July 7th, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 5 July 2009

A shocking new form of bathing attire, the bikini, was first shown at a Paris fashion show (1946)


First held: May 16, 1929 (tickets cost $10; 250 attended)
First televised: 1953 (25th Academy Awards, hosted by Bob Hope)
Most nominations, film: 14--All About Eve 1950) won 6; Titanic (1997) won 11
Most wins, film: 11--Ben Hur (1959); Titanic (1997); The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Most nominations, actor: 12--Jack Nicholson, won 3
Most nominations, actress: 13--Meryl Streep, won 2
Most nominations, director: 12--William Wyler, won 3
Most awards: 4--Katharine Hepburn
Oldest winner, actor: (76 years, 317 days) Henry Fonda, On Golden Pond 1981)
Youngest winner, actor: (29 years, 343 days) Adrien Brody, The Pianist (2002)
Oldest winner, actress: (80 years, 293 days) Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Youngest winner, actress: (21 years, 218 days) Marlee Matlin, Children of a Lesser God (1986)

A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.
James Russell Lowell (1819-91)
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Schott's Miscellany 6 July 2009

Louis Pasteur successfully tested his vaccine for rabies on a boy bitten by a rabid dog (1885)


Fog on the hill
Brings water to the mill,
Fog on the moor
Brings the sun to the door.

COMESSATION--riotous banqueting
"Highgate is often the scene of comessation."
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Shore Leave 31 schedule

Here's my likely schedule for Shore Leave 31 this coming weekend at the good ol' Hunt Valley Marriott:

7-8.30pm: "Charity Roast of Keith R.A. DeCandido," with MC Robert Greenberger, roasters Kirsten Beyer, Kevin Dilmore, Michael Jan Friedman, Glenn Hauman, David Mack, Marco Palmieri, Dayton Ward, and special guest Peter David (Hunt)
10pm-12am: "Meet the Pros," with all the author and editor guests signing whatever you throw in front of us, and I'll have some of my own books and comics for sale as well (Hunt/Valley Foyer)

11am-12pm: Boogie Knights concert, where we'll be taking audience requests (made before the concert) and debuting several new songs including one I wrote and will sing (Valley)
1-2pm: "Ten Years Later, Farscape Continues," with Greg Cox and David Mack (Salon E)
3-4pm: "Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: Wounds," with Ilsa J. Bick and Terri Osborne (Salon A)
4-5.30pm: "Star Trek: Mere Anarchy," with Mike W. Barr, Christopher L. Bennett, Kevin Dilmore, Dave Galanter, Dayton Ward, and Howard Weinstein, where we'll each be reading from one of the chapters in the tale (Salon B)
5.30-6.30pm: "The Chronic Rift Live Podcast," with John S. Drew, and two others TBA, as we do an episode of the Rift live from Shore Leave (Tack)

10-11am: "Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows," with Margaret Clark, Peter David, Kevin Dilmore, Michael Jan Friedman, Jim Johnson, David Mack, Marco Palmieri, and Dayton Ward (Salon E)
11am-12pm: "Writing to Music: The Muse that Inspires," with Greg Cox, Allyn Gibson, Jim Johnson, William Leisner, David Mack, and Scott Pearson (Hunt)
2-3pm: "An Hour with Keith R.A. DeCandido" (Salon A)

I'm listed as being on the Star Trek XI SMACKDOWN!, but that conflicts with the Boogie Knights concert, and there are plenty of folks who can sound off on that one....

Also we're doing an episode of The Chronic Rift from Shore Leave, but as it's scheduled right now, it's opposite both the Wounds and Mere Anarchy panels, so as it stands now, I won't be able to participate....

Edited to add: They moved the Rift to 5.30 so I can be there. We'll be discussing the new Star Trek film.
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chronic rift

The Chronic Rift Spotlight: Rockne S. O'Bannon

This week's installment of "The Summer of the Rift" is an interview with TV writer Rockne S. O'Bannon, the creative force behind Farscape, seaQuest DSV, Alien Nation, and more (as well as my writing partner on the post-finale Farscape comics). The interview is conducted by drewshi and popfiend, two self-described fanboys, who actually conduct an excellent interview in which Rockne talks about all the above-mentioned projects, as well as The New Twilight Zone, Warehouse 13, and more....

You can get the episode off iTunes, or from the Rift web site or podOmatic's Rift page.
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