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January 28, 2009

Turn, World, Turn

I have managed to claw myself upright, casting out the demons inside of me that have wracked my body as of late. Okay, there are still a few hangers-on, but I'm confident they'll leave soon.

I see that Realms of Fantasy is closing up shop. I am bummed. Admittedly I don't have to decide any more about resubscribing, but still. I am glad I did actually appear there. I'm sad I won't be able to make a second appearance.

Time to start watching the Magazine Death Pool, to see if it shows up.

January 21, 2009

Your Host

Oh, hi.

Me, enscarfulated
Photo by Cheryl Stiles.

I haz a scarf.

January 20, 2009

The Subject At Hand

Obama's inaugural address (click to enbiggen):

January 16, 2009

DIY Catchiness


Bubblicious from Rex The Dog on Vimeo.

January 15, 2009

Pic O' The Day


Snirched from Andrew Sullivan.

January 14, 2009

Plan To Fail? No, Fail To Plan

Created at ObamiconMe.com
For those of you who actually care about such things, the Obama cover of the latest ish of Amazing Spider-Man (now on sale) is a hideously rare thing, due to the fact that Marvel didn't tell anyone in advance of the news everyone else saw last week. Genius! As a result, most stores have very few copies, and the ones they do have are priced accordingly. At my own fine purveyor of superhero soap operas in pamphlet form, they had two copies they'd gotten in their original order and were asking fifty bucks for a copy. To which, I say: ouch.

Nevertheless, both those sold in the first five minutes, and not to me. One went to a young lady who looked like she'd never set foot in a comic shop before, the other to a large man who had the intensity of someone hoping to make a bundle on eBay a half hour after he left. As for me (and unfortunately for him), there are cheaper copies available there, albeit not that much cheaper.

But wait, all was not lost!

They also had a handful of copies they had acquired from secondary sources. I believe those are either a) other comic shops or b) people who got hold of a box that "fell off the truck." Those would be priced even higher. See previous ouch.

For those of you who do want a commemorative copy, they are planning on releasing a second printing with a slightly different cover (gold background). Those'll be cover price, and will probably stay cover price in value, as there'll probably be a jillion of them. Look nice on your wall, tho'.

As for me, I bought the regular cover issue, the one implying Peter Parker will soon be enjoying a threeway (spoiler: probably not).

January 13, 2009

Thud

Have a fully printed copy of my novel sitting on my desk (Clarification: this is the novel I wrote for the just past NaNoWriMo, not, sadly, one I just finished). It's an impressive little heap. My first instinct was to throw it in the air and roll around on the floor amongst the whiteout, screaming "Whoop whoop whoop whoop."

What? Isn't that yours? Weirdo.

Will be needing to get to reading it soon, to see exactly what I've got and what I can do with it, consulting my copy of So You Wrote A Novel. So Now What? on best practices. But for now, I'll just admire it. Maybe just whoop a couple times.

Whoop whoop.

That's the stuff.

January 12, 2009

Monday Morning Music

I feel as though I am being nibbled by ducks. Walk away, ducks! As The Boy would say. But until they do, let me leave you with this -- well, astounding, really -- song? video? no, vision, in the old-school Bosch meaning of the word: "Hearts A Mess," by Gotye.

(Ganked from Mightygodking.com)

January 07, 2009

(Raises Eyebrow)

January 05, 2009

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, And So Forth

Back at the old workplace. I'm in need of something forged from caffeine, but my choices are limited to either going down to the breakroom and fixing myself a cup of tea (my choices are White Tangerine, English Breakfast, or Lipton's Green Tea), or going to the Coke machine. Decisions, decisions.

Students come back on Thursday. Or rather, classes start on Thursday. There are students here now: one of them just wandered down the hallway past my office.

...Aaand he's wandered out again. Thrilling, eh whot?

All right, tea time.

January 01, 2009

That'll Do, Meme. That'll Do.

Another new year, another chance for improvement. I was wondering what I'd decided last year as my New Year's Resolution (still holds up, I'd say), when I came across the Make Your Own Album cover meme. Those come and go so fast, don't they? At any rate, I clicked the three links to see what I'd get. As it turns out, my random album's title would be "Fight For Your Happiness." There's a resolution for you.