February 28, 2006

Slings & Arrows List

New email list for the show Slings & Arrows, starring Paul Gross, can be found here.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:37 AM

February 27, 2006

Late Monday

Terribly busy and stressful day at work. The aftermath of last week. Add to that, prepping for end of month closing. Stress by the bushel load. Came home. ate a little, a few glasses of wine, half watching STNG on the DVR and finishing up my latest fic. Hopefully will get it posted over the next few days. Will watch 24 in a bit, and then read a bit more of Sharpe's Trafalger, then sleepy time!

Posted by Ithildin at 8:53 PM

February 25, 2006

Battlestar Last Night

Whoa! Now if that didn't turn everything on its ear. What a kick ass episode.

Thoughts? Care to share?

Posted by Ithildin at 2:18 PM | Comments (5)

February 24, 2006

Now That's A Compliment

I finally got a review on one of the stories I put up on fanfiction.net:

I liked it. LC's not my favorite character but I like the backstory you made for him. I may just hate him a little less now.

Nice to find someone liked your story even though they hate the character!

Posted by Ithildin at 2:19 PM

A Little Friday Girly Posting

I must have these -- perfect for my colouring, and I adore purples and fuchsias.



Both from my favourite makeup company, Smashbox.

And thanks to the lovely Rue, I'll soon have some new scents to try. She's the best! [smooches]

Told you it was going to be a girly post!

Posted by Ithildin at 11:54 AM | Comments (4)

February 23, 2006

Who's What?!?

Now I've seen everything: The William Shatner DVD Club.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:39 PM | Comments (2)

Slings & Arrows

Forgot to mention a gem of a TV discovery. A Canadian show called Slings & Arrows, that airs here on Sundance Channel, and I believe on Showcase in Canada. I wanted to see it after reading thisand this, and discovering it starred Paul Gross. Highly reccomended! Nin and I both loved it.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:23 AM | Comments (1)

Grrr! Argh!

I've had it.

Third day virtually alone in the office, so busy everyone's falling behind, so since I'm the only one here, who do you think is bearing the brunt of the nastiness? No lunch breaks, no break of any kind, even getting to the bathroom requires planning. Yesterday, I stood alone in the middle of my office and cursed out loud. I want it to be Friday 5pm so bad I can't begin to tell you. Today's the day I may snap at someone.

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February 22, 2006

'Monty Python’s Personal Best'

Monty Python’s Personal Best,” a series of six outrageous one-hour specials showcasing the groundbreaking comedians with new footage and original clips, will premiere on PBS February 22, 2006.

Each episode will include members of the original Monty Python troupe performing in favorite clips from their unorthodox television series, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” repurposed with exclusive new material. Each of the five living Pythons — John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin — produced and wrote his own episode, and collaborated to create the sixth special in honor of deceased member Graham Chapman. The episodes will air over a three week period in two-hour blocks on PBS on February 22, March 1 and March 8.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:19 PM | Comments (2)

'That's Why They Call it "Fur"niture'

Your giggle for the day.

(and boy did I need it) (all alone in the office for the second day in a row) (just verbally cursed out someone who shall remain nameless since there's no one here to hear me)

Posted by Ithildin at 2:41 PM | Comments (3)

While I Was Out

Deb and Jay welcomed a new arrival into the world!

A Cotillion danced through.

A Standard was raised.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:08 AM

February 20, 2006


I've had a cold all weekend, and today I'm all muzzy from too much Benadryl. And my head hurts. We had company this weekend, and we basically just watched all my Sharpe DVDs. They got hooked on the first one and wanted to them all.

Remember, House is on tonight this week instead of Tuesday.

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February 17, 2006

Olympic Ice

If you like figure skating, you realy should check out Olympic Ice on USA every afternoon. First off, it's a lot of fun -- nice mix of pro skaters talking about Olympic figure skating events and humour. And then, you can watch it the next day and only see the skating from the night before, and not have to try and watch it with all the interuptions and ads.

Good stuff!

(And it has Scott Hamilton!)

Posted by Ithildin at 5:56 PM

Gathering 2006 Early Admission

Since there seems to be a lot of advance interest for the Gathering 2006, you can sign yourself up early by either using this email address -- TartanBlogs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com -- or following this link. This is an announcement list only, I swear to god. You will only get emails from me with related Gathering information. For example, last April I sent a total of 6 emails to the list. That was it. Honest. If you're totally Yahoo phobic, then send me an email and I'll do all the work of subbing you. My email is edithna AT yahoo (.) com

Posted by Ithildin at 12:17 PM | Comments (1)

A Genuine Authour

Fellow Cotillion member Holly has written a book titled "From Here To There":

This book is a non-fiction book, and I very much hope that it will inspire and encourage its readers to support our troops on an individual and personal level. The name of the book is From Here To There and is a collection of true short stories from my personal experiences supporting our troops as a Soldiers Angel, and also includes letters from our troops as well.
Posted by Ithildin at 9:47 AM

February 16, 2006

Cracker Jack

No, not Cracker Jacks of [insert your religous figure here], but another Cracker Jack article by Jane at Armies of Liberation: Al-Qaeda Escape in Yemen: Facts, Theories and Rumors

Posted by Ithildin at 5:46 PM | Comments (1)

Is It Odd To Anyone Else?

The same people who riot over cartoons about their prophet use his name in a snackfood? I can't quite imagine buying Pop Tarts of Jesus in Safeway, but that's just me.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:51 PM | Comments (2)

Reciprocal Beneficiaries

I really like the idea of this. Remember a few weeks ago, I posted about the university that wanted a written statement that same sex couples were actually having sex before they would give them benefits? That bugged me. Here in CA, a similar legal statement is required. If we're going to offer benefits to same sex couples, and cohabitating aka 'shacking up' heterosexual couples, then any two people should have that same option. The fact that Nin and I aren't lesbians disqualifies us, despite the fact we function as a couple in every other way, just annoys me no end.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:40 AM | Comments (6)

Meeces Update

I thought I'd give you all an update on my little mouse pal at the office. Every few days, he'd go rooting around in my trash can, and this morning, I was able to cover it so he couldn't jump out. I took him out to the front yard, and left the trash bag. Little guy must have been terrified, because he didn't come out for nearly two hours. He's now out of the bag, and I left him a little stash of nuts to get him started in his new home.

I'm gonna miss the little fella [sniff]

Posted by Ithildin at 10:12 AM | Comments (3)

Number One

I'm number one -- no kidding -- for a very specific search: Blogs That List Upton Tea & Absinthe. Makes you wonder why someone would be looking for that.

Posted by Ithildin at 8:35 AM | Comments (1)

February 15, 2006

Not In Kansas Any More

Tonight's Lost -- Henry Gale and a balloon crashing in an odd place.

Wizard of Oz, Dorothy's uncle, and the hot air balloon that figured in getting to Oz in one story.

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Gathering of the Blogs 2006


The third annual, no less! Yes, I will be organizing a Tartan Day, Gathering of the Blogs again this year. Just make a note of it if you think you might want to participate. More announcements to follow as we get a little closer to April.

You can see a blogroll of the participants last year on my sidebar.

In other news, there's an official website for Tartan Day this year that you may want to check out.

2.17.06 Update: Since there seems to be a lot of advance interest, you can sign yourself up early by either using this email address -- TartanBlogs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com -- or following this link. This is an announcement list only, I swear to god. You will only get emails from me with related Gathering information. For example, last April I sent a total of 6 emails to the list. That was it. Honest. If you're totally Yahoo phobic, then send me an email and I'll do all the work of subbing you. My email is edithna AT yahoo (.) com

Posted by Ithildin at 12:03 PM | Comments (5)

More Of Those Iranian Emails

So I've started getting several a week again. The last two are titled: tanha rahe nejate iran, and they both have an attachment of a letter in Farsi.

The first one starts with "payame sazmane alame hagh va edalat be raahbarie Yeganeh nejat dahandeye mellate iran AghA Pro. Dr. Ebrahim Mirzaii raahbar", and the second says "organization of "alam-e-hagh-va-edalat" has shortage of facilities and lack of time because of iranian cruel goverment of "mollahs" . so we are not able to translate this letter . please translate it to english with your facilities."

I really wish I knew what these were about. Of course, it may just be the Iranian version of, "Dear friend, my name is George and I have put 120 million U.S. dollars in an African bank." !

I'll put the attachment down in the extended entry.

Update Thursday: Thanks to reader Jim and a friend of his, I now have an answer:

That guy claims he is the savior of Iran and he claims he is the 12th Imam of the shiite sect of Islam

Nothing serious but funny and for laugh indeed.

Mystery solved! Thanks, guys!


(click for full size)

Posted by Ithildin at 10:51 AM

Ancient Cave Art Full of Teenage Graffiti

I find this amusing. Yet another example of historically significant graffiti. I've seen the Viking graffiti here at Maeshowe -- something the site is famous for, in addition to the Neolithic cairn itself (I have this rune as a pair of earrings). And then there's the 19th century graffiti in Sedona at their petroglyph site.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:44 AM

February 14, 2006


Tonight's episode of House M.D.:

When a young man comes into the hospital severely burned and has unusual blood-test results, House and his team have a difficult challenge.

Cast: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer, Christopher Cousins, Lisa Darr, James Immekus, Dan Butler, Stephanie Venditto, Michael Merton, Judy Louise Johnson, Dorothea Harahan , Kristen Pate .

House Email List

House Fanfiction

Posted by Ithildin at 4:50 PM | Comments (4)

And What Would The Day Be...

... without a heartfelt sentiment expressed in a pink and red heart shaped card covered in lace and ribbon?

Posted by Ithildin at 3:20 PM | Comments (2)

A Romantic Dinner For Two

Make something special for Valentine's dinner for your sweetie tonight. How about a nice dish of vegetarian lasagna?

Invite a vegetarian over for tea. Politely inquire about his degenerate lifestyle in order to lull him into a false sense of security. When he lowers his guard, beat him to death with a sack of phone books.

Cook vegetarian over medium heat until brown. Remove from heat and stir in pasta sauce, onion, garlic powder, basil, and oregano. Return to low heat to simmer. Cook, drain, and rinse noodles. In a baking dish, layer in noodles, sauce, and cheese. Bake covered with foil at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until top layer of cheese is bubbling. Let cool for 10 minutes, then serve and enjoy.

Afterward, discreetly dispose of the vegetarian's belongings and wipe down the house from top to bottom.

Or she might prefer some nice Tribble Nuggets. It's up to you. For this recipe and many more Klingon delicacies wander over here.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:11 PM

Be My Bloggy Valentine

You know I don't do Valentine's Day, but I was inspired by this, so I thought I'd send a Valentine to some of my fave blog guys who have been amazing friends to me over the last year :)


This is for Jay, LW, Peter Sean, Russ, & Dave J.. Thanks for the emails, the help, and for just being there.

And best wishes of the day to all my other favourite bloggers, both male, female, and other. And to all my wonderful commenters as well.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:42 AM | Comments (3)

Behold My Misery

This is the current tree pollen chart. It's supposed to peak at the end of January, but oh no! Not this year. Blasted Cypress, Cedar, and Monterey Pine.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:00 AM | Comments (2)

Dance Card

The latest Cotillion is up and ready for your dancing pleasure.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:51 AM

February 13, 2006

Sorry For The Lack of Bloggage

Monday's are always the worst for me when it comes to blogging.

Boss and Sales Guy are out of town, we're busy, and the cypress tree pollen continues to kill me. Currently am enjoying a nice glass of red wine and watching Olympic Ice I recorded off of USA earlier. Scotty Hamilton -- my guy! -- is a co-host, and this makes me happy. It'll be on every day of the Olympics and is devoted totally to figure skating! Gettting ready to start the bruschetta for dinner. MMMMMM!! Last night we treated ourselves to a selection of cheeses from Whole Paycheck, err, Foods, for dinner, along with a couple of La Brea Bakery sourdough baguettes.

Later, Pairs long program (yes, I'm unspoiled as to who won) and 24!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:49 PM

February 11, 2006

Interlude: Forgiveness

My newest story is up on the archive. Something of a vignette this time around.

This one is more Forever Knight than Highlander, but the next one will be Methos centric.

Posted by Ithildin at 8:25 PM

February 10, 2006


I'd put one story up there a few years back, and decided today to put a few more selections up to give my stories a little more exposure. If you've read my fic, and you've enjoyed it, feel free to leave a comment/review. I'll feel less pathetic that way -- j/k!

Posted by Ithildin at 9:43 PM | Comments (2)

Olympics with a DVR

The only way to watch!

I never really watch the summer games -- other than gymnastics -- but I'm quite fond of the winter games. I guess I'm more of a snow girl than a sandy beach one :)

Posted by Ithildin at 8:21 PM | Comments (1)

'Losing Civilization'

Today's piece by Victor Davis Hanson is excellent.

.... Second, we, not the Islamists, are secure; our dependency on oil has masked a greater reality: that the Muslim Middle East, as in the days of the Ottomans, is parasitic on the West for advancements of all sorts, from heart surgery to computers. Most of the hatred expressed over the cartoons was beamed on television, through the Internet, or communicated over cell phones that would not exist in Pakistan, Syria, or Iran without imported technology.

The Islamists are also sad bullies, who hunt out causes for offense in the most obscure places, but would recoil at the first sign of Western defiance. Turkey may say little to the Islamists now, but they would say lots if the European Union decided to pass on its inclusion into the union. Local imams sound fiery, but if the West is too debauched a place for any pure Muslim to endure, why then do they not lead, Moses-like, an exodus of the devout away from the rising flood of decadence, and back to the paradise of a purer Syria or Algeria?


The deluded here might believe that the divide is a moral one, between a supposedly decadent secular West and a pious Middle East, rather than an existential one that is fueled by envy, jealousy, self-pity, and victimization. But to believe the cartoons represent the genuine anguish of an aggrieved puritanical society tainted by Western decadence, one would have to ignore that Turkey is the global nexus for the sex-slave market, that Afghanistan is the world's opium farm, that the Saudi Royals have redefined casino junketeering, and that the repository of Hitlerian imagery is in the West Bank and Iran.

The entire controversy over the cartoons is ludicrous, but often in history the trivial and ludicrous can wake a people up before the significant and tragic follow.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:00 PM | Comments (2)

Want To Go Home

I either have a cold, or my allergies are really bad today. Finally had to take a benadryl, so now I'm miserable and sleepy. Horrible pressure against my eyes. And it's only 10:30am.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:24 AM | Comments (1)

February 9, 2006

Random 'Lost' Thoughts

A few weeks back, when the Others had the standoff with our heros, I thought of how much the head bad guy reminded me of Sawyer. Then there's the modern washer and dryer in the hatch, and last night, a radio station playing Glenn Miller. What if the some of the Others are some of the survivors of our group? What if the survivors from the Black Rock slave ship have only been on the island for a dozen years instead of their possible descendants being there for centuries?

Time travel? A tear in the space time continuum?


Posted by Ithildin at 11:28 AM | Comments (4)

To Go, Or To Hunker Down

One of my favourite groups, Tempest, is playing in town on Saturday night. Which is kewl, since I've gone from seeing them several times a year in the past, to having not seen them even once now in quite a few years. But there's a problem. This weekend is also AT&T week, and I make it a policy to not venture from my home over the tournament because the entire Peninsula becomes a freakin' zoo! And downtown will be the zoo and a circus combined. So, is the lure of Tempest enough to draw me from my lair and brave the crowds of manic golf fans/celeb seekers? Not sure if it is.

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February 8, 2006

30 Sec. Movie Review: Mr & Mrs. Smith

Well there's two hours of my life I'm never getting back.

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February 7, 2006

Houseified Comic

If you're a fan of House, you'll like this comic.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:23 PM


I've been trying to figure out why 'Ivan Erwich', the bad guy on 24 this season looked so familiar. He's Badger from Firefly aka Mark Sheppard!! Now I can rest peacfully!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:18 PM | Comments (3)

Scientist predicts 'mini Ice Age'

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A Russian astronomer has predicted that Earth will experience a "mini Ice Age" in the middle of this century, caused by low solar activity.

Khabibullo Abdusamatov of the Pulkovo Astronomic Observatory in St. Petersburg said Monday that temperatures will begin falling six or seven years from now, when global warming caused by increased solar activity in the 20th century reaches its peak, RIA Novosti reported.

The coldest period will occur 15 to 20 years after a major solar output decline between 2035 and 2045, Abdusamatov said.

Dramatic changes in the earth's surface temperatures are an ordinary phenomenon, not an anomaly, he said, and result from variations in the sun's energy output and ultraviolet radiation.

The Northern Hemisphere's most recent cool-down period occurred between 1645 and 1705. The resulting period, known as the Little Ice Age, left canals in the Netherlands frozen solid and forced people in Greenland to abandon their houses to glaciers, the scientist said.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:11 PM | Comments (4)

Don't Worry, Be Bloggy!

Unhappy? Then it's time to begin a blog

Revealing your innermost feelings on the internet is good for you, psychologists said today.

A study of the phenomenon of blogs - or online diaries - found people writing them feel happier and more organised.

"Feeling that you have a forum for expressing yourself can make a huge difference to your psychological well-being," said psychologist Honey Langcaster-James, a Big Brother analyst.

"It can really help people organise their thoughts by talking about their day and give them a place to let off steam."

The study found that 85 per cent of people writing a blog did it to express their inner thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental environment.

Via The Corner

Posted by Ithildin at 12:10 PM

'Need To Know'

After an interminable break, House M.D. (starring Hugh Laurie) is back on tonight!


House email list

House fanfiction

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February 6, 2006

Muppets Do Serenity

Right here.

Via CB

'They're sending us free lumber!'

Posted by Ithildin at 1:20 PM | Comments (1)

A Death In The Family

Best friend TamTam, who comments here as EvilT, lost her mom very unexpectedly yesterday. It's been quite a shock, especially coming not very long after Tammy lost her dad. If you would, please keep Tammy in your prayers. The next few months are going to be very hard for her.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:37 AM | Comments (1)

Tolerance -- What A Joke!

I'm on a TV related email list, one that I've been on for nearly ten years now. Well, the moderator has vanished and now it's become a free for all. They have a thread going on 'tolerance' and as you might imagine, it's anything but. The loving tolerant left is having a field day bashing Christians and mourning the 'day democracy died' in 2000. They spend their days patting themselves on the back for their tolerance, but they certainly don't practice it. No, I'm not surprised by how they behave, I'm well used to such antics. But it is disheartening when people can work up so much venom against us 'evil Christians' when Islamofascists are burning down Danish embassies over cartoons. Talk about a lack of perspective..

Posted by Ithildin at 10:06 AM | Comments (2)

Standard Raised

the 36th edition of the Red Ensign Standard can be found here.

Posted by Ithildin at 8:42 AM

February 5, 2006

A View From the Storm

My latest fic can be found here.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:58 PM

February 4, 2006

Greek Shipwreck from 350 BC Revealed

The remains of an ancient Greek cargo ship that sank more than 2,300 years ago have been uncovered with a deep-sea robot, archaeologists announced today.

The article can be found here.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:12 PM

February 3, 2006

Everything Old Is New Again

I've been watching General Hospital since the early 80s. I tape it every day and watch it when I get home. But for a while now, it's been more habit than anything, with lots of fast forwarding. Too much Carly -- BLEAH -- too much mob stuff, no characters I care that much about. But! that's all changed. First they brought back Rick Springfield and Kimberly McCollough, and now, my all time favourtie GH star is back -- Tristan Rogers! Emma Samms is following, and rumour has it, Finola Hughes as well. It's so nice that my old favourite has got some electricity back!

And for lots of good GH discussion, check out Captain Anne's GH blog.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:41 PM | Comments (4)

Why Do We Still Watch Survivor?

Some thoughts from various TV related folk here.

Posted by Ithildin at 12:25 PM | Comments (3)

Let Me Hibernate!

Your Five Factor Personality Profile

You have medium extroversion.
You're not the life of the party, but you do show up for the party.
Sometimes you are full of energy and open to new social experiences.
But you also need to hibernate and enjoy your "down time."


You have high conscientiousness.
Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.
Most things in your life are organized and planned well.
But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.


You have medium agreeableness.
You're generally a friendly and trusting person.
But you also have a healthy dose of cynicism.
You get along well with others, as long as they play fair.


You have medium neuroticism.
You're generally cool and collected, but sometimes you do panic.
Little worries or problems can consume you, draining your energy.
Your life is pretty smooth, but there's a few emotional bumps you'd like to get rid of.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is medium.
You are generally broad minded when it come to new things.
But if something crosses a moral line, there's no way you'll approve of it.
You are suspicious of anything too wacky, though you do still consider creativity a virtue.

The Five Factor Personality Test

Via CTG (Who I'm practically a twin of) and Deb

Posted by Ithildin at 11:06 AM


If one person asks me what my plans are for the Superbowl, I shall most certainly scream. Plans? Like it's Christmas, or my birthday! It's not, it's a football game! Why would you think I have 'plans'? Geez! Not only do I not have 'plans', I'm not even watching it. [stomps off]

Now I've got that out of my system!

Posted by Ithildin at 9:14 AM | Comments (14)

February 2, 2006

Odd Desires!

Number One on Google UK for same.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:21 AM | Comments (1)

Is The Internet Broken Today?

Having a heck of a time with slow loading sites, or sites not loading at all. Including my Yahoo email account.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:25 AM | Comments (4)

Groundhog Day

Am I the only one who has never seen the movie?

Posted by Ithildin at 9:59 AM | Comments (10)

February 1, 2006

My Jumble


Seen at Ilyka's. Make yours here.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:42 PM | Comments (3)

Those Diabolical Straussians

Via the Corner, this article on the cabal intent on taking over Canada.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:42 AM | Comments (1)

They Are Out There!

So this time, for Shattered, I've been getting feedback from the lists I've posted it too! After the near silence when I posted Fathers Christmas, I was beginning to think Forever Knight and Highlander fanfic fandom was dead. Granted, I write xovers, and not featuring the 'stars' Nick Knight, and Duncan MacLeod, but LaCroix and Methos instead, (though Nick actually was pivotal in this last fic, which is quite unusual for me) so that narrows my potential audience even more. I just can't seem to get into wrting fic in 'live' fandoms. Imagine if I wrote Harry Potter fic or Lost. If I were to do anything 'live' it would probably be House, but what I know about wrting a medical based story is zilch, so probably not going to happen. I have thought of posting the future stories with Picard on a Star Trek fic list, but haven't so far.

Anywho, It's just nice to know that there really are people reading -- certainly helps with the motivation to finish the stories I have in progress. Now if I could just finish "Now We Are Met Again". It's the third part of the trilogy I started several years ago, and I have about seven pages so far. Jack Sparrow walked into it, but I keep mentally revising the 'adventure'. I just need to pick something and stick to it!

Posted by Ithildin at 9:33 AM