Another book review by me.  This past weekend I read Alien Influences, a unique story about 8 kids called the “Dancer Eight” that get charged with murder of other kids, murders they did in fact commit but had good intentions and didn’t think they were killing.  These kids are introduced to a species called Dancers so they could learn to get used to and appreciate other species and eventually sneak on their own to watch the Dancers.  The kids want to grow up so they can leave their planet, Bountiful, as kids aren’t allowed to leave.  They copy a ritual performed by the Dancers that requires their hands to be cut off and heart and lungs removed, but they grow back as your teeth do when you are a kid.  So, the kids perform this ritual on each other with less than satisfactory results obviously.  There is a twist to that though, but you’ll have to read the book 🙂

So, the Eight get put on trial and are convicted and seperated (well, one commits “suicide” before sentencing), and eventually they become slaves basically.  The leader John however, eventually gains his freedom and becomes a bounty hunter and as fate would have it, lands him a job back on Bountiful which is now deserted of humans because of a widespread drug addiction to the native herb Salt Juice.  He ends up going to visit the Dancers even though he’s not supposed to because of their previous Influence on him and the other kids, and they welcome him and he is happy.  What he doesn’t realize is that he is starving and about to die becaues they just want his soul for wisdom and the creature he had been hired to capture saves his life.  John takes the creature back to it’s home planet and the creature fills him in on a secret about the other 7 and their “suicides”.  Now John is on a mission to find each of the 7’s souls [kept in jars made by the Dancers] and the story twists some more.  You’ll have to read it to find out the ending!

The end lol 🙂  If you like sci-fi this is a neat book, enjoy!


No, really, as noted in my Tuesday “Update” post this week, I really do have a liquid addiction. I had to take a picture because it seemed to funny to me this morning:

That my friends, is water, orange juice, old crappy in-house coffee, and Starbucks.   Starbucks to help my liver recover from the festivities last night….now only if there was a drink to recover from a raging headache.

I am so not hip! I am fumbling my way through this iTunes business, attempting to transfer music from one iPod to another, and it’s slow going, painful, and confusing. I can’t imagine I’m doing it right because it shouldn’t be so difficult. I recall having a Nano a year or so back, and had iTunes on my old computer and never had any problems…per se. Well, it seems that transfering from iPod to iPod is not possible….without a price. There are programs like iCopulate for $70 or IPOD2IPOD for $39, but screw that! So, I’ve found a freeware called ephPod.

ephPod rocks!  This is exactly what I needed, thank you Google for again being my trusty help tool.

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While I’m thinking of it, I thought I’d take a moment to share some of the most uplifting, energizing, calming, grooving, harmonic, and pure music I’ve ever experienced. Not listened to, but experienced. And let me tell you, going to a show is twice as nice. Here is their site, where you can find out for yourself or find dates in your area, etc.  A few of my favorite songs are:

  • Music, Us
  • Tokyo
  • Better Day
  • By the Morning
  • Artifact
  • Reemergence
  • Peoples

Enjoy!  I’d love to hear [read] some feedback on your thoughts, or music you might think I’d enjoy!

I neglected to note my current digits yesterday, so here they are:

  • 131.2
  • 27.6

So, that’s 2.6 lbs and 1% BF since January 25th. Yea, I know, I haven’t been pumpin’ up and sweatin’ to the oldies but I have been eating well and that is important. So, I have 11.2 lbs and 7.6% BF to go. Oh and look at that, a global email at my work offering donuts in the exec kitchen. Really, I’m happy with my oh-so-gooey oatmeal! And my addiction to agua. People usually look at me funny at work because I’ll have 3 glasses of something to drink on my desk at a time, like now, I have my coffee, a glass of water, and what’s left of my orange juice. Ever see the movie Signs? Yea, that little girl knew what was up with the glasses of water.  I’m protected!  Haha  🙂

Flash Directory

Do not ask me any questions, but this site has many flash cartoons available that are pleasing to me haha 🙂  I had a good laugh for about 30 minutes on random vids.  I recommend:

  • Comfort Eagle
  • Ahhhhhhhh
  • Cosplaydance
  •  Danceformers (for the techno lover in you)