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Friday, April 14, 2006
I stitched this card for my mother years ago. This picture is fairly close to its actual size. We usually have a leg of lamb for Easter, with mint jelly, but this year I'm making lasagna. I wish you all a wonderful Easter!
Out'n'about in the blogosphere ...
8 One of my faithful readers, boy michael, has a great blog called Hillary Needs A Vacation :)
8 THIRDWAVE Dave is riled about the anti-military actions of the Hiltons and tells you how you can help.
8 Michael Fumento is an embed and is currently blogging from the badlands of western Iraq.
8 You'd think at least one holiday could be left alone. Chris reports how a group is planning to mar Easter this year.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
REMEMBERING THE ICE AGE SCARE
.................... "I'd make a great Gordon, Gordon."
In Bill Forsyth's 1983 movie Local Hero, Mac (Peter Riegert) is sent to the remote village of Furness in Scotland to buy it -- the entire village -- for the Houston company Knox Oil & Gas, which plans to turn Furness into a petrol refinery. On his way to Furness, Mac stops at a Knox Oil Lab in Aberdeen. The lab has a room which houses a miniature replica of the village, complete with climate controls. The lab techs show Mac the village as it will look after the refinery is built and explain that it will even survive an ice age, which they tested via simulation. (Paraphrasing) We showed them how they could avoid an ice age by diverting the Gulf Stream, but they wouldn't listen. They want it to freeze.
I can recall the ice age theory was the scare du jour as far back as the early 1970s. Now, of course, the scare is global warming. I figure the pendulum is about due to begin swinging back to the ice age panic again.
Aside from that, this is a great understated movie full of subtle humor. For another great Forsyth film, watch his 1981 Gregory's Girl (not to be confused with the homely 1966 Georgy Girl starring Lynn Redgrave).
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
WISHING I HAD LEARNED HOW TO DRINK & SMOKE
It's only April and already it's been one of those years. I no sooner had taken a break from blogging in order to write than I ran smack into that dreaded wall known as Writer's Block (ta-da!). As a remedy, I watched little tv, and no news!, and I listened to almost no radio except a few minutes here'n'there of Rush. I spent only minutes each day online, all in an attempt to clear my head and once again find my voice. It worked, but the writing is slow going and stressful. And then there are all the damned interruptions, like Easter. More and more I'm finding all these "holidays" to be nuisances. Life seems to careen from one extended holiday to another. And don't get me started on politics! Those lying left-wingers and spineless right-wingers, and all of 'em money grubbers. Except Bush. Bush I admire, although I don't always agree with him.
Elsewhere in the blogosphere ...
8 Gayle's OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT AND THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS
8 Dana, who survived Katrina, is blogging once again!
8 Overheard in New York is kinda fun.
8 How does she do it? I'm talking of the amazing shrinking Janet Jackson. You go girl!
8 Good news For all you writers out there, the word on the [Random House] street is erotica and more erotica. Hot, hot, hot. In more ways than one.
If you write for Ellora’s Cave or some of the other erotica e-publishers, now is probably the time to concoct bigger stories, polish off that tightly written erotic novella, land an agent, and formally make the leap if that is of interest to you. You won’t find better market timing for this genre.
I spent the afternoon at the Penguin Group and it was the same word on Hudson street.
Outside of romance, urban fantasy is also something editors ain’t got enough of on their lists.
8 The absolute best Chevy Tahoe commercial ever!