I fell in love with J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings in 1968 at the age of 16. Everyone except the person who introduced me to them thought I was unspeakably weird. The books I read had been checked out of my high school library, and I had to spend nearly 30 minutes convincing my mother to buy me my own paperback copies of books I had already read. She really thought I was nuts. I still have those books though they're literally in pieces I've re-read them so often. When I finally made contact with science fiction conventions and the subculture they support I found others who loved the books as I did. And now the whole world is in on the game. At least if sometimes feels that way.Everyone is waiting with bated breath for the 3rd movie. They're talking about major awards for the darn thing. It used to be an unusual thing to read or watch science fiction or fantasy, but we now inhabit a fantastical science fiction universe. Weird.
Okay. I figured out how to fix the blogroll and have done so. Teeeeeejus. I've checked and all the links appear to be working, but holler if there's a problem. So that I don't have to redo the entire thing everytime I add a link I'll be doing a separate one for new blog links. Pretty soon I'll also add one on other sites I look at regularly that aren't blogs.
Of course, that's all I've accomplished today.
Here's hoping this ups my stats and maybe brings in a few comments. I begin to feel as if I'm talking to myself in an empty room. Of course, maybe I'm just not very interesting. Which sounds self-pitying, but if you leave it out, you sound arrogant. Whee, lose/lose.
I think this one of Loki was actually taken while we were packing up the house to move. But Jordin has entitled it Loki-engineer. A sound engineer obviously
UPDATE: Jordin says this picture was taken when he was recording his cd Parody Violation. We were doing a chorus and he'd pulled out all available headphones for the chorus singers to wear.
Since Loki was working it was only fair to demonstrate Dominic's prowess as well. He's very fond of laptops though he never showed any interest in desktop machines.
So Bush sneaks out of the country to go visit Iraq for Thanksgiving. And everyone's saying what a great thing it is.
The trip came at a time of rising criticism of the president for not attending the funerals of the returning war dead. It also came in the same week that Mr. Bush met with families of 26 soldiers killed in Iraq, and thus appeared to be a concerted effort by the White House to deal with a political problem.
And the newspapers and the Demcratic fergawdsake presidential candiates are saying what a great thing he's done. Okay, the the Democrats are at least then turning around and saying he ought to get us out of there, but for crying out loud. This isn't compassion for the troops. Or solidarity with them. Or for their morale. It's a cynically calculated political maneuver which nobody in the Administration deemed necessary until Bush started taking hits on it. Why doesn't somebody say this? WTF are they doing?! This is an administration which has cut veterans benefits and funding for schools of the children of service members. This is an administration which has squeezed our fighting forces monetarily and starved them for supplies, materiel, and adequate staffing levels DURING A WAR! This is an administration who thought it was a good idea to put our soldiers in harms way by inviting terrorists to "bring it on". They've made it blatantly clear they don't give a damn about the welfare of the armed forces. So why aren't the Democratic candidates calling him on this blatant use of the armed forces to, once again, shore up Bush's polling numbers? It's sick, cynical, and altogether slimy and he ought to be called on it.
I have figured out why the links for my blog roll were screwed up and how to fix them. Unfortunately, this will be very tedious and I haven't forced myself to do it yet. And does anybody know a way to order those lists on Typepad other than putting them in the opposite way you want them to appear? I mean if you want it in alphabetical order, you'd have to redo the whole list everytime you wanted to add someone.
This weekend as we were driving around, Jordin pointed out a banner saying, "Free Student Checking" draped across the front of a large building. My immediate response was to wonder what Student Checking had done to land in jail. Whereas Jordin's was, "Yep, you're a student. Next!" When of course it was really all about free checking accounts for students. The English languange is delightfully insane. Well, delightful if you're a skilled native speaker. If you''re trying to learn it as a non-native speaker I guess it's just insane. It's a marvelously flexible and expressive thing, but that also means it's darn slippery.
Oh no! Two paragraphs without a link. They'll throw me out of blogtopia.