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notsoShyGirl says:
(Mon Mar 30 14:45:42 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Trivia Girl
Canada has two national animals: the beaver and the Canadian Horse.

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Question: What is the national animal of Canada?

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KAM says:
(Mon Mar 30 14:15:04 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Good Morning Everyone,


Ty King Fan

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Agent Cooper says:
(Mon Mar 30 13:38:05 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Wolfguard: I was stationed at Pope AFB, home of JSOC - Joint Special Operations Commmand.

At Pope under JSOC they had a unit that was comprised of the best of the best of all the services Special Ops guys. It was called Delta Force (and still is, I think.) They had Navy SEALS, Air Force Para-Rescue and Combat Control, Army Green Berets, Marine LRRPs, etc.

We didn't see them much, but very occasionally we got to load up one of their planes when they went off someplace. And some very interesting equipment we loaded up for them, too. We were not allowed to communicate via radio during these uploads, or say a word about those missions, most of which did not exist on the flight schedule and for which we had no manifests.

Anyway, I did get to talk briefly to one or two of those troops while I was there. One guy told us that his first training mission for JSOC was this: Around Pope and Ft Bragg there's a big wilderness preserve for training. They air dropped him out there with nothing but a knife and a canteen. His job was to watch this certain trail in the forest for enemy troops and accurately count how many he saw and which direction they were going without being seen.

He climbed up in a tree and watched and counted. They left him there for 3 days.

He said they also had them do parachute drops in full chemical gear. They got into the chemical suits, (which, trust me, are heavy, stuffy and HOT) jumped out of the plane with full combat packs, and then ran 3 miles, all with packs and chem suits in the hot summer.

He told us that was even worse than being in a tree for three days trying to stay awake. :-)

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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Mon Mar 30 13:10:33 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Today is Monday, March 30th 2015 C.E.

We have THREE (3) Birthdays!

Juliet Landau as the mad vampire Drusilla

Happy Birthday from the Bronze
BlueDawn3, Godeater, Juliet Landau!

Hey, man, where are my pants? I have my hippo dignity! Oz, 'What's My Line? (2)

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Mon Mar 30 13:03:17 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Yay peace fire!

Goodbye Blue Monday!

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lostinamerica says:
(Mon Mar 30 12:56:15 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Yay! Peace Fire!

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YayOfTheDay says:
(Mon Mar 30 11:46:24 2015 [Edit/Delete]
let's hear a great big bronze cheer for peace fire!

yay peace fire!

Goodbye Blue Monday!

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Blade - The Vampire Hunter says:
(Mon Mar 30 11:35:41 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Morning Bronzers.

lostinamerica - thank you, my

Big birthday shout outs to everyone
on TheBirthdayGnomette
birthday list.

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Icelord says:
(Mon Mar 30 11:01:14 2015 [Edit/Delete]
After all that and the scrubbie little wanker
runs away!?!?!?! OUAT

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Mon Mar 30 00:55:54 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Five minutes to the 90 minute finale to walking dead!

Ebdim9th How's it looking in the deep south tonight?

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wolfguard says:
(Sun Mar 29 22:13:48 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Sun Mar 29 22:22:25 2015

RE: NaNoWriMo project, 2 of 2

If you want to be historically
accurate, then start with a short
timeline for each unit or
organization. For instance ...

A. British Air Transport
Auxillary ...

"...By 1 May 1940 the ATA had
taken over transporting all
military aircraft from factories
to Maintenance Units to have guns
and accessories installed. On 1
August 1941 the ATA took over all
ferrying jobs...
" (Wikipedia)

B. The Murmansk "Run" (Convoys)
began in the late summer of 1941
and continued till May 1945.

C. On the eve of Pearl Harbor, 7
December 1941, there were ~
1,0000 nurses in the Army. In
1943, due to shortages, less than
50% of US Army nurses wore the
olive-drab uniform (if I read the
article correctly, many were
still wearing the blue uniform).

How can this affect plotting?


1. September 1939, Germany
invades Poland.

2. Early fall 1939 to early
spring 1940, "The Phony War"

3. Germany invades France in the
spring of 1940. The Dunkirk bug-
out occurs. Britain stands alone.

2. Summer of 1940, Battle of
Britain. ATA is ferrying planes.

3. Late summer 1940, 'The Battle
of Britain"

4. Summer 1941, Germany invades

5. Late summer 1941, convoys to
Murmansk and Archangel begin.

6. December 7th, 1941 Pearl
Harbor. United States enters the
war against both Imperial Japan
and Nazi Germany

If you have American characters,
then you will have to creative in
how you bring them into Britain
before 1942. For instance -
Buffy, Fred, Tara, and Riley.

ETA I do not know when Xander or Gunn's units arrived in Britain, but their
units did not see combat until D-Day, 6 June 1944 (well, maybe Gunn's
infantry unit did before he was assigned to the Red Ball Express).


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wolfguard says:
(Sun Mar 29 21:35:12 2015 [Edit/Delete]

RE: NaNoWriMo project, 1 of 2

Riley US Infantry officer, what would now be called Special Op

Special Ops, to me, is more a
generic phrase. All of today's
service branches have at least
one entity that could be said to
do 'special ops'. Special
Operations Forces are those units
attached to the US SOCOM (Special
Operations Command). There is a
Special Forces, aka 'Green Beret',
unit attached to SOCOM, but there
are more SF units outside SOCOM.

Most SF specialize in
unconventional warfare and
counterinsurgency. The former
involves teaching and guiding
local folks to fight against their
opressors. SF was originally
tasked to insert into Soviet
occupied Europe where they would
train and organize partisan
groups to fight. When the US
faced guerillas in Vietnam it was
reasoned if SF could train and
fight as guerillas, then they
should also be able to fight

That said, *g*, what 'special
ops' groups existed during WW2
that young Iowan infantry officer
could have found himself in?

(1) Special Operations Executive:
Britain's clandestine outfit.

(2) Office of Strategic Services
(OSS) was the US' clandestine
outfit. It was mentored by SOE
and many of its folks and methods
went on to form CIA. Some people
joked OSS stood for 'Oh So
Social', because many of its
operatives came from Ivy League
universities. This might have
posed a problem for a young man
from Iowa.1

The elite US Army military units
of WWII were the Rangers, several
battalions, and the Paratroopers.
There was also a US-Canadian
commando unit called the 1st
Special Services Force.
'Commando' often refers to units
trained to do high-risk/value
raids, assaults, or recon

1 OTOH, a young
infantry officer from Iowa would
be a 'fish out of water' in an
OSS social environment. Classic
trope with conflict - and
successful stories are driven by


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Ebdim9th says:
(Sun Mar 29 19:48:33 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Sun Mar 29 19:58:14 2015
Maverick as Javi stated in his article, one of the recurring themes Damon wanted to deal with, as embodied in the title of the season one episode, "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues", that is, discovering Locke's father was a con-man and a cad, Jack's dad was a controlling alcoholic, and that Desmond fell in love with a girl whose father was cold and manipulative, would all fit well within the plot parameters that were set out for the show, whatever else may have been improvised. It would be unnecessary to shoehorn such characters into the plot especially when they fit into the overall moral narrative so nicely. And, generally speaking, Widmore/the Dharma Initiative are globe-spanning, powerful and with many agents and former agents. Hence some of the Others such as Ben and Daniel. Life itself brings us new 'characters' every day, why writing a story should be any different has always been a problem to me. I just don't see such rigid limitations on who populates a story as being desirable.

Beldin, 'salright, I'm sure Brisco's not everybody's cup of tea....

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sun Mar 29 18:28:42 2015 [Edit/Delete]
lostinamerica It's remarkable about how back pain inhibits the rest of your activities!

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lostinamerica says:
(Sun Mar 29 13:14:49 2015 [Edit/Delete]
ShadowQuest--Sending good thoughts your way :) If your house is in such bad shape I'm surprised it passed inspection when you bought it, just a couple of years ago, wasn't it?

Time for a GoFundMe account--a family here lost their home in a fire and because they have no insurance they've made one to help them rebuild.

ChristopherMarlowe--I know--we had a couple of sunny days last week and I got almost all my spring trimming and weeding done. My back still hurts from the effort ;(

The last two days we've had a hard freeze both nights--you look outside the next morning and see bright sunlight and think, "Ooohhh, a nice, warm day". . .until you step outside, yikes! Mother Nature is sneaky that way ;)

Blade - The Vampire Hunter--Welcome back!

Happy Birthday helygen!

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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Sun Mar 29 12:54:02 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Today is Sunday, March 29th 2015 C.E.

We have SEVEN (7) Birthdays!

Caroline Jane (Happy's Childe)
Saint - R.I.P
The Librarian

Happy Birthday from the Bronze
Avatar, Caroline June, helygen, Killow, Tamara, The Librarian, X38!

She growls?! You made her so she growls?! Buffy, 'I Was Made To Love You'

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ShadowQuest says:
(Sun Mar 29 06:04:26 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Zoom through

Maverick You're not getting it. This isn't just painting walls, or
putting up a tile backsplash. This is ripping up the entire floor and tearing
down the walls and rebuilding literally from the ground up. Quite likely having to jack up part of the house to lay a better foundation. This is not a hobby/weekend project, this is serious construction. Hence the price tag.

And it's not as if there aren't people in my family who know construction,
including my parents, who built their house. That's not the issue. The issue
is the money.

And, no, I am NOT getting a loan from my parents, or moving back in with them.
That solves nothing.

I'm not going to do anything illegal.

And it's not the President's fault.

And don't go making any snide remarks about my employment prospects. You don't
have a bloody clue.

Oh, look! Menomegirl!

white wings Well, it's supposed to be in the low 40s tomorrow...with a
chance of ice storms. So...yay? I least it's not the white stuff.

Saw a pair of robins yesterday. They were probably thinking "What the HELL are
we doing back!?"

Well, the muse is pestering me, so I better go write. "I'm through with
romance/I'm through with love/I'm through with counting the stars above..."

Zoom, zoom

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white wings says:
(Sun Mar 29 02:06:15 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Happy Birthday Dragster

Lazy day today after working madly from home yesterday. Beautiful weather here, but the trees are out there trying to procreate. Much safer indoors.


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Maverick says:
(Sun Mar 29 00:28:34 2015 [Edit/Delete]

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Blade - The Vampire Hunter says:
(Sat Mar 28 23:33:53 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Have a great weekend, Bronzers!

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Mar 28 20:34:29 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Home! Did a bit more today than I had expected. It was just too darn sunny out, I had to take advantage of it.

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Maverick says:
(Sat Mar 28 18:46:56 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Sat Mar 28 18:59:05 2015
Ebdim9th: Funny you should mention Straczynski, as he was a valMichael favorite and VM also admired "Babylon 5." Set anything in space and I'm going to watch it for a while, but I categorized "Babylon 5" with "Deep Space Nine" which is to say, not Science Fiction but Social-Science Fiction, and it quickly bores me. As a matter of fact I thought about this (and valMichael) the other day when I ran across a book of mine titled, "The Complete Book of Scriptwriting" by J. Michael Straczynski. I've never read it but I did pull it out to give it a reading. In "Lost" I guess I was talking about the introduction of characters like Locke's father (played by Kevin Tighe,) Ben Linus, Penny, Faraday, (played by Jeremy Davies) etc. The way the plot developed was through the introduction of a new character who the ALSO somehow shoehorned into the overall narrative. And I was thinking of things like "Fringe," also by the same production team which also at times expanded by this means.

I Love It. Here's your typical racial profiling allegation deconstructed because of a police camera. Read about what this kid did and then said he was "profiled." Some people want the police to protect "them" but do not want Police Officers to be able to go home at night.

Obamacare in Death Spiral?


Theme from "The Prisoner"

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DaddyCatALSO says:
(Sat Mar 28 17:46:22 2015 [Edit/Delete]
I'm reading books on WWII in prep for a NaNoWriMo project I plan. I a dmit it started not as a developed Buffyverse fanfic but simply as a scene set in a club in London during the V-1. I plan version of that for either a prologue or a chapter.

Anyway, I'd like feedback on my job choices for characetrs inspired by but I *will* change both the names and some of their traits on the 2 shows. They might not all appear.

Buffy American flying with the British Air Transport Auxiliary

Angel Irish ex-pat flying with the RCAF - not sure about fighter pilot, bomber pilot, or bomber gunner.

Spike Royal Navy officer on a d estroyer escort for the Murmansk Run

Willow mechanical engineer (some women engineers existed then) for a Canadian munitions company with plants in the US

Oz US Army Coastal Artillery Officer

Xander draftee in an armored divison, maybe the 6th

Gunn draftee , s tarts as infantry, goes to Red ball Express.

Wesley British Anti-aircraft Officer (need to research if that's Army or RAF)

Tara, Fred US Army nurses from semi-rural backgrounds

Quentin Travers Canadian, former baseball player with International League, now runs an all services all races and natioanlities service club in gReater London
Club waitresses Harmony from Yorkshire, Darla from the WEst Coutnry, Kendra form Jamaica

Drusilla Cockney barmaid at the club

Cordelia tap and fan dancer

Anya child of White Russian emigres, cabaret singer and stand-up comic

Riley US Infantry officer, what would now be called Special Ops

Faith sergeant with Army Intelligence, specializes in translating East European languages

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Mar 28 14:59:23 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Sat Mar 28 15:00:04 2015
Beldin McGruff the crime dog has real competition for sure. *g*

What are you doing today? I'll be heading to a book sale soon and then to a community event.

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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Sat Mar 28 14:34:21 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Today is Saturday, March 28th 2015 C.E.

We have ONE (1) Birthdays!


Happy Birthday from the Bronze to Dragster!

Come on out, River. The nice man wants to kidnap you. Simon, 'Objects In Space'

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Mar 28 14:24:41 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Good morning beta!

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Dogmeat says:
(Sat Mar 28 13:34:22 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Sat Mar 28 13:36:38 2015
Happy Birthday Nurse Greenliegh aka
Conchata Ferrell
Whistler aka Max Perlich

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Beldin says:
(Sat Mar 28 06:46:15 2015 [Edit/Delete]
Ebdim9th - You know, I just couldn't get into Brisco County, Jr. I tried again a few months ago via Netflix DVDs. I think I got through two DVDs before I stopped and deleted the rest from the queue.

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