Saturday, May 12, 2007

I've Been Tagged

I've been tagged by Bebe.

In case I tag you, here are the rules:
1) Each player starts with 8 random facts or habits about themselves.
2) People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their 8 things with a copy of these rules.
3) At the end of your blog you need to choose 8 people to get tagged and list their names.
4) Don't forget to leave them a note saying they've been tagged.

1. I have 5 extra holes in my head (ear piercings).

2. I have a Pearl Harbor Day birthday.

3. I haven't had my hair cut professionally in about four years.

4. I'm interested in who wins the Stanley Cup. I suppose this is only strange because other than hockey I pretty much hate watching sports. I was really very sad when San Jose lost their shot.

5. I want a tattoo. But I have allergies that come and go according to the whims of the allergy demons and I'm too paranoid I'd end up sensitive to the ink after it was too late.

6. I don't have any sisters either.

7. I have at least one bad habit I want to quit.

8. I drink water. I know that isn't normally unique, but only 1 in 10 people at work have water at their desks and I am always amazed because we live in the desert.

I admit it. I am a bit lazy to go find people who haven't been tagged. This one has made the rounds, so I'm taking the easy way out and inviting anyone intersted.

A Sweet So Sour: Kool-Aid Dills

I haven't made up my mind if I want to use a perfectly good packet of Kool-Aid in a perfectly good jar of pickles yet. But, they are certainly pretty. There are some cook pics in the article below.

A Sweet So Sour: Kool-Aid Dills
By JOHN T. EDGE
Published: May 9, 2007

They are either the worst thing to happen to pickles or a particularly brave new taste sensation, but Kool-Aid dills are now popular in the Mississippi Delta.


Permalink to the New York Time article.

The blogger pic I linked to is from this blog post.

Friday, May 11, 2007

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Blogging for Authors

Blog This! @ Romance Divas
http://www.romancedivas.com/
Using a blog to promote your latest release? Over at Romance Divas, there is a thread where writers can swap promos.

Diva Bookshelf
http://divabookshelf.blogspot.com/
Stacy's Diva Bookshelf

Ebooks--Releases and Contest
http://ebooksreleasesandcontest.blogspot.com/
Pamela Tyner writes for New Concepts Publishing. She set up a blog to share information about new releases and contests. Any Epublished author can contact her at ebooksblog@hotmail.com

Debbie's Blurbs
http://debbiesblurbs.blogspot.com/
- A Place to Promo New Releases ... Both My Own and Others'

Portia's Promos
http://portiaspromos.blogspot.com/
Porta da Costa's promo blog for authors willing to reciprocate.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Artificial Intelligence on the Internet?

Did you hear about the "she invented" Google search?

I saw on one of the comments on Digg that someone went to check out Yahoo for political correctness, and they said Yahoo passed muster.

This response made me smile. Apparently there are some people among us that think Google "thinks". Personally I don't think Google's progamming has any predisposed opinions.

Along these lines...

I watched i, Robot the other day. I enjoy fiction about "ghosts in the machine".

This was a really good movie. Loved the characters. Would have enjoyed the movie more if there had been some smooching between hero and heroine. But, they made up for that was a shower shot of the super sexy hunk Will Smith.

Do you suppose I'll never make a living as a film critic? ;)

Part of the reason I like i, Robot so much is I've always enjoyed stories that bring up the notion artificial intelligence making man obsolete. Or rather, AI almost taking over. Will Smith saved the day.

The notion of AI posing problems as well as making life easier is one of the themes in my first novel Starlit Destiny. The ship that the hero and his buddy are running around in has illegal AI circuitry.

I started another story set among these worlds that I've yet to finish were cyborgs aren't allowed AI circuitry. That story I've started has a stronger ghost-in-the-machine theme. The hero in that story is the cyborg with AI circuitry. I'd like to finish it sooner than later.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Boycotting the Derby

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I refused to watch the Derby this weekend. Normally I do. This year I have no idea which horse won. I'm still a little curious though, and missed the tradition.

But, I'll keep up my boycott until Churchill Downs gets a new track.

Here's why they need it....

I got angry the other night I was watching the news and heard that on average two race horses are killed on race tracks around America -- mostly due to broken legs.

It's not that I didn't know horses die on the race track. But, what I didn't know was so many die regularly. Nor did I realize that they know how to eliminate a lot of deaths. Apparently there is a newer rubberized fill they use instead of dirt. The news said it is very expensive, but safer and makes the horses run faster on it because the track is easier on the horses.

The news said that the Kentucky Derby would rather keep killing horses than buck tradition. (Well, those weren't the exact words that they used, but that was the gist of it.)

It has occured to me that they news might not bring this up again because right now Barbaro's death is still making the media money. A year or two from now the draw will not be there.

Last year Pamela Anderson and PETA boycotted the Derby because of the KFC sponsorship. Admittedly, I'm getting all this out of the news sites like this one. Still... don't you think PETA should have considered the danger to the horses as part of their boycott?

Sucks to be a race horse.