July 17th, 2009

ghost academy

a StarCraft Thursday

Got some revision notes on Chapter 5 of Volume 1 of Ghost Academy, and continued going through what I've written of Spectres.

Also, did not get a deep-scale cleaning today -- got the appointments mixed up. Today was filling the two cavities on the left side of my mouth. Monday, they get the two cavities on the right. After that will be the deep-scale.

To bed...........
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Schott's Miscellany 16 July 2009

The first test nuclear device was exploded at Los Alamos, New Mexico (1945)


THE SHILL AND THE PROP

In U.S. casino terminology, a SHILL is a player (paid an hourly wage bythe house) who uses the house's money to drum up business by playing at slow tables. Any money made by the shill is returned to the house. In contrast, proposition players, or PROPS, play with their own money (while receiving a small wage), keeping any profits but shouldering their losses. Both shills and props work under the direction of the house staff, who will move them as required from game to game. In many casinos, strict rules exist governing how shills and props may play each game and requiring the house to identify the paid players if so requested.


One cat just leads to another.
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
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progress...

Got through all I'd previously written of Spectres faster than I expected--there was less revising than I'd feared. Next, I spend the weekend finishing it off....

Now, though, I'm off to meet suricattus and go see the H. Potter flick.
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Walter Cronkite, RIP

And that's the way it was....

Walter Cronkite, the finest news anchor in the history of the world, has died at the age of 92. We will never see his like again.

Interestingly enough, the memory of him that comes to mind is one from six years ago, when I attended a dinner of the Heinlein Society at TorCon, the WorldCon in Toronto in 2003. One of the things they showed was an interview that Cronkite did with Heinlein in August 1969, shortly after Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon. The interview was depressing in hindsight, since none of the things Heinlein talked about came to pass, but it was still quite a thing to see.

Rest in peace, good sir. I always felt that, if there was an Almighty who had a male voice, it was Cronkite's.
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BOOM! Studios at San Diego

Here's a full roundup of what BOOM! Studios will be doing at Comic-Con in San Diego next week:

First off, here are the SDCC exclusives that will be on sale at the BOOM! booth (#2543) on the convention floor:
    Kill Audio Preview Book by Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert, and Mr. Sheldon ($5)
    Kill Audio "monotone variant" vinyl figure ($40)
    Farscape Volume 1: The Beginning of the End of the Beginning limited "Scorpius edition" hardcover by Rockne S. O'Bannon, Keith R.A. DeCandido, and Tommy Patterson ($50)
    The Muppet Show limited edition hardcover by Roger Langridge ($50)
    The Incredibles: Family Matters limited edition hardcover by Mark Waid and Marcio Takara ($50)
    Cars: The Rookie limited edition hardcover by Alan J. Porter and Albert Carreres ($50)
    The Incredibles: Family Matters #1 C and D holofoils by Waid & Takara ($20)
    Irredeemable #4 John Cassaday sketch variant by Mark Waid and Peter Krause ($10)

Here's the schedule of BOOM! signings and panels (everything at the BOOM! booth, #2543, unless indicated otherwise):
    Wednesday night through Sunday afternoon: Keith R.A. DeCandido (Farscape), Roger Langridge (The Muppet Show), and Michael Alan Nelson (Fall of Cthulhu, Hexed) will be signing throughout the entire show.

    Wednesday (preview night)
    6-7pm: Disney Pixar signing with Roger Langridge (The Muppet Show), Alan J. Porter (Cars), and Mark Waid (The Incredibles).
    7-8pm: Mark Waid signing (Irredeemable, The Incredibles, Potter's Field)

    Thursday
    11am-12pm: Disney Pixar signing with Langridge, Porter, and Waid
    12-1pm: Mark Waid signing
    12.30-1.30pm: "Indie Comics Marketing 101," with Chip Mosher (BOOM! Marketing Director) along with Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man), Heidi MacDonald (Publishers Weekly), and Sam Humphries (MySpace) [Room 4]
    1.30-2.30pm: "Spotlight on Jerry Robinson," with Mark Waid interviewing legendary comics creator Robinson [Room 4]
    3.30-4.30pm: "Digital Comics Now!" with Chip Mosher, along with Michael Murphey (iVerse), David Steinberger (comiXology), Rantz Hosley (LongBox), and Chris Folino (Catastrophic Comics) [Room 4]
    4-5pm: "Spotlight on Gail Simone," with Mark Waid interviewing Wonder Woman's Simone [Room 5AB]
    6-7pm: Mark Waid signing
    9pm-whenever we fall down: BOOM! Drink Up, hosted by Mark Waid [Manchester Grand Hyatt Lobby Bar]

    Friday
    10.15-11.15am: "Farscape 10th Anniversary," with comics scripter Keith R.A. DeCandido and creator/executive producer Rockne S. O'Bannon, along with Brian Henson (executive producer), Ben Browder (John Crichton), and Claudia Black (Aeryn Sun) [Room 6BCF]
    11am-12pm: Disney Pixar signing with Langridge, Porter, and Waid
    1-2pm: "BOOM! Studios," with co-founder Andrew Cosby, managing editor Matt Gagnon, marketing director Chip Mosher, co-founder/publisher Ross Richie, and editor-in-chief Mark Waid [Room 32AB]
    2-3pm: Mark Waid (Irredeemable) and Rockne S. O'Bannon & Keith R.A. DeCandido (Farscape) signing
    3-4pm: Andrew Cosby and Ed Quinn (Eureka) signing
    3-4.30pm: "Scribe Awards," with Keith R.A. DeCandido receiving a Grandmaster Award, along with Max Allan Collins (GI Joe), Stacia Deutsch (The Dark Knight: The Junior Novelization), Matt Forbeck (Mutant Chronicles), Robert Greenberger (Hellboy: The Lost Army), Nathan Long (Warhammer: Elfslayer), and James Rollins (Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade) [Room 4]
    4-5pm: Claudio Sanchez (Kill Audio) signing
    5-6pm: Mark Waid signing

    Saturday
    10-11am: Disney Pixar signing with Langridge, Porter, and Waid
    11.30am-12.30pm: "Spotlight on Sheldon Moldoff," with Mark Waid interviewing "Shelly" Moldoff [Room 10]
    1-2pm: Mark Waid signing
    2.30-3.30pm: "Farscape Comics by BOOM! Studios," with editor Ian Brill, scripter Keith R.A. DeCandido, and creator/executive producer/plotter Rockne S. O'Bannon [Room 10]
    3.45-4.45pm: Rockne S. O'Bannon and Keith R.A. DeCandido (Farscape) signing
    4-5pm: Claudio Sanchez (Kill Audio) signing
    5-6pm: Mark Waid signing

    Sunday
    10-11am: "The Muppet Show Comics by BOOM! Studios," with writer/artist Roger Langridge and surprise guests [Room 32AB]
    11.30am-12.30pm: Disney Pixar signing with Langridge, Porter, and Waid
    2-3pm: Mark Waid signing
    2-3pm: "The Art of Pixar's Cars," with Alan J. Porter, along with Martin Arriola (Mattel), Ken Chang (Takefiveaday.com), and Ryan Gleason (Mattel) [Room 5AB]

So come on by the booth and by the panels and say hi!
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