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Better Late Than Never

So, as of last Thursday I have finally seen Star Trek: Into Darkness and let me tell you, it was hard avoiding spoilers.  It seemed at every turn something or someone was determined to spoil me.  I persevered.  Barely.  I did know of the character death before seeing the movie.  Thank you Yahoo reviewer. 

Why did I wait a month to see a movie I spent time anticipating?  Well, I tried to get movie tickets one day prior to the premiere.  Three movie theatres said they were sold out, and I was just too lazy to travel more than 30 minutes by train for a movie.  I tried again two weeks later and got stuck in traffic, missed the showing and couldn't do a midnight showing because I had work the next day.  Tried a third time.  Took the train because I wasn't going to let traffic stop me.  I got stuck in the subway.  The train in front of my train was having "technical difficulties".  See, at this point most sane individuals  would have just given up.  But I tried again last week and FINALLY saw the movie.  About 3/4 of the seats had patrons.  I was surprised, considering the recent box office figures.  Who knows, this could just be a NYC thing.
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Hello LJ, Long time no see...

It's been ages since I last posted or visited here.  I'm not sure if anyone still visits or cares. 

Obviously I'm alive and kicking.  Work life is hectic.  Promotion and tenure endgame is usually september thru December 1 and since I coordinate the process, I am at work until late hours on most days.  Personal life drama that has eaten much of my free time during the last year is coming to an end.  Thank the stars.

Here are two pics of recent visitors to my office window.  Just thought I'd share.

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This one was with its mother but by the time to I took the picture the mother had scampered away.

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Sexual Deviance in Penguins

I just had my ‘Happy Feet’ illusion killed.

Apparently, penguins have deviant sexual behaviours.  Yep, you read that correctly, PENGUINS have deviant sexual behaviours.  A 1910 -1913 exploration of the South Pole documented these sexual habits; however, the report was considered too disturbing for publication at the time.   

You can read more here.

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Non-Taxable Income (US)


Do you know that the interest earned on municipal bonds are tax-free?  I like to do my own taxes.  I don't have too many complicated deductions and issues to require the services of a professional.  So, I am always looking for tips on the process.  I just found this link that has some helpful information on the sort of income that cannot be taxed by the IRS.
http://money.msn.com/taxes/8-types-of-income-the-irs-cant-touch

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I've Been Nominated

This has been one of those up and down weeks.  Down because I have been sick since Tuesday.  Not so sick that I can’t get out of bed, but just sick enough that I’m miserable and in some pain.  In the midst of my misery, I received a notice that I have been nominated in the 2011 round of the Spock/Uhura Fanfiction Awards. 

Yay Me! 

In all seriousness, I really do appreciate the nominations because 2011 was not a kind writing year.  My two works-in-progress fanfics have stalled.  Matters of the Heart is the casualty of transition while I am indecisive as to whether I should continue with Shattered Universe, because I have considered turning it into an original story.  Additionally, my original works have not gone as well as I had hoped.  Writers block was an awful bitch.

I am nominated in three categories:

Best Short Fiction Under 1000 Words

Gooey Goodness


Best Work-in-Progress

Shattered Universe: The Paths We Take


Best Smut Fiction

Seducing Nyota

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Human and Robot Shake Hands




Am I the only one who looked at the below image and had immediate visions of a robo-apocalypse two hundred years from now?  I think about these things...



Human and humanoid robot shake hands in space 1st

Source: Associated Press
February 15, 2012 3:17 PM EST
In this Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 image made from video provided by NASA, commander of the International Space Station, Daniel Burbank, shakes hands with Robonaut aboard the station in orbit around the earth. It's the first handshake ever between a human and a humanoid in space. NASA's Robonaut was launched aboard space shuttle Discovery last February. Crews have been testing it to see how it one day might help astronauts perform space station chores. (AP Photo - NASA)
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One Man's Letter to his Former Master

I am often fascinated by history.  I came close to majoring in it before deciding to pursue political science.  Yet even as I went the way of politics, history was evident in much of undergraduate and graduate research and papers.  I love history and have even thought about returning to obtain a graduate degree.  (I couldn’t decide between ancient and West Indian history.  Weird.)   Therefore, when I came across a letter written by Jourdon Anderson, an emancipated slave to his former master, I was interested.  Then I started reading and after the second sentence interested changed to riveted.  The letter is calm, polite and rather subtle in some areas.   But make no mistake, there is an underlining sense of anger and disbelief that this man, his former master, would have the nerve to ask that he return to the plantation.   

I see this as a reminder that in the grand scheme of history, it has only been very recent that slavery has been internationally outlawed.  But knowing this is not enough because every day on every continent at this very moment there is someone working in abject slavery. 

Here is an excerpt of Jourdon Anderson’s letter:

Dayton, Ohio,

August 7, 1865

To My Old Master, Colonel P.H. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee

Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can. I have often felt uneasy about you. I thought the Yankees would have hung you long before this, for harboring Rebs they found at your house
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Read the entire letter here: Letters of Note


I would be interested to hear your thoughts on the letter.