April 22nd, 2009

nasa

help out a cool kid!

shadesong and yendi have a very cool daughter namd Elayna, who wishes to go to the ultra-keen-I-would've-so-totally-loved-this-when-I-was-her-age Explo summer program. Because the economy's downturn has kept them from getting the financial aid they were hoping for, they're holding a raffle to raise the money they need for Elayna's tuition. The list o' stuff being raffled is here, as well as the specifics in how to participate.

I'm helping by offering a Tuckerization in an upcoming Farscape comic.

Take a shot at immortality! *grin* (Or, y'know, one of the other prizes.......)
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    "Don't Go into that Barn" by Tom Waits
alien spotlight

another Alien Spotlight review

Sam Christopher of the Axiom's Edge blog had nice things to say about Star Trek: Alien Spotlight: Klingons in a roundup of last week's comics:

Star Trek: Alien Spotlight: Klingons- 3 tales told by Kang, all centering on the Klingon proverb, “Four thousand throats may be cut in a single night by a running man”. Novelist Keith R. A. DeCandido writes an all around excellent story (what was this guy doing while Countdown was being ruined?), with J. K. Woodward providing solid art.
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    "Two Fingers" by Jethro Tull
schott

Schott's Miscellany 21 April 2009

Mark Twain died (1910)


THE CIA'S WORLDVIEW

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency annually publishes its World Factbook, which tabulates statistical, political, geographical, and sociological data on the countries of the world. One of the entries details the "comparative area" of each country, providing a comparison based on the entire U.S., or one of its individual states--for example:

Afghanistan: slightly smaller than Texas
China: slightly smaller than the U.S.
Iran: slightly larger than Alaska
Iraq: slightly more than twice the size of Idaho
Israel: slightly smaller than New Jersey
Korea, North: slightly smaller than Mississippi
Mexico: slightly less than three times the size of Texas
Russia: approximately 1.8 times the size of the U.S.
United Kingdom: slightly smaller than Oregon
Vietnam: slightly larger than New Mexico


It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)
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    "Ramblin' Man" by the Allman Brothers
groucho

yendi is a verra fonnee man....

One of the things yendi is doing to help raise money for his daughter Elayna's tuition to Explo is revive his hilariously funny reviews of horror movies, and asking for donations via a PayPal button at the bottom of each review.

His latest review is of Return to Sleepaway Camp, the 2008 sequel to 1983's Sleepaway Camp. It has this high-larious line:
It's the first, and likely only, movie that has made me shout, "Jesus Fucking Christ, will you just rip his dick off already?"

To find out why, read the review. You'll be glad you did. And if you like it, hit the donate button. Elayna will be glad you did.
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    "Brain Damage" by the Austin Lounge Lizards
quality

Short Trips coming to a close

Big Finish has lost their license to do Doctor Who books. Their audios will continue, but the Short Trips series of Who anthologies is coming to an end. I made two contributions to the series -- I wrote "Life from Lifelessness" for Destination Prague and I edited The Quality of Leadership -- and was hoping to contribute more (I had several proposals floating about), but alas, it is not to be. Sigh.

The 29th and final Short Trips will be a "best of" of the previous 28. For Re:Collections, editor Xanna Eve Chown asked each of us editor types to pick a story from our respective books.

It was a tough choice for me. I loved all the stories in the book, of course. But ultimately, I kept coming back to the story that stood out the most: Allyn Gibson's Sixth Doctor tale "The Spindle of Necessity," which had the Doctor meeting Plato, and was told entirely as a Socratic dialogue.

Yes, really.

Re:Collections is due out in May, and is available for preorder from Big Finish's web site and should be available in this country from Who NA and the wonderful wonderful wonderful wonderful folks at Mike's Comics.

(BTW, Big Finish won't be reprinting any of the anthologies once the licenses lapses, so if you want to buy any of the 29 books, better do it soon....)
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    "Light of the World" from Godspell