Saturday, December 31, 2011

Auld Lang Syne....

In every blog that I have had over the years, I have always played this video on New Year's Eve. It is a tradition, and a lovely one at that! Here's wishing you and yours the happiest of New Years! Enjoy!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Weird But Wonderful Wednesday

The song is called "Eye of the Storm" and it is performed by Ben Lovett. This type of music falls into the catagory of a genre known as "Steampunk". Enjoy!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


A little bit of heaven with my darling Akshay and the dashing Arjun Rampal, and I love how it ends! Enjoy!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Boxing Day

Things always get out of hand around here the day after Christmas, once the houseboys get into the leftover eggnog...

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Ab Fab Christmas Special Sneak Peek!

As most of you may or may not know, the creators of Absolutely Fabulous! are coming back to do three specials!! (Two at the holidays, and one next year during the London 2012 Olympics)!

I have been concerned, because, truth be told, I didn't think that their most recent revamp a few years ago was as good as the original series from the 90's. However, having just seen a clip from the upcoming holiday special, I think that they're back in rare form once again! Enjoy!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas

Long time readers know that I ADORE the Pet Shop Boys! Here's their contribution to the Christmas music catalog! This was originally only available to members of their fan club, but, then they released it to the general public. (Unfortunately, there was never an official music video.) Enjoy anyway! :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Science Fiction Book Meme

Ever since I was a kid, I have always loved science fiction and fantasy. So I was very happy to come across this festive little meme! Enjoy!

Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror?
Science Fiction, with Fantasy as a close second. Except for some of H.P. Lovecraft's works, I could never get into Horror.

Hardcover, Paperback or Ebook?
Depends. I have a gorgeous hardcover edition of Lord of the Rings, and all of my Harry Potter's are hardcover, but lately most of what I buy is through my Kindle.

Heinlein or Asimov?
Asimov. I first discovered him through his "I, Robot" collection and after that I read just about everything that I could find of his, including of course, his Foundation Trilogy. I had read Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land" of course, but, the rest of his work didn't really interest me.

Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
Amazon.  Especially when they came out with the Kindle.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Even if Borders hadn't gone out of business I would have said Barnes and Noble. When they finally opened a Borders around here a few years ago, I was less than impressed. And now, sad to say, Barnes and Noble seems to going downhill as well. About the only time I still go to B&N anymore is if I'm looking for a specific magazine.

Hitchhiker or Discworld?
Hitchhiker. I could never get into the Discworld books.

Bookmark or Dogear?
Bookmark of course! People who "dogear" aren't fit to own books! Why, the very idea! Gads!!!

Magazine: Asimov's Science Fiction or Fantasy & Science Fiction?
Does anyone remember "Galaxy"? That was the sc-fi magazine that I always bought back in the day! I suppose a close second would be F&SF.

Alphabetize by author Alphabetize by title or random?
Alphabetize by author's last name. I'm anal.

Keep, Throw Away or Sell?
I keep my specially chosen hardcovers. I usually sell or donate my read-once paperbacks.

Keep dustjacket or toss it?
Who the Hell tosses a dustjacket?!!!

Read with dustjacket or remove it?
Read with it on.

Short story or novel?
Novels. Unless it's a really good anthology of short stories.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter. I tried to get into the Lemony Snicket books, but, I just didn't care for them.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Chapter breaks. Again, the anal thing.

"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
"Once upon a time."

Buy or Borrow?
Buy.  (And I never lend!)

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?
Book reviews to start with. From there I usually will read a small portion of the book to get a flavor of it, and then make my decision based on that.

Lewis or Tolkien?
Tolkien. I read Narnia as a kid, and it was okay, but it couldn't hold a candle to Middle-Earth.

Hard SF or Space Opera?
It depends on the author. I usually lean towards Space Opera though...

Collection (short stories by the same author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?
I will buy an anthology depending on the theme of it (i.e. dragons, werewolves, etc...) and I only will buy a collection if I really like the author.

Hugo or Nebula?
Neither really influence my book buying decisions.

Golden Age SF or New Wave SF?
Both have their gems and their embarassments...

Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?
Tidy ending. If you want to get me to buy a sequel, write a real sequel, rather than just finishing the book I've already paid for.

Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
Whenever I have the time!

Standalone or Series?
It depends on the author, but, I tend to choose series.

Urban fantasy or high fantasy?
Again, it depends on the author.

New or used?
New, unless the book is out of print, then Used.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Zenna Henderson's "The People" series. And it's not so much that no one has heard of them, but, I think that they're probably out of print and anyone younger than 40 will probably never have heard of them. But they are special!

Top X favorite genre books of all time? (Where X is 5 or less)
1.  The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
2.  Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
3.  Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

X favorite genre series? (Where X is 5 or less)
1. The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger.
2.  The Amber series by Roger Zelazny.
3. The Eight Worlds series by John Varley.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dil Ki Hai Tamanna

Here's a sweet romantic song from the luscious John Abraham's latest film Force.  I found it to be especially enjoyable starting at the 0:44 mark. Enjoy!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Godzilla Christmas

This is an actual Christmas tree in a Tokyo mall! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! :)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Last Christmas

It's WHAM! Sweetie-Dahlings! How funny to see George Michael with a woman! Oh, those crazy Eighties! Enjoy!! ;)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Awara Pagal Deewana

Here we have my darling Akshay in his younger days (1997 to be exact. Gods! He was gorgeous!) in a festive little song from the film Lahu ke Do Rang. Enjoy!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

I Can Spot a Guilty Person a Mile Away!

I will have the dubious privilege of jury duty today!


If anything interesting happens you'll read about it here first!


Update: 2:25PM

I didn't get picked and they were done with needing jurors by Noon, so no courtroom drama for me! :(

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Holiday Meme

To start off December with a bang, I present you with this faaaabulous Holiday Meme! Enjoy!!

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?Hot Chocolate (with some Peppermint Schnappes!).

2. Letter to Santa? Dear Santa,
All I want for Christmas is Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men and a Kindle Fire....

3. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?They are just set under the tree. That's how you know they're from him!

4. Colored lights on your tree/house or white?Colored.

5. Do you hang mistletoe?No, there's plenty of things "hanging" around here already, if you get my drift...

6. When do you put your decorations up?Usually the weekend after Thanksgiving.

7. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?Brocolli Casserole.

8. Favorite holiday memory as a child?Christmas morning! Some years it was like a toy store!

9. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?What truth?

10. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?If we bugged our parents enough, we were allowed to open one gift.

11. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?There is an order to this so pay attention! First the lights go up, then the garland, then the ornaments and then the tree topper! Certain parties F who shall remain nameless have tried to change this order. It is not permitted!

12. Can you ice skate?No.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?Nothing specific comes to mind.

14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?Being with family and friends.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?Pumpkin pie.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?Bloody Mary's on Christmas morning!

17. What tops your tree?An angel.

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?Both.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?I like candy canes but what I really love is Peppermint Bark! YUM!