I have been on a donut kick lately and although my belly says no, my morning drives to work say yes. There are so many fancy donuts that are being offered and I wanted to try making them myself. Read More
Do you remember Inspector Gadget? He was SO awesome! with his Go-Go-Gadget arms, the propeller that came out of his hat, and his crazy phone finger? And what about his brilliant niece, Penny and the awesome dog Brain?
Yes, Inspector Gadget. He took up most of my Saturday mornings.
Well, he's back! First up is the release of the INSPECTOR GADGET MEGASET, a 12-DVD set with over 32 hours of programming, including all classic episodes from Seasons One and Two packaged together for the first time. This must-have collection for old and new fans alike also includes the 90-minute special Inspector Gadget’s Last Case: Claw’s Revenge. Also available are the first two seasons in four 3-DVD value sets for the fans who prefer to collect this retro brand in volumes. There are also Inspector Gadget games available for most gaming consoles, as well as phones!
I got the first season, and I have to say that it is SO MUCH FUN to watch. It makes me feel like a kid again-I even crave the sugary cereal. This would make an awesome gift for any 80's kid-or for kids today. This was, by far, one of my favorite cartoons EVER.
So, I interviewed Kersten Hamilton, author of the Goblin Wars Trilogy just a little while ago, and I was just made aware that the first book in her series, Tyger Tyger, is available for FREE on iTunes and Amazon this week! If you're looking for an awesome book to read, look no further-and it's free, so you have NOTHING to lose!
So, I'm leaving to travel to California for an entire MONTH to see my family. Leaving for extended periods of time when you live on a farm is tough. I've got gardening stuff to get done, canning to finish, and animals to take care of.
A whole month of animal food can be tough. But, there are ways to make it easier, like an automated pet feeder. This handy-dandy feeder has a voice recorder AND a webcam, so I can talk to my pup anytime! How cool is that! And, while the price may be hard to swallow at first, you can make payments on it, which is pretty cool.
Talk To and Feed Fido and Fluffy From Anywhere at Any Time with Feed and Go’s
New Automated Pet Feeder
feeder revolutionizes the way pets are fed and cared for while pet parents are
DEL REY, Calif. (Oct. 07, 2013) – More than 99 percent of pet parents
consider their pets to be family members, so it’s no surprise that they’re
constantly worried about their pets’ wellbeing when they’re away from home. One
company is now employing innovative technology to help pet parents gain some
peace of mind while on the go.
announced the launch of its revolutionary automated pet feeder and online
website portal. Unlike other automated feeders, Feed and Go provides pet parents
with complete, remote control over their pets’ feeding and medication schedules
and is the world’s first automated feeder to include a live webcam, enabling pet
owners to check in on their pet at anytime from anywhere.
“Feed and Go
understands that a pet parent’s No. 1 priority is ensuring their pets are happy
and healthy while they’re away,” said Marissa McDaniel, CEO of Feed and Go. “Through
the use of advanced technology, we’re able to not only help pet parents keep
their pets on their normal routines, but also keep them intimately connected to
their furry family members while away from home.”
Feed and Go’s
automated pet feeder connects via Wi-Fi and can be controlled through any computer, tablet or smartphone, as well as a
convenient iOS and Android app for mobile programming and webcam streaming. Pet
parents can choose to receive notifications to themselves and multiple others via SMS or email
each time the feeder dispenses food or medication. In addition to the live
webcam, Feed and Go’s automated pet feeder also includes a built-in voice
recording system so pet parents can call their pet over
to the bowl at any time.
Feed and Go’s automated pet feeder can be used with
both wet and dry food and features six, 8 oz. cup size feeding trays that when
not on display are kept airtight to keep food and any medications fresh until
dispensed to the pet. The automated feeder is made of polypropylene plastic so
it won’t irritate a pet’s skin and is also dishwasher safe.
Feed and Go allows pet parents to set one-off feeds
or a recurring feeding schedule, or a combination of both, and for those lucky
enough to be parents to more than one pet, the Feed and Go customer console
allows for multiple pet feeders to be controlled from one login.
The company is
currently accepting pre-orders on its website with a special
discount of 20 percent or more (purchasing multiple units results in a deeper
discount). Pricing is varied to include web access to the Feed and Go online
portal or via a monthly payment along with the purchase of the unit.
About Feed and Go
Feed and Go Inc. was founded in 2011 in Los Angeles.
The company’s goal is to use technology to create convenient solutions that
promote interaction between pets and their owners. For more information, visit www.feedandgo.com or connect with Feed and Go on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FeedandGo) and Twitter (@FeedGo).
I crave for books that I can't put down. Like, books that make you
imagine up an upset stomach so you can leave work early to go home and
find out what happens next. Books that, when they end, you literally
want to drown yourself in self-pity and trash TV because THE BOOK IS
OVER-YOUR LIFE IS OVER BECAUSE THESE BOOKS ARE OVER. How will you go on
now that it's over? How did you exist before this book?
books like that. Those are hard to come by. And when you find one, you
hold onto it and treasure it-because those books are special. Those
books are worth more than just the money you spent on them. While
reading those books, somehow, you and that author have connected-on a
very deep level-an intimate level-where you share the love of a
character, a setting, and a story.
Welcome to one of those books. Well, three actually: I give you, The Goblin Wars by Kersten Hamilton.
me preface this by saying this is ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, NOTHING like
anything Twilight-ish. It's so refreshing to have a female lead
character that is intelligent and level-headed. I can't tell you how
sick I am of flimsy female main characters. Not only that, but the
books also intertwine Celtic folklore and myths that leave you googling
and wikipedia-ing to find out more about them, such as a Cat-sithe,
Jinny Greenteeth, and tree-men. But I digress.
Another thing I
love about the book is the unpredictability of the storylines. At no
time could I even begin to predict what could happen. And I hate to
even get into the story, because I want YOU to read it and be just as in
love with the books as I am. So in love, in fact, that I scored an
interview with the author. I will, however, dish some vague details
about the story. Our story is set in current time, with our main
character, Tegan, discovering that she's destined to be part of another
world-and her part in that world completely contradicts the person she
is. Add in a star crossed lover, a crazy younger brother-who has the
ability to change things with his voice-and you have a recipe for a
story that immerses you in its detail, its color, and its pure love. If
one main idea stood out to me in this trilogy, it was love.
did you get the idea for The Goblin Wars?
THE GOBLIN WARS is
a bit like a creative version of Einstein’s Oscillating Universe. Life, art,
stories, songs and poetry were compressed within my heart until it couldn’t
hold them any longer—and then they exploded out into books!
one element of the creation of these books that I haven’t talked about until now—until
I knew whether or not I could finish well. I have finished as well as I am
able. And so:
HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy was very much on my mind when I started THE GOBLIN
WARS. I hope that, like Pullman’s books, mine are enjoyable to people who
simply want an adventure. But there is more to both trilogies. HIS DARK
MATERIALS is a parable of the Republic of Heaven; THE GOBLIN WARS is a parable
of the Kingdom of God.
completely love Pullman’s writing and completely disagree with the final note
of his worldview. Here is a quote from one of my favorite Pullman interviews:
a sense that this world where we live is our home. Our home is not somewhere
else. There is no elsewhere. This is a physical universe and we are physical
beings made of material stuff. This is where we live. Secondly, a sense of
belonging, a sense of being part of a real and important story, a sense of
being connected to other people, to people who are not here any more, to those
who have gone before us. And a sense of being connected to the universe itself.
All those things were promised and summed up in the phrase, 'The Kingdom of
Heaven'. But if the Kingdom is dead, we still need those things. We can't live
without those things because it's too bleak, it's too bare and we don't need
to. We can find a way of creating them for ourselves if we think in terms of a
Republic of Heaven. This is not a Kingdom but a Republic, in which we are all
free and equal citizens, with – and this is the important thing –
wholeheartedly with Pullman that “All of those things were promised and summed
up in the phrase, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven’.”
But if the
Kingdom is dead, if it never existed, why do we still need those things? Why do
we feel that living without them is too bleak and too bare? We—all of
humankind—are hungry for exactly those things. We long for the Kingdom. That
longing shines through the myths, legends and great stories of every tribe and
nation. It is part of what makes us human.
How did you do your research for The Goblin Wars? Specifically, the research behind the Irish words?
story needed two detailed physical locations. I traveled to the
National Zoo in Washington DC and several arboretums to get good ideas
for the plants, trees and strange creatures of Mag Mell. The
neighborhood Teagan lives in came from one of my trips to Chicago.
It also needed an emotional landscape: ancient Celtic roots and sensibilities.
Celts built no walls between the natural world and the supernatural,
the secular and the sacred. The Green Man peeks out of carvings in
Celtic churches right alongside the saints and apostles.
concept of family, clan and even heroism was very different from that
presented in most Western stories—whether they be movies or books—today.
is the worldview I immerse myself in while I am writing. It makes the
books different from many that are published today. For instance, the
Celts believed that we are meant to journey in companionship and in
community. Everyone needs at least one ‘anam cara’—soul friend—to stand beside them. Your ‘anam cara’ can be family, or not family—and more than one is better.
In The Goblin Wars books Teagan’s family and friend—her anam cara—function as an eccentric and very dedicated tribe.
Irish words were the easiest part. They were picked up in my reading,
and sometimes I sought them out when I needed to find a phrase.
Why did you choose Irish folklore?
am Welsh/Irish myself, and the pull of the literature and music is
almost enough to make me believe in racial memory. There is no other set
of legends or body of music that haunts me in quite the same way.
Where did you find the names for the characters-like Fear Doirich, and Jinny Greenteeth?
Those come directly from the myths and legends!
Finn is my favorite character. Where did you find his basis? Was he inspired by any real life people?
Finn is very much like my husband Mark. If the goblins were after me, I know they would have to come through Mark to get me.
want to be Jinny Greenteeth because of her connections to all the other
worlds. If you were able to be a character, who would you be?
wouldn’t be a character from my book—but there is a non-human character
I would like to be. I’ll tell you if you promise not to laugh. I would
like to be….A FAIRY GODMOTHER! (Stop laughing. You promised!) No, it is
not the poofy pink sparkly outfits that I adore. (I’d wear jeans and a
t-shirt) Its what fairy godmothers do: they show up at a key point in
someone’s life with the tools or opportunities the person needs to
achieve their dreams. What could be better than that?
What would you do if you came across a maggoty cat-sithe?
would take it home, of course! I actually based the cat–sidhe on a
creature I met in an alley when I was seven years old. I was walking
along the top of a cinder block fence, and a big, yellow tiger cat was
walking along in the opposite direction. He had lost one eye in a fight,
his ear was half torn off, and he had spots of mange. I said, “Scat,
cat!” but he just twitched his almost hairless tail. We looked at each
other for a long time, and then he followed me home.
wouldn’t leave, I named him Terrible Tom and found him some mange
medicine. Tom did not believe in baths. If he could sneak into the
bathroom wile I was bathing, he would leap into the water and bite me
until I got out. He did not believe in school. He would occasionally
track me the six blocks to the elementary school and yowl outside the
window until the teacher sent me home. Tom would chase dogs and leap off
the roof to take pigeons right out of the air.
That cat was my best friend and protector for years, and he lives on in the character Grendal.
Going into book 3, should I expect closure?
Absolutely! It wouldn’t be a good story without it!
Did you childhood impact these series at all?
draw on many aspects of my childhood, and it’s a good thing it was
interesting because conjuring characters from thin air would take more
talent than I have. Ms. Skinner, for instance, is based on several
people I have known who abused their power. The first one probably made
the deepest impression on me.
When I was about ten, I befriended
an abused dog. He was in bad shape, but I nursed him back to health and
named him Joe. He was my buddy, and even Terrible Tom put up with him.
But because I couldn’t afford a license the dogcatcher took Joe away. He
was a scrap of a dog that had no chance of being adopted by anyone
else. The dogcatcher told me I had two weeks to get enough money to buy
Joe a license or he would be put down.
I worked as hard as I
could, earning money any way I could think of. My family didn’t have
enough money to keep food on the table. There was no one else to help
me. I didn’t earn enough.
On the day they killed Joe, I was
sitting on a rooftop wishing I was strong enough to fight the world and
save him, smart enough to have thought of some way to earn the money.
But I wasn’t.
That dogcatcher who exercised power with no heart became my personal model of human evil.
characters in my books spring from flesh and blood, too. I use little
slivers of my own soul to animate some of them…but I’ll let my readers
guess which ones!
I would love to see The Goblin Wars made into
a movie. I see Mamio being Betty White, Finn being Ryan Gosling, and
Jinny Greenteeth being played by Sophia Vergara. If you could cast a
Goblin Wars movie, who would you cast?
I have to start this
fantasy in the proper place: with the book. First, I must imagine the
books selling so well and becoming so beloved that I would actually have
a voice in the choice of director and actors. After that tiny detail of
my career was squared away, I would ask only two things more of the
Powers that Be.
First, that Joss Whedon direct the movie just as
soon as he finishes the next Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. This would
make me deliriously happy.
And second—that no ‘name’ actors are
cast in the parts of Teagan, Finn or Abby. I would want my stories to
start the career of new, wonderful actors.
With that minor proviso
out of the way, I must admit that Finn does look like a young Brad
Pitt—a little younger than he was when he played Mickey O'Neil in
Snatch. And Teagan looks a lot like the post Harry Potter Emma
Watson—the Emma with short hair. And Abby. Ah, Abby. She would have to
look and act a great deal like Ellen Page!
These books would make
perfect gifts for just about anyone, and I really, really, REALLY (times
a million) hope that you'll check them out. She also has published a
myriad of children's books, and is just getting ready to release the
first book in her new series, the Mesmer Menace (Which is oh so many
kinds of steampunk awesomeness for kids!)
am most definitely going to be reading this book in order to enjoy more
of Mrs. Hamilton's craft. While anyone (Including myself) can write, it
takes a special gift to create such original, captivating stories. Kersten Hamilton's website Kersten's works on Amazon