Rachel's Blog

Mon, 29 Mar 2004
Photo Friday - Neglect

Not only are the bikes neglected, but also me. No exercise you see. And I should probably include a link to Photo Friday so you all know what I'm on about.

Sat, 27 Mar 2004

From today's tv guide:
Follows North America's largest and most successful pack of Timber Wolves as it tracks and brings down prey using airborne surveillance techniques and on-board miniature cameras.

I wonder how the wolves get in the sky in order to use airborne surveillance? They fly Blackhawk helicopters?

Red Leader: I have the prey in sight. Stay in formation.
Blue Leader: Waiting for your cue, Red Leader. Prepared to pounce.
Red Leader: Stay on target. Stay on target!

Sun, 21 Mar 2004
Photo Friday - Morning

And it tasted good too!

Sat, 13 Mar 2004
Parentless Progeny

FIrst, you kill the oldies Karl Quinn has clearly not read a children's book in a while. The absence of parents is a key ingredient in stories dating back to the year dot: Cinderella - dead mum, absent dad; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - dead dad, preoccupied mum (and rightly so with four bedridden relatives in addition to her son); Mary in The Secret Garden loses her parents early in the story to cholera; Oliver Twist too, orphaned.

Roald Dahl knew this technique well. In addition to Charlie, James' parents are eaten on the first page by an escaped rhinocerous (James and the Giant Peach), Matilda's olds were criminally neglectful (Matilda) and Luke's died in a car accident (The Witches).

It is not an "alarming trend", but a way in which children can safely explore the world. By using their imaginations and fantasising about a life where there are no parents to look out for them kids can practise survival techniques and gain confidence for a time when their parents may not be around. Even if this doesn't occur until they leave home at 25.

And Dorothy's parents were dead too, Quinn. "Auntie Em! Auntie Em!" (The Wizard of Oz)

Fri, 12 Mar 2004
Photo Friday - Clean

Earned myself some karma points today when moments after cleaning the kitchen sink I received this week's Photo Friday email.

Tue, 09 Mar 2004

It's artists like Roger Wood and David Roy who both inspire and humble a person. And also indicate that I ought to read boingboing more often. (via boingboing)

Why Genre TV doesn't get a fair go

An interesting if somewhat depressing article examining the reasons sci-fi and fantasy television shows don't get the chance they deserve, despite the success of movies such as Matrix, LOTR and Harry Potter.

I want, I need!

Thanks Jessa for finding these goodies! Reading is Sexy shirt and Giant Bookworm.
Actually there's a dangerous amount of neat stuff at Buy Olympia.

Fri, 05 Mar 2004
Jayde Goes Online

I have created another timesink for myself. http://www.livejournal.com/users/slayerjayde/
And I always said I would never join eviLjournal. ;-)

Thu, 04 Mar 2004
Serenity Greenlit

Woo Hoo!! Someone must've pressed the red button. Variety and Universal Pictures announcements.
Whedon writes and directs and the original cast returns. Nice big budget. No mention of Ron Glass returning as Book. Oversight or not appearing?