May 17th, 2010

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Stupid History 14 May 2010

"Anybody who hates children and dogs can't be all bad" is the perfect quote to embody the comedian W.C. Fields (William Claude Dukenfield), and it's one of his most famous sayings, but he never said it. The actual quote, "Anybody who hates dogs and babies can't be all bad," came from Leo Rosten, the humor writer, who said it when introducing Fields at a dinner.
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snurched from octoberland -- 30 day TV/movie meme!

This is a nifty meme where each day you cite something about movies and about TV for a month. I'll cover Day 1 today, Sunday 16 May 2010 (yes, technically, it's Monday the 17th, but as far as I'm concerned, it's not tomorrow until you go to bed and wake up), then answer Day 2 on the 17th, and so on until mid-June.

So here we go....

Movies: Day 01 - The best movie you saw during the last year

I'm going to pick an odd one: Secondhand Lions. Saw it on DVD and adored it. It's a lovely story about two brothers who are now old men, but who had greatness in their past lives, and now are taking care of a nephew somewhat against their will. It's more complicated than that, but the performances by Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, and an excellent Christian Kane (as the younger version of Duvall) were simply stunning. I strongly recommend this one as a simply charming-as-all-heck movie that will make you smile.

TV: Day 01 - A show that should have never been canceled

I don't like the whole "should" notion here. I mean, an obvious one would be Firefly -- except, honestly, it should have been cancelled because the ratings were crap and FOX was going to lose a lot of money if they kept airing it. Mind you, it was FOX's meddling and last-minute removal of the pilot episode, substituting it with a crap episode that was written over a weekend ("The Train Job"), that was responsible for that lack of viewers, but still, the cancellation itself was due to money factors that are all too common.

No, instead I'm going to go with Young Hercules. A kids'-show spinoff of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena, Warrior Princess, the show got great ratings and was a charming and fun prequel to the other two shows, with the same goofy charm as its adult companion shows. Plus it had lots of Kevin Smith as Ares -- always a good thing. The ratings were also excellent, but it was apparently the victim of changes in upper management at Fox Kids. Sigh.

(And this is only partly because the show was cancelled before my two YH novels came out, thus making their sales really really dismal....)

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SFWA announces the Nebula Awards

SFWA has officially announced the Nebula Awards, which were presented a couple days ago in Florida.

They are:

Novel: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade Books, September 2009)
Novella: The Women of Nell Gwynne’s by Kage Baker (Subterranean Press, June 2009)
Novelette: "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast" by Eugie Foster (Interzone, February 2009)
Short Story: "Spar" by Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld, October 2009)
Ray Bradbury Award: District 9, Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell (Tri-Star, August 2009)
Andre Norton Award: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (Catherynne M. Valente, June 2009)

Additional Honors
Damon Knight Grand Master: Joe Haldeman
Author Emeritus: Neal Barrett Jr.
SFWA Service Award: Vonda N. McIntyre and Keith Stokes
SFWA Solstice Award: Tom Doherty, Terri Windling, and the late Donald A. Wollheim

Congrats to all the winners -- and to the nominees, among them my buddies Laura Anne Gilman (suricattus), Michael A. Burstein (mabfan), John Scalzi (scalzi), and Sarah Beth Durst (sbdurst_blog), among others...
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Stupid History 15-16 May 2010

Hans Steininger was a famous politician in Brünn, Austria, because his beard was longer than he was tall--it was reportedly the longest beard in the world. But his beard's growing days were cut short in 1567 when, while climbing the steps leading to the council chamber, he tripped over his beard, fell down the stairs, and died.
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I can haz katzes!

I know I've been keeping personal stuff out of the blog since terri_osborne and I broke up, and that probably won't change much, but I can say that my living situation is changing and one of those changes involves a) more people living in my apartment than me and b) some of that "more" being animals. *grin*

Last night, three of the four cats who will call this place home came up. The fourth, as well as the dog (a ten-year-old Golden Retriever named Scooter) will come up next week when the final move happens. The three cats have spent the past ten hours exploring the place and trying to figure out where everything is -- like good napping spots and such....

The cats are Newcastle, Jezebelle, Rhiannon, and Sterling -- or, as they're nicknamed, "Newk," "Belle," "Rhi," and "yo, dumbass." The former three are the ones up here, and if they ever stand still long enough I'll post pictures.
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