Take a moment December 20, 2004Posted by Liz in : General, War On Terror , comments closed
Christmas is almost here all ready… and what has been your attitude about it? All wrapped up in the stress of shopping and fighting with the crowds and traffic? I know I was a real scrooge for a good two months as the framing orders at work began to pile up around me to the point where we can’t move around the office without pushing something aside first. I was really stressed out and pulled a large amount of extra hours at work to get them all done. Now I just feel stupid for all that stress; for most part the framing is done.. .but who cares… Christmas is about celebrating Christ’s birth with family and friends. I got a stab to the gut to get that back in my head. Friday we found out that Justin, my new brother in-law and Stephanie’s new husband, has now been called to active duity and must go to serve our wonderful country. His Christmas with us is called short as he will be leaving Sunday for extra training before he goes overseas. Now every minute counts and our goal is to have the “best !@#$ Christmas since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny !@#$ing Kay” to quote from Christmas Vacation.
Christmas has always been a very special time for me and my family and is something we always look forward too. Christmas brings out the little kid and me and I just get so excited for head to toe. Heck I start counting down the days until next Christmas the day after Christmas. All the snow, card games, after Christmas shopping, and most importantly the family I only get to see once a year! For those who know me… Halloween means nothing compared to Christmas! lol. Right now though I have mixed feelings. It’ll be a Christmas where we put on our happy and brave faces while inside we are dreading the fact that Justin has to leave the next day to start training.
I don’t really know why I am typing all this and posting it on the website… maybe to say don’t take your family and friends for granted. We were told earlier that we had until late this summer before he went active. We planned on a nice big Christmas, for him being there for the birth of his first born son in Febuary along with what every random family event that happens now until then. So I guess I am just venting because it sucks!! Anyways, thanks for listening and please keep Justin, Stephanie and the rest of us in your prayers. It’s going to be the hardest Christmas and at the same time it will problably be one that we will all cherish and hold dear to our hearts while he is gone until he is back home safely in the arms of Stephanie, Joyanna, and his newly born son.
Sci-Fi Trashes LeGuin’s Earthsea December 15, 2004Posted by Ben in : Sci-Fi , comments closed
I had hoped to write a simple review here detailing all that I feel is wrong with it, but my emotions are running too high, so the review would be disjointed. All I can say is that Lieberman has completely trashed a world that Ms. LeGuin carefully crafted—all seemingly in an effort to make the story more of a “stock” fantasy story, of which Ms. LeGuin’s world is not.
Perhaps after I’ve had time to think about this and to watch the mini-series again will my emotions settle down enough to write a detailed review, highlighting all the changes and gross additions to the storyline.
Until then, Ms. LeGuin herself has a short statement regarding her input, or lack thereof, in the making of the film. This statement was made before Sci-Fi aired them this week. I would be interested in hearing more thoughts from her and whether or not she watched the mini-series.
I’ve Got A Cover Story! December 10, 2004Posted by Ben in : Articles , comments closed
Just thought I would let everyone know that my article “Teaching Parrot to Say ‘PHP’” is the cover story for the Jan/Feb 2005 issue of International PHP Magazine, which hits newsstands on Tuesday, December 14.