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Science songs that make me go 'oooooh'....

“A still more glorious dawn awaits. Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise. A morning filled with 400 billion suns.” – Carl Sagan

I just have to put these out there, because they give me a complete and utter nerdgasm.


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They are also my unofficial soundtrack for Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2.


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RPG elements are stripped out, or scaled back. The born-again shooter gameplay was frustrating to begin with for an old hack like me, but eventually left me rejoicing in my own biotic badassery.

Cinematic sound and scenery are breathtaking, and NPC animation will have you interested in learning more about the universe and the personalities that inhabit it.

Mass Effect 2 shines through with epic storytelling, Dialogue had me laughing out loud more than once, or left me open-mouthed in an Oh-no-she-didn’t state of awe. Characters I’d expected to hate and leave to their deaths on a suicide mission became squad favourites, with layers to them I didn’t expect to find. This made me invest in them, their stories, and their survival on this suicide mission.

So long ago...

Found some old journals I kept while travelling in Malaysia many, many years ago. Makes me feel ancient. Makes me wonder how I could have been so young and so unhappy, when I'm now so old and so content.

September 11, 1998
Menara Kuala Lumpur
When I was the first autumn leaves blowing through the river valley, I was
glad to leave. Now, I sit 282 metres in the sky with my solitary coffee
and gaze over the expanse of Kuala Lumpur...and I can barely believe I am
here — although the heat and moisture go a long way to convince me.
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 OK...so my household grew by four this weekend...
Now, in addition to my cat, Tao, and my Betta fishie, Wrex, I now have two red-eared slider turtles and two goldfish ... and I have no idea what to call any of them!

Thoughts on Karma

So, the half-assed pseudo-actress Sharon Stone thinks she knows how Karma works? Must be because she's SUCH good friends with the Dalai Lama


Summer's so close, I can taste it!!

So, this is the fault of Cranjery over on dA. He had questions about my summer obsession...

Late night conversations

Drifting to sleep beside my husband, talking about possible applying for a new job somewhere…he urges me to take a chance, says he wants me to be happy with my work. I say I’ll do it, but either way it’s OK. There are opportunities at my current job that make me happy, too.
My husband … a chipmunk on crack at 1 a.m….

Sucks to be a geek

First it was losing Mr. Gygax, and then hearing that Terry Pratchett has Alzheimers http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/femail/article.html?in_article_id=539009&in_page_id=1879.
And now this - Arthur C. Clark has passed away. http://www.news.com/8301-13772_3-9897329-52.html
I feel like it's a mass exodus of heroes before the world goes to hell in a handbasket. Maybe they're being taken away from us to fight the good fight somewhere else?
Sucks to be a geek lately...
So, to you, Mr. Clark, I hope you've found your home among the stars.

Live-action Akira

Yeah, I'm so old-school it hurts....


So, they're gonna make live-action Akira....

Not sure how I feel about this. 

It will either be amazing or an epic fail.

I think I'll wait to see who signs on....