June 10th, 2009

d'argo's lament


Finished the script for Farscape: D'Argo's Trial #3. Gonna read it over, then send it to Ian, and then to bed.

I'm quite impressed with myself. For starters, I think this is the first time I've done an entire 22-page comics script in one day. I generally need two days to do one, but this one, once I got rolling this afternoon, just flowed. In addition, I also had karate class and an unusually intense fighting class tonight. Usually after a fighting class like that, I'm toast for the rest of the night, but I managed to get most of the script written tonight.

Go me!
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    "At Last, Forever" by Jethro Tull

iz ded

Last night's very very intense fighting class and then following that by staying up until 3 writing D'Argo's Trial #3 has taken its toll, and I forgot my EZ Pass.

So I postponed my doctor's appointment a week and am not going to my usual Wednesday lunch thingie. I might go into Manhattan for one of the two possible things I was thinking about doing tonight, but I also might not. We'll see.

Fighting class really was great. There were seven of us. An odd number of people is always good, because that means that one person gets to sit out each round -- it generally rotates among the color belts (or, at least, the lower-ranked color belts; since I made green belt, whether or not I get to sit out is at Shihan's discretion -- he'll also occasionally let one of the older black belts take a round off in the latter portions in the class if they're starting to look fatigued).

One of the black belts present was Senpai Clai, who's been training at the dojo since it opened seventeen years ago and he was six years old. He's now 23, is a third-degree black belt (also the highest-ranking student in the dojo), and often wins international fighting tournaments. So fighting him is always an education. *wry grin* (He actually gave me some excellent advice during our fights, particularly with regards to defending against kicks, which remains my biggest problem.)

I had three (four?) fights with Shihan, and they were fantastic. Shihan is a phenomenal fighter, but always fights to the level of his opponent. Last night, he went at it pretty intensely with me, which meant he thought I could take it. And I actually held my own (which, in real terms, means I didn't get my head handed to me that badly), and even got a couple of shots in (I was particularly pleased with a side kick I got off on him).

Anyhow -- off to relax a bit.........
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    "St. James Infirmary" by Ingrid Lucia & The Flying Neutrinos
mere anarchy

Dave Galanter interview

With the recent release of both his novel Star Trek: Troublesome Minds and the print release of Star Trek: Mere Anarchy (to which he contributed), defcons_treklit has interviewed author Dave Galanter for Unreality SF to talk about those and other projects

He even said nice things about me, with regard to my role as editor of Mere Anarchy:
The care Keith took in assuring that we all helped create the multi-layers of the Payav allowed me to learn how to do the same with the Isitri in Troublesome Minds. Keith DeCandido is one of those special people who can be both an awesome writer and an awesome editor. I guess akin to actors who also direct, so they know how to direct actors, Keith is a writer who can edit, so he knows how to edit writers. A rare skill sometimes.

Thanks, Dave!
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    "Romeo & Juliet" by Dire Straits
3 geeks

be a FOO!

My dear friend Orenthal, a.k.a. popfiend (he's the one in the middle in the icon), is having a friending frenzy in his LJ. In particular he wants all the Friends Of Orenthal -- or FOOs for short -- to come out and say hi. And if you're not a FOO, you can become one, as he is both nifty and keen.

So go be a FOO!
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    Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody #2" by the Boston Pops Orchestra

Schott's Miscellany 9 June 2009

Nero, the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors of Rome, committed suicide (68 CE)


StateState nicknameState motto
ALABAMAYellowhammer State; Heart of DixieAudemus jura nostra defendere [we dare defend our rights]
ALASKAThe Last Frontier; Land of the Midnight SunNorth to the Future
ARIZONAGrand Canyon StateDitat Deus [God enriches]
ARKANSASNatural StateRegnat populus [the people rule]
CALIFORNIAGolden StateEureka [I have found it]
COLORADOCentennial StateNil sine Numine [nothing without Providence]
CONNECTICUTConstitution State; Nutmeg StateQui transtulit sustinet [he who transplanted still sustains]
DELAWAREFirst State; Diamond State; Small Wonder; Blue Hen StateLiberty and independence
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIADC; the DistrictJustia omnibus [justice for all]
FLORIDASunshine StateIn God we trust
GEORGIAPeach State; Empire State of the SouthWisdom, Justice, and moderation
HAWAIIAloha StateUa Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono [the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness]
IDAHOGem StateEsto perpetua [it is forever]

The better part of valor is discretion.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
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    "Brain Damage" by the Austin Lounge Lizards