BioShock City of Rapture Fish Tank

I haven’t had my aquarium running in several years and I’m desperate for some cool fish tank ideas. Currently, I am thinking about either a “Creature from the Black Lagoon” theme or a BioShock theme. While I can’t do anything on this level, I found an awesome Bioshock build…

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Some thoughts about Fandom

I was lucky enough to have a sister as quirky as I. She and I attended Trek conventions together. That being said, I wish some of the males would behave more like gentlemen. Trust me fellas — it doesn’t hurt.

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Let’s start with a true story:

As a child, teenager and in my early adult life, I had plenty of lovely friends, but I was always just a little bit lonely. This was because my so-called ‘tribe’ rejected me on a regular basis. I read comics, loved to read in the ‘hard’ Science Fiction genre, loved to watch Science Fiction movies and television shows, and was what would be recognised today as a fangirl. And yet, I couldn’t find other people who accepted me for that side of my nature. I went to a comic con in Brisbane back in the 1980s, and found it a very negative experience because the boys (and they were certainly too rude to be called men); those boys kept ‘calling me out’ as not being a true fan. None of the women I knew were into Doctor Who and Star Trek and Star Wars to the…

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Mystery Monday: Murdoch Mysteries “Snakes and Ladders”

It’s a wet, yet oddly warm, morning in December. Not your usual type of day for this time of the year.  I’d like to try a little something different for Mondays by briefly chatting about the latest period mystery that I watched.   This week I thought that I would talk about the series Murdoch Mysteries and the episode “Snakes and Ladders”.

If you are unfamiliar with the Murdoch Mysteries, it is a Canadian mystery series set in the early 20th Century staring Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch. Murdoch Mysteries is in it’s eighth season, and the series is based on the novels by Maureen Jennings.

Snakes_and_LaddersAs a lover of steampunk, I greatly enjoy some of the scientific approaches, that a 21st Century person would recognize, used to solve some  of Murdoch’s intriguing mysteries. It is perhaps the steampunckiest show on TV today though not strictly steampunk.

In the episode  “Snakes and Ladders”,  Murdoch tangles with (perhaps?) Jack the Ripper. I liked the major clue in the form of “finger marks” (fingerprinting). The show ended with a couple of nice twists that were quite satisfying.

All in all, I really enjoy the series. Sadly, Murdoch Mysteries can be a little difficult to find in the States. The CW plays the series on Sunday afternoon in my area and it can be found on Netflix. Of course, the books are available through Amazon.

My thoughts of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

the-hobbit-desolation-of-smaug-trailer-3-official-2013-movie-sneak-peek-hd1-1024x576At Christmas, or thereabout, my nephew and I catch a movie at one of the local theaters. I wouldn’t call it a family tradition, but it resembles a family tradition. Let’s just call it an odd seasonal coincidence. At any rate, my sister joined us to watch The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

We arrived some 40 minutes early to the Regal Cinemas Regency Stadium (my least favorite theater) and managed to secure a place in line, right in the middle of the *freaking* road. Why do I always find myself standing in line in the middle of a parking-lot road every time I go this this theater? Why? You would think that someone would take a moment away from popping popcorn to direct customers off the road. At any rate, someone in the theater noticed a long, winding Conga line, forming in the parking-lot and decided to add another ticket seller. With the addition of another ticket seller, the line moved along and I bought tickets and found a nice set of seats. My seat was made all the more comfortable with my new ($ 24 tickets) smaller wallet. Oh, by the way, there was no one to take our tickets, I guess he was the additional ticket seller.

Everything seemed to be going well until a couple with infant sat next to us. Nooooooooooooo!!!

Aside from a baby to our left, and a risk to life and limb obtaining the tickets, the theater (once seated in the theater) provided a pleasant movie-going experience. The baby only cried twice (briefly) and the movie was awesome. It is probably the best of the three movies in The Hobbit series. I really didn’t mind the changes to the original story of The Hobbit. I liked the merging of The Hobbit with Lord of the Rings. The pace was very fast and filled with CGI battle scenes. The movie did not have the bloat of the previous two Hobbit movies and it felt like a good mix of action with character development.

In the end, the clan Huddleston gives The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies three thumbs up.

Strange Electromagnetic Dimensions by Louis Proud

Strange Electromagnetic Dimensions: The Science of the Unexplainable

Louis Proud, author of Strange Electromagnetic Dimensions, discusses some of the elements of his latest book.

We live in an environment permeated by both natural and artificial sources of electromagnetic energy, while we ourselves are electromagnetic beings. As we continue to pollute and thereby alter our electromagnetic environment, we are also altering ourselves. In particular, these changes infringe on the psychic side of our being.

This exciting and controversial new title shows how all things, from the mundane to the mysterious, are tied together by a vast–and largely invisible–electromagnetic web. It examines ESP, poltergeist disturbances, psychokinesis, electric people, UFOs, and other paranormal phenomena from an electromagnetic perspective. It also reveals how the artificial, alien energies we’ve been introducing into our environment shape the way we experience the paranormal.

Strange Electromagnetic Dimensions explores such questions as:

  • Do human beings possess a magnetic “sixth sense” similar to that of homing pigeons?
  • Are artificial electromagnetic fields, such as those emitted by power lines, gradually destroying our health?
  • Can being struck by lightning or suffering a severe electric shock result in the development of psychic abilities?
  • What do scientists make of the fact that ball lightning can pass through walls, enter rooms by squeezing through keyholes, and display seemingly intelligent behavior?Sometimes natural phenomena have supernatural consequences.