September 29, 2006

Feel the Excitement!

Yes, it's another pointless update. No change from last time, but figured I should at least check in, let you know I'm still alive. Still don't know if I can go on vacation, and it's only seven days away. Stress aplenty around my house right now.

I did start a Grey's Anatomy email list last week, so if you're a fan, check it out. It's a sister list to my House M.D. list, and I decided there was enough OT GA posts there that we needed our own list.

As always, email me if you like until comments are fixed.

Everyone have a great weekend.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:38 AM

September 20, 2006

Checking In

I hadn't really realized how long it had been since I'd posted here. It just seems odd to post when people can't comment. Sounds weird, but that's how I feel :) Once the comments are working again, I'll be posting more, honest!

So Grey's Anatomy starts tomorrow! Yay!

House has been awesome so far this season.

I have half a dozen stories in progress, plus one more I just added for a Halloween challenge.

May not be going on vacation since my truck won't pass smog, and repairs are eating away at my vacation savings. Hopefully will know by tomorrow if I'm going or not.

That's the quick roundup.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:07 PM

September 11, 2006

September 11, 2001

A photo essay.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:00 AM

September 10, 2006

Old

After our 100 mile blow out the catalytic converter drive yesterday, we had dinner at Black Bear Diner, and were seated next to their banquet room. There was a six year old's birthday party in progress there with about 40 kids, gift bags, balloons, sundae bar, cake, and god knows what else. I had just finished telling Nin that when I was that age, I considered myself lucky to have a birthday cake and was floored at the productions children's parties have become. I have coworkers who rent out entire parks for their two year old's birthday party! Anyway, had just finished telling this to Nin when our waiter comes over and says, "and what was your 6th birthday party like?". We all laughed. Well, none of my birthdays, even as an adult, were ever catered at a restaurant! Seems like parents are competing with other parents to have a better birthday party than Jose's or Susie's. At least that's the vibe when you hear them talking about it. Beats me. I will be forever baffled.

You know you're getting old when when you are even comparing birthday parties to 'in my day' [g]

Oh, and I've decided I want to have a birthday party at Disneyland complete with Princesses, since I was obviously deprived of a proper birthday party as a child. Maybe it will heal the deep seated trauma that was caused by not having a catered party with forty of my closest friends. (though I'd prefer a Princes version! [ahem])

(FYI: still have broken comments, so email me if you so desire)

Posted by Ithildin at 1:46 PM

September 8, 2006

Climate Change Rocked Cradles of Civilization

Severe climate change was the primary driver in the development of civilisation, according to new research by the University of East Anglia.

The early civilisations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, South Asia, China and northern South America were founded between 6000 and 4000 years ago when global climate changes, driven by natural fluctuations in the Earth's orbit, caused a weakening of monsoon systems resulting in increasingly arid conditions. These first large urban, state-level societies emerged because diminishing resources forced previously transient people into close proximity in areas where water, pasture and productive land was still available.

In a presentation to the BA Festival of Science on September 7, Dr. Nick Brooks will challenge existing views of how and why civilisation arose. He will argue that the earliest civilisations developed largely as a by-product of adaptation to climate change and were the products of hostile environments.

"Civilisation did not arise as the result of a benign environment which allowed humanity to indulge a preference for living in complex, urban, 'civilized' societies," said Dr. Brooks.

"On the contrary, what we tend to think of today as 'civilisation' was in large part an accidental by-product of unplanned adaptation to catastrophic climate change. Civilisation was a last resort - a means of organising society and food production and distribution, in the face of deteriorating environmental conditions."

The rest here.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:12 PM

September 7, 2006

I'm Reminded

Robert reminds us that today is the birthday of Elizabeth I. She's long been a personal heroine of mine, and if I could meet one historical figure, she would be it. What a remarkable woman, and Queen, she was.

I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and a king of England too; and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm. - Elizabeth (speech to her soldiers at Tilbury, on the approach of the Spanish Armada, July 1588)

(still no working comments, so (edithnaATyahoo.com) email is it right now)

Posted by Ithildin at 11:26 AM

September 5, 2006

House Season Three

Season three starts tonight! And FYI, it's airing an hour earlier than usual for the next few weeks.

House Email - Mailing List

House Fan Fiction List

Posted by Ithildin at 11:57 AM

September 4, 2006

Hey

Hope everyone is having a good weekend! Just wanted to check in, let you know I'm still around. Comments are still not working, so email is your contact option right now. I did put up a new story a bit ago, it's a 'postscript' to Takasago's Pines and it can be found here.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:50 AM

September 1, 2006

Apologies

Sorry, folks, I haven't yet been able to get comments working. This may take the intervention of the folks at SixApart to resolve.

Posted by Russ at 12:29 PM