Friday, January 30, 2009

LOLCATS: BREAKING NEWS comes through again. Although the actual post was probably a rather long time ago. No matter.

It's the LOLcat theme song! SING IT!

Friday Good News

ExPresident Win!
Jimmy Carter Offers A Peace Plan 'That Will Work'
via NPR Topics: Authors on 1/27/09
In his new book, We Can Have Peace In The Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work, former President Jimmy Carter presents his strategy to end fighting between Israelis and Palestinians.
I haven't read the book. But c'mon, it's Jimmy. He has lots of good ideas on peace and stuff.

Presidential Wins!

First Date?
via They Will Say ANYTHING! Politics and Economics Unwound by Mike on 1/26/09
Our good friend Mike points out a very good example of why Obama is good for this country. The affection between Barack and Michele seems to be very real indeed. What a wonderful example to those in need of one. And what a way to give hope to those still searching. There is hope.

CBS News Political Hotsheet - Obama's First Interview
My favorite quote: "if countries like Iran are willing to unclench their fist, they will find an extended hand from us" I think we'll find a lot of excellent and inspiring quotes from President Obama. Whether the particular quote is applied to Iran or to any other countries it implies, it can lead to nothing but good diplomatic relations.
'nuff said. This can only serve to help restore American's reputation with the rest of the world

Accesibility Win!
What's Accessible? Gadgets For The Blind And Deaf via NPR Topics: Arts & Entertainment on 1/29/09 A new videophone provides real-time communication for the deaf, and electronic readers and GPS devices help blind users get around. They are part of an array of gadgets that enable people to navigate the world a little easier.
Getting around when you're blind really is difficult. Despite the incredible things a blind person can do with just a cane, technology sucks. Think about navigating a web site. Consider trying to navigate a building where sound echoes. How on earth would you know which door on the street led to the restaurant you want to go to? Kudos to those working to make life a little easier for this group. Now on to making it affordable.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Bane Affair

The Bane Affair (The Files of SG-5, Book 1) The Bane Affair by Alison Kent

My review

I must be getting cynical. I found the sex scenes gratuitous and the plot limp. Will try one more and may find Allison Kent crossed off my list. Sorry Allison!

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The Big Snark-Off: Post Inaugural Edition

Anybody notice that the snarks are getting fewer now that we have (or had the expectation of) a new administration. Such a shame!

Fear not. Your loyal Booktender will scour the feeds to satisfy your craving for snarks.

Anti-abortion forces target Planned Parenthood via All News Feeds on 1/12/09
WHAT? When did this happen?

Italy rabbis: pope canceling progress via All News Feeds on 1/12/09
Wow! So listen up: No new editions of Windows. The Obama administration is for naught. That therapy you're in? Useless. Man, this man has power!

You just keep hoping things get better. via What Not to Crochet by SB&C on 1/13/09. See picture above. Why oh ceiling-cat? Why?

Predictions For 2009 From 'The Onion'
via NPR Topics: Arts & Entertainment on 1/3/09

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Timely Thoughts For the Day

Seems to be a profound day. So here's what's hitting me:

1 Corinthians 13:11
When I was a child, I spake as a child,
I understood as a child, I thought as a child:
but when I became a man, I put away childish things.


Dancin' in the Streets
Callin' out around the world
Are you ready for a brand new beat?
Summer's here and the time is right
For dancin' in the street

They're dancin' in Chicago
(In the street)
Down in New Orleans
(Dancin' in the street)
In New York City

All we need is music, sweet music
They'll be music, ev'rywhere
They'll be swing an swayin'
And records playin'
Dancin-a in the street

Ooh, it doesn't matter what you wear
Just as long as you are there
So come on, every guy
Grab a girl, ev'rywhere around the world

They'll be dancin'
They're dancin' in the street

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
(American Standard Version)
1 For everything there is a season, and a time for very purpose under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Keep your hand on the plow, people, we still have a ways to go.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Take Me Tonight (Bullet Catcher 4) Take Me Tonight by Roxanne St. Claire

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Minus one star for the ludicrous premise of A thrills for hire company that provides women with a kidnap and rescue by a night in shining armor.

Put aside the premise and it's a nice suspenseful read. Some of the red herrings are obvious, but, what the heck? The hero and heroine are smart and daring. Their chemistry sizzles. The love story has a lot of heart. A fast read and enjoyable. Subtle hints throughout the story give hints about the origins of the mysterious white streak in Lucy's hair. Promises to continue to be a good series.

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How Are You People Finding Me, Anyway?

This blog doesn't have many readers but I am gratified to say that I have a few readers. Which is more fun than no readers - but having no readers has never stopped me anyway.

A cool feature of Feedburner is I can see the searches or other vehicles that brought you booktending madcaps here in the first place. I can look back one day, seven days, or thirty days. Then I can have lots of fun making graphs to share the fun!

For the last 30 days here are the searches/vehicles that brought you here. I think there is something telling about your interests as well as my cleverness in using tags on my posts.

Other included the perennial "prednisone insomnia" as well as all the facebook and bloglines hits.

The irony of the shape of this chart has not escaped me. From here on in I'm going to try to remember to put Obama in the tag on each post to ensure heavy readership of this incredibly important and noteworthy drivel.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The Things I Learn from my Customers

Two enthusiastic late-blooming young men kidding each other: "Man, when the zombies come, I'm pushin' you down first!" After some light-hearted discussionwe all agreed to wear helmets to protect our brains from hungry zombies from here on in.

Upon hearing about our prospective cut-backs in service due to the economy, a customer wanted to know how much money we needed to keep going. "Millions" I said "and that's only if other city departments don't need it more."

"OK, got it" he said "I have trillions in stock futures."

We agreed that he should go to the mayor's office tomorrow at the latest to let the council know that the budget-cuts can be called off.

Best Response to "Have a Good Day": "all right"

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Wereducks, werecoyotes, werejackals, and stuff

We have all heard of werewolves. I've even heard of wereducks. Apparently I am way behind the times as I just recently learned of the werecoyote. I don't read fantasy much. OK, I hate fantasy. And just because a fantasy book happens also to be a romance doesn't make it interesting to me.

Still, I read this review of Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs and learned the heroine is a werecoyote who marries a werewolf. My cartoon-brain immediately went into overtime. There are just sooo many questions!

Note: I have not read the book. The review was enough to make my head spin.

1. Suppertime itself would be an ordeal. Werecoyote: "I want carrion, with a side of trash!" Werewolf: "I don't touch that stuff and you know it. Fresh or nothing!" Eating meals together is one of the foundations of a good relationship. How do you make this work?

2. Biological function. I guess children are out of the question. I presume wolves and coyotes can not breed. No pitter-patter of little paws for them! Will they regret this later on? Or maybe they'll adopt a wereduck or werejackal?

3. Children. If they could be bred, what happens if one takes after Dad and one after Mom? It brings a whole new meaning to sibling rivalry. The werecoyote child would obviously be able to shapeshift other than the full moon. "I shapeshift better than you do" could be a big bone of contention.

4. Were to live? Forest or desert? Perhaps a compromise on the sierra? AZ is a possibility since the biomes change every 15 minutes as you drive.

5. How will the werewolf tolerate the werecoyote's trickster personality? Could mayhem result? I mean honestly, isn't the little things in marriage that push a person or wereperson over the edge?

I predict these two will end up in marriage counseling at some point