Aaargh, it's painful being so close, yet.... Oh, and I bought a really nice-looking, waterproof, fleece-lined, 7-layer car cover to protect the machine until spring... assuming I can get the thing started, drive it to the car-wash, wax the hell out of it, then drive it home (I really don't want to turn my driveway into an ice-rink). Soon, soon.
Now to put "cold" into perspective: Check out the coldest place on Earth, a ridge high atop Antarctica's East Plateau, where temperatures can dip below -133° F (-92° C) on a clear winter night. Yes, that's NEGATIVE ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-THREE DEGREES, aka NEARLY ONE HUNDRED DEGREES BELOW FREEZING in either temp scale:
Of course, that's a balmy-sounding 181° Kelvin. Which would make me sweat just thinking about it. IF MY FINGERTIPS WEREN'T FREEZING OFF.
Maybe this place is what Dante was thinking about when he planted ol' Lucifer in ice he couldn't escape.
Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center made the discovery while analyzing the most-detailed global surface temperature maps to date, gathered using remote-sensing satellites like NASA's Aqua satellite and Landsat 8.
They need to use this level of sensor equipment because thermometers won't even work at such temperatures.
Neither do human beings. Heck, I bet even ice falls apart at temps like that.
Speaking of cold humans, a plug for clevermanka's Etsy shop:
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Forgot to say: for those of you who have wads of cash lying around, for this fundraiser I'm attempting a first: a Tuckerization. My head usually doesn't work that way, but I think I could make it happen this time. Anyone who wants to be Tuckerized will end up a cackling bat!
Also, critique offer. That can include novel length.
Click the pic if your wallet is just too weighed down with simoleons, and you need to lighten the load!
Hark! Inconsistent blogger has returned with news!
I am pleased to announce that I’ve sold “Aye of the Hagfish” to Goldfish Grimm’s Spicy Fiction Sushi. It should be appearing online early 2014. This will be my second appearance in the magazine (the first being Control, in their debut issue).
I’m down to one story in circulation, and no new short stories finished this year, but for good reason! I finished the first draft, first read-through, and have begun developmental edits on the novel tentatively titled (but almost guaranteed to be renamed) “Black Mirror”.
We’re settling in for a long winter here at casa de Israel-Redman. The cupboards are stocked with tea, coffee, and non-perishable foodstuffs. Candles are lit, the fireplace channel is giving us the proper ambiance, and we’re getting busy with the making of art and stuff. Come spring, we’ll come out of our self-imposed hibernation with some fun new things to show off.
- Current Music:Gravity/Falling Down - Alejandro Escovedo String Quintet
Two of the other forest stewards and I were planning 2014 (the planning was fun and we’re looking forward to the activities), and the question of plant diversity came up. How much had we increased native plant diversity in North Beach Park? We had a couple plant lists handy, and were quickly able to come up with a pretty good idea. Other than the first order (made in 2011, before I barely knew anything), we’ve concentrated on ordering plants we knew to be under- or unrepresented in the park. Once I got home, I looked through previous lists and came up with a pretty definite figure.
But first, why does increased native plant diversity matter? It’s such a mantra for forest stewards the question deserves to be asked.
- It provides more food sources for the creatures that eat plants. That’s, basically, everything else. If a creature doesn’t eat plants directly, it eats things that eat plants. More insects eating plants means (we hope) more birds eating insects. Invasive plants don’t provide food for insects that eat plants, which is why native diversity is important.
- It also increases the length of the bloom season. Particularly helpful are plants that bloom early in spring or late in summer.
- The greater variety of food sources and extended bloom time are examples of functional redundancy. There isn’t just one plant blooming, but several, which serve different pollinators. And there isn’t just one genus of wetland plant filtering the water, but three or four.
- It improves the soil structure with a diversity of roots. Plants taking water from the soil and releasing it through their leaves (evapotranspiration) is important to soil stabilization. And a variety of root structures will make the soil more lively, which will feedback and make the soil better for the root structures.
- The Pacific Northwest forests need plants at every canopy level — from ground covering forbs and ferns up to the tallest Douglas fir trees. Because (see first item) there are things that eat plants at every level.
- Many of the forest types we target in our restoration have similar plant communities and associations, with the main difference being proportions between the plants. Planting with as wide a palette as possible provides the opportunity for the plants to sort themselves out a bit.
- Plant diversity also builds in resilience to disturbances, whether fire, flood, famine, or climate change. And given that we work in a ravine, we could well be creating a refuge for many plants to escape the worst effects of climate change.
I’m sure there are more reasons, but this is what I can think of off the top of my head.
Oh, the statistics. We — the people engaged in restoration in North Beach Park, whether EarthCorps, a crew contracted by the Parks Department, or people working with Friends of North Beach Park — have planted 63 different species of plant in the park. Of these, 39, or 62%, were unrepresented in the park. Note that these aren’t necessarily rare plants, they’re just unrepresented in North Beach Park. And I’m not saying we’ve increased the diversity by that much. That would need a complete survey of all the plants in the park, native and invasive. But it’s still a fairly good number.
Mirrored from Nature Intrudes. Please comment over there.
Dane decided to rewatch Doll House.
Now, I liked that show from the start. A lot of folks didn't. Me, I was willing to give Whedon some room to run with it. His ideas tend to require a long run up, and in the end, they often aren't what they seem on the surface. So, it's a big payoff for me. (see: Firefly) I remember hearing the complaints, and yes, DollHouse did seem to take longer to rolling than usual, but I think a big factor was 'likeable characters with truly despicable jobs.' The show plays with a powerful sense of ambivalence toward the ideas of absolute power in the hands of a 'beneficent' corporation and technology (and thus, even SF itself) from the very start. It also allows you to forget this from time to time, and just about the moment you start to feel comfortable with what's happening, Whedon again reminds you of the extremely shady ethics in a big way. Unlike in Buffy, Whedon wasn't pulling his punches. He wants you to be uncomfortable. He's demonstrating the dark side of technology, after all. He's showing us that those Big Fluffy Corporations with their Trickle Down Economics are dangerous. In the middle of the second season (I think) the interviews with folks on the street are very telling. Some say the DollHouse is straight up evil. Some go with "But hey, it's cool! Think of all the people it could help!" and "Wouldn't it be fun? To have a doll?" Because if there's one thing history has shown us, it's that slavery is good for business. I won't say the show is perfect. It isn't. Whedon does make some mistakes. And I'm not entirely sure that Eliza Dushku, much as I like her, actually had the necessary acting chops for such a demanding gig at the time. I won't fight that battle. But there was a lot going on in the background that viewers probably missed. I have to say, I like the show even better in the re-watch. Everything fits together tighter. You can see where it's headed and why. I think it's worth a second chance.
I'm also watching the original Star Trek from start to finish. Oddly, I've never done that. Although I was very, very tiny when the show was originally airing, I grew up with it as reruns. I expected it not to hold up so good (as with many things from my childhood.) However, I'm impressed with how good it is--given that it first aired in 1966. It certainly had better special effects than Dr. Who although the budget probably wasn't that much bigger. (Understand, I'm watching it on a big screen with HD.) It starts off with addressing the concept of women in the military--or rather women in the Peace Corps. Because Star Fleet's mission was not of a military nature. The pilot has a woman as second in command. She even takes command of the ship while the captain has been taken prisoner on the planet below. As I understand it, the TV execs freaked out and demanded that to change. Therefore, that episode almost never aired. The first season has only a handful of characters in common with the show that we all know and love. It also has far more female and PoC members of the crew than was seen later on. The show definitely White-Maled up over time. One of the fun things (for me anyway) is spotting the tech that we use today as a matter of course in clunkier forms--the iPad, the flat screen monitor, hand-held devices, eBooks, CT/MRI scans... and so on. It's kind of wonderful, really. Funny thing, I'm not seeing all the 'positive SF' that everyone goes on about. Original Star Trek is dark. It deals with absolute power corrupting absolutely. It's looking at the downside of technology. Maybe the reason people don't focus on that so much is that this doesn't stop technology from developing? The concept isn't presented in an either/or scenario. Technology isn't The One Ring. It can be used wisely, but we have to actively choose to do good, and the people in Star Trek generally do. Mind you, it has its corny moments from the start. There's some Very bad dialog when characters first interact with Spock. (There are moments I'm shocked that he doesn't punch a few folks in the face because... damn.) But largely, I'm happy rewatching. There's a reason this show lasted the test of time and keeps rebooting. I still like the original series better than ST:TNG. I'll probably go through those shows too and all the other permutations that I missed due to living without a television for a long while.
 Yes, enough so that it influenced the short story "Texas Died for Somebody's Sins But Not Mine" because I thought it a perfect metaphor for the current corporate working climate.
 Although, in some cases on the show it's indentured servitude--if you want to get technical about it.
 This was one of my favorite things about Star Trek. It's also the big difference between Star Trek and Star Wars.
 Meaning more than just cell phones. Having worked at Motorola during the hay day of the cell phone market, one could almost say Star Trek invented hand held devices. I know for a fact that quite a few Motorola engineers were fans and they did everything in their power to create a Star Trek communicator. Thus, flip phones happened in spite of the fact that they were fragile.
I should be back in the office tomorrow, working there the rest of this week before heading home to work from there for the rest of the year through New Year's week.
- Current Location:Toronto, Ontario
- Current Mood: optimistic
Houston lawmaker touts law protecting saying 'Merry Christmas' in schools
Rep. Dwayne Bohac uses Santa Claus to tout new law protecting holiday celebrations in schoolsAUSTIN, Texas -
Merry Christmas, bah humbug? Not in Texas.
Just in time for the holidays, Texas is making sure everyone remembers that wishing someone "Merry Christmas" is now protected by law in its public schools -- and conservatives are hoping similar measures will gain momentum across America.
Garnering national attention when it was approved by the state Legislature this summer, the bipartisan law removes legal risks from exchanging holiday greetings in classrooms. It also protects symbols such as Christmas trees, menorahs or nativity scenes, as long as more than one religion is represented and a secular symbol such as a snowman is displayed.
"I'm proud to stand in defense of Christmas and I urge other states to stop a needless, stilted overreaction to Christmas and Hanukkah," the law's sponsor, Houston Republican Dwayne Bohac, said at a news conference Monday.
Bohac, who has a sign at home that proclaims: "Be Merry and Stay That Way," said the law was meant to codify the religious freedoms of the First Amendment and keep "censorship of Christmas out of public schools." He said it will stop "ridiculous" past lawsuits against some Texas schools in the name of excessive political correctness.
"This is a real issue in our country," said Bohac, who said similar bills have been filed in state Legislatures in Alabama, Mississippi, Indiana and New Jersey, and that one is coming in Oklahoma.
Texas is the only state to so far approve such a law, which some civil libertarians have criticized as unnecessary given the First Amendment.
Bohac appeared Monday with his 8-year-old son Reagan and amid booming calls of "Ho! Ho! Ho!" from Santa Claus -- aka Bill French of Houston -- and a group called the Lone Star Santas. Bohac said Reagan inspired the bill when he was in first grade and was asked to decorate a "holiday tree" in class.
"A Winter Party; I don't even know what that means," said the elder Bohac. "We can celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, those are the traditional holidays Americans celebrate."
The law also states that schools are constitutionally barred from favoring one religious celebration over another, although it's known as the "Merry Christmas Law."
One of its co-sponsors, Laredo Democratic Rep. Richard Raymond, said Monday that "Christmas and Hanukkah obviously do have religious implications for so many" but they're "just part of America."
"I know that we should be sensitive to how people feel about different issues," Raymond said. "I think all of us up here are."
The issue has already flared up in Frisco, outside Dallas, where a recent PTA Internet posting directed an elementary school not to reference Christmas or use red and green or a tree during its holiday celebrations in order to keep from possibly offending anyone.
School district officials said it was a misunderstanding. But Jonathan Saenz, an attorney who heads the conservative advocacy group Texas Values, said such cases could spark future legal action because of the new law.
"We're hoping that, as a result of the Merry Christmas Law, we'll see more school districts taking advantage of this," Saenz said. "And, as a result, we'll see less school districts being naughty and more being nice."
Fell free to mock this guy. Please. In a radio interview today, Bohac said compared calling it a "holiday tree" to how we don't refer to an Easter tree or a Fourth of July tree. Apparently, he gets confused about which are secular and religious holidays, as well as what their symbols are.
Getting home from Omaha yesterday was an epic effort, but I made it. My luggage did not. My irreplaceable Mongolian camel fur hat apparently did not, though there's some hope I absent mindedly packed it into my luggage (which I never do on purpose).
I had five different flight itineraries yesterday. That is to say, at different points in the process, I was booked on five different flights out of Omaha before I finally managed to leave. American cancelled my original route through DFW on Sunday, the day before I was to fly, due to extreme weather in DFW more or less crashing their operations. I was rescheduled to a Monday flight through ORD.
When I got to the airport in Omaha early, they rescheduled me again at the check-in desk to an earlier flight through ORD, to help me make my connection to PDX. That flight began posting later and later, until was both later than the flight that came after it which I had been previously scheduled on, and late enough to make me miss my connection at ORD. It was also clear the later flight was going to be postponed.
I went to the American Airlines counter agent and said, "Look, I'm a terminal cancer patient. I have two oncology appointments tomorrow. I have to get home tonight. Can you reschedule me through Denver on another airline, since both Dallas and Chicago are such a mess?"
They're not really supposed to do that when they still have available seats in their own system, but he poked around and was very helpful, placing me on a set of Frontier Airlines flights that went OMA-DEN, then DEN-PDX. Since I'd already checked in, he called down to the American baggage room and had my bag transferred to Frontier.
The earlier Frontier flight was full, so I wasn't leaving til that evening. Then Lisa Costello texted me that the evening flight had posted a two-hour delay, which would again make me miss my PDX connection, stranding me in DEN. I went up to the Frontier gate agent and told him the same thing I'd told the American agent. He put me on stand-by, then got me on the plane in their 'stretch seating', which is what Frontier has instead of First Class. I'm pretty sure they're not really supposed to do that, either, especially since I wasn't even a Frontier customer in the first place.
I finally got on a plane leaving Omaha, my fifth scheduled flight out. I have no idea what happened to my bag at that point. My connection in Denver going to Portland was almost two hours late, but I got out of Denver and home last night. Frontier has no idea where my bag is, because I do not have a Frontier Airlines bag check tag, due to the interairline transfer back in Omaha, and they can't trace it through the American Airlines bag check tag. We're hoping it came in overnight from Omaha via Denver, but given the other delays, it may still be languishing in Omaha or in Denver. As me getting home was the critical issue, I am not grumpy about this. I would like to see my bag again sooner or later.
At any rate, on a day when well over a 1,000 flights were cancelled, thanks to the flexibility of two gate agents, one for American Airlines and one for Frontier Airlines, I got home. My first oncology appointment is at 8 am this morning, my second is this afternoon. I will make them.
So my thanks to both airlines.
Now I'm off this morning for some bloodwork preparatory to tomorrow's monthly consultation with my medical oncologist. This afternoon I have a screening and intake appointment for one of the clinical trials I am trying to engage with. Overnight has brought the Portland area radically unseasonal snow and ice, which will make getting around today a lot more exciting than it should be.
But I'm here, and I can make it in to my appointments. Thank you American, and thank you Frontier.
I have a sale going on right now to get rid of current stock and help pay for the newly ordered lace. If anyone wants to take advantage, use code "TOASTIES" for 20% off.
Today's Tumblr collection is Tuesday, December 10: Callum Keith Rennie. I absolutely did not plan that this collection would publish the same day that this news hit Tumblr. Bleh.
One of the minor things we touched on during Thursday's hypnotherapy was my wretched menstrual cramps. Well, I started on Monday and the cramps haven't been horrible. Huh. Coincidence? *shrug*
Not entirely safe for work.
Between 100,000 and 150,000 demonstrators rallied in Bangkok, with protest leaders saying their goal Monday is to storm Shinawatra's office, known as Government House.
The country will hold new elections by February 2, but embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra may not be her party's choice to run, a government spokesman told CNN on Monday.
"I don't know whether the Pheu Thai Party will still vote (for) her to run again or not," said spokesman Teerat Ratanasevi, referring to the ruling party.
Yingluck's move Monday comes a day after Thailand's main opposition party, Democrat Party, said its roughly 150 members would resign en masse from parliament because they could no longer work with the government.
"I don't want our country and the Thai people to suffer from more losses," Yingluck said in a televised address.
But opposition party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said the massive protests leave the government little choice.
"I think the best way for the Prime Minister to show responsibility is by returning power to the people," he told CNN.
Still, dissolving parliament and calling elections appear unlikely to placate protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, a former deputy prime minister for the Democrat Party. He has called for power to be transferred to an unelected "people's council."
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CNN also has a video report at source
There was a brief exchange of gunfire between armed men and French soldiers near the airport in the capital, Bangui, as the disarmament began.
A 1,600-strong French force has been sent into the CAR, deployed after days of communal fighting claimed 400 lives.
The CAR has been in turmoil since March when an alliance of rebels, known as Seleka, seized power.
The alliance has since been disbanded and rebel leader Michel Djotodia is now president.
'End to impunity'
France's Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said fighters loyal to interim President Djotodia had to return to barracks and the rest would have to surrender their weapons.
"First we'll ask gently and if they don't react, we'll do it by force. The operation will take some time," he told French media as French troops began patrolling the streets of Bangui.
"The period of impunity is at an end," he said.
The French were sent into the CAR on Friday after the UN Security Council backed a mandate to restore order "by all necessary measures" the previous evening.
On Monday, the US Department of Defense said it would help fly Burundian troops into the CAR to join an African-led peacekeeping force.
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An estimated 10% of CAR's 4.6 million people have fled their homes, while more than a million urgently need food aid, according to the UN.</b>
В конце 2012 года на книжных прилавках США появился новый альбом знаменитого фотографа Стива Шапиро (Steve Schapiro), лаконично озаглавленный «Тогда и сейчас» (Then and Now). По фотографиям Шапиро можно проследить историю поп-культуры прошлого века: многие талантливые люди от Марлона Брандо до Энди Уорхола попали под прицел его объектива. Некоторые снимки Стива знакомы поклонникам классического американского кино больше, чем имя их автора. В
Вуди Аллен с муравьем на поводке, 1964
«Вуди Аллен в то время работал стендап-комиком в ночных клубах и кино еще не снимал. Его репертуар был полон всевозможных уморительных историй, и одна из них была про муравья на поводке. Я обратился в Life с предложением сфотографировать эти его фантазии, они согласились, и мы сделали небольшую серию»( Read more...Collapse )
Here’s what my friends at the Clayton fund have to say about themselves:
The Clayton Memorial Medical Fund helps professional science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery writers living in the Pacific Northwest deal with the financial burden of medical emergencies. Even with insurance, co-pays can quickly add up to thousands of dollars, and over the past few years, we have faced a heavy draw on our money. The Fund is now down to a few thousand dollars.
The Clayton Fund was founded seventeen years ago by Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (OSFCI) in response to the illness of Portland writer Jo Clayton. Our initial money came from a national campaign by writers and fans of science fiction and fantasy to help Jo and other writers. The Fund has since assisted many writers in the region deal with medical and dental emergencies.
As part of OSFCI, the Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations to the fund are tax deductible and often qualify for matching donations from employers.
Donations can be made using PayPal through the Fund's Web site (http://www.osfci.org/clayton) or mailed to:
Clayton Memorial Medical Fund
P.O. Box 5703
Portland, Oregon 97228
Please be sure to include full contact information so we can mail you a letter acknowledging your donation.
I’ll be donating from my surplusage from this year’s fund raising for my benefit. If you’ve got a few extra bucks this season looking for a tax deduction, why not join me? It’s an excellent cause helping writers who often have run out of financial lifelines. It's an organization that has been of great help to me personally. That's two fantastic reasons right there.
Photo © 2012, 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.
This work by Joseph E. Lake, Jr. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Mars lake 'much like early Earth' — The ancient lake environment found in Mars' Gale Crater could have supported microbes called chemolithoautotrophs - if they had been present. Remember when the question of whether there had ever been open water on Mars was highly debatable? I love science.
“Its (sic) not bigorty (sic), its (sic) biology” — Ah, conservatives. Incompetent as well as bigoted.
Oregon Campaign For Gay Marriage Hits Signature Goal — Another breath of sanity against the winds of conservative religious bigotry.
The NSA Has Been Spying On World Of Warcraft — Wow, do I feel safer. And this without Moat GunZ!!!™ even.
South Carolina Sheriff Deletes Facebook Post About Refusing To Lower Flags For Mandela — Huh. Wonder why he backed down. It’s not like Republican officials in the American south ever pay any kind of penalty for their racism. The opposite, really.
There’s Now A Coloring Book To Teach Your Children To Love Ted Cruz — Wow. Just wow. I guess stunting their children’s (and everyone else’s children’s) minds with evolution denial and a refusal to teach critical thinking isn’t good enough for conservatives. Now this cult of personality shit?
Washington Doomsday Prophecy — Hahahah.
Republican to-do list — Hahahah. Yeah.
No soul-searching for Virginia GOP after losses — Mullins mocked post-election analysis that said Cuccinelli was too conservative for a changing state. “This is false narrative by false prophets,” he said. Because, uh, yeah. You know what? Keep it up, GOP. Your Angry White Men are dying out, and pretty much everyone who isn’t an older white man or a member of some deeply politicized church is soooo done with you. All the better for the entire country, your party members included, if you hurtle into irrelevancy guns ablazing.
The Punishment Cure — Now, the G.O.P.’s desire to punish the unemployed doesn’t arise solely from bad economics; it’s part of a general pattern of afflicting the afflicted while comforting the comfortable (no to food stamps, yes to farm subsidies). That’s actually an excellent précis of most of the Republican party platform. Which arises logically enough from their Angry White Men strategy, itself an impassioned, no-compromise defense of established privilege (or at least perception of established privilege), proudly and self-consciously at the expense of the rights and opportunities of others. (Not to mention more subtly at the expense of their own rights and opportunities.)
?otD: Got oncology?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)
Как только не называют в народе медведей - косолапый, топтыгин, хозяин тайги. Принято считать их
неуклюжими и ленивыми животными, но это заблуждение. Бурые медведи очень подвижны и энергичны,
молодые особи способны развивать большую скорость и очень ловко забираются на деревья.
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December 10th, 2013: Today's comic was written on one of my whiteboards at Webcomics Rampage! WHICH WAS A LOT OF FUN, INCIDENTALLY. The show, not writing on the whiteboard! Though that too was fun! Anyway it was ALL a great time!
Hey did you see the AV Club released their list of the best books of 2013? This Is How You Die is on it! This all-new sequel to Machine of Death came out this year and I think you will probably enjoy reading it is the thing??
One year ago today: the movie version should be called "Case #1023 Is Coming To Town" and ends with Rudolph putting on the Old Silk Hat, his organic-matter-destroying radiation becoming a separate entity, and then Case #1023 it forced to -- but I don't want to spoil it!
Как показали исследования белых медведей можно спасти сокращением
выбросов парниковых газов.
Ученые говорят, что еще есть надежда спасти арктического хищника,
который казалось, три года назад был обречен на вымирание.
Исследования в 2007 показали, что к середине столетия от таяния льдов погибнет треть популяции
медведей из 22 000 особей. С повышением температуры стало слишком поздно предотвратить
катастрофическое таяние льда и медведи могут полностью исчезнуть.
В 2008 белый медведь был занесен в книгу редких животных.
Basically, it charts the progress of a bunch of rich people who whine that their world is ending and complain about progress while being deeply self-absorbed and being shown up by "good" people who have come up from less illustrious backgrounds. The level of caricature involved is less than inspiring, while the "good guys" are just as whiny as the rest of the cast. The only redeeming feature of the film is the ending, where the people are shown to behave like actual humans as opposed to Welles cartoons. Of course, that isn't surprising, as the studio filmed and added that bit without Welles consent after initial screenings of the directors cut bombed.
I suppose it's considered significant because it is a film with a message, but in this case, the message gets in the way of the story in huge ways. In fact, this gets so bad, that it could pass for modern urban fantasy at times...
On to more interesting topics, here's a review of a story I co-wrote with Lyn Perry, and which is available as an e-book (the review is one of my Goodreads discoveries from the other day). I love seeing how people react to this story, because it is a very, very strange tale.
The idea has been simmering away waiting for an excuse to start it, but with everything else going on, kept receding like a mirage, until I got an invitation to submit something to a proposed anthology called Athena's Daughters.
I really liked this interesting bunch of women and their publishing group, Silence in the Library. (One of them is a jet pilot in the military, how cool is that?) I liked the project, and since mine met the requirements--strong women, magic . . . I wrote the beginning of the novel as a short story. (Well, short for me, at 8k words). The story doesn't get much into Hera, who I always thought one of the most interesting of the mythological figures, conflicted as the stories are about her, but my key bats are definitely in it, getting a start to their new careers as superheroes.
If you've hit the link, you'll see that it's a fundraiser, so that we and the artists will get paid. As fundraisers go, it's pretty modest. I hope anyone interested with a few bucks to throw into the kitty will check it out, and be sure to watch the vid, shot in Washington D.C.
if you haven't voted yet, just vote 'yes' in the comments of any ad you'd like to see go to the finals that has 'contest' in the subject line from december 2....i'll tally votes tomorrow morning and post our finalists!!
At least three or four times a year I stumble upon someone on Facebook or Live Journal or wherever talking about what at great "romance" Romeo and Juliet is.
It fills me with hulk rage. It is the fucking definition of "tragedy" in that death and sadness occur in a climactic ending because of the fatal flaws of the main protagonists.
Beyond that, it makes me wonder if people know what the traditional definition of a "romance" is. It's a story that has a series of small climaxes throughout the story rather than one big climax at the end. Romeo and Juliet is all about the big climax in the final act. The structure could not possibly have less to do with the structure of traditional romantic literature.
Finally, if someone made a movie today that was mostly about statutory rape, forced marriage, suicide and murder - how many people would find that romantic?
The stupid is strong in some people.
P.S.. "Wherefore art though" means "why", not "where."
“Every Traveller must carry with them a vessel containing water drawn from the River and a vessel containing water drawn from a purified source. One to begin the journey. The other to end it. There is no crime greater than salting water.” — “The Way of the Traveller”
I should have run when the Grand Master first noticed me. If I had, I wouldn’t be running now.
All around me other Travellers process across the sands towards the River, their easy pace displays their lack of concern for time. They have all the time in the world. I don’t have that luxury. To them I’m a blur flying past in the unnatural half-light. The Grand Master of the Order of Travellers is chasing me. I failed him and he will make me pay for that.
If he catches me.