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Friday, January 31, 2003  

You are 45% geek
You are a geek liaison, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.

Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.

You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You'll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!

Geek [to You]: I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!

You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.

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how the frell do they *do* that? it's so accurate i'm horrified.

9:39 PM


er, sorry?

fialka...maayan...i feel for you guys. i really do.

i'm fairly certain this wouldn't be the right time to brag about 80 degree weather with 25 mile visibility and a slight breeze. seasons schmeasons. i got surfing weather in January. i love SoCal.


1:22 AM

Thursday, January 30, 2003  

love is never wasted.

"i'll talk to you later, babe?"

a hopeful question calmly followed by, "i love you."

honest. spontaneous. worth more than i could ever articulate to him.

"i was just calling to see how your Christmas went."

a voice mail. priceless. seven years after the first question. seven years of the loss of one. seven years of the finding of the other. not together. not by a standard definition. not by any definition, really, except perhaps, a metaphysical one. linked in a way that's completely unexplainable. a derivation of strength that few would understand, and even less approve of. the disapproval was surprising in fact, coming from a source i would never have guessed. it stung bitterly, left me breathless. i recovered, forgave even, but a wall went up. a wall i thought i hadn't needed any longer. i would just keep it protected and it couldn't be broken again. he hadn't been there, didn't understand the connection, the need, the time, or the timing. i was convinced the wall was impenetrable. i was, of course, wrong, as i usually am about such things.

the breach came from a place entirely unexpected, which is why it was so effective. i stood helplessly as the wall crumbled, wondering why the Universe derived such pleasure from the perpetual torment of my psyche. the damned thing had only been up for five days. the wall, not my psyche.

"if this doesn't work, i'll find you."

sweet God, i didn't just hear that. the din of the surrounding conversations expanded to a dull roar, or it could have been the rush of blood in my ears. i did my best to forget what i'd just been told. took over the neighboring friendly banter, hiding in oft-told stories like they were deep shadows in a dark alley. the evening over. fresh air at last. i thought i'd escaped. cogitation, in my hands, is highly overrated.

"you think i was kidding before. i wasn't. one day when it's just you and me, i'll tell you things."

later. again.

"i meant what i said."

a look. right down to my soul. "i know you did." closed fist to closed fist, we shared a touch. a street gesture. oddly appropriate. he drew me into a hug. tightly. my senses were overwhelmed for just that minute.

no feeling of loss, or regret now. no quiet anger with the irony of timing. unintentionally, i'd connected with someone. someone worth connecting to. it left me feeling....worth loving.

he gave me that gift. seven years ago.

do i want that future promise? i don't know. probably not. maybe. if it's honest. the vaguaries of fate. i don't know. it's not important, though. not really. the love is already there. that much i know. that's all that matters. love is never wasted.

0428hrs. i write because i can't doodle. just so that's clear.

and in a dose of reality

how can one argue with the girl's choice of reading.

3:04 AM

Sunday, January 26, 2003  

we stand committed

the RB makes me all proud. *sniff, sniff*

but wait, there's more....

check it out! the Brain Stem's got a blog.

9:43 PM


Go Tampa Bay!!!

ya gotta love a team that can completely trounce the Oakland Raiders to win the Super Bowl. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, life is good. that's all for now. don't want to gloat. besides, i've got an ep to finish.


7:24 PM

Friday, January 24, 2003  

all is right with the world

the RB is home. Twice Shy was groovy. had Persian for lunch with the triBrain. it don't get much better. life, of course, would be perfect if all bits of Brain were occupying similar space at the same time, but one can't have everything.

anybody notice?

Scorpy's comment to Sikozu in the tag? about the Scarren in him being a "fortuitous reminder". Fortuitous. odd choice of words don't you think?

10:06 PM

Tuesday, January 21, 2003  

Special Message to the Congress on Urgent National Needs

...For the adversaries of freedom did not create the revolution; nor did they create the conditions which compel it. But they are seeking to ride the crest of its wave--to capture it for themselves...

...First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish. We propose to accelerate the development of the appropriate lunar space craft. We propose to develop alternate liquid and solid fuel boosters, much larger than any now being developed, until certain which is superior. We propose additional funds for other engine development and for unmanned explorations--explorations which are particularly important for one purpose which this nation will never overlook: the survival of the man who first makes this daring flight. But in a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon--if we make this judgment affirmatively, it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there....

...It is a most important decision that we make as a nation. But all of you have lived through the last four years and have seen the significance of space and the adventures in space, and no one can predict with certainty what the ultimate meaning will be of mastery of space.

...I believe we should go to the moon. But I think every citizen of this country as well as the Members of the Congress should consider the matter carefully in making their judgment, to which we have given attention over many weeks and months, because it is a heavy burden, and there is no sense in agreeing or desiring that the United States take an affirmative position in outer space, unless we are prepared to do the work and bear the burdens to make it successful. If we are not, we should decide today and this year.

...This decision demands a major national commitment of scientific and technical manpower, materiel and facilities, and the possibility of their diversion from other important activities where they are already thinly spread. It means a degree of dedication, organization and discipline which have not always characterized our research and development efforts. It means we cannot afford undue work stoppages, inflated costs of material or talent, wasteful interagency rivalries, or a high turnover of key personnel.

...New objectives and new money cannot solve these problems. They could in fact, aggravate them further--unless every scientist, every engineer, every serviceman, every technician, contractor, and civil servant gives his personal pledge that this nation will move forward, with the full speed of freedom, in the exciting adventure of space.

John F. Kennedy spoke those words before Congress. Three years and one day before I was born. One man had imagination, and faith, and hope, and he spurred a nation and captivated a world.

how much hope do you have? how much imagination? how much faith?

10:52 PM


all units stand by. i need to bitch.

i am stunned. appalled. blown away. befuddled. scratching my head in confusion. apparently, there is some giant furor over the so-called treatment of the character DK in Terra Firma. for frell's sake people, the character is a jackass. he's been a jackass since the beginning. what's the question? the guy is who he is. nothing more. so there wasn't some giant funeral scene. so what. that's not what the ep was about.

i'll let those angry fans in on a little secret. listening? you don't know that John doesn't grieve, that there wasn't a funeral, that it wasn't sad and poignant, blah blah blah. but there's only so much story time to go around. the guy was bitter and jealous and petty. he had no qualms about cheating on his SAT's, for frell's sake. he's ridden Crichton's coattails since day one and doesn't have the sense to not be bitter about it. why? because he's too busy lying to himself. i could, quite frankly, care less that he and his *lovely* wife got gnawed on by a creature.

grip people. get one.

feel better now, thanks. we now return you to your regularly scheduled whatever.

i take that back. just a sec.

the ratings are coming in. Tom Selleck kicked everybody's ass. don't bitch about it. remind yourselves that nobody said this campaign was going to be easy. but we give up now...cuz it's gotten hardddddddddddd....and guess what? Farscape loses, and so do we. it *is* hard. it *is* an uphill battle. there are *no* guarantees. but we're not done yet. at least i'm not. ratings across the board were down. Magnum garnered a 5.86 for TNT. that's huge. that's Taken's ratings.

okay, now i'm done.

12:14 AM

Monday, January 20, 2003  

i hate waste

3:42 PM

Sunday, January 19, 2003  

and for those that read The Bleat

this lovingly wicked parody was so spot-on i thought i'd somehow backbrowsed. scroll down to the entry 1-17-03.

and there's the witty movie review

Catch Me If You Can according to The Self Made Critic.

12:16 AM

Saturday, January 18, 2003  

my letter to everybody.

I drive a Mitsubishi. I've leased a new one every few years for over a decade. I'm typing on an HP ZT1170 laptop. I love the pepper in the gravy at KFC. I send Hallmark cards. Not because they are the very best, but because they get it right a great deal of the time.

I've been a police dispatcher for 15 years. I'd like to say that I've lost track of all of the people I've heard die over the telephone, but that would be a lie. I remember them all. I remember them in detail. I remember the children beaten to death by their drugged out parents. I remember the woman calling one Christmas morning to report her husband of 57 years had died; the kids who called to report their 12 year old friend had just shot himself in the head, with a shotgun that his parents thought they'd locked in a safe. I remember the homicides, the suicides, the fatal car accidents, the innocent bystanders that became victims, and the suspects who wouldn't be if the world had been a different place for them. I am a fan of Farscape. I don't want to forget.

I love Farscape. I love the characters, the cinematography, the direction, the music, the irony, the comedy, the tragedy and the love. I love John Crichton. I love John Crichton for all the ways he isn't Jim Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard or Katherine Janeway. I love John Crichton for all the ways he is Benjamin Sisko. I love John Crichton for all the ways he isn't Jonathan Archer, but is Frodo Baggins and Aragorn, son of Arathorn.

I love the way that Farscape isn't afraid to fail; the assumption that its audience has an intellect and prefers to use it; the way Farscape doesn't settle for pushing the envelope but strives to finds ways to reinvent it instead. I love that all the women are strong, with fully realized hearts and fears; that they are the equal to any other creature that occupies the Uncharted Territories, and that their gender really doesn't matter at all, except to the men that love them.

I love Farscape because I love science fiction, a genre that at its very best reflects the human condition. A genre that takes our world and clothes it, layers it, wraps it in a different universe, allowing us to view our own lives with the clarity of an outsider, the innocence of a child. A genre that dares to dream. Farscape dares to dream.

I stayed at work last night to watch Terra Firma, the latest Season Four episode of Farscape to air in the U.S. When I walked outside I looked up. The moon was full, almost blinding. The clouds looked like so much creme swirled through blueberry sauce. I thought of my stepfather who died of cancer this past April, of how much I missed him, of his love of our country, his service to it as a pilot in the Air Force, of how much John Crichton reminds me of him. I looked up at the moon again. I remembered when I was a child and my father would wake us up to watch the Apollo mission launches. That light in the sky, that satellite of my home planet, holds the footprints of man. We walked up there. Watching John Crichton's homecoming in Terra Firma, seeing his father's love for his son, I thought of my mom. I wanted to call and tell her I loved her. Just because I do. Just because I can.

Science Fiction is about hope. Farscape is about hope. "Hope digs its roots into the future," said she. The future, the imagination; these are the playgrounds of science fiction. Hope, faith, endurance, love; these are the fuels of the soul. Imagination teaches us to dream. Hope and faith give us the strength to strive for those dreams. Love eases the pain of the striving, the enduring. Farscape is these things.

7:06 PM

Friday, January 17, 2003  
Look at earth from outer space
Everyone must find a place
Give me time and give me space
Give me real, don't give me fake

scanning the landing bay, then drawing Winona.

"Was it a bass, or, a trout?", not in the mood for games. "She's too smart.", not a compliment.

John barely able to contain his rage. she let them on the ship. he's put them in harm's way.

Aeryn elegantly brushing aside her coat, clearing a path to her pulse pistol. her face never changes expressions.

"Just don't make any sudden moves.", not to his crewmates.

"Or do think they pose us a threat?"........"No. It's the other way around."

Give me strength, reserve control
Give me heart and give me soul

the fountain pen. the journal. the implications. the courage that requires. the voiceover.

the mastering of the American accents. the John Wayne imitation.

"That's a nice suit. Did you have to buy that, or does it come standard issue?"

John's feet, on the dock, turned slightly inward.


the look in Ben's eyes in any given scene. the sunglasses.

John's laughter. Aeryn's laughter. Aeryn's grace. her strength. her full embrace of John's world with joy, and no small amount of fear.

"It's a cat."....."What's that?"....."It's a pet."......"Does it talk?"

"They can't know, what I've seen. What I've done. What's been done to me...."

Give me one, 'cause one is best
In confusion, confidence
Give me peace of mind and trust
Don't forget the rest of us

John's confusion when Caroline first kisses him. Caroline's first words.

John and his father.

September 11th.

the irony of John asking D'Argo if Jack and Bobby knew how to open the doors. the honesty of John and D'Argo's friendship.

John's perception of himself as part of Moya's crew, no longer part of Earth.

Jack and Aeryn.

John and Aeryn.

Caroline and Aeryn.

Aeryn and everybody.

Give me strength, reserve control
Give me heart and give me soul
Wounds that heal and cracks that fix
Tell me your own politik

Aeryn's understanding. her refusal to apologize. for anything. to anyone.

Sikozu's throwing the phone out the sliding glass door...."Leave!"

Granny Crack Whore singing Christmas carols.

And open up your eyes
Open up your eyes
Open up your eyes
Open up your eyes
Just open up your eyes

Jack's anger. his fear. his bitterness that his dreams are forever destroyed by fear.

DK....the character. DK's bitterness and envy...the character. no. really.

"Tucker says you asked for the metalurgic analysis of these ships."......"It's just a riddle. Why do prowler pilots turn to goo."

Grayza missing the Big Picture.


Come on, oh my star is fading
And I see no chance of release
I know I'm dead on the surface
But I'm screaming underneath

"Do you want to go live in the past?"

John's absolute trust in his sister. his confiding in her. his protection of her. her love of him.

family pictures that i think are southern.

"It was a mistake, it was an accident, and it shouldn't have happened."

"Some males can actually forgive."

Carolyn. her recognition, her love enough of John to not want to change him. her willingness to share her insights, and her love, with Aeryn.

And time is on your side
It's on your side now

Jack's faith in his son. Kent's portrayal of the man that is so clearly John Crichton's father.

John's constant awareness of the danger he poses to Earth, of its infancy on the universal stage, of his effect on space-time.

"Spank you, very much."

"Maybe, maybe that's why they barely left their own planet."

Stood on the edge
Tied to a noose
You came along
And you cut me loose

"It's not that. It's just. I'm more comfortable in these. It's what I am, I guess."

"You don't have to justify it. Or explain it. Just give me an, honest, yes or no."

John in sync with Olivia.

where John's answer was going.

Aeryn's tears in the fire fight. her intrinsic understanding that he'd keep Winona close in the house.

"What is that?"....."Forget it." not bloody likely.

Grayza's creepiness.

D'Argo's timing.

Braca, the PeaceKeeper puppet.

"Merry frelling Christmas."

Stood on the edge
Tied to a noose
You came along
And you cut me loose

Aeryn's friendship with her crewmates. Noranti's unspoken indictment. or challenge?

the fade from Aeryn to the ring.

John takes his sunglasses off. the symbolism of Leslie Crichton's ring in space. she who trusted the stars.

"I don't want to lose you, son."

Jack's fear that his son will die because of the man he has become, the man that Jack made. John's quiet faith. in himself. in his place in his father's life. in his place in the Universe. in love.

the acting. ohmigod, the acting.

lyrics from "Politik" and "Amerstdam" taken from Coldplay's current cd "A Rush of Blood to the Head."

11:19 PM

Wednesday, January 15, 2003  

i know what i'm gonna do with Celeste...i know what i'm gonna do with Celeste.

neener, neener, neener. i'm not telling. you'll have to wait till 610. neener, neener, neener.

bwa hahahahahahahahaha

4:24 PM

Tuesday, January 14, 2003  

it's not brave if you're not scared.

forgot how much i loved that movie....and how true that statement is.

10:46 PM



have you gone to maayan's and downloaded the watermark stationary and sent in your letters to Skiffy yet? complete with demographics? hmmmmmmmm?

WELL, WHY THE FRELL NOT??????????????????????????

get on it people. why are you still here reading my blog? GO WRITE SKIFFY. HELLO?

6:09 PM

Monday, January 13, 2003  

on edit

i was gonna blog about the ratings for Kansas. but, ya know what? it's too much effort about something i can't get worked up about. not because it's not important, but because i can't control it.

go write letters. go recruit viewers. watch next week and the week after and the week after that. watch with joy. nit pick if you must. but for frell's sake, focus on stuff you can do and don't stress about the dren you have no control who buys what network, or what the ratings are for an ep that's already aired.

you have control over how many letters you write. you have control over how many folks you try to convert to Farscape. you have a say in what channel your tv is on next Friday at 8pm. your time is valuable. your energy more so. use it productively. be good to yourself. enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts.

on La Femme Nikita

strange, (which, by the way, is not spelled with an 'i')....strange where ideas come from. i've been stuck on the throwdown mission for 610. i can't quite get it right. still. grrr. but i think i've got it solved, and of all things, while brushing my teeth. the cup i have in my locker at work is one i swiped from my ex. (i only lied about being a thief.) it's from an intelligence service. it's official. i had an "ah ha!" moment. i was happy. this is me being happy. i think i'll retire to the library and try and tame MovieMagicScreenwriter with my LFN whip.

let's not overthink that.


11:02 PM

Sunday, January 12, 2003  

a rare event

i've been a tomboy pretty much since birth. mom stuck me in frilly dresses. i got them covered in mud. could have something to do with being one of only two girls on the block. as such, i developed an extreme distaste for squealing, weak women, and petty games, and a lifelong love of football, baseball and hockey. also rather fond of Australian Rules Football. mmmmmmmm, men. hysterical overreactions tend to propel me, fist first, towards the offender, and if it's a female, i'm lookin' for a convenient trash bin.

i'm an odd mix then, at least from my perspective. very in touch with the masculine aspects of my psyche and yet still very much a woman. i like being a woman. i like the softer aspects of the gender. i'm not above getting all oogly over the latest fall colors. i'm a complete sap for bubble baths, flowers, candlelight dinners and men's cologne. on the other hand, i find feminism, for the most part, obnoxious, and feminazis an insult to the gender. don't get me wrong. i'm all for equality, but i think true equality would remove gender from the equation. true equality would remove racism from the equation for that matter. equality is an absence of bias. going out of your way to put women in positions of power, or whatever, simply because they are women is just as sexist, and just as offensive to me, as its male opposite.

where am i going with this, anyway?

one of the magazines i subscribe to is Real Simple, because it's, well, simple. and not mentally, you munchkins. it's elegant, it strives to uncomplicate one's life, to get the reader to appreciate the small moments in between, the precious fragility of time. it's the only magazine i get that i'd call a "woman's" magazine. the rest of that ilk bores me stupid. i know how to give a guy a blow job, thanks. that's not what i want to read about in a magazine.

Real Simple has a page in the beginning of the magazine called "Thoughts". the magazine chooses a word and finds quotes. in February's issue, the thought is beauty, which leads me to my point. i don't have "girl power" moments very often, but when i do, it's usually spurred by some collective gender issue. today's is beauty.

Voltaire, by the way, was a pretty sharp guy.

"Ask a toad what beauty is...His female, with two large round eyes sticking out of her little head, a large and flat snout, a yellow belly, a brown back."
----Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary.

take time to see your beauty.

the world ceases to exist without us. we are the keepers of life. we are the keepers of empathy, of true courage, of love...of forgiveness...of endurance...of hope.

be good to yourself. give yourself the empathy, the kindness, the forgiveness, that you would grant another. remember though, that even in our fabulousness, we aren't perfect, as Lily Tomlin so amusingly points out....."If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?"

12:43 PM

Friday, January 10, 2003  

Farscape Continues

tonight's the premiere of Farscape. the last 11 eps of Season Four. since i don't see no fat lady singing, possibly because i've locked her in a trashbin out back, please visit maayan's to see that the lady doesn't wriggle her way free.....a rather ugly mental picture, i might ad. *shiver*

take quality television into your own hands. make your voice counted. you are not Nielsen, you, are Farscape.

damn near laughed my spleen out.

thanks, again, to maayan who spotted this.

2:22 PM


fine, be that way.

some people's brain bits. *sheesh*

the first time i heard this song, i thought of John and Aeryn....of the simple joy and playfulness that is their love in its safest, easiest moments. the lyrics are literal and figurative, as love is literal and figurative, as relationships are lyrical and subtextual. on the drive home from Colorado, Interstate 70 takes you through some of the finest skiing in the country. Vail has seen several feet of snow in the last month and the landscape was stark and yet technicolor. snow on the ground looked like meringue frosting, white and glinting in the afternoon sun. trees were a deep, deep green, contrasting with the red earth exposed on the mountainsides. there were places along the drive that almost literally took my breath away. Colorado is proof of the existence of the Divine....but i'll leave that for another day.

Coldplay had just finished spinning and John Mayer's Room For Squares was up next. hearing the song again, Farscape still came to mind, but this time it was Pip i was thinking of, not the uber-duo. Pip's fire, her tenacity, her fear, that fabulous irreverent streak, her ability to love, her unconventional nature, so complicated and yet so simple, her tendency towards cutting her own nose off to spite her face....i still see John and Aeryn when i hear this but....well, you do the math.

We got the afternoon
You got this room for two
One thing I've left to do
Discover me
Discovering you

One mile to every inch of
Your skin like porcelain
One pair of candy lips and
Your bubblegum tongue

And if you want love
We'll make it
Swimming a deep sea
Of blankets
Take all your big plans
And break 'em
This is bound to be a while

Your body Is a wonderland
Your body is a wonder
(I'll use my hands)
Your body Is a wonderland

Something 'bout the way your hair
falls in your face
I love the shape you take when crawling
towards the pillowcase
You tell me where to go and
Though I might leave to find it
I'll never let your head hit the bed
Without my hand behind it

You want love?
We'll make it
Swimming a deep sea
Of blankets
Take all your big plans
And break 'em
This is bound to be a while
Your body Is a wonderland
Your body is a wonder
(I'll use my hands)
Your body Is a wonderland

Damn baby
You frustrate me
I know you're mine all mine all mine
But you look so good it hurts sometimes

Your body Is a wonderland
Your body is a wonder
(I'll use my hands)
Your body is a wonderland
Your body Is a wonderland

p.s. next time, the rest of the brain goes along for the drive.

12:22 AM

Thursday, January 09, 2003  

back from a road trip to Colorado. much to wax blogic about but i need some more sleep first. that drive was insanely long, but beyond worth it. changed the blog title too, btw. i'll muse on that particular streamofconsciousness deal later, as well. cheers for now.

and lest anyone could possibly forget....

tomorrow, 8 pm, et/pt, FARSCAPE RETURNS!!!!!

11:28 PM

Wednesday, January 01, 2003  

greetings from the Left Coast on the New Year

May you have warm words on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night,
And the road downhill all the way to your door.

12:18 AM

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