February 5th, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 4 February 2009

Karen Carpenter died (1983)


Some British money slang:
£1Quid; Nugget; Dollar
£5Jack; Blue; (Lady) Godiva
£10Tenner; Pavarotti; Cock
£100Ton; Century
£1000Grand; Rio (Grande)

The mind is always fooled by the heart.
Duc de la Rochefoucauld (1613-80)
  • Current Music
    "Bourée" by Jethro Tull

convention reduction

Due to cuts to both budget and space at the convention, I-Con 28 was unable to invite terri_osborne and I to attend as author guests this year, though we are hopeful of coming back next year. Given the economic woes we're currently having, I'm honestly okay with not having to pay for the rental car, tolls, gas, hotel, and food. *sigh*

For similar financial reasons, we MAY have to cancel Farpoint. Again, the cost of two nights at the hotel, car rental, tolls, and gas may simply be beyond our means. We'll have a better idea early next week.
  • Current Music
    "Winter Snowscape" by Martin Barre
supernatural, nevermore

a nice surprise in the PO box

terri_osborne just called with the haul from our PO box, and it included copies of In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural from the good folks at BenBella's Smart Pop Books, which has a foreword by yours truly.

What I forgot is that my contract with BenBella calls for payment for that foreword on publication. So there was a check in the mail I wasn't expecting (which made up for the check I was expecting not being there). It's not a huge check, but it certainly beats a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

For the record, the arrival of this check made Farpoint more likely....
  • Current Music
    "Mystery Train" by Paul Butterfield & The Band

Farpoint seemingly back on

It's looking pretty likely that we will, in fact, be able to make it to Farpoint 2009, thanks to the kindness of friends. Further bulletins as they bull. Or, uh, something.
  • Current Music
    "Telegraph Road" by Dire Straits

iTunes shuffle amusement

As I'm walking home from the dojo tonight, I'm listening to the iPod feature on my iPhone, and the following three songs play in a row: "Success Story" by The Who, "Tourist Town Bar" by Michael McCloud, and "Don't Quit Your Day Job" by Steve Rosenhaus, all three of which are first-person songs about the life of a musician, based on the bands' experiences (The Who song's about a superstar rock band, McCloud's is about a guy who plays the same bar in Key West every night, and Rosenhaus's is about someone trying to make it as a musician but for whom it's not his only thing going).

I was hoping the next one would be "Stagefright" by The Band to keep the theme going, but alas, it was not to be....

Sometimes the shuffle has a sense of humor, obviously.
  • Current Music
    "Hard Liner" by Jethro Tull
singular destiny

another review of A Singular Destiny

Jeff Ayers has reviewed Star Trek: A Singular Destiny for TrekWeb, giving it a 9 o9ut of 10.

Money quote:
KRAD has tackled a vast canvas with a ton of potential, juggling so many balls that it's amazing that he doesn't drop any. The crew of the Aventine deserves their own separate series and President Nan Bacco is still one of my favorite "book only" characters. If they ever do another Star Trek series, I hope they look into casting her role. If Articles of the Federation paid homage to the television series The West Wing, then A Singular Destiny is a tribute to the new Battlestar Galactica. In one word, WOW.
  • Current Music
    "Night Time" by the J. Geils Band

really, Todd??????

Todd McFarlane took the comics world by storm in the late 1980s, with a distinctive art style that became very influential, particularly when he started drawing Amazing Spider-Man in 1988. He became sufficiently popular that he was given his own Spider-Man title to write and draw in 1990, and then in 1992 he and several other high-profile Marvel creators formed Image Comics, for which Todd's contribution was Spawn.

Todd's been more of a toy magnate recently, and he's done very little work in comics. That, however, is changing shortly, as he and writer Robert Kirkman are launching Haunt very shortly.

Here's the first promotional image from the comic book:

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  • Current Music
    "Paradise Steakhouse" by Jethro Tull
farscape comic

first two reviews of Farscape #2

The NuMutant web site has put up a review of Farscape #2.

Money quote:
The characters’ voices are captured perfectly, but that shouldn’t be a surprise with series creator O’Bannon at the helm. If you’re already a fan of Farscape and you can find this comic, you might want to check it out.

And another review of the second issue, this one from dvandom's weekly reviews.

Money quote:
[The] story by O'Bannon and DeCandido continues to be very good. Strongly recommended.

Dave also awarded the issue with the "Diapers And Explosives, One Stop Shopping" Award. *snerk*
  • Current Music
    "One World (Not Three)/Love is the Seventh Wave" by Sting