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IMDb GwTW

  After several years of progressive illness my health has taken an upswing from the nadir of the summer of 2016 where I lost nearly 60-lb and lay in bed 20 hours a day at a frail 142-lb.

  My weight's up and so's my dander.

  I wrote the below on the Get Satisfaction discussion board -- https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/writing_reviews_straight_from_the_app -- in response to IMDb's surrender last week to the handheld crowd by relegating user-reviews to a poorly organized annex, betraying its heritage and origins as a BBS discussion by passionate, articulate zealots True-Fen of the films and actors they celebrated.



  Actually I prefer the delayed, contemplated, and considered response that signing on to a desktop involves rather than the shallow, trivial, and telegraphic shoot-from-the-lip responses engendered by the phone-toting semi-literati populace who cannot keep in mind the details of a film they watched the day [or even an hour] earlier.Collapse )
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Entrance, Stage Right!

  A couple of weeks ago I took this political policy matching survey:

  http://www.isidewith.com/political-quiz

  with these results:

  http://www.isidewith.com/results/317635188

  It's official -- I'm slightly to the left of Bob Crane.*

  Mind you, I've always been a Marxist.  That is, a Groucho Marxist:  one who would not join any Party that would have me as a member.  As such I've always registered as a small "i" independent and voted in every election for which I qualified.

  My sister Kimberly insists that I was the only student in our middle school -- 6th, 7th, & 8th grades -- in 1972 who in the mock elections [tallied by the real voting booths delivered by the Elections Department to our school on the Monday before the official election] voted for McGovern.

  This is a canard.  Out of hundreds of students, approximately two dozen students voted for McGovern.  I voted against Nixon.

  Anyway, I invite you to take the survey and post links to your results here.  I showed you mine.

  *[Crane's co-star who played his TV character's daughter's boyfriend on the 1975 The Bob Crane Show once commented that the only subject on which he and Crane could agree was that the Russian Revolution was a Communist plot.]


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S'more Baltimore Book Festival

  Still riding a high from the Festival and contemplating a few people I met who I neglected to mention in my last entry, reminds me I should tip a hat:

  Michael Underwood -- with whom I discussed poet Dylan Thomas because for me Mike's surname evoked Thomas' Under Milk Wood, which was a new one on Mr. Underwood whose experience with fen associated the name with Tolkien.  Please buy Mike's Geekomancy.

  RJ Tolson -- This young man has a résumé that a person twice his age would envy:  philanthropist, writer, composer-musician, athlete, model.  Despite this, RJ appears affable and without presumption in person.

  Chuck Gannon -- I didn't interact much with this Baen author, who seemed always to being headed hither while I was going yon.

  George Peabody -- merchant-philanthropist, patron of the Peabody Institute, outside of which the SFFWA pavilion was located, in Mt. Vernon Park:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0a/George_Peabody_statue%2C_Mount_Vernon_Place%2C_Baltimore%2C_MD.jpg/360px-George_Peabody_statue%2C_Mount_Vernon_Place%2C_Baltimore%2C_MD.jpg
George Peabody

  George seemed highly intent on watching over our SFFWA doings.
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Baltimore Book Festival

  Lois McMaster Bujold surprised me on Tuesday by posting at Baen's Bar that she was flying in from Minnesota to attend the Baltimore Book Festival this past weekend.

  I called my family members to whom I had addicted introduced her books.  The short notice produced wails as agonized realization ensued that they had counter-scheduled.  Oh, well.  :>)

  While scanning the list of program participants I noted the name of friend and livejournalist L.Jagi Lamplighter arhyalon but hadn't seen any advanced notice on her LiveJournal, so I posted a comment to her most recent post.  Several others flagged my attention:  Catherine Asaro, Laura Anne Gilman, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jeri Smith-Ready, Bud Sparhawk, and Azar Nafisi.
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My Baby's Birthday

  Today marks the 21st anniversary of my daughter Kayleigh's birth.

  I've never held her, touched her, hugged her, dyed Easter eggs with her, helped with her homework, played catch with her, read bedtime stories to her, kissed her goodnight, or watched over her as she slept, as I did my stepchildren Lisa and Aaron, my son Matthew, or my many nephews, nieces, and young cousins.

  Kayleigh, conceived and born in Delaware, was parentally kidnaped -- that's the Federal legal term when one parent causes unilateral removal of a child from her "Home State", another legal term that refers to the State -- again under Federal and all 50 States' law -- when a child is under 6-months-old at the start of a legal action.

  My daughter was born on a Friday evening at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware.
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Budding Scientist

On Thursday my 8-year-old cousin Gabriel Fennemore was recognized by the State of Delaware's Governor Jack Markell for his environmentalism accomplishments.

Gabriel, who is home-schooled, spent the last two years photographing animals and plants.  With his father Bart's help setting up the template and teaching him how to upload, Gabriel produced an online nature journal, "The Young Naturalist".

http://www.theyoungnaturalist.com/

Because of a summer cold, Gabriel was not able to attend the ceremony but his family is sure that opportunities in the future will present themselves for such a naturally curious young investigator.

http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/News/Pages/Gov-Markell-joins-DNREC-Sec-OMara-to-honor-Delawares-2012-Young-Environmentalists-of-the-Year.aspx?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter


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A Little Night Music

  My cousins -- the brilliant, beautiful, gracious Elizabeth and her nearly as brilliant, artistic, good-natured, loving husband Christopher -- introduce their most recent collaborative effort, Aria Elizabeth Rose, born approximately 5 PM today, 18 July 2012.  Weighing in at 7 lb 2 oz, reaching 21", she's a contendah!
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Dick Clark, Requiescat in Melodiam

My daughter's uncle's business partner of 55 nearly 50 years [from when the former was a boyish Al Pacino-ish appearing CPA and the latter a raffish rogue radio personality from NYC], who became the Young Turks of the Philly Scene and the later Boy-Conquerors of the American Music Nation, died today.

He was 82.

Rock & Roll is said to have started, if the disparate charges can be hazarded to have any single ignition point, across from Philly in Gloucester City, NJ, where from 1951 Bill Haley & His Saddlemen [later rechristened the Comets] played an 18-month engagement as the Twin Bar house-band, fine-tuning their sound.  Wildwood politely disagrees, asserting priority.

Regardless, if South Jersey offered reasonable claim to be the lead torch-bearer of a national movement, its metropolitan brother Philadelphia [of all cities, Philly cannot be said to be sisterly] sealed the deal in 1957 with Dick Clark and American Bandstand.  It's early emcee forgotten, Dick was the face of vibrant youth and a youthful sound.

Farewell and thank you for bringing the music into our homes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E5xy6gjnt4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR_rYLx_2RQ

and an article quoting my daughter Kayleigh's elusive, camera-shy great-uncle:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/47100931/ns/business-us_business/

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