Touch of Magic|
[Most Recent Entries]
Below are the 20 most recent journal entries recorded in
[ << Previous 20 ]
[ << Previous 20 ]
|Thursday, January 24th, 2019|
|Warning! Star Trek Fan Theory
I have read - though I was unable to confirm for this post - that when the transporter for the _Enterprise D_ was designed that they made the upper part resemble the platform of the transporter from the original series. It may even have used some of the parts, placed in the ceiling to prevent wear from walking on them.
Note that in _First Contact_ the Vulcans arrive by shuttlecraft, rather than transporting down. (The only transporting done in the movie was by folks from the future.)
So, here's the theory. At the time of _First Contact_ even the Vulcans didn't have transporters. That humans - going where Vulcans didn't have a reason to look - found a broken one in a derelict ship of unknown origin. They made repairs and through the decades some improvements, but were still feeling their way along.
Therefore, the reason they had so much trouble with the transporter in the original series was that they didn't have a full understanding of how it worked. That, in fact, every Federation transporter from that era had the beaming chamber installed *upside down*! :-) Current Mood: amused
|Saturday, January 19th, 2019|
|Masks 8 Published
Current Mood: accomplished
|<input ... > <input ... >
The eighth Masks story has been published:
When the opportunity arises for Lawrence Hawthorne to investigate accusations
against his long dead mentor, detective Mack Risk, he recruits several other
friends of Mack to help. This results in a group of superhumans in late middle
age - and older - going on an expedition into the Rockies near the Canadian
If the police knew about this there'd be a manhunt. If their life insurance
companies knew they would cancel their policies. There's life in these aging
men, yet. As well as super powers. They're engaged in serious business, but
there's no reason not to have fun while doing it.
This is shorter and has more sex than most Masks stories.
|Saturday, December 22nd, 2018|
Been sleeping well all week. Been exercising. Feeling good for the first time in weeks. Was looking forward to going to gaming tonight, for our last session before Christmas.Phone rang at 7:15. I have an 86 year old mother with health problems. I jumped out of bed, fearing the worst. I realized it wasn't when I saw the caller ID was INVALID NUMBER. Sure enough, the caller hung up without saying anything when the answering machine picked up. I fed the cats and opened the cat door, then went back to bed. But not to sleep. I managed to doze, but finally gave up around 9:15. A few minutes later my mother _did_ call, but to finalize family holiday meal and present opening plans. *Sigh*.I'm so sleepy right now I'm having trouble remembering words (and I mean more trouble than usual). If I can't get a good, long nap this afternoon I'm just staying home. Argh.
Current Mood: sleepy
Update: Yeah. Tooooooo sleepy. When I heard a radio announcer talking about the partial government shutdown saying "The Grand Canyon is open" I laughed out loud.
|Friday, December 21st, 2018|
Virgin snowfield, just waiting for cross-country skiers: Current Mood: amused
|Friday, November 9th, 2018|
|Best Laid Plans
Current Mood: sick
I was supposed to go in this morning for my six month fasting blood test. Unfortunately, shortly after getting into bed last night I began several hours of a major irritable bowel attack. I finally just turned the alarm off and instead slept in this morning.
I'll go next week. A few extra days out of six months won't make much difference.
|Saturday, September 8th, 2018|
|Long Time Coming
I just finished uploading and commenting on images I took at and around the Capital Overlook of Frankfort, Kentucky in the Fall of 1998: Current Mood: sleepy
|Monday, August 27th, 2018|
I really, really, really hate when Windows tells me I've entered an incorrect password before it lets me enter a password. Current Mood: annoyed
|Friday, July 27th, 2018|
|Better and Worse
The previous night I felt so bad I had no trouble sleeping. Last night I was feeling better. Naturally, I had a *lot* of trouble sleeping. Mainly due to itching.
I applied additional hydrocortisone ointment. Then took an extra Benadryl. Couldn't take an Ibuprofen, due to being on prescription Prednisone. Still itching.
Around 2:00 AM I suddenly remembered I had a tube of ointment with lidocaine in it. Used that. Great relief. Not total; but enough so I could sleep. Thank you, impulse buy at medical supply store I only visit about once a year.
Aside from being sleepy (so sleepy I started a load of laundry which should have been washed on Delicate on Whitest Whites and only caught it at the rinse) I'm doing better. Swelling on right arm nearly gone. Still itching. Current Mood: sleepy
|Thursday, July 26th, 2018|
I found a yellowjacket nest the hard way, yesterday, while mowing. I got stung twice (as usual; for some reason, perhaps combined reflexes, every time this has happened I've been stung twice), once on my right elbow and once on my right wrist. I treated the stings with hydrocortisone ointment and finished mowing, very definitely avoiding that spot. The nest was up against the foundation of my house, near the gas meter. Once I knew it was there I could see the half-grown (as expected for a new nest) yellowjackets flying in and out. I got the cats in and dusted the hole and the area around it with the insecticide powder I've used for yellowjackets before. Knew I might have to repeat that treatment the next day, but figured the danger was over. Nope. Hours later, while watching TV, something stung me several times on the left side of my neck. I treated the stings, then looked for the culprit. No sign. I actually thought it might be a spider which had gotten into the Afghan I use as a pillow. This morning I found a dead, juvenile yellowjacket near the window over the nest. Coincidence? No telling. However, I suspect that is what stung me last night, possibly receiving fatal wounds when I reacted to the sting. It desperately tried to make it home, only to find a closed window in the way. No idea how it got inside. Perhaps on my clothing. Perhaps following me when I ran inside after the initial stinging. Better today, but I still have a lot of swelling and redness. I may call the doctor in a bit. Current Mood: cranky
|Friday, July 13th, 2018|
Keeping the cats in today, to their displeasure. Yesterday all the houses on this street received a notice that today the contractors previously repaving at the entrance to our neighborhood will be oiling and paving here. Combine that with this being Friday 13th. "Whole lotta nope right there!" :-) Current Mood: annoyed
|Saturday, June 23rd, 2018|
|A New Masks Story is Published!
Doppler Press has brought out my fifth Masks story as a Kindle e-book through Amazon, as of June 23, 2018!
While life goes on for Template and her friends and allies, a new generation is getting its own start.
You can also still buy the first four Masks stories at the same link!
Current Mood: accomplished
Read about the history of the Masks universe at the link below!
|Friday, June 22nd, 2018|
Bureaucracies love "Zero Tolerance." It means they don't have to think about anything; just treat everyone the same. The problem is that everyone is different. Human beings are supposed to use their judgement to treat each person - and each family - as the unique situation they are. As has been proven repeatedly and consistently, "Zero Tolerance" makes zero sense. Current Mood: angry
|Sunday, June 17th, 2018|
|A Good Night's Sleep
I seriously overslept this morning. Feels good.
I suspect I needed this, especially after I forgot to turn the alarm off Friday night and didn't sleep in Saturday. Current Mood: awake
|Thursday, June 14th, 2018|
Most likely at least partly due to the antibiotic I've been on, I have slept very little the past three nights. The past two nights I went to bed early, but then woke even earlier.
Part of the problem is that my bedroom catches the morning Sun and gets warm, in spite of both shades and a curtain. After a night of cool comfort, I wake up overheated. Though I think much of that the past week has been due to the lower respiratory infection, as mentioned last Saturday.
I really need to mow my yard, after all the rain we've had this week. Will start after breakfast digests, taking it in easy stages. Nothing about this task is very physically challenging; it's just a big yard.
Then, probably after lunch, I'll try to nap. Otherwise I'll be useless the rest of the day as the lack of sleep catches up with me. Current Mood: sleepy
|Saturday, June 9th, 2018|
|Once More, With Phlegm
Woke up this morning bathed in sweat. Called doctor, made appointment (East Side Family Medicine is open until Noon on Saturday).
Doctor says it's a lower respiratory infection. Put me on Z-Pac. Will take first dose during Lunch.
Will likely be at home all weekend.
|Monday, May 28th, 2018|
Not sure what's wrong. I did mow my back yard yesterday morning in high temps and humidity. However, I took it in stages and drank plenty of water. Didn't actually start feeling sick until the late evening. Then I was mostly just tired.
I actually scared myself this morning. My bedroom windows catch the morning sun, so being a bit warm when I wake is not unusual. I was fine when I got up a little after 6:00 to use the john and get some water. (Sleeping in due to the holiday and being restless during the night.) However, when I woke at 9:30 I was baking. I was hot, sweating heavily. Took me more than an hour to feel cool again.
Naturally, the only medical place open today is the emergency room. I'm feeling somewhat better, so will wait until tomorrow and - if still feeling sick - will go to my usual PCP.
|Saturday, May 19th, 2018|
This is ridiculous. Tragedy strikes, and instead of helping, politicians of every stripe (not all politicians, but far too many) trot out their favorite phrases, blame their favorite bogeyman and feel they've done their job. Enough. Violence is a social problem and an individual problem. Dealing with either type is not easy, but it must be done. Stop targeting this class of object or that favorite group to blame. Find out why this _individual_ did this. Figure out why _society_ allowed them to get to a place in their life where committing such an act seemed acceptable. We have to figure out why these few - and they are, by a huge measure, exceptions to the general population - do these things. We _must_ as a community learn how to identify them and get them help before they hurt anyone, including themselves. We must _not_ base policies only on these exceptions, but learn to include measures for dealing with them. Bureaucracies love to generalize and hate to deal with individuals, but if we cannot learn to do this we are a failure as a society. After the Parkland, Florida shooting I heard an interview with a criminal court judge. He angrily stated that law enforcement has been given reliable tools for predicting who will commit a crime, but nothing to help predict who will become violent. That has to change. As a Christian, I say that we must become our brother's keeper. Not in the _1984_ Big Brother, oppressive sense; but in the sense of paying attention to each other and caring for each other. Of offering a kind word and a supporting hand when it is needed. Of staging in intervention when it is required. The legal tools for this exist but are rarely used and could be improved. Far more important, though, is the change in attitude that our nation and we as individuals must demonstrate. Look out for each other.
May these few and clumsy words help someone more enlightened produce a solution. Current Mood: angry
|Friday, April 20th, 2018|
|A Very Twilight Zone Experience
Current Mood: amused
Someone set up a video with every Serling introduction to the program with them all synced to end when he says "Twilight Zone." The cacophony builds and builds until that final moment (reminiscent of the later ending of the Beatles "A Day in the Life") when it all comes together:
|Wednesday, April 4th, 2018|
I went to ConGlomeration with a mild cold. I came back with a worse one. I don't know if the worse health now is due to not resting enough - though Irested plenty, even missing a lot of the con - or if I actually caughtsomething there. The timing is right for the second; my condition begandeteriorating Tuesday, three days after the middle of the con. That'sgenerally the incubation period. Got to bed late last night due to napping in my recliner for a couple of hours(with the Weather Underground playing at low volume in the background) untilthe storms passed. Went to bed chilled and woke up roasting. While I'm stillsick today (Wednesday) I no longer feel as feverish as I did Tuesday.Hopefully, that means I'm on the mend. Current Mood: sick