Because I am a creature of habit, and I like to pretend to be informed about what's happening in the world, I read The Boston Globe, which my family gets at home and I read every morning when I'm there. Yes, I realize that I'm in the Philadelphia area now, but...

Since the Globe online doesn't have Ann Landers, I have to read the column at a different site. It's delayed a week, but it's updated every day so it's consistently a week late, which is okay. ("Consistency is all I ask." "Give us this day our daily mask." --Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead)

On the same site is Molly Ivins' column, which is great if a) you're a liberal Democrat or b) you don't mind reading someone you disagree with. :^)

I recently got addicted to Sluggy Freelance, a comic strip that has nothing whatsoever to do with the name. (Or if there is a connection, we the readers have not been so informed. :^) It's not my fault this time, really! During break Scott and someone else were talking about rabbits going "ka-CLICK" with switchblades and "poing poing poing" and I got curious. So I went and read the over-a-year's-worth of archived comics. Hee hee. If you are an addict like me and for some reason haven't memorized the URL, check out today's comic. If you don't know what the hell I'm talking about but you haven't been scared off and have time to spend reading fun stuff, go to the Sluggy Viewer Guide, which will give you an introduction and an overview of the various storylines.


Now we get to my various television addictions. :^) Number one, with my accomplice Megan, is "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Before you say, "Oh, ick," let me say that "Buffy" is a very smart, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, sometimes beautiful and poignant, always fun show. Besides, I've always wished I could kick some butt, and Buffy does it so nicely. :^) Unfortunately, my formerly favorite site, Domain of the Slain, has gone the way of all good sites, and is no longer there. Hmph. I have had to resort to The Complete Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episode Guide, a splendid site with reviews, some cute sounds, cast bios, and, of course, episode summaries complete with "Dialogue to Die For" and "Dialogue to Bury" (hah hah).

The other "Buffy" site I really like is Dingo on the Prairie, which gets major props for fun attitude and the best use of sound files I've ever come across. Warning--the site uses Java, and therefore takes a small while to load. Dingo also has good background on all (and I do mean all) the story arcs.

I am a self-avowed Trekkie (and I don't mean "Trekker.") I am primarily a fan of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Voyager." I will watch DS9 if my parents are, but I won't go out of my way to watch it. Jim Wright writes the most detailed Voyager summaries I've ever seen. If you can't watch the episodes, or you've forgotten what some random alien back in Season 1 looked like, Jim's your man. He also reviews the episodes, so you can tell if you want to watch them. :^) I am very fond of certain terms he uses often, such as "Betsy" for Captain Janeway's phaser rifle, or "Mama Kate" for his favorite red-headed captain. (I'm still not so sure she has red hair, but he's so enthusiastic about her it's easy to forgive. :^)