a continuation of the story that began in The Shield, with modern day Israel in 1941


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***** anxiously awaiting sequel

<a href="http://The ShieldThe Shield by Nachman Kataczinsky

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I’ve enjoyed S. M. Stirling’s “Island in the Sea of Time” books – time travel/what if – and highly recommend Nachman Kataczinsky’s “The Shield“. It’s an interesting speculation on how the modern state of Israel could prevent the Holocaust IF they were magically transported to the world of 1942. Well-researched and believable, once you accept time travel.

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more about buffets in Vegas

The new Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar’s has been well-publicized. It’s not the biggest nor the best, by a long shot. We tried it the first week, which (hopefully) was a mistake.

As promised, there was a selection of premade individual servings. A cup of Caesar’s salad was stupid since the fixings to make it fresh and exactly to taste were a few steps away. The small casserole of mac & cheese was the best I’ve had in town, including Simon’s at Palm Place (which is famous of their version). BUT the dish was hot and painful to take possession of, although not as burning as the metal cup holding fish (one tired piece) and chips (three, sagging). It all looks cute but doesn’t function.

The organization was a bit confusing as well. I missed whole sections, hidden around corners from where we sat. The dining room is pleasant and service was adequate, until we tried lingering over coffee under the anxious busboy’s eye.

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Two buffets in town have been vastly improved by new management.

The Bistro Buffet at Palms is fresher and tastier. I think celebrated Chef Kerry Simon had some influence, at least that’s the flavor I picked up.

Aliante, no longer a Station step-child, has vastly improved and increased the offerings at their buffet.

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My favorite is still Wynn’s buffet. The food is great, there’s a big selection (with lots of vegetarian and vegan choices) and – unique to the market – everything is clearly and accurately labelled (a big plus, if you ask me).

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So I’m now on Pinterest. It took three days from the time I requested an invitation for them to email a sign up link. Did they investigate me? Are there people who don’t qualify? I expected the process to be immediate and when I didn’t get the link right away assumed I’d find their email caught in my spam folder.

But no matter. I signed up (as minklv, in case you’re interested). So now what? The site has very little information and no tutorial that I could find. They asked about my interests and subscribed me to all sorts of users – I was hoping to discover someone matching my combination exactly but it’s not that sophisticated. So I unsubscribed from most of the users who had, I assume, one interest in common with me.

I did link to Facebook, although I’m not sure that was intentional. Apparently that links my real name to the account and probably publicizes the information somewhere since I was found and subscribed to by people I actually know, most of who – like me – haven’t actually pinned anything yet and will probably be as surprised as I was that they now have followers who actually know them. In contrast, on twitter – where I’m very active (as mkvegas) the only person I follow that I really know is my husband!

After a few days I re-discovered the sweepstakes requiring I “pin” something that had initiated my interest in Pinterest to begin with. Luckily, that site had detailed instructions how to create a board, also what to name it and links to pin in order to enter (and hopefully be randomly selected to win a prize). So I created my first board! I’m still not sure how to pin other things (and can’t imagine why I’d want to). Maybe the friends who are following me there can tell me – the next time I see them in person.

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playing with the computer

I got my first offer of a free product in exchange for a review! A little suspicicious, since I was asked to write about a program before I had an opportunity to test it, but still a first for me and my lame blog. I don’t have a need for a screen-capture program (what I was offered) but asked my husband if he was interested. He has PhD in Engineering, likes to play with software, and designed and maintains several websites. I can’t tell you how gratifying it was for me to discover that he didn’t realize the PRINT SCREEN key on our keyboards hasn’t worked in at least 10 years. So obviously neither of us needs the program. But in gratitude for having something to remind hubby I knew and he didn’t the next time he tries to tell me what I should do on my computer and for the benefit of anyone out there who does need the software, I’ll post the link:
Screen Capture Software

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Born 2 Impress Valentine’s Gift Guide

Valentines Gift Guide

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smart appliances

I’m trying to win $5000 worth of new GE Appliances at They ask that I send a comment. One of the Official Blogging Topics – Tell us your best “If my appliance could talk” story – especially appealed to me since my GE Profile (Harmony) washer and dryer really DO talk, to each other and silently but still. When you finish a wash load and open the lid, the appliances confer and set the dryer automatically. It’s really cool, saves time, and amazes me even after six (or is it seven?) years.

So there I was thinking about all the things my washer or dryer could say about me – I’m too lazy to sort by color, I don’t like being told what to do so always change the suggested settings (even if I then change them back) – when I get a message loud and clear: HEY YOU, BLITHELY MUSING AT YOUR COMPUTER – YOU PUT A LOAD IN TO WASH THREE HOURS AGO THAT’S STILL WAITING TO GO INTO THE DRYER (and I did beep to tell you I was done)!

Now that’s a smart machine!

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win a Freeman Beauty Kit

obviously marvelous

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