What a whirlwind of a week. I flew to Vegas for a trade show on Monday night and got back to MI around 10pm on Thursday. Yesterday was a haze of (long) meetings followed by Angels & Demons and a dinner that stretched on well past midnight.

I had every intention of going into the office today but that will have to wait until tomorrow. Today I am lazy. I slept until 10, now I'm going to watch SYTYCD followed by a run and dinner, tonight, at a friend's house.

What can I tell you? I finished Percy Jackson & The Last Olympian. LOVED IT. Someday, when the large stack of books to read gets a little smaller, I'll go back and re-read the whole series. Now I'm reading The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin. The book is fantastic but it's almost overwhelming to learn just how many aspects of my life are in the judges hands once you get that peek behind the curtain at how they operate.

There's a great Star Trek vid to the Glee version of "Don't Stop Believin'" which, more than anything, solidifies the fact that I will never get enough of the Glee version of "Don't Stop Believin.'" :)

What else? Moonshot is updated with 18 recs for May:
8 Star Trek reboot
1 HP
1 West Wing
1 Criminal Minds
1 Big Bang Theory
1 wildly random femslash: Murphy Brown/Rachel Maddow

And, to round out this Saturday morning, here is a new photo of Mary McDonnell glowing as she always does. More photos are here.

Yesterday was entirely lazy and full of little more than clearing out my DVR and a couple of episodes of DS9. I made up for it today, though, with a morning run, brunch with my friend Drew and his boyfriend, a quick trip to the mall, boot camp, and a few hours at a coffee shop with the book I'm reading.

I'm still riding on a wave of Star Trek fueled adrenaline. I've been dying to talk about the movie and, now that I opened the flood gates, I can't seem to shut up. STAR TREK! STAR TREK UPDATED INTO A COMPLETELY AWESOME 2009 VERSION. It's new and fresh and still managed to feel like a gift to fans with 495739457 references to TOS. Things like ) I'm a happy, happy fan girl. Even without those details it was pure LOVE for the (perfectly cast) movie. The movie had the best of what I love about Star Trek but updated it exceptionally well for 2009.

Final thought: Chekov, Chekov, Chekov! I want to put him on a shelf and care for him always.

  • Confused about the back story prior to the opening sequence? Check out the graphic novel prequel, Star Trek: Countdown.
  • Scifi Wire red carpet interviews

    The only thing that's grating on me is the media's constant mockery of old school Star Trek fans. Even elements of last night's SNL skit annoyed me.** I get it. Trek fans are the pinnacle of geek fandom. Get over it. At large, Trek fans are excited about this movie. At large, Trek fans love this movie. io9 has a great article that nails my feelings: Why Is The Media Trying To Make Star Trek Fans Look Like Naysaying Dorks? Their final thesis? "...the 'straw nerd' this meme sets up is not aimed at bashing fans, but at luring in Trek-phobes."

    **Though I do love me some Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and LEONARD NIMOY.

    Justin, as expected, was made of 100% win on SNL. If you missed the episode, you can find a ton of clips here.

    Back to my book! I'm almost through with Einstein's Telescope and then I'm on to The Last Olympian. \o/
  • I left work at 5pm today and it felt fantastic. Right now I'm sitting on my couch with a delicious honey porter* watching the SG-1 episode, "The First Commandment." Season 1 SG-1! I know that a day full of meetings means I'll be at the office pretty late tomorrow so tonight is MINE. I'm also going to run before work tomorrow morning. I'm taking my life back, folks!

    Tomorrow is the release of The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan. \o/ It's book 5, the final book, in the Percy Jackson series. I highly recommend this series. It's Greek gods and demi-gods and an awesome group of kids running around saving us all from the forces of Kronos. Good times.

    There's some great news in the DVD world: After 18 long years, the hand-wringing, self-reflecting, yuppie Philadelphian boomers of "Thirtysomething" will enter the (legal) home video market: Season 1 of the seminal drama is scheduled for DVD release Aug. 25. WHOO HOO! I loved this show. LOOOOOOOOOOOVED. I'm so excited at the thought of watching it when I'm thirtysomething. I can't wait to revisit Hope and Michael and Elliot and Nancy and Gary and Ellyn and Melissa. I'm even excited about Miles Drentell. thirtysomething! On DVD! Oh, how I hope the show lives up to my memories. Don't we all need to indulge in a little yuppie narcissism every now and then?

    I can't stand to see this weekend end. Dinner last night was fabulous. Good grief, my friends can cook. I brought my standard - wine, bread, and cheese (humboldt fog, shropshire blue, and a manchego)- and they made monk fish over vegetable fried rice w/ steamed spinach. YUM.

    This morning I went to boot camp and then sat outside for a few hours at Caribou Coffee with "Waltz with Bashir" and, then, "Einstein's Telescope." It was beautiful out - the perfect weather for a book, my iPod, and a large nonfat latte. I love this time of year.

    I can't say enough about Waltz with Bashir. I've just recently started reading graphic novels and this is among the best I've picked up. The artwork alone is reason enough to check it out but that's just the beginning. A true account from the front line of the Lebanon War, "Waltz with Bashir" is a stunning, and heartbreaking, commentary on war - both the immediate impact and the aftermath. It's a fairly quick read but it's gripping and leaves you with a reminder this is not fiction. Now I really want to check out the film.

    Next up, I'm on to Einstein's Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe by Evalyn Gates. I'm 100 pages in and I'm loving it. This stuff is so fascinating.

    I want to turn you all on to Amy Ray and the only way to do that is with her music. I can't pick among her songs so, here, have two from her new album "Didn't It Feel Kinder." : Bus Bus and Cold Shoulder. [right click/save] There's such diversity to her music, though, that I'm not sure any two songs fully reflect her style.

    That's all I've got. This is my first shot cross posting from DW. Let's see how it goes, shall we?
    Hello! Happy Saturday! I'm on a roll this weekend. Friends got me an hour session with the trainer who runs our boot camp so I did that last night. This morning I got up early to run and tomorrow is regular Sunday boot camp. I want Michelle Obama arms and Jillian abs. Please and thank you.

    I got a hair cut after my run and then spent way too much money at Victoria's Secret. It was an accident! Last night I bought some bras on their website to avoid going in the store itself but the panties lured me in. They're so pretty and lacy and perfect. I even got this hoodie from their Pink Collegiate Collection. Forget that I'm not a U or M graduate. Living in A2 is apparently enough for me to drop $50 on a sweatshirt. Victoria's Secret is like crack. Seriously.

    After the shopping splurge I went into work for a couple of hours and headed to Borders to spend my "40% off a book" coupon. I left with "Einstein’s Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe" by Evalyn Gates. Right now, I don't know much about dark matter/dark energy beyond it's abundance and importance. I came home to find a delivery: "In the Zone: Epic Survival Stories from the Mountaineering World" by Peter Potterfield.

    Both of those books have to fall into the queue, though. Today I'm going to start "Star Trek Countdown" - a graphic novel prequel to the Star Trek movie and, after that, Waltz with Bashir: A Lebanon War Story is on the docket.

    So, life is busy lately. I'm working a lot and wish I had just a bit more free time and bit less stress. I've had to walk away from some tv shows. There's just no time. By and large, I'm left with Criminal Minds, House, SPN, and Bones. At this point that's all I can manage and I miss reading fic more than I miss Kings or Dollhouse.

    It seems, this week, I'm self medicating with my credit card. In addition to everything I already mentioned, I also bought Amy Ray's three solo albums: Stag, Prom, and her newest, Didn't It Feel Kinder. They're awesome. I can't believe this is the first time I've ever listened to her solo stuff.

    There's a fantastic NPR interview with Amy here. It's from February and includes a long interview and three song performances. I wish this was available via podcast so I could take it with me. Even more, I wish that the songs were available to download. I'm sure there's some way to rip the audio but it's well beyond my skill level.

    Moonshot is updated with the 7 stories I loved in April:Moonshot is updated for April with 7 recs:
    2 SPN
    2 Criminal Minds
    1 SGA
    1 Bones
    1 SPN/Watchmen

    And there's a finally a release date for The Road! October 16th!! FINALLY!

    Now I'm ready to tackle the Star Trek GN before heading to a friend's house for dinner. This is a nice weekend.
    I don't know if this is out everywhere already but, when I heard Ciara's "Love, Sex, Magic," I recognized the song from a demo Justin did last year. His version is better. :)

    JT - "Love, Sex, Magic." - megaupload link

    ETA: Thanks to prompting from [ profile] timberho, I've now seen the video for "Love, Sex, Magic." HOT DAMN. Ciara may have to work for it with her tight outfits and bendy moves but Justin just has to stand there to exude sex. Jesus.

    My friend Jess is leaving Ann Arbor for a new job in Chicago so we had a goodbye dinner in the form of (many) martinis on Friday night. Yesterday I went to work for four or five hours and then made a point to redefine "lazy." This morning, I met my friend and his daughter for breakfast and had every intention of going to 2pm boot camp until I saw a text, at 9:55am, asking where I was. It turns out book camp moved to 10am and I missed the e-mail. :( I went for a run instead but it's not the same. My body misses it's usual Sunday evening ache.

    I just finished Jim Tabor's Forever on the Mountain. The book recounts the 1967 Denali Wilcox expedition disaster - 7 of the 12 climbers died on the mountain. This is the first non-Everest based climbing book I've read and it's definitely got me juiced about Denali. Many thanks to [ profile] kaelie for the recommendation! Next up, I'm finally digging into Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon. It's been in my pile for a while but it's so long. An 1100 page book is a commitment. I also have some new climbing books on my "to read" list: Krakauer's Eiger Dreams and Peter Potterfield's In the Zone: Epic Survival Stories from the Mountaineering World.

    I'm watching "The Day After Tomorrow" and Jake is wearing a Michigan shirt. *g* Somewhat related, at least in state spirit, Michigan State made it to the NCAA Finals! There are going to be a lot of happy people at work tomorrow. Hopefully their mood is even more elated on Tuesday!

    What else? Moonshot is updated with 6 little recs for March:
    2 SPN
    2 SGA
    1 Criminal Minds
    1 Numb3rs
    Today was a shit day. You?

    Let's pretend I refused to wallow or self-indulge (publicly) and I'm just going to talk about things that are making me happy(er).

  • GREECE! Oh, my god, you guys. [ profile] kiffle and I are going to Greece! We're in the final stages of trip planning* but I need to talk about it now. [*When I say "we" are in the final stages of trip planning what I really mean to say is, "this trip wouldn't happen if not for kiffle and her expert trip planning skills. I mostly nod my head and say, 'okay.'"] We're going for a week around Labor Day and I CAN'T WAIT. \o/ Fuck the economy. Fuck two mortgages. I am going to spend some savings on myself and have one hell of a Grecian time!

  • Alan Sepinwall made a list of his favorite episodes of BSG. I really need to rewatch the entire series to make my list. I know for certain, though, that my list will never be complete without "Unfinished Business" right near the top.

  • New Big Bang Theory tonight! And then, at 8:30, I'm getting into bed with a glass of wine and Forever On The Mountain by James M. Tabor. [ profile] kaelie recommended the book ages ago and I'm finally getting around to reading it. It's the perfect fix tonight. No matter how cranky I am, I am not stranded in a storm on Denali.

    ETA: Totally unrelated to any of the above, or my mood, my sister and I were talking this morning and she mentioned that today my step-father has to start taking his blood for his diabetes. WHAT DIABETES??? Ooops. That's what happens when you live in Michigan. People leave out pertinent details. Somehow, though, they never forget to send new photos of Chase. ;)
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    After a week of running around like a crazy person, I stayed in bed yesterday until FIVE PM. It was glorious. I watched the first to episodes of Kings, and the last two episodes of Supernatural and Dollhouse. I also read Sheppard's Law and took a 2 hour nap. It was GLORIOUS. When I finally got out of bed, I continued to laze about reading the entirety of Shiver and finally watching Little Children. (My goodness, Patrick Wilson is handsome when he's out of Dan Dreiberg's glasses.

  • SPN: I loved "On the Head of a Pin" but, reading comments here and there, am I the only one? more on 04x16 and 04x17 )

  • Kings: I watched the first two episodes on the recommendation of [ profile] carta and other and, for now, it's a keeper. I love the premise, Ian McShane is deliciously terrifying, and I'm compelled to see where the story goes.

  • Dollhouse: I was one or two episodes away from ditching Dollhouse but the last two episodes were enough to keep me for a little while. )

  • The entire cast of ST:TNG is reuniting on Family Guy tonight! (Clip here.) AWESOME.

  • I can't believe I haven't mentioned this yet. The new Indigo Girls CD was released on Tuesday! Oh, I love, love, love them and this CD. The 2 disc edition has a 2nd CD of all acoustic versions. Just 24 days until they're here in Ann Arbor!

  • On 3/25, [ profile] carta did, "one year ago today, two years ago today, etc." memes and "two years ago today" was the reveal of four of the final five cylons. I remember that like it was yesterday. I missed the original airing of both parts of Crossroads arriving home from a week in London just after part II aired. I woke up at 5:30am Monday morning to watch both parts before work. Good grief. Crossroads BLEW MY MIND like few episodes of TV before or since. My original reaction from 3/26/07 is here. Also? Always and forever a Roslin/Adama shipper.

  • More on BSG: Here's a roundup on Daybreak Part II reviews

  • More on het OTPs: I love me some Rossi/Prentiss on Criminal Minds. I wish more people would write this (obviously perfect) pairing instead of the more conventional, "prettier" Hotch/Prentiss.

  • A friend took a trip to Tanzania and sent these 44957349579 photos of giraffes! After my late summer trip to Greece with [ profile] kiffle (!!!), I need to get myself on an African safari.

    I have limited plans for today. I'm trying to decide whether or not I'll actually get employee appraisals completed if I do them at home rather than at the office. I'd also like to get in a run before fitness boot camp. THAT'S IT. Lazy weekend for the win.
  • The weather's been so nice for the past two days that I went running two days in a row. I don't know exactly when I became the kind of person who looks forward to a run but there you have it. (Though I have to say that the going is tough as I adapt to running outside again. Propelling myself forward on my own is more difficult than letting the treadmill do it for me.)

    I have a lovely little weekend planned. Tonight is BSG. Tomorrow is dinner/game night with friends. Sometime in between I plan to watch Little Children and I have fitness boot camp on Sunday.

    I'm also currently reading the most fantastic book: The Magicians by Lev Grossman. A colleague put it in my hand and I can barely tear myself away. It's a book about a young man and magic but it's so much more than that. The book feels like a tribute to all the fantasy books you've loved through the years and it's clearly written for that adult audience. [ profile] praetorianguard - You will LOVE IT.

    In a moment I'm going to return to my book but, first, some links:

  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson and Billy Crudup on Good Morning America

  • Borders Media exclusive Watchmen content

  • Where in the World is 'The Road'?: The Weinsteins rush 'The Reader' and abandon 'The Road'

  • Rachel Maddow on The View. Even Elisabeth Hasselbeck loves her.

  • Time Magazine: Best Actress: Kate Winslet's Moment

    I didn't realize that Winslet is only 33. Reading media and watching her, I assumed she was at least 5 years older. Perhaps it's the unadorned, exposed roles she picks and her willingness to look and act like a fully formed woman.

    GQ: Justin's cover interview

    Few things in entertainment media make me happier than persistent credibility for Justin.

    In a totally different vein, Smithsonian Magazine has some great features on Darwin. I rarely read biological sciences so I don't know all that much about Darwin but these articles motivate me to pick up some reading on natural selection.

    The plumber was scheduled to arrive today between 9:30am and 11:30am. At 11:50, when he still hadn't arrived, I called the office but could only leave a message. I finally heard back at 5:50pm. He tried to make excuses but calling demonstrated he had my number and all I required was a call, by 11:30am, to say he was stuck at another job. I expect that my time is respected and calling me more than 6 hours after he was supposed to show doesn't cut it. He came by around 6:30pm and all is well but I'm damn glad I didn't have plans this evening.

    In the meantime, I read some great fic. My favorite on the list is an SPN fic: The Consequences of Falling by pandarus; Dean/Castiel, NC-17. Castiel finds himself in an untenable position and consequentially loses his grace. Finding himself as a human, he roadtrips with a demon, discovers the delights of tequila, french fries and pie, plays a starring role in a virgin sacrifice, is deflowered by his favourite Winchester, and then gets some very unpleasant news indeed. 15 parts.
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    ( Feb. 23rd, 2009 06:59 pm)
    My friend Anne surprised me with smoked salt today. YUM. Who knew that was all it takes to get me to buy fresh ingredients for dinner? I made orange roughy & roast yellow bell peppers with only smoked salt for seasoning and it was PERFECT.

    She also gave me a copy of The Drunkard's Walk by Leonard Mlodinow which I'm going to dive into as soon as I finish Is God A Mathematician?. To that end, I'm plan to crawl into bed at 8pm with a glass of wine and my trusty book light.

    Janna Levin was on NPR's Speaking of Faith this weekend which motivated me to check out her book, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines.

      Kurt Godel's Incompleteness Theorems sent shivers through Vienna's intellectual circles and directly challenged Ludwig Wittgenstein's dominant philosophy. Alan Turing's mathematical genius helped him break the Nazi Enigma Code during WWII. Though they never met, their lives strangely mirrored one another--both were brilliant, and both met with tragic ends. Here, a mysterious narrator intertwines these parallel lives into a double helix of genius and anguish, wonderfully capturing not only two radiant, fragile minds but also the zeitgeist of the era.

    I always have a longer list of books than time to get through them but I think this one will come after The Drunkard's Walk. It will be time for some fiction.

    Writing of reading, thank you [ profile] worldwouldend for the Louis Sachar books! They arrived today. What a wonderful surprise. I'll send them back to you as soon as I'm through.
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    ( Feb. 8th, 2009 06:59 pm)
    Oh, today. This morning I was all riled up over some work stuff but then I threw on my running clothes, and my awesome cold weather running hat, and hit the road. BLISS. My shoes were soaked through by the time I got home but the inconvenience of melting snow was nothing compared to the heaven of running outdoors. After my run, I met up with my friends for boot camp at their gym. It's unlikely I'll be able to walk tomorrow and I'm vowing now to love it.

    Then I found Amy's No Chicken Noodle soup. I'm pretty sure this doesn't taste quite like real chicken noodle soup but it's been at least 12 years since I've had the real thing and this stuff hit the spot. My perfect lunch was the soup and Morningstar Farms buffalo wings. What a happy little vegetarian meal!

    Some BSG stuff:
  • With thanks to [ profile] triniroslin15, I finally have my Tigh icon. Saul Tigh, I love you.
  • has an interview with Richard Hatch here.
  • And this week's Galactica Watercooler podcast has an awesome interview with Kate Vernon.

    Hello, Kate Vernon, you coy little thing.

    Now I'm watching Apollo 13, reading a bit of Is God a Mathematician and trying to figure out why my digital copy of Appaloosa isn't working. I have hopes of crawling into bed with my laptop and Viggo tonight.
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    ( Jan. 27th, 2009 07:21 pm)
    THIS DAY. Oh, this day. I think my big mistake was the Twitter text and matching text to my sister declaring, "I'm having the nicest day off." Right there - my downfall.

    At 2:30pm a major supplier called with near catastrophic news that turned the rest of my day on it's ear, forced me into the office for four hours, and delivered a punch that will keep on giving and giving and giving. I shouted "FUCK" at outlandish decibels more times today than I can count. The walls of my car and house were vibrating. My major victory is that I kept the shouting out of the office. Fuck, fuck, fuck. It's bad enough that the issue is as bad as it is but this was my day off. This was the day off I was taking after not taking my days off on Friday and Monday. I'm cranky.

    I can end the pity party right there. The start to my day was actually pretty spectacular and, up until 2:30, everything I was hoping for from the day. I watched Joey on Ellen and then ran my requisite errands. I now have my framed International Star Registry certificate in my hot little hands. Well, it's in my office, soon to reside on my wall, but you get the point. I found a $50 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card and a $100 AmEx gift card and used them to buy $90 in candles. Candles are expensive. Now I'm sitting on my couch watching The West Wing with four of my new candles burning. (It's "Inauguration Part 2. Donna is about to take a fall for Jack Reece.)

    Here's all of the other good stuff keeping me from damaging the structure of my hope with a sledgehammer:

  • Tickets to RENT with Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp in Detroit on 2/22!

  • New purchases from I picked up two copies of "If These Wall Could Talk 2" ([ profile] carta - one has your name on it) and a book I saw in the VSL:Science newsletter today: Is God a Mathematician? by Mario Livio

    Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner once wondered about "the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics" in the formulation of the laws of nature. Is God a Mathematician? investigates why mathematics is as powerful as it is. From ancient times to the present, scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline could so perfectly explain the natural world. More than that -- mathematics has often made predictions, for example, about subatomic particles or cosmic phenomena that were unknown at the time, but later were proven to be true. Is mathematics ultimately invented or discovered? If, as Einstein insisted, mathematics is "a product of human thought that is independent of experience," how can it so accurately describe and even predict the world around us? More )

  • Playboy interview with Hugh Laurie

  • Daniel Radcliffe Invites Obama Girls to Hogwarts

  • Via [ profile] ghettogreta: Every year, Lean Cuisine offers these really cute lunch bags for sale at their website. The bags are 10 bucks a piece and for every bag sold, 5 dollars goes to the Susan G. Komen for the cure foundation. I eat at least 5 Lean Cuisine meals every week so this is the perfect way to support cancer research and my favorite frozen meal company. Site is here for anyone who's interested.

  • New Pink video for 'Please Don't Leave Me' )

  • Instinct interviewed Bruce Boxleitner a few months ago and it's all about SMK. &hearts &hearts &hearts

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  • And the Girls are on the cover of Playboy again. I have all three (courtesy of my staff which worries me in a way I'm not going to delve into). I didn't scan the photos but here's Kendra's cover. More hearts! &hearts &hearts &hearts

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    ( Jan. 4th, 2009 10:45 am)
    I've been inspired by lists elsewhere to do a roundup of the books I read in 2008. I've seen some people post that the read 40- 50 books in '08 and all I can think is, "Where did you find the time?" but I realized I also posted 325+ fic recs in 2008 and suddenly it's obvious where much of my reading time was devoted. *hearts Dean/Castiel*

    So I read 22 books in 2008:
    Science: 6
    Sci-fi: 4
    Children's/Young Adult: 5
    General Lit: 6
    Graphic Novel: 1

    2008 book list )

  • Book I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I loved this book and will certainly read it again but a re-read will never compare to the moment of realization when it all came together that first time.

  • Favorite Book: This is a toss up between The Time Traveler's Wife and The Road by Cormac McCarthy but I'm going with the latter. I expected to love TTTW but The Road took me completely off guard. I'm not one who thinks much about language but McCarthy is a genius. It's the first book I've ever read where I stopped to reread passages simply because they were too beautiful and powerful to read just once.

  • Book I Wish I Never Read: The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry. MANIPULATIVE TRIPE. Oh, how I hated this book. I hated it almost as much as I hated The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards and that's saying A LOT.

  • Book That Taught Me the Most: This one is tough because I learned from all of the science books I read but I'm going to go with The Trouble with Physics by Lee Smolin. It didn't just teach me new facts and figures - it taught me a different way of thinking about science and it reminded me that, even as a non-scientist, I need to approach science reading with critical thought.

  • Book That Deserves Wider Recognition: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. 2008 was the year Stephanie Meyer's uninspired, insipid Twilight series became all the rage. At the same time, Collins released The Hunger Games which is an answer to all that is wrong with Twilight. There's unique world building, true jeopardy, and a female hero that girls and parents can learn from (and with).

    I have every intention of being productive today which means I need to get up off my butt and put a load of linens in the washing machine. Coffee would be good, too. Happy Sunday!

    ETA: Season 4.0 of BSG is out on Tuesday and Best Buy has exclusive packaging. Corporate loyalty or really cool BSG dog tags??
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  • ALFHLSDHFKSHKS!! HQ Star Trek movie trailer with new ending bit. MAY 8TH.

  • I haven't watched the BSG season 4.5 promo yet. I don't know. Maybe 1/16 still feels too far away. Maybe I'm in denial. One thing is for certain, I've stopped reading all BSG related media for fear of spoilers. I don't want to know ANYTHING*. [*Hello. That's "anything barring reasonable information that does not divulge key plot points such as character deaths (for I predict many0 or the identity of that final damn cylon."]

  • Judge overturns Florida ban on adoption by gays. It's nice when states decide to stop being stupid.

  • I have four stacks for books to read and none of them are enticing me but, today, a colleague stopped by my office with The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn by Louisa Gilder. It's just what I was looking for. Gilder is a very young author (graduated Dartmouth in 2000) and it looks like the perfect mix of science and science history.

  • I head to NY tomorrow at 1:30 and I can't wait. I'm a bit over programmed for the weekend but there's nothing I want to give up so I'm going to make it work. Highlights include:
    * Babysitting for Chase tomorrow night (and cooking vegetarian stuffing & two chocolate pecan pies while I'm at it)
    * A Friday night fundraiser in memory of a guy in my high school graduating class who died in the WTC on 9/11. About 100 people are coming out for the event and all of the money goes toward his son's college fund.
    * Going to Walmart at 4am on Friday with my brother-in-law so I can buy him a $128 blu-ray player for Hanukkah.
    * Two Thanksgiving dinners
    * An afternoon with a college roommate
    * My grandmother's 80th birthday party

    That's all she wrote! Is it tomorrow yet?

    ETA: Via [ profile] on_the_ground: From Michael Ausiello at

    A December episode of The Big Bang Theory gives us Battlestar Galactica's Michael Trucco on a motorcycle. He'll play Leonard's partner on a project and one of the youngest MacArthur Genius Grant winners ever. My source says Penny takes a shine to him. My source also says, "Who wouldn't?"

    Who wouldn't, indeed!?!? I LOVE MICHAEL TRUCCO! I LOVE THE BIG BANG THEORY! \o/

    Okay, wait! I have more! This is from [ profile] carta: What has surprised you the most about me (if anything) since beginning to read my lj? Was anything completely unexpected or have I always fit the picture of me you have in your head?

    Post this in your own journal and see how you have surprised people.
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    ( Nov. 2nd, 2008 06:53 pm)
    Back in February, on the recommendation of two friends, I took Dan Simmon's sci-fi novel, Hyperion, with me on my cruise. I read the book, a story told well in the future in the model of The Canterbury Tales, and enjoyed it but I didn't love it. My friends encouraged me to keep on reading - at least giving the 2nd book in the series, The Fall of Hyperion, a chance. Six months after reading Hyperion, I finally picked up The Fall of Hyperion in August and devoured it. At the end of September I made my way through the third book, Endymion, which is set 274 years after the end of the 2nd, and, today, I finally finished the fourth book in this series, The Rise of Endymion.

    All of that is a round about way of saying: I LOVED THIS SERIES.

    It's an investment - probably 2200 pages in all - but totally worth it. The Hyperion Cantos is about science, technology, morality, religion, and love. It's about the danger of unchecked power, ambition, and greed and the destructive force of blind faith in pursuit of those aims. It's about living in a universe more expansive than we can imagine and, at it's core, it's a love story. About 3/4 of the way through the final book I was sure I knew what was coming (and I mostly did) and that I wouldn't cry (of course I did).

    There's also kick ass time travel in the story. Having just finished the fourth book, I'm overwhelmed at the unexpected threads that carried their way through all four books.

    I actually didn't start this post as a book review/rec but there you have it.

    Has anyone else read the series? Come talk to me!

    This weekend was so productive. Even reading 400+ pages of The Rise of Endymion, I still took care of everything on my list. \o/ That leaves time to watch some CSI tonight. Next up...Pirates of the Third Reich (which I just watched on my iPhone two weeks ago but could watch endlessly).

    A few more things:

  • Dean/Castiel is my new, shiny pairing of choice. I'm pretty picky in the fic I read but if I see it's Dean/Castiel I'll give anything a shot. Kripke makes it so easy to want more.

  • The Viggo movie promo train continues: Viggo Mortensen's history lessons: The actor, who stars in 'Good,' a film adaptation of a play he saw more than 25 years ago about 1930s Germany, sees parallels between the movie plot, the real world in 1982 and the world now.

  • I rarely, if ever, see comedies but "Role Models" looks HYSTERICAL. Not as good as Quantum of Solace, though. I wasn't a Bond fan until Daniel Craig came along.

  • It seems that [ profile] lilysaid and I are the only people I know who watched last week's House. Anyone??? Cut for spoilers and video of the final scene )

  • What the heck is General Hospital: Nightshift? And is that Robin Scorpio back in Port Charles?
  • This morning, on NPR, "Krulwich on Science" had an interview with Brian Greene - author of the new book, Icarus at the Edge of Time. Brian Greene, if you're not familiar, is a theoretical physicist specializing in string theory, and I'd liken him to Stephen Hawking in that he's written physics books that reached a mainstream audience. (Most popular among these is The Elegant Universe which I've read and enjoyed but recommend that you follow-up with The Trouble With Physics because Greene is quite biased in his support for the untested, not-yet-theory of string physics. But I digress.)

    "Icarus at the Edge of Time" is, at it's core, a cross between a picture book and a science fairy tale. Greene uses images from Hubble to illustrate the story of Icarus - a young boy who ignores his father's warnings and heads to the edge of a black hole. His intent is to illuminate a core concept of relatively through an accessible and visually stunning story.

    But don't take my word for it. Listen to the NPR piece here!

    Bravo is running a West Wing marathon today with a focus on the Bartlett/Ritchie election. I miss the West Wing. Especially now. "In the future, if you're wondering, 'Crime. Boy, I don't know' is when I decided to kick your ass."
    The Borders book club for A Lion Among Men is up! I really hope you'll check it out. Gregory McGuire is delightful. Perhaps, of particular interest, the third section is all about transformative fiction and the ins and outs of writing in the world of Oz.

    As I expected, I finished The Hunger Games before bed last night. The quick book description is:
      Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

    The book is intense, emotional, and tremendously moving. It's a YA book so it's intended audience is teenagers but, like much YA sci-fi/fantasy, it's equally satisfying for adults. Also, if you think Stephenie Meyers can't write to save her life, I direct you to this book instead.

    Next up, Blood Meridian.

    I left work at 5pm to come home for a run and then I had a date. He came back to my place and, even in my 30's, even having been at his home, I still get nervous. But it was a good time and is maybe going somewhere.

    This is a crazy week. Tomorrow must be an early night for me because, on Wednesday, I'm driving to OH for a day of meetings. It's 3 1/2 hour each way and we're leaving Ann Arbor at 6am. TOO EARLY. Then, on Thursday, I have a work dinner and on Friday I fly to NY for a weekend with Chase.

    Before I go to bed, though, here's an awesome giraffe photo [ profile] powrhug sent me. Look how they love each other!

    Okay, a peach. Then bed.
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    ( Oct. 12th, 2008 08:13 pm)
    I went to see "Religilous" tonight and I would define Bill Maher's thesis as this: Belief in god and the practice of organized religion is a symptom of mental illness and will lead to the destruction of the Earth. I don't know what his intended thesis was but I can't imagine I'm far off.

    The movie made some great points. There were times it was laugh out loud funny and other times I was so uncomfortable I wanted to shrink down in my seat. There were also moments when it scared the hell out of me. It was a very specific statement, though, and it offered no shade of gray for the viewers. Either you are a sane, rational adult who rejects religion or you are deluded and complicit in bringing on the end of days. If Maher really wanted to sway the minds of the 84% of Americans who have an element of religion or god in their lives, he needed to offer an alternative other than, "Stop believing, you fool."

    Has anyone else seen the film?

    The movie was the cap on a lovely, lovely Sunday. I woke up early and (finally) finished Endymion. A friend is in town from Minneapolis so, around 11:30, we met up from brunch. From there I headed to a local park where I plopped myself down in the grass and started The Hunger Games. The book is fantastic. I'm hoping I can finish it tonight because I can't imagine I'll be able to go to bed before I get to the end.

    Here's the park (which some of you might recognize from our Memorial Day run).

    It's getting late and I'm hungry. Food now.
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    ( Oct. 11th, 2008 05:21 pm)
    Paris Hilton Gets Presidential with Martin Sheen: Paris seeks the advice of the most esteemed fake president of our generation.

    See more Paris Hilton videos at Funny or Die

    HahahahaHA! A million points to Martin Sheen.

    My quick review of "Burn After Reading" is B-. The acting was great but the movie wants to be a lot more than it is. Save your dollars.

    Now I'm off to round two of pizza night. We have enough ingredients left over from yesterday to cook some more. Homemade pizza with portabella mushrooms, olives, and artichokes! \o/ (For the record, my role does not involve any actual cooking. I supply wine and cheese. Gladly.) I'm about 400 pages into Endymion with another 160 to go and I'm at a place in the story where it's difficult to put the book down so I'm hoping to come home early, crawl into bed, and read. Mmmmmm.


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