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2016 Mix CD-Hope in Dark Times

It's time again to send out mix CDs as holiday treats!

2016 has been a very hard year, and we could use some hope, thus this year's theme.

Hope in Dark Times Mix

1. Amazing Grace-Telaran Rhiod
2. Ordinary People-George Formby
3. Dance Away-Project A-ko
4. Better Times Are Coming-Kate & Anna McGarrigle
5. End of the World-Blesid Union of Souls
6. April Showers-Al Jolson
7. Hope Eyrie-The Black Book Band
8. How Can I Keep from Singing?-Lorie Line
9. Victory: Call of Summer-Yasunori Mitsuda
10. It's the Time of the Phoenix-Renee Alper & Ray Phoenix
11. Absent Friends-Bill and Brenda Sutton
12. Toast for Unsung Heroes-Leslie Fish & the Dehorn Crew
13. Freedom-Twelve Girls Band
13. Over the Rainbow-Simon Gray
14. Redemption Song-Angelique Kidjo
15. Here Comes the Sun-Charlie Dore
16. El Fusilado-Chumbawamba
17. Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree-Dawn
18. 500 Miles-The Hooters
19. We Shall Be Free-Woody Guthrie
20. Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream-Johnny Cash
21. Beauty from Pain-Superchick
22. You'll Never Walk Alone-4troops
23. The Year Turns Round Again-Bob Fox

Your thoughts, comments, holiday greetings?

Happy Halloween!

Stay safe!


Moving Today!

Thanks to all who donated to the fundraiser!

Going dark until the phone company gets around to hooking me back up.

I have a fundraiser now.

As mentioned in my previous post, I am being forced to vacate my apartment. Unfortunately, the one place I have found that might be doable requires a whopping deposit up front, so I have finally broken down and put up a Gofundme. Please consider sharing it with others!


Moving soon-not voluntarily

The new management of my apartment building has decided that the place is too far gone for piecemeal solutions, and has decided to renovate the entire complex, which means that all the tenants are being kicked out by the end of September. As I am a low-paid temp with no car, my options for new places are limited.

I have a possibility, which is smaller, more expensive and further from downtown--but I have to pass a background check.

Going the limit!

I am 55 today!


Holiday Mix CD 2015--Stay Warm!

It's that time of year again, so I have compiled a new playlist for the mix CDs I send out to lucky people.


1. "Me Make Fire"--Paul & Storm (Og makes fire!)
2. "Fire"--Pointer Sisters
3. "Burning Down the House"--Tom Jones
4. "Bolero of Fire"--Hylian Ensemble
5. "Fire in the Sky"--Kristoph Klover
6. "Horizon Flame"--Allison Moyet
7. "Fire Nation"--Two Steps from Hell
8. "Chariots of Fire"--Carlos Quinche (panflute!)
9. "Mellow Candle"--Weiss Kreus
10. "Burning Chase"--Yuji Yoshino
11. "Firework"--Katy Perry
12. "Light My Fire"--The Doors
13. "Hay Burner"--West Bank School of Music
14. "Flaming Star"--Elvis Presley
15. "Meditation in a Candle's Glow"--Reuben Correa
16. "Vamo' Alla Flamenco"--Nobuo Uematsu (There's some dispute as to whether "flamenco" actually refers to fire.)
17. "You Get to Burning"--Yoko Ishida (When it comes to fire, sometimes we're Og, but too often we are Ookook.)

Your thoughts and comments?

Goodreads Recommends--the letter B!

Hi folks!

It's been quite a while, but I hope some of you are still reading Livejournal.

Today we look at the books Goodreads has recommended to me based on books I've read from authors with a B in their name.

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin HIcks
Almuric by Robert E. Howard
Astonishing X-Men Trilogy Collection by Joss Whedon

Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire by Mike Mignola
Big Questions #1 by Anders Nilsen
Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker
Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan
Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard

The Diamond Throne by David Eddings
The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley

East of West #1 by Jonathan Hickman
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: The Land That Time Forgot by Russ Manning

Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen by Hans Christian Andersen
Foxe's Book of Martyrs by John Foxe

Hildafolk by Luke Pearson
How to Win at Everything: Even Things You Can't or Shouldn't Try to Win At by Daniel Kibblesmith

The Instrumentality of Mankind by Cordwainer Smith

The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr

The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson

Many Moons by James Thurber
Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell
The Moomins and the Great Flood by Tove Jannson
Mosses from an Old Manse by Nathaniel Hawthorne
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale
Northlanders, Vol. 1: Sven the Returned by Brian Wood

Out of the Depths: An Unforgettable WWII Story of Survival, Courage, and the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis by Edgar Harrell

Radio Free Albemuth by Philip K. Dick
Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs
Rocannon's World by Ursula K. Le Guin

Savage Worlds Explorer's Edition by Shane Lacy Hensley
Shakespeare's Insults: Educating Your Wit by Wayne F. Hill
Sleeper, Vol. 1: Out in the Cold by Ed Brubaker
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Spider-Men #1 by Brian Michael Bendis
The Star Diaries: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy by Stanisław Lem
Stumptown, Vol. 1 by Greg Rucka
Surrender None by Elizabeth Moon

The Terro-Human Future History Omnibus by H. Beam Piper
They'd Rather Be Right by Mark Clifton
The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories by Nicholas Gurewitch

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions by Arthur Bennett

The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber
Who is Jake Ellis? by Nathan Edmondson

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

And now, the authors who inspired this list, in order of times cited:

Chris A. Bolton-7

Cece Bell-6

Edgar Rice Burroughs-5

Alfred Bester-4
Terry Brooks-4
Jeffrey Brown-4
John Brunner-4

L. Frank Baum-3
Kate Beaton-3
Anthony Bourdain-3
Ray Bradbury-3
Lois McMaster Bujold-3
Cullen Bunn-3
John Bunyan-3

Zac Bissonnette-2
James Blish-2
Deborah Blum-2

Brian Michael Bendis
T. Martin Bennett
Jason Bulmahn
Virginia Lee Burton
Kurt Busiek

As always, let me know if you've read any of these books or heard interesting buzz, or you're puzzled as to who this Chris A. Bolton buy is.

Wishlist 2014!

# Make a post (public, friends-locked, filtered... whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of ten holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV"). The important thing is to make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
# If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) can get in touch with you. Your home address is not required!
# Make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to the Wishlist community wish_list

1. A steady new job. I have a dozen year's experience in customer service, and an excellent phone voice. I've got a decent temp assignment right now, but it won't last more than a few months.

2. For all soldiers to come home safe and sound from the wars. My most worried-about soldier made it back, but there's still so many out there.

3. Mix CDs! I am good with regular or MP3 CDs. If you're not in the US, or you happen to know a good local band, I'd like at least one track to be from a homegrown musician. If you want to know more about my tastes, or have a theme suggested, ask in the comments. Also see my post earlier this month with the mix CD I am sending out to wishlisters.

4. Signal boosting for my pop culture review blog, SKJAM! Reviews http://www.skjam.com Readers and commentators are welcome too, but sharing it on social media will be immensely helpful.

5. Podfic or Fanart of my fanfics!

6. Something off my Amazon wishlist: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3TV5UMA84N51R (Gently used is a-ok.)

7. Avengers Alliance allies. (Facebook version)

8. Non-US candy. Yum!

9. Fanfics for pulp characters or Golden Age superheroes. Gen by preference; romance is okay if it isn't the main plot of the story.

10. Goodreads friends: Check my booklist so far here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/4401570-skjam?shelf=read

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Happy Holidays!

Mix CD--By Your Command

I changed my mind and decided that this year's holiday mix CD will be a tribute to the recently departed Glen A. Larson, who brought the young me such entertainment as "Battlestar Galactica" and "Knight Rider." The tracks relate to the shows he was involved with in tangential ways; see if you can guess which one is which.


1. After the Fall--Two Steps from Hell
2. Theme from Lupin III '97--OST
3. Let's All Help the Cowboys--Cowboy Jack Clement & Pam Tillis
4. The Virginian--OST
5. Forever Fugitives--Final Fantasy XIII Soundtrack
6. Fighting--Maurice White & Bill Meyers
7. I Got a Woman--Jimmy Smith
8. I Will Not Stand Alone--Kayhan Kallor & Ali Bahrami Fard
9. Corpse in the Rafters--Robert O Ragland
10. Brothers--Nostromo Pilots
11. Uchuu Senkan Yamato (Star Blazers)--Maria Kawamura
12. Cardboard King--The Martin Harley Band
13. The NBC Mystery Movie--OST
14. Escape in the Truck--Mary Beth Magallanes
15. Limpin Gobbler/Crippled Turkey--Sean Orr
16. As Time Goes By--Rudy Vallee
17. Across the Sea--Ho'oheno
18. Hawaii 5-0--Sammy Davis, Jr.
19. Mon Super Heros--AM
20. Dragon Knight--Yasunori Mitsuda
21. All Along the Watchtower--Eliades Ochoa
22. I'll Fly Away/I Saw the Light--Joe Bethancourt

Not surprisingly, several of these are themselves television show themes.

Your thoughts, comments or favorite Glen A. Larson show memories?

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