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September 30, 2008

Exploiting The Woe Of Another

Jim Hines's recent post of woe called to my attention that, through the power of Amazon's Search Inside the Book feature, my poem "Under the Garden in Dreams" in Electric Velocipede #13 received an honorable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008. Woo!, etc. That's twice now I've received mentions, both times for poetry. What up with that?

At any rate, thanks, Jim! Um, sorry about all your woe.

September 29, 2008

More Shouts Out

And now a happy birthday to my mom. Happy Birthday, Mom! Also, total sympathies to my sweetie, who is home sick with a cold. Boo, colds! (It could also be some sort of stealth allergy that creeps up on you and mugs you in your sleep, but who can say?)

September 27, 2008

I Hope Stewart Will Get A Cameo

This should be amusing: Stephen Colbert and Spider-man join forces. No, really. Issue #573, which I think comes out at the end of October. I don't think this'll bring in that many new readers, as I suspect comic book readers would tend to be a liberally inclined lot, excluding their conservative viewpoints on continuity, but still. Best team-up since Spider-man combined forces with the original cast of Saturday Night Live. No, really.

September 26, 2008

Didn't Think That Was Coming

Friday Night Fights, Psychic Edition:

From Excalibur v1 #3, written by Chris Claremont, penciled by Alan Davis, and inked by Paul Neary. Marvel Comics, 1988.

Love that bodysuit.

September 25, 2008

Happy Birthday, Dad

On a much happier note, I'd like to wish my Dad a happy birthday today! Hope you've had a good one! I'll call when I get home.

The Crisis Has Passed...Or Has It?

Last night 300 spam comments came in, with 100% of them being caught by the moderation filter. That doesn't even count the ones that were automatically killed due to prohibited terms. HAHAHAH! Where is your First Amendment now? HAHAHAH!


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The local gas crisis (and by local, I mean where I live) seems to have passed. The corner station had gas last night and they have gas again this morning, along with the station across the street from them. It's been well over a week since that last happened, so I think things are getting back to normal.

Of course, the way they fixed this in the metro area is they temporarily removed the EPA requirement for low sulfur burning gas only. They were talking about this on the news; twenty years ago there were three types of gas: regular, premium, and super-premium. Now there are 41. The original three, along with their variations: low sulfur, ultra low sulfur, high rainbows, extra crispy, with bleach, with anti-oxidants, with riboflavin, all-natural organic, cherry flavored, and skrull flavored. Mmm, skrull.

You can see why this would be a problem. All these variations means that the oil refined gets split into a lot more types than before. The smart thing to do would be to mandate low sulfur or whatever is the "cleanest" and that's all they make. There are probably a lot of objections to this, not the least of which would be from the refineries, who would fight it in court. The cleaner stuff is almost certainly harder to make, which means it's more expensive to make, which eventually will translate a lower end-year bonus for their executives. But it would help limit the ability of another major league hurricane that chose to rampage through the gulf (or elsewhere, if off-shore drilling starts up again) to cause economic ripple effects throughout the rest of the country. Surely that's enough of a reason, right? Lower bonuses are okay, right? You don't need that third BMW, right? Right? Guys?

Hm. Now I'm all cynical again. Time for a cup of tea. With lemon!

September 23, 2008

Old Gray Toyota, Ain't What She Used To Be

It's a bad sign when you go out to put some gas in your car, only to discover that the ten closest stations to you are all empty. Some of them have been that way for days. Anyone know of a WikiHow on converting a car to a horse and buggy?

Am I worried? No. But I'm not not worried.

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In slightly more cheerful news, I got my contributor's copy of A Field Guide To Surreal Botany, edited by the frabjuous Janet Chui & Jason Erik Lundberg. It looks great, you two. You should be very proud. I know I am.

September 22, 2008

Monday Again?

My morning class was amusing in an annoying kind of way. Or you could say they were annoying in an amusing kind of way. I can't fault them, really, since they did make me laugh, but I was also filled with a strong urge to shake my fist at them and say, "Listen you!"

Later I plan on telling them to get the hell off my lawn.

September 19, 2008

Fight Like A Pirate

It's International Talk Fight Like A Pirate Day! Arr!:

From The Uncanny X-Men #153, written by Chris Claremont and illustrated by Dave Cockrum, Joe Rubinstein, Joe Rubinstein, & Glynis Wein. Marvel Comics, 1982.

See other "Arrs!"

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With regard to zombies, here's an interesting question posed to the straight dope:: How would the U.S. military fight a zombie army?

Let's see, who are the others I'm supposed to cover? Ninjas? Robots? Bears? Angels? Robot ninja angel bears? It's so hard to keep track.

September 18, 2008

Part Of The Meme Crowd, I Am

Via, well, lots of people:
* Take a picture of yourself right now.
* Don't change your clothes, don’t fix your hair...just take a picture.
* Post that picture with NO editing.
* Post these instructions with your picture.

Also, since I'm in a two for one kind of mood:

When you see this, post another Buffy quote in your LJ. Let's see how long this can go on.

"You ruined my new jacket! Kill him A LOT!"
Amilyn, after getting his arm ripped off. Yes, it's from the movie. PSYCH!

September 17, 2008

Context, Bah

From this morning's PeopleSoft Expenses, Travel & Reinbursements UPK Training quiz:

6. What is the purpose of the Hotel Wizard?

September 12, 2008

That Girl's Trouble

It's your basic meet-cute:

From Amazing Spider-Man #194, written by Marv Wolfman and illustrated by Keith Pollard & Frank Giacoia. Marvel Comics, 1979.

Be careful what you ask for.

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There's a'doin's a'transpirin' at the Day Job. Hospitalized employees, an unofficial job freeze, a budget crisis, and the impending doom of a hurricane: all of these ingredients blend together to make a heady stew of Sweet Jeebus, Now What?

To sum up: gah.

September 11, 2008

On This Day

As it is all too often, others say what I think. Quite a timesaver, really.

September 09, 2008

Don't Forget To Duck

There's something to be said for an unscheduled vacation. No, I didn't go anywhere, unless you count trips to such locations such as the library, the grocery store, and the daycare. It was just an unscheduled "nothing to say" kind of break. My apologies to the six of you who come by on a regular basis.

(Actually, the daycare can be kind of exciting from time to time, considering Ian's class is currently mastering the skill known as "the overhand throw." Some of them are rather impressive.)

Hey, look. Writing news: 54 day short say nothing rejection from Weird Tales.