June 17th, 2009


quote of the day

"Canada is like your attic, you forget that it's up there, but when you go, it's like 'Oh man, look at all this great stuff!'" ---unknown [probably someone in the US, from the sound of it]

Posted by a Dreamwidth user by the handle of "dglenn." Thanks to louiseroho for the heads-up.

Edited to add: aqeldroma informs me in comments that it's a line from standup comic Kathleen Madigan.
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    "State Trooper" by Bruce Springsteen

fun short film

My buddy Alan Kistler (justcomeinalone) has cowritten and cameo'd in a short film that was entered in the "48 Hour Film Festival." Each set of filmmakers is given a profession, a prop, a character name, and a line of dialogue (and also has to pick a genre out of a hat) and then has two days to script, film, and edit the film.

This is the one Alan was involved in, called "The Back Room." The ingredients for this were a character named Ben Grimes, a "professional organizer," a set of keys, and the line "You're not going to believe what I just heard." The genre they picked was "fantasy."

It's a fun little film. Alan's cameo is the guy in the top hat who makes the awful pun. Check it out!
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    "Edge of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks w/orchestra
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snurched from popfiend

What's in your wallet? No, really, what items are actually in your wallet?

My answer:

A bunch of receipts; $4 in cash; some hair ties; two credit cards; a debit card; my driver's license; my membership cards for the American Museum of Natural History, the Klingon Language Institute, Kenshikai Karate, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, FYE, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Borders, and Barnes & Noble; my social security card; my library card; my Rarotonga driver's license that permitted me to drive a scooter; my registration card from a gun range I went to in 2004; my CVS and Stop'n'Shop cards; and my insurance cards.
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    "Telegraph Road" by Dire Straits

Schott's Miscellany 16 June 2009

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho premiered in New York (1960)


The Perfect Gentleman: or, Etiquette and Elegance, published in 1860, lists toasts suitable for various professions. A selection from teh exhaustive list appears below:

a DISTILLER--May he never be out of spirits
a SURGEON--A man who bleeds for his countrymen
a CARPENTER--May he have a warm home and good boarding
a BLACKSMITH--In every speculation may he always hit the nail on the head
a COAL MERCHANT--May his customers be every grate-full
a BOOKKEEPER--May he faithfully keep his books, and may his books keep him
a CART MAKER--May all his wheels be those of fortune

Prose books are the show dogs I breed and sell to support my cat.
Robert Graves (1895-1985)
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    "Is It Just My Fate?" by the Laura Black Band
enemy territory

a nice review of Diplomatic Implausibility in an unexpected place

The latest episode of the Scapecast -- a Farscape podcast -- includes a nice in-depth look at my 2001 Star Trek: The Next Generation novel Diplomatic Implausibility (my first Trek novel). The episode also has a short interview with Ben Browder about his new project, Freeze Frame 4 Vets.

It's episode #83 of the Scapecast. Check it out -- it's on iTunes, as well as the podcast's web site.
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    Scapecast episode #83
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tagged by trillsie

The meme is this: Reply to this meme by yelling "Words!" and I will give you five words that remind me of you. Then post them in your LJ and explain what they mean to you.

However, I'm about to go to Charlotte for several days, and access to LJ will be spotty, as I'll be busy hawking stuff at the BOOM! booth at Heroes Con. So please do not respond...

Having said that, I did respond when trillsie did the meme, and gave me the following words:

writing: I've wanted to write for as long as I can remember. My mother girasole loves telling the story of when I was wee and wanted to put together a "table of con-tens" because that was what books had. At age six, I wrote my first "book," a story called "Reflections in My Mirror," a six-page tale written on construction paper. (I still have it.) Writing is in my blood, in my bones, and in my soul. Luckily for me, I've been able to work out a way to do it for a living. I also seem to be good at it, which is even more lucky, as having this level of passion for something and sucking at it would be soul-destroying.

NYC: I love my home town so very very much. I couldn't possibly live anywhere. There's just so much of everything here, and the city has so many facets, so many different things, that if I lived to be a hundred, I'd never explore all of it. And even if I did, there's always new stuff popping up. Every type of thing, every type of person, is in this city. It's glorious.

connecting: I don't know what it is about me, but I tend to be a bit of a vortex for people. Part of it is a family thing -- the Andreassis (my mother's side) are friendly sorts who tend to talk to and get along with, well, everyone) -- and the Internet has gone and magnified it. (Just today, I was amused to see people from very different parts of my life commenting at each other on Facebook.) Perhaps, though, my favorite description of this particular KRAD phenomenon came from Kevin Killiany in this post from 2008, describing his first memory of meeting me at Shore Leave.

Trek: I have no idea when it started, because I've been watching Star Trek since birth, but Trek has never not been a part of my life. I watched the show obsessively as a kid (Channel 11 showed reruns every weeknight at 6pm), started recording episodes when I got a VCR, played the FASA role-playing game in high school and college, saw every movie in the theatre, voraciously read the novels and comic books, and eagerly devoured The Next Generation and the other spinoffs. When I was a kid, I always wanted to be one of those guys who wrote Trek novels, and sure enough, I got to be that (for which I will always be grateful to John Ordover, for inviting me to write Diplomatic Implausibility in 1999). I don't know what it is about that universe that calls to me, but it always has. (And the novels that I think are my two best were in that universe as well...)

Geek Patrol: It all started when drewshi was living with me and my parents in college, and we started watching an episode of Doctor Who every night. Eventually, he got his own place, and we'd get together once a week to watch fun genre stuff. Others got added to the group -- jafinnola, popfiend, the Lipchick, marinarusalka -- and now two decades later, we still get together as often as we can. We've also done The Chronic Rift together in two different forms -- public access TV show in the 1990s, podcast now. These are my closest friends who have always been there for me, and I can't say enough good things about them or how much I value that friendship.
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    "Matty Groves" by Fairport Convention