February 17th, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 15 February 2009

Giuseppe Zangara attempted to assassinate Franklin D. Roosevelt in Miami, Florida (1933)


New Yorkers are the worst drivers in the USA, according to a 2007 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test, which asked drivers around the US to take a 20-question version of a standard DMV exam. New Yorkers scored just 71%, compared with a national average of 77%, and had the highest rate of failure, 36%. Drivers in New Jersey, Washington DC, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island also performed poorly, while those in Idaho, Arkansas, and Minnesota scored high marks. Overall, drivers had the most trouble identifying the proper following distance (2 seconds) and the correct response to a steady yellow traffic light (stop if it is safe to do so).

You don't destroy the mystery of a rainbow by understanding the light processes that form it.
Anne McLaren (1927-2007)
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    "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan

Schott's Miscellany 16 February 2009

Presidents Day


The White House "family theater" is a luxury 40-seat cinema constructed in 1942. Jimmy Carter held the most screenings (480 in 4 years), and the classic Western High Noon is the most-seen film. Other films watched in the White House include:

John F. Kennedy: Express Bongo, Roman Holiday
Lyndon B. Johnson: The President
Richard Nixon: Patton, Yankee Doodle Dandy
Jimmy Carter: All the President's Men, Midnight Cowboy
Ronald Reagan: Gandhi, Stagecoach, Ragtime, Top Hat, Reds
Bill Clinton: Schindler's List, American Beauty, the Naked Gun series
George W. Bush: Black Hawk Down, the Austin Powers series, Flight 93

BIRDIKIN - small bird
"An ortolan is a birdikin, and a very tasty one at that."
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    "The End of the Innocence" by Don Henley

Farpoint pictures

gonzai55 sent me some pictures from Farpoint, which she took when terri_osborne, Michael Jan Friedman, and I (and Peter David, but he wasn't in any of the picgtures) were at the autograph table. The first one is a definite candidate for a "caption this" contest.......

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    "What It Is" by Mark Knopfler
farscape comic

Farscape #1 Aeryn Sun holofoil at WonderCon

BOOM! Studios just sent out a press release yesterday, excerpted below:

Mon, February 16th, 2009 at 9:10AM PST

Official Press Release

BOOM! Studios will be offering a limited holofoil edition of their sold out comic FARSCAPE #1 available exclusively during WonderCon 2009.

The holofoil cover, featuring FARSCAPE's main character Aeryn Sun, is limited to 500 copies, and will only be available at the BOOM! Studios booth (#619) during WonderCon 2009. Featuring a gold metallic finish on a cardstock cover, it will be one of the most special limited edition collectibles ever made in association with FARSCAPE due to its extremely low print run. It is unavailable anywhere else.

WonderCon runs from Friday, February 27th to Sunday, March 1st, 2009 at the Moscone Center South in San Francisco, and BOOM! Studios will be at Booth #619.

This special limited edition comic is the second of the now wildly successful series of three special covers. The first cover had its debut at New York Comic Con 2009, and sold incredibly well.

"The fan response to the first cover at NYCC was amazing." said Chip Mosher, Director of Sales and Marketing. "Not only are these holofoils are great collectibles, and make awesome gifts for that ‘scaper in your life, bottom line, they’re just fricking cool to look at!"

FARSCAPE #1 was released to near unanimous praise December 24th, 2008. After selling out in five days, FARSCAPE #1 received a second printing that hit store shelves early February. FARSCAPE #2 was released on February 4th, 2008 and sold out in seven days. A second print will hit shelves soon.

FARSCAPE #1 is written by television series creator Rockne S. O'Bannon with script by Keith R.A. DeCandido, interior art by Tommy Patterson and cover art by fan-favorites Dennis Calero and Joseph Corroney!

Picking up directly where the television miniseries FARSCAPE: THE PEACEKEEPER WARS left off, fans can look forward to show creator O'Bannon steering their favorite characters into new and original stories, keeping with the existing canon - and then extending it!

Not mentioned is that I'll be at the BOOM! booth signing it pretty much all weekend long. *grin*

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    "Pachelbel: Kanon" by Canadian Brass