20 September, 2013

Random Things: CassaStorm, Autumn Weather, Monty Python And The Holy Grail, Colds, And Your Favorite Networking Platform

It's been a very long time since I did a post consisting of a random assortment of things I thought were blog-worthy. Since I'm attempting to get out of a slump, I thought I'd resurrect that old format just to get some words flowing. Here we go! (I know it's a bit long, but you can always skip to the categories you're interested in or ignore me entirely or take a snack break while you read this or whatever.)



First, the news. Alex J. Cavanaugh's new book CassaStorm was released this week on the 17th, sequel to CassaStar and CassaFire, and has since reached the top 100 Space Opera books on Amazon. Huge congratulations, Alex!

Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.
     After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.
     Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…


Autumn Weather: 

Now that fall is almost officially here (well, at least in this part of the world) I've fallen in love again with the cool temperatures, brilliant blue skies, changing leaves, and the sharp, fresh smell of the air. I adore this time of year, particularly right now, which is just before the nights get so cold you turn into an ice block when getting up in the morning.

via Pixabay.


Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

Up until two weeks ago, I'd never actually watched anything involving Monty Python (it took me only slightly less time to realize Monty Python was, in fact, more than one person). I'd seen references to Monty Python and the Holy Grail both knowingly and unknowingly, so when I noticed the library had the Holy Grail I snagged it.

Most of my response for the duration of the film was "Ah, so that's what the 'it's just a flesh wound'/Knights who say Nii/killer rabbits/airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow/knights with coconuts for horses" scene comes from!" because I'd absorbed those through the internet. Particularly the killer rabbits bit; I was especially confused before about what the heck was going on in that scene. LOL.

It's quite funny, at any rate. I'd recommend it, if you don't mind British humor.



I have a cold. Apparently a lot of people are getting sick right now, and I really, really sympathize with them because needing to blow your nose every half minute and having a sore throat isn't fun. Also having your brain start physically feeling like the mushy, heavy, oversensitive thing that it is; I'm getting headaches now and again, which has never really happened before, that I can think of. Sigh. Maybe I'll make soup later or something. (And keep watching copious amounts of Whose Line Is It Anyway?)


via Pixabay.
Favorite Networking Platform:

I'm curious. Obviously, if you're reading this now and have any intention of commenting on it, you're somewhat invested in Blogger as an internet platform--but if you had to choose, which would be your favorite? Not necessarily in a "if you could only use one for the rest of your internet life" sort of way, just as a "which has the best features/layout/people in your opinion" type of query. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.

I like Blogger/Wordpress as blog hosts since they have a pretty open and welcoming atmosphere, at least from what I've experienced, and they give you the ability to post a huge range of content. But I'm not sure about many of the other "social networking" platforms (except for Tumblr, which is opinionated, fast-moving, and extremely image-based), so I want to know what you guys think. Preferences? Dislikes? Things you'd change about a platform you use?


Read CassaStorm yet? Enjoying or disliking your weather? Watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail? (And if you have, any recommendations on what to watch next?) Have a cold? Don't have a cold? What do you think of networking platforms and their differences?

And if you've made it to the end of this post, here, have some virtual cookies and/or hugs. (Though seeing as I have a cold, maybe not a hug . . . how about a warm cup of tea?)

-----The Golden Eagle


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thank you, Golden!!
Yes, bring on the cooler weather.
Glad you finally watched The Holy Grail. Now you'll know what we mean when we ask what is your favorite color?
Sorry about the cold. Have some hot soup.
I prefer blogging. I'm also on Twitter, but that's about it.

Elise Fallson said...

So sorry you've got a cold, they really do suck. Hope you get better soon.
Autumn is my favorite time of year too. Love the colors, the leaves on the ground, the warm sun rays and brisk breeze...
The Holy Grail is something everyone should see at least once. Glad you enjoyed it.
As for my fav platform...that's a tough one. If I had insane amounts of time on my hands I'd have to say blogging, however... I do enjoy the ease of fb for connecting with friends... I guess that really doesn't answer your question very well, does it? (:
Get better!

Rusty Webb said...

I'm feeling rather unhappy with all social media at this point I'm not sure how I feel about it as a concept, let alone in execution. I'm afraid social media-izing everything is wearing me out. Do I really need to follow my local gas station on twitter? Or become a friend of Burger King on Facebook? And I really don't think it's necessary to have my purchase of bedsheets from amazon get plastered across the internet with the same enthusiasm people tend to have for announcing an engagement.

Anyway, sorry your sick. My step-son is too. It's the weather's fault.

M.J. Fifield said...

I haven't read CassaStorm yet, but I did buy my copy so I am all prepared.

And I love Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

I am a Twitter addict. Facebook and Blogger are close seconds.

Andrew Leon said...

Just to note it: Monty Python grow in greatness exponentially the more people you have watching it at once.

mshatch said...

I adore Monty Python and the Holy Grail, it cracks me up every time I watch it. And I'm mostly happy with blogger, except when it won't format my post the way I told it to, changes the fond, spacing. But it's really the perfect platform for me. Twitter and FB...meh.

D.G. Hudson said...

Seeing Alex everywhere this week. Interesting tidbits on various blogs. . .all about Alex.

The Holy Grail made me like Monty Python - I can't hear 'shrubbery' without seeing that knight at the bridge.

Fluids and sleep - that's the cure for a cold, and a few other things. Body needs sleep to heal. Hope you feel better soon.

Katie O'Sullivan said...

I can't believe you'd never seen the holy grail. And I'm so glad you rectified that problem.

Pat Hatt said...

Yuck to the cold, hopefully it goes away soon. Facebook I HATE, twitter works okay, then blogger is all I really keep using

JeffO said...

Ah, Holy Grail--brilliant stuff. Colds are going around now, what with school back in session. Hope you recover fast. AS for networking, I suppose it really depends on what your purpose is. I (mostly) like blogging, have a like/hate relationship with Facebook, and pretty much ignore the rest.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm not ready for colder yet but I am tired of mowing the grass. If I could only use one platform it would be blogger.

Liz A. said...

Ah yes, Python. You're at the age when one first discovers Python. It's a wonderful discovery.

I'd go with either the series or "And Now for Something Completely Different". "Different" contains most of the best sketches from the series. "Lumberjack Song". "How Not to Be Seen". Others that escape me at the moment.

Hope you feel better soon.

mooderino said...

I'm on blogger and tumblr and the main difference seems to be age. Lot younger on tumblr.

Now go find Life of Brian!

Moody Writing

Michelle Wallace said...

Alex has been all over the blogosphere this entire week!
I love British humour, especially Mrs. Bucket from Keeping Up Appearances (don't know if you've seen the show)
I prefer blogging. Though I do try to connect on FB. It's time consuming to be active on many social platforms! I don't know how some people manage it...
Writer In Transit

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi GE .. so pleased you saw The Holy Grail .. but how can you say "if you don't mind British humour" .. it's different granted!!!

The cold is the start of Autumn and wonderful colours .. drink lots of lemon, hot water and some spices with a little honey ...

Alex is around the blogosphere that's for sure ..

as for platforms I really only use blogger for now .. cheers Hilary

Charles Gramlich said...

My wife is a huge fan of British humor. Me, not so much. Looking forward to the new Cassa book.

Jemi Fraser said...

I like blogging and twitter - don't have time to add more right now!
CassaStorm is awesome!!! You'll love it :) Hope you feel better soon!

Maurice Mitchell said...

I hope you feel better soon TGE. I'd go with Wordpress since they have a ton of awesome plug-ins, but they don't allow a lot of customizations without paying extra, so I stick with Blogger. I'm glad you finally got to watch Monty Python since it's a big part of geek culture. I wonder if knowing the jokes spoiled the movie for you?

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I welcome fall. I don't like the last days of summer. Oh and fall means wonderful things like chili and cool days where I don't have to run the air conditioner. Yay.

Jack said...

I really, really wat to read CassaStorm, but I need to get book two first. I loved book one. One of my favourites.

I like blogger best, out of all the internet, social platforms. It is easy for me to work with and I have fun writing posts.

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations, Alex!

So glad you enjoyed Python! Now you're hooked! You'll be rewatching a lot, I'll bet, just like the rest of us :-)

I think I'd still choose Blogger, because I like Google's stuff. Also, and not just because I use Blogger, I find it a lot simpler. Those Wordpress blogs that require you to enter your name/email/website every dang time you want to comment - even if you're already signed into Wordpress! - drive me crazy. Also, Wordpress doesn't have email, does it? I like the fact that my email and blog platforms are synced.

Reid Kemper said...

The "What's your favorite color?" part of the Holy Grail movie is my favorite! I like Blogger as well, obviously, since that's what I use.

Tonja said...

The end of the last of the prequels of Star Wars has Annakin losing body parts just like the knight. I was laughing out loud in the movie theatre.

Now you need to see The Meaning of Life. It's even better. :)

I re-follow with my new identity. My new blog is http://tonjamatney.blogspot.com

laughingwolf said...

make ginger tea for that cold... get online recipes

if they had wetware oversight of the childish bots on facebook, life there would not be half bad... google+ needs some fixes, last i was there... the others you mention i know little of... twitter's trying to go public... youtube, yet another google property now, is about to start charging for some things: i have an ongoing war with google, as you know, and they now target me on youtube, demanding i change my username to my real name... NOT gonna happen... folk have known me as 'laughingwolf' for years, online; why would i wanna change, and confound everyone? GRRRRRRR

cleemckenziebooks said...

Hey sorry about that Sept. cold. It was probably Monty Python that brought it on.

I love all of those dark comedies and have seen them more times than I should admit.

Li said...

A friend of mine lives near a theater that does "Quote Along" screenings. We have yet to get tickets to a Monty Python movie, as they sell out so quickly! They are fun films. RE: colds. Hope you've gotten some immunity for winter with this one. I just read somewhere that some organization is tracking flu using mentions from Twitter - and apparently it's a pretty rapid and effective way to track outbreaks! (Been in a commenting slump for a while, sorry.)

Paul Tobin said...

Shame about the cold.
Alex's book looks like it has enough plot twists for two or more books! Sounds interesting.
Monty Python...an acquired taste. I love it but it misses as much as it works. The tv series are worth catching-if you can. They invented the word spam after all. And the lumberjack song.-You can probably find those two sketches on youtube. If you can find it-Donot Adjust Your Set is worth a look - proto Python. As is the radio show: I'm Sorry I'll read that again. I like them but I'm old enough to have watched/listened to them when they were first broadcast.
I like blogs- twitter is good for snippets but is more fast food in my opinion.

nutschell said...

I was very curious about Monty Python and the Holy Grail after reading it in Ready Player ONe (fave sci fi book ever), so I checked it out. British humor is interesting, have to say. But i did enjoy it.


Nicole Zoltack said...

Sorry you're sick! It's great to see Alex everywhere.

Michelle Wallace said...

Hey Golden Eagle! I've been thinking about you! I hope you are well.
When you have a moment, please stop by my blog, I have something for you to read...
Take care!
Writer In Transit

nutschell said...

Ooh I hope you're feeling better! Drink lots of water and tablespoons of honey!
I enjoy blogging,and do love my wordpress platform. :)


Maurice Mitchell said...

HolyGrail gets funnier the more times you watch it especially scenes like the Knights Who Say Ni. My wife on the other hand thinks it's the dumbest thing ever. You have to like British humor like you said.