Oh my … my first bloggy award!

From the wonderful Sarah at The Momisodes (http://www.smn0409.blogspot.com)

It’s the “Shine On” award.  Now, when she accepted it, she threw in a Florida Georgia Line reference (I got, it’s a geographic necessity for me …) but I’m going to go with the ever-classic John Lennon “Instant Karma” for my music-monday reference.  

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fpxUytsv6U)

 

So, there are apparently directions with this thing.  

Step 1: Take this here handy dandy picture and you put it on the post and/or on your blog. (Above).
 
Step 2: Link back the person who bestowed upon you this award. Done – above as well (Sarah – and here’s her facebook page – I suck at hyperlinking in WordPress. https://www.facebook.com/themomisodes )
 
Step 3: Seven facts about me:
 
Step 4: Spread the fun to 15 more folks. Now that may be tricky. 
 
Well then: Seven Facts
 
1:  I have the most ridiculous allergies – aloe & agave. (among others.) No sun burns or margaritas for me.  
 
2: Mops are the bane of my existence. I’m so grateful for swiffers.
 
3: I’d lived in four states and two countries (on two continents) before I was 11. 
 
4: By the time I was 20 I only added two more states.

5: I actually have a degree in newsprint journalism and political science, and half finished an International Relations MS concentrating in the Middle East. 

6: I hate diamonds.

7: I’m addicted to pinterest.  (but it’s under my real name)

So – now to find 15 blogs/friends to pass this on to (that nobody else did). Yeah. Maybe five?

 
Crazy Dumbsaint Of The Mind http://dumbsainthood.wordpress.com (awesome gal. Sadly I’m going to get her twice because she’s got an awesome new food-frugality blog)
 

Fitness After 40 http://mell1972.blogspot.com/  (I’ve known her for more than 20 years … she just started this blog, lets give her some love)

Gemperline’s Bike And Train Film Productions (Gemperfilm) http://www.gemperfilm.com/ (trains, planes, and bicycles.)

Poor as Folk http://poorasfolk.wordpress.com/ (did I mention that I suck at hyperlinking in WordPress?)

Manderstanding https://www.facebook.com/Manderstanding  (Cinko fails at blogging)  http://manderstanding.com/

The NY Mom – http://thenewyorkmom.com/ (someone else I’ve known 20+ years. Dancer, mom, social-media guru)

Cape Cod Scrapper – http://capecodscrapper.blogspot.com/  (amazing artist in paper & mixed media. If you’re thus inclined, Julie is a phenom.)

 

The CrazyMothereffers http://thecrazymothereffers.blogspot.com/  (also newish like me to this blogging thing. Hella funny.)

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Slice of Humble

http://sliceofhumble.blogspot.com/2013/08/on-and-on.html

This blog is a must-read for moms, would-be moms, and friends of mommas everywhere.

Post partum depression is real, and it’s scary.  And often you don’t know where the resources are until it’s too late.

Take the five minutes and read it, and bookmark this.  It may help someone you know someday.

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Geek Goddesses

Ah to hell with the normal folks, geeks have their own gods and goddesses.  There are a million memes running around the interwebs, but one of my favorites (with three girls and a niece) is the one about geek girls.  Keep your super models and superfluous ditzes, we want the smart, strong women who not only “hold their own” against male counterparts, but are the backbones of the story.  Keep your Bella Swans, Kardashians and Snookies.  Give me more ladies like these:

ImageCarrie Fisher.  Ladies of a “certain age” will remember her as one of the first female role models.  She didn’t necessarily need to be “rescued” by Luke and Han, because when it came down to it, she went toe to toe with the Darth one.  A princess with a pistol – she didn’t just sit back and let the guys do all the work.  And one of the first lines of sarcasm I can remember from a movie as a kid was “a little short for a stormtrooper, aren’t you?”

 

 

 

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Lynda Carter: The original Wonder Woman.  From the era as the ERA and women’s lib, Wonder Woman was a super hero with class and style.  And for me it was that her “day job” was being in the USAF.  She set the bar high for all super heroines to follow.  An amazonian princess who put it all on the line for the good of humankind.  What’s not to love.

 

 

 

 

 

ImageSarah Michelle Gellar & Eliza Dushku.  The muses of the amazing Joss Whedon.  Some dingbat asked Whedon why he continued writing strong female characters at the center of his series, and he replied “because you’re still asking me that question.”  Buffy and Faith were slayers of evil – vampires, demons, you name it. The light and dark side of a profession where nobody really lived to see their early 20s.

ImageDushku went on to star in Dollhouse and other shows involving Whedon.  It was only well after she was in Buffy, that I recognized Dushku as Arnold & Jamie Lee Curtis’ daughter in my favorite spy spoof – True Lies.

Speaking of the Whedonverse. Firefly. Yeah. You knew I’d get to that.

 

 

 

ImageGina Torres.  As Zoe Washburn she played the straight-woman to Nathan Fillion’s comedic and chaotic Capt. Mal.   Zoe took no shit, and kicked ass. Period.  I don’t know that anyone could’ve done that role better than Torres.

 

 

 

 

ImageSummer Glau.  As River Tam, Summer Glau burst onto the scene a quiet, disturbed young lady.  By the end of the series of Firefly and the Serenity film, you knew exactly why the government wanted to get their hands on her.  And also, she can kill you with her brain.  She went on to star in the Terminator: Sara Connor Chronicles.

 

 

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Kate Mulgrew.  Another classic of an older time, she was the first female captain to head a Star Trek series in Voyager.  Lost in the middle of nowhere with no certain way of getting home, she went well beyond “where no man has gone before” and took no prisoners on her way back.

 

 

 

ImageEmma Watson.  Who taught my step-daughter’s generation it was more than ok to be smart first, then pretty.  As Hermione Granger in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Emma epitomizes the average teenage girl.  Smart, funny, insecure, growing into a brilliant leader.

 

 

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Felicia Day.  She’s not as well known yet outside of the realm of geeks, but somehow I get the feeling a) that doesn’t bother her and b) that’s going to change.  As part of Dr. Horrible’s cast and creator of the World of Warcraft/MMORPG spoof “The Guild” web series, Day infuses wit and wisdom into her performances shedding light on what makes the geek world turn.

 

 

 

ImageNatalie Portman.  An apprentice assassin. Darth Vader’s wife.  Luke & Leia’s mother.  V’s poster girl.  Thor’s love interest.  So many facets of nerddom for one gal to portray.

 

 

 

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Karen Gillan.  Donna, Rose, and Martha may have been companions for the modern Doctor, but none did it with as much sass as Amy Pond.  Not only did she give as good as she got from Eleven, she gave birth to his wife, River Song.  Who else could get away with calling the Doctor “you moron.”

 

 

 

Last but not least …

ImageJennifer Lawrence. When they remake Wonder Woman, I want Jennifer Lawrence to step into Lynda Carter’s red butt-kicking boots.  She started her film acting career with an Oscar nod in Winter’s Bone.  From there stepped into the blue skin of Rebecca Romain as an early Mystique.  Most fans know her best as Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games series.  I just can’t wait to see what she does next.  She has no love for the paparazzi or the Hollywood game, and talks about being a real woman in real words.

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Musical Monday

So Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has been growing on me.  The groove is funky and fun, I love the harmonies and I like the rhythm to it.  Especially the version he did with the Roots and Jimmy Fallon (and hell, I’m a Kimmel & CraigyFerg fan).  

If you haven’t seen it – you’ve seen (and at some point in your childhood played) all the instruments they’re using.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOZjaqHioro#at=89

Now then, there’s a lot of controversy over the original video and the lyrics.  Some feminists say it’s promoting rape culture.  And I  can to a degree, see their point. (Unrated version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwT6DZCQi9k)

By the same token – If you flip that, and do it Salt n Pepa “Shoop” style – (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vaN01VLYSQ) and it’s empowering.  I can see where Thicke thinks that’s what his motivation was.

And while it’s been redone by female artists (oh my god the voices on these gals) and done well (and I found out about it after I speculated that P!NK should have redone it because she’s got the chops too and wow what fun it could be to see her video) I wish they’d gone just a little less campy in their video rendition. 

Take a listen – close your eyes.  The voices from these gals rock.  

Heck, maybe Mr. Thicke and Pharell can get with these gals and do a fun mash up duet.

And maybe music can be just about a little fun, a little groove, and some good beats. 

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Respecting those who fought for us, abroad and at home

Respecting those who fought for us, abroad and at home

Not nerdy but necessary today:

This is servicemen and vets honoring the late Col. Bud Day on Brooks Bridge in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.

Col. Day was John McCain’s roommate in the Hanoi Hotel. He was a spokesman and advocate for the military and their families, fighting hard to keep the veteran and family benefits promised to our service members when they signed up.

He passed away earlier this week, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the entire 90 mile drive from the memorial to Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola isn’t lined with those paying tribute.

This photo was taken by an old HS friend (Eric Finn) today. I think it’s only fair we not only respect Col. Day, but those who still serve and have served this great nation.

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More Nerdsday Fun

More Nerdsday Fun

DeBie Hive (one of my favorite favorite bloggers) talks about crushing on Wesley (Wheaton!)  and a few other geek gods.  Ohhh. Now that’s a topic for Nerdsday … Geek Gods. Totally coming next week. 😀

 

If you don’t read DeBie Hive, you’re missing out. Totally. 

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Early Nerdsday – Book Series Review – The Callahan Chronicles

Yeah, I know. I know.

I’ve been slacking.

A lot. 

Life getting in the way, computer down, reasons and excuses and you’ve heard them all before so, to hell with it.

I’m back, with a vengeance.

A former boss of me shared a list of the 100 Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy books of all time today.  I’ve read 70+.  But what appalled me is a series of my favorites were NOT on the list.

The Callahan Chronicles.  

ImageBear in mind, this is a collection of short stories, which all started as works in Analog Science Fiction & Fact in the 80s.  The cast of characters included a time-traveling Irishman, references to his brothel-running wife, a doctor afflicted with puns, an ex-hippie guitarist, alcoholic vampire, and more, all set in a Long Island, NY bar.

I stumbled on the series out of order (that’s a shock if you know me) with a side-project called “Lady Slings the Booze” – how Lady Sally Callahan and her staff, Nikola Tesla, a PI and a mutant dog save the world from nuclear annihilation in the mid 1980s, and cause Dan Rather to get beat up, and an REM classic to be written (What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?).

The humor, wit, and “well hell, maybe that coulda happened” had me hooked. It was my dad’s book.  Totally his fault I’m a geek. And I’m totally ok with that.

My dad and I both read that one, then quickly acquired the previous short stories about Callahan and his crew.  The Crosstime Saloon is the first anthology – and “The Guy With The Eyes” is the first story.  Over time the stories and anthologies have combined and evolved. Every one as hysterical and well-written as the last.  Most of them revolve around humanity – and simply being a decent human being, with the plot inclusions of nuking New York, aliens, mobsters, and music thrown in for good measure.

The longer stories, including Callahan’s Touch, Callahan’s Con, Callahan’s Lady, and Callahan’s Key, all involve some element of saving the world, whether from “local” terrors or alien forces and AI.  

Yes, the issues have been covered a million times over in sci-fi/fantasy, but it’s the humanity of the characters and frankly the balls out humor that makes Robinson’s tales special.

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Of course, while researching the book, I discovered that sometime in the 1990s, a computer game was made.

And the gamer geek in me, who helped her dad code Hitchhiker’s Guild to the Galaxy for his TI99 on cassette tape as a kid, just screamed “OMG OMG GET IT GET IT GET IT NOW.”

There may be a review of that to come.  

 

 

Until then – I’m going to revisit the bar, and have a God’s Blessing or three.  

If you’re looking for something new and good, even if it’s old, to read.  Pick up or download Callahan’s tales.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

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Dealing with current events

Yeah. So, just down the road from me was the “trial of the year” aka the Zimmerman trial.  I’ve got a million opinions about this, as does everyone else on the ‘net, but first and foremost, I think this has all been a hate hype.

I said it. It’s mostly hype.

Honestly, I think Mr. Zimmerman would’ve done exactly the same thing, to any strange kid in his neighborhood, regardless of whether they were black, white, hispanic, Native American, or green with purple stripes.  He felt empowered to patrol his neighborhood as a watch member, and was legally entitled to have a  concealed firearm.  The neighborhood had a history of recent break ins.

The real tragedy in this, in my non-legal opinion, is that it doesn’t matter who the kid was, the outcome with the average 17 to 20 year old guy (and nobody new Mr. Martin’s age until after the fact) would’ve been the same.  Just as Zimmerman was empowered by his handgun and his “home turf” many young adult men have an entitlement complex where they will buck up and be macho about a guy following them when they are doing nothing wrong.

I honestly think Zimmerman himself isn’t racist.  But I think the judicial system is.

Therein lies the rub.  Because the issue became “white man (or half white/half peruvian man) kills black boy” rather than “neighborhood watch guy kills teen” the incident got a full head of steam and drama queens.  Not a year earlier Zimmerman ticked off the same Sanford Police Department (and its then chief) when he was trying to bring the department actions to light when the son of a department officer beat a homeless black man within an inch of his life.  A lot of that was left out of the national and social media.

Before the police department and prosecutors office in Sanford could complete their investigation, FDLE and the special prosecutor took it over.  Because of the public outcry, they shot for a second degree murder charge.

Zimmerman didn’t help things any by lying to the judge about his history and his defense fund.  I’m sure someone’s going to come back at him and his wife for the perjury charges.

I watched a lot of the trial. I work at home, and frankly it was on every goddamn channel in the metro Orlando area.  I watched a lot of the analysis.

Our justice system is set up that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Period.

The state did not prove it’s case for second degree murder. Period.

The jury found Zimmerman not guilty by reason of self defense. Period.

That means even finding him guilty of manslaughter – which by definition is actions causing death – they found Zimmerman fired in self defense.  Even though Zimmerman shouldn’t have disobeyed the police dispatcher and followed Martin, and even though Martin could’ve run the distance to his dad’s home, Zimmerman is “not guilty.”

Not guilty is a far cry from innocent.

My takeaway from this is several fold.

First – what happens the next cold raining night a neighborhood watch guy sees a strange kid in his neighborhood and follows him, or her?  Can’t tell in a hoodie at night in the rain.

Second – why is there not as much outcry in similar situations where “stand your ground” is claimed?

In Jacksonville – a white man killed a teenager over his stereo being too loud at a gas station.  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/27/florida-man-charged-with-killing-teen-over-loud-music/

In Miami, a man killed his wife’s lover, shooting him in the back several times and claims self defense and stand your ground.  He was acquitted last month.  http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/06/04/2095821/citing-stand-your-ground-jury-acquits-man-who-killed-wifes-lover/?mobile=nc

And again in the Jacksonville area, just a day before Zimmerman was acquitted, a black woman received a 20-year sentence because she fired warning shots at her abusive husband, and cited self-defense/stand your ground.  http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2012-05-11/story/jacksonville-woman-sentenced-20-years-prison-stand-your-ground

Interestingly, three of these cases are being prosecuted through the Jacksonville State Attorney’s office.  Dunn is being tried in September on 1st degree murder charges.  Hopefully they are slightly more competent in the prosecution in that case.

What’s the difference, besides the gender and race of the accused?  I put money on having money for representation.  Zimmerman had one of the best defense lawyers in the area.  O’Mara easily deflected the overreaching prosecution theories and circumstantial evidence, and proved a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman acted in self defense.  I’m sure the rich Miami man had similar representation.

And likewise, Marissa Alexander, had a public defender.

Are Zimmerman, the jury or all Floridians racist?  Everyone’s got some preconceived notions, even the most liberal of folks, about racial stereotypes.  Some protest to much in an effort to over come them.  But I don’t think any of the individuals involved in this acted purely on racial intent, if at all.

The real racism lies within the system.  Where enough publicity can be raised to create a modern-day lynching on one person for a questionably heinous act, but not on others just as abominable.

Let’s see the same hew and cry over Marissa Alexander’s situation.  Or what happened with Ralph Wald in Miami.  Or Michael Dunn in Jacksonville.

And let’s see how we can fix the judicial system to make justice not only blind, but color blind.

 

 

 

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Programming Note

I have two more blogs forthcoming in my series and perspective as an USAF brat.

Because they are going to be potentially controversial, an out of an abundance of respect for the men & women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for my first amendment freedoms — I am delaying publication until later in next week.

I hope you understand.

I in no way intend to disrespect the armed forces, then or now, but I’d rather the focus of Memorial Day o. My blog & page reflect a tribute to the honorable service members and not on the less honorable actions of a few.

Thanks,

Krisa.

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If it’s not midnight yet, it’s still Nerdsday. Right?

Yeah I know. I’m late on the funny today.  It’s amazing how much brain power paperwork for an almost-kindergartner takes.  (Case in point, I had to check that last sentence three times for grammar. Dafuq?)

Digression aside- all in one now, your nerdsday memes.

The Whovian Heart-Attack:

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A cute hat for Whedonverse fans – found this on pinterest and the creator is a store on Etsy called GeekAByeBaby.  For a man (or woman) named Jayne.

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And last but not least – Feline Fans of the Force.  (Alliteration – gotta love it!)

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