Even when some of you get into it with each other.
I'm Ok if somewhat stressed, because of work and other things.
Lost a bunch of weight due to me changing my diet. Understanding this post all too well. Sounds like my workplace where they do shitty things like advertise people's jobs in the newspapers without telling the current jobholders and put their employees in sick buildings.
So there is anger there. Simmering. I try to not bring it out of work, though.
I'm buying a Doug Christie jersey. The broom-jumpin' happens next month. :) So a lot of things are in boxes and stuff preparing for the move.
PC died. I'm posting from a Frankenbox that dies every so often.,
NO, NO, WAIT! I know it's a meme, but this one's useful!
Once the shock of reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for thefifth time in a row wears off, some readers may be wondering what theycan read next. So why not start a meme of suggestions?
1.You must copy and paste the directions, rules, and the list sofar into your blog and then add three (and only three) books to thelist.
2.These three books must NOT already be on the list sofar. They must be fantasy or science fictional in nature that those whoenjoyed Harry Potter may also enjoy. You must provide your name and alink to your blog and/or website so that people may contact you to askfor more information about the books, if they want. They must be booksthat you have actually read yourself.
3. You cannot recommend aseries; instead, recommend the first book in the series. TerryPratchett's Discworld would NOT be considered a series; but RobertJordan's Wheel of Time would. Use your best judgment about whetheryou're recommending a series or not.
4. You must label the booksas either YA (young adult, suitable for the younger fans of HarryPotter) or A (adult,suitable for the not-so-younger fans of HarryPotter). Please be clear about this. It will be understood thatanything labeled YA is also recommended for A.
5. If you are an author, you CANNOT recommend your own books. (You can however hound your friends into recommending your books.)
6. Providing a link to information about the books you are recommending is optional.
Patty Cryan [norda/booksbynight] recommends:
1. L.M. Boston - The Children of Green Knowe. Tolly experiences time travel and ancestral magic in an English country house. [YA, published in 1954]
2. Geraldine McCaughrean - The Stones Are Hatching. Phelim had always thought there must be more to magic than rabbits or handkerchiefs - that if it existed at all, it would be too large to palm or to hide up your sleeve. [YA, published in 2000]
3. James A. Owen - Here, There Be Dragons. Charles, Jack and John find themselves forcibly removed from wartorn Britain to a realm literally beyond imagination. [YA, published in 2006]
Steven E. McDonald (David Alexander McDonald), wyldemusick, recommends:
Alan Garner - The Weirdstone Of Brisingamen (YA) (It would be easy to just recommend all of Garner's books, really)
Samuel R. Delany - Neveryona (A) - although this is a quantum leap, simply because of the corners Chip thinks around when it comes to language; it's the start of a series of books
Roger Zelazny - Lord Of Light (A) - science fiction, but it's built on Hindu mythology and fantastic in every way
Mario Di Giacomo [mdg1] recommends:
Good Omens(A), by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Humorous fantasy, with a similar English mindset.
Lord Darcy (A), by Randall Garret. Short mystery stories set in a world where magic is part of society.
A Wizard of Earthsea (YA), by Ursula K. LeGuin. The ORIGINAL "wizarding school" book, as far as I know.
Alex Jay Berman [alexjay] recommends:
1.Alma Alexander's Worldweavers (YA)--about learning magic despite yourself; despite being a bust at being the seventh child of a seventh child, and what a Potterhead would call a "Muggle".
2. Diane Duane's So You Want to be a Wizard (YA)--a very up-to-date, very American take on the schooling of new wizards and their first clashes with Evil. Perhaps even better than the Potter books for young adults,as it offers a very good reason why Evil exists and continues to exist.(first in a trilogy)
3. Either Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow or Italo Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (very much A)--we've already got them hooked on the drug of reading with Potter; now it's time for them to start mainlining the hard stuff ...
Patricia Bray pbray
1. Diana Wynne Jones's Charmed Life (YA)
2. Susan Cooper's Over Sea, Under Stone (YA)
3. Lloyd Alexander's The Book of Three (YA)
Patricia's picks are books that are marketed as YA, but that she first read and enjoyed as an adult. Much like the Harry Potter books, come to think of it.
Janni Lee Simner [janni] recommends:
1. Lene Kaaberbol's The Shamer's Daughter (YA)
2. Robin McKinley's The Blue Sword (YA)
3. Tamora Pierce's The Magic in the Weaving (Circle of Magic, Book 1) (YA)
(All books that are, one way or another, about learning magic.)
Joshua Palmatier [jpsorrow] recommends:
1. S.C. Butler's Reiffen's Choice (YA)
2. Jim Hines' Goblin Quest (YA)
3. Patricia Bray's The First Betrayal (A)
Indigo [indigoskynet/kismetropolis] recommends:
1. The Spiderwick Chronicles: Holly Lisle -- beautifully illustrated. first in the series.
2. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke [proviso: translated from German to English so the reading can get a touch bumpy. Also first in the series]
3. Artemis Fowl by Eowen Colfer: First in the series.
Terry Pratchett's "Tifffany Aching" novels. "Wee Free Men" is the first one. It's set in the Discworld, but can be read as a series on its own. YA. Pratchett punnage and humour.
Um... "The Sheepherder's Daughter" by Elizabeth Moon? F. YA.
Robert Aspirin. "Phule's Company" SF. YA. Comedic. Weakish, due to Aspirin's setbacks.
4 letter word:
Remedial math teacher
Something you wear:
Rosario Dawson :dribble:
Something found in a kitchen:
Reason for being late:
Rambo: First Blood part II
(cut for length)
28 October 1967
Your date of conception was on or about 4 February 1967 which was a Saturday.
You were born on a Saturday
under the astrological sign Scorpio.
Your Life path number is 7.
Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 1, 5 & 7.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 4 & 22.
You may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path number 9.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 3, 6, 8 & 11.
The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2439791.5.
The golden number for 1967 is 11.
The epact number for 1967 is 19.
The year 1967 was not a leap year.
Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 2/9/1967 and ending 1/29/1968.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Goat.
Your Native American Zodiac sign is Snake; your plant is Thistle.
You were born in the Egyptian month of Tyby, the first month of the season of Poret (Emergence - Fertile soil).
Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 24 Tishri 5728.
Or if you were born after sundown then the date is 25 Tishri 5728.
The Mayan Calendar long count date of your birthday is 220.127.116.11.7 which is
12 baktun 17 katun 14 tun 3 uinal 7 kin
The Hijra (Islamic Calendar) date of your birth is Saturday, 24 Rajab 1387 (1387-7-24).
The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 26 March 1967.
The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 30 April 1967.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 8 February 1967.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 14 May 1967.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 21 May 1967.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Thursday, 5 October 1967.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Tuesday, 25 April 1967.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 7 February 1967.
As of 1/29/2007 11:17:09 AM EST
You are 39 years old.
You are 471 months old.
You are 2,049 weeks old.
You are 14,338 days old.
You are 344,123 hours old.
You are 20,647,397 minutes old.
You are 1,238,843,829 seconds old.
Celebrities who share your birthday:
Joaquin Phoenix (1974) Julia Roberts (1967) Daphne Zuniga (1962)
Bill Gates (1955) Bruce Jenner (1949) Dennis Franz (1944)
Charlie Daniels (1936) Cleo Laine (1927) Jonas Salk (1914)
Top songs of 1967
To Sir with Love by Lulu Daydream Believer by Monkees
Windy by Association Ode to Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry
Somethin' Stupid by Nancy & Frank Sinatra Groovin' by Young Rascals
The Letter by Box Tops Light My Fire by Doors
Happy Together by Turtles Hello Goodbye by Beatles
Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 5.61174168297456 years old. (You're still chasing cats!)
There are 272 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 40 candles.
Those 40 candles produce 40 BTUs,
or 10,080 calories of heat (that's only 10.0800 food Calories!) .
You can boil 4.57 US ounces of water with that many candles.
In 1967 there were approximately 3.7 million births in the US.
In 1967 the US population was approximately 179,323,175 people, 50.6 persons per square mile.
In 1967 in the US there were approximately 1,800,000 marriages (9.3%) and 479,000 divorces (2.5%)
In 1967 in the US there were approximately 1,712,000 deaths (9.5 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.
In 1967 the population of Australia was approximately 11,912,253.
In 1967 there were approximately 229,296 births in Australia.
In 1967 in Australia there were approximately 100,000 marriages and 9,688 divorces.
In 1967 in Australia there were approximately 102,703 deaths.
Your birthstone is Tourmaline
The Mystical properties of Tourmaline
Pink Tourmaline promotes female balance and protection. Green Toumaline promotes male balance.
Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)
Your birth tree is
Walnut Tree, the Passion
Unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egoistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromises.
There are 330 days till Christmas 2007!
There are 343 days till Orthodox Christmas!
The moon's phase on the day you were
born was waning crescent.
Copyright © 2006 Paul R. Sadowski (http://www.paulsadowski.com)
There are 16 letters in your name.
Those 16 letters total to 85
There are 6 vowels and 10 consonants in your name.
What your first name means:
Teutonic Male Powerful ruler. Shakespearean Male 'Henry IV' Richard Scroop, Archbishop of York. Sir Richard Vernon. 'King Henry V' & 'Henry VI, 1, 2, & 3', Richard Plantagenet. His son, Richard. 'Richard II'. 'Richard III' Richard, Duke of York, Edward IV's son. Sir Richard Ratcliff. German Male Powerful; strong ruler. A Teutonic name from the European Middle Ages. England's King Richard Coeur de Lion was a crusading knight. French Male Powerful; strong ruler. A Teutonic name from the European Middle Ages. England's King Richard Coeur de Lion was a crusading knight. English Male Strong ruler.
Your number is: 4
The characteristics of #4 are: A foundation, order, service, struggle against limits, steady growth.
The expression or destiny for #4:
Order, service, and management are the cornerstones of the number 4 Expression. Your destiny is to express wonderful organization skills with your ever practical, down-to-earth approach. You are the kind of person who is always willing to work those long, hard hours to push a project through to completion. A patience with detail allows you to become expert in fields such as building, engineering, and all forms of craftsmanship. Your abilities to write and teach may lean toward the more technical and detailed. In the arts, music will likely be your choice. Artistic talents may also appear in such fields as horiculture and floral arrangement, as well. Many skilled physicians and especially surgeons have the 4 Expression.
The positive attitudes of the 4 Expression yield responsibility; you are one who no doubt, fulfills obligations, and is highly systematic and orderly. You are serious and sincere, honest and faithful. It is your role to help and you are required to do a good job at everything you undertake.
If there is too much 4 energies present in your makeup, you may express some of the negative attitudes of the number 4. The obligations that you face may tend to create frustration and feelings of limitation or restriction. You may sometimes find yourself nursing negative attitudes in this regard and these can keep you in a rather low mood. Avoid becoming too rigid, stubborn, dogmatic, and fixed in your opinions. You may have a tendency to develop and hold very strong likes and dislikes, and some of these may border on the classification of prejudice. The negative side of 4 often produces dominant and bossy individuals who use disciplinarian to an excess. These tendencies must be avoided. Finally, like nearly all with 4 Expression, you must keep your eye on the big picture and not get overly wrapped up in detail and routine.
Your Soul Urge number is: 8
A Soul Urge number of 8 means:
With an 8 soul urge, you have a natural flair for big business and the challenges imposed by the commercial world. Power, status and success are very important to you. You have strong urges to supervise, organize and lead. Material desires are also very pronounced. You have good executive abilities, and with these, confidence, energy and ambition.
Your mind is analytical and judgment sound; you're a good judge of material values and also human character. Self-controlled, you rarely let emotions cloud judgment. You are somewhat of an organizer at heart, and you like to keep those beneath you organized and on a proper track. This is a personality that wants to lead, not follow. You want to be known for your planning ability and solid judgment.
The negative aspects of the 8 soul urge are the often dominating and exacting attitude. You may have a tendency to be very rigid, sometimes stubborn.
Your Inner Dream number is: 5
An Inner Dream number of 5 means:
You dream of being totally free and unrestrained by responsibility. You see yourself conversing and mingling with the natives in many nations, living for adventure and life experiences. You imagine what you might accomplished.
connectivity problems writ large. :(
so I finally bit the bullet and bought a cheap acer laptop. Aspire 5100 - 3959. Not dualcore but supposedly plenty fast.
replaces my old toshie, bought in 2001. Which still works fine, but is now just too slow for multimedia and most everything else now. Gonna throw linux on it and see how fast i can get it. :P
After the vacation comes the paying for the vacation.
That will teach me to walk with three credit cards. Cash management is the name of the game now...
And follow that with a sore throat that developed into something more that knocked me flat for two days this week, and has left behind a cough. Bleah indeedy.
On a positive note, I can cover the credit card bill. And the rent. And I can make it to payday.
And writing work is actually coming in.
Which is weird. I never sought to be a ghostwriter for technical stuff. Not fiction, but economic reports, that sort of thing. Not something that I am crazy about, but it does help. :P
I guess all those books I read in my youth and still read are coming in handy. The fact that I can (somewhat) find my way around the English language does help me.
Son of Davey Boy. Guy is MASSIVE . Bigger than Hulk. Taller. Not 'roided. Big as king Booker is big, would be the way to describe it. Still has all his teeth.
I can see why Vince signed him.
Yip, yip, I'm alive still.