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30 January 2009 @ 02:48 am

People are going to end up on the government payroll one way or the other - either during a Bail-Out or through the Social Safety Net when they lose their jobs. Rather than going through the same-old, same-old, personally I'd like to see the government take the opportunity to use that money to encourage positive changes. 

SGCBearcub's 2009 Stimulus Package

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sgcbearcub
25 November 2007 @ 05:01 pm

The XO laptop. Not-For-Profit. Can I just say what an amazing concept this is? I have no doubts that this piece of equipment is going to quietly revolutionize the world for children everywhere.

My one problem with charity programs is that so many attack the symptoms (necessary), without solving the root cause(depressing). This laptop will go a long way toward attacking the problems. I can't believe what they managed to pack into that case. Inexpensive, rugged, internet and wireless local network. It's even an ebook reader which means textbooks and teaching tools can be digital! 

http://laptopgiving.org/en/index.php

Go see! Personally, I'm trying to figure out if I can scrape up enough money to participate in the Give One, Get One program. $399 and I get one of these laptops (individuals can't buy otherwise) and a second is donated to a needy child. Deadline December 31. They are focusing on third world countries first, where the budget for education is so much lower, but eventually they want to see every child in the world with one of these. The product is that amazing.

I honestly think they could do it.

 
 
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sgcbearcub
11 November 2007 @ 11:34 pm
Maybe I was spoiled, growing up in an age of W5 and Dateline news reports. Or maybe my memories are blurred with time, but I seem to recall that journalism used to mean something. Reporters actually went looking for facts and the meaning behind the story. They actually presented news in a way that supposedly allowed the reader to understand the events affecting their lives. 

At the moment, all the articles about the WGA strike seem to be carbon copies of one another, providing little beyond the basic information provided in the first couple of days. And without behind-the-scenes interviews and opinions by experts providing a peek into the motivations of the people driving the decision-making, readers are left to be influenced only by their natural compassion for the below-the-line workers losing their source of income. 

I'd like to think this is a masterful example of the media being used to influence public opinion, but I have the lowering feeling it's because the people writing the articles can't be bothered to find out what the drivers behind the issue actually are. Or worse, they don't know how to find out. Which is scarier.

I don't pretend to be a journalist. But from the outside looking in, several things jump out at me:

 
 
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sgcbearcub
02 October 2007 @ 11:17 pm

Why Stargate: Atlantis is Doomed (or: A Failure of Archetypes)

This is what I get for buying story structure software right before NaNoWriMo. Gah!!! I had no intention of ranting, but in lieu of tearing my hair out with frustration or sending a Howler to TPTB, this will have to do.

I want to love Atlantis, really I do. But I've been finding the stories increasingly flat-especially this year. I think I finally figured out why.  Unfortunately, they seem to be so busy recreating the character roles from SG-1, that they have completely ignored the  underlying archetypes that made the characters of SG-1 so fascinating and easy to understand.





 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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sgcbearcub
21 November 2006 @ 09:49 pm
MIA  
I'll be MIA for the next few days. Our call centre closes for the American holidays and I managed to finagle some vacation time and turned it into a five day week-end.(Although I saved days for NY in May!)

Now here's hoping I can cram the better part of 50,000 words into 5 days. Hoolies. Forget the virtual chocolate. I'm going to need a virtual hospital bed,lol.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
 
 
sgcbearcub
08 November 2006 @ 06:44 pm

Well...I got a lot of words written...

Note to self: Do NOT start a new fanfic two weeks before NaNoWriMo.

So far I've added 12,000 words to the story. It's not the right story, alas. Not sure yet if I'm going to get a chance to finish a real Nano fic this year. I have another 4 day week-end coming up (Gotta love being single at Thanksgiving,lol). So...maybe. Meanwhile, i suppose at the very least I'll aim to complete the word count if not actually qualify.

 

 

 
 
sgcbearcub
03 November 2006 @ 10:21 am
Isn't there a rule that says your story is NOT allowed to decamp to Mexico and leave a non-porn, CHILDREN'S BOOK in its place? <outrage>

Child of Fire. Redone. Perfect for LUNA. Heck...I'd get paid if they liked it.

Will someone explain why I'm writing about talking horses....?
 
 
sgcbearcub
31 October 2006 @ 07:17 pm
Okay...I caved. I went to a scrapbooking party just to get a friend of mine some free goodies and bam! $150 bucks later...

But...it's so COOL!! I'm getting a tapestry covered scrapbook that has all sorts of "destination" landmarks overlayed postcard style (picture when I have one) and what should be smack dab in the middle, but the Statue of Liberty. Considering I'm already planning to take copious pictures at Highline, this is purrrfect.

I'm such a sap.

But I really regret not taking photos over the years. I still have the memories, but try explaining those memories. Plus, I was in good shape and younger. Photo proof would have been nice,lol.
 
 
sgcbearcub
30 October 2006 @ 08:17 pm
I shall attempt to keep up to date here. Actually, I now have a stable job with internet access. I can't upload, but I can post! Not my dream job, but hey, it'll pay the rent while I try and write the original fic I've been trying to write for - er - ten years.

Doing Nanowrimo this year. Finally. I am determined to get a start on my original novel. LUNA, here I come:)

In terms of WIPs...well, it's me. What can you expect. I'm horrible for getting sidetracked. Active stories being posted at the moment are Honor's Solution and Child of Fire. I admit to getting sidetracked by a Harry Potter fic, but I'm not posting that as a WIP. In fact, I'm not absolutely certain I'll be posting it under my name. I haven't decided yet.

The X-Fic is still on hold until I can get my hard drive yanked from my old computer and hooked up to my new one which I'll be buying in December. (Don't you just love employee purchase plans,lol). Unfortunately, the CPU fan broke last year and I haven't been able to afford to get it fixed. It was a proprietary motherboard/cpu system and I just refuse to sink more money into it when I know something else is going to break on it and it would be a $50 cab ride each way to take it in for repairs. So, I've been limited to a twelve year old laptop that can't even access the internet if I had it.

On the upside, when all I have is Solitaire and Wordpad, I get more writing done. Just not on my WIPs damn it. My brain needs to learn to finish a story first before getting obsessed with another fandom. Gah!
 
 
sgcbearcub
02 October 2005 @ 01:34 pm
Decided to try a home mudpac yesterday. I'm sure I've probably tried one before, but I must have had short hair then. Note to self - have your shower AFTER the mudpac.

What to do about Enter The Abyss. Finish it I suppose. Partly I've been holding off because the storyline is extremely like another story I'm working on, but it's got enough differences I can live with. I'll have to do a bit of rewriting, but it's doable.

I'm also going to be extending Happiness is Overrated. The original story ended within the next two chapters and since it was going to be part of an ongoing series, it didn't matter too much. Now I think it leaves too many questions hanging. At the very least I'm going to finish it with what was supposed to be the second installment of Genesis Beta. What happenes after that, I don't know.
 
 
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