February 12th, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 11 February 2009

Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill signed the Yalta agreements (1945)


Founded in 1886, the Social Register claims to be "among America's oldest and most distinguished private associations" and "the only reliable and the most trusted, arbiter of Society in America." Twice a year (summer and winder) the register publishes a list of the association's membership (c.25,000), with contact information, club and college affiliations, births, debuts, engagements, marriages, and deaths. (The summer edition handily lists yachts and their owners.) Those desirous of inclusion in the register are "required to furnish letters of recommendation from several families already listed." The 2006 edition included Brooke Astor, the Clintons, and Bush père et fils--but not Donald Trump, Martha Stewart, or Rudy Giuliani.

Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
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penguin4, party

three important birthdays

Three of the most important people in human history were born on this day:

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, who kept the country intact despite the best efforts of many to sunder it, and who also formally freed African-Americans from bondage.

Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution revolutionized the way we look at our world.

And popfiend, one of my best friends in the whole wide world, who brings love and joy and goofiness to LiveJournal every day.

Happy birthday to Abe, Chuck, and The Fiend! *grin*
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alien spotlight

Alien Spotlight: Klingons is gonna ROCK!

Okay, I may sound overly enthusiastic, but holy shit is JK Woodward hitting it out of the park with his artwork for the Star Trek: Alien Spotlight issue focusing on the Klingons that I scripted. I've now seen all but two pages of artwork, and WOW.

This is turning out magnificently, and I can't wait to see it in print.

It's amusing going back to doing comics after ten years away from it. Between my job at Byron Preiss and writing Perchance to Dream, I worked with comics quite a bit in the 1990s, and the process has completely changed. BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Mark Waid discussed it in a recent blog entry, talking about the differences between his time editing at DC and his recent return to editing at BOOM!:
During my first tour of duty, artists and writers worked via FedEx, colorists still slapped colored dyes on paper, hot dogs were a nickel, and everything was basically hard-copy. Now, scripts are e-mailed, art is scanned and uploaded to the FTP, lettering’s done with Adobe Illustrator, and in the entire time I’ve been at BOOM!, I’ve yet to have an actual, physical piece of art cross my desk.

But hey, I dig having the artwork on my computer......
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rex, rome, primeval

Lost is an RPG!

dr_p_venkman explains how Lost has pretty much become a role-playing game.

Don't drink anything while you read it, and be aware that it'll only make sense if you saw last night's Lost.

Jay earlier today posted his birthday greeting to popfiend, entitled "FACT: POPFIEND IS AN ALIEN." Between those two, I officially declare that Jay wins the Internet. *nods*

EDITED TO ADD: Turns out both posts are friends-locked. Oops. Sorry about that people-not-on-Jay's-friends-list!!!!!

EDITED TO ADD SOME MORE: Now the Lost post is public. Confused yet?
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