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nanowrimo 2010


Diary of a Blind Madman

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Just some miscellaney
nanowrimo 2010

A Day Without Excitement

          I had a slow day today and can't say I feel it undeserved. I spent most of my time watching Farscape on DVD. It ran from 1999 to 2003. I was late in discovering it— 2003. It has been a favorite since then. I find a remarkably small number of people even know of the show.

          Ben Browder and Claudia Black (John and Aryn) migrated to Stargate SG-1 (as Cam and Vala) for that show's last two seasons. The series ended in 2007 after a ten-year run and was followed by a couple of movies. I'm surprised at how forgotten it has already become. Even the spin-off Stargate Atlantis (which ran 5 years) doesn't seem to have much staying power.

Are you eating it ...or is it eating you?

          10 points if you caught me riffing on the tag line from The Stuff. It wasn't a particularly scary movie, but it allows me to pose the above scary question.

          In the last few weeks, I was finally able to begin watching movies "instantly" on Netflix. My stubborn adherence to the Opera browser and their adamant refusal to accommodate it finally led me to Firefox and a download of the Silverlight software (Microsoft—yuck!) that enables movie watching on my 'puter.

          When I clicked on the movie —trying to find a way to turn on subtitles— I made the rather disconcerting discovery that my webcam and microphone were on in Silverlight. I was further distressed that there is nothing I can do about this.

          Another instance of Microsoft (Silverlight) trying to rule the world. Are they examining my facial expressions while I watch? Does someone diligently listen for exclamations of delight? Disgust? Or...is this just a cheap way to get pics of me in my underwear for blackmail purposes?

          Any way you look at it, the ick-factor is too high.

A Sad Day

          Yesterday was a sad day all around. Nickkie's ashes arrived at the vet. A tiny cube of plastic that I almost had to fight to get. My vet has a new office manager and every time I come to the counter, I'm hit up for a payment on account. Despite having a fixed income I've come up with about $4k for the vet this year. He has no complaints.

          Sis was unable to handle the box herself. I carried it home and gave its current location in the china cabinet with my father's service flag and a few similar items. Ultimate disposition hasn't been decided as yet. I suspect it may be a long time indeed before that decision is made.