Living in a Star Trek World

>> Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Like many kids, I grew up watching Star Trek. I was fascinated by the gizmos, cultures, and general Star Trek universe. I even grew up to be a liberal-techno-geek-archaeologist. Pretty much livin’ the Star Trek way. I was also a fan of Next Generation and Voyager, but I never really liked Deep Space Nine, as it broke the cardinal rule. They rarely went where no Man (or one) has gone before. They stayed on that silly station and fought border wars. It was a little too like the real world and the conflicts in the Mideast for my taste.

Anyway, back to my “point”. I am known to often comment on how much our lives these days are like Star Trek. Beyond my personal techno-anthro-liberal lifestyle, I have noticed how much of our daily life was but a fantasy back in the days of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. Let’s consider a few of the obvious points in common…

1.. The communicator – Flips up, wireless, beeps, and can transmit your location. Sounds a lot like most cell phones with GPS. The Next Generation pin-on communicators look just like Bluetooth headsets!
2. The Tri-corder – These varied in size and shape, but we now have portable heart-rate monitors, breathalyzers, and blood sugar monitors. Medicine is all about the small and portable these days.
3. Data Pads – Amazon Kindle anyone? Laptops? Yeah, they’re everywhere.
4. Holodecks – We have all sorts of virtual worlds to explore these days. Be it with special goggles, giant movie screens, or even your Wii, we are not limited to living in reality anymore. The characters even interact with you just like on the holodeck.
5. Viewscreens – Flat Panel T.V.s work just like them. You can even hook your laptop and webcam up to them and speak to someone across the galaxy… uh well, maybe only the world.
6. Weapons - Nuff said. We can zap anyone anywhere these days.

So… those are my random thoughts of the moment. Feel free to comment or add your own real life parallels to science fiction.

And… if you don’t agree with my points, well, “Damnit Jim, I’m a blogger not editorialist.”


Blood Cancer can touch anyone's life

>> Friday, August 15, 2008

Reading the inspirational stories at the Blogging for Blood Cancer site has really opened my eyes up to how this disease can effect lives. Please go and read the stories of these brave survivors. I love that people rise to the ocassion and fight back. They are not victims, they are survivors. I applaud them and encourage the rest of you to keep spreading the word and awareness.


Food Network Swag at My Wooden Spoon!

>> Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hi, my name is Jennifer, and I am a Food Network addict.
Every year, I wait to see what new shows they are going to launch on the channel o' food. I anxiously watch the "Next Food Network Star" show trying to size up the talent. Well, they have launched two new great shows. One show "Ask Aida" even lets you interact with the host. To help us get in the spirit of the new show one of my favorite websites is hosting a giveaway of some great Food TV swag. Go check out the site and enjoy her great looks at food and kitchen gizmos.


Light the Night for Blood Cancer Awareness

So, I am outa shape like many of you. Kudos to those who have not abandonned their workout regime like I have. But... even with my wonky hip I can walk. Today, I recommend that you go to to learn about how you can participate in a local Light the Night Walk for blood cancer. The site will tell you how to get sponsors, organize your own walk, or join up with a planned walk. Trust me, there is a walk coming to your town soon. Let's raise some money folks!

Oh, and last night I was discussing the wonderful "Blogging for Blood Cancer" even with my husband, and he reminded me that he once helped to diagnose blood cancers. He is a cytotechnologist, meaning, he diagnoses cancer cells for a living. He looks at them under a microscope and determines if they are "sick". When he first started out in this field, he worked at a hospital that was developing it's blood cancer diagnosis unit. I am so proud of him and his work toward saving lives.


The Science and What You Need to Know About Blood Cancer

>> Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I am continuing to educate myself about Blood Cancer. I have been discussing the topic with my co-workers and family. It is amazing how many people know someone who has been personally affected by this disease. Today, I'd like to encourage you to take a look at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's website. There are a lot of great links there that will help us all to understand what we can do to raise awareness as well as learn more about how to live with the disease. The discussion boards look particularly helpful. It is always great to speak to people who have the direct scoop.


Factoids about Blood Cancer

>> Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I am continuing my campaign as part of the Blogging For Blood Cancer event. Below are some factoids that I found interesting and may help you to better understand this disease and the fight against it. I encourage you to do some research of your own and post some factoids to further educate me.

The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 16,600 new cases of myeloma are diagnosed each year in the United States. Bone pain is the most common early symptom of myeloma. Most patients feel pain in their back or ribs, but it can occur in any bone. The pain is usually made worse by movement.

Bone marrow transplants are commonly being used today for the treatment of blood cancers and other maladies, and as the body regenerates its immune system after the process, nutritional needs are more important than ever. What are these needs, you may ask? Head over to The Diet Channel and find out.

Transplants of special cells in the blood stream may be more effective than bone marrow transplants in patients who receive high-dose chemotherapy for blood cancer, according to a large randomized trial reported in the New England Journal of Medicine on January 18, 2001(see the journal abstract).


Blood Cancer Awareness

>> Monday, August 11, 2008

Today is the day... Blogging for Blood Cancer has begun. My frequent readers have noticed the button posted on my blog for a while now, but today I want to actually talk about this cause. I am so impressed by the blogging community for getting involved. Check out the blog at for more info. All forms of cancer are scary, and maybe not fun to talk about, but it is through awareness that our funding dollars and resources get channeled to the researchers who are making a difference. On a personal note, when I was a little girl, I had some bloodwork done to figure out why I kept getting sick. This was back in the early 70's and research has taken leaps and bounds since then. Well, the lab came back with some scary results. The doctor called my mom and told her that I might have Leukemia. Several blood tests later they determined that I did not have this frightening disease, but to this day, I remember how just the possibility was enough to profoundly effect my family. I can only imagine how brave the families of folks with this disease must be. Let's help them out folks. Talk, blog, read, discuss... we have a lot of power by just spreading the word.


Beautiful and Beneficial Salt Lamps

>> Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I have to tell you about these gorgeous lamps that I have been seeing all over the web. They are "Himalayan Salt Lamps". They are giant crystals that give off a beautiful glow. They come in several colors from Solay Wellness at . They increase the negative ions in the air and help people with respiratory problems. I soooo very much want one of these. They are both beautiful and beneficial to your heath. Well... guess what? is giving one away!!! This site has lots of wonderful articles and suggestions and some great giveaway. Sign up for their email newsletter, it is filled with great info. too.


Digital Photo Frame

>> Sunday, August 3, 2008

Yes, I have yet to enter into the world of digital photo frames. Everyone seems to have one. They look sooo cool. Well, over at she is giving away a Sony Digital Photo Frame. this amazing gizmo will hold 1000 photos. Yep, you could watch your life fly by before your eyes every single day. Check out her blog there is a lot of great info. there.

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