Movie Overdose

We’ve watched so many movies in the last few weeks that they’re all run­ning togeth­er. We just fin­ished The Trans­form­ers. Yes­ter­day was Baby­lon 5: A Call to Arms (we’d seen that before, of course) and Catch Me If You Can. Some day before that was Har­ry Pot­ter & the Pris­on­er of Azk­a­ban as well as Gob­let of Fire. Sam watched Order of the Phoenix, but I haven’t seen it yet. He also watched Gods and Gen­er­als, but I could­n’t even pre­tend to be inter­est­ed, and the accents were too offen­sive to my ears. There’s been at least one sea­son, maybe more, of West Wing. We’ve still got Star­dust and some oth­er stuff that Sam rent­ed. My brain is explod­ing and I can’t remem­ber the rest, but I know there was more.

And what do I want to watch? Fire­fly. Which I can’t see, because Sam’s par­ents have our Fire­fly DVDs. Includ­ing Seren­i­ty. Bah.

Sam real­ly, real­ly loves movies. Can you tell? I love my man. I wish he had a movie-view­ing bud­dy near­by so he could see stuff in the actu­al theater. 

Sam’s last day off is tomor­row. It’s been so good to have him home! I’m ter­ri­bly spoiled all the time, but more than a week with him at home has been absolute­ly incredible.

I Have Done More Than Twittering!

For one thing, I have sev­er­al draft posts sit­ting around here, but I haven’t been able to stay focused long enough to fin­ish any of them.

Sam caught some kind of flu-like crud, which Katie and I both caught, of course. Now he seems to be get­ting it again, which is gross­ly unfair. Poor bear!

The girl is final­ly feel­ing a wee bit bet­ter, but she still had a fever last night. We aren’t with my fam­i­ly today, because we’re too wor­ried about get­ting the twins sick. They’re still so tiny!

I should be stitch­ing. I want to be stitch­ing. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, it seems that I need to add a good mag­ni­fi­er to my Ott Lite, and maybe get my eyes checked/glasses changed, too. My eyes go all wog­gly every time I try to focus on the linen now. Very annoying!

One of the few things I have fin­ished late­ly is lots of library-enabled read­ing. That has includ­ed Bone of Con­tention and Chains of Fol­ly by Rober­ta Gel­lis, the third and fourth books in her Magde­lene la Bâtarde series. Magde­lene is a whoremistress in medieval Eng­land whose House is reg­is­tered on the tax rolls an Embroi­dery shop. She and her women do, in fact, pro­duce and sell fine needle­work, but that isn’t their main source of income.

This is one of two series I learned about when I was read­ing rec.crafts.textiles.needlework. I’m glad, as would have been very unlike­ly to run across them with­out the recommendation.

I have some­thing to con­fess: I am guilty of judg­ing some books by their cov­ers. And if I’d seen Chains of Fol­ly first, with­out already know­ing that Gel­lis is a good author and I enjoy this par­tic­u­lar series, I would­n’t have had any rea­son to pick it up for a look. I might have tak­en it for a text­book edi­tion of some­thing fre­quent­ly assigned to lit­er­a­ture class­es (read: bor­ing!), but not the lat­est vol­ume in a good series by an estab­lished, award-win­ning author. Tor/Forge pub­lished the first three, and they were of much high­er qual­i­ty than what Five Star Books has put out.

That Tor/Forge did­n’t buy book four tells me that Gel­lis prob­a­bly had a con­tract for a tril­o­gy, but it did­n’t sell as well as the pub­lish­er hoped, so they weren’t inter­est­ed in more of that tale. Still, I loved the first two books, and was def­i­nite­ly pay­ing atten­tion to see if there was a third, but did­n’t hear that it was actu­al­ly out until recent­ly. It was pub­lished in 2002! I know that Gel­lis is one of the authors I put in my Ama­zon “Eyes” list (which seems to have stopped work­ing at some point), and I did­n’t hear a thing. I have to won­der if the pub­lish­er just did­n’t both­er to mar­ket the book at all.

These days, Gel­lis is bet­ter known for co-author­ing fan­ta­sy books with Mer­cedes Lack­ey. That’s too bad, as her his­tor­i­cal fic­tion is rich­ly detailed and authen­tic. Lack­ey’s name has been used to sell so much crap that I just don’t both­er any more, even if I like what the co-author has done on her own. Any­thing Lack­ey has touched in the last decade, at least, is for­mu­la­ic and trite. There were some good points in some of her ear­li­er books, which I might even be able to re-read some day—but after the first few trilo­gies they were just too predictable.

I also read two books by Vic­ki Pet­ters­son this week, the lat­est book in Tanya Huf­f’s Con­fed­er­a­tion series, and Her Roy­al Spy­ness by Rhys Bowen. That last jumped off the new book shelves at me because of the cute name and nice cov­er. I don’t know that I’ll read any­thing else by Bowen, but it was an inter­est­ing depar­ture for me.

I’ve got sev­er­al books of poet­ry and some non-fic­tion in the mix, as well. I tend to read those in lit­tle nib­bles, as I like to think about the poems rather than rat­tle on through them. I’ll share some of that soon.

Tweets for 12-22-2007

  • 17:41 I’m con­fused. Yes­ter­day Tweetr start­ed putting wrong avatars next to posts. I know @MarinaMartin is not @ChrisBrogan, and now @texasdave … #
  • 17:41 but now @texasdave777 has @acomputerpro’s face #
  • 17:43 @mari­na­martin Gah! There it goes again! Mebbe so. #
  • 17:46 @chum­worth I’ll be impressed when it makes them BE good 🙂 #
  • 17:54 @jchutchins *hugs* I can relate. Icky night­mares all night. #
  • 19:28 Gonna go watch Hud­suck­er Proxy now. Sam has want­ed us to see it for years. #

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Tweets for 12-21-2007

  • 17:11 @aka­mon­ty About dra­ma — some­times true, some­times not. Ex-hus­band burned out my dra­ma tol­er­ance cir­cuits. I just don’t put up with it/ha … #
  • 17:11 Hel­lo world. This is the only safe social­iz­ing for me — girl and I have The Crud. #
  • 17:13 What is hulu? #
  • 17:15 @aka­Mon­ty I can agree with that one 🙂 #
  • 17:19 Thanks, @ikepigott . I learn so much on Twit­ter! #
  • 17:20 @sam­bear­po­et Loaned our Fire­fly DVDs to his mom. And she has­n’t even watched them yet! #
  • 17:20 Now I want them. It’s @akamonty’s fault. #
  • 17:21 I think mebbe we should have anoth­er set of Fire­fly DVDs for such occa­sions. #
  • 17:21 @ulti­mate­josh Yes! #
  • 17:26 @ikepig­ott I know 🙁 I was sad. #
  • 17:27 @nuke­hav­oc We already keep mul­ti­ples of some books, but Fire­fly is the first series I’ve felt that way about. #
  • 17:27 @aka­mon­ty Real­ly? What’s extra in col­lec­tors ed? We bought the reg­u­lar the minute it was released. #
  • 17:36 @tru­la I miss the days when my girl could be turned out in a park to run 🙂 17 is weird­er. #
  • 17:37 @aka­mon­ty You have more self-con­trol than I would! 🙂 #
  • 17:38 @sam­bear­po­et is stuck in traf­fic on his way home. #
  • 17:45 @ikepig­ott Hap­py Hol­i­days! #
  • 18:14 Sam is home! #
  • 18:57 Con­grats to @shashib on his new job! #

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Tweets for 12-18-2007

  • 21:07 @ariedana I don’t know him, but you can tell him that I use Tweetr 🙂 #
  • 21:07 @queenof­s­pain Are you a Moxy Fru­vous fan? #
  • 21:07 Hel­lo world, I’m back after a few days of silence #
  • 21:12 @queenof­s­pain Sor­ry, don’t know how to do them in Tweetr 🙂 #
  • 21:16 @tojosan Hey — do we get pics of you in frilly lace skirt? 😉 #
  • 21:17 Typ­ing while wear­ing gloves. Slow­er and more typos. #
  • 21:19 @tru­la You’re writ­ing it in chat­s­peak? #

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Tweets for 12-13-2007

  • 16:40 Twit­ter won’t let me fol­low Phi­lAC. Keep hit­ting “Fol­low” but­ton, page reloads, but­ton is still there. ? #
  • 16:41 But hi to him and the oth­er new folks 🙂 Sor­ry, can’t brain today. Few tweets to lessen embar­rass­ment. #
  • 16:42 Oh — that works. Thanks, @sambearpoet. #
  • 16:46 @con­niecros­by Could we have more plots, then? #

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Tweets for 12-12-2007

  • 23:06 @sam­bear­po­et sur­prised me and the girl with Blue­tooth head­sets! Then he made mine work with my phone, even! #
  • 23:10 @mar­cben­ton From what I hear, you aren’t alone 🙂 #
  • 23:29 @texasdave777 So why was­n’t your wife laugh­ing just sa hard? #
  • 23:31 Dear I’ve nev­er vis­it­ed your site before, but I’m unlike­ly to be back despite read­ing a good arti­cle, ’cause you split it … #
  • 23:31 into 13 pages for no good rea­son. #
  • 23:39 @texasdave777 I’m afraid they would have need­ed the bounc­ers for me and @sambearpoet #
  • 23:50 @tru­la LOL! Now I just need one of those microSD cards and I can annoy the world with my own music on my phone, too! #
  • 23:54 @mari­na­martin That’s handy! Can I get your num­ber? 😉 #
  • 23:57 @mari­na­martin You nev­er PLAN these things, you know? Got­ta be pre­pared! #
  • 12:49 Hap­py Day Tweet­ers #
  • 12:54 @robertmerrill Not @andrewbadera, but I haven’t looked since 2000 and still get those calls/emails #
  • 12:54 @robertmerrill And they always want relo­ca­tion #
  • 13:00 @robertmerrill Nope, nev­er have. Not once. I’ve got­ten mul­ti­ple con­tacts about jobs in Bel­gium! #
  • 13:01 @robertmerrill When I start look­ing, I’ll put myself out there seriously–not just have my old resume on my web site. #
  • 13:01 @robertmerrill Will let my net­work know, change my LinkedIn pro­file, etc. #
  • 13:07 @foulbastard As well as plas­tic sur­geons and CGI artists every­where #
  • 13:09 @robertmerrill Not 1st degree, unfor­tu­nate­ly. Not these days. Did back when I was working/looking. #
  • 13:09 @robertmerrill Been on Mom­my time for a while now 🙂 #
  • 13:10 @robertmerrill I’m also a col­lege stu­dent, so I’d use the school’s place­ment office & fairs. #
  • 13:11 @hob­bina­tor *hugs* to you and scritch­es to baby Roo #
  • 13:22 @Mari­na­Martin I guess its even worse if you get them via Freecy­cle 🙂 #
  • 13:23 @mari­na­martin There’s a used book­store across town that’s con­stant­ly giv­ing away mul­ti­ple box­es of books. #
  • 13:23 @mari­na­martin Too far away for me, thank­ful­ly, or I might be tempt­ed. #
  • 13:25 @mari­na­martin I’ve nev­er been able to resist books, peri­od. Love libraries. #
  • 13:29 @mari­na­martin I can’t afford to be that picky 🙂 #
  • 13:33 @tru­la Me too! Can get lost for hours. #
  • 13:34 @mari­na­martin Good for you 🙂 #
  • 13:41 @hob­bina­tor YAY! #
  • 14:12 @chum­worth Right where any­body play­ing Greensleeves is. #
  • 14:14 @hob­bina­tor Braised chick­en liv­ers. Fresh from pan (ok, slight­ly cooled). Stinky + high pro­tein #
  • 14:43 @mini­to­toro I leave such things to @sambearpoet, ’cause I always end up injured oth­er­wise #
  • 14:55 @ariedana $15 to see her on-screen? And it isn’t a movie? Dang. #
  • 14:55 @ariedana Obvi­ous­ly, I should have been a stage moth­er to rake in the bucks from my kid. #
  • 15:13 @andrew­badera Dis­hon­esty sucks. How do you define flak­i­ness? #
  • 15:14 @ariedana They’re one rea­son I believe in parental mal­prac­tice suits. #
  • 15:29 @chum­worth It’s ille­gal to use rep­re­sen­ta­tions of real peo­ple, dead or alive, for tar­get prac­tice in GA. I’m just sayin’ #
  • 15:32 @ariedana Sure thing, just email it to cyn at tech­nomom dot com #
  • 15:36 @andrew­badera That’s fair. #
  • 15:48 @jchutchins You just found out? I’m sor­ry, hon 🙂 #
  • 15:48 Thanks @ariedana #
  • 15:49 @michebel It’s bet­ter than not mak­ing it to 50! See it as a vic­to­ry 🙂 #
  • 15:49 @hob­bina­tor YAY! I’m so glad! #
  • 16:58 @garlg Ow! #

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Tweets for 12-11-2007

  • 22:02 New blog entry: Tweets for Today #
  • 12:45 @pis­ta­chio Don’t you have to Twit­ter in French while you’re there? Are the lan­guage police after you? #
  • 12:54 @mar­cben­ton Sounds like some­one I need to fol­low! @shashib, what do you think? #
  • 13:08 @chris­bro­gan What are serv­ing sug­ges­tions for life? #
  • 13:09 @chris­bro­gan Yes, the major­i­ty of the peo­ple I’ve known are fol­low­ers. They want that struc­ture. They aren’t the peo­ple I choose to ass … #
  • 13:18 So sleepy. I had dreams that should only hap­pen to peo­ple who drop acid dur­ing a Thomas the Tank Engine marathon. #
  • 13:18 And I’ve nev­er touched the stuff! #
  • 13:20 Peo­ple who have tagged stuff “a cap­pel­la” on LastFM seem to lack under­stand­ing that it means NO INSTRUMENTS. Just VOICES #
  • 13:21 @teemon­ster Is there an anti­dote? #
  • 13:26 @ran­dellfever Is it an old­er one? Haven’t tried my ancient one, not on Seesmic yet. #
  • 13:27 @teemon­ster That cure may be worse than the mal­a­dy. #
  • 13:28 @ran­dellfever Prob­a­bly not the prob­lem then 🙂 #
  • 13:30 @ran­dellfever Did you check for new­er soft­ware from Log­itech? #
  • 13:50 This hurts (had to down­load to watch, site is get­ting slammed) #
  • 14:00 @bucketjen If you do the form, they farm out data entry to firms who sell your address. Is a data point. #
  • 14:00 @bucketjen Post Office isn’t so forth­com­ing about that. #
  • 14:01 @foulbastard Some­how, that’s even worse. #
  • 15:35 @ariedana Hey now! Don’t be so hard on your­self. #
  • 15:35 @michebel Yep. Have a very good life. #
  • 15:38 @hot­dogsladies Resist the lawn wor­ship cult! Stay strong! #
  • 15:39 Just heard Caper­cail­lie’s “Ser­vant to the Slave” on LastFM. Now I have to go find lyrics. #
  • 15:43 7 new Twit­ter friends, and I did­n’t even com­ment on @jowyang’s post! #
  • 15:44 I don’t remem­ber who men­tioned head­phones at Woot, but thank you. Bought ’em. #
  • 15:44 Fam­i­ly is hard on head­phones. #
  • 15:53 @david­ward Cool blog! Do you know if it’s syn­di­cat­ed on Live­Jour­nal yet? If not, may I? #
  • 15:54 @david­ward Want to post link to Geek­sAtH­ome LJ com­mu­ni­ty, most users seem to use LJ as aggre­ga­tor #
  • 16:01 @ariedana He has poor taste. *hugs* #
  • 16:10 @david­ward Thanks 🙂 Will be on LJ as #
  • 16:39 @glen­dawh Just move to Atlanta. It’s 77F here. #
  • 16:46 @hob­bina­tor That’s great! How is Roo? #
  • 18:41 @hob­bina­tor I’m sor­ry about Roo 🙁 I’ll keep think­ing about him. (Just got back to PC) #
  • 18:42 @mariana_66 What kind of recital? If the chaos was con­trolled at all, it went well 😉 #
  • 18:46 @hopeev­ey No TT marathons for me. Don’t think I’ve actu­al­ly seen one whole episode. #
  • 18:47 @hopeev­ey Just saw Car­lin and said, “Why is he on dur­ing kid pro­gram­ming time?” #
  • 18:48 @abite­of­san­i­ty I miss hav­ing a fire­place. Even if it is way too hot to use one most of the time here. #
  • 18:51 @seam­bar­po­et is on the way home with Philly cheeses­teaks for din­ner #
  • 18:52 @jchutchins I’m look­ing for­ward to read­ing 7S 🙂 You have guar­an­teed sale of all 3 vol­umes here. #
  • 19:01 @raphaelt We’re look­ing for­ward to a kid-free just-us night, so I’m afraid we’ll have to invite you anoth­er time 🙂 #
  • 19:07 @raphaelt: We’ll just wor­ry if you @ reply to your own @ reply 😉 #
  • 19:26 What is it with the Bren­nans? Moya is aka Máire, Enya is aka Eithne Bren­nan, and even Bren­nan is some­times Ní Bhraonáin #
  • 19:31 @sam­bear­po­et is home! I’m off for a while 🙂 #

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Tweets for 12-10-2007

  • 22:02 New blog entry: Tweets for Today #
  • 23:36 @hob­bina­tor Let me know if it does. I’ll Twit­ter for Claritin‑D. Heck, I’d do a lot more for my lorata­dine + decon­ges­tant fix. #
  • 23:38 @shashib Night! I will post after clos­ing the poll #
  • 23:40 Just 20 min­utes left to vote for the Fun­ni­est Twit­ter­er #
  • 23:41 @chelpix­ie I promise that you’re not invis­i­ble. #
  • 23:44 @chelpix­ie What song is in your Twit­ter back­ground? Can’t see enough to iden­ti­fy it. #
  • 23:44 @hob­bina­tor Darn. Any­body near me is prob­a­bly in bed — it’s 11:44pm — any­way. #
  • 23:52 @mike­doe I’m afraid I don’t. Her user page was there Fri­day when I made the poll, now it’s gone #
  • 23:53 @GarlG Ewww! I hope you feel bet­ter soon. #
  • 00:31 New blog entry: Results Are In! The Fun­ni­est Twit­ter­er Is #
  • 13:25 @tsdi­vadani Re fam­i­ly? I’ve always found that to be the case. #
  • 13:25 @tsdi­vadani Only per­son I’m sure I’m real­ly relat­ed to is my daugh­ter #
  • 13:46 Thanks, @marcbenton 🙂 #
  • 13:47 It’s 89 degrees F on my front porch here in Atlanta. It is INSANE to need a/c in Decem­ber! #
  • 13:51 @okiej I don’t expect things from Focus on the Fam­i­ly to make sense. #
  • 13:51 @abite­of­san­i­ty Done 😉 I’ve nev­er seen a white Christ­mas #
  • 13:52 @mini­to­toro Let’s just say our elec­tric bill makes me a glob­al warm­ing believ­er #
  • 13:54 Would­n’t do any good to do that shov­el­ing in the Bible Belt, @abiteofsanity. Noth­ing is open! #
  • 13:55 @abite­of­san­i­ty We real­ly are con­sid­er­ing mov­ing away from the blue laws and oth­er non­sense #
  • 14:02 @foulbastard Do they include bounc­ing around in lit­tle cloth­ing to “dis­tract” attack­ers? #
  • 14:06 Hel­lo @mariana_66, @AndrewBadera, @JimWalton and a bunch of oth­er peo­ple #
  • 14:12 @chum­worth If they go after our humor infra­struc­ture, we’re doomed. #
  • 14:12 @JimWal­ton just read your post re “experts” — good stuff. #
  • 14:13 Good arti­cle about social media and experts, folks: #
  • 14:32 @queenof­s­pain Get­ting old­er is far bet­ter than the alter­na­tive, hon. I’m hap­pi­ly 41. #
  • 14:33 @ran­dellfever I guess “I need a few san­i­ty hours” won’t work? #
  • 14:35 @andrew­badera I don’t think math cours­es fig­ure heav­i­ly in the­ol­o­gy or jour­nal­ism edu­ca­tion. Hav­ing been mar­ried to a youth min­is­ter, in … #
  • 14:36 @andrew­badera Hav­ing been mar­ried to a youth min­is­ter, I know there isn’t much math involved in the­ol­o­gy under­grad stud­ies. #
  • 14:36 @mariana_66 Audac­i­ty. Works on most any plat­form and is open-source (free!) #
  • 14:37 @mariana_66 Oh — you mean hard­ware, don’t you? @sambearpoet is using a Sony mini­disc recorder with good results, look­ing for some­thing s … #
  • 14:45 @jimwal­ton Water is lim­it­ed? Eeep! #
  • 15:16 @gen­uine What answer is that? #
  • 15:23 @ran­dellfever Yay! #
  • 15:38 @mariana_66: @sambearpoet is my part­ner. Let us know what you find, ok? #
  • 15:59 @hob­bina­tor Hope Roo is bet­ter soon! #
  • 16:00 Crud. Think the girl may have a sinus infec­tion. #
  • 16:02 @mariana_66 We got the mini­disc recorder/reader via Freecy­cle 🙂 #
  • 16:16 @queenof­s­pain Ewww! Nev­er had one fight about that! Keep­ing ANY pants on, yes. #
  • 16:21 @queenof­s­pain: @sambearpoet’s youngest went through a peri­od of refer­ring to her­self as “the baby” con­stant­ly. Hope­ful­ly, it won’t last … #
  • 16:39 @jimwal­ton Is all of you ok? #
  • 16:40 @jimwal­ton No secure foot­ing for lad­der on ice/snow, methinks. Call pow­er com­pa­ny? #
  • 16:53 @jimwal­ton I see. Could you steady lad­der while some­one else climbed to try? #
  • 16:54 @jimwal­ton You were very lucky! #
  • 16:56 @jimwal­ton I guess that’s why they say a hurt thing “smarts” #
  • 17:21 Log­ging off for a while. Need to get some flu­ids into the girl. #
  • 20:00 Freak­ing out. The guy who con­tact­ed me via Con­sumat­ing might as well have been cre­at­ed as pure Cyn bait. #
  • 20:00 I’m too weird to see that hap­pen often. #
  • 20:01 @chum­worth Cross­ing the strike line, I see 😉 #
  • 20:02 @acom­put­er­pro Do you nor­mal­ly dis­robe at the den­tist’s office? #
  • 20:11 @fly­swat­ter We have had lots more trou­ble with DSL than cable broad­band. Slow­er and lots of out­ages. #
  • 20:23 @marinamartin Don’t know what Moola is? #
  • 20:28 @jchutchins Woot! #
  • 20:30 @marinamartin Moola looks inter­est­ing, would like an invite pret­ty please. #

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