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Monica
21 July 2015 @ 08:36 am
I may not always agree with their opinions on SFF, but I do hope that io9 will be able to survive the apparently inevitable destruction of Gawker.
 
 
Monica
04 July 2015 @ 10:17 am
Part I of the annual film festival is in the DVD player and ready to start. Then this evening, after the party at Club Derr, it'll be time for Part II. Welcome to Earth!

Happy 4th of July, everyone!
 
 
Monica
21 May 2015 @ 01:27 pm
"Thanks for finally proving men can be funny" - Tina Fey on Letterman's last show.
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Monica
10 May 2015 @ 10:40 am
Happy Mother's Day. ladies!
 
 
Monica
22 April 2015 @ 09:31 am
If only our department at work was doing something, anything, to acknowledge or celebrate it.

In other news, LJ has apparently added a "related entries" feature that I'm supposed to use. This is LJ, comrades, not FB, which is why I'm still here. There will be no links to related entries in my journal. Now get off my lawn. ;)
 
 
Monica
10 April 2015 @ 06:38 am
This is actually LJ's Question of the Day today. Seriously? I can remember many pitched battles raging over just that issue - 35 years ago. Is it suddenly a thing again?

Apparently I missed a memo.
 
 
Monica
08 April 2015 @ 08:06 pm
Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty.
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Monica
18 January 2015 @ 04:32 pm
Here's another one to file under "Dear God, no!":
http://io9.com/fox-wants-to-bring-back-the-x-files-david-duchovny-and-1680262280
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Monica
17 January 2015 @ 08:41 am
It was one of my favorite episodes. :)

http://youtu.be/ex_jJlv5HKk
 
 
Monica
01 January 2015 @ 02:33 am
May 2015 be very happy for you all!
 
 
Monica
25 December 2014 @ 11:28 am
Merry Christmas to all!
 
 
Monica
23 December 2014 @ 08:28 am
Let the airing of grievances begin. :)
 
 
Monica
27 November 2014 @ 11:22 am
One of the best mystery writers ever, she also wrote the single best piece of P&P fanfic ever published.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-30232569
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Monica
01 September 2014 @ 09:52 am
Enjoying your holiday? Go thank a union member.
 
 
Monica
12 August 2014 @ 11:23 pm
At times like this, I wish I really believed in the conventional idea of an afterlife - it would be nice to think of her having a drink in heaven with Bogie.
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Monica
11 August 2014 @ 07:17 pm
Oh, Robin ...
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Monica
22 September 2013 @ 01:01 pm
No mention of the lack of experimental evidence, but who cares - this is great! I've got to check out this guy's YouTube channel and watch his other videos.

Bohemian Gravity: http://youtu.be/2rjbtsX7twc
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Monica
20 September 2013 @ 07:54 am
As I'm writing this, I'm watching CBS This Morning. The first topic up is the interview with the Pope that was published yesterday. Dolan is on with them to discuss it, and I must admit he's putting a pretty good face on it. Of course, I'm sitting back and laughing my ass off. They elected a Jesuit, did they really expect that it would be business as usual?

So the House Republicans are trying to kill the Affordable Care Act by defunding it. They lost on constitutionality with the Supremes, all of their votes to repeal went exactly nowhere, and now they're threatening to shut down the government in order to save poorer Americans from good health care. Patriots, one and all!

Today is the last Friday of summer 2013, and the weather report is 80 and sunny. Ugh, fall can't come soon enough for me. I want to wear sweaters and corduroy and drink pumpkin spice lattes and take shots of trees decked out in crimson and gold leaves.

My home project for the weekend is to move the TV out of the bedroom – the experiment is over. I found that I just don't like having it in here, and more seriously, it has wrecked havoc with my sleep patterns. Harrumph. I still don't want it in the office either, so downstairs into the living room it goes. Bye-bye!

The new semester has gifted me with a head cold and computer-mouse-related tendonitis in my right arm, so it will be a computer-free weekend. Lucky me!

Happy Friday, everyone.
 
 
Monica
13 September 2013 @ 01:03 pm
Heh  
Fans of various science fiction shows and movies have long argued jokingly (or not) about which genre show has had the most effect on this country's real-world space program. Although I once saw a post where someone seriously suggested Lost in Space as the one that had most inspired future scientists and engineers, most people seem to favor either Star Trek or Star Wars. I'm not sure, but I think the quote below may hold our answer, at least for one guy at NASA.

"Voyager has boldly gone where no probe has gone before, marking one of the most significant technological achievements in the annals of the history of science, and adding a new chapter in human scientific dreams and endeavors," said NASA’s Associate Administrator for Science John Grunsfeld. "Perhaps some future deep space explorers will catch up with Voyager, our first interstellar envoy, and reflect on how this intrepid spacecraft helped enable their journey." (Quote from the io9 article on Voyager’s status.)

So Voyager is out there in interstellar space. Now we just have to sit back and wait for those aliens to pick it up. ;)
 
 
Monica
02 September 2013 @ 05:07 pm
The security systems on our network here at Harvard South, which are so tight that we sometimes aren't allowed to download things the students have sent to us, just allowed me to download, install, and open the Kindle for PC. I guess Amazon really does own the world. :)
 
 
Monica
01 September 2013 @ 02:09 pm
In the fine tradition of "five things make a post," I hereby present a post.
1. LUSH has opened a store in the Short Hills Mall!
2. I really don't know what to do about Facebook. It's good in some ways and absolutely loathsome in others. I guess the big question is whether I feel the good outweighs the bad or vice versa. Film at eleven.
3. The next person of my acquaintance to get married, have a commitment ceremony, or renew their vows really, really, pretty please needs to do this: http://io9.com/every-doctor-who-themed-wedding-should-have-a-k-9-ring-1191306858
4. Wil Wheaton has apparently tweeted about the Allfeck-as-Batman kerfuffle, dissing Affleck's acting ability in the process. Now that's what I call irony!
5. I actually took the first three weeks of August off! No phone calls, no meetings (okay one, but it was grant related), and no email. There were 207 emails in my inbox Thursday morning. Sigh.

Enjoy what's left of the holiday weekend, everyone.
 
 
Monica
30 August 2013 @ 04:46 pm
I won't be around in July 2014, but if anyone wants to give this a try, I'll be glad to let you stay at my place. If you time it right, I'll even drive and shoot photos of you while you ride it. ;)

http://youtu.be/PGvemhlN5rc
 
 
Monica
30 August 2013 @ 09:21 am
Heh  
Perusing io9 this morning, I came across this headline: "Why the Star Trek into Darkness Blu Ray is going to rip you off." No it won't, because I'm not going to buy it. A year or so from now, when Amazon has the single-disc, no-extras DVD version of it in the pleeeese-buy-this bin for $4.99, I may pick it up. Maybe. If I need to bump an order to >$25 for free shipping. ;)

Speaking of Amazon, apparently they've opened the warehouse they were supposedly building here in the Garden State, because all of a sudden they're charging me sales tax. Bummer.
 
 
Monica
12 August 2013 @ 12:27 am
Heh  
According to the Google doodle, today is Schrodinger's 126th birthday. I'm sure the late phycist would be pleased at the attention. Or, you know, not. ;)