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March 31, 2006

Without a Trace, March 30th

This is The Count writing for The Countess who cannot get to the computer right now.

The last song (during the credits) of the March 30th, 2006 Without a Trace episode is, Reason to Mourn by Ben Harper. It is from the album Both Sides of the Gun. I'm happy to help my Without a Trace fans who have asked me to find this song,.

For regular readers of The Countess, she has not felt like blogging recently but she promises to blog soon.

Posted on March 31, 2006 at 05:58 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)

March 20, 2006

My Aerolectric R/C Trainer

A month ago, I found an unbuilt R/C (Radio Control) aircraft kit in the attic which I had bought way back in 1992... right before I had to drop the hobby. Well it's now built and finished, and here are the pictures. I was pondering how to finish the airplane and The Countess suggested an X-Files theme so, no matter where you go go, there you are. The X-Files is our number one, all time favorite show. We started watching it from day one when it broadcast (right after The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr. with Bruce Campbell - one of our favorite actors.) The Countess used to be a part of the X-Files fan club on AOL (before there was an internet to speak of,) spoke regularly with with Glenn Morgan (who with James Wong and Chris Carter penned some of the best X-Files episodes.) The Countess was also part of the effort to keep the show on the air when it was very nearly cancelled... though she wasn't able to help with Briscoe County.

First though, a little background. It is a Midwest Products Aerolectric R/C trainer. The kit is no longer in production, and I don't know when it was last made. It is an electric powered variant of their Aerostar gas powered job. It is one of the first generation of electric powered R/C aircraft. I made some small modifications, by upgrading the motor to a Great Planes S-600 brushed motor and a Great Planes C-35 mini-brushed ESC (Electronic Speed Control - the original kit had a servo controlled on/off switch to control the motor) with BEC (Battery Eliminator Circuitry - which removes the need for a separate receiver battery.)

The plane is finished in black Monokote, with green Monokote trim. The circle-X and the lettering were done by downloading two X-Files fonts, setting it up in Photoshop, printing it all out, and using the printout as a stencil to cut the Monokote film with an X-acto knife.

Hope you think it looks nice, I want to believe!

Xfile_starboard  Xfile_port

Posted on March 20, 2006 at 04:38 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

March 19, 2006

O C Rape Case

Pinko Feminist Hellcat has done a great job covering the O C rape case. She compiled all her posts into one category. I highly recommend my readers read them. You'll be outraged. The woman in the case had been gang-raped and videotaped by three men she thought were her friends. The three rapists got six years in prison.

As Sheez said, people are writing to the victim to give her support. Please send her your letter of support and encouragement to ihiroe@yahoo.com.

Posted on March 19, 2006 at 10:38 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Index of The 100 Science Fiction Books You Just Have To Read

 Index of the 100 science fiction books you just have to read.

I've always read more horror, dark fiction, and mystery than science fiction. I have read a few on the list. Here are the ones I've read. Which ones have you read?

Foundation by Isaac Asimov. (I read the first book in the Foundation series.)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
1984 By George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Here are books on the list that I would like to read:

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (The Count has the book, and he gave it to me last night. I plan to read this after I read The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein.)
The Day of the Triffids by John Syndham
The War Of The Worlds by H. G. Wells
Journey To The Center Of The Earth by Jules Vernse
Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Puppet Masters by Robert Heinlein
The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Lathe Of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Posted on March 19, 2006 at 10:22 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)

The Top 100 Overlooked Movies Of The Nineties

The Top 100 Overlooked Movies Of The Nineties.

I've seen quite a few of the movies on this list. Here are the ones that I especially liked:

Miller's Crossing
Heavenly Creatures
The Hudsucker Proxy
Bound
Sneakers
Truly, Madly, Deeply
The Red Violin
Bringing Out The Dead
Pump Up The Volume
My Neighbor Totoro
Dick
The Ref
The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert
The Winslow Boy
Darkman
Ravenous
Topsy Turvy
Dead Alive

Posted on March 19, 2006 at 10:10 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

For P. Z. Myers And The Count

The Count told me about this, so I had to pass it on. I know that P. Z. Myers doesn't celebrate his birthday all month long like I do, but if he did, he would definitely celebrate this news:

Atheism is the fastest growing religious identity in America.

A study done by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York found that the percentage of the population that describes itself as "nonreligious" more than doubled from 1990 to 2001, from 14.3 million to 29.4 million people. The only other group to show growth was Muslims.

"Right now, the fastest-growing religious identity in America is the nonreligious," says Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a Madison, Wis.-based group that champions church-state separation and works to educate the public on nontheism.

A study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that 16 percent of Americans (about 35 million) consider themselves "unaffiliated" -- a category that includes "unaffiliated believers," "secularists" and atheists/agnostics.

Posted on March 19, 2006 at 10:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Ghost Whisperer

I'm a big fan of "The Ghost Whisperer". It's not my favorite show on TV - that honor goes to "Medium" - but I like the show very much. In no small part, that's because Mark Snow does the music for the show. Mark Snow had done the music for "The X Files". I have the soundtrack to "The X Files" TV show and movie on my iTunes.

Another fan of "The Ghost Whisperer" read an earlier post I had made about the show, and she asked me to link to her. I'd be happy to! Here's her fan link to the show:

The Ghost Whisperer

Posted on March 19, 2006 at 09:51 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

March 16, 2006

New To The Blogroll

I've been reading Red State Feminist and Reclusive Leftist daily for awhile now, but I hadn't added to them to my blogroll. Bad Countess! Now, they are on my blogroll.

Posted on March 16, 2006 at 03:41 PM | Permalink | Comments (62)

Now This Is Funny

The Count and I love to watch the National Geographic Channel. We also love to watch the Discovery Channel. It turns out that the Discovery Channel is creating a new web site for all those parents who think they are too stoopid to help their kids with their math and history homework. Called Cosmeo, web site is geared towards "Web-savvy children from kindergarten through 12th grade. It also gives parents and other caretakers a way to be more involved in the learning process while refreshing their own knowledge."

So now you won't look like a moron when you try to help your kid with his geometry homework, or with his report about the Crimean war that is due tomorrow, and he just told you about it at dinnertime the night before it's due.

Posted on March 16, 2006 at 03:27 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Arrrr, Me Bucko!!!

There is a billboard in Maryland that extolls the virtues of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Get on your pirate regallia and pay homage to the Flying Spaghetti Monster god!! Shiver me timbers! The billboard says "Believe Your Noodly Master Hon". In case you don't know, "hon" is a term of endearment that is popular with Baltimorons. I'm a Baltimoron, so I can call them that. evil_smiley.gif

Posted on March 16, 2006 at 03:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)