Operation Empire

This is obviously my personal site but my online content arsenal is vast. It includes Greater Gotham: Going Global, a blog about being out and about in New York City and what happens when you turn Gotham Girl lose on the UK; Fabulous Foodie, where food and food culture are served up a la carte. Last but not least, there is Modern Parlance -- home to my hard-working writer alter ego and headquarters in my nefarious plan to take over the world. It is also home to my work blog - Personal Parlance, where I hold forth on publishing, books, social media, communication, indexing, writing, education and anything else content-wise that catches my eye. 

I had wanted to call the whole thing Operation Empire but several of my friends suggested that might put people off. Upon consideration I decided that a) they were right (so went with Modern Parlance) and b) to effectively take over the world, I would need fewer friends and more minions. Applications being accepted now.

Scribbles & Notes

Of course, the word-smithing started long before the plan for world domination. At one time or another, my personal writing projects have included:

Take 2 Movie Reviews which proved indirectly that I once had a social life where as TV Rants & Raves suggested perhaps that I didn't. (I take comfort in the fact that I haven't updated it lately - which suggests that things are looking up.)

The only thing my ongoing Bibliomania ever suggested was that I needed more shelves and the patience to wait for  paperbacks. Publishing Grunt's Bible came about because working with books isn't the thrill ride that reading or buying them is. 

There were pure flights of fancy like Staving off Ennui, the Server Sees the Sights; there were answers to hypothetical questions like "what should go in a toy hall of fame and then there were the snarkathons - first site website I ever did - Alias Smith & Jones Site and the Dark Shadows Snarkathon.

Much older material is kept in the Ephemera Archives - moved to the backburner but not completely forgotten. Who knows what'll end up catching my attention next...

24 (Season Two)

4/29/03: Naturally Kate has a computer powerful enough and complex enough to do whatever Jack needs it to do. it's the CHIP DAMAGE that keeps the chip from being read. Sherry! Sherry is back! From the previews - I'm hoping she believes that Jack will shoot her. He won't of course - but I want her to think he will.


3/5/03: Did ya watch? Did ya, did ya?

George - Nooooooooooo! I saw it coming a mile away but damn it. I demand full and total retaliation for this noble death. All three countries behind the bomb should be invaded and trounced to avenge my man George.

I am so sick of Kim Bauer that I was hoping and praying that the woman who picked her up would be that rarest of creatures - the female serial killer. But no. That said - it was a very touching phone call and I felt bad for her. I half expected her to pull the "you can't leave me an orphan" line and I respect her for not doing so. 'Cause it would have been SO in character (that is to say - annoying). Oh damn it - I also respect her shooting out that guy's car window. OK, enough with the Kim-praise. It doesn't mean I like her and she's still stupid (for getting out of the woman's car and running away into the deep dark night in the middle of nowhere again). But I am in a confused state of mind - in mourning for George and am not responsible for what I say. Yes, that's it.

Is Bob Warner still in the interrogation room? I hope someone has brought him some coffee at least. He'll probably have company soon as they bring Kate back to CTU. Who knows how they'll explain keeping her around but doubtless it will be for some incredible hard to believe cooked up reason forced on us to keep her and Jack in scenes together. If she bonds with Kim, I'm gonna be sick from all the blondage.

Far be if from me to contradict a president who's THAT big and tall but in fact sir, the secret service doesn't take orders from the President. They have but one order and that is to protect the president's life at all costs. THEY, in fact, are the ones who give the orders and the president actually has to do what they say.

And I'm thinking that NO plane is allowed to take off while the nuclear BOMB is going by but ESPECIALLY Air Force One. But hey - what do I know.

Oh and hello? This helicopter that is "trailing" Jack's plane. Now, I'm not nuclear scientist or anything but wouldn't the helicopter get hit with some sort of pulse from the blast. And could Jack really have been far enough away jumping out four minutes before to be at all safe - even in the short term? Even if it's a small nuke? He's only - what? 4 miles away. Not far enough if you ask me. And is this now a 24 tradition - people leaping from planes just moments before they explode. I mean, Mandy the Terrorist did it last year.

I'm feeling the Tony Alameda Love once again. Soul Patch even without the Soul Patch is muy macho and tres attractive (is that shirt just a tad more unbuttoned than before. Hmmmm). "Us Americans what?" Ooooh Soul Patch is a bad mutha. And I don't want to be Tony when Kiefer comes back to LA and finds out that Kim is missing AGAIN.

And hey - just wondering - where are they keeping Nina through all this?

My only REAL complaint and it's really small - best put by someone on the Television Without Pity board - this repeatedly putting Jack in constant and immediate danger is a bit like "the little boy who cried kief!" and is wearing a little thin. I mean, we KNOW they aren't gonna kill him. He's the freakin' STAR. Give us a little drama we can be surprised by!

3 weeks off AGAIN????????? Bastards!

24 (Season One)

1/8/02: His name is Jack Bauer and this is the longest day of his life. And mine, Jack. And mine. 

I am still enjoying myself thoroughly - after all, I have an hour of quality Kiefer viewing - but I am still not caring about the Palmers. And neither is anyone I've talked to. This whole exposure of the family wide cover up seems sort of - well, extraneous. He's already the target of an assassination - tell us why Gaines (or whoever he works for) might want him dead, show us something about Palmer than makes us care whether he gets shot. Right now all I know of him is that he family keeps secrets from him for his own good, his wife is ambitiously practical and his son has abandonment issues. None of this really doesn't anything for me. Except me want to slap Keith. I am particularly annoyed by young Keith Palmer who didn't seem to have a problem with Daddy's rising star until it becomes a convenient place to lay the blame when his own impulsive butt gets close to the sling.

Is the real key card still on the floor of the office? Sloppy, sloppy, terrorist man. Why does Broody not see that on his 10 minute loop of security camera? Are we leaving it there for the cleaning lady to find? Who knows who the leaning lady works for 

NO! Not Jamie. I trust that we are being bamboozled because it's too obvious too soon. But wait - next week, Nina shoves her around...perhaps Jamie is a double bluff. Damn. I was hoping that Brooding Envy Boy was the baddy. Maybe he still is. 

And I'm not sure whether I suspect Milo or not but the camera angles seem to indicate he needs watching. I am being manipulated by the Director of Photography and I don't care for it. Those damned DPs are a shifty bunch.

Who didn't know that those guys coming to Teri's rescue weren't CTU. They had bad guy written all over them. 

Oh. Bullet proof jacket. I was thinking Kiefer was shooting blanks. (Yes, I know. I tried to resist it and I couldn't. I am weak. Forgive me.) But like the faux CTU men, I think we all know that Kiefer wasn't REALLY going to shoot Nina. Pity. I guess the bad hair is here for the next few hours. Bad hair, bad shoes. Bad news.


3/20/02: God, I love this show. highlights from last night's viewing 

  • I cheered for the characters I can't stand. Damn, Palmer's son may be a player after all. Good going, kid. That tape recorder was the second biggest shock of the night. I never would have thought he was smart enough for that. He did the hot headed impulsive thing so perfectly. 

  • Good to see that Palmer's daughter is alive and well. She left hours ago to pick friends up from the airport and suddenly it was like the Chuck Cunningham syndrome - No one talked about her, saw her or anything. She was just gone. But she's back now and the kids are up to hijinks - distracting secret service, short sheeting beds. Big Fun.

  • I danced the happy dance of joy when they just sent Kim over the cliff in a burning car! Finally they acknowledged that Kim is too stupid too live! Of course, I then collapsed when it turned out that she'd made it (damn that open window) but it was a great couple of minutes while it lasted. (What? What? Oh come on, she's an IDIOT!) 

  • And Kiefer changes clothes once again. How on earth does one man make GETTING dressed so unutterably sexy? 

  • Nina, Nina, Nina - I don't care how much Jack trusts you, I do not and I never will. Teri is right. Things get complicated when you screw the boss.

  • Milo rocks! I know I shouldn't trust Milo but I can't help it. I heart Milo.

  • OK, I'm blathering. Maybe I should have breakfast

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4/9/02: Whoo-hoo! Soul Patch (Tony) not only saves the day but is permitted to leave the office to do it. I lurve him. He can kick the door down and come in guns a blazin' to rescue me any day. --- this in no way effects my long standing commitment to Kiefer Sutherland, you understand. It's getting crowded up at Deb's Pantheon of Men. I shall have to look into expanding the place. 

  • OK, back to the show - I have a quibble. If Frank knows who Dan and Rick were working for and he knows how much they were being paid (all of which we know from his conversations with Rick about where Dan is with the money etc...), why does he not know that the target of the gig was Kim and why has he not put that together with the Kim standing right in front of him.

  • I saw the drug bust coming a mile away.

  • Mrs. Palmer better die before the end of this series because she is EVIL and mean. That chat during dinner with her son sealed her fate as far as I am concerned. And then when Nicole collapsed, she SEEMED to be concerned but I think it was just shock rather than genuine FEELING which I'm not sure the she-devil is capable of.

  • And now that daughter Nicole is once again a regular on the show (after spending 8 episodes picking her friends up from the airport, she gets to have a breakdown. There's no middle ground for Nicole. And am I alone in thinking that there's something Nicole isn't telling or hasn't been quite 100% up front about concerning this rape? I hope we don't find out that she made it up. I was just getting this weird impression from her as the Senator was trying to calm her down. She seems REALLY afraid of her mom too. 

  • And I suspect Creepy Carl will be pushing up daisies soon. 

  • Gee, Teri got her memory back. I wonder if she will remember to smack Nina for leaving the safe house. Teri is gonna be some kinda happy when she sees that Kim isn't dead but I wonder if she'll find out before she sees Jack. If not, then Jack too will think Kim is dead and I'm thinking he'll come down on Nina like a ton o' bricks. 

  • Mason - don't trust him and I never will. I don't know if his the mole buy even if he's not, he's a shit and he is unkind to my beloved Kiefer, rude to my brave and stalwart Tony. However, Mason does win the "facial expression of the week" award. When Kiefer leapt the fence (with the grace of a gazelle I might add), Mason looks at him like "Show off " and steps over the low hanging chain just to one side. 

  • Do all politicians moving through hotels HAVE to go through the kitchen?  

A perfectly Kieferific episode. Next week - taser guns, writhing Kiefer (the next best thing to having him change clothes) and a Hopper-ific guest star! 5 more episodes to go!

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5/14/02: I KNEW IT! Nina, the office ho is the mole. OK, I didn't know it for sure but I always thought she was much more likely than Tony or George. After all - from the minute we found the key card had been encrypted on hre copmuter and look! She has an alibi - well, I always suspect the alibi. I hope that if Nina takes a bullet by the end that it is Tony that gets to shoot her.  

  • Jack must be tired, really tired because even I knew the phone was going to blow up when he explained that Drazen just wanted Palmer to answer it. And I'm not the terrorist expert. 

  • Sexiest thing on TV - Kiefer crying. Second sexist - watching it again after I rewound it.  

  • Palmer is on to everyone - his wife, Patty the wanna be Lewinsky, everyone.

  • So brain fried I can't even think of the vast number of other things I wanted to say re the episode. Next week - the final episode. AAAAAAARGH! How do I wait a whole WEEK????

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