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May 13th, 2006

Shipbuilder needed

It's been raining since Tuesday. Mostly sprinkles and showers, with the occasional heavier rain. Since last night it's been pouring, with very little letup, and is supposed to continue through tomorrow morning. When it will not clear up, just get a little less soaking.

It's supposed to continue raining, off and on, through the week, with maybe some sun on Friday, at the earliest.

Does anyone have some planks they can sell me cheap? And some tar? And could explain what a cubit is? I have the Bill Cosby album somewhere, but I'm too busy looking for two creatures of every kind. Or better yet, just send a shipbuilder.  I don't know how I'm going to choose which books to put onboard.

April 20th, 2006

Writing and Vacation

You Are Midnight

You are more than a little eccentric, and you're apt to keep very unusual habits.
Whether you're a nightowl, living in a commune, or taking a vow of silence - you like to experiment with your lifestyle.
Expressing your individuality is important to you, and you often lie awake in bed thinking about the world and your place in it.
You enjoy staying home, but that doesn't mean you're a hermit. You also appreciate quality time with family and close friends.

Well, it fits. I am a night owl. Only three more days of April vacation left. It goes so fast. I didn't do some of what I hoped to do. I meant to write more. I did do a few blogs, and I have a friend looking over my book who'll get back to me with editing.

I'm taking one of those Barnes & Noble courses, the one on writing the mystery. I could read the books on my own, but this forces me to read them in a month. Also, it's interesting to see all the other student's responses to the study questions. I do want to write a mystery, this summer probably, not for Nano next Nov., and this has made me think about characters, setting, situation. I wrote a bio for my two main characters, a descriptive paragraph of a town in which it may take place, and I'm working out the beginnings of a puzzle (ie who's going to be killed and why, secondary characters, etc.). However, since I had this week off, I'd hoped to be further through the lesson plans.

April 8th, 2006

Gacked from norwegianblue47:

Go to Wikipedia and look up your birth day (excluding the year).List three neat facts, two births and two deaths in your journal, including the year.


1605 - Gunpowder Plot: A plot led by Robert Catesby to blow up the English Houses of Parliament is thwarted when Sir Thomas Knyvet, a justice of the peace, finds Guy Fawkes in a cellar below the Parliament building. Fawkes was later hanged, drawn and quartered for his role in the conspiracy.

1872 - Women's suffrage: In defiance of the law, suffragist Susan B. Anthony votes for the first time, and is later fined $100.

1935 - Parker Brothers releases the board game Monopoly.


1857 - Ida Tarbell, American journalist (d. 1944)

1913 - Vivien Leigh, English actress (d. 1967)


1960 - Mack Sennett, Canadian producer and director (b. 1880)

1989 - Vladimir Horowitz, Russian pianist (b. 1903)

The results are up from the W.O.M.B.A.T. test on Rowling's site. I got an O! And I didn't even look at the Lexicon. I bet nobody failed, though. It seemed to me that there could be more than one right answer on some of them.

Flower quiz behind the cutCollapse )

April 3rd, 2006

Brian Murphy released this item this afternoon on Warren Murphy's Forum

Warren Murphy announced today that he had signed a Destroyer film production deal with Robert Evans independent production company in Hollywood. The deal covers film and television, as well as computer
games and merchandising, and the old man says "after quite a few years in the Destroyer doldrums, we've got a chance here of seeing something good happen."

For those who don't know, Robert Evans is a one-time actor who took over the running of Paramount Studios when the company was down the drain and on the verge of bankruptcy. In just a handful of years,
Evans produced The Odd Couple, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Love Story and The Godfather, and turned Paramount into the hottest studio in town.

This is great news, though I realize it may take awhile for a movie to begin production and there are many things which can go wrong.

I'm really hoping this stirs interest for the Destroyer books with a publishing company, and that this comes sooner rather than later. The contract with Gold Eagle is up as of this year and I'd like to see the books continue on with a minimum of interruption. Even if a publisher can be found, there would be more of a gap than the usual three months Destroyer readers have become used to.

A new publisher might choose to issue only two books a year instead of four. Or they might issue two Destroyers and two spinoffs (good too!). Or four Destroyers and two spinoffs (I'm getting greedy here).

March 29th, 2006

Wipe Out


Your Quirk Factor: 57%

You're a pretty quirky person, but you're just normal enough to hide it.
Congratulations - you've fooled other people into thinking you're just like them!

My site and a friend's site was hacked a few days ago.  Idiots with too much time on their hands.

Heard from Jerry when I got home. He can't save his site's contents or my forum, so he's going to go in tonight and wipe both our sites. He's giving me time to save everything I can from my site.

That's not difficult, since I don't have too much stuff on there, and most of it was already saved on my HD.  I went through everything, double checking.  And I used the occasion to tidy up my files.  Now I have a donna.com folder, with sub folders for each page.  The one place I can't access -- the Forum -- all of it was on my HD already.

It's Jerry I feel bad for.  He lost the most, but he's not letting it get him down.  He does have some of it on his Last Witness website, which helps.  And he's going to install some of the security stuff Brian recommended on both our sites, so this should help ensure there's not a repeat of this hacking.

March 28th, 2006

Pathetic Losers

My Name is Earl
A few friends and I have been having a little problem recently with hackers. Saturday when I went to my website all the news items on my home page, which I have been using as a blog, were gone. No one took credit, though.

Shortly before that, my friend Jerry had a small hacking problem also, though they left something in place of what they'd hacked, and most of his home page and everything else was left intact.

Now tonight, when I go to my site, everything looks normal, except when I go to my forum, the only other place on the site where I have any content, and not only is it missing, but there's something left in place. Bragging by the pathetic losers who have too much time on their hands and whose mommies should be monitoring their Internet access more closely. Unfortunately, Jerry's site has been hit by the same people and I can't access it at all. And Jim's is the same. So I don't know how much they're going to end up losing.

The really pathetic part of this is, we're all such small, untrafficked web sites. Jerry says a mutual friend wrote to him saying it looks like someone's targeting us personally. And that Dclub, a web site we all belong to and administer, might be a future target.

Jerry says he's going to take precautions before that happens. Dclub just finished being restored and doesn't need to take another hit, though thanks to the recent problem, everything's backed up and certain sections are also being saved off site for greater protection.

I'm not sad for my site. The forum contained some fan fiction I've written, and I've got them all saved to disc anyway. And the blogs they hit, thanks to my tendency to cross-post, and write them up in Open Office before posting, can be restored fairly easily too. The worst that could be lost on Jim's site is his thoughts on the Destroyer books he wrote, but Jerry says that's saved off site too. Jerry has more on his site, though, and hopefully that won't be lost.

If it should turn out to be a disgruntled Dclub member, he/she probably isn't a regular. I'm certainly not going to let this make me paranoid. Most of the regulars are frequent posters, or long time members and I don't see any one of them having this level of childishness and viciousness.

February 21st, 2006

Another silly quiz


How evil are you?

Well, I don't know how I got that, given a few of the answers I gave. I wonder if it just opts for angelic or evil, with nothing in between?

February 19th, 2006

The Bartimaeus Trilogy

Review is behind the LJ cutCollapse )

February 5th, 2006

Full Circle

You Are Scooter

Brainy and knowledgeable, you are the perfect sidekick.
You're always willing to lend a helping hand.
In any big event or party, you're the one who keeps things going.
"15 seconds to showtime!"

Super Bowl Sunday. I care nothing about football, but I am thinking of tuning in just to see the ads. Those are the big, expensive commercial slots which corporations with enough spare change hurry to snap up, before they have all sold out. They unveil their new campaigns and their best concepts; a lot of ad execs must be swigging antacid about now, as zero hour approaches. Tomorrow people will be discussing them, venturing opinions on what worked, what tanked, the boring or the weird.

The triumph of advertising. It's come to this (well, it's been this way for some time now, but I remember when it was different). People are now watching programs that don't interest them just to see the commercials. The pitch has become the entertainment.

Or maybe things are just coming full circle. Back in the 19th century, one of the precursors of saloon shows and vaudeville was the traveling medicine show. Feats of strength to show the triumph of Dr. Humbug's Rejuvenation Potion, or the little old 'granny,' who goes into a jig after a dose of Dr. Pseudo's Pepper Up. A song and music as the wagon rolls into town, to gather the rubes.
'Twas Pirelli's
Magical Elixir,
That's wot did the trick, sir,
True, sir, true.
Was it quick sir?
Did it in a tick, sir,
Just like an elixir
Ought to do!*

It's the same with Jerry Springer and the reality shows. They're the twenty first century's versions of the freak show, carnival, religious camp meetings. Everything old is new again.

*from Sweeney Todd; lyrics by Steven Sondheim

January 28th, 2006

Busy day

Who Should Paint You: M.C. Escher

Open and raw, you would let your true self show for your portrait.
And even if your painting turned out a bit dark, it would be honest.

Busy day. Worked part time at my second job, then did a few errands and went to the library. They had a CD playing on a loop at work, and I got to like it, and was hoping I could find it at the library, but couldn't get to a computer to look it up.

The school was having a spaghetti supper and I dropped in there for a bit. Didn't win a basket of the fifty/fifty raffle. One of my friends was there. I had given her my free Lulu copy of my Nano book. She volunteered, I didn't force her! Anyway, she started this morning, is about halfway through, and says it's holding her interest. Sounds promising! And this is the crude copy; aside from the first five chapters, everything is just as it was coming out of Nano -- no editing, just full speed ahead writing, not looking back. It gives me the heart to start revising and editing.
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