The Kobayashi Maru

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I love when I find out about something that is very unique and kind of cool in the nerdy sense.  I was watching Suits a few weeks ago and Harvey, the gorgeous lawyer, was telling his protégé how to win a case using Kobayashi Maru.  It is from Star Trek, and oh, by the way, Captain Kirk is The Man, according to Harvey.

Well, I didn’t really get quite what this thing was, but I thought it interesting.  Just a few days ago, The Wrath of Khan was playing. Now, I’ve never been much of an older Star Trek fan.  I did go through The Next Generation, Deep Space 9 and Voyager.  So, I’ve done my fair share of Trekkie things.  But I’m not one much for the films.  However, I was just sort of watching it, and low and behold, the Kobayashi Maru was mentioned.  How cool is that! 

So, I of course had to finish out the film just to hear more about it.  Since I missed most of the beginning, I still didn’t know much about it, thank you Wikipedia for filling me in.

I love watching shows and movies that throw in pop culture.  It makes people seem more real and you can connect to them.  Suits seems to bring in a fair amount of it, what with a hilarious rendition from Harvey of “ADRIENE!”, and then another episode that mentions Terminator. 

It kind of makes everything feel more real.

Now, personally, I think the term Kobayashi Maru is brilliant.  I’m sick and tired of the statement, “thinking outside the box”.  I think maybe I should just start saying  “do a Kobayashi Maru”, when I mean to think outside the box.  It’s very nerdy retro-ish.  If that makes any sense at all.

Well, I’m just glad I know what it means, and now, I kind of want to see the other Captain Kirk films.  (I kind of think Captain Kirk is the man as well)

Signing off

~Kate

100th Post!

Wow, I have finally made it to my one hundredth post!  Whoohoo!  Wahoo!  Okay, this makes it one hundred and one…… Dalmatians!  No, sorry, but I couldn’t resist adding the dog.

I seriously did not think I would get here, but having the Post  A Week challenge going on, It’s made it that much easier.  I think it fitting that my 100th post was about quotes and little bits of wisdom.  See the previous post entitled The Wisdom of a Cup of Good Earth Tea.

Quotes are a wonderful little thing to have on hand. Not to spout off at random moments, but to get you thinking.  I love quotes.  Especially ones that relate to me.  Now, the Pancho Villa one doesn’t, per say, but well I kind of like it just because.

I love quotes that are about writers, and bits of trivia that might not mean anything to anyone else, but sound cool to me.  The Good Earth teas definitely sound cool.

So, there you have it.  One hundred and one posts.  Yay!

Signing off

~Kate

The Wisdom of a Cup of Good Earth Tea

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I collect weird things.  Okay, not all of them are weird.  Lots of people collect rocks.  Bolts and nuts, not so much, but that’s another story.  One thing I love to collect is the teabag papers from Good Earth Teas.  Why?

The quotes. 

There is a quote on every paper.

And here are some random ones that I pulled out of the pile that I have.

Don’t let it end like this.  Tell them I said something. ~ Pancho Villa, last words (1877-1923)

For much wood a  little fire suffices. ~ Wise Saying from the Orient

A witty saying proves nothing. ~ Voltiare (1694-1778)

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. ~ Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

Always bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. ~ Abraham Lincoln (1808-1865)

When God made time, He made enough of it. ~ Celtic Saying

Anything too stupid to be said is sung. ~ Voltaire (1694-1778)

God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart. ~ Izaak Walton (1593-1683)

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. ~ George Washington (1732-1799)

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President.  Now I’m beginning to believe it. ~ Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)

In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not the man to whom the idea first occurs. ~ Sire Francis Darwin (1848-1925)

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything. Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863)

Ignorance of certain subjects is a great part of wisdom. ~ Hugo De Groot (1583-1645)

Those are just a sampling of the ones I’ve collected over the past couple years.  I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with all the tags, but now my sister is indulging me and saving the tags from her teabags as well.  It’s fun to have that little bit of a quote in your head throughout the day.  A smidgen of awareness.

Signing off

~Kate

 

My Take on LGBT in Literature

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Yesterday, blogger Amanda Rudd posted about her LGBT bookshelf, and the lack of that theme in many YA books, along with it being harder to have books published with that orientation as a focus of the books.  I wanted to voice my opinion here, instead of just commenting on her post.  You can read her original post here, My LGBT YA Bookshelf, which also has another link to a couple other things relating.

I think one thing about YA literature, for one is, most young adults are not reading it.  It is a harder age group to publish in because of the lack of reading.  Having worked at a library, I can honestly say that the Young Adult section was one of the least used sections.  Rarely did anyone check out books from there.  That right there in itself, is a reason why publishers would be leery of publishing a book that might not be as popular as others.  As LGBT is not a majority of the population, it isn’t as popular, obviously.  You are taking a risk to publish within the YA books, and an even greater risk with something that may not make a go.

It is becoming more common to see a LGBT theme in adult fiction, but it still isn’t the norm.  Personally, I do not go out of my way to read books that have that theme, as I don’t fully agree with it.  If the lead characters are of that world, then no, I probably won’t read it.  If there are minor characters in a book that are either gay or lesbian, fine, but it wouldn’t be my main attractor.

Now, I’m sure there are a lot of people out there that would like to be able to read books with that theme, but unfortunately, it isn’t as common of a practice yet.  I think it will take time for it to work its way into fiction.  But in my opinion, the reason it isn’t in YA books is because it isn’t the world’s easiest genre/ age group.

Now, this isn’t the most put together post.  I’m sure I could have delved deeper into the subject, but, as it was only meant to be a comment in regards to Amanda Rudd’s blog, I think it’s long enough.

Check out her original post, and see what you think.

Signing off

~Kate

Remembering 9/11/01

 

Firefighters hold a U.S. flag as they gather to pay their respects at Ground Zero during a 9/11 memorial ceremony on September 11, 2009, in New York City (© Chris Hondors/Getty Images)

There is nothing I can ever say that will be adequate or hasn’t already been said.  There is nothing that will change my memories of that fateful day.  There is nothing that will take away the horror I feel when I see the replays. 

I can never say enough to the brave men and women that stopped the hijackers of Flight 93.  The brave men and women of the FDNY who helped rescue people from the towers.  Our military and men and women in uniform that were there when the Pentagon was struck.

Nothing other than thank you.  Thank you to all the brave people out there that stepped up and helped us all as a nation.

To the families of the victims, we all pray for you.

In remembrance of 9-11-01.  That day will never be forgotten for the horror.  However, that day will not be forgotten for the bravery as well.

God bless you all.

Signing of

~Kate

The Little Things That Get To Me

I never have a camera with me at times when something strikes my fancy, or I can never capture how I see it, but I go throughout my day with little things that mean a world to me, even though I can’t explain them.

Let me explain.  Today I was looking down at a bouquet I made and I was struck by the beauty of the yellow pollen on the sunflower.  There was a serenity to it with the way the light was in the kitchen.  I pulled out the camera, but even though I took a picture (ok, I took about ten) it was impossible to capture the perfection of the moment.

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Little things that may not mean anything to anyone else strike me.  The orange poppies in the sun against an aging, moss-covered concrete wall.  A cloud that is perfect in its imperfection of mounds of creamy whiteness.  Canning jars in the sun making sun pickles.  A leaf on a body of water.  Ripples in the stream.  Bright green velvety moss. 

They are all amazing things.  Simple nothings that are beautiful. 

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I’ve fallen in love with We Heart It because people post the most amazing things.  I was looking up Jane Austen the other day and a host of brilliant pictures came up in the search. I wanted to save every one of them.  I wanted to jump in and savor every one of them.  They all had such unique qualities to them. 

I looked up autumn and found many other things as well.  It doesn’t hurt that the site is pretty much all girl inspired.  Pearls, lace, pink…. It draws you in.

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I try to point out these things that ‘get’ to me to other  people, but I doubt they mean anything.  How does one go about explaining this subtle explosion inside just from seeing the way a certain flower looks at that moment?  I can’t.  And I’ve stopped trying.  I may point out something and say it’s cool, but that’s about it. I keep that building joy inside, trying to hold it in and remember it all.

 Signing off

~Kate

A Fall List

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Blackberries

Apples

Acorns

Wood Smoke

Wildfire Smoke

Pipe Smoke

Hazy Sun

Lazy Sun

Burning Sun

Sweet Grass

Spicy Pine

Colored Trees

Pumpkin

Cinnamon

Spice

Mums

Asters

Sunflowers

 

Okay, this is probably really terrible.  It’s a list poem, horrible in it’s single wordness, but I didn’t have time to tackle the actual late summer/autumn post I wanted to do. I hope to tackle it tomorrow.  So, if you are into list poems, enjoy…..

Signing off

~Kate