September 21st, 2008

rex, rome, primeval

I have fallen in love...

...with the British show Primeval. I was recording it on the DVR on BBC America, but hadn't gotten round to watching it until tonight.

I adore the show. I even made a Rex icon (I love Rex, he's adorable). The writing is clever and smart, the CGI is amazing, and the science at least is vaguely plausible sounding.

Also: Lucy Brown is gorgeous and Andrew-Lee Potts's Connor is magnificently geeky, and the entire cast is just wonderful. The show has a real Jonny Quest vibe, actually. Cutter is Dr. Quest, Stephen is Race Bannon, Connor and Abby are Jonny and Hadji, and Rex is Bandit.

Also, is it me, or does James Murray (Stephen) look a lot like Rob and/or Chad Lowe?
  • Current Music
    Episode 5 of Pimeval's first season
politics, Kerry Edwards

President Bartlet's advice to Senator Obama

Maureen Dowd and Aaron Sorkin show us what kind of advice the fictional former President Josiah Bartlet would say to the hopeful future President Barack Obama.

Thanks to tiggerallyn for the link. Like, him, I thought this paragraph was the best part:

BARTLET GET ANGRIER! Call them liars, because that’s what they are. Sarah Palin didn’t say “thanks but no thanks” to the Bridge to Nowhere. She just said “Thanks.” You were raised by a single mother on food stamps — where does a guy with eight houses who was legacied into Annapolis get off calling you an elitist? And by the way, if you do nothing else, take that word back. Elite is a good word, it means well above average. I’d ask them what their problem is with excellence. While you’re at it, I want the word “patriot” back. McCain can say that the transcendent issue of our time is the spread of Islamic fanaticism or he can choose a running mate who doesn’t know the Bush doctrine from the Monroe Doctrine, but he can’t do both at the same time and call it patriotic. They have to lie — the truth isn’t their friend right now. Get angry. Mock them mercilessly; they’ve earned it. McCain decried agents of intolerance, then chose a running mate who had to ask if she was allowed to ban books from a public library. It’s not bad enough she thinks the planet Earth was created in six days 6,000 years ago complete with a man, a woman and a talking snake, she wants schools to teach the rest of our kids to deny geology, anthropology, archaeology and common sense too? It’s not bad enough she’s forcing her own daughter into a loveless marriage to a teenage hood, she wants the rest of us to guide our daughters in that direction too? It’s not enough that a woman shouldn’t have the right to choose, it should be the law of the land that she has to carry and deliver her rapist’s baby too? I don’t know whether or not Governor Palin has the tenacity of a pit bull, but I know for sure she’s got the qualifications of one. And you’re worried about seeming angry? You could eat their lunch, make them cry and tell their mamas about it and God himself would call it restrained. There are times when you are simply required to be impolite. There are times when condescension is called for!
  • Current Music
    something on MSNBC
OCLT, crazed writer, dark forces, ellie, command & conquer

dear dumbass

To: the person who e-mailed me a 2900-word short story as an attached file as a submission for Imaginings
From: me

Not sure where you got your information, but:

1) Imaginings is an anthology that was published in 2003. It didn't sell enough to warrant subsequent volumes.

2) The anthology was specifically for novelette-length fiction (between 8000 and 15,000 words), so your 2900-word story wouldn't qualify.

3) I did not accept e-mail submissions for Imaginings.

Pretty impressive, this, being wrong on every possible level, hm?
  • Current Music
    "Velvet Green" by Jethro Tull
sucks, penguin5

Brian Thomsen, RIP

Brian M. Thomsen, long time skiffy editor for many places, from Warner (where he started the Questor line) to Tor and back, and also the writer of the Julius Schwartz biography Man of Two Worlds: My Life in Science Fiction and Comics.

I got to work with Brian a bunch of times. He was funny, passionate, talented, entertaining, and had the biggest grin in the business. He will be deeply missed.

Rest in peace, my friend.
  • Current Music
    the "Lord of the Onion Rings" episode of Spaceballs on the DVR
politics, Kerry Edwards

quote of the week

From Bill Maher on Real Time regarding Governor Sarah Palin:

Even with all the economic news this week, I bet you if you put a gun to her head today and asked her what the SEC was, she couldn't tell you. Although she could probably tell you what kind of gun it was.
  • Current Music
    this week's Real Time with Bill Maher