Skinner’s Eyebrows

X FilesI was so excited to watch the ‘reboot’ of The X-Files with their six episode ‘premiere’. Having been a die-hard X Files devotee throughout its nine seasons, even to the point of planning my evening’s activities around the viewing of each episode, I was just a little let down by the seemingly disjointedmess (is that really a word?) of the first offering. And MY GAWD . . . what’s up with Skinner’s EYEBROWS?
SkinnerIt seemed as though after fourteen years, suddenly Mulder had become a slouchy overweight ‘I don’t care anymore’ shell of his former self. When he and Scully get back together to follow up on a lead ( and I will NOT give any spoilers ) . . . their interactions are a little more than strained. And . . . WHAT’S UP WITH SKINNER’S EYEBROWS?

One thing that was quite distracting, at least to me was not only how frumpy Mulder looked, but Skinner’s eyebrows . . . it looks as if they grew incredibly darker and furrier than when I last viewed the series. And that has been just in the last evening prior to the revamping of the X Files.

I recently (about three weeks ago) introduced my boyfriend to the X Files. Shocked to discover that he had never even viewed one episode of the series in the past. I discovered that Netflix had all 9 seasons on. WHOOPEEEE!!! I could relive my fascination with the ‘alien conspiracies’, Mulder, Scully, The Lone Gunmen, Skinner, et al. I was elated to say the least.

After exhausting most of the ‘A’ list movies and series on Netflix I had little trouble convincing my life partner to at least give The X Files a looky see. BINGO . . . upon watching the first episode, he was hooked. We have been watching at least 2 – 4 episodes nightly, and even worse on the weekends. I had created an X-Files monster in him. I am still working on convincing him that we would be very naive in assuming that ‘we’ (earthly dwellers) are the only living beings in the entire universe. Give me a little longer on that one.

My great anticipation at the revival of the series is now in question, as I am wondering if there is actually going to be a ‘series’ again, or if this 6 episode thing is just a flash in the pan so to speak. Are they airing this just to see if the interest is still there? Will the ratings of this ‘miniseries’ determine if the X Files will be revived? If it is a flop in the eyes of devotees such as myself will it simply disappear into the ‘no-man’s land’ of television hasbeens?

Truly I hope it survives the critics and followers reviews as it serves to spark the enduring questions that most people have stored way back in their subconscious . . . . IS THE TRUTH STILL OUT THERE

Scully MulderSPOILER ALERT!

One scene I found a tad disturbing was where they showed clips of government entities being ‘aware’ of alien presence, and one such clip showed President JFK apparently conversing over the alien anomaly. There have been numerous articles (more conspiracy theories) that JFK was kept in the dark re: such things as Project Bluebook, Roswell, et al. and that is possibly one of the reasons that he was killed (I forget how to spell assassinated) because of his insistence that he be ‘read in’ on such matters ‘or else’. This ultimatum supposedly occurred just days prior to his demise. Oh, to be a fly on the wall back in those days . . .

And, WHAT THE HECK IS UP WITH SKINNER’S EYEBROWS??? It just ain’t natural!

BelieveFor those of us whose lives literally revolved around the Friday night episodes of The X Files, and the subsequent movies it is a little hard to wrap my mind around the sudden changing of paddles in the middle of the river for Mulder who is now all of a sudden enamored with the theories of somewhat creepy Ted O’Malley, who provides his own brand of ‘proof’ that Mulder’s search was all a ‘sham’ . . . the aliens aren’t the ‘bad guys’ . . . it is truly a government conspiracy to ‘take over the wold’ using alien technology garnered from the Roswell incident. One big giant hoax that led Mulder and Scully ‘literally by their noses’ through nine seasons of chasing after the truth. ie hard fans may find this a LOT disjointed, and newcomers will probably have an easier time relating to the ‘current’ rational that the ‘government’ will be taking away our weapons ferrying us off to interment camps and annihilating any subversives who attempt to defy them. Heck, that’s nothing new! People that say or do anything that the ‘powers that be’ don’t find beneficial to their cause, or in defiance of their actions suddenly ‘disappear’ and have been doing so for centuries. But I for one am a little less enamored that Chris Carter chose to weave that scenario into the X Files. We will have to see how it all pans out in the forthcoming 5 episodes. Perhaps this will serve as fodder to attract ‘newbies’ (i.e. the newer generation) to go back and begin the entire series from the beginning just to see ‘what if’ . . . or perhaps it will have them all shaking their heads saying WTF . . .

They haven’t watched the tightly knit and often tightly wound relationships between Mulder, Scully and Skinner throughout their formative years only to see it frazzled in this new venue. Hopefully it will come together to a more fruitful and believable scenario, and Mulder will be jolted out of his dull reverie that we as devotees perceive as his fall from his former self due to the demise of his relationship with Scully and their union that produced a child. Lose the now frumpy Mulder and get back on the horse and blaze out into the world as the excited, driven Mulder we all knew and loved. SNAP OUT OF IT MULDER FOR CRAPS SAKE!!!

So far, I am withholding any judgment on one of my favorite shows of all time being revamped. I will faithfully watch the entire six episodes prior to making any calls as to the viability of the ‘new’ X Files. I can only say that I hope the storyline smooths out and Mulder and Scully can reprise their roles to the true satisfaction of their devoted fans of The X Files. And . . . I hope they fix Skinner’s eyebrows . . . it’s VERY distracting!

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Har! How to Deal with Book Piracy

Nicholas makes very good sense here. And though I did not go on the proverbial ‘crusade’ to track down these pirating sites, it didn’t take long to just sit back and say . . . perhaps it may help with exposure. 🙂

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books image: ghostradio.wordpress.com

I saw the other day a post about book piracy in Anastacia Moore’s blog. She was rightly fuming, because, while checking out her video trailers, she noticed that someone was advertising on You Tube a link to receive free copies of said books.

A few days before that, my friend N.N. Light had kindly emailed me to let me know that she had found her book, “Princess of the Light” on a similar website, and that she had seen my work there as well.

Then came the news that Australia’s Copyright Agency has welcomed a decision by the British High Court requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to websites hosting millions of pirated e-book titles. The decision means Britain’s five major ISPs – BT, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk and EE – will be asked to block seven offshore-hosted websites within 10 working days.

The sites – AvaxHome…

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#Authors #Bloggers #Readers – Be aware of Intellectual Property Theft Laws!

Please read this post by Susan M. Toy, and reblogged by Chris the Story Reading Ape (My monkey pal). You will get a lot of great information regarding Intellectual Property Theft – Pirating – and Copyright violation. Thank you friends.

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Intellectual Property Theft – a growing problem that hurts everyone in this writing business

By Susan M. Toy

Recently, I’ve become aware of the increasing amount of Intellectual Property (IP) theft that’s taking place online. It’s been happening for a long time: artists—visual, photographers, musicians and writers—seem only able to stand by and watch as what they have created is either copied and pasted elsewhere on the net without permission or no attribution at all is given for their work. Yes, there are copyright laws in place to protect us and the illegal use of our IP. But internet users seem unaware of these laws, or blatantly flout them, or truly believe that, whatever is on the Internet is free for their own personal use and by anyone who wants to copy and paste it into their status update or to their blog.

I’m going to speak specifically to the…

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Battling Piracy of Your Books and Stealing Royalties

Pirares This is a warning to ALL authors out there, whether you are traditionally or self published. BEWARE of unscrupulous people pirating your hard work and stealing your well deserved royalties by stealing your books and e-pubs and turning around and hawking them on such sites as EBay, Youtube and other sites.

As I was meandering around the internet the other night I happened to look at my own book trailers on You Tube to see how they were fairing. Much to my chagrin under the title “Curse of The Salute” I saw where someone was advertising on You Tube a link to my and other e-pubs for people to go there and receive copies of said books. Needles to say I was quite UPSET.

A little further research, by googling titles of my books revealed on google other sites such as EBay and other links offering not only printed versions of my book(s) but e-pubs as well! Someone on EBay was selling one of my books for $18+ !!!!! Over twice what it is going for on Amazon!!!!!

These people are not only stealing ‘Indie’ authors’ works, but such names as Stephen King, John Grisham, and many others.

A simple way to determine if any of your books are being pirated is to first GOOGLE your titles, and scroll through all the listings. Also check out Youtube by inserting your titles into the search bar, and the same with EBay.

I am disgusted that this is happening, and it appears that it is beginning to be the ‘in’ thing to do . . . THEFT of copyrighted material. One of the sites mentioned something as ignorant and UNTRUE about ‘intellectual property rights” being expired. Well, let me inform you that has no bearing on a COPYRIGHTED work. Your copyright is in effect throughout your lifetime, and in most cases a good amount of years FOLLOWING your demise, so they are blowing smoke up someone’s tutu!!!

If you happen to find one or more of your books being pirated, there is a link that you can follow that will give you explicit (although lengthy) steps to follow to aid in combating this problem, as it seems that the only to achieve any results is to take the bull by the horns on our own. Most “Indie” authors cannot afford attorneys, or their fees, but if enough of us take the time to follow through with finding ISP’s for these thieves and getting them shut down, perhaps the word will get around that we are not going to stand still for PIRACY of our copyrighted works.

I know we all work hard on our writing and want to get our dues in the way of royalties so it behooves us to take action to ensure that these THIEVES are not countermanding our efforts.

If you find any of your works as mentioned above, and you really do not want to or do not have the time to follow through with these steps, I will gladly do the follow up for you, and provide you with the offenders information, but you will have to file the complaint on your own to the ISP provider, EBAY, YouTube, or whomever is providing the outlet for these thieves.

I am so outraged at this that I feel that we definitely need to do something about it. As authors we need to support each other and take action to ensure that our work is protected. If the legal system itself isn’t enough to scare off these mongrels, then maybe when their outlets are SHUT DOWN, they will get the message that we mean business.

This is the link to a PDF that gives explicit instructions on how to follow up on obtaining the information needed to report and shut down these thieves:

http://www.marketingdock.com/copyrights/dealing-with-copyright-infringement.php

Again, if you wish to illicit my assistance in tracking down ISP’s, whatever, please feel free to contact me via WordPress, or my email: anastacia55@cox.net

I will be more than happy to make these THIEVES’ lives miserable 🙂

Thank you and if you like please reblog to your author friends. Spread the word, and help stop pirating!!!!

USELESS EATERS

Cover ManThere is growing concern regarding overpopulation of planet Earth. There are covert operations in place to remedy the situation. Unfortunately, the general populace has no idea that these events have already been instituted. Only those that are the victims and when they realize what is happening it is too late for them. Who would perpetrate such a sinister plan? What means would they utilize to carry out such an atrocity you ask? 

Drought in the Western states of the U.S. has created a devastating food shortage. Overpopulation in under developed countries has run rampant. China has instituted a ‘one child’ only law throughout their country. Violators are brought to justice by having any children conceived after their allotment aborted, regardless of the stage of pregnancy. Homelessness is at an all time high across the United States. The ‘one child’ law has recently been passed in the States. People in many countries are facing death by starvation, disease, disaster, and genocide.

A select and unique group called the World Health Organization in a collaboration with the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, have devised a plan to alleviate the problems that grow exponentially with each passing year as resources continue to decline throughout the world.

Victor Battaglio is a young attorney who will do everything within his power to uncover the truth behind the so-called conspiracy. He has personal reasons for bringing this injustice to a halt and will stop at nothing until the people behind the depopulation are routed out and stand before all humanity to answer for their crime against the world.

Science Fiction? Could be, but dear reader, I will let you come to your own conclusions when “Useless Eaters” hits the stands this summer. Meanwhile, think long and hard on what YOU would do if you or one of your loved ones was targeted in the latest grand scheme to save planet Earth . . . what WOULD you do?????