June 15th, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 13 June 2009

Argentine troops surrendered to the British, effectively ending the conflict over the Falkland Islands (1982)


Research by Dr. Eelco Wijdicks on the depiction of comas in movies was published in Neurology in May 2006. Dr. Wijdicks studied 30 films (made between 1970 and 2004) that portrayed actors in prolonged comas, and he concluded that only two films accurately depicted the state of a coma victim an d the agony of waiting for a patient to awaken: Reversal of Fortune (1990) and The Dreamlife of Angels (1998). The remaining 28 were criticized for portraying miraculous awakenings with no lasting side effects; unrealistic depictions fo treatments and equipment required; and comatose patients remaining tanned, muscular, and suspiciously well turned out.

The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.
Bret Harte (1836-1902)
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    "St. James Infirmary" by Louis Armstrong

Schott's Miscellany 14 June 2009

Flag Day


Below are some of the U.S. Code's numerous flag rules: It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously; the flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed; the flag should be displayed in or near every polling place on Election Day; the flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise; the flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling; the flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything; the flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever; no part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform; the flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
Confucius (551-479 BCE)
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    "Human Touch" by Bruce Springsteen
fo' shizzle, rifftrax

quote of the day

"You would think I would be capable of learning. I have thumbs. And yet."

---Mark Waid on his blog, discussing a Twitter-related shitstorm between him and comics gossipmonger Rich Johnston
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    "Champagne and Reefer" by the Rolling Stones & Buddy Guy

on a Monday....

At the local Starbucks trying to finish off Farscape: Gone and Back #4. While I was sitting here, the skies went from clear and sunny and blue to cloudy and overcast to drizzly to pouring rain. Now it's letting up, so I'm hoping this was one of those passing storms, and it'll be dry again soon -- which is good, as I neglected to bring along an umbrella....

On other writerly fronts: Licensor and licensor's agent both like the YA proposal, with a few tweaks, so I have to do some minor revisions and write the three sample chapters. varkat has received the urban fantasy proposal and put it in her queue, and gave me good feedback on the mystery, so I have to revise that proposal and write sample chapters as well. I have to do all this in the next week or so, because once I get back from Charlotte on the 23rd, I have to focus my creative energies exclusively on finishing StarCraft: Ghost: Spectres from then until the end of July (when the book's due).

Cha cha cha.

In the time it's taken me to write this post, the rain has lightened considerably. This is good.
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    "Seal Driver" by Jethro Tull

me, Mark Waid, and Michael Alan Nelson at Heroes Con

A reminder that I will be attending Heroes Con in Charlotte, North Carolina this coming weekend (Father's Day weekend, the 19th to the 21st of June).

I'll be spending most of my time at BOOM! Studios' booth (#514/613) promoting the Farscape comic books, including a convention exclusive Heroes Con variant photo cover edition of Farscape: Strange Detractors #2, limited to 500 copies, which I will happily sign if you purchase one. (Was that grammatical?) Other convention exclusives include special Heroes Con variant editions of Irredeemable #3, The Incredibles: Family Matters #1 and #3, The Muppet Show #3, and Cars: The Rookie #3.

Also present will be fellow BOOM!rats Mark Waid (Irredeemable, The Incredibles, Potter's Field) and Michael Alan Nelson (Hexed, Fall of Cthulu).

More details, including what those variant covers will look like, at this link.
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    "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" by Arlo Guthrie