March 31, 2006

In Sympathy

Please keep Jen and Beau in your prayers.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:33 PM | Comments (1)

Farewell Black Watch

Emotional farewell to The Black Watch

Emotions ran high at a ceremony in Perth today, held to bid farewell to the historic Black Watch regiment, writes Dave Lord.

Proud veterans, local politicians and Fair City residents were all on hand to pay tribute to the world-famous regiment, which is now part of the Royal Regiment of Scotland (RRS).

The merger may have caused massive divisions, but locals stood united at a service to mark 266 years of distinguished service.

Held at Balhousie Castle, the regiment’s HQ, the sombre ceremony included a short service of commemoration and speeches by dignitaries and members of the Scottish Parliament.

Amid emotionally-charged scenes, The Black Watch was described as “one of the best fighting units in the world today”.

A strong sense of pride was clear for all to see, with politicians insisting The Black Watch must never be regarded as a “relic of the past”.

In fact, some spoke of their continued opposition to the merger of Scotland’s regiments and insisted they would fight for a reversal of the controversial decision.

The rest here.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:21 AM | Comments (2)

March 30, 2006

I'm Not Poetry Gal...

... but I love this idea.

Reminds me of my childhood favourite:

Your eyes are like pools... cess pools

Your teeth are like stars ... they come out at night.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:23 PM

Odd, But Fairly Right On

I was up for an odd test, so thanks to CTG for this one.

the Perfectionist
Test finished!
you chose CZ - your Enneagram type is ONE.

"I do everything the right way"

Perfectionists are realistic, conscientious, and principled. They strive
to live up to their high ideals.

How to Get Along with Me

  • Take your share of the responsibility so I don't end up with all the work.
  • Acknowledge my achievements.
  • I'm hard on myself. Reassure me that I'm fine the way I am.
  • Tell me that you value my advice.
  • Be fair and considerate, as I am.
  • Apologize if you have been unthoughtful. It will help me to forgive.
  • Gently encourage me to lighten up and to laugh at myself when I get
    uptight, but hear my worries first.

What I Like About Being a One

  • being self-disciplined and able to accomplish a great deal
  • working hard to make the world a better place
  • having high standards and ethics; not compromising myself
  • being reasonable, responsible, and dedicated in everything I do
  • being able to put facts together, coming to good understandings, and
    figuring out wise solutions
  • being the best I can be and bringing out the best in other people

What's Hard About Being a One

  • being disappointed with myself or others when my expectations are not met
  • feeling burdened by too much responsibility
  • thinking that what I do is never good enough
  • not being appreciated for what I do for people
  • being upset because others aren't trying as hard as I am
  • obsessing about what I did or what I should do
  • being tense, anxious, and taking things too seriously

Ones as Children Often

  • criticize themselves in anticipation of criticism from others
  • refrain from doing things that they think might not come out perfect
  • focus on living up to the expectations of their parents and teachers
  • are very responsible; may assume the role of parent
  • hold back negative emotions ("good children aren't angry")

Ones as Parents

  • teach their children responsibility and strong moral values
  • are consistent and fair
  • discipline firmly

Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele

The Enneagram Made Easy

Discover the 9 Types of People

HarperSanFrancisco, 1994, 161 pages

You liked the test? so please RATE it...

but remember! it had only two questions!!! ;-)

You are not completely happy with the result?!

You chose CZ

Would you rather have chosen:

  • AZ (THREE)
  • BZ (FIVE)
  • CX (TWO)
  • CY (SIX)

  • My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
    free online datingfree online dating
    You scored higher than 0% on ABC
    free online datingfree online dating
    You scored higher than 0% on XYZ
    Link: The Quick and Painless ENNEAGRAM Test written by felk on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

    Posted by Ithildin at 12:46 PM

    Someone Talk To Me!

    Where has everyone gone? It just seems so quiet out in the ether these days, both here and in email. I'm beginning to feel internet lonliness :)

    Posted by Ithildin at 9:16 AM | Comments (9)

    March 29, 2006

    Remind Me...

    ...never to post anything Harry Potter related again. I've gotten something like 600 referrals from something called 'metafilter' all becuase if that '50 Rules for Hogwarts' email forward from last week. Geez! Normally, I'm the last person to get a popular forward, but this time I guess I must have gotten in at the beginning!

    Resolved: no more Harry Potter posts.

    Off to make sure my bandwidth hasn't been wiped put by this.

    Posted by Ithildin at 6:41 PM

    Gathering 2006

    Just a reminder of the impending Gathering of the Blogs 2006

    All the info is here.

    Posted by Ithildin at 6:33 PM

    Peep Protest

    Peeps replace bunny at St. Paul City Hall

    Posted by Ithildin at 9:09 AM

    It's A Hit

    Geez, is my new haircut popular with the guys at work! Three days later, and I'm getting repeat compliments.

    Posted by Ithildin at 9:05 AM | Comments (7)

    March 28, 2006


    The Hillbilly Ecosystem

    Posted by Ithildin at 3:24 PM | Comments (2)


    Normally, I'd leave this post to others who cover the kookiness that is Tom Cruise so much better. But I just had to share this one! I mean, come on!

    TOM Cruise’s pregnant fiancée Katie Holmes will be reminded to keep her vow of silence during birth — by signs plastered around their home.

    The couple — following the Scientology tradition of a silent birth — had the posters delivered to their Beverly Hills mansion.

    The 6ft placards will be placed so Katie can see them in labour.

    One reads: “Be silent and make all physical movements slow and understandable.”

    Dawson’s Creek actress Katie, 26, must “keep mum” and will not even be allowed painkillers when she has the couple’s first child due any day.

    If you want more, here's the rest.

    Posted by Ithildin at 3:14 PM | Comments (4)

    Be Radio Shack

    Cus I need answers :)

    A few details I need for the Grey's/Methos fic I'm working on, and hoping one of my fine readers will know. Seven year intern program... is that just being an intern, or does that also include residency? Either/or what segment of time is that?

    I'm trying to work out a timeline for placing flashbacks.

    Thank you kindly in advance :)

    Posted by Ithildin at 8:33 AM | Comments (2)

    March 27, 2006

    As Someone Who Loves to Dance

    Gene Polymorphisms Are Associated with Creative Dance Performance

    Posted by Ithildin at 7:04 PM | Comments (1)

    Hair & Stuff

    Nin and I got our hair cut on Saturday and our stylist kept the shop open just for us. She's been doing my hair for nearly twenty years, and over the years she's become very much in demand, so it's hard to get an appointment with her. So when her assistant told her I was asking about an appointment for Saturday, she just went ahead and took us after the shop closed. How cool is that? So it was fun with just the three of us. We chatted and gossiped and had a great couple of hours.

    As for the rest of the weekend, not much to report. I cleaned a bit, I worked on my Grey's Anatomy/Methos fic, we watched first season Grey's DVDs, and then watched the second season ender of Slings & Arrows.

    Posted by Ithildin at 9:33 AM

    March 26, 2006

    Don't Ask

    Guess who's writing a Grey's Anatomy/Highlander crossover? Yeah, that would be me. Another of my dream stories pestering to be written.

    Posted by Ithildin at 10:14 PM | Comments (2)

    March 25, 2006


    You have to go look at this. Funniest thing I've seen in a month of Sundays.

    And if it is Sunday when you're reading this post, I think the link should be this.

    Thanks to Laughing Wolf for the link in my email this morning! You're a doll.

    Posted by Ithildin at 1:26 PM | Comments (4)

    March 24, 2006

    Vermilion Sea

    I decided to create a Live Journal as another venue for my fic. You can find it here. So if you do the LJ thing, add me to your list!

    Why Vermilion Sea? It's one of the geographical place names in my fic.

    Posted by Ithildin at 10:51 PM | Comments (2)


    I didn't know there was a Carnival of Bauer! I would have submitted my Lynnwise post from last week.

    Posted by Ithildin at 12:59 PM | Comments (2)

    Bulgaria to Let U.S. Use Military Bases

    Bulgaria will allow the United States to use several military bases in the country, giving American forces a jumping-off point closer to potential hotspots in the Middle East, officials said Friday.

    The rest here.

    Posted by Ithildin at 12:50 PM

    Keeping The Brown Coat

    Firefly/Serenity star Nathan Fillion told SCI FI Wire that he's not ready to hang up Capt. Mal Reynolds' brown coat and that he doesn't mind if he's speaking at conventions 20 years from now. "Did you ever see Galaxy Quest?" Fillion said. "When Tim Allen comes out and he cheers, well, that's going to be me when I'm 60. I'll be this fat and balding guy who's trying to squeeze into his outfit and wears suspenders."

    The Canada native said not a day goes by without someone coming up to him to talk about the canceled series or the feature film. "It makes me feel really good when they say they like what we did and are appreciative of your work," Fillion said. He is now telling fans about his upcoming horror comedy SF movie Slither, which comes out March 31, a few days after his 35th birthday on March 27.

    More here.

    Posted by Ithildin at 11:54 AM

    It's Not Like We Don't Know How It Ends

    George Lucas' longtime producing partner Rick McCallum told the BBC that a proposed Star Wars TV series will run for at least 100 episodes.


    The series will be set between Episode III and IV of the film saga and will cover the 20 years in the life of Luke Skywalker growing up. McCallum said there would be "a whole bunch of new characters" and the series would be "much more dramatic and darker."

    Why set it between III & IV? I'd much rather a series set after Jedi, even if it's about Han, Leia, Luke's kids or grandkinds. But that's just me.

    Via SciFi Wire

    Posted by Ithildin at 11:48 AM | Comments (1)

    It's Friday...

    and I got nothing.

    I've hardly watched any TV, I haven't really written anything, I'm just a blob.

    Posted by Ithildin at 11:24 AM | Comments (3)

    March 23, 2006


    The obligation of unwanted fatherhood

    If you're going to engage in adult activities, then you need to accept responsibility for adult consequences.

    Posted by Ithildin at 9:45 AM | Comments (5)

    Blog Rec

    If you've never visited Blog al-Muslihoon then click over today and take a look. I always find great stuff to read whenever I visit -- and you will too.

    Posted by Ithildin at 9:30 AM

    How Nice For Me

    I'm the number three search result for "old woman fondled my breasts". Gee!

    Posted by Ithildin at 8:55 AM | Comments (1)

    March 22, 2006


    So I'm checking my Methos watchlist on Technorati, and the sponsored advert is:

    * Looking for Methos? Low prices, wide selection. Find exactly what you want today.

    Where the hell do I sign up?!?!

    Posted by Ithildin at 7:04 PM | Comments (1)

    The Things I Find

    In my continuing quest to find Methos 'not slash fic' I've never read, I find a whole archive of Sharpe/Methos fic! I shouldn't be surprised -- if I were a slasher, I could see how the two would go together. But since I'm not, I'm about ready to give up.

    Oh, and I read today that an early version of the script for The Source kills Methos off. Whatever. AFAIC, canon ended with the TV show. Methos will always live on in my own personal Highlander universe.

    Posted by Ithildin at 6:58 PM | Comments (2)

    Sometimes Procrastination Pays!

    Two years ago, I figured I should renew my passport, but I'd missed the 12 year issue cutoff by a few months. So I put it off since I had to start all over. Well, today, Nin and I decided we'd procrastinated long enough -- hey, you never know when some handsome stranger is going to want to whisk you to Tahiti or something! -- so we started filling out the forms online. Surprise!! Now the cut off is 15 years! Which means I can renew now, instead of starting all over. HAH!

    Posted by Ithildin at 4:19 PM

    The Martyrdom of Thomas Cranmer

    Russ gave me the "Collects of Thomas Cranmer" for Christmas, and I've found great comfort in his words. Now, via this newly discovered blog, I'm reminded that yesterday was the 450th anniversary of the Martyrdom of Thomas Cranmer.

    Posted by Ithildin at 11:56 AM | Comments (2)

    50 Rules For Hogwarts

    From my inbox this morning:

    1. I will not poke Hufflepuffs with spoons, nor will I insist that their House colors indicate that they are "covered in bees".

    2. No matter how good a fake Australian accent I can do, I will not imitate Steve Irwin during Care of Magical Creatures class.

    3. Growing marijuana or hallucinogenic mushrooms is not "an extra credit project for Herbology".

    4. "I've heard every possible joke about Oliver Wood's name" is not a challenge.

    5. Putting up Doug Henning posters in Filch's office is not appropriate.

    6. I will not go to class skyclad.

    7. The Giant Squid is not an appropriate date to the Yule Ball.

    8. I will not use Umbridge's quill to write "I told you I was hardcore".

    9. I will stop referring to showering as "giving Moaning Myrtle an eyeful".

    10. Polishing my wand in the common room is acceptable. "Polishing my wand" in the common room is not.

    11. If a classmate falls asleep, I will not take advantage of that fact and draw a Dark Mark on their arm.

    12. House elves are not acceptable replacements for Bludgers.

    The rest in the extended entry...

    13. Starting a betting pool on the fate of this year's Defence Against Dark Arts teacher is tasteless and tacky, not a clever money-making concept.

    14. I will not start every Potions class by asking Professor Snape if
    today's project is suitable for use as a sexual lubricant.

    15. "Liften Separatis Crotchum" is not a real spell.

    16. I will not claim Chick Tracts are an accurate presentation of Muggle life.

    17. Seamus Finnegan is not "after me Lucky Charms".

    18. I will not refer to the Weasley twins as "bookends".

    19. I will not refer to the Patil twins as "bookends".

    20. I will not call the Defence Against Dark Arts teacher Kenny, even if he
    is wearing an orange anorak.

    21. There is no such thing as a were-thylacine.

    22. I will not provide Luna Lovegood with Coast-to-Coast AM transcripts.

    23. I will not bring a Magic Eight Ball to Divination class.

    24. I will not place anything by Silver Ravenwolf on the library shelves.

    25. Tricking a school house elf into stripping does not mean that they are
    now mine, even if I yell "Pwned!".

    26. I am not a sloth Animagus.

    27. I am not a tribble Animagus.

    28. I am allowed to have a toad, rat, cat, or owl. I am not allowed to have
    a reticulated python, snow leopard, Tasmanian devil, or pirahna.

    29. I do not weight the same as a duck.

    30. Remus Lupin does not want a flea collar.

    31. I do not have a Dalek Patronus.

    32. I will not lick Trevor.

    33. I will stop asking the Arithmancy teacher what the square root of -1 is.

    34. The Ravenclaws are not "Mentats in training".

    35. Any resemblance between Dementors and Nazgul is coincidental.

    36. I will not change the password to the prefects' bath to "Makes getting
    clean almost as much fun as getting dirty".

    37. There is no such thing as an Invisibility Thong.

    38. Professor Flitwick does not wish to be addressed as "Admiral Naismith".

    39. Asking "How do you keep a Gryffindor in suspense?" and walking away is
    only funny the first time.

    40. I will not offer to pose nude for Colin Creevey.

    41. I will not offer to pose nude for Dean Thomas.

    42. It is a bad idea to tell Professor Snape he takes himself too seriously.

    43. It is a bad idea to tell Professor McGonagall she takes herself too

    44. I am not to Owl copies of the Evil Overlord List to suspected Death Eaters.

    45. I will not offer to prepare tandoori owl.

    46. I will stop asking when we will learn to make "Love Potion Number Nine".

    47. I will not ask Dumbledore to show me the pointy hat trick.

    48. I will not teach the first-years to sing "A Wizard's Staff Has A Knob
    On The End".

    49. If Ginny Weasley wanted to borrow my Darkover books, she would have
    said so already.

    50. I will not take out a life insurance policy on Harry Potter

    (if anyone knows who this belongs to, let me know. none of the emails I've gotten have any attribution)

    And I now have an answer to that question! Atalanta Pendragonne wrote the list and you can visit their website here.

    Posted by Ithildin at 11:18 AM | Comments (7)

    For The Strange File

    Really weird dream last night -- I was planning my wedding. Since I'm not dating anyone, nor have I for many years, it qualifies as strange, me thinks. I'm assuming it's because of all Mickey's wedding posts on her blog -- must have put it on my mind. But hey, now I know what the music for the first dance at the wedding I'll never have is going to be! Important information, don't you know.

    (Sleeping Beauty Waltz by Tchaikovsky, in case you were wondering) (which is actually perfect oddly enough)

    Posted by Ithildin at 9:34 AM | Comments (2)

    March 21, 2006

    I'm Just Sayin'

    I made some damn fine chicken and dumplings tonight.

    Posted by Ithildin at 7:10 PM | Comments (3)

    I Totally Missed It

    So here, better late than never, is the latest issue of the Red Ensign Standard

    Posted by Ithildin at 11:24 AM

    Back Here At Home

    She doesn't want to run the country, she says, but Condoleezza Rice is the hottest thing in politics right now. Pollster Frank Luntz did a straw poll at the recent California Republican convention. Guess who won? Stanford University's provost before joining the Bush administration, Rice was first with 29 percent, followed by Virginia Sen. George Allen at 26 percent and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani at 16 percent. What's it mean? With Rice on the 2008 ticket, even as veep, California could go Republican.

    Article here (via The Corner)

    Posted by Ithildin at 10:25 AM | Comments (2)

    March 20, 2006

    Talk About a Shift

    From listening to Sara McLachlan straight into Gretchen Wilson!

    Posted by Ithildin at 8:56 PM | Comments (1)

    Random Grrr

    It really is bloody annoying that the majority of the well written adult themed fanfic out there is slash. If anyone has some hidden cache of het fanfic out there, let me know. Yeah, I know, it's just the way it is these days, but I'm allowed a grrr or two every now and then :)

    Posted by Ithildin at 8:14 PM | Comments (13)

    PW & 'L Word'

    As I noted a few days ago, Peter Wingfield's ep of The L Word aired last week. Well, I got to see it myself on Saturday, and just have to ask: why the hell don't we get to see Peter on our TV screens more often? Geez! There are so many really bad actors on TV, on regular series, and yet someone as talented as Peter is rarely seen. My dream? Peter on House. If only.

    It was a small part, but what there was of it, I enjoyed. And thankfully, he didn't have to do an American accent for the part, which was great! As for the show itself, I don't think it's my cup of tea. It has that whole "we're on pay cable so we can say f*ck as much as we want for no discernable reason" thing going.

    Posted by Ithildin at 12:48 PM | Comments (3)

    March 19, 2006


    blossom 3.jpg

    The latest pics sent to me by my brother from Utah.

    Posted by Ithildin at 4:46 PM

    March 18, 2006

    The End of the Internet?

    A whole lot of guns are lined up against the Net right now: Net neutrality/two-tiered Internet issues; increasing discomfort over the U.S. control of Internet operation; China's moves to create its own domain system (a possible prelude to a new, country-specific, alternate root system); supposition that, with Vint Cerf and a bunch of dark fiber in hand, Google might be looking to create its own Internet--and of course, there are the viruses, the spam, the scourge on young people that is MySpace, and, how could I and pop-ups.

    Basically, I'm starting to wonder if the one-Internet-for-all paradigm we've enjoyed so far is about to break and if we can expect a future where we all use smaller, private, for-profit or nonprofit, corporate, and/or political Internets according to our various locations and interests. Let me put it this way: it's all too likely that George W. Bush didn't misspeak when he mentioned "the Internets." The military has probably already built an alternate Internet--if not more than one, and it's looking all too possible that the Net itself is about to fracture into a mess of cliques, privately owned networks, and glorified Usenets.

    Read the whole thing here.

    Posted by Ithildin at 1:23 PM | Comments (1)


    Just a note that my fic archive is now totally updated, up to and including the story I posted on Thursday. all the newer peices are labled as such, so they're easy to find.

    Posted by Ithildin at 12:34 PM | Comments (3)

    March 17, 2006


    When I got to work today, it was pouring. So I leapt over the 'river' to get out of the truck and see my boss smoking under an umbrella. He actually walked over to me so I could walk to the warehouse under the umbrella. Isn't that sweet? Manners aren't totally dead :)

    Posted by Ithildin at 3:40 PM | Comments (2)

    New Who

    If you get SciFi, I encourage you to check out the new Dr. Who series which begins its run in the States tonight. It's really really excellent! Honest!

    Posted by Ithildin at 1:18 PM


    For some reason Tecnorati had my blog twice, so I deleted one of them, which somehow deleted both of them. So I started the claiming process all over again, and now it's all the way it should be!

    Posted by Ithildin at 12:54 PM

    'The "L" Word'

    Just a note to my fellow Peter Wingfield fans that he's in this week's episode of The "L" Word on Showtime. It's on several times over the next few days.

    Posted by Ithildin at 11:56 AM | Comments (3)

    March 16, 2006

    You Know What Makes You Feel Old?

    When your little brother turns 40.

    Posted by Ithildin at 6:44 PM | Comments (8)

    Broken Window

    My newest fic, Broken Window, can be found here. This was the sad story I woke up with in my thoughts, that I was talking about last Friday.

    It's definitely a Methos story this time around, with a guest appearence by Duncan MacLeod.

    Posted by Ithildin at 8:47 AM | Comments (2)

    March 15, 2006


    I have to thank Rue for sendng me the most wonderful perfume samples. I adore them! Now, if only I could afford to buy the actual product! Something to save my pennies for.

    Posted by Ithildin at 6:35 PM

    What My Version of 24 Would Have Been Like This Week

    My vision: the Hobbit slings Jack over his shoulder and says, "Don't worry, Mr. Jack, I'll carry you through the nerve gas!" And then, from out of nowhere, Kim throws a laptop at Jack's head, knocking them both down as they clamber up the stairwell of Mt Doom! Err.. CTU!

    Kim and the Hobbit grapple.

    "I won't let you hurt Mr. Jack!" cries Lynnwise. From somewhere, he finds the strength to toss Kim over the railing of Mt. Doom... err CTU, into the waiting jaws of that mountain lion from season two.

    Kim dealt with, Lynnwise takes Jack's hand, weeping. "Do you remember the scent of the smog on a summer's afternoon, Mr. Jack? The taste of a burrito from the roach coach that comes every lunchtime? The sounds of car horns at rush hour?"

    "No, Lynnwise, but I did remember to bring my gun." He shoots the Hobbit in the thigh and races up the steps of Mt. Doom.. err CTU!

    "But Mr. Jack," the Hobbit wails piteously, I was your Lynn...."

    Posted by Ithildin at 1:31 PM | Comments (7)

    March 14, 2006


    Seems I'm a bit behind on the news, but better late than never! So, without further ado: congratulations Jen and Beau! You'll be wonderful parents!

    Posted by Ithildin at 10:18 AM | Comments (3)

    March 13, 2006


    GalPal Mickey is looking for input on a wedding song. Go throw in your two cents!

    Not a song, but if I'd ever gotten married, I'd always wanted to work in Silly Wizard's "The Pearl".

    I think you can hear a bit of it here, but not sure since Nin has disabled all sound on my computer.

    Posted by Ithildin at 10:07 PM

    Coming Soon -- Update

    So I worked all Friday night and through the weekend on the story I mentioned last week. Right now, Sharon is looking it over for glaring grammar and punctuation problems, and once she'd done with it, I will put up on my archive. Currently, it's titled 'Broken Window'.

    Posted by Ithildin at 7:07 PM

    Gathering of the Blogs 2006

    We're going for a third year! It's almost a tradition now.


    If you want to participate in this year's Gathering of the Blogs, subscribe yourself here. You DO NOT NEED a Yahoo account. The only thing I'm using this for is to organize all the participants in a way as to create less work and confusion. 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 . It is set to announce only. You will get no more mail than if I emailed you directly. There was some confusion on this last year, and I just wanted to clarify. Again, this isn't an email list for people to post to. So if you're worried about getting a ton of unwanted email, please don't. It's set to announce only. The only email you'll get will be from me with what you need come Tartan Day. You wil also have access to Tartan Day buttons and banners. Of course, you're more than welcome to create your own. If, after all that, you still don't want to be on the official list, you can email me and ask to be added to the blogroll. However, any updates and such, you'll have to keep an eye on this blog for as you won't receive email updates.

    There will be a blogrolling blog roll and a hand coded roll. It will be your choice as to which to use. A week before Tartan Day participants are encouraged (but not required) to start making Scottish related posts on their blogs, and put up the Tartan Day blog roll (Many of us keep the blogroll up all year, and you're welcome to as well). On Tartan Day itself (April 6), all participants will have a Tartan Day/Scottish related post up on their blog, and one of the two blogrolls.

    We had a lot of fun the last few times, and I hope we will double the fun this year!

    Your contribution on Tartan Day can be anything from a photo, a recipe, a bit about your Scots ancestry, or some Scottish activity or food you're fond of. It can even be a link to an article about Scottish history, travel, or culture. Basically anything that somehow has some Scottish content is cool. You don't even need to have a drop of Scots blood -- we're big on adoption :)

    So sharpen those Claymores, tie up your dancing shoes, and warm up those pipes!

    For the current 2006 list of participants, see below!

    Posted by Ithildin at 6:58 PM | Comments (6)

    The Source

    So I've been reading around that there was a con recently with footage
    shown from the new Highlander movie

    A couple of things...

    I didn't realize so many fans loved the last movie. And boy, are they
    excited about this one! I barely remember the last movie, and apparently,
    the new one requires some familiarity with it.

    Since all the HL fans I seem to run into online and in RL seemed to really
    dislike the last movie, and aren't too excited about this one, I wonder if
    there's two segments of the fandom? Which one is more dominant, I wonder? And what's the makeup? I mean, are the intense, "I loved the movie" fans young guys? The ones the HL PTBs are always saying they're aiming for? Older, female fans need not apply, and all that :)

    I really am going to reserve judgment on the new movie, because I'm hoping it will be good. But nothing can convince me the last movie was any better than the sequels preceding it [shrug] However, with all the Methos content that's apprently in this one, I can be appeased somewhat!

    (lots and lots of Methos) (what a girl wants)

    Posted by Ithildin at 6:34 PM | Comments (1)


    Regarding the season enders of Stargate and Atlantis: WWE Smackdown! Wraith v. the Ori!

    Coming soon to a PPV wormhole near you!

    Posted by Ithildin at 11:31 AM | Comments (2)

    SF Talk

    If you'd like a place to discuss Science Fiction and Fantasy entertainment, be it books, TV, or movies, please check out my list Speculatrix. It's about seven years old and started as a Buffy list initially. But its focus was changed a few years back.

    Posted by Ithildin at 10:04 AM | Comments (6)

    March 12, 2006


    The Vampire with Bunny Slippers.

    Posted by Ithildin at 2:20 PM

    Not The Average Single Woman

    This is an excerpt from a larger article about "the gender gap". Makes you wonder if we women who blog on current events really are quite different then many of our counterparts in how informed we are.

    Male influence. Women are significantly less likely than men to follow national and international affairs, a knowledge gap that researchers have documented for decades. In a new survey conducted for Women's Voices, Women Vote by the Democratic polling firm of GQR Research, a large majority of nonvoting single women -- 70 percent -- said they ''find politics and elections so complicated that it is hard to understand what is really going on." [emphasis mine] That helps explain why single women are much less likely to vote. It also explains why married women more often adopt their husband's political outlook -- which tends to be more conservative -- than the other way around.

    Okay, the bolded bit above? That's just plain embarrassing. Geez! Too complicated? It's not like someone is asking you to build a freaking nuclear reactor! The only cheesy rationalization I can come up with is that if they asked uninformed men the same question, I can't see them using the reason 'that it's too complicated' -- even if it is. They'd come up with something a little less pathetic, like, "I'm too busy with my career to pay much attention". Of course, this probably explains why I've always gravitated to men socially as opposed to my own gender. The men at work, or some miscellaneous social gathering, were much more likely to be talking about something that interested me than the women were.

    Posted by Ithildin at 12:42 PM | Comments (15)

    Here Come the Globotaxers!

    What If There Were an International IRS?

    Posted by Ithildin at 12:16 PM | Comments (1)

    March 10, 2006

    Coming Soon

    A really sad story. I woke up this morning with this story in my head, and so far, it hasn't gone away. To get rid of it will no doubt require actually writing it out, so that's probably how I'll spend my evening.

    Posted by Ithildin at 3:43 PM | Comments (1)

    The Joys Of Being an Iranian Woman

    Some items on the International Women's Day protest in Tehran.

    Posted by Ithildin at 1:00 PM

    Seven Months?

    Is it true that Battlestar Galactica won't be back on the air for seven months? I'd assumed the new season would start in June along with SG1 and Atlantis as usual.

    Posted by Ithildin at 11:57 AM | Comments (4)

    'How William Shatner Changed the World'

    Yeah, I'm around, though barely.

    For your weekend viewing, try: How William Shatner Changed the World on the History Channel.

    Yes, it’s really true, Capt. James T. Kirk of the Enterprise is responsible for many of the gadgets and technology we know and love today. How so? Well, this utterly disarming and even hilarious special shows how the “Star Trek” fans of the ’60s and beyond were often inspired by the outer space show to create in real life the gadgets and gizmos they saw on their TV screens.
    Posted by Ithildin at 11:53 AM | Comments (1)

    March 7, 2006

    Wrong Turn

    Whoever surfed in here looking for a 'brothel in Minsk' really took a wrong turn!

    Posted by Ithildin at 9:44 AM | Comments (5)

    March 6, 2006

    'Sex Kills'

    House M.D. is new tomorrow, so set those recording devices!

    House Email List

    House Fanfiction

    Posted by Ithildin at 12:52 PM | Comments (6)

    Just a Bad Few Weeks

    I haven't been feeling too well for a few weeks, but Friday, I pooped out and stayed home. Instead of feeling better, by last night, I was feeling really crappy and decided to stay home today as well. I'm really hoping to feel better by tomorrow!

    Posted by Ithildin at 11:44 AM | Comments (8)

    March 5, 2006

    That's Refreshingly Honest

    Keira Knightly on her good looks:

    The actress, who shot to fame four years ago in Bend It Like Beckham, has played down her stunning good looks, revealing that her image is regularly improved by airbrushing in movie posters and ad campaigns.

    She said recently: "I know that my face has got me jobs and that's just the way it is. But what happens is that you sit for two-and-ahalf hours in front of the mirror covering up your imperfections.

    Posted by Ithildin at 8:15 PM | Comments (3)

    March 4, 2006


    Last week, when Jen was here, I tried a new recipe: brown sugar shortbread with lemon curd. I actually made the lemon curd myself from scratch! Go me :) There was lots of the curd left, so I put some on an English Muffin just now along with some chocolate hazelnut spread. As Nin would say, it was damn fine eating!

    I'll never use store bought lemon curd again!

    Posted by Ithildin at 1:33 PM | Comments (5)

    March 3, 2006

    Not So Happy Cows Now!

    This is freaking hilarious.

    Happy California Cows aren't so happy when they're in the X Files.

    (Here in CA, there's a long running series of ads about Happy California Cows put out by the CA cheese board. They're very funny.) (You can see a couple of them here)

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

    March 2, 2006

    First Sunrise

    My latest fic is up on my archive: First Sunrise.

    Posted by Ithildin at 8:19 PM | Comments (5)

    Yes, This Means You!

    A few years ago, I finally put a "No Soliciting" sign on our front door, tired of the stream of sales people prancing in and out. A few minutes ago, two guys come in, and one of them starts waving around a brochure for collections and launches into his spiel. I stopped him, pointed to the sign, and said there's no soliciting. you know what he says? He tells me it doesn't apply to him because he's not selling anything!?!?! Like hell. He's trying to get us to sign up for his collection service and he's not selling anything. Some people...

    Posted by Ithildin at 3:17 PM | Comments (4)

    Way Off

    Via Deb, another goofy test:

    You Should Weigh 145
    If you weigh less than this, you either have a fast metabolism or are about to gain weight. If you weigh more than this, you may be losing a few pounds soon!
    How Much Do You Weigh?

    Yes, I have a fast metabolism and weigh quite a bit less than I'm supposed to according to the results.

    Posted by Ithildin at 12:59 PM | Comments (5)

    A Matter Of Perspective

    This will probably bore most of you to death, but hey... CB and I were at our monthly TownSquare meeting last night -- which no one showed up for as usual -- and since CB is writing a novel, we had a great discussion on writing, and I'd like to continue it here today.

    The topic at hand today is: shifting perspectives within a scene. As in, you read what Tom is thinking and then what Sue is thinking. Now, I had that habit beaten out of me by some of my earliest beta readers/editors. It was a huge "NO! Don't do that!". However, lately, I've been trying to slow my reading down to actually pay attention to the actual mechanics and structure of the novel I'm reading, and I've noticed that some authours do shift perspective within a scene. CB sent me some stuff from a writing workshop on the subject last night, and during our discussion, she said that several famous authours do shift with abandon.

    Now, I know several of my readers are writers, so I'm interested in your... perspective (couldn't resist).

    Posted by Ithildin at 9:07 AM | Comments (7)

    March 1, 2006

    Was It Something I Said?

    I try to make it through my entire blogroll every so often, and this was one of those times. I came to discover I'd been delinked by lots and lots of people! Who knew I was such an obnoxious bitch? Well, maybe they did :) (I'm trying not to take it personally in several cases) The up side, my blog roll is now much shorter as a result. While I was at it I did some moving around, and I added some new folk. However, if during the slash and burn, I accidently removed your link in error, let me know. And if you've linked to me in the past, and I haven't linked to you, let me know that too. I don't always know I've been linked and I try -- in most cases -- to reciprocate.

    Posted by Ithildin at 4:45 PM | Comments (9)

    I Can't Wait

    The Watcher, Maureen Ryan, has some tantalizing tidbits on the season finale of Battlestar Galactica, here.

    Posted by Ithildin at 1:49 PM

    For Those Keeping Track

    My little mouse buddy is back. I guess I should have taken him farther away from home.

    Posted by Ithildin at 1:42 PM | Comments (7)