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August 6th, 2010

30 days of books

30 Days of Books
Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)

I'll do both. First, a series I wish would end: Twilight. Stephanie Meyer cannot write. I could literally shit out a better book than Twilight.

A series I wish had gone on longer: Well, he might still write more books in this series. The ending might not be what it seems. But I'll name it anyway here: "The Dresden Files" by Jim Butcher.

Later:

Day 02 – A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about
Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months
Day 04 – Your favorite book or series ever
Day 05 – A book or series you hate
Day 06 – Favorite book of your favorite series OR your favorite book of all time
Day 07 – Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise
Day 08 – A book everyone should read at least once
Day 09 – Best scene ever
Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 – A book that disappointed you
Day 12 – A book or series of books you’ve watched more than five times
Day 13 – Favorite childhood book OR current favorite YA book (or both!)
Day 14 – Favorite character in a book (of any sex or gender)
Day 15 – Your “comfort” book
Day 16 – Favorite poem or collection of poetry
Day 17 – Favorite story or collection of stories (short stories, novellas, novelettes, etc.)
Day 18 – Favorite beginning scene in a book
Day 19 – Favorite book cover (bonus points for posting an image!)
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite romantic/sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Day 22 – Favorite non-sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Day 23 – Most annoying character ever
Day 24 – Best quote from a novel
Day 25 – Any five books from your “to be read” stack
Day 26 – OMG WTF? OR most irritating/awful/annoying book ending
Day 27 – If a book contains ______, you will always read it (and a book or books that contain it)!
Day 28 – First favorite book or series obsession
Day 29 – Saddest character death OR best/most satisfying character death (or both!)
Day 30 – What book are you reading right now?

Another interesting gift of mine

I have another gift that I've been meaning to post about for a long time, and only just now remembered to. I have the ability to tell if a vintage style photo really is vintage or if it's modern and made to look vintage. But it only works if there are people in the photo. The way it works is, no matter how good the fake vintage photo, there are differences between modern people and people in the past, that can't be covered up. I don't even know what all the differences are. I just know that a faked 1910 photo won't pass me by; you can take a person short enough for the era, dress them up in authentic clothes, and put them in a photo setting the same as one in common 1910 photos, simulate the degradation of the photo perfectly, and even print the photo on glass, and it wouldn't fool me. I just have this sense of when someone doesn't fit into the supposed time. I think I could spot time travelers with this sense.

I know this because I can always pick out the fake antique photos.

Not sure HOW I can tell when someone doesn't belong in a certain time, I just can. I'm wondering if it's connected to my ability to judge people's character just by looking at them? Or maybe I'm seeing their souls. Or it could even be a case of subtle physical or body language differences.

Writer's Block: Walkin' the line

Do you prefer being the good cop or the bad cop?
I think alex_antonin would agree: Good cops exist only in fiction.

The origin of Popeye's superpowers.

My brain is awesome! Look what it did now:

The origin of Popeye's superpowers: a mad scientist working for Navy attempts to make super-seamen, which results in a severe, strength-sapping iron deficiency cured only by spinach. That plus the severe physical deformities inherent in the process made them shelve the project. Popeye has been unsuccessfully trying to sue the government ever since.

Bluto was also in the same experiment, after Popeye, so his version of the formula was without some of the flaws of the original formula, but didn't work anywhere near as well; it also made Bluto far more prone to rage and violence than he had previously been.

Both versions of the serum also caused the subjects to develop changes in their perception of other human beings. Both Bluto and Popeye thought Olive Oyl (diagnosed with anorexia nervosa) was actually a smokin-hot babe with sexy curves, and no one had the heart or nerve to tell them otherwise.

Unfortunetely, in the case of Popeye, the serum also caused genetic malformations that make his body produce a virus that infects close relatives like his father and newphews with the same physical deformities.

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