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Although my usual rants are inspired by my hating an ep that everyone else loved, this one isn't, since a good chunk of my flist seemed to dislike this one too. So it's not so much angry venting as it is just shaking my head at RTD's dumbness and his inability of him to do proper fiction, much less SF.

It's not even about the last 10 minutes, mostly.
(Major spoilers for 4x13: Journey's End, of course)
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Finished: A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Thoughts on the debut of John Carter behind the cut. Not really spoilery. Read more... )
Started and finished: The Fifth Omni Book of Science Fiction (short stories)
Started: Camouflage, by Joe Haldeman

Thoughts on the Omni SF book behind the cut. Not really spoilery. Read more... )
Finished: Otherland: Vol 4: Sea of Silver Light, by Tad Williams
Started: Queen of Mazes, by Karl Schroeder

Thoughts about the whole of the Otherland series behind the cut. Some minor spoilers. Quick thought: liked it more than I thought I would. Read more... )

Other news! I have a new tasty sandwich treat. Mortadella and Caesar dressing. Now, one of my favorite sandwich discoveries of the last decade was Mortadella and Feta Cheese. Very nice, but there's one problem. I have to have Feta. And though I love feta cheese, I don't eat it enough to make it feasible to have it on hand at all times - it's too expensive in small batches and goes bad in large batches. So usually I only get it if my grandmother gives me some from her own batches (she uses it a lot), and so Mortadella and Feta is, although awesome, somewhat rare for me. However, Caeser dressing does a lot of the same good thing - gives it a nice tangy, salty kick, and I can have Caesar dressing all the time. So it is now superior on my list of favorite sandwiches.
(By favorite sandwich discoveries I mean things that I can make easily and for relatively cheaply, not fancy frou frou sandwiches or ones that require 50 steps, no matter how awesome they might be).

In other food news tried a microwave (PC) 'lamb rogon josh' dish today, which was quite nice for a microwave meal. Never had rogon josh before, but it might be worth trying sometime if I get the chance at a real place.

And, haven't mentioned dreams in a while, but there were a couple in the last few days I wanted to get down. One involving something very disturbing from Doctor Who, and another just SF goodness. Read more... )

Oh, and damn you Marvel. You finally decide to do a Runaways What If (What If... The Runaways became the Young Avengers)... and not only do you have to give it to CB Cebulski to write (a guy who seems very nice and apparently likes all my favorite characters, but to whom I've never particularly enjoyed any of his writing), but you make it a BACK-UP story to five other What Ifs I have no interest in. *shakes fist*. I think I'll have to resort to... let's call it magic, to get this story.

Finally, shouldn't there be _some_ standards and accountability with television commercials? I mean, specifically, that when a TV channel advertises something as an "all new episode", should it not _be_ an all-new episode, and if it is not, that commercial pulled and replaced with one that does not use that phrase (or, in the absence of that, some kind of punishment)? I'm speaking specifically of the Comedy Network, which I watch a fair bit, and I constantly see commercials for Corner Gas that start with "ON AN ALL NEW CORNER GAS"... except they're reruns. This year's reruns, sure, but reruns all the same. NOT ALL NEW. YOU DIE NOW. It's not like I'm looking forward to new eps or anything, it's the principle of the thing - if you advertise All New, it had damn well better be all new. It's bad enough when US channels used to advertise something as the "World television premiere" of something that already aired in Canada, but this is another level entirely. I don't actually think they're being deceptive in this case, just lazy (too lazy to redo the commercials from when it was new), but laziness is not an excuse - you're a network, you've got millions of dollars - fix it. *shakes fist*.
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I did a Sci-Fi friending meme a while back, and got some new friends out of it. So, welcome! Maybe I'll try to do one of those intro memes going around in the next little while. One thing you should probably know is I occasionally do big random post full of whatever comes to mind, with few segues.

Done another writing cycle... still working on the same longer story I was doing so last time, and still doing well with it, know generally where I'm going, so that's a relief. It's still pretty rough, of course, but I'm having fun with it.

I hate when ads answer questions I never asked. On the way to work I pass a place where there's a big sign in the window saying, "Yes, we have lemon tarts!" That's a little presumptuous of them, don't you think? How do they know what question I'm asking? Maybe it's "Do you have anything that I can break into your store and steal without you getting mad or pressing charges?"

Speaking of ads, whenever I see a dating website commercial that shows a couple happily in love, I always try to find myself imagining which of them will snap and attempt to kill the other first. Have I become too cynical?

In TV, what's been new? BSG and Doctor Who! (Hey, that's a poem and I didn't know 'em!)
BSG was somewhat disappointing, all in all, both all this year and, to a lesser extent, the finale. It wasn't bad, just, kinda meh. We'll have to see where it goes. I'm still thinking they jumped the shark with the Final Four. I get the impression they got too enamored with OMG COOL NEW IDEAs at some point that they dropped the ball on their previous ongoing plots and won't be able to tie everything up in a fundamentally satisfying way.

Doctor Who, though, wow, that actually turned in a good episode by RTD. Surprising, because his are the episodes that I usually dislike quite a bit, even if I like elements of them. This one, although it had a few rough spots, was overall very well done. (My main problem is that I thought the reactions turned a bit too extreme _too_ fast, at least without invoking alien paranoia-rays), and I don't think I have any reservations in calling it one of RTD's best. And, for that matter, possibly one of the best of the season.

I saw a trailer for the US version of Life on Mars. I didn't really plan on watching it, but was just curious. Now, one of the big rumors is that they're going to redo the whole pilot and recast everybody except the star. Based on the trailer? Wow, I'm hoping the rumor is the exact opposite. Because I can see everything else working in a kitschy sort of way, but the star is _so_ flat. And you do not mess with Colm Meany. You recast something to _get_ Colm Meany, not to get rid of him. Anyway, I probably still won't watch it, regardless of recasting, unless nothing else is on when it premieres, but it's the principle of the thing.

You know you're a comics geek when anytime someone starts talking about 'green living', you instantly suspect them of being Skrulls (or Green Martian, I suppose, for DC fans).
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Nothing worth getting today, so just went to work and went home. And it was actually a pretty good day. Truck came pretty early and so with no comics, got home early too.

At the grocery store (No Frills) I saw something that struck me as a little odd. Avatar: The Last Airbender Action Figures. Now, it's not odd that they exist, seems a standard enough thing to do. It'd odd that they were at the grocery store. And what's more, they were only $3.00 each (and looked to be fairly standard action figure quality). At that price, I almost considered getting some, but although I like the show I'm not a huge fanboy for it (I haven't even seen the first or newest season), and they didn't seem to have all the main characters in their selection (Just Aang/Momo, Sokka, Spirit-Form Aang, and Fire-Nation-Guy-With-Scarface-Who's-Name-I-Can't-Remember), and unless you can get all of them it's no fun, they'd feel lonely. I just wish they would get Marvel or DC superheroes at that price, I might actually pick some up.

Anyway, temperature was nice, and it would have been great reading weather (not that cold ever really stops me), except for one thing. Just the faintest drizzle. Enough to make me not want to read and get the book wet, but not enough to actually enjoy the rained-on feeling. Since I couldn't read, as is my wont, I thought. Among other things I was thinking of that PoG episode and my recurring desire to see PoG back. I think if I was a bolder person and could speak publicly with any skill, I would actually get a decent webcam and try and produce my own show, soliciting video interviews with various SF/Fantasy/Comics people and putting the clips together in shows. I actually sort of plotted it out in my head a bit, maybe going with, instead of shooting up into space, as the host "uploading" myself into a NANCY like satellite, and use the first episode to talk about the Singularity and Transhumanism/Posthumanism in SF and comics (and then different subsequent episodes talking about all sorts of different topics). Call it Prisoners of Matter? Prisoners of Flesh? I dunno. But in my head it seems like a cool idea. Alas, I'm not bolder.

Oh, and also, I'll be boycotting LJ on Thursday Night/Friday, like others on my list. No posts, comments, or even reading LJ. Here's the details, if interested. But when it's over I'll still read everyone's posts. I suppose I'll take the time off and try to work more on editing rather than constantly refreshing LJ to see if anything new is going on.
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Sweet, someone uploaded more Prisoners of Gravity. Okay, only one more ep, but it's a start. Wonder if my praise of the previous ones had something to do with it.

And it's a topic especially near and dear to my heart. Robots and AI! (and it's great because the human host and the AI co-host argue the whole show over which is better Robots or AI)

Links/Interviewee List:

Part One: Gregory Benford (writer of Great Sky River, on Robots vs AI), Nancy Kress, George Zebrowski, Douglas Adams (writer of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy on Marvin the Paranoid Android)
Part Two: a young Frank (WHORES!) Miller (on Robocop), Robert J. Sawyer (on AIs in Golden Fleece, whether and how AIs think, biological chauvenism), Donald Kingsbury (author Courtship Rights, on the speed and miniturization ability of AIs), Gregory Benford, George Zebrowski again, Garfield and Judith Reeves-Stevens (ST book authors, on lack of AIs in Star Trek in general and Data)
Part Three: Brian Fawcett (SF critic), Judith Merrill, Gregory Benford again, Pamela Sargent (Behind the Eyes of the Dreamers), Lewis Shiner

In sadder SF news, Arthur C. Clarke is dead.
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Done another writing cycle, and a little early. It's a bit odd, because there were two things I complained about this week: 1) I didn't have any new ideas I was particularly interested in so I was probably going to have to force the writing on older stuff, and 2) Most of my writing tended to be a little longer in word count than most magazines are interested in. However, I not only worked completely on new stuff, I also finished a story in just a smidge over 3000 words. Yay me! (The other thing I worked on was a little forced-writing though).

It's a bit odd how the finishing one worked, too. Because of 1), while I was on the way to work one day, I said to myself, "Self, you need a new idea to write. Expand your horizons." Okay, I didn't actually say it in those words, but that was the gist of the thought. So I decided I'd experiment. I'd try to come up with the silliest idea I could think of in the next few seconds, and see if I could build a story about it. And I thought of a silly idea very quickly, and thought about it, and thought of a way it might not be totally silly after all. Now, of course, that was just the 'science fictional' germ of an idea. I didn't have anything else, nor know exactly what to build a story around. So when it came time to write, I basically just started with two simple character ideas and no idea where I was going. That's usually not a recipe for great writing for me, but in this case, it worked spectacularly. It was one of those beautiful writerly moments where the story revealed itself to me more or less naturally as I was writing it, to the point where I actually had a point where I essentially went, "Holy crap, (so and so is happening behind the scenes) and this is the story of how the narrator (first person) learns about it." So I was able to finish it up pretty easily. It wasn't a complex story, maybe a little obvious, but I'm rather pleased with it all the same. Oh, it still sucks and needs a great deal of revision, but it sucks less than much of my other work and I may try to polish it up and send it off next when my other story gets rejected.

I've mentioned many times my nostalgic love of the old Canadian TVO program "Prisoners of Gravity". It was a show where the host would interview various creators of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Comics. It's a bit kitschy (see the opening cartoon) but holds a dear place in my thought and have always thought more people should know about it. Well, I happened to do a search again and to my surprise, at least a few episodes now appear to be up on Youtube. Only 4 so far, alas. But, I've been watching them this afternoon, and I share! If you're a fan of written SF in particular, watch (each link's about 10 minutes in length)!

Amnesia/Total Recall: An episode devoted to how the loss of memory or perfect memory is dealt with in various spec-fic.

Part 1: David Cronenburg talks about his attempt to write the adaptation of We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (what eventually became Total Recall), Walter John Williams talks about Voice of the Whirlwind, C.J. Cherryh about memory, particularly in Heavy Time, Harry Harrison on The Turing Option.
Part 2: Pat Cadigan on Fools, and Korsikov's Syndrome. Nancy Kress on Brain Rose, Kim Antieau on "Another Country", Samuel R. Delany on Dhalgren
Part 3 (the eidetic memory part): Ray Bradbury on his own claimed eidetic memory, Megan Lindholm on Alien Earth,
Terry Pratchett on Small Gods

(other links/summaries will be behind the cut to save flists)
The Tolkien episode: Different fantasy authors/comics creators/artists talk about Tolkien's influence on them and the field in general. Read more... ), Science and Technology, pros, cons, definitions of SF and fantasy, science vs magic, other views, etc: Read more... ), Writers talk about Fans and Fandom: Read more... )
And it's not a whole ep, just to complete the youtube collection, here's a clip from PoG of Alan Moore and Steve Bissett talking about Swamp Thing and Metamorphosis in comics in general
Not my favorite of the episodes (though the Amnesia one I quite liked, and the second part of the fans one with Ellison and Gaiman was pretty cool), but still a blast from the past. I've said it before, and I'll say it again... I really wish there was a show like this now.

Book Foo

Oct. 16th, 2007 10:31 pm
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Finished: Blindsight, by Peter Watts
Started: Slow River, by Nicola Griffith (Nebula Winner)

Thoughts on Blindsight behind the cut. Mostly non-spoilery, but there may be a few bits in there, mostly for the general concept.
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The book's also one of very few I read that I can actually just post a link directly to it, since the author made it available online. This was in fact the only way I heard of it. It was BoingBoinged and I was bored so I read the first chapter and it hooked me enough to want to buy the book to read the rest (since I don't care for reading online long term). So, anyway, if at all interested, here's a link to the complete text of Blindsight by Peter Watts
Blindsight of course was up for a Hugo this year, but lost out to Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge, which I've also read. Of course, it would be crass to turn it into a game of "which should have won". So, let's be crass! Read more... ) Of course, I haven't read any of the other nominees (but Glasshouse is on my short list to read)

Just started Slow River, but haven't got far enough into it to form any preliminary opinion.
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So, finally my net is back up, too. For the last few irritating days, while it would be incorrect to say I had no net, it was functionally true. Every page I hit, I had approximately a 10% chance every refresh of it loading, and even then, most of the images, etc, each had their own 10% chance. So annoying. I'm really starting to think that the net has become a prosthetic to my mind, because I feel so lessened without it. Want to know something, just look it up, instantly... oh, I can't. Woe is me.

Anyway, moving on. New Comic Day today (delayed a day due to Labour Day)! This week I got one book:

New Warriors #4 (pretty good).

Full reviews up as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Pretty hot day out today.

Oh, and, I'll do some Book Foo too...

Finished: Accelerando, by Charles Stross
Started: Pandora's Star, by Peter F. Hamilton

Thoughts on Accelerando behind the cut (not terribly spoilery, but some minor plot elements talked about). Overall, really enjoyed it.

I often find finishing a book feels like finishing a meal. Some you don't feel it so much.. it's just fuel, even if you enjoyed it. But some are like this, they touched on and satisfied a craving inside you may not have even know you had, and so where after you're done you feel the need to sit back and savor, and think, "Mmmmmm, Accelerando."
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Book Foo!

Sep. 4th, 2007 01:29 pm
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Finished: Cyteen, by CJ Cherryh
Starting: Stations of the Tide, by Michael Swanwick

Cyteen wasn't as bad as I feared it would be. When it started, I feared I was bouncing hard off it. (More behind the cut, relatively spoiler light)
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So, this leaves me with one Hugo winning novel left to read. Over the past weekend, the Hugo Awards were announced, and Vernor Vinge's novel Rainbows End won for Best Novel (in other news, Stephen Moffat won Short Form Dramatic Presentation for "The Girl in the Fireplace", so good on him). It was the only one of the nominees I read (thoughts were here), but not the only one I planned to, and despite liking it and not having read the others, I was kind of hoping either Blindsight, by Peter Watts (Torontonian and I liked the first chapter I read online enough to want the book), or Glasshouse, by Charlie Stross (based on my liking Accelerando, which I'm nearly done with) would win (both for the reasons given and also I have a tendency to root for people who haven't already won yet). Ah well. Glasshouse won the Libertarian SF award.

Anyway, just one to go, then I have to work on finishing up the last few Nebula-winners. Well, technically speaking, I _just_ have to finish up the last few Nebula-winners, as the last Hugo holdout is in fact a Nebula Winner as well (The Paladin of Souls, by Lois McMaster Bujold). But once I finish that last one, I just have to maintain it by buying the newest winner every year.
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Not a whole lot _to_ be watching. I've already posted on the TV pilots I've seen, and those are really all the ones I'm particularly interested in seeing early. The others I'll just wait until they come on TV.

So what else is there during the summer? Well, I haven't downloaded any of the new Dead Zones, 4400s, or Flash Gordon to check out, and they haven't started airing here, so all that's left is reality tv, which I don't particularly feel like talking about, reruns, which don't deserve much talking about, and a handful of new (or new to me) stuff.

1) Masters of Science Fiction. Limited run anthology show of adaptations of short science fiction into one hour episodes. Stellar idea. Wonderful. There are hundreds of short stories out there that would make awesome one hour episodes. Hell, you could even do one ep that's a bunch of short short science fiction, each a few minutes in length (like "They're Made Out Of Meat").

Execution? ... Well, they've aired four out of six produced, and it looks like that's all that's going to be aired. Read more... )
So its a little disappointing that they took a great idea for a series, and so completely wasted the opportunity.

If I were going to do this, and I had an order of 6, just 6 to do? Off the top of my head (and cutting off ones that were already adapted reasonably well several times or are likely to have major rights issues because they're tied up with movie properties):
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I've also been working my way through Classic Who. See, aside from some very dim memories of childhood, I started Who with the first Doctor, Hartnell, and watched up until the start of Pertwee. After that, the station that was airing them didn't think it was cost effective to buy anymore episodes. So, I've been gradually trying to finish up Pertwee. I'm not done yet, but I'm close. Read more... )

Commercials I hate! There's this sprint commercial where they sing out "ladies and gentlemen," followed by various flight instructions, all being sung as though by a choir, while the scene shows people interacting on their PDA or some. But the singing really irritates the hell out of me, and it's on all the bloody time. It's gotten to the point I have to mute it when I hear the first bit of it. DIE DIE DIE, whoever made that commercial, and allowed it to be produced.

Now to books. First:
Finished: Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (Reread)

I've read it several times already so no new comments really. I still quite enjoy it and it sweeps me up into the story every time.

Started: Scatterbrain by Larry Niven
and
Accelerando by Charles Stross.

Scatterbrain is a collection of short stories, excerpts from his novels, and some essays, a lot of which is concentrated on 'process'. Still, a lot of it feels like adds for his other books. I think I'd feel cheated if I paid more than $2 for it, but since I got it discount, I am enjoying some of the insight he gives on the process of his writing, and particularly the process of collaboration.

Oh, speaking of $2 books, I found First Meetings in the Enderverse by Orson Scott Card for $2 the other day and so I snapped it up. It's just a few short stories, one I already have (Investment Councilor, with his first meeting with Jane), the original novella format of Ender's Game (which I'd never read before... it was okay but I much prefer the novel), and two short stories dealing with Ender's parents. Wouldn't have bothered at full price, but it's nice to have at a discount.

Now, on to a meme! Books and reading meme from [livejournal.com profile] soleta_nf...
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And finally, to move off of reading and on to writing, I've finished the basic writing of the workshop thing I'm working on, the one with steampunkish elements. It clocked in at about 9600 words. Oops. I guess I got a little carried away. Anyway, I still need (badly) to edit (it's awful, but I think it can be made less awful), and I still love the basics of it even if my implementation sucked.

I'll also probably whittle a shorter version down for workshop posting (since they tend to expect shorter submissions), and leave the longer one as an optional, but I'll post both.

The tentative title is Steampunk Allie and the Omniscope.
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My thumb's sore. And not quite as opposable as usual. Am I devolving down the evolutionary chain? Or perhaps I just hurt it playing Ultimate Spider-Man. Probably the latter.

This year, I'm going to try really hard not to post a depressed, ranty, V-Day post. Because really, it's all been said.

Features I wish LJ had (or if they already do, I wish I knew how to do it):
1) Browse posts to a community written by a specific person. Mostly this is so I can track down some of my old posts, but sometimes I might want to see what someone else has posted before.

2) Apply tags to your friends list. A lot of times I watch, say, Supernatural a couple days later than everyone else, and lots of my flist post about it that first night. I don't want to backtrack 3 pages to find the posts about it, or go to everyone's individual journal and read back (as I ususall do), I'd rather just say 'okay, let's look at 'tag supernatural' on my friends lists. Though I realize it'd probably be a lot more complicated to code than basic tagging (depending a little on how the flist is implemented), it would still really improve my LJ experience.

Book Foo:

Finished: Big Planet, by Jack Vance
A Fire in the Sun, by George Alec Effinger

Some thoughts, minimal spoilers, behind the cut.
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Started: Hyperion, by Dan Simmons (Thursdays and Sundays) (reread)
Stardoc, by S.L. Viehl (Wednesdays)

Random cracky crossover idea. Yet another thing I'm not going to write, and I'd be surprised if nobody else has come up with it yet, but I've been playing around with it in my head a little. One of them is Supernatural.
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One of my minor goals in life is to have the adjective 'intrepid' prefixed to whatever description of me someone gives. I mean, sure, intrepid explorer would be great, or intrepid astronaut, or intrepid post-apocalyptic drifter would be awesome. But I'd settle for 'intrepid manual labourer'. Or 'interpid slacker' or 'intrepid layabout'. I think I've just typed intrepid way too much.

Some TV thoughts. Spoiler-Free.
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Oh, speaking of TV, here's a quick list of the SF-related pilots for next year's TV. My thoughts:
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Life update: Apartment hunt continues. No luck yet. I hate moving.
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So I just finished watching the Sci-Fi channel miniseries (also aired on Space), The Lost Room.

Some thoughts behind the cut (not very spoilery except for the basic plot description).
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In summary: I liked it quite a bit. I'd recommend checking it out on a rerun or by... other means you can acquire it if you haven't seen it.
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All the news that's fit to print but that has nothing to do with reality!

PerExWriMo update: Going more or less on pace, Read more... )

Word count is about 13.5k (that is, total for PerEXWriMo, rather than the particular story I'm on now, which is just over 6k).

Dream Foo: Read more... )

TV: Lessee, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Veronica Mars, Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, Torchwood.

Minor spoilers for the latest episodes, but nothing too big I think.
Read more... )

Book Foo!
Finished: When Gravity Fails, by George Alec Effinger

For those not aware (or paying attention if I described it in a previous post), WGF is a cyberpunk crossed with a noir detective book about a guy in an Arabic ghetto who has to track down a murderer.

Overall, I quite enjoyed it. Read more... )
Started: Ilium, by Dan Simmons

About the Trojan war reinacted on Mars by gods, AIs, and a decadent post-human society.

And of course, Still Reading: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, by J.K. Rowling (Wednesdays, should be finished this week).
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First up, Dream Foo! Read more... )

Spoiler-light TV bits: Veronica Mars, Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Torchwood
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I created my very first Wikipedia page this weekend. I've done some minor edits before, but this is the first time I've created a whole page. It will no doubt interest nobody on my friends list, of course. Anyway, what happened was, while I was rereading the Grainger/Hooded Swan books, I did a wiki search for it, like I tend to do for most series I read. Only to come up empty. Not only has barely anybody I talk to heard of it, nobody'd created a page for it. So, I did. I'll probably be adding a little more to it as time goes on. It's an interesting feeling, adding to the sum total of human knowledge on the internet. And the editing was remarkably easy, I've never actually looked into how to edit a wiki before a couple weeks ago. I'll probably be doing more of it when I see something that needs doing. I'm a wikiconvert!

Speaking of writing (but from another angle), I don't think I'm going to do NaNoWriMo. Can't come up with a plot I want to use on it, and I don't want to 'waste' any of the plots I've got stored up on it (I put waste in quotes because I don't technically think it's a waste, but I fear that if I do the style of writing NaNo requires and it sucks I won't be able to write the story again. If I'm to do it, I need a plot that I can feel good using only for it). Also the time issue is a worry. I don't really feel up to writing on days that I work, so that means I'd have to extra load it on the other days, and all that in addition to doing things like my [livejournal.com profile] alternaljournal which is certainly a type of writing, but wouldn't count towards words.

Ehh. Anyway, to do my best to keep the spirit of NaNoWriMo, I'm going to resolve to do the following (whether I actually do it is another matter, but I'll resolve it here and either do it or fess up to not doing it): Read more... )

Apparently we're getting pretty close to being able to play our first Cybergeneration (tabletop) game, so that should be cool.

Now, let's see, is there anything actually new in my life, as opposed to the various ways I escape reality?... Hmmm, nope, not really that I can think of. But then, why would it? About the only chance I have to meet anyone new would be either at work or in chance encounters. And, well, why not, some social interaction to report: Read more... )
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Here's a heaping helping of randomness.

One of my fingers has been bothering me lately. Read more... )

Monday was Thanksgiving. Read more... )

Recently found on BoingBoing this bit about a CBC radio program where they discuss the idea that certain things classified as 'disorders', including autism and psychopathy aren't really such, but in fact 'different ways of being human', and particularly as (perhaps first steps towards) human speciation. I'm mainly just including this here to store the link so I don't have to dig through BoingBoing's archives to find the links when I have time to actually listen. But there is something in the BoingBoing article itself that appeals to me. Read more... )

Some TV thoughts. Lost, Jericho, Heroes, Veronica Mars, Grey's Anatomy, Battlestar Galactica, LOST. All talking about recent episodes, but I'm going to be relatively spoiler lite (by which I mean no 'big' revelations, but some incidental minor things, though), so it should be safe even if you haven't seen them, since I'm mostly talking about my own impressions. Oh, wait, there is _one_ icon from Veronica Mars behind the cut, and it's a little spoilery for S3, episode 2. But it was just too funny not to do. Read more... )

And now onto Book foo!
Finished: Dies the Fire, by S.M. Stirling (reread)
Thoughts and quote behind cut: Read more... )

Also finished: Swan Songs: The complete Hooded Swan Collection, by Brian Stableford (reread)

Since this is really five books in one, I'm going to do a quote or two from each. And there will be some spoilers, but let's face it... I've only talked to one person online who's even heard of it, and no one who's read it, so I'm not under any delusions any of you are going to read it. Hell, I doubt most people'll even be reading the quotes. So I'm just amusing myself with bits of it I liked. But hell, I'm still leaving out any big spoilers, just in case.Read more... )

Started: The Protector's War, by S.M. Stirling (Fridays and Sundays)
Appleseed, by John Clute (Wednesdays)

TPW is the sequel to DTF, and the reason I reread DTF. Appleseed is a book I got for $2 in the 'last call' bin at a bookstore. Haven't really gotten far enough into them to give any more thoughts than that. Oh and I was wandering through the bookstore and looked again at Ilium, by Dan Simmons. Anyone on my flist read it and have any (non-spoilery) thoughts? I liked the Hyperion series by the same author, but too much mythological content (particularly when it's 'indistinguishable from fantasy') sometimes turns me off for some reason, and I fear Ilium might tread on that.

Anyway, this concludes another edition of HUGE RANDOM POST.
newnumber6: (runaways)
So, on Saturday I went to a wedding. Read more... )

As mentioned above, my roommates and I have been seriously talking about getting another RPG game going. Read more... )

Prison Break, Heroes, and 4400 tonight. Woot. (No, not you [livejournal.com profile] woot, just a general woot).

This morning I've been idly considering trying NaNoWriMo 'officially' for the first time, since I don't have school or XET to worry about this November. Normally I just sort of promised to myself that I'd try to write a little more that month. Well, technically speaking I probably still wouldn't be 'official' since I loathe signing up for things, but that I'd actually be trying to do a 50,000 word novel rather than having no specific goal and just continuing to add a little here and there to my short stories or longer term projects. Of course, I still have my [livejournal.com profile] alternaljournal to keep up with and November I plan to be a 'mission month', so I'd have to be writing more of that too, to keep up, and that would take time from and not contribute to my hypothetical NaNoWriMo. Hmm. Well, I'll think about it some more.

Oh, and for anyone still wondering - that convention I went to back a month ago where I met Morena Baccarin and theoretically took her picture? Yeah, there'll be no pictures forthcoming, somehow the camera lost all of them (see, I always said my face would break any cameras!). Ah well.
newnumber6: (rotating)
So, some of you might have noticed (particularly by some of my icons) that I have a soft spot for crossovers, even cracktastic ones. So, after the super-team one I couldn't resist...

The Ultimate Space-Opera Crew!

My challenge to you is: Similar to the super-team challenge, assemble a starship and crew from your various space-based fandoms. However, you can only use each fandom once (but given how few space based TV shows, you can count different shows or movies set in the same universe as different fandoms, so long as they don't share a large number of main characters). You can also use books, if you so desire. For comics, Marvel Universe as a whole counts as one fandom, DC Universe as another, and other comic universes as separate ones, but the characters should have some space connection.

Choose:
1) Your Ship: Choose any space ship you want, but it should be big enough to hold your crew, and choice of ship might influence what members of your crew you need (if your ship has no weapons, a weapons officer isn't needed, and if your ship needs someone with telepathic powers to fly it, you should have one of those). Characters who are directly integrated into the ship itself (an onboard AI, or physically attached like Pilot in Farscape) are included, but nobody who could have a destiny separate from the ship.

2) Your Crew:
Each member of your crew must also come from a different fandom (however, you can use the same _character_ in more than one role, it's your crew. You can also use multiple people sharing the same role, so long as each individual on your crew comes from a different fandom).

Exactly what roles you need to fill is up to you, but here are some suggestions:
a) The Captain
b) First Officer
c) Pilot(s)
d) The Tactical/Weapons Officer
e) The Doctor
f) The Science Officer
g) The Alien (the one whose role in the story is to reflect and comment on humanity from an outside perspective. This could be an actual alien, a robot, or some kind of particularly odd human)
h) The Everyman
i) Soldier-type(s) for planetary missions and in-ship fighting

Every member of your crew should, in their existing fandoms, have had some experience on a spaceship of some kind. But this is an internet game and people will break rules all the time.

3) Your Mission: The mission statement for your crew should doesn't have to come from a SF fandom, but you should have one that makes sense for your characters and your ship.

4) (Optional) Any explanations for how and why they got together.

My choices: Read more... )
newnumber6: (rotating)
Yep, here we go again. Guess I had a lot to say these last few days...

First, just got back from the Taste of the Danforth, where I had Gyros. I had to include that, because gyros do not go without comment. Mmmmmmmm, gyros. Actually, I had more than that. I had _2_ gyros, some zelnic (cheese pie. Well, technically I think it can refer to either the cheese or onion or spinach pie, but I had the cheese cause I don't like the other two), and some Loukamades (honey balls). Mmmm. Although I do have one bone to pick with the second gyro. The greeks encourage attempts to innovate, but the gyro is a delicate balance, and lettuce does not belong in the balance. It throws off the flavour medly, and turns something from 'awesome meal' to 'tasty but could be better'.

Next topic! Relativity, Time Dilation, and Communications Across The Gulf of Stars
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Meme stolen from [livejournal.com profile] anomilygrace... 10 random questions
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Some thoughts on recent terrorism plots and the reaction to it (cut and pasted from a forum thread where I also posted it):
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Dream Foo. Short one. Involves someone on the flist! Read more... )

Thoughts on Stargate SG1 and Atlantis, episode 5 of current season. Some spoilers.
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newnumber6: (runaways)
Well, the networks have announced their fall TV schedules (here's a good one-stop site where you can look at all of them), so I've done my regular lookthrough for new shows that grab my attention, as well as watching out for moves of old shows.

Of renewals, Veronica Mars is the only one that really concerned me, it was on the bubble and I'm glad it's coming back, even if I haven't yet seen season 2 yet. Other shows on my watch list that are returning either were pretty well guaranteed or I don't care enough about even if they might be mildly interesting. Some shows are moving around on the schedule, but I think I can make it all work.

New shows, however, two of my early 'this show could be cool, pay attention' shows made it. Heroes about ordinary people discovering they have superhuman powers. Here's a semi spoilery outline listing the cast of characters including their abilities. Looks like a good cast and I have a good feeling about this one.

Also new there's Jericho about a small town in America cut off from the rest of the country after some kind of nuclear apocalypse. Jericho stars Skeet Ulrich, the male Johnny Depp, who was in Miracles.

Of minor interest due to casting, from Firefly both Gina Torres and Adam Baldwin have series on the slate. Gina Torres is in the FOX hostage negotiation drama Standoff, which doesn't sound terribly interesting to me, and Adam Baldwin is in an ABC midseason replacement show Day Break, which is about a person who relives the same day over and over again. So like Groundhog Day, only stretched out into a whole series, and a drama. I don't think Baldwin plays the rerunner. Dunno how good that show can be, the format seems like it could get old very fast. Oh, and of course Inara will be on Stargate SG-1 this season in a recurring role, so the Firefly cast is doing fairly well.

Sadly a noshow on the schedule was Untitled Zombie Project, a proposed one hour drama about survivors of a zombie apocalypse. Mmmmm, zombies. But I guess the world's just not ready for a weekly zombie TV series. Yet.

Of course all of this doesn't count the cable networks, but since I'll usually have to wait a while or download to get them anyway, I don't have to worry about them.

So, here's my breakdown night by night (for fall): Read more... )
newnumber6: Ghostly being (Default)
Haven't done one of these in a while. Random post! Segues limited or absent!

Rants: Ice cream, linking etiquette )
There are a few commercials lately that have been annoying me: Read more... )

Non Ranty Randomness:
Forgot to add this in my Book Foo post, but one other thing about Deepness in the Sky that kinda amused me. I think it'd be cool to make a movie of it. Read more... )

Oh yes, and Book Foo! Finished: On The Beach, by Nevil Shute
Started: The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
. Thoughts on OTB behind the cut. Read more... )

Friending Memes! Participated in a multifandom friending meme and a Firefly friending meme, got a couple new friends out of them I think, so hey new friends!

Oh, and again nothing much to report on the social interaction front today, Read more... )

Survey Memes and such!
The survey of fives (and a ten), stolen from [livejournal.com profile] redlantern2051...
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6 Weird Habits About Myself (stolen from [livejournal.com profile] nardasarmy.. Read more... )

Today I had a banana for a snack after lunch. I don't eat bananas too often. Once in a while I get a craving. Anyway, the point of it is that this is the first time since I read this article on BoingBoing that I've had to peel a banana. So, thinking of it, I tried it the monkey's way, pinching the 'end' and then peeling it from there, using the stem to help hold it. OMG it's so much easier.

Random question: Why are sails usually white? Is it just because the best material to make them is usually white? Is there tradition associated to the color? Is there a functional reason? Am I completely wrong about them being usually white in the first place?

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