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I was faced by an off-the-cuff quiz on my Marillion this evening.

This, of course, inspired me to pull out my DVD of Recital of the Script and play it as background while we worked side-by-side on the couch tonight. :)
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I seem to have not checked personal email in about 2 weeks. Whoops. If you sent me or copied me something on my home email accounts, I'll get back to you within the next couple of days, honest!

KISS

Oct. 6th, 2009 07:52 am
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The kid and I went to see KISS last night. as always, they put on one HELL of a show. both of us screamed ourselves hoarse and could barely hear afterwards.

My only regret is that they pulled 'I was made for loving you' out of the setlist after the previous leg of the tour. That is, I know, the veriest quibble.

Paul Stanley rode the zipline onto a mini-stage at the rear of the floor audience, as he often does. 20 feet away from our seats...

The opening band was Buckcherry, one of their guitarists really rocks well beyond the average and they do work the crowd and the stage. Not within light years of KISS, though. Who is?
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I just got the call from People to People Student Ambassador Program. The boy passed through the application process that started this summer (he was nominated to the program by someone, we don't know who) and will be going on the European Discovery tour next summer.

This is just the culmination of a great turnaround after the trials he's gone through in the last year (and much longer in the case of the ADD). He's doing so much better in school and life in general these days.

Of course, now I have to figure out what corners to cut to pay for it, but I'm so excited for him!!! :)
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Jet Cultir is both sick and having a fair amount of pain recovering from the surgery. Is there anyone who could stay with her while the kid is at school tomorrow (maybe after)? He was up all night last night helping her and missed school today to stay at the task. He really can't afford to do that at this point.

If so, reach out to me. Her cell is dead (charger crapped out), so I'll have to pass on the kid's #.
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There are 4 books within 6 inches of my laptop, one of which isn't even mine. But what the heck...

"I quickly unsheathed my sword...." - The Argonaut Affair

"But it seems she got worried about your teeth." - At Bertram's Hotel

"We'll do it your way." - Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina (Blame Neo)

"This component is found on all Exchange 2007 server roles except the Edge Transport." - Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

There are two other books on the dining room table, but they are further away. And we won't even count the fact I'm surrounded by bookshelves. :)
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For those who know [livejournal.com profile] jetshade and [livejournal.com profile] talandra.

Quoth Ryxander: "There is extremely bad news on the Tia front. This is about as bad as it gets. I am just going to say the facts.

"Tia's heart stopped & breathing stopped. They tried for about 15 minutes to resuscitate her, and got her heart beating again, but she's on life support -- a machine is breathing for her. She is completely unresponsive with fixed pupils. They don't know how long her brain was without oxygen, and thus don't know if she is... I can't think of a good word. Alive."

From me: I was with Jet when she got the news. [livejournal.com profile] moonpuppy61 was also there and drove her to the hospital, where he is with her. I contacted [livejournal.com profile] lensman and [livejournal.com profile] roaming and they will be there as soon as they can (they weren't in the area). Whitney is en route. [livejournal.com profile] ryxander is en route. Jet also called Tia's sister and told her to drop everything and come to Boston. If you need info, try Ryxander, Moonpuppy61 or Whitney if you have their numbers.

I'm taking care of [livejournal.com profile] neo_blackwolf, who is bottling his emotions to some extent. He's my job. We'll be handling the pets for the night as well.

You can call me if you have my number, but I don't have any more info than above as of yet. Someone on-site is a better bet.
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Fish is playing at the Paradise Rock Club on comm ave June 25th. Tickets on sale in 5 days.

I hear his voice isn't what it used to be, but still... I think I may have to go.

Oliver

Mar. 16th, 2008 11:33 pm
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Got to watch Oliver 4 times this weekend. Remarkable production for a middle school (6th - 8th grade). [livejournal.com profile] neo_blackwolf had a part in the show. Small, generic part of course...but he really loved it.

That and work ate most of the weekend for me.
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So there I am, standing room only on the train home and the guy in the single seat I am standing next to me looks up from his newspaper and says my name. Turns out to be he who was once known as Thorondar. Made for a pleasant ride of catching up. ;)

Oh...and now back to kid and following that...to work. Wheee....
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Mystery Under the Sea/Death in Silver by "Kenneth Robeson": Two interesting Doc Savage Stories. Renny makes an appearance in the first, breaking up the Monk/Ham grip on the series (I prefer the books with more than just those two of the Fab Five showing up). DiS is pretty straightforward action with a clever (if obvious) twist or two. MUtS has some very fantastic elements and less mystery, but I found it more enjoyable overall, perhaps because of that, perhaps because of Renny.

Double Z/Mobsmen On the Spot by Walter Gibson: Good, solid early Shadow. I liked killing off a main assistant of the Shadow. It gives a bit of zest to the rest of the series...you can't always be sure your favorite character lives. Double Z had better deathtraps, but Mobsmen was zippier.

Meltdown by Charlie McDade: Part of the Executioner series. Decent, but no real verve. Still, anything is better than the previous book...which is the only Mack Bolan story yet that I actually couldn't bear to finish...it was just that poor. Which is going pretty far for such a formula pulp.

Over Sea, Under Stone/Greenwitch/The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper: Meh. Great imagery, but I despise fated books. Everything is pre-planned, the characters suddenly discover they already know the info they need at just the right moment. Everything is willy nilly and just happens. Nice plot, great imagery (worth saying twice), but enough with the coincidental solutions.

Swan Song by Robert McCammon: Panned by many as a copy of the Stand, but not even close. Society ends in Nuclear War, not plague. Great details of environmental changes, nice magic. More of a parable and religious story, though not specific to a religion. Worth the read, though unevenly paced.

Final Diagnosis/Double Contact/Code Blue: Emergency by James White: Great stuff. Sector General is a well deservedly classic setting. Prilicla is the main character of two of these, with a new nurse as the main of the last. CB:E reads a lot like early Conway, though not so medically detailed. Prilicla is wonderful as usual.
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We're almost at year's end now. I had intended at one point to write full reviews of the various books I've read. However, my writing muscles are just too musty and the number simply too intimidating. So, instead, I've decided to spend a little bit of time writing quick comments about the books I've read this year. Here we go:

ERB, Millhone, Pons, Cosby, Cussler, Phantom, Asprin and a classic from Eric Frank Russell )
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Loving the new job. Very demanding, very interesting. Leaves me NO time for anything but work at the office, which is a pleasant change from undemanding prior position. Not that I realized how pleasant a change it would be until it happened.

Xmas tree purchased today for decoration during the snowstorm tomorrow. Whee. Is a good fit for the room.

Struggling to find KoL time since I always used to play at work. Picked up a BUNCH of trophies this ascension (which ends today or tomorrow, as I hit level 30 and get that trophy). Probably Saucerer to pick up level 15 skill and another level 30 trophy. Will be quicker with scaling Crimbo encounters.

Lots of reading time on the commuter rail, so I'm back up to 3-4 books a week. Experimenting with reading some of my e-books on my Palm, but the mobireader has a few issues. I'm losing a line (4-8 words) entirely almost half the time I turn the page.

Recently finished inventorying my comics collection (with help from [livejournal.com profile] neo_blackwolf and posted it on my site. If I get around to doing my CDs, I'll have all the various mass media I own up. (No, computer software is another variety of media, so that doesn't count!)

Finished Final Fantasy XII the other day. Decent ending, but nothing spectacular. Hadn't realized how close I was to the end last time I put it down, or I would have put in the 2-3 hours a month or two ago.

Playing Wild Arms 3 for RPG time now. Decent story and simple/fast moving. Not fond of the action/platforming element, but it isn't too rough. Enjoying PAIN, which was a download from PSN. Neo and I bust a gut laughing at it, though it isn't too complex. Deeper than it seems, though.

Wahoo!

Nov. 26th, 2007 09:07 am
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Just got a call. I've been offered just enough to entice me to commute into the city. (Slightly more than I was making, plus some nice stock options...and the benefits are good.) So... I'll be starting tomorrow at my new job.

They're a little eager to get someone in there.

Oddity

Nov. 11th, 2007 07:44 pm
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Is it strange that the character taking me out of suspense of disbelief (briefly) while watching "Last Man Standing" was not Bruce "Die Hard/Sixth Sense/Moonlighting" Willis or Christopher "I've been in everything" Walken, but David Patrick Kelly?

I mean, really. How can he be anyone but T-Bird or Luther? :)

Fire it up when the warriors come out and pla-ay?

Meh.

Nov. 1st, 2007 10:59 pm
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Was hoping to go to Kaurath this weekend, but sanity has intervened. I have too much to do, a soccer game mid-afternoon on Saturday to coach and shouldn't be driving 2+ hours each way for NPCing with gas prices so high and no job. So I shall instead buckle down on those aforementioned things to do and relax around the house. I'll miss seeing the staffers and visiting the old hometown, though. C'est la vie.

In case you haven't seen the pics in [livejournal.com profile] jetshade's journal, Neo was the punk rock zombie for Halloween. Direct link to the post with pics.

Squirrels have been snacking on our pumpkins. Still, they have been out there glowing with candles for the last few days and making me feel appropriately seasonal.

Mmm...almost time for bed, I think. G'night all!
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These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicize those you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. Add an asterisk to those you've read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list. 


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote

Moby Dick
Ulysses
The Odyssey *
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Iliad *
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods *
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales * (only portions re-read, but multiple times)
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World *
The Fountainhead
Foucault's Pendulum
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King *
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
1984
Angels & Demons
The Inferno *
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver's Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Dune *
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela's Ashes : A Memoir
The God of Small Things
A People's History of the United States : 1492-present
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners
The Unbearable Lightness of Being *
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-Five
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an Inquiry into Values
The Aeneid
Watership Down *
Gravity's Rainbow
The Hobbit *
White Teeth
Treasure Island *
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers 

TV

Oct. 1st, 2007 10:28 pm
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For lack of anything actually clever to write about. :)

Heroes, Chuck, Journeyman )

More TV

Sep. 27th, 2007 09:59 pm
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Yeah, I'll watch Reaper. Sharply sarcastic, funny, dramatic, decently acted. Good stuff.
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