Friday, August 17, 2007

Comments on Lorien's cd: Waterline

This relatively short cd combines Lorien's amazingly beautiful voice with her haunting lyrics that tell many tales.
For the life of me I can't make heads or tails of Well of Swords. It's probably my 2nd-3rd favorite on the cd. I can't decide whether I like it better than the title track or not. Waterline may edge it out for the small reason of I can hear every word clearly, whereas Well of Swords, I had to look up the lyrics. You can actually hear both of these songs at Lorien's myspace music site. I highly recommend getting the whole cd though, it's reasonably priced and very relaxing music.
My personal favorite is perhaps the shortest song on there: For Love and Beauty. I think it takes all of a minute to play.
Part of this cd's appeal is how beautiful the presentations of death sound as they gently brush one's ears. Highly recommended.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Internet - Curse and Blessing

I wonder how much work I would get done if I didn't spend so much time on the internet. On the other hand, if I didn't have the internet, how would I do my work. Google images are like my lifeline to semi-interesting powerpoints. No matter which way I look at this stuff certain parts of biology have the potential to be deadly boring. Yet those are the parts I need to understand better if I'm to get to the cool stuff like Genetics.

Monday, August 13, 2007

When You're Sick of Biology

Do what I do, avoid work like the plague and play on the internet. Er, not during my class though, got it?
Some fun things to read to help you maintain sanity:
The Shamer Chronicles Book 1: The Shamer's Daughter by Lene Kaaberbol. I had the large print version, very sweet. Made me feel like I could read the thing clear across the room. Excellent book, a bit odd for being from a 10 yr old's perspective but decently described.

The Icemark Chronicles Book 1: The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill. Probably one of my favorite fantasy books. Hill writes just enough description and action to keep the story flowing. The princess is more of a distressing damsel than a damsel in distress, though at times she sort of has that role too.

The Icemark Chronicles Book 2: Blade of Fire by Stuart Hill. Not quite as good as the first in the series but still wonderful. Stuart Hill's sense of pacing is lovely. This book focuses on Thirrin's son and his journey. If Hill didn't do pacing so nicely it would have been a drag, but as is, it flows rather well.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Pyroglyph's a singer - cool

See, there's only so much you can learn about someone online. I had no idea that this nice lady I've sort of met through the Legends of Mernac sings... and really beautifully at that. Hmm, there's got to be a way to fix that...we need a shameless plug thread. Be right back.
Okay, we're good to go.

Nice pretty music.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Technical Difficulties

Overall, Mernac's a wonderful forum and very reliable source of fun. Occasionally, like today, there's a spectacular site crash wherein the site throws a hissy fit and doesn't let anyone on for any reason. I assure you these times are rare. Oh well, guess that means I get to write tonight.

Maybe I'll actually get a chapter or two done. T'would be an amazing thing. Of late, NWN2 has been sucking up time like a hungry little monkey.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

julie and book

julie and book
Originally uploaded by julie20201
Me learning how this flickr thing works.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Commentary on God and being a god

So far so good.
Now approaching the first full week of being Terees, Mother of Wisdom and Harmony, for the Legends of Mernac, I find myself facing the first daunting tasks. I've yet to step into the administration parts of the job, but the character parts are quite an interesting study.
I think I'll start a fictional prayer answering thing, just for the practice.
How does this reconcile with the RW and a relationship with the true Most High?
As a writer, trying to place oneself in the position of "god" is dangerously power-trippy. It makes one think though. Been reading a book on Prayer (er I think by Phillip Yancy, tells you how much attn I pay to who the author is:-) The normal questions that arise... Why doesn't God do this? Why doesn't God do that? Doesn't He care at all?... are most interesting to attempt answering, especially from the pov of a goddess of wisdom.
I imagine in this fictional world, it'll be really easy to blame my character for "not doing enough" to save the world from war, pain, etc. The author of the prayer book I'm reading talks about prayer in stages...not hierarchical stages, just different stages. I find myself mostly in the childlike prayer stage. Or as the pastor today said: the Gimme stage.

Does RW (real world) prayer really work? Heck yeah. Is it worth it? Heck yeah. Is it hard work? Heck yeah? So why do we do it? Can't answer for everyone, but for me, repetition of a poem - song or even my stints of complaining at God are prayer. The results may not be tangible, but they're there in a sense of peace and purpose.