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Fans Meme

1. Who or what is on your computer’s wallpaper?    Rotating photos from different movies: X-Men 3, Spider-Man 3, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Superman Returns.

2. Go through your DVD/pre-bought video collection. Which three actors or actresses feature the most in them?  Patrick Stewart, Richard Dean Anderson, and Meg Ryan.

3. Go through your book shelves. Which three authors have written the majority of the books?  Peter David, Max Lucado, and Agatha Christie.

4. And what about CDs?  Michael Buble; Philips, Craig and Dean; Dean Martin; and Frank Sinatra.

5. Open up the picture folder(s) on your hard drive. Of which actor/actress/movie/tv series/musician do you have the most pictures?  Just the ones I’ve met: Dirk Benedict, Richard Hatch, Herb Jefferson Jr, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Jeffrey Combs, Robert Beltran, Alexis Cruz, Tony Amendola, Michael Shanks, Christopher Judge, Don Davis, Garrett Wang, Connor Trinnear, William Katt, John Wesley Shipp, Karen Allen, etc…

Heroes 2

Last night’s episode was almost as good as the first.  There was a stronger element of horror this time with the revelation of Patient Zero, Sylar, a super-powered serial killer.  Also introduced was a mind reading LAPD officer. A little “What Women Want” meets “Silence of the Lambs.” I kid.

There were some great revelations and a glimpse 5 weeks into the future… when New York blows up. 

I love the clues in the show, that if you pay attention early on, later on, things become clear. And yet, like Lost, even more questions open up.

And the comic for this week confirmed my suspicion about Hiro’s name.  Did you all guess?

Bonus TV Discussion: What two television shows are your favorite and why?
Stargate SG:1 – It has all my favorite elements: SciFi, sarcastic humor, romance, action, and mystery all wrapped up in each episode.  This show has some of the best writers out there. And the cast has an amazing chemistry.

4400 – Though this might be a close tie with the Dead Zone, airing immediately following. Again, the show is SciFi, but like the show Heroes, all of the 4400 abductees are realizing they have a special power… and are learning how to use it, be it for good or evil. And yet there is real-life drama that comes from it too, revolving around relationships and problems.

Staying Away from Staying Dead

Last week I stopped reading Staying Dead, by Laura Anne Gilman, halfway through the book. Not only was it extremely boring, but full of made-up magical terms with no explanations.

So, I started reading Playing with Fire, by Gena Showalter. This book is a lot more fast-paced, and has a heroin with a sense of humor. And I’m still in the middle of Everybody Comes to the Nightside.

I was hoping I’d get more reading done over the long weekend of recovering from surgery. But no such luck. Anytime I tried to read, I couldn’t concentrate or it made me sleepy.

So I ended up watching a lot of tv and movies. I watched the entire forth season of Moonlighting. Unfortunately, it’s the most boring season concentrating almost solely on relationships instead of actual detective work.

LightspeedI also watched one of the cheesiest, SciFi Channel made-for-tv movies, written by Stan Lee (creator of many great Marvel comics), called Lightspeed. A 40-something, balding, special ops man is exposed to high levels of radiation and discovers he can run at the speed of light. Not only does he not look like the average super hero (see: balding, aging, and not exactly muscular), but the outfit he wears is just laughable. It looked like it belonged in the movie Tron. The only acting worse that the hero’s was the villain, a snake-man, called Viper, who unfortunately had the most screen-time of anyone. In one of the last scenes he screams for about five minutes straight saying the same phrase over and over, “Why’d you make me do it? Why’d you make me kill you?!” What was the plot? I’m not quite sure.
Yeah. My respect for one of the greatest super hero/comic creators of all time just dropped quite a few degrees.

On a side-note, my surgery went well. My doctor found some Endometriosis and was able to clean up most of it. Hopefully, this will take care of it for a while. Thanks for the prayers, everyone!

Music Firsts Meme

Having last-minute, outpatient surgery tomorrow, so it’s hard to think about anything besides that. Also, may be absent from the web for a few days because of it… I’ll leave you with a pointless meme.

First recording artist you had a crush on.

Davy Jones from The Monkees.. I remember watching reruns of the show as a kid. Davy was just so cute, just wanted to pick him up and hug him!

First band you obsessed over.

I can’t say that I really obsessed over a band, but I did have pictures from Teen Beat and Bop on my walls back in Jr High… mainly of New Kids on the Block. Like every other girl.

First song you wanted to forget.

Waterfalls, by TLC. My roommate in college freshman year played that song on repeat… over and over and over…

Bonus First:

First song that you liked but none of your friends liked.

Probably anything by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.  I’ve always been in love with their voices and music.  And it wasn’t exactly cool back then.

Heroes

As a total eclipse shadows the earth, a group of seemingly ordinary people begin a journey of shocking discovery that will change their lives – and the world – forever.

NBC has found a rival to Lost.  I had been looking forward to this show since I heard about it last spring.  It was a lot like the movie Unbreakable (Bruce Willis), in that it’s about ordinary people who discover they are not so ordinary. They have been given a special power. It seems these vastly different people are all connected. And they have been given these powers for a purpose.

The characters are all very unique; I can’t wait to see how they develop.  In this first episode, the same day as a solar eclipse, Mohnder Suresh travels to New York to follow his late father’s research into what his father believes are several people who will be the next step in human evolution. There are a few surprises in the first episode that made me gasp, so I’m not mentioning any spoilers yet.

If you missed Heroes last night, be sure to catch the encore presentation tonight!
 
Also, be sure to keep up with the online comic following and intertwined with the show, each week: http://www.nbc.com/Heroes/novels/

Book Meme

 

Taken from http://bookfoolery.blogspot.com/, because though I’ve been reading a couple books, I don’t really have anything to talk about yet:

1. One book that changed your life? The Bible.

I can’t say any other book will even come close.    

2. One book you have read more than once?  The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. I love re-reading these classics every couple years.  

 

 

3. One book you would want on a desert island? 

Since I’ve already said the Bible once, I’ll go with something else. Probably the Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas. It’s my favorite book. And it’s long, so I wouldn’t get as bored reading it.

4. One book that made you cry? 

The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks. I believe I cried through that whole book.

 

 

5. One book that made you laugh?                        

Carpe Demon : Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom, by Julie Kenner. It’s a very fun and witty book. And the follow-up: California Demon: The Secret Life of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom.

6. One book you wish had been written?   

 More original Stargate SG-1 or Atlantis novels. I can’t get enough of those shows. I’m hoping novels catch on as well as they do in the Star Trek ‘verse.

 7. One book you wish hadn’t been written?  Just one? I’ll go with every book by Laurell K. Hamilton, past the first few in her series. Ick. Ok, so I couldn’t settle for one.

8. One book you are currently reading? 

Everybody Comes to the Nightside (Agents of Light and Darkness), by Simon R. Green.
Staying Dead, by Laura Anne Gilman.

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read? 

How Now Shall We Live? By Chuck Colson… it’s taking me a lot longer to get through it simply because of the length. It’s great, but I have to take breaks. 

  

  

  

TGIF

What a gloomy day. It was pitch black and raining a torrential downpour when I pulled in to work. And as soon as I juggled my things, opened the door with my umbrella ready, and grabbed my coffee… the coffee splashed up onto my leg and leather car seat.  I didn’t want to stand there in the rain to wipe my car seat off, so I just left it there in a puddle. At least my leg has mostly dried by now, but what a way to start the day.  Thank goodness it’s Friday. 

The only good things about having this weather all weekend is that I don’t have to mow my lawn and it’s perfect for reading.My current all-consuming book is Everybody Comes to the Nightside, by Simon R. Green. This compelation includes the first three novels in the Nightside series: Something from the Nightside, Agents of Light and Darkness, and Nightingale’s Lament.  I’m halfway through Something from the Nightside and am completely enthralled. I read through lunch yesterday, and completely lost track of time. Oops.

Your Planet or Mine?

Your Planet or Mine?

What a great title! I decided to grab Your Planet or Mine? by Susan Grant when I heard positive reviews on a forum that I frequent.  It incorporates science fiction, romance and comedy.  So I thought I had to give a try just for that!  I wasn’t disappointed.  This was such a fun read!

An alien comes to earth to warn the earth that an invasion is coming, and to capture the heart of a young woman that he met years ago.  The “romance” scenes get steamy, but they don’t overshadow the story.  I’ll definitely be checking out some of her other scifi/romance books: The Legend of Banzai Maguire and The Scarlet Empress  from the 2176 series.