andveryginger: (batting practice)
I realize that, as a veteran, I appreciate the sacrifices of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines that went before me. As a student of history, I appreciate the political and historical context of World War II. Thus, when it comes to things like The Pacific, and Band of Brothers, I've at least seen the series, if not read the books. Is this all that unusual? I ask because, on my memo board here at work, I posted a few lines from the St. Crispen's Day speech, and noted it was in memory of MAJ Dick Winters. Neither Freya, nor one of my other co-workers, (let's call him Sam), knew who he was...nor did they know what Band of Brothers is.

Freya is my father's age; Sam is a few years older than me. Am I expecting too much for them to have at least heard of the miniseries, even if they didn't know who Dick Winters was?

andveryginger: (Mackidockie Court)
I'm not sure why I'm crying, really. Maybe it's the realization that these men and their traditions are a dying breed; that when they pass, so, too, do so many of their stories. Maybe it's the realization that the veterans in my own family are approaching that age, and that one day they'll be gone, too. Or maybe my heart is just heavy at the loss of a man such this: Major Dick Winters, leader of Easy Company, 101st Airborne, passed away on Sunday. Army Airborne though he may be, I wish him fair winds and following seas. Heaven knows he earned it.
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andveryginger: (Emma)
To the Americans out there -- hope you all have a Happy Turkey Day!

And if you're braving Black Friday, good luck, happy hunting, and see you out there! =)

Thank You.

Nov. 11th, 2010 12:46 pm
andveryginger: (Reflective Jack)
BlackFive poster McQ, a 28-year Army vet, offers an interesting perspective on today:

After receiving the folded flag from the [non-commissioned officer in charge] of the detachment, I turned toward the car that I knew contained the widow and approached the back window on the side she was sitting. She was staring straight ahead and it seemed I was left to stand there forever. Finally, the driver from the funeral home must have said something because she turned toward me with a sullen stare, rolled the window down part way and snatched the flag from my hands before I could even begin to say what my duty compelled me to say to her. Without another look, she ordered the driver to depart and I was left rendering a hand salute to the tail lights of the few cars that had bothered to attend the service.

That was the Army and nation with which I began my service. It was literally and figuratively one of the blackest days of my time in the military.

But somewhere between then and now a wonderful and miraculous thing happened. A nation that at that time shunned its warriors has since come to embrace them. And I couldn’t be more proud of my country than I am today. Since that awful era, America has come to recognize an important truth – the military is the last organization in this country that wants to fight a war, because they will bear the terrible burden of loss. It has discovered that being in the military is among the most challenging and honorable professions available. And they’ve become proud of not only our military’s accomplishments, but the bravery, sacrifice and compassion of its members.... America today says “thank you” to its veterans, this is one vet who wants to say thank you to America. From that dark day 40 years ago to today, you have done what it takes to make me proud of the service I was honored to perform for our country. With the love and support you shower on our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, you have proven to everyone in the military, to include those from my era, that what you say and do is genuine, heartfelt and driven by pride.

To those who have served, and those who are serving, I say thanks. And those who are welcoming home our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines -- thank you, too, for taking them to heart and recognizing their sacrifices.
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"Smooth Criminal" -- originally done by Michael Jackson, the cover done by Alien Ant Farm. The original song had a much harder edge to it than most prior Jackson songs, and was okay on its own. To be honest, I'm not even sure why the cover appeals to me so. I think it's simply because I've come to appreciate harder rock and, with the change uptempo, as well as the heavier guitar and drums, it's just a really good cover.
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Checking in over at HotAir, I saw a link to 'Time Traveler' May Just Be Hard of Hearing.

You can find a full-frame shot of the "time traveller" here.

I know I've been watching a lot of "Avengers" and "Who" this week, but it just screams Whofic, doesn't it?
andveryginger: (Emma)
Some of you may or may not have heard about Project Valour-IT, organized by Soldier's Angels. It's a program that provides various pieces of technology to help wounded military personnel recover from severe injuries. Examples include voice-controlled laptops; Wii game systems to encourage movement and rehabilitation; and GPS units to assist with disorientation.

Each year, milbloggers join up for a major fundraising effort, forming teams for each of the services. In honor of my grandfather, a former "teletype repairman" in the Army, I've donated a small amount to Team Army. As a former sailor and sister to a current sailor, however, my larger donation went to Team Navy.

The goal this year is $15,000. Team Army is currently kicking everyone's ass, having already raised over $5,000. Team Marine is in second with $1,175; Team Navy is following along with a very sad $325.

If you have a few bucks to spare, please consider donating to the project -- even if it's not Team Navy. Though we could really use the help... ;)
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...with too much time on their hands. You know, the ones writing viruses that require a complete "Format C:." But in this particular instance? I'm actually cheering them on... )

The immediate result, however, cannot be ignored: Full start-up of the plant has been delayed by at least two or three months while the Iranians try to clean house. That is, of course, if they're telling the press the whole story; in this instance, they may be under-reporting the extent of the damage. Either way, it gives them food for thought, as well as buying other entities more time to develop a more interesting solution to the problem of Iran going nuclear.

Abso-frakking-lutely brilliant.

ETA: A pretty decent follow-up from the Times. From the article:

While the S-7 industrial controller is used widely in Iran, and many other countries, even Siemens says it does not know where it is being used. Alexander Machowetz, a spokesman in Germany for Siemens, said the company did no business with Iran’s nuclear program. “It could be that there is equipment,” he said in a telephone interview. “But we never delivered it to Natanz.”

Now, I'm kinda thinking out loud here, but to me, this creates a few issues. For the manufacturer, sometimes the third party isn't as experienced in dealing with the equipment as a manufacturer's sales/technical rep. This has many times resulted in bad programming and the eventual service call to the manufacturer's technical reps to correct the problem.

In this instance, using a third party vendor means Siemens has no control over where their equipment is going and who is programming it; it means the Iranians are relying on someone who is not a Siemens rep to program it, possibly creating a larger vulnerability than otherwise expected; and the extended chain of custody (as it were) provides more access for intentional sabotage.

Then again, if they had been able to purchase directly from Siemens, who is to say that anyone would have had access to plant the bug to begin with?

Ah, all the loverly what-ifs....

ETA 2: Another follow-up from The Weekly Standard. Even better than the Times article, it even details the weaknesses of the programmable logic controllers that Stuxnet exploited.

I know I'm being repetitive, but I'll say it again: Absolutely brilliant work.
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I always want to write something poignant and poetic on 9/11, but I can never seem to find the appropriate words. Too much of a perfectionist, and too much a jumble of emotions I can't quite sort. So, to keep things simple:

Posted in remembrance of all those who died on 11 September 2001; those who have fallen in our struggle to ensure we don't see a repeat performance; and in honor of those who continue to serve, fighting the good fight.
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One cannot speak generally around Chris Judge...The man has the dirtiest mind. And John de Lancie is no help.

Just sayin'.

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Okay, I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for historic British mysteries. Some of my favorite books on my reading list of late definitely lean this way (the Lady Emily series by Tasha Alexander, and re-reading the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mysteries by Anne Perry). I suppose it goes back to Agatha Christie, who my grandmother introduced me to at a young age. The BBC didn't help much, either, with some excellent Poirot series, and a Doctor Who ep featuring Agatha Christie.

An Expert in Murder and The Angel with Two Faces by Nicola Upson are much along the lines of the Who episode: Mystery novelist Josephine Tey (herself a pseudonym for author Elizabeth Mackintosh) finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation, centered around the production of her play, Richard of Bordeaux, produced in the West End in the 1930s. Along with Inspector Archie Penrose, written as the "inspiration" for her Inspector Grant, she sticks her nose into everyone's business to try and find out whodunnit.

After reading the first book, I was a bit ambivalent. )

There's a lot of potential here. Upson has drawn me in with the setting and characterization of her protagonists, and I really feel there's something there worth salvaging. But the overall novels leave me so ambivalent, I think I'll simply have to take the series on a book-by-book basis.

ETA: Did some research and the new Tey mystery released in the UK already. Early spoilers lead me to believe I won't be reading any further. Ah well. I need to find something else as a palate cleanser. Maybe I should bust out the old Christie novels...
andveryginger: (Emma) the friend who was going to dress as The Shadow has decided not to. I'm frustrated as this is the second time this has happened -- once with a friend who was dressing as Blade, now with someone else a few years later. On the other hand, I've still not finished the muslin for the Margo dress, and I'm finding motivation increasingly difficult to muster. I'd thought to do Margo and one other Old Hollywood costume: Barbara Stanwyck as Dixie Daisy in Lady of Burlesque.

Snipped for pic. )

Increasingly, I find myself considering dropping the Margo costume all together for this year, and concentrating on the other costume. It's going to take a little more finagling, however, as I have to combine a couple of patterns to make the dress and learn to sew lace. If I can get it done, I think I'd like to enter it into the Friday Night Costume contest at the con. Like my Abigail Whistler costume, it wouldn't be widely recognized, but I think it'd still be a lot of fun.

I'm also trying to decide if I'd be able to manage this one. It's certainly a bit more revealing than anything else I've done so far...more so because I haven't finished my other Abigail Whistler costume. I think though, with the underlining for the front or a fleshtone camisole I'll be fine.

So, what do you think? Do I drop Margo and try for Daisy? Or do I finish them both in the next 5 weeks? =)

ETA: ...and did I mention that all this travelling over the past two weeks really hasn't helped any? Talk about schedule creep! ::sigh:: Just hope I can get back to something this weekend.
andveryginger: (Emma)
Hey, [ profile] wiliqueen? Thought you (and a few others) might be interested in this, if you didn't already know: 'The Highland Park Historical Society is pleased to present SWORDS of the Eastern Hemisphere 1500 b.c. – 1990 a.d., the first-ever Chicago region exhibition of Pan-Eurasian and Pan-Historic edged swords and daggers, at the Society’s Museum, 326 Central Avenue, Highland Park, IL.'

Not exactly close, but it sounds like it might be an interesting exhibit of sharp pointies. =)
andveryginger: (Bedside Vigil)
Snipped for details. )

I recognize the signs and the symptoms well enough to send my spidey sense into overdrive. Our friend is not one who would react well to a full intervention, however. Anyone have any suggestions on where to go from here?
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Perusing Facebook, I see that a friend plays Vampire Wars, and her current status is "[Friend] has has found a lonely Vampire Cow. [She]is trying to find someone who will give it a new home."

I can't help but think of a line I once wrote in a Forever Knight fic: "After all, dear Nicholas: You are what you eat."

...and now I'm going to take a much-needed nap...
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Ryan Reynolds said that training for Blade: Trinity really kinda sucked -- he was too tired and too sore to really enjoy being that fit. )'s instances like this that a real, honest-to-goodness personal trainer would be really helpful. Alas, not in the cards for now.
andveryginger: (Emma)
...I only wish. Just this week, I have bounced from Zorro, to my Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys stories, to Perry Mason, and back again -- all within minutes, in some cases. I think I'm getting whiplash...
andveryginger: (Default)
...and recruiting assistance to try and write myself OUT of a corner... )

That being said, what do you think? Constructive suggestions and comments are appreciated!

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