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NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan Predicts We’ll Find Signs Of Alien Life Within 10 Years

My heart skips a beat reading this. Really? ET will be here? Maybe phoning home, or not, but here.

 

Or will it be a space person in a silver suit, who despite best intentions, terrorizes us?

 

Or a little green man?

Or some kind of  horrifying, jaw ejecting entity that wants to incubate somewhere warm?

The possibilities are endless and my imagination leaps at what this might mean. Of course I have Hollywood to thank for much of this. Nothing like the special effect team who have filled my head with C3PO and R2D2, Klingons, Vulcans, and on and on. Possibly all housed in Area 51.

But somehow I think the truth behind this statement is a little less….dramatic. Heart stopping. Somehow what I think what Ellen Stofan is predicting is that there will be microbe, something contained in a little glass dish, that you will need a microscope to see (possibly while wearing full protective Hazmat suits) that has been picked up on the surface of somewhere out there and brought back. The first signs of life. The first signs that there might have been life.

Not so dramatic but still might make a great movie.

 

 

 

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Book Art

A little something to jump start the weekend, looking at books in different ways.

So interesting, yet somewhat unsettling.

Scroll down for the English translation.

HERE.

What do you think?

 

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Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh

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I just had to reblog this again because when I have had some free time recently, I have been picking up these books and am slowly but surely making my way back through the series. I forgot how much I love it…>Swoons<
So please, check these out because they are amazing and I want someone to rant and fangirl to ^^ xD

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Okay. So this is going to be on MASSIVE post about the ENTIRE Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh because there were 7 books (not including the novellas which I still have to read) and I feel that one LARGE post would be good. Otherwise you will see 7 posts of me ABSOLUTELY FANGIRLING!!!!!!!!

I. AM. SO. IN. LOVE. WITH. THIS. SERIES.

I will say this now. This is a mature reader series as there is graphic violence and….quite graphic sex scenes so this is a 17/18 year old or older book…NOT YA AT ALL!

MATURE READERS ONLY!

So lets start with the books in the series. They are…..

  • Angels’ Blood
  • Archangel’s Kiss
  • Archangel’s Consort
  • Archangel’s Blade (side story with one of the main characters)
  • Archangel’s Storm (side story with another one of the main characters)
  • Archangel’s Legion
  • Archangel’s Shadows (comes out in November 2014!!!! Another side story)

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Godzilla (2014)

Starring

Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Ford Brody
CJ Adams – Young Ford
Ken Watanabe – Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
Bryan Cranston – Joe Brody

Summary

“In 1999, the Janjira nuclear plant was mysteriously destroyed with most hands lost including supervisor Joe Brody’s colleague and wife, Sandra. Years later, Joe’s son, Ford, a US Navy ordnance disposal officer, must go to Japan to help his estranged father who obsessively searches for the truth of the incident. In doing so, father and son discover the disaster’s secret cause on the wreck’s very grounds. This enables them to witness the reawakening of a terrible threat to all of Humanity, which is made all the worse with a second secret revival elsewhere. Against this cataclysm, the only hope for the world may be Godzilla, but the challenge for the King of the Monsters will be great even as Humanity struggles to understand the destructive ally they have.”

– Kenneth Chisholm on IMDB

Review

Now this was definitely a different take of the classic Godzilla story with Godzilla being the good guy. I didn’t get to feel the full force of the movie as I watched it on a small screen on a plane, but either way I absolutely loved it.

It kept you questioning what was happening and wondering who was going to win as it really was a close call many times and it was just…wow. I never expected the story to be taken as it had been as Godzilla is usually the bad guy but in this, he was the only hope for humanity.

And I mean the CGI’s in this movie were incredible. I mean, look at the comparison.

There really isn’t anything to question. Modern movies make everything look so much better and so much more epic, in my personal opinion. I know people believe that the classics are better just because of what they are, and don’t get me wrong, watching a classic Godzilla is funny and really interesting to watch, but if you want to really get lost in the world, watching a new movie is sometimes the way to go.

The storyline was interesting because of how they worked it around Godzilla being the good guy and then bringing in these other creatures (which were kind of creepy) and having it be a ‘I-Am-The-King’ kind of fight. Everything was epic and it honestly kind of reminded me of Pacific Rim but instead of it being robots against the Kaiju, it was the MUTO against Godzilla. All big, all epic, and all just WOW.

I honestly do suggest seeing this as it takes an interesting spin on a classic but this is for older viewers because it was quite violent and quite scary in a few places. It’s a great watch and I hope that you all enjoy.

Let me know what you think!

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Flying Rant

Have you ever flown before?

You most likely have. Even if it was for a short jaunt to a few states away. Now, the majority of you, actually the overwhelming majority of you haven’t flown on a private jet. If that’s how you fly, then lucky you, and this post probably won’t pertain to you per se.

But the rest of us, who have the fly with the great unwashed will understand the pain which I am about to lay out for you. I’m just going to lay it out how it is. No sugar-coating.

Flying is a SERIOUS pain in the ass.

It’s not like it used to be. You used to get preferential treatment if you paid a little more, early boarding if you had a child, and the elderly used to get early boarding as well. But no. All that is gone.

You have a little kid, you can wait with everyone else. You’re elderly, you can do the same, unless you’re in a wheel chair or are injured.

Now, I fly United (previously Continental), so I can only comment on what I see with them, but all around, the complains are quite the same. With United, you get boarded by group (which is new), and of course, on my most recently flight, I was group 5. The last group to board. Now that is whatever. I don’t care when I board. But…once on the plane, I wish I was number 1. They’ve limited how much you can bring on the plane, and they let you bring two carry on’s; one for the overhead and one for under the seat before you. That’s great and all, but being group 5 means….THERE IS NO OVERHEAD ROOM AS THE IDIOTS BEFORE AND BEHIND YOU TOOK YOUR SPOTS!

>An annoyed huff would leave from her lips.<

So you shove their shit out of the way and get your bag in. FINALLY. But you have the second bag, which, as I sat in an aisle seat, DIDN’T FIT because apparently they put the life vest before you in the aisle, so, I couldn’t fit it. Fantastic. -.-

Okay, so all that is out of the way. You sit down. Thank god. You made it. Now you can just re——.

The seats. Oh god. The seats. I mean come on. They don’t even put you sitting up right. It’s like they’re trying to push your head into your legs, making your torso and legs at a less than 90 degree angle.

How are you supposed to get comfortable sitting like that?

No. Freaking. Clue.

Eventually you can put your seat back a little bit. Key words. “Little bit.”

I mean, this is all just a pain in the ass.

You also have the food. I mean, thankfully since I went international they gave food. But it was like a snack. The portions are smaller, the food really isn’t great, and it doesn’t come until an hour into the flight.

And after my flight was delayed almost two hours because of gate changes and then a failure with the baggage belt, I was hungry. So, we didn’t eat till like 930pm or so.

Overall I hated it. Flying used to be enjoyable, but not anymore.

You’re constantly shoving the arm of the idiot next to you out of the way. And god-forbid you want to use the restroom and someone is coming your way AWAY from the bathroom, or visa versa. You have to like dive into the seat of a stranger to get out of the way.

And if you need to go when the food cart is in the way. Good luck. You’re gonna wish you wore your depends because they take forever and WILL NOT move.

Honestly, I can’t even say pay a little extra money to go first class because A) it’s not even a little bit of money. It’s a lot. And B) because first class isn’t much better. I flew Business a little while ago, maybe 2 years or so, and the seats were much smaller than when I had flown it once before, and overall it wasn’t anything HORRIBLY special. If you are going long distance in economy, I wish you luck and god-speed because I could barely survive 6 and a half hours. I watched that “time until destination” clock like my life depended on it.

Thankfully there were movies, but, that only helps so much.

But then on the way back, ughhhhhh. So like my button on the seat that helps it recline, I pushed it to recline slightly yet the damn bugger got stuck. So, for the rest of my flight, if I put pressure on my seat it would fall backwards. So, for the flight, which was 8 hours because of the tailwind, I had to sit up straight. To say I was unhappy was an understatement.

If you have similar experiences, please tell me and let’s get this rant going. Because I can’t be the only one who hates this. I know I’m not.

So where y’all who hate flying? Raise your hand! >Raises her hands and legs and waves them around.<

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Interview with Emmy Curtis

I got the amazing honor of interviewing Emmy Curtis, the author of The Alpha Ops series (first book reviewed here.)

It was a fabulous interview and her responses were fantastic. I got a great laugh xD.

Click here to see her website with some information on her novellas.

The second book of her series was out yesterday so I can’t wait to read it, but until them, here is the interview. ^.^ Enjoy!!!!!!

1. What inspired you to become a writer and why short story romance?

Hmmm. I grew up always reading romance, at a time when they were mainly about men who veered toward being a bully to a much younger, weaker woman. I enjoyed them, but all the time I wanted to read books where the women and men were totally equal either physically, mentally or emotionally. I never really yearned for short-story, in fact the novella is really just a lead-in to the full length series, but I think some stories are better as novellas. With Josh and Grace in DANGEROUS TERRITORY, because the rescue is by nature short, I thought trying to string it out over a full length novel wouldn’t serve the reader or the characters well. My new book, releasing on October 7th, features two secondary characters from the novella, but explores their dynamic, personally and in combat, if you like, in a much deeper way.

2. When you were a child did you ever think that you were going to become author?

I’m sure my teachers at school would laugh, but yes, I always hoped. I was always jealous of my best friend, Jo, who used to write whole stories of our lives (fan fiction really), where we invariably hooked up with the boys we liked. They were SUCH good stories, funny and smart, that now I’m jurging her to write a full-length book now!

3. Where did you get your characters for your Alpha Ops series? Were they based on people in real life or were they just created from pure imagination?

They are based on men and women in the military who I have met. Whoa! Yes, I said it. The people in my book really exist. Maybe not literally, but all their characteristics exist in the people who serve right now. Some of their stories really happened. But mainly, I looked for these characters because I wanted to write about the combat forces often overlooked by novelists. Not every hero is a Marine sniper or a SEAL! So I decided to pick the special ops people in the air force.

4. When you write, what are some things that you have to have with you (ex. A box of mints, and candle, your favorite pencil, etc.) and your routine?

Coffee, and these:

5. Just out of personal curiosity, how and why did you choose your pen name?

My friend Shauna and I were discussing baby names for her soon-to-be-born baby around the same time that I was submitting DANGEROUS TERRITORY for publication. I shamelessly stole one of the names she came up with, which was Emerson. So now both her lovely daughter and my alter-ego have the name Emmy J

6. In your spare time where can you be found and what can you be found doing?

Shooting trap (clay pigeons), reading, walking my dog, traveling and watching Marvel movies!

7. What are your top 5 favorite books?

These change almost monthly, but for now:

Light Her Fire by Samanthe Beck Hot, hot, hot (and really funny)

Abby Road by Ophelia London (sweet, sexy and funny)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (a dream of a YA book. Everyone should read this)

Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (another YA book, that’s both funny and suspense)

Confessions of a Spy by Peter Earley (an amazing up close and personal look at a real double agent)

8. What are your top 5 favorite movies?

Again, these change regularly!

Midnight in Paris (a love letter to Paris and writers everywhere)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (by the way, the new Captain America – and current Faqlcon in this movie – is a former Pararescuer like my hero in DANGEROUS TERRITORY!)

Keeping the Faith (Just a totally cute laugh-fest)

Wimbledon (The best romantic comedy ever. I mean ever. Go watch it.)

Sahara (I’m a big fan of this movie and I suspect I’m in the minority)

9. If you could go on vacation to anywhere in the world, cost not an issue, where would it be and why?  

Here: parrotcay.com

Private island, villas, infinity swimming pool, a spa, and gourmet food. Could a girl ask for anything more?

10. If you were stuck on a deserted island and you could have 5 things dropped off to you (not including transportation, and food and shelter was not an issue) what would they be and why?

One – My fully-loaded Kindle, because I’d rather have that than a tablet I couldn’t read in the sun, even if it meant losing TV streaming ability!

Two – Unlimited Fray Bentos Steak and Kidney pies.

Three – Unlimited Cadbury Flakes

Four – A Pararescuer like Josh, you know, to come rescue me .

Five – Good lingerie, because of number four! And maybe some spanx because of numbers two and three!

11. What are the top 5 things that you cannot live without?

My friends, my husband, my PC, coffee, and my bookshelves of signed books!

12. Where do you see yourself in the future; whether this is related to your own personal life or in relation to your writing

I suspect within a year I will be far, far away from where I am now. Being a military family and moving regularly is a big adventure! All I hope for my writing, is that I continue to write books that at least some people like. I know that no book pleases everyone, but even when people read my book and don’t like it, I am profoundly grateful that they spent their valuable time reading it!

 

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Upcoming Interview!

Tomorrow you can expect an interview with a romance author!!!! >Watches as hearts fly everywhere.<

She may be a new writer but I personally loved the novella which I read by her and I had an amazing time interviewing her.

So check back tomorrow to have a good laugh ^.^

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