Some issues with lines but … not the zoo it was last year. Maybe I am better at navigating it; maybe they’re working out the kinks. Regardless, a great con this year – the highlights for me were the urban fantasy and ya panels and the bigscreen finale of Doctor Who.
… I’m at San Diego Comicon 2010:
Cool, eh? I’m not making any appearances or doing any signings, but I am soaking it all in and working hard on the draft of Dakota Frost Book 3, LIQUID FIRE.
Found while researching the next Dakota Frost trilogy…
This place in Uzbekistan is called by locals “The Door to Hell”. It is situated near the small town of Darvaz. The story of this place lasts already for 35 years. Once the geologists were drilling for gas. Then suddenly during the drilling they have found an underground cavern, it was so big that all the drilling site with all the equipment and camps got deep deep under the ground. None dared to go down there because the cavern was filled with gas. So they ignited it so that no poisonous gas could come out of the hole, and since then, it’s burning, already for 35 years without any pause. Nobody knows how many tons of excellent gas has been burned for all those years but it just seems to be infinite there.
See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derweze#The_.22Door_to_Hell.22. While I did find it researching Skindancer Books 4 through 6, this this specific site will probably not appear until somewhere around book 20 or 21. (Yes, I’m planning at least 21 books, though I have less on paper for things past Book 6 than Lucas had for Star Wars 9 (and yes, I know Lucas now denies there were plans for Star Wars 9, but what does he know, he also thinks Greedo shot first … or does he? 🙂 )).
Warren Ellis’s comic Red is being made into a movie, and a friend of mine commented how reasonable Warren Ellis seems to be about adaptation (as opposed to, say, Alan Moore, who is of course entitled to his own opinion). From Warren Ellis’s blog:
The tone: no, the film isn’t as grim as the book. The book is pretty grim. But it’s also pretty small. When I sell the rights to a book, they buy the right to adapt it in whatever way they see fit. I can accept that they wanted a lighter film, and, as I’ve said before, the script is very enjoyable and tight as a drum. They haven’t adapted it badly, by any means. People who’ve enjoyed the graphic novel will have to accept that it’s an adaptation and that by definition means that it’s going to be a different beast from the book. The film has the same DNA. It retains bits that are very clearly from the book, as well as, of course, the overall plotline. But it is, yes, lighter, and funnier. And if anyone has a real problem with that, I say to you once again:
Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle.
I mean, if you don’t want to see a film with Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle, I’m not sure I want to know you.
Amen to that.
So I’m a fan of the highly obscure but highly funny comic “Bear and Fox” – with cute characters, a wry sense of humor, and a nerd factor of approximately 9.0 on the Geek Hierarchy scale, it’s right up my alley. Well, Randall Christopher, the creator of Bear and Fox, is at it again, and is looking from some help kickstarting the project!
The first two pages of the new Bear and Fox comic book are posted online! I am still trying to raise the funds to get the comic book printed. I’ve raised a little over a third of the amount needed with three days left to go. Thanks to all who have pledged so far! If the funds are not raised by midnight monday, the project will go unfunded and no one will be charged.
The new comics! http://www.bearandfox.com
Where to pledge: http://www.kickstarter.com
ps. if anyone wants to help me out by blogging this, stumbling it, diggin it, facebooking, friendstering, etc by all means, yes
Very well then, so noted. I never knew Jon was actually a prisoner in Garfield’s police state … it makes Garfield minus Garfield all the more poignant! (Note: I actually loved Garfield as a child, though I haven’t kept up with daily newspaper strips as I no longer subscribe to a newspaper. And Jim Davis loves Garfield Minus Garfield – hopefully he’ll get the same kick out of Bear and Fox).
SO ANYWAY, help Randall Christopher help Bear and Fox save Jon from Garfield. Because, goodness knows, Jon’s not going to do it himself…
UPDATE: The Kickstart was successful! Here’s to Bear and Fox 2!
Not fast enough:
There was a case a few years ago where a geologist accidentally stepped into some lava. The nylon laces of his boots burned off almost instantly but the thick leather did not, and he had only minor burns on his foot. After that we all made sure that we only wear real leather boots out on active flows, not the lightweight part-nylon kind.
Revenge of the Sith, it ain’t. Still, I’m not swimming in it.
UPDATE: Reading around a bit on the site, it turns out if you aren’t wearing one of those metal bunny suits you can catch on fire from radiant heat, so Revenge of the Sith, it is.
Patrick Stewart was knighted on Dec 30th 2009. So it’s Sir Patrick Hewes Stewart, OBE, from now on. The man is pushing 70 and he’s still a total stud: make up your own “tea, earl grey, hot” jokes. Geez. I need to eat right and go the gym.
Image of Patrick Stewart by UrbanTog, used under a Creative Commons license.
From Coilhouse’s shoutout Stephen Hawking – “It matters if you just don’t give up”:
Hey, guess who else was born on Jan 8th? World-renowned theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking. He turns 68 today. Here’s a small assortment of reverent (and not so reverent) clips and quotes concerning a brilliant and resilient man whose mind is arguably Teh Sexiest human organ on this entire planet:
One of my favorite of the clips in that article follows:
“I hope I would not use the [robotic boxing glove the Simpsons gave me]. But sometimes I’m sorely tempted.”
Filed under “Thank You, Carl Sagan” because, well, he’s practically the next best thing to Carl we have now.
More than a sixth of a mile underground. 122 degrees Fahrenheit. 100% humidity. An environment that could kill a man in ten minutes – filled with 35 foot long selenite spears straight out of the Fortress of Solitude.
They’re the Naica caves, one of the most beautiful environments on Earth:
No images, they’re copyright, so click through to the links.
No pictures this time, forgot to take them.
- Dinner: Whole Foods to-go sushi and tabbouleh. What can I say? Yum.
- TV: Doctor Who: Survival. Not so yum. The last serial aired from the original series. I wish I hadn’t seen it; outside an extraordinary career-ending performance by Anthony Ainley as the Master, it was one of the silliest and most nonsensical Sylvester McCoy episodes ever. What was the Master doing on the Cheetah planet? Why is it called the Cheetah planet in the first place? And how did the Doctor get back?
Must go re-listen to Enemy of the Daleks, the audio drama to rekindle my fond memories of the Seventh Doctor and Ace. Now that was some Doctor Who – and it made sense.
Back to my regularly scheduled sniffling, coughing, and bleary attempts to write code…