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October 28, 2005

Woken Furies

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 09:17 PM | Comments (0)

October 26, 2005

Knife of Dreams

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 05:55 PM | Comments (0)

October 25, 2005

stand up

It has been quite awhile since I last posted. The past few months have been stressful. My husband is working away from home (this was a good career move for him and financially good for us) and my family and friends are out of state. The problem is, I live in an area where intelligence is taboo and creativity shunned. This leaves me to fend for myself.

It is not polite to voice one's opinion if it is not the opinion of the masses. I come from the school of thought that it is respected and important to speak up if you don't agree with what is being said or done. Recently, when I speak my opinion (or even just correct misinformation) the conversation stops completely. I can only assume that it starts back up again when I'm not around to interupt. I'm so frustrated by this atmosphere. I'm so lonely in this environment.

I have been blessed to have the exceptional friends I have and am spoiled to have an intelligent family. I was raised to stand up for myself and step in for the underdog. I feel more than ever now that I am the underdog. I have nightmares that one day Chuck and I will be(like the lady in Fahrenheit 451) burned, by the ignorant, alone with our books. I'd like to believe that this sort of thing would never happen, but so did the Jewish people before they were herded off in trains to their deaths.

With the death of Rosa Parks is born a new generation. There will be children who won't know the importance of this name but for the street sign on the corner. It is important to me that these things - bigotry, the Shoah, sexual abuse - ugly as they are, be remembered and taught to future generations of human beings. It is important to me the none of these things goes ignored ever again. The only way to accomplish this is to stay informed and to inform generations to come.

Posted by sla5150 at 11:16 AM | Comments (2)

Rosa Parks passes away at 92

Rosa Parks taught us what can be accomplished by just speaking up for what we think is just. There is no excuse not to stand up for what we believe in.

Posted by sla5150 at 10:59 AM | Comments (0)

October 23, 2005

One Year

It's been an entire year.

Time has flown by so incredibly quickly in retrospect. There has been some change. For isntance, I've found myself a new job and started traveling as a consultant for Avande Inc., my talon died back in April and I have been without a car since, which has been a blessing, really. I haven't had to pay for insurance, nor have I had to have a new car sitting in a lot somewhere that I'm making payments on but not driving.

Sara and I have grown, too. We are constantly amazed by couples that have the semblance of a marriage but never really talk. The two of us have our problems, but we never stop talking about them and finding their solutions, or at least mitigating them until they can be dealt with.

I know that we have a great partnership and that if we continue to talk to each other, communicate our problems and remain honest to each other, we will have many, mnay more good years.

Money couldn't hurt either, but I'll take the communication.

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 05:30 PM | Comments (0)

Chronicles of Narnia

My wife gave me a wonderful gift for our anniversary, probably one of the nicest I've ever received. I've always been a C.S. Lewis and Narnia fan, and with the movie coming out in a few weeks, I was talking about getting a fresh copy of the books to read.

Sara, in her beauty, made sure I got what I wished for.

The Complete Chronicles of Narnia
Amazon Price: $50.00/ $50.00
ISBN/ASIN: 0060281375
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It's a beautiful edition, and well suited to be a story book to read to our children, given the wonderful illustrations.

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 03:30 PM | Comments (0)

happy anniversary

i love you buddy.

Posted by sla5150 at 03:28 PM | Comments (0)

October 10, 2005

The Bluest Eye

Apparently, The Littleton Public Schools district has decided to ban

The Bluest Eye (Oprah's Book Club)
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ISBN/ASIN: 0452282195
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and the students disagreed by staging a sit in at the library to protest the decision. The School Board should heed well the words of one of their students, Camille Okoren, who said that the classroom is the appropriate place to discuss and debate themes that are difficult to read. Okoren asks, "Without that environment, where are we going to rely? On MTV? I just don't think that's a very good place to go once we've banned a book."

Think about that. The students are suggesting that *gasp* the educational institutions for which we pay ask them to think, read and discuss something out side the general tripe that is strewn about our the systems. Pleaes, ask them to read challenging material. The author won a NOBEL PRIZE!! Yes, read it, YES, discuss it. Figure out WHY Toni Morrison won a nobel prize in literature.

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 01:36 PM | Comments (0)

October 06, 2005

Nick Cage and Harry Dresden

Net cages sci-fi guy
Thesp ventures into TV with 'Dresden'
By DENISE MARTIN

Making his first foray into television, Nicolas Cage has set up and will exec produce two-hour pilot "The Dresden Files" for Sci Fi Channel.
Cabler has greenlit production on the project, based on Jim Butcher's bestselling novels. Lions Gate Television is onboard to produce in association with Cage's Saturn Films.

Hans Beimler ("The District") and Robert Wolfe ("The 4400") will write and exec produce alongside Cage. Saturn Films' Norm Golightly and Morgan Gendel also will exec produce.

Story follows Harry Dresden, a wizard who makes his living as a Chicago-based private eye. Using his extraordinary abilities to see the paranormal forces behind crimes, Dresden helps the police solve their more baffling cases.

Sci Fi exec VP of programming Mark Stern said, unlike the cabler's other original dramas, "Dresden" will pursue a more procedural-style of storytelling.

"It's very much a detective procedural with a speculative sci-fi spin -- a first for us and something we've been looking to do for a while," Stern said. "What the script did so well was to make the fantasy elements integral to (rather than superimposed on) the plot."

"There's this 'Rockford Files' quality to it that I love," he added.

"Dresden Files" is one of two pilots under series consideration at Sci Fi.
Other is "Painkiller Jane," a comicbook adaptation about a young woman exposed to a biochemical weapon that gives her self-healing powers.
Production on "Jane" wrapped early this year.

Sci Fi last month ordered to series "Eureka," a quirky drama about a man who stumbles upon a small town of geniuses working for the government (Daily Variety, Sept. 26).

"Dresden" is out to directors and casting. Production will begin in Toronto this fall for a target summer 2006 premiere.

Cage will next produce and star in "The Wicker Man" for writer-director Neil LaBute. He toplines Paramount's upcoming pic "The Weather Man."

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 09:55 AM | Comments (0)

October 05, 2005

Google Should Steal this idea, it's not patented

A rough design for RSS integration in search engines.

Pretty smart.

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 09:21 AM | Comments (0)

October 04, 2005

Kal-El

Nicolas Cage Names Son Kal-El

Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage's wife of 14 months gave birth on Monday to the couple's first child together, a son they named Kal-el -- a moniker recognized by comic book fans as the birth name of Superman. The child's delivery in New York City and his full name, Kal-el Coppola Cage, were confirmed by the actor's publicist, Annett Wolf, who said of the family, "They are healthy and happy and it's quite lovely."

Okay, but I get the names Obi-Wan, Anakin and possibly Diana "DIBS!"

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 08:28 AM | Comments (0)

October 03, 2005

Want this

Thank You
Amazon Price: $18.98/ $12.97
ISBN/ASIN: B0000CDLBR
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I only have a couple of the albums, but I've always been a fan and this looks like it encompasses the stuff that I liked.

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 05:04 PM | Comments (0)

Banned Books

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 12:00 PM | Comments (0)

October 02, 2005

Google

Google has been in the news QUITE a bit lately with their bid to blanket SF in free WiFi (yep...free).  But I found another article just as interesting.
 
It seems that Google is also looking to purchase what is known as Dark Fiber, or lengths of already laid fiber optic backbone that lies dormant, unused because of initiation costs.
 
I wouldn't mind a Google ISP, nope not at all.  Considering what it costs me today for cable (I don't even watch TV)...I can't see how it could be worse.
 
Odds are, though, that they are laying the ground work to have a connected, worldwide back bone to meet their expansion and growth plans over the next ten years.
 
Either way.  Keep up the good work.
Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 04:21 PM | Comments (0)