May 26th, 2009

ghost academy

she rides!

On the train home last night, I completed Chapter 5 of StarCraft: Ghost Academy Volume 1! *does happy dance* When I got home, I shot it off to TokyoPop and Blizzard. The first three chapters are all wholly approved, and Chapter 4 just needs the final continuity read, so we're moving right along. I also know that the artist is starting on the prologue.

Now it's back to D'Argo's Trial #2....
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    "Stomp Dance (Unity)" by Robbie Robertson
politics, Kerry Edwards

fellow alumnus nominated for Supreme Court!

President Obama's nominee to replace Justice Souter on the Supreme Court is Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who is a graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School. This is the same school that girasole, drewshi, jafinnola, themadadmin, and I all attended.

This also continues the West Wing-ification of the presidency, as there are a mess of similarities between Judge Sotomayor and the fictional Judge Roberto Mendoza, played by Edward James Olmos, President Bartlet's nominee for the Court.

Judge Sotomayor was the keynote speaker at Career Day at Spellman in 2006 -- the first year I went (thanks to drewshi and jafinnola for the reminder) -- and I'm particularly proud to share a home borough and alma mater with her. *grin*
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    "This is Not Love" by Jethro Tull

Schott's Miscellany 23 May 2009

Mickey Mouse spoke for the first time in the cartoon Karnival Kid (1929)


Alabama: lizards
Connecticut: wooden nutmegs
Delaware: muskrats
Florida: fly-up-the-creeks
Georgia: buzzards
Illinois: suckers
Indiana: hoosiers
Iowa: hawkeyes
Kentucky: corn crackers
Louisiana: creoles
Maine: foxes
Maryland: claw thumpers
Massachusetts: bay staters
Michigan: wolverines
Mississippi: tadpoles
Missouri: pukes
New Hampshire: granite boys
New Jersey: clam catchers
New York: knickerbockers
North Carolina: tar boilers
Ohio: buckeyes
Oregon: hard cases
Pennsylvania: logher heads
Rhode Island: gun flints
South Carolina: weasels
Vermont: Green Mountain boys
Virginia: beagles
Wisconsin: badgers

Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color.
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    "Eurology" by Ian Anderson

Schott's Miscellany 24 May 2009

The Brooklyn Bridge opened (1883)


Formerly, esquire was a high order, ranking immediately below a knight. Although sources vary, it seems that there were traditionally five classes of esquire:

Younger sons of peers and their eldest sons
Eldest sons of knights and their eldest sons
Chiefs of ancient families (by prescription)
Esquires by creation of office (e.g., judges, QCs, JPs)
Esquires who attend teh Knight of the Bath on his installation

Nowadays, esquire is used as a courtesy for those without a higher title or religious rank with the intention, it seems, of conveying some notion of gentlemanliness. If esquire is added postnominally, the usual prefix title (Mr., Dr., etc.) is dropped.

The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.
Marshall McLuhan (1911-80)
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    "Junko Pardner" by Hindu Love Gods

Schott's Miscellany 25 May 2009

Memorial Day Observed
Spring Bank Holiday (United Kingdom)


Royal gun salutes are fired to mark special anniversaries and constitutional events:

Accession Day * The Queen's Birthday * Coronation Day * The Duke of Edinburgh's Birthday * The Queen's Official Birthday * State Opening and Prorogation of Parliament * Royal Births * when a visiting head of state meets the sovereign in London, Windsor, or Edinburgh

The royal salute is 21 rounds--though 41 are fired at Hyde Park (a Royal Park) and the Tower of London (a Royal Palace and Fortress). On royal anniversaries the tower fires 62 rounds--the additional 21 "for the City of London." When the Queen's official birthday coincides with the Duke of Edinburgh's actual birthday, the Tower of London fires a total of 124 rounds--i.e., 62 rounds twice.

PUCKFIST--an empty, pompous braggart
"Reality TV proved the perfect forum for the puckfist."
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    "Like a Rolling Stone" by John Mellencamp

Potato(e) Moon continues....

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    "Land of Hope and Dreams" by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

some anniversaries

The end of May 2009 is an anniversary of many things.

Eight years ago this very day, Peter David and Kathleen O'Shea David (puppetmaker40) tied the knot in Atlanta, a wedding that was attended by myself, terri_osborne, Bob and Kate Greenberger, Glenn and Brandy Hauman, George Takei, Bill Mumy, and a whole mess of others including best man Harlan Ellison. It was one of the best weddings I've ever attended, and I'm so glad to see the two of them remain happy together eight years later. (Not to mention their having had a lovely little girl, Caroline The Magnificent....)

Thirty years ago this week, the movie Alien was released, which remains a seminal film in many respects (even though the whole "we can't use the escape pods" nonsense really kneecapped the entire movie).

Twenty years ago kicked off a killer summer movie season that included Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Batman, and Lethal Weapon 2. It also included Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, which was, until this year, the last Trek movie to be released in the summer (The Undiscovered Country through to Nemesis were all November or December releases).

But the one that means the most to me is that ten years ago this week, the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players -- myself, Steven Rosenhaus (rosenhaus), Rik Cleary, Tom Laubenthal, Alexandra Elizabeth Honigsberg, and the late David M. Honigsberg all got together at the Chocolate Studio in Connecticut to record the CD Blues Spoken Here. Ten years later, the CD still holds up. The DQYDJP was something pretty darn special, and I really do miss it. Sigh.
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    "How Can I Be Old" by the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players
alien spotlight


The Comics Chronicles web site provide sales figures for comic books, and they've released the sales figures for April 2009.

Here's how the four I wrote did:

Best-seller was Farscape: Strange Detractors #1, unsurprisingly (being a #1), at #184 with 9465 copies sold. After that was Farscape #4 at #191 with 9067 sales. Then we had Farscape: D'Argo's Lament #1 (which didn't have the Official O'Bannon Imprimatur) came in at #203 with 8485 copies sold. And aaaaaaall the way down at #228 with only 7022 copies was Star Trek: Alien Spotlight: Klingons.

Was hoping for a better showing for the Klingons, but c'est la vie.....
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    "Stop the Rising of the Sun" by the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players
strange detractors

Farscape beats Star Trek

With the obvious exception of Countdown, the Farscape comics from BOOM! Studios are outselling the Star Trek comics from IDW, which is pretty impressive when you consider that IDW is a larger company than BOOM! and when you consider that Star Trek is an active franchise with a highly anticipated movie that's a huge hit in theatres right now and a thriving line of tie-in novels and other ancillary merchandise, and that Farscape is a somewhat less active franchise with nothing on the air since 2003, almost no current ancillary merchandise or tie-ins aside from this comic, and a much smaller core audience.

Here's how it broke down in April:

146. Star Trek: Countdown #4--14,544
184. Farscape: Strange Detractors #1--9465
191. Farscape #4--9067
203. Farscape: D'Argo's Lament #1--8485
209. Star Trek: Mission's End #2--8159
211. Star Trek: Crew #2--8120
228. Star Trek: Alien Spotlight: Klingons--7022

For that matter, here's March:

127. Star Trek: Countdown #3--12,486
157. Star Trek: Missions End #1--9351
162. Star Trek: Crew #1--9167
164. Farscape #3--9008
193. Star Trek: Alien Spotlight: Tribbles--7369
194. Star Trek: The Last Generation #5--7301

And February:

144. Star Trek: Countdown #2--11,357
168. Farscape #2--9020
196. Star Trek: The Last Generation #4--7248

And December 2008 (no Farscape comics were published in January):

187. Farscape #1--12,775
249. Star Trek: The Last Generation #2--7654

It should be pointed out that the above doesn't count any of the second printings or special editions of the various Farscape comics, so they may have done even better.

This is, as they say, cool....
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    "Tangled Up in Blue" by Bob Dylan