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(All comments to this thread are screened, so there should be some measure of security for email addresses and the like.)

For those of my friends who aren't also friends with Lucidscreamer, this post is a bit out of the blue. Lucidscreamer lives in North Alabama and is in rather dire circumstances currently. I've made a post in a thread on her LJ asking her friends on her behalf to help, if they are able and this post is to establish a somewhat more private means of communicating with anyone who wishes to help.

She has no electricity and has had to throw away most of her food. She just a few minutes ago got her phone service back (at least for now). Things like batteries (especially C cells) and Walmart gift cards (the Walmart forty miles away has power still, but most everything else is on a cash-only basis) would be most helpful.

Please post a way for me to contact you in this thread, if you are willing to help.
kmktr: (Smile)
The Eric Stuart Band has joined Reverbnation and Eric's working on a new CD! Can a new show (that perhaps Kitt can attend?) be far behind?


The last three songs on the playlist are from his latest CD, In The County Of Kings, but the first song, One Good Reason, is from Blue, Dressed in Black. Perhaps *crosses fingers* the new CD will have a song or two that hearkens back to that classic ESB sound I love so much.

I've no idea if the number of song plays, hits on the page, or fans who favorite ESB help their rankings at all, but if you like his music, please consider joining, and becoming one of his fans, just to help out.
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My heart thudded when I read the headline. Dick Francis' novels are amazing mysteries that helped me to realize that sometimes, subtle is better when shaping a character. His characters have always struck a very 'real' chord for me -- believable and, even though I tend to write more fantasy stories, I try to find that, too. What makes it all that much more extraordinary is that he managed this in first person, giving us insight into his main characters' thoughts without 'Stu-ifying' them.

He was a favorite author of my mom's -- now I can't recall which of us discovered him first and shared with the other. I recall going with my mom to a bookstore in D.C. where Mr. Francis was holding a book signing for his latest novel, I think it was Longshot. We were among the last of the people in line, and he was tired -- but he perked up when my mom presented her book for his signature. You see, she had picked it up while on a trip to England, and the cover art and even the size of the book was different and he could tell immediately. There are some smiles you get a chance to see that you'll never forget -- and Dick Francis' smile at my mom was one of those.


Rest in peace, dear sir.

Name meme

Feb. 4th, 2009 08:49 am
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Borrowed from [ profile] lucidscreamer. Using the initial for your first name, answer the following questions:

1. What is your name? Working with the initial 'K' (Bonus! Bringing you a semi-nautical theme, too. Arrrgh!)
2. A four letter word: Keen
3. A boy's name: Kelvin
4. A girl's name: Kara
5. An occupation: Knight (What? It doesn't say it has to be something contemporary.)
6. A color: Kelly Green (better than 'khaki' *blech*)
7. Something you wear: Kirtle
8. A food: Kabob
9. Something found in the bathroom: Kraken (well, not the average bathroom...)
10. A place: Kyoto
11. A reason for being late: Kraken-wrangling (in the shower -- in the morning -- don't ask!)
12. Something you shout: 'Keelhaul him!' (Okay, okay... more gently, 'King me!')
13. A movie title: Karate Kid
14. Something you drink: Kool-aid
15. A musical group: Kraftwerk
16. An animal: Komodo Dragon
17. A street name: Kingfisher Lane
18. A type of car: Khamsin (Maserati)
19. A song title: Kyrie
20. A verb: Kedge

So... So we have kelly green kirtle-wearing pirate siblings, Kara and Kelvin, who are shipping Khamsins and Komodo dragons to Kyoto where they will have to kedge their ship after keelhauling a krewemember (bonus 'k') for leaving hoofprints all over the deck in his 'keen'ness to be a knight. They are in such a foul mood today because they were not only late for their job of being mean pirate co-captains, but the kraken in their bathroom got completely out of hand and *gasp* squeezed the toothpaste from the close end and didn't flatten the tube as he went. It didn't help their moods at all that they missed their alarm (which runs on a special version of a water-clock, using Kool-aid) because they were up late the night before noshing on kabobs and watching Karate Kid researching Japan. (Obviously, our illogical pirates aren't very bright.) As techno-music from Kraftwerk (Kelvin's favorite group) starts to play on the ship's speakers, Kara thinks longingly of her little house on Kingfisher Lane where she likes to play the song Kyrie and sing to it. Off-key. Badly.
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I've been playing the PSP version of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, the unlockable game on Castlevania Chronicles. It's fun, because there are some subtle differences from both the PS1 English version, and the PS1 Japanese version I've played before. I'm balanced between liking both english dubs (the first one for the PS1 was admittedly a bit over-acted, but I like it anyway) and of course, I adore the Japanese vocal track (Ryotaro Okiayu is the best Alucard). They've added Fairy (so there are now two -- Faerie and Fairy) and N. Demon (for Nose Demon) they were in one of the Japanese versions of Castlevania. There are a few other changes to more or less make this version the best intersection of the elements of all the versions from the different game platforms. Castlevania:SOTN is one of my all-time favorite games, and I'm quite pleased with this PSP version.

The second Fairy has this nifty thing she does once she's high enough level -- there are a few places in the game where Alucard can interact with the background elements enough to sit down in a chair. If he sits for long enough, he nods off (little Z's stream from his head -- it's terribly cute!) Also, if he stops for long enough, either of the fairies will alight on his shoulder (it's funny when you move again, as the fairy in question will scream and fall toward the ground before catching herself and starting to fly again). So, if Alucard sits in a chair long enough to fall asleep, and he has Fairy at a high enough level, she sings to him. This happened in one of the Japanese versions of the game.

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--He (or she) is one of a multitude. A friend of mine once described how she envisioned my writing process. There is a vast, circular area surrounded by little rooms, each one of which has a door opening into this central area. Each room is designated for a muse, but they'd rather be milling about in the center, chatting, drinking wine, coffee, or other, and mingling like it's a giant party. She figured this is why I tend to write so many crossovers in my fanfiction. This idea (as does the second one below) does explain my currently rather undisciplined approach to writing, so I call it my Musetorium.

--He (or she) will sit and listen patiently while I explain how I want the story to go (via outline). The more honest ones will pat me on the head halfway through the outline presentation and tell me straight out we aren't doing that. The more violent ones shred my outlines with swords. The more sadistic of my muses will allow me to start writing according to said outline, lull me into complacency that for once I will get to actually write a story according to plan, and then veer off into parts unknown while I scream in frustration.

--He (or she) is in the back of my head much of the time snarking at my own, or other's writing. Since when did my muse(s) decide they were writing critics?

--He is Seto Kaiba. Just sayin'! (He knows I don't like him. He knows that it took his voice actor being an incredibly nice person to make me stop loathing him completely, and develop any sort of tolerance for his mere presence. He knows that Mahaad is my favorite character. He knows that I have zero use for him, zero tolerance for arrogant people, and no interest in his self-importance. He still hangs around and gives me ideas of stories to write for him. Grr!)

--He is Dracula. Just sayin'! #2. (He knows he is the number one evil bad villain who scared the daylights out of me when I was younger, and the only reason I even tolerate vampires now is his incredibly hot, surrepticiously caring, awesome half-human sons D and Alucard. Yet, he has still moved into my Musetorium, coffin and all, and thinks he is the Plot King. Auuuurgh!)

--He is the Magician of Black Chaos. Just sayin'! #3. (He knows what he does to my hormones, and he delights in percolating them even more than he does when he is in his Mahaad or Dark Magician guise. He also knows that Mary Sue stories will never see the light of day, yet he wants me to write them. *headdesk*)
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There was a time when I preferred to listen to music without words. When I was in this phase, I listened to quite a bit of 'New Age' music, specifically that offered by the Narada label, which tended to have more interestingly melodic offerings in their New Acoustic and New Age Fusion collections than the rest of the 'New Age' offerings at that time. My avid interest in RPG video games led me to collect soundtracks of some of my favorite video game music, mostly the music from the Final Fantasy series, Xenogears, Chrono Trigger and other Square/Enix games -- with one notable exception being Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, which is a Konami game. My rekindled interest in anime (because some of Square's games have distinct anime touches to the cut-scenes) brought me to appreciate JRock and JPop music, which has led me back to listening to rock music, complete with lyrics, again.

Ghosty's 'That Modern Rock Show' is helping me to 'catch up' on the music I missed while taking my round-about way here. My favorite band of all is the Eric Stuart Band, but, as there are no tracks available on Project Playlist, they aren't represented in my player below. (Please follow the link in the band name to sample some of their music on their MySpace profile page.)

If you are so inclined, you can find a pretty good representation of the kind of music I like to listen to best in the player linked below.

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Evidently, started by Tex-chan, I discovered it in Crystal's LJ.

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The only thing I have to say about this result, is I've been writing a fair number of fan-fics with Seto Kaiba. I'm thinking that annoying dragon-boy must be rubbing off on me! (This result sure seems more like him, raving psychotic dragon-obsessed loon that he is, than li'l, ol', meek, mild-mannered me! (Of course, Himself and his Bloody Brood like this draconic result, too. Good thing, because I really want to start writing in the VHD fandom again!)
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I just woke up. I'm bleary-eyed and muzzy, with the sort of unsettled feeling that tells me my dreams were anything but sweet and my sleep anything but restful.

Waking up, in the most sing-songy, bratty, resentful sort of mental voice I have, my brain informed me, "Double-parking Teletubbies ate my birthday cake!"

WTF, brain, just WTF.


I really don't want to know.


*is very scared*
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Your Score: Lion Warning Cat

77% Affectionate, 74% Excitable, 28% Hungry

You are the good Samaritan of the lolcat world. Protecting others from danger by shouting observations and guidance in cases of imminent threat, you believe in the well-being of everyone.

To see all possible results, checka dis.

Link: The Which Lolcat Are You? Test written by GumOtaku on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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Sometimes when real life jumps up and smacks you around, you have to step back from the 'virtual life' just to process it all. Real life is finally starting to settle a bit, so here's the update.

My sister gave birth to a healthy, beautiful little girl June 27th. My new niece weighed 8 pounds 9 ounces, and measured 20.5 inches. My sister is doing well, too, no complications from the c-section delivery, despite her very strange blood chemistry.

It was very pleasant to have Dad stay with me this past week. He had come up from Florida to help my sister and brother-in-law with the rest of their children, since my sister was in the hospital for a few days post-delivery, and then there are the frequent well-baby checks the first week.
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He died this morning, at about 12:20, in my arms. It was not a good day for him, and I would give anything to wind time back and be more forceful with the vet on Friday. I suspected Gus wasn't doing too well, and wanted him to stay at the vet's over the weekend (on an i.v. drip since he wasn't eating) but the vet said to take him home -- he was sure Gus would eat.

I would have much prefered to get a call tomorrow, telling me that Gus wasn't doing well (he would have had three days of nutrition I wasn't able to coax into him, so he'd still be alive -- and under the closer, longer observation of the vet, I think Dr. Dan would have a truer idea of Gus' condition) and that now was the time to be kind and let him go gently. It would have been better on Gus, and better on me, too.

As you can expect, I've been a wreck for the past hour -- well more than the wreck I've been all weekend. If I sleep tonight, it's because I cried myself there.

It's all too new for me to process. Gus has been a part of my life for the past seventeen years, and I don't even want to think about coming home to this house knowing that he's not here. I'd love to write a tribute for him, but, it's going to be a while. Right now, I have to somehow figure out how to work around this gaping void where my heart used to be.

Dear, sweet Gussie, please, rest in peace. Just like your predecessor, whose name, in part, you bore, you were a most excellent cat. I'm going to miss you.
kmktr: (Chaos)
So, kmktr, your LiveJournal reveals...

You are... 4% unique (blame, for example, your interest in yu-gi-oh hexors) and 9% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy writing). When it comes to friends you are normal. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are keen to please. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is intellectual.

Your overall weirdness is: 42

(The average level of weirdness is: 27.
You are weirder than 84% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!

Does this mean my weirdness is the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything? *impudent grin*

*Doesn't mind at all being 'herdlike' because of her writing*
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It's the same link as before. It seems as though the culprit is an abortifant/cancer drug/rodenticide (!) that they think may have wound up contaminating a supply of the wheat gluten they use in pet foods.

I'm scanning now to find cat food recipes, because quite frankly, I'm afraid to buy anything from the stores now to feed my cat. (lots of do-able recipes on this one)

I'll keep adding them as I find them!
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It seems there is a serious recall of various 'wet' dog and cat foods manufactured by Menu Foods containing 'cuts and gravy'. These include some national brands (Iams, Eukanuba) and some store brands including Companion and Special Kitty which I know are sold in my market.

They are not quite certain of the actual contamination, but it appears to have caused kidney failure resulting in death in a few cases of cats and dogs so far in the US. Strangely enough the news release says it's not for release over US new services, even though I just found out about it on Channel News 4.

Please, if you have a cat or a dog, and you use either canned or pouch 'wet' food, follow the link to look at the recall list. The start of Gus' kidney disease predates this whole mess (we've been worried about his values for the past several months) but I can assure you that it's not fun at all to have to administer subcutaneous fluids to your pet. Please make certain your cat or dog isn't at risk.
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I just received this in an email and thought I'd share:

Angry squirrel

I never dreamed slowly cruising on my motorcycle through a residential neighborhood could be so incredibly dangerous! Little did I suspect.

I was on Brice Street - a very nice neighborhood with perfect lawns and slow traffic. As I passed an oncoming car, a brown furry missile shot out from under it and tumbled to a stop immediately in front of me.

It was a squirrel, and must have been trying to run across the road when it encountered the car. I really was not going very fast, but there was no time to brake or avoid it -- it was that close. I hate to run over animals, and I really hate it on a motorcycle, but a squirrel should pose no danger to me.

I barely had time to brace for the impact. Animal lovers, never fear. Squirrels, I discovered, can take care of themselves!

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I had been getting upward of one hundred bulk/junk emails a day in my email box about a month ago. As has happened in the past, Yahoo tightened their filters (I assume) and it dropped to nothing. Now, I'm getting a trickle, about twenty a day.

I've been getting reply notices from LJ, new message alerts from MySpace, review and update alerts from and the like, so I didn't realize that Yahoo was killing some of my non-bulk mail until both Naomi and Tex-chan let me know they're getting emails they sent to me bounced back to them. Evidently, even Rubberslug feedback isn't working, as one of Tex-chan's bounced.

If I haven't replied to an email you sent, it's not that I don't want to. It's that I never received it. I was wondering what I had done wrong that no one wants to talk to me anymore. *nervous laugh*

If you've sent an email that I haven't replied to, please understand I'm not ignoring you. I'm not getting them. Please, post here if this has happened so that I can see about reconnecting with you. I'd hate to lose any of my friends because of the shortcomings of technology.
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