August 6th, 2009

heart of the dragon


Of a sort, anyhow. I'm at 3157 words and the first chapter is done. It's a prelude of sorts. Have to skip Chapter 2 pending the reception of more season-five scripts (a third of the book takes place in the fifth season), and jump to Chapter 3, which takes place in the past. Having trouble figuring out how to start the chapter. Sigh.

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    "Jesus Christ" by Arlo Guthrie
mace windu, star wars

groaner of the day

From Patrick Nielsen Hayden over on Making Light, under the headline "Life affords few such opportunities":
For complicated reasons, we wound up driving the Hugo Award bases up to Montreal in the trunk of our rented car. (Just the bases, not the plaques; neither we nor our pre-Worldcon house guest Dave Howell, who designed this year’s bases, have any idea who won.)

Right now those bases are still in our car. Soon Dave will come and take them away. But for just a little while, we can truly say to the Worldcon--indeed, to the entire science fiction community--that all your base are belong to us.
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    "Classical Lady" by the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players

Schott's Miscellany 5 August 2009

Neil Armstrong born (1930)


Originally of Moroccan origin, the boléro was introduced to Spain by Sebastian Zerezo in c.1780, and it was quickly adopted as the Spanish national dance. The boléro, like the fandango, is in 2/4 or 3/4 time. Maruice Ravel's one-act ballet crescendo Boléro (1928) is certainly the most famous example of the dance, in part because it was used in the film 10, in which Dudley Moore falls in lust with Bo Derek, but also because it was interpreted by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean when they won the gold in the 1984 Winter Olympics ice dance. The pair score 3 x 6.0 and 6 x 5.9 for technical skill, and 9 x 6.0 for artistic impression.

Nothing is more pleasant to the eye than green grass kept finely shorn.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
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    "We Can Talk" by The Band
sucks, penguin5

John Hughes, RIP

Director John Hughes, the man responsible for such seminal movies as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, Home Alone, and more, died of a heart attack at the age of 59.

Anyone who grew up in the Eighties will be hit hard by this. Ferris Bueller and Breakfast Club in particular remain hugely influential on popular culture. And 59 is too damn young.

*raises glass*
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    "Purple People Eater" by the Austin Lounge Lizards