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Star Trek: Terok Nor: Night of the Wolves
By S.D. Perry

Second book in the trilogy, set 18 years into the Cardassian occupation of Bajor. Some familiar faces start cropping up: Kira, Ro, and a host of other characters who appeared on DS9. We spend a lot more time with Dukat, and I'm still waitng for Garak to show up. There have been some encounters with the Obsidian Order, but none of the agents are named or really described, so I'm reading just about all of them with Garak's voice.

The Gates
By John Connolly

This one reminded me very much of Good Omens (in a good way). I love how Connolly brought the LHC into the story, and how he made demons terrifying yet not invulnerable.

No classics this time, dropping me down to 33.33% classics for the year so far.
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Day 30 - Saddest character death

Man, what a way to end the TV meme. Tasha's death was too early to be all that sad, it was more shocking. Jadzia's death in DS9 was probably the most sad death in Star Trek - at least in the TV shows. There isn't a whole lot of other death in the shows I watch.

The girls and I dropped off the foster pig this morning, and then I spent the rest of the morning and well into the afternoon working on my school stuff. Then it was some cooking, Psych, a tiny bit of grocery shopping, more Psych, return of the pig, and a little DS9 to wrap things up. All in all a good rainy Sunday.

Tomorrow begins the music meme!
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Day 29 - Current t.v show obsession

I have a number of TV shows that I'm following right now, but I'm not obsessed with any of them.Probably the closest at the moment is Project Runway. Not to say that I'm not still obsessed with all my previous obsessions, just that right now TV isn't a huge priority.

Went to a wine party tonight hosted by one of my bosses. She has a vineyard. How cool is that? And not only did I get to have gome good wine and good food, I also got to hang out with some of the cooler people from work! Plus I got to take a bottle home.
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Day 28 - First t.v show obsession

Really? You need to ask that question? Ok, fine. It's Star Trek The Next Generation. Do you now feel like you know something that you didn't already?

I didn't think so.

The Jo-Ann Fabric store near us just remodeled, and they sent out a huge number of coupons. Tonight Tigs and I took advantage of them and picked up a number of things. Unfortunately things aren't quite running at 100%. The girls at the cutting counter had all sorts of issues, which caused issues at checkout. Ah well.

I also went to my barber today. I haven't had a barber since I was 10. I have to say that I actually like the feel of a straight razor, and I'm having some crazy thoughts about getting one for myself to shave with.

Here are some work in progress pictures of my current Haloween projects.

First up we have the Cthulhu statue.
In these pictures you can see that I've built up the cheek bones, smoothed out some of the rough spots, and bulked up the tentacles.

Then I started to covered it with a coat of monster mud. It took a few stages to do the whole figure. I made the mud too thick, and it was really difficult to work with a brush. I gave up eventually, donned a couple of rubber gloves, and just smeared it on by hand. That actually worked pretty well, though in the future I'm going to make it thinner.

You can see here how I built up around the eyes with the mud. Once that was all done and dry I brought it outside.

Then I spray painted it green.

That's where it's at now. I'm trying to decide if I want to go and make it a greenish gray or black with green coming through it, and some dark gray highlights.

The other project I'm working on are a series of creepy books. This one is on werewolves. I started by drawing and cutting out a pattern on thick card, and then gluing it to the book.

Here I've added the paper mache paper towel to the cover, and painted it with brown while it was still wet.

Here's one without flash.

Since the pattern didn't show up well enough I decided to paint it.

These are two other books that are in progress.

One of my purchases at Jo-Ann fabrics was a ghastly fur for a monster book. That one's going to be fun!
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Day 27 - Best pilot episode

I’m going to have to go with Wonderfalls. It was such a quirky show, but that first episode just delivered it all, and made you want more.

Today was the most beautiful day I can remember in what feels like forever! Temperatures in the mid 70’s, a good breeze blowing, and mostly sunny! What more could you ask for? I spent some time enjoying it out back with the girls, eating some crackers and reading 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea on my Kindle. (I still need to do a 50 book challenge post!)

After that Tigs and I caught up on Project Runway (Yay for Michael C!! Boo to all the people that keep being so down on him) and the Tim Gunn post episode commentaries.

Don't ask, don't tell is unconstitutional. Duh.
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Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale

As far as season finales go, Star Trek has had numerous OMG! WTF? moments. The first and most stunning time they did it was the end of season 3 The Best of Both Worlds, and did that make for an unbearable summer for me, and I’m pretty sure for my mom, who I insisted on going over all my theories with. All. Summer. Long.

Alice’s last puppy agility class was yesterday and tonight was the club’s summer general meeting. Between them I did manage to squeeze in a few minutes of time to work on my statue, and do a little reading. I also got a gift from work – an old rusty horseshoe. Why is this exciting? Because it’s going to become yet another Halloween prop! This one will be a quick and easy one too.

In non-Halloween related news, I should be finishing up the banister this weekend. The weather looks like it'll cooperate, and I should be able to get it cleaned and stained Friday evening and Saturday, and hung on Sunday, between the various activities that are going on.

Also, next week is the primary election, and once again I'm serving as an election judge. So everyone in Maryland (and any other state with a primary coming up) go vote! Unless you've already done your absentee ballot or taken advantage of early voting.

Afraid of spiders? Would you blow yourself up to kill a spider? This man did!

Lucy thought that it should be pointed out that she is in fact awesomer than awesome.

Just in case you weren't aware.
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Day 24 - Best quote

This is probably the hardest question so far. There are so many good ones. Practically the first couple of seasons of West Wing in their entirety would qualify. The various quips of Gilmore Girls, So many from Star Trek, Firefly...

I'm going to have to go with one from Star Trek, one that set my imagination aflame so many years ago.

"Let's see what's out there!" Click here and go to minute 8.

Yesterday was a fun, but very busy day. First we went to a baby shower, and then took the girls to Frederick for the First Saturday fun. It's the first one we've been to for quite a while, and the girls were great! Lucy didn't even eat the face of the little kid who came up behind her and hugged her whole body. She showed incredible restraint, and was really on her best behavior. Alice loved all the attention, even the guy who just randomly bent down as he was walking past her to pet her head. Some people really need to be taught to ASK before touching a strange dog. Just because they're out for a walk doesn't mean you can just stick your hand in their face!

Today we went to the MD State Fair. We went early, and left before the Bieberites took over the place. We then stopped by Bust Buy to take a look at the notebook computers they've got. I'm planning on getting one for my school work. After that we came home, had some dinner, and then I did my homework, and I just finished a test (I got an 89%). The most awesome thing is that we've got tomorrow off work because of the Labor Day Holiday!!! Woo-hoo! We'll probably be taking the girls for a hike.

Prison guard misses escape because he was too busy playing Plants vs Zombies!
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Day 23 - Most annoying character

I had a visceral hatred of Darla, a minor vampire character from the first season of Buffy and then Angel. I’m not sure why exactly, and I haven’t re-watched it to see if I’d still hate her, but man. I’m glad she got staked.

The Halloween decorations are starting to appear in stores! Last night we had to make an emergency run to Jo-Ann Fabrics, and just inside the door was the first of the Halloween stuff! Unfortunately they were out of the awesomely awful green tiger stripe fake fur that I was thinking of getting for the Monster Book of Monsters that I wanted to make. Oh well.

Tonight I worked on my various creepy books, but didn't get around to the statue. Tomorrow. I also need to do a 50 book challenge post, and do some more school work. But for now, bed.
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Day 22 - Favorite series finale

Many of them do it so right. The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, Wonderfalls, DS9 and TNG. The ones that make the best ending are the ones that let you know that while the show is ending, the story doesn’t. When Sam turns out the lights at Cheers you know that the next day he’ll be back to turn them on again, that Norm and Cliff will be hanging out at the end of the bar. You know that Rory will go on to follow the Obama campaign through to the inauguration and that after that possibilities will continue to open up for her, Lorelei and Sookie will still have their B&B.

Which one is my favorite? I'm going to have to go with TNG, if only because I know that after it ends I still get a couple of movies.

There has been some progress on my paper mache statue. Since this picture was taken I made up some paper mache clay and added some cheek definition, lengthened the tail, and filled in a few gaps. I also bulked up the tentacles with some rolled up newspaper. They were looking too flat. Tomorrow I'm planning on adding one more layer of paper mache on top of what I've already got done, and then it'll be time to do some painting I think.

One of the other Halloween projects I'm thinking about is gravestones, and I was thinking about who/what to put on them. I was considering putting fictional dead characters on them, like Wash "I'm a leaf on the wind" or Chewbacca "R.A. Salvatore dropped a moon on me!" Any other ideas or characters I should consider?
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Day 21 - Favorite ship

I’ve been waiting for this question. Not that the answer will surprise anyone who knows me at all.

The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D.

It’s a beautiful ship, and I fell in love at first sight. Now there are admittedly prettier designs out there – The Enterprise E is far more sporty, the 1701-A is classier, and then there are all the ships from other shows. The Serenity is a neat vessel, along the same lines as the Millennium Falcon, both tramp freighters, but neither captured my imagination like the 1701-D did.


What do you mean that's not what the question meant?

Now I'm going to watch the Project Runway episode from 2 weeks ago!
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Day 20 - Favorite kiss

I’m a fan of the Kirk & Uhura kiss for it’s historical value, but in general there isn’t a whole lot of kissing in Star Trek (outside the original series anyway).

CJ & Danny’s first kiss was really well done, so lets go with that one.

I think part of the reason I’ve had Halloween on the brain is because some not so deep down lizard part of my brain has said that “SUMMER IS DONE! I AM DONE WITH SUMMER!!!!!” and the slightly more advanced part of my brain has translated that into Halloween. Plus for the last several years I’ve been filing all these neat projects that I keep seeing online into the back of my brain, and it’s now full, and spilling out.

Last night, after dropping off the license plates, I stopped at a Salvation Army store that I had passed on the way to the MVA. I was looking specifically for either cheap toys that I could salvage for various projects, or old encyclopedia sized books to destroy/improve in a variety of ways. I found 2 good books, including a very appropriate Mysteries of the Unexplaned. As I left the store and started to walk to the car I noticed that there was a Goodwill store across the street. 3 more books, a bag of balloons and a nifty looking water gun. My plan is to turn them into creepy Halloween books like this: Old Creepy Book

And for the record, I am SO done with 90 degree weather.
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Day 19 - Best t.v show cast

I’ve always been a big fan of larger ensemble casts, so there are a lot of good ones to choose from. The Star Treks of course, The West Wing, Firefly, Gilmore Girls, and of course Stargate SG1 all had fantastic casts.

Yesterday morning around 10am I said goodbye to my small white Kia Rio. We donated it to the local NPR station. The process wasn’t too bad, and I’ll get more from the tax break than I would have in trade-in value. It was a little sad to see it being loaded up onto the dolly and taken away.

I have Halloween on the brain. It’s always been my favorite holiday, even over Christmas. This year it’s kicking in HARD, and early too. Yesterday afternoon I went to Target to pick up a few items, and I ended up getting a bunch of things that hadn’t been on my original shopping list. 12 bottles of elmers glue (at $0.25 each) a couple of rolls of masking tape, a bucket, and 2 dragon figurines for $1 each that are perfect terrain items.

Tonight I applied the first layer of paper mache to the statue I started over the weekend.

O R'lyeh?

Aug. 29th, 2010 04:44 pm
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Day 18 - Favorite title sequence

Mad Men

Mad Men Main Title Sequence from Steve Fuller on Vimeo.

It's just perfect.

During the very late hours of the night last night I made a discovery in the depths of the cellar. An unformed thing, a creature that my minds eye has never before even conceived of. I was lead to the basement by a sick feeling, a slick dread that I could not name. This thing that both called and repulsed me was raw and unformed. It's very structure seemed to be forming before my eyes as it drew itself into my understanding, into our world. I don't believe that is from any world that we can conceive of, but from a time, a place early in the universe, if it is even from our universe. I snapped these photos before my camera refused to function further, and darkness overcame me.

Ok, I actually took the photo this morning. I was too tired last night.

Today I lost a friend that has been with me for years. I'm ok, just a little sad, but more about that tomorrow.
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The saga of the creepy neighbors continued tonight with a whole new chapter. Around 7:45 this evening, as I was cleaning out my car, the creepy neighbors were having a fight. She was trying to leave, and he wanted his lighter. She said it was inside. He punched their car a couple of times, they yelled at each other, and he charged inside. She cranked the car up, and pulled away from the curb.

Mind you their house is on a corner, the car was parked on the street beside the house. The street comes to a stop sign at the T intersection maybe 20 feet from where the car was parked. She pulled forward away from the curb, proceeded through the stop sign, without stopping, and at maybe 10mph crashed into the car parked on the other side of the intersection. She attempted to back up and sort of shuffled the car ineffectually.

The woman who lives at the house that the car was parked in front of, came out yelling at the driver to get out of the car as she dialed 911. A few minutes later the first of three cop cars arrived. The creepy neighbors had to push the car back to where it was parked, because (SHOCK!) they're all too drunk to drive it 15 feet.

It really is an amazing Saturday night.
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Day 17 - Favorite mini series

10th Kingdom. I've watched it many many times.

It's been a productive day so far today. I mowed the front and back yard, had some eggs and english muffins with coffee for breakfast, brought some junk to the neighborhood dumpster day, worked on homework (I'm polishing up the paper now), and played with the dogs.
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Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show

I don't feel guilty about any of them! :-P

This morning I made a most delicious breakfast burrito. I fried up half an onion, about a quarter of a large green pepper, and half of a small potato, then I whipped 3 eggs and a little milk together in a bowl, I poured the fried stuff into the mix with a little shredded cheese, let it cook, flipped it, put it into a warm burrito with some salt and pepper... YUM!

If you couldn't guess I'm off of work today, and doing stuff around the house. As usual the list of things to do is probably more than I'll be able to finish. Top of the list is getting my school work done! I also need to get a bunch of yard work taken care of, some treasurer stuff, cleaning the house, doing stuff with the dogs, etcetera.
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Day 15 - Favorite female character

This is a harder question, because so many of them are written badly. Dr. Crusher had very few episodes where she had a major part. Troi had more, but generally the writers didn’t know what to do with her. Jadzia Dax wasn’t bad, Ezri Dax had a lot of potential, but with just one season. Kira was fantastic, and Keiko was very realistic. Janeway they got better with. B’Lana was pretty kick ass. 7 of 9... just no. Kes was too sweet.

You know, I think I have to leave Trek to find my favorite female character, and head on over to the West Wing and check in with C.J. Cregg.

Tigs got me 2 awesome gifts today:

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Day 14 - Favorite male character

Garak, plain and simple.

Took care of some personal paperwork this evening, and now I'm off to a board meeting for the dog club. It's probably going to go longer than I want it to.
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Day 13 - Favorite childhood show

Well, as Star Trek The Next Generation first aired when I was 7, clearly it has top billing.

In addition to that I really enjoyed Duck Tales, Gargoyles, Saved By The Bell, Family Ties, The Cosby Show, The Head of the Class, and some others that I’m sure I’m forgetting.

Here is a link to one of the coolest things ever - a two story walk in bookshelf tower!

I had a fairly productive evening. I made dinner, read a little, went to puppy agility class, cleaned the gunea pig cages, walked the dogs, cleaned up the kitchen counter, and killed a bunch of ants (I hate ants in the house). There's more that I could do, and needs to be done, but 5AM comes aweful early.
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Day 12 - An episode you have watched more than 5 times
Any episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, DS9, and probably half of Voyager and TOS.

Things I want to do this week:
Play Neverwinter Nights
Start WoW
Be a couch potato and watch Monk, The West Wing, Star Trek, Jericho, etc.
Draw dungeons
Read fun books
Hirst Arts

Things I don’t have time to do this week:
Play Neverwinter Nights
Start WoW
Be a couch potato and watch Monk, The West Wing, Star Trek, Jericho, etc.
Draw dungeons
Read fun books
Hirst Arts

It’s early, but I’m starting to think about Halloween, and what I want to do to celebrate. In particular I’ve been thinking about dog
costumes and yard decorations. For dog costumes, I’ve been thinking that Corgis are the steeds of the fairy court. Maybe for Halloween they can do that! One could serve the Seelie Court, and the other the Unseelie court.

My other dog costume idea is to make them Star Trek uniforms. This would probably be the simpler of the ideas.

As far as yard decorations go none of the trees in my front yard are big enough to put any decorations in yet. Sadly it’ll be years before they’re ready for that. We don’t have much of a porch either. I suppose something could be hung out the windows, but I’m not sure what.

A couple of the thoughts I’ve had include doing a graveyard with a bunch of headstones or making a giant paper-mâché monster – maybe a spider? Or maybe a couple of smaller monsters like giant rats? Say corgi sized giant rats?

Here is some paper-mâché inspiration


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