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Considering going to Chicon/Worldcon for a day or two [22 Aug 2012|02:15pm]
I had thought it out of my price range, what with all the storm damage we've had to deal with this year, but I see they have day rates. My wife can't make it due to her shooting schedule, but it looks like I will be able to.

Question is, which day (or two) to attend? Looking over the schedule, there is always lots to do, and no day seems the obvious choice.

I wasn't living in Chicagoland the last time Worldcon came here, so I'll be glad to make it at all this time around.

Those of you going, any suggestions?
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I got most of these from remembering adaptations like the semaphore version of Wuthering Heights [19 Jan 2010|03:29pm]
[Edit - I forgot to attribute swiping this quiz from irish_horse...]

Your result for The Improved Book Character-Savvy Test...

Wow...

You scored 86% Best Seller, 67% Classic and 88% Fantasy/Sci-Fi!

You are pretty wicked, huh? I'm impressed. Thumbs up for you, you're good stuff. Just remember to look up, speak nicely, and not to twiddle your fingers all the time.



Your rank: The Penguin (Just because.)

Take The Improved Book Character-Savvy Test at OkCupid

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Goodbye 2009! [31 Dec 2009|11:33pm]
wiliqueen and I just finished our annual watching of the 'Doctor Who' 1996 movie (set on New Years 1999-2000). We started that with our video taped copy back on New Years 2000 (with guest deire IIRC). Since then we've managed to actually miss midnight once or twice, but this year we coincided the viewing with midnight Eastern Time almost exactly and saw the ball drop.

Here's hoping everyone has had a decent 2009, and are looking forward to 2010!

I got this post just under the wire for December 2009. I've had plenty of intentions, but no actual posts this month. As part of my Fifth World Initiative I'm going to try and do a little better with that (I've started to some extent on head58's gaming blog) in the months to come. Even if I have to overcome my need to try and post a complete thought each time.
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Waters of Mars: Hommage to John Carpenter?? [22 Nov 2009|02:05am]
As I was watching the latest Doctor Who special, I was reminded of the Carpenter film, "Ghosts of Mars'. Seemed to fit - Mars, possession by some sort of awakened former life on the planet.

Upon reflection, I realized it was more like a cross between GoM and "Prince of Darkness", a Carpenter flick from the late 80's involving a cylinder of 'liquid evil'. The liquid would drip on someone, possessing them by some collective will and allowing them to spew streams of water to possess others. As a bonus, PoD involved a recurring tachyonic dream-message from the future, warning of impending doom. Now isn't that ood?

So, coincidence? Or is RTD a Carpenter fan?

As for the Doctor Who special itself, the less said, the better. Kind of a waste of an hour, for all the squandered opportunity and missed potential. There were a couple of germs of some good ideas in there, but they were either handled better in "Fires of Pompeii" (which was even referenced in the ep!) or taken care of in the blink of an eye!

An unfettered Doctor could be a great story, but deserves, nay, CRIES OUT FOR, more than a 5-minute character arc! Why even bother when you can have 30 minutes of lovingly shot but wasteful scenes of the Doctor saying he should reallllllllllly be going now.
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Pride & Prejudice & Zombies [24 Oct 2009|11:29pm]
As some of you may know, wiliqueen has a role in a production of Pride & Prejudice that runs through next weekend.

I've been toying with the idea of attending the Halloween performance dressed as a zombie - I haven't read the recent Pride & Prejudice & Zombies parody, but I like the idea.

Today wiliqueen told me that tickets for the Halloween performance are reduced to $10 if you come in costume, so there's an added incentive.

How about it, anyone want to join me?
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Jones Soda does D&D [22 Sep 2009|09:01am]
Jones Soda Limited edition Spellcasting Sodas:

Potion of Healing, Dwarven Draught, Sneak Attack, Bigby's Crushing Thirst Destroyer, Ithillid Brain Juice and Eldritch Blast.
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The Mouse Buys the Spider [31 Aug 2009|10:34am]
I don't know what to think of this yet. I'm still... mulling.

I can see pluses AND minuses for Marvel fans.
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Related to Previous: Recommend an Online Computer/Parts Vendor [12 Aug 2009|03:29pm]
So, I figure I should try a replace the power supply before jumping into a new machine. So, anyone have luck getting a PS from a particular vendor? Any mailorder suppliers you trust? It's been YEARS since I shopped for computer parts online, and not since I moved, so I would appreciate any thoughts.

I have a 3-year old Dell Dimension E510, and the dead power supply seems to be common. Hopefully that'll take care of it.
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FYI: Out of Touch [12 Aug 2009|10:39am]
My home computer power supply appears to have died after a late-nite reboot by MicroSoft. So I will not be responding/posting much until this is fixed/replaced. Work computer is not letting me view ANY outside webpages at the moment (usually just webmail is restricted, but I think there are DNS issues today) so even that is out (posting from the wife's computer).

Maybe it's time to upgrade my desktop. Any suggestions on vendors/build-it-yourself sites?
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Brainiac 5 at Chicago Comic Con 2009 [10 Aug 2009|01:51pm]
So, as threatened, I showed up green this past Saturday at Wizard's Chicago Comic Con. Here's an overview.
First a little explanation as to WHY Brainiac 5. Taken mostly from a previous Friends-Locked post so copied for convenience here. Warning - long.Collapse )

Current comments and pics(large) from the conCollapse )

I've got some other shots with celebs, and other costumes, but those are pictures for another post.
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So.. What recent Trades are good (comics) [05 Aug 2009|12:56am]
Since I'm heading out to the Chicago Comic Con this weekend, I might just find a deal or two on trades (which are about all I read these days, anyway).

Can I get some recommendations for recent (the last few years) trades? I admit, I've been out of the loop when it comes to the major companies, reading webcomics mostly the last couple of years, and besides a lot of the recent multi-mega-event storylines have really left me... no, not even cold. Just wildly indifferent. As in, I don't care.

But I didn't hate "Legion of 3 Worlds" (considering my sig, wouldn't have expected to, but I was a little meh on the last few years of the Threeboot Legion), so I'm sure I missed something worthwhile in all the rampant crossover mediocrity.

So, opinions, recommendations, disagreements?

What should I look out for?

Or heck, why limit it to the last few years. Give me the best of always as well.

Thanks.
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Rocketeer Update [26 Jul 2009|07:35pm]
I said I would track my progress in putting together the Rocketeer costume. This update is late, but work and vacations have delayed me, and I wanted to make sure I had photos ready for it.
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Amber Game Log: Session 2 [02 Jun 2009|09:51pm]
Session 2: 5/7/2009

Still in a meeting room at Argolin Castle in Jason's Shadow of the Realm, Talon attends to his prisoner (a vermik) and interrogates it. Discovers that the gods had been to its home shadow and recruited some of its people recently. And it's hungry.

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New Gaming Blogs [01 Jun 2009|12:45pm]
Just an FYI. I have started writing about gaming on two other blog sites, only some of which will be cross-posted here.

Read the details, if you wish.Collapse )

And if any of you League members (current, past, or heck, future, why not) would like to post your own material, let me know and I'll get you access to the League blog.
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Amber Game Log: Session 1 [31 May 2009|11:55pm]
I mentioned in April that I would be playing in my first Amber game in years. We've done two session so far, and I'm finally getting around to writing up my notes as a gamelog.

This is a game log from dracian's Amber Game, run at the EAGLES regular Thursday night meetings. This is the first post-Auction session, run on 4/30/09.

For those who are interested.Collapse )
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April 30th, How Appropriate (Amber RPG Musing) [30 Apr 2009|01:48am]
So, all signs are that I will be playing in my FIRST Amber Diceless session in over 5 years tonight, and I'm excited. I'd forgotten how much I missed the game.

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The main point to all this babbling is that I'm looking forward to tonight, and hope the game style catches on with our group. As for the comment on the 30th, no, it wasn't the date on my first Ambercon (that I can recall, anyway - it was April, though), but it is the date of the recurring (8 or 9 years running) assassination attempts on Merlin in the second set of Amber books. Bloody business, but the coincidence is perhaps a good omen. Hopefully I'll be blogging about the game 8 or 9 years from now as well.
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Rocketeer: It is SO on! [18 Mar 2009|10:48pm]
OK, so I've been semi-obsessed with The Rocketeer since '91, when the movie came out. The design was just, so... keen.

My old comics store in Saginaw tried to get me interested in the title years earlier, but I wasn't biting. Seeing the whole package on the big screen, though - I WANTED that rocket! AND the jacket! AND the Helmet. (And possibly Jennifer Connelly, in that order...)

It took a while to get that idea going. But now it's a GOAL!!!!!!!!!!! Er,... the costume part.Collapse )

OK, just had to crow a bit about that! And I will try to keep a running commentary as the pieces fall together, to pay back the folks who have left similar crumb trails for me to follow.
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Farewell SciFiChannel! [16 Mar 2009|03:37pm]
We've had a rocky relationship, from the early, heady days of 1993, when I moved from one section of the city, to another, (not) just to get you.

I remember the quirky, weird 'News from the Future' station breaks, with the bald-headed newsguy, and the endless psychic friends commercials. I fondly remember the Sci-Fi Series Collection that introduced me to such obscure gems such as 'Moonbase 3', which are now personal favorites.

OK, recently you've gone kind of schizo, what with your 'reality' game shows and wrestling(?!). But you still had BSG, Stargate (the good one) and new darlings like Eureka.

But now you're finally admitting that mid-life crisis and getting your ear pierced (JUST the LEFT!) and coloring your hair.

It's not that SyFy is a stupid name (no comment). I understand the need to have a brand name you can, say, trademark (though maybe you should have gone for something - I dunno - classy, like SFC?) It's the lame protestations you make in announcing it. Like you are embarrassed to be seen with your (previous) viewers. We're not cool enough for you anymore.

How Skiffy!
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Watch out! It's Ballerina Batman! [03 Mar 2009|02:28pm]
Not just the pink, but the pink AND the pose....

from a 1965 bendy Toy...
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You're All Fired! [25 Feb 2009|05:43pm]
Why did no one let me know that these were available?!

Planet Krypton Green Lantern Ring Set
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