with more than 400 carefully selected images. The story begins in the 1950s with intrepid test pilots venturing ever faster and higher, and opens out into the now-legendary Mercury and Apollo missions of the 1960s that made astronauts into national heroes. The large format of the book captures both the human drama and the vast scale of NASAs projects.

      My only sorrow is that I have but one coffee table for all of my coffee table books. I'm already rotating Postcards from Mars, Cosmos, and The Complete Earth. Perhaps it's time to get visually creative.

    • Also on this weekend's agenda was Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. It's an incredibly whimsical book written in the format of a middle school boy's diary and told through narrative and cartoons. The book is a quick read but totally worth it (and probably a great gift for a 10- 12 year old boy). On the reading front, I'm still making my way through The Elegant Universe before I move on to Twilight.

    • It's been everywhere today but I picked up this meme from [livejournal.com profile] copracat - Comment on this post. I will choose seven userpics from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are using them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so others can play along.

      My answers for the icons copracat picked:



      Keywords: bsg grown up love - By ellymelly. Oh, my god. I could go on and on and on about everything I love about Adama & Roslin (and Adama/Roslin) and the entire arc of their friendship, specifically what we saw in "Unfinished Business." They're the grown-ups of the fleet. They have their differences and their own unique challenges but there is a spark when they're on screen together. Adama & Roslin are an example of 1 + 1 = 3. (Off topic, but so are Lee Stetson and Amanda King. And Mulder & Scully. All of the greatest pairings are better than the sum of their parts.)

      The rest... )

    • I'm almost through with my Scarecrow & Mrs. King binge. Today was their wedding episode, "Do You Take This Spy," and I'd be embarrassed to admit I cried if it wasn't one of the best TV moments ever. EVER. Seriously. I say that knowing that there are (maybe) four of you reading this who even care about the show but, if you watched the series straight though, I have no doubt you'd share my love.

      I'd like to say that I'd die for a reunion movie but Kate Jackson has ruined that possibility with all of her face work. Amanda would have aged gracefully with laugh lines and crows feet and Lee would have loved her all the more for it...would have loved the history of their lives etched on her face. Kate Jackson, on the other hand, was not so fond of natural aging. Case in point: Example 1) Kate as Amanda Example 2) Kate today. COULD YOU JUST WEEP??
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    ( Sep. 6th, 2007 08:10 pm)
    [livejournal.com profile] lilysaid gave me "W." Here's my list!


    • Wormholes - They take you to other PLANETS!

    • West Wing - I challenge you to find me anything better than the early years of The West Wing. The banter was spot on, the cast was phenomenal and, quite frankly, Rob Lowe alone is enough to earn the show a spot on this list. Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Dule Hill, John Spencer, Richard Schiff, Janel Maloney, Stockard Channing, and Martin Sheen don't hurt, either.

    • Wizards! - In particular Harry & Co.

    • White Christmas - One of my favorite movies of all time. Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera Ellen, and Rosemary Clooney were divine.

    • Winchesters - They're hot. They're heroes. They'd literally go to hell for each other.

    • William Jefferson Clinton - I'm an unabashed fan.

    • Wolf Kahn - His paintings - both the style and the bold colors – make me joyful.

    • Women of Battlestar Galactica - They are the strongest, most complex, kick-ass group of women ever to appear together on television.

    • Winter in Florida - There wasn't much I loved about living in Florida but winter topped the list. There's nothing like sitting at the pool in February.

    • Warren Beatty - He's topped my list of celebrities for 18 years. There's nothing quite like a young Warren Beatty in “Splendor in the Grass” but “Bonnie & Clyde” will always be my favorite.


    Does anyone want a letter?

    Tomorrow if finally Friday which means tomorrow is also the midnight Buffy sing-a-long at the Michigan Theater!
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    ( Aug. 28th, 2007 09:16 pm)
    I've never seen this clip before but it's Shanks and Tapping and Judge and the love each other so much!



    And I'm playing the "five people you'd sleep with no questions asked" game but without the photos because I'm lazy. Oh, also? My chances of any of these happening slide from negative a billion percent to negative a trillion percent because two of the people aren't real. But I'd still sleep with them.

    1) Daniel Jackson
    2) Jensen Ackles
    3) Rob Lowe
    4) Gil Grissom
    5) Viggo Mortenson

    Out for sushi tonight followed by Ben & Jerry's a stop into Borders for Pink's CD. I don't know why I resisted this long. "Dear Mr. President" is reason enough to fork over my money.

    Last up, a fic rec. At The Hour When We Are Trembling by [livejournal.com profile] frostfire_17. It's John Sheppard/Daniel Jackson apocafic. I read it last night and I've been thinking about it all day. Summary: The Wraith make it to Earth, and John and Daniel are left to pick up the pieces. It's so good.
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    ( Jun. 15th, 2007 07:19 pm)
    Creation Con! October. Jamie Bamber. Katee Sackhoff. Jonathan Frakes. Marina Sirtis. Oh, my god, you guys. I have to go. BSG plus the 20th anniversary of ST:TNG!?!? And a bonus - I can drive there. Does anyone else want to go? I could have my photo taken with Starbuck, Apollo, and Commander Riker all in one weekend. BSG + TNG = LOVE!

    Seriously. Anyone? [livejournal.com profile] carta? Is the Gold Package calling your name?

    While you're considering, here's a meme:

    1. My username is _____ because ____.
    [livejournal.com profile] saturn92103 - Saturn because of the whole space thing and I have a tattoo of Saturn. 92103 because it was my zip code back in the days of the board where this all started and I didn't realize how annoying it would be to have 5 numbers in my username.

    2. My journal is titled ____ because ____.
    "We choose to go to the moon..." My favorite period in NASA history are the Apollo missions and this quote gets right to the heart of it. "We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade... not because they are easy but because they are hard;" - John F. Kennedy, 1962

    3. My subtitle is ____ because ____.
    "Exploration is not a choice, really; it's an imperative" Also in keeping with Apollo and my feelings on space exploration - manned or otherwise, "It's human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it's an imperative." - Michael Collins, Gemini and Apollo astronaut.

    4. My friends page is called ____ because ____.
    Crewmates. It's a thematic thing.

    5. My default userpic is ____ because ____.



    Green grapes are tasty. (And I'm too mutli-fandom to feel comfortable with a fandom-centric default.)

    Detroit Metro-Area Breast Cancer walk tomorrow. The good? I raised $425 and my company has 57 people on the team. The ugly? We're meeting at 6:30am tomorrow morning.
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