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2015-07-15 10:20 pm
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[sticky entry] Sticky: inductory post

thanks to[personal profile] zats_clear  i now have a dreamwidth journal! may you always have pictures to caption & the inspiration to caption them. (to explain: she used to post screnecaps of SG-1 episodes with captions)

about me & this blog )

about the avatars/icons )

is it your birthday? if it is, i've most likely forgot it. sorry. if you or someone has made an entry on it i'll express my wishes for a good day there. if not, here they are now!
happy birthday, joyeux anniversaire, buon compleanno, plurimos annos, feliz aniversário, feliz cumpleaños, С Днем Рождения, födelsedagen, breithlá sona. that should cover it

also some links that i find interesting

fiction books that i like
nonfiction books i recommend
star trek books that i like
books that i do not recommend
links for writers of fan fiction & original fic.
archersangel: (historic fiction)
2017-08-18 02:40 pm
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the painted queen by e. peters & j. hess

sadly this is the last amelia peobody novel as elizabeth peters passed in aug. 2013. also sadly, ms. peters had only started writing the final page at the time of her passing, but left a lot of notes which joan hess used to complete the novel. i don't know if any were on the story or dialogue or just on the background (the discovery & disappearance of the famous bust of queen nefertiti)

i'm only part way though it, but it reads like fan fiction. not very good fan fic either. characters are out of character or almost parodies of themselves. there's a pack of assassins running around in almost comical fashion & the peabody/emerson clan's enemy sethos (mater criminal & master of disguise) seems almost shoehorned in. frankly, i'm not sure i really cared for the character anyway.
and now titles of previous amelia peabody novels are being randomly added to conversations for no goood reason other than this is the 20th novel in the series. it's kind of like when all of those nods to previous bond movies were in die another day for the franchise's 40th anniversary. i very nearly stopped reading it several pages back. but i will bravely plow though to the end.

i didn't notice a change to the avalon series by marion zimmer bradley after her passing. but maybe it's because; 1. diana l. paxson was her co-author on the last 3 before bradley passed. 2. i had not re-read the series at least twice like i have with the peabody series. 3. was not in the middle of yet another re-read of the series like i am with this one. 4. or a big fan of the avlaon series like i am with the peabody series.

tl;dr only read this novel if you want to complete the series. but it might disappoint fans of the amelia peabody novels.

archersangel: by nomadicwriter on LJ (peace)
2017-08-10 08:15 pm
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the friday 5: fashion (a bit early)


1) What is the most outrageous style you've ever rocked?

i have never rocked any style. outrageous or otherwise.

2) As a teen, were you an emo, goth, punk, grunger, or prep?

i did the plain jane look.

3) Have you ever had a crazy hairstyle/colour?

no. but i want to dye my hair blue for some reason.

4) Do you think we ever really grow out of our teen selves?

according to the song by bowling for soup, high school never ends (also doublws as a sg-1 vid)

5) Is there any fashion style you wish you could wear but maybe don't have the confidence?

i really want to do goth for some reason. but don't want to wear that much black. is there such a thing as grey goth?

see what others said over here at [community profile] thefridayfive 

archersangel: (books)
2017-08-08 05:40 pm
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The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd by Richard Zacks

a really interesting book about the pirate turned pirate hunter who wasn't as ruthless or had as much treasure as people thought.

after his time as a pirate in the caribbean he settled in new york city, married a wealthy widow & became respectable. through a chance meeting he is commissioned by william III of england to capture pirates in the indian ocean. run-ins with the english navy, his crew not being paid because they can't find any pirates & crossing paths with his old shipmate (& mutineer ETA: against kidd) robert culliford lead to his eventual downfall.
archersangel: (keep calm)
2017-08-04 05:55 pm
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something strange in the neighborhood

one of the smokers that goes to the smoking area near our place says that "something" is in her house. doors keep opening and closing on their own.

well, it could be that the air moving through their open windows is doing that. but in my brother's room there are random cold spots, like you left a gallon of milk on the floor for several moments. as well as spots that are very warm. and sometimes the living room & kitchen get cold spots too. maybe this has something to do with our ghost adventures viewing problem.
archersangel: (you are here)
2017-08-03 03:55 pm
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star trek 2 is re-released

via [personal profile] sixbeforelunch

for the film's 35th anniversary it's getting a directors cut treatment. check out the fathom events site for a location near you.




cross-posted to [community profile] geekgirls & [community profile] startrek
archersangel: (hufflepuff sheep)
2017-07-31 08:23 pm
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harry potter's birthday

he was born in 1980, which makes him 37.

freeform has bee running the movies all weekend & it's making me want to re-read the series again. i put them on the booklender list (lost my copies in the shuffle of life) to pad out the list when i was running low on titles. but now i've found other books that i've never read before so they get priority over stuff i've read before.

in other fictional july birthdays; indiana jones july 1, 1899 & daniel jackson july 8, 1965

archersangel: (historic fiction)
2017-07-24 01:48 am
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ambient sounds for writers

via [tumblr.com profile] patternofdefiance 

i don't know if it's to get you in the mood to write or if you want to describe what a location sounds like.

for what ever the reason they have links to various sounds, among others; nature-beach, forest in the morning, rain on car at night, winter wind . places-coffee shop, office, temple, war. fictional places- a bunch of star wars & harry potter locations. transportation-train ride, private jet cabin, airport, submarine. historical- medieval town, pirate ship in a tropical port. ship on rough sea, old west saloon. world-paris, new york, british library, chinese hotel lobby.

archersangel: (keep calm)
2017-07-21 05:28 pm
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it's too darn hot

it's 81f but feels like 85f

the report was for it to be 86, but feel like 100. glad that didn't happen, but i just don't like the heat.

i read someone's comment on-line once that when it's cold you can add layers, but when it's hot, what can you do? remove your skin?

anyway, see the post i made about heat exhaustion vs heat stroke and try to stay cool out there.

archersangel: (jedi sheep)
2017-07-20 12:45 am
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you can "rent" a kitten, if you're near silicon valley


via [personal profile] twistedchick

it's free, they even give you supplies necessary to take care of the kitten.

all you have to to is feed them, care for them & clean up after then for a few weeks.

not sure how to take care of a kitten? humane society silicon valley has a 2-hour orientation & will give you the phone number of someone that will answer your questions.

this article has all the info, including links the the HSSV page & calendar with the next scheduled orientation.

if you're not near this place, check with your local shelter, they might have a foster program of some sort.

archersangel: (historic fiction)
2017-07-14 05:43 pm
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signal boost: kuwdora is doing vid commissons (again)

found via [personal profile] ivorygates 

Come one, come all, do you have a vid you’d like to see made? Let me make it for you! I am working towards a career in video editing. I have come in contact with the tv/film editor of Burn Notice and Empire who has agreed to take me into his career coaching program. I need commissions to be able to afford it. So please, if you ever wanted a vid remastered or made please let me know what I can do for you!


see what services are being offered & how much it will cost here
archersangel: (damnit)
2017-07-09 09:56 pm
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a letter to sony & photobucket

dear sony,

why are you raising the price of your playstation vue for each level $10? when there are other competitors, lower the cost or add more stuff, to get people to pick your service. you money-grubbing SOBs.

no love,
a-angel

and speaking of the greedy;

dear photobucket,

$400 a year to host stuff & link pictures to various sites?! are you nuts?! i know you need to make money, but this is ridiculous.

i am poor & just want to post pictures,
a-angel

archersangel: (keep calm)
2017-07-06 05:52 pm
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a ghost in the machine?

we got playstation vue not long ago which allows you to watch TV stations & some on demand things (including cable stuff) through a PS4 or your playstation account on your computer or other device. we got the basic package, but we've found enough interesting things.

one of those is ghost adventures on the travel channel(i once came up with a drinking game for that), which we've set up to record to a DVR-type thing. however, it doesn't always behave properly. we've had trouble with 5 or 6 episodes now. mostly they don't play, one will start back at the beginning after several moments, one would jump to the end if you tried to fast forward or rewind and one just stopped working in the middle of the episode.

we haven't had trouble with anything else we've DVRed; dirty jobs, the match game, river monsters or celebrity name game.

i'm not saying it's ghosts, but maybe it's ghosts.

archersangel: (bored)
2017-06-30 10:48 pm
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school (high school & younger) gothic

inspired by things seen on tumblr


the students (& maybe a teacher) make fun of you because you're wearing blue and they are wearing green.

the next day the students (& maybe a teacher) make fun of you because you're wearing green & they are wearing blue.

you have a quiz today, you had a quiz yesterday. you will have a quiz tomorrow.

today is supposed to be pizza day, but the cafeteria lady insists yesterday  was pizza day. pizza day is fluid.

taco day, however, is a fixed construct.

there is never anyone in the library. until a teacher insists people do a report on outer mongolia. then everyone is in the library.

the bathrooms all smell like smoke & have a permanent haze. even though no one has smoked in them since 1986.






archersangel: (hufflepuff sheep)
2017-06-29 07:00 pm
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some friday 5s i missed

(6-2-17)
1.If you could, would you be a movie star or a rock star?
movie star

2. Have you ever been in the media (TV, Radio, Papers)?
i had 2 letters to the editor in the local paper & 2 letters to tv guide published.

3. Do you know anyone who's been on a reality TV show?
no

4. Have you ever met anyone famous?
no. seen them at dragon-con though.

5. Who would play you in a movie?
melanie lynskey

(3-31-17)
1.What was your favorite past time in high school?
leaving it.
2. What is your all time favorite board game/card game?
life
3. What is the last movie you saw at the theatre and what did you think of it?
the world is not enough (1999) eh.
4. What is something (no matter what kind of mood your in) that makes you happy the moment you do it, see it, or hear it?
the song shut up & dance by walk the moon.
5.Do you believe that crop circles are made by human or alien?
who knows

(3-17-17)
1. Have you ever been to Ireland?
no. but i'd like to.

2. According to Facts about Ireland, 73% of Americans are unable to locate Ireland on a map bereft of country names. Whether you are American or not, can you find it on a map?
i'd like to think so.

3. Are you or do you know a natural redhead?
no. but a great-uncle of my dad's was

4. Will you be celebrating St Patrick's Day?
no.

5. Do you even know who St. Patrick is and why we celebrate his day?
yes. supposedly drove the snakes out of ireland, but was just an englishman who went there to convert the natives.
archersangel: by nomadicwriter on LJ (understanding)
2017-06-26 09:23 pm

some things

1. tried the new oreo Os last week. rather bleh, not the same without those little "cream" pieces that looked like marshmallow disks.

2. trying to find a new scent of deodorant with a half-stuffed nose is no fun. chose secret scent expressions coconut splash invisible solid.
considered boho berry; a kind of dusty berry scent. also considered chill ocean; kind of smells like the "fresh" or "powder" scents. the hawaii citrus smells like cheap vitamin c tablets. the classic coco butter kind of smells like some sort of hand lotion, but not quite.
hopefully it will work out, there is that troublesome thing called body chemistry after all.

3. there a guy here that complains every day about going outside to smoke. i'm like "dude, you knew this was a smoke-free place when you applied to be here."

4. i maybe be a much larger size in bras than i thought. it's going to be a major pain to find one that fits & that i like. the sides on the bigger once usually cut into my armpits. i swear whoever designs these thing never has to wear one.
i got these things from my mom, which she apologized for.
on the other end of the scale was my dad's mother who once said that when she was young hers were like half lemons, but became fried eggs when she got older.

archersangel: (keep calm)
2017-06-24 07:42 pm
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PSA: heat exhaustion vs. heat stroke

(originally posted on 7-11-16)

since it will get hotter before it gets cooler, especially in the south & southwest, this is info people need.



HEAT EXHAUSTION 

feeling faint or dizzy

excessive sweating

cool, pale, clammy skin

nausea or vomiting

rapid, weak pulse

muscle cramps

treatment: get to a cool, air conditioned place. drink water if fully conscious. take a cool shower or use cool compresses. (i suggest using them around your neck or on the inside of your wrists, where the blood vessels or arteries are close to the surface.)



HEAT STROKE 

throbbing headache

no sweating

body temperature above 103 F (39.4 C)

red, hot, dry skin

nausea or vomiting

rapid, strong pulse

may lose consciousness

treatment: CALL 911 (or whatever equivalent is in your country) take immediate action to cool the person until help arrives. (i suggest providing shade, maybe getting them inside if they're on hot cement & use cool compresses on them)
archersangel: (damnit)
2017-06-15 01:14 am
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oreo Os are back! (sort of)

today (yesterday rather) i spotted oreo Os cereal at wal-mart. however, they changed it. they no longer have the little disks of marshmallow/cream stuff, now it looks like like they cream is no on the Os in a bumpy texture. kind of like the cookies & cream cereal from malt o meal.

i would've gotten some, but a bit TMI )

archersangel: (you are here)
2017-06-12 07:12 pm

humans are weird

there's this thing going around tumblr lately about how weird/strange/scary we humans might seem to aliens species. now there is a whole tumblr dedicated to that idea [tumblr.com profile] humans-are-seriously-weird. it got me to thinking about weird stuff we humans do.

food.
we eat the craziest things; hot peppers, things fried in fat, poison fish, fish that has been left to rot for a long time, fungus & berries that grow in thorny bushes. we eat things in weird combinations that gross out some people and fascinate others.
some people are very picky about what they eat. some won't eat foods with certain textures, or will only eat foods of a certain color. the aliens understand food allergies, or rather allergies in general (some species refuse to land in any country where it's currently pollen season.)

fun
that things that we do for fun or recreation would confuse most aliens; racing motor vehicles of various kids around at high speeds, running, swimming or riding a bike over long distances & sometimes rough terrain. we shoot projectile weapons at targets. some humans jump out of perfectly good flying machines with nothing more than (what looks to the aliens) like a large bed sheet to slow them down before they hit the ground.
others jump off of bridges with a giant elastic band attached to their ankles. still others walk along a wire high off of the ground & some didn't think that was challenging enough, so they made a line that goes slack when you walk on it and put that high up. bad enough it's slack, but people jump & flip on it too.

pranks
aliens just don't get it. why in the name of everything that is decent & holy in this galaxy would you put hot sauce in someone's milkshake or in their shampoo? or fill their 4-wheeled motor vehicle with golf-balls? or put a bucket of water over a door so it pours down on someone's head? or convince them they won a a multi-million dollar lottery when they didn't?
the human committee that's in charge of alien/human relations prays daily that one of these idiots won't get the idea to put a whoopee cushion on the leader of the alien exploratory teams' chair or replaces their cup with a dribble one & creates an interstellar incident.

archersangel: (you are here)
2017-06-11 11:12 pm
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if you want to write about POC

here's a collection of post on how to do that without offending anyone.

the blog itself is "dedicated to writing and resources centered on racial & ethnic diversity."
archersangel: (blah)
2017-06-10 12:40 am
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a thing & some letters

you can't smoke in any of houses where i am at now. if you want to smoke you have to go to designated areas, unfortunately one is with in 30 feet or so of our place. smoke often drifts over here & so does some of the conversation that happens when the smokers congregate.

and now the letters;

dear ABC,

you're bring back the gong show?! of all of the games shows from the last 40 years you had to pick that one? no wonder you're at the bottom of the ratings heap.
bad enough you did that, but you have a host that 1. looks like he died 40 years ago & was resurrected for the job. 2. from certain angles looks like a cheap clone of robin williams & 3. is apparently mike myers in latex makeup.

shaking my head,
a-angel


dear mike myers,
is your career that much in the crapper that you need to sink to this? did you run out of austin powers & shrek money already? did your wife get most everything in the divorce? or are you just getting money for the kids college funds?

no a fan, but you can do better,
a-angel