December 20th, 2006

magikist

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Don Surber brings us this article on "Kilts for Scots".

I hadn't heard that the British (Labour) Government had decided to take all of the Scottish military regiments and mash them all together into one great big Royal Regiment of Scotland. Each of the remaining regiments (the Black Watch, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, etc.) are going to lose their individual identities and become battalions of the RRS. This shows a real disregard for what these regiments had meant to the people of Scotland and to their fighting men and women. To add insult to injury, the King's Own Scottish Borderers, a lowland regiment who did not wear the kilt (they wore tartan trews), will be merged with the Royal Scots and become a kilted battalion of the RRS. Evidently, they've decided to take it to court, since the Borderers were a regiment raised by the government of Scotland. I hope they win.

This reminds me of the issue a few years ago when someone in the government decreed that everyone in the Army would wear a beret, an honor previously reserved to Special Forces.

I know, who gives a rat's ass? Well, I do.

Here's a link to the Royal Regiment of Scotland: http://www.royalregimentofscotland.org.uk/
magikist

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I wanted to take a minute and show you something that I just got for Christmas. It takes a little explanation:

You've heard me speak time and again about the Ghostletters mailing list. You occasionally see a picture of Mary Cecelia O'Brian, the armed redhead, in my userpic area, and you might recall that she took over my journal a while back. I have a number of other characters who I've written for Ghostletters. One of them is a young biracial woman who was adopted by Mary Cecelia and her then-husband Val Corey (played to the hilt by anderyn) named Abby Constable (her married name; her full name is Abigail Rose Liana Corey Constable). She started out as a throwaway character, a waitress in a coffee shop with blue hair, and it was draiguisge who said, "Hey! That's me! Let's keep her around!" So, I did, and Abby sort of developed a life of her own, so to speak. (You writin' types know exactly what I'm talking about.) I've always had a general idea of what Abby looked like: tall, honey blonde hair, yellow-hazel eyes, light skin, a rather large nose, etc., but, apart from seeing a picture here and a stranger in an airport there, I never really knew what she looked like. Until today.

Anyway, I get a package in the mail today from lourdesmont, another charter member of Ghostletters, who plays, among other characters, Jack O'Brian's wife Dana. (Jack, you might recall, is Mary Cecelia's father, and the "Chief Jack" after whom this journal is named.) In it was a doll. An Abby doll. I took one look, and said, "yep, that's her." I'm talking dead-nuts on. At the risk of embarrassing Lisa, here's Abby:







The face is what really got me. She even got the eyes the right color. I'm a real fusspot about my characters and what they look like. Here's another view of the face.



Lisa, she's beautiful. Thank you so much!
magikist

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I did something today that I've been meaning to do: I backed up my laptop's hard drive. It took about 1.5 hours and used 8 DVDs. So, I decided, let's back up the hard drive on my desktop, which I plan on replacing (with a Mac) in the very near future. The Nero software estimated that the backup of the hard drive would take approximately 12 DVDs, so I figure, great, it'll take about 2-2.5 hours.

Right now, the backup has been running for 1.5 hours, and we're barely through the first DVD. Talk about slow......