10 December 2009

Pod For A Cause - Daytime Stars & Strikes for American Cancer Society

On 13th December 2009, there will be a Pod for a Cause/American Cancer Society's Daytime Stars and Strikes 2009, hosted by Destini of Big Purple Radio.
EVENT: Pod for a Cause/American Cancer Society's Daytime Stars and Strikes 2009 DATE: Sunday, December 13, 2009 TIME: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST LINKS: Pod For A Cause - Destini on BlogTalk Radio - Part 1 / Pod For A Cause - Destini on BlogTalk Radio - Part 2
Join host Destini as she holds a live marathon podcast for Cancer. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Institute in the name of Daytime Stars and Strikes. There will be interviews with 2-time Daytime Emmy winner and cancer survivor Jerry verDorn and Elizabeth Keifer and various actors from One Life to Live and Guiding Light as well surprise live guests. There will be a link for a live auction. You don't have to register to listen or call-in. Click on the links for the show and you can either listen as it streams live or call in and listen on the line or download after it's all over. Join us and help fight cancer, one research dollar at a time.
Robin Strasser (Dorian, One Life to Live) has donated a vintage 'Dorian Lord' costume for auction for the event. The winner of the auction will go to the ABC New York studios OLTL set and have picture taken with Ms Strasser in the costume and then be able to take the costume home with them. Vintage 'Dorian Lord' Costume
Other auction items for the Pod For A Cause have been donated by:
  • Mimi Torchin
  • The cast of One Life To Live
  • Outviews
  • Devlinof9
  • Nut-meggers
  • Gina L. Dartt
  • J Lynn Stapleton

  • Recorded Interviews during the Daytime Stars & Strikes event in NYC 11th October 2009:
  • Jerry Ver Dorn (GL/OLTL)
  • Liz Keifer (GL)
  • Orlagh Cassidy (GL)
  • Jessica Leccia (GL/Venice)
  • Zack Conroy (GL)
  • Jennifer Rozell (GL)
  • Scott Evans (OLTL)

  • Plus surprise call-in guests

    04 April 2009

    Keep The Light On

    Here's a lovely vid by Cajun (from the BPD board) to keep Guiding Light on the airwaves.

    10 March 2009

    A Music Meme from Around the Net

    Set iTunes (or whatever) to list tracks in alphabetical order. Then post the track name and artist of the first song for each letter of the alphabet, with a little comment if you are inclined that way. It should go without saying that you should not skip the embarrassing ones, but feel free to skip ones that aren't really tracks, or are badly labeled.

    Above the Clouds - Cindy Lauper
    Baby Can I Hold You - Tracy Chapman
    Caledonia - The Barra MacNeils
    The Dance - Battlestar Galactica soundtrack 'Unfinished Business'
    Effigy - Natalie Merchant
    Fallen - Sarah McLachlan
    Gimme Gimme Gimme - Mama Mia! Soundtrack
    Halfway Back - Grey Eye Glances
    I'll Stand By You - Girls Aloud
    Jig of Life - Kate Bush
    Kat's Sacrifice - Battlestar Galactica soundtrack 'The Passage'
    La Vie Boheme - Rent Soundtrack
    MacPherson's Lament - Rawlin's Cross
    Never-Ending Road (Amhrán Duit) - Loreena McKennitt
    Ocean of Sorrows - Shaye
    Party Non-Stop - Various Artists - Body Combat 36
    Quiet Times - Dido
    Rage - Jennie Muskett - Spooks Soundtrack
    Sadness - Enigma/Enya
    Take a Chance on Me - Mama Mia! Soundtrack
    Undercover - Jennie Muskett - Spooks Soundtrack
    Video Killed The Radio Star - Buggles
    Walking in Memphis/James Bond Theme - Various Artists - Body Combat 36
    Xena: Warrior Princess theme song
    You're So Vain - Jann Arden
    Zombie - Various Artists - Body Combat 36

    26 February 2009

    Squeeee!!! I Got It!

    I did my taxes this morning. E-filed them. Will have tax return shortly. :)

    This is what I had planned for my tax return for MONTHS, if the return went well enough. I went out and bought the camera I've been oogling for about a year or so. Perhaps not this particular model, but a Canon DSLR, all the same. On Tuesday, I went up to Futureshop and took a look at it, along with the Canon XSi. And it [Rebel XS] was on sale this week. Tax return will more than pay for the cost. I had done a fair bit of investigation with regards to specifications, costs, recommendations and the Canon kept coming up on top.

    Canon XS 1000D 10.1MP DSLR With 18-55mm IS Lens Kit & EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 II USM Lens Kit Package.

    I also picked up a couple 4GB SD memory cards and a carry case for camera/lenses. I started playing with it this afternoon, practicing different shots and with different settings. Will work at it some more after I go through some of the helpful manuals. :) I'll be going down to Halifax (Nova Scotia) in a week and a half. Yay. Hopefully will be able to do some lovely landscape and nature photography. Especially if we manage to get out to Peggy's Cove.

    Here are two shots I took last year with my Pentax Optio E30

    Trinity, Newfoundland

    St. John's, Newfoundland

    I can't wait to see what I can do with the DSLR camera. :)

    11 February 2009

    Beautiful Jewelry Pieces

    A couple months ago I had spoken with a local jeweller about getting a piece done for an aunt of mine, who is a retired nurse. I wanted something special and unique. I'd first seen the jeweller at a Christmas Craft Sale over on Prince Edward Island a a little more than a year ago, then they came to the Craft Sale here in Fredericton a couple weeks later. I found a few lovely pieces that I'd picked up for friends. When they were back this past December, I had browsed their pieces and they had mentioned they do custom pieces. So I thought about it for a bit and contacted them.

    The artist is Marcie Poirier, and her company is Wildabout Wampum. The pieces (both pendants and earings) are carved from Quahog and Queen Conch shells.
    "Marcia creates her works by meticulously sculpting the rare purple sections of the Quahog shell and the vivid pink hues of the Queen Conch.

    Purple Quahog shells occur only in specific areas where they absorb amythest on the ocean floor, making them prized finds for Marcia's jewelry.

    Queen Conchs, meanwhile are larger shells found primarily in regions such as Florida, Bahamas, and similar tropical areas.

    In Marcia's works, the Quahog and Conch shells are ground, carved and sanded. Many are also then accented with sterling silver highlighting."
    [taken from her information card]. Contact information available on her website.

    The piece I'd gotten her to do was of a nurse's cap. It's just beautiful:

    08 February 2009

    Bollocks! No more "Wire In The Blood"

    At least as a television series.

    From Val McDermid's e-Newsletter:
    It’s not all good news, however. I’m very sad to report that ITV have refused to recommission WIRE IN THE BLOOD for a seventh series. All of us involved with the show have been in a state of shock since we got the news. It’s inexplicable to me. In spite of the fact that ITV have never given us a regular slot – the show has gone out at varying times of the year, on different nights and in at least three formats in terms of length – we have consistently delivered some of the highest audiences for any ITV drama. We have consistently been the most-watched show on any channel. According to official ratings figures, well over 90% of our viewers regard the show as an ‘appointment’ with the TV – ie, they don’t just watch because there’s nothing else on. The show is seen on 120 channels world-wide. It’s won awards – it’s just been shortlisted for an Edgar by the Mystery Writers of America. Year after year, Coastal have produced fantastic quality on a shoestring budget that has diminished in real terms. They’ve brought millions of pounds into the economy of the North East of England and because they’re the only company in the region producing network drama, this axing means a loss of skills and a loss of voice that goes way beyond our personal interests. For more on this, follow this link.
    Wire In The Blood axed from ITV.

    My next book - THE FEVER OF THE BONE will be published later in 2009 by Little, Brown. THE FEVER OF THE BONE is the sixth novel to feature clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan, and yet again it takes them into uncharted waters. I’ve started work on it, and so far it seems to be taking me into uncharted waters too!

    I'm hoping maybe lunchtime to venture up to Chapters to see if they have in Val McDermid's newest book, A DARKER DOMAIN in stock. They actually have it listed for $17.44 (list price is $22.95) for Trade Paperback. I'm *hoping* that the physical store has it listed for the same price as their online store. Actually might even check the Superstore. They often have newest books as well (as this was just published in North America in Jan. 09).

    01 February 2009

    Giggle - BSG Twitters

    Through one of my LiveJournal comms I came across this: Battlestar Galactica Twitters. Here's a few. There are others as well. Some of them are downright hilarious. Actually most of them are. Particularly Saul. :)

    Laura Roslin, Admiral William Adama also Bill Adama, Kara Thrace/Starbuck, Caprica Six, Natalie Six, Saul Tigh, Ellen Tigh

    31 January 2009


    A lot of things have happened since last weekend. But, first up, something that emailed me:

    CAD - Starbucks mug @ SplitReason.com
    CAD - Starbucks mug design @ © SplitReason.com

    Unfortunately, they're all sold out at the moment.

    I've just finished watching this week's Battlestar Galactica. No spoilers here but Holy Frak! More coherent thoughts later - hopefully.

    20 January 2009

    A Presidential Inauguration For the Masses

    Wow. I'm looking at the CNN coverage of the Presidential Inauguration. It's amazing to see such history taking place. This is such an important even of epic proportions. The crowds that are there must be so overwhelmed with a sense of awe and amazement. For me, sitting in front of my computer here in Canada, it is brilliant to watch. What it must be like to be there can only be indescribable.

    I can't begin to imagine the extent and importance of what this particular day means for the African American populations in the US and abroad, in as much as I'm caucasian and Canadian, and I have no basis of that kind of historic discrimination. But the degree in which the importance I know is monumental.

    I watch with baited breath to see this historic event taking place.

    There is sooo much to be done, so many things to accomplish within the next four years. I look forward to what vision and imagination comes to fruition.

    15 January 2009

    Grrrr Arrrrgh - Website down

    I got a notice on Facebook this evening that our sci-fi group's website is down. So I got out of bed (where I'd gotten the notice on my iPod), and gone down to check it out myself on the computers downstairs. Nope. Not working. No emails from web-hoster to say why it was down. Grrr.

    So I go to my hotmail addy where I have all that information on the registration, domain name hosting contract, etc. and print it off. I KNOW my domain name and registration isn't due until mid May 2009. So I check the web-hosting service (amray.ca) only to see that THEIR website is down. SHITE! That's not good. So, I go to their head company's website and get a contact phone number for the webhost company [Amray Webhosting]. Call them.

    Their servers are down for annual maintenance. Will be back up later tonight at the earliest, tomorrow morning by the latest. I know the site (my own plus the sci-fi group's website) is not top priority for everyone but you know, a nice little email general announcement to your clients from the webserver that your servers will be down between this time and that time would be helpful. But nothing. At anyrate, once I got it figured out, I got a notice sent out to 'my people' that the club's website (amongst many others) was temporarily down for annual maintenance. You know. The polite thing to do.

    Website was back up at 2100h.

    10 January 2009

    On 16th January, Space [the Canadian SF/F channel] is holding a Marathon of BSG Day beginning at 10am EST. First a run-through of Season 4.0: 10 eps back to back, then specials leading up to the premiere.

  • 10:00 - He That Believeth In Me
  • 11:00 - Six of One
  • 12:00 - The Ties That Bind
  • 13:00 - Escape Velocity
  • 14:00 - The Road Less Travelled
  • 15:00 - Faith
  • 16:00 - Guess What's Coming To Dinner
  • 17:00 - Sine Qua Non
  • 18:00 - The Hub
  • 19:00 - Revelations
  • 20:00 - The Circuit: BSG Special: A special Circuit episode devoted entirely to all things Battlestar Galactica.
  • 20:30 - Battlestar Galactica: The Top 10 Things You Need To Know - Features interviews with Ron Moore and David Eick which break down the series to its essential elements: characters, locations, key storylines, distilling the show for new and returning viewers with special emphasis on the most recent 10 episodes of season 4.
  • 21:00 - Battlestar Galactica: The Webisodes: The Face Of The Enemy - The story focuses on Lt. Gaeta in the aftermath of the events seen in the final episode of Season 4.0 ("Revelations"). Number Eight (Sharon) also stars.
  • 22:00 - BSG Season 4.5 Premiere: Sometimes A Great Notion - Kara struggles with the foreboding prediction of the Cylon Hybrid, while Adama and the Colonial fleet face despair over their shocking discovery.
  • 23:00 - Fandom Forum: Battlestar Galactica - A in-depth chat about the jaw-dropping fourth season of Battlestar Galactica and where the crew is going in the second half.

    And the BEST thing of all: I'm not working next Friday night. I don't have to set it up to watch later - even though I will, in addition to watching it as airing. Dammmnn. Sweet. :) I mean it's not like I don't already have the DVDs for 4.0, but it's the thrill of the day. :)
  • 07 January 2009

    Battlestar Galactica Season 4.0 DVDs - Special Edition

    I went up to Futureshop today to pick up the new dvds for BSG Season 4.0. They had a Battlestar Galactica Season 4.0 4-Disc Special Edition Steelbook. It's a Futureshop Exclusive item - $37.99 Cdn. The scan of the cover [from my scanner] wasn't the greatest because it's a dark silver steel metallic case, and shiny. Doesn't scan that great. The set includes the steelbook casing. Yippee! Pretty, Shiny......

    Mmm. I wonder how fast I can watch the eps before the Season 4.5 opener next Friday. Also, better clips for fanvid making without Sci-Fi or Space or SkyOne logos on the screen.

    Special features incl.:
  • Unrated extended version of BSG: Razor; Behind the Scenes Featurettes [The Journey - Cylons: The Twelve - Season 4.5 The Untold Story-Untold - The Music of Battlestar Galactica - Caprica Sneak Preview]
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Podcasts
  • Producers Video Blogs [Love in Space - Why Hath David Forsaken Us - So, This Is It? - What Next? What Now? - Digital Pressure - Space Cowboys - Lucy's Breakdown - Are You Frakkin' Kidding Me? - I'm A Frakkin' Cylon - Last Call].

  • 06 January 2009

    The First Post...

    Well, I don't know how much I'll actually be posting here, since I primarily use LiveJournal for my journalling/blogging purposes. However, I'll give it a go, and see what happens. Who knows, I might just end up using both.

    There's always a need for backups. :)