April 20th, 2009


waitin' on tech support

I've been sitting in the local Census office for an hour now, waiting for Greg The Tech Guy to figure out why my handheld stopped working right.


The good news is that my time spent sitting on my ass is billable time.

Sigh again.
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    "Railroad Work Song" by the Notting Hillbillies
alien spotlight

another Alien Spotlight review

Patrick Hayes at TrekWeb has reviewed Star Trek: Alien Spotlight: Klingons, giving my writing an A, JK Woodward's art an A+, and an overall A for the comic.

Money quote:
Old schoolers should enjoy the return of Kang as he moves through time expanding on the origin of a Klingon quotable. Newbies should enjoy this taste of Klingons. Me, I enjoyed it, and deeply feel that if this team is not given the opportunity to do other works for IDW that Sto-Vo-Kor be denied to everyone at IDW. So there, nyah, nyah, nyah.
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    "Chillin' of the Evening" by Arlo Guthrie
strange detractors

io9 reviews Strange Detractors!

Alyssa Johnson at io9 has written a very spiffy review of Farscape: Strange Detractors #1.

Money quote:
I'm still undecided what I want from a first issue in general, torn between exposition and an attention-grabbing incident worthy of a Bond film opener. Here we have something between the two that more sets a tone that's fun, not too serious, and wholly enjoyable.
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    "The Witch's Promise" by Jethro Tull

Schott's Miscellany 19 April 2009

About 77 Branch Davidians died at teh sect's headquarters in Waco, Texas, after a 51-day siege by the FBI (1993)


Developed in the 1930s by the industrial psychologist Eldon F. Wonderlic, the Wonderlic Personnel Test is used by recruiters, employers, and the NFL to measure cognitive ability. The 12-minute, 50-question exam has been used by the league since the 1970s, and is administered to potential draftees during teh annual Indianapolis Scouting Combine. According to the Wonderlic website, the test can forecast a player's ability to learn the playbook, work with a team, and adapt on the field. The average individual score is said to be 21; the average NFL player's score is reportedly 19 (a score of 20 correlates to an IQ of 100).

In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs.
Francis Darwin (1848-1925)
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    "God's Away on Business" by Tom Waits

slow novel year....

So barring a fast-turnaround novel contract fairly soon (which isn't out of the realm of possibility), and with the bumping of StarCraft: Ghost Spectres to summer 2010, it looks like I will only have two novels released this year, which will be my lowest total in a calendar year since 2002, when I also had only two. I'm more than making up for it with 22 regular comic books and one manga volume, plus the usual mess o' short stories 'n' things, but it's weird to have so few novels out. (Amusingly, though, I already have two scheduled for 2010...)

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    "Solo Le Pido a Dios" by Tao Rodriguez-Seeger & Pete Seeger