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Rants and Stuff / Baby!
« on: January 15, 2008, 08:06:59 AM »
Our little girl was born at 12:47, 8 lbs 10.4 oz., 19.5", and, at least for now, red hair.

Um...there will be pictures up somewhere eventually. [EDIT: Here!]

If I am this tired now, I can't imagine how tired Karen is.

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Movies and TV / Journeyman
« on: December 18, 2007, 08:07:44 AM »
I really like this show. There's one episode left, and just like with tonight's episode, the network isn't advertising it (as far as I can tell). They didn't run a preview for tonight's episode at the end of last week's, and tonight they didn't run a preview of the next episode...and they did not even mention that the next episode will air at a special date...TWO DAYS FROM NOW. Ugh. This is going to be the year of Big Media Companies Screwing Everyone Over Like They Have Never Scrwed Before.

Boo on them.

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Books / Terry Pratchett diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's
« on: December 12, 2007, 08:18:42 PM »
http://www.paulkidby.com/news/index.html

Wow.

I wish him great success in fighting it.

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Books / Tor Books, Seven Seas Ink Joint Manga Venture
« on: December 06, 2007, 07:19:34 PM »
Publisher's Weekly article
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Science fiction and fantasy publisher Tor Books announced plans to enter the U.S manga market by creating a new manga imprint with Seven Seas Entertainment, an independent publisher of original and licensed manga, manga-inspired prose titles and illustrated juvenile fiction based in Los Angeles. The new venture will release original manga titles, but also plans to compete for top Japanese manga licenses
(Linked from ANN.)

Well, dang. Maybe we'll see a Mistborn manga sooner than we thought.

This isn't the first time something of this sort has been announced. A few years ago Penguin Putnam/Ace announced a deal with Digital Manga Publishing. However, that deal fell through (with no public announcement) once the Penguin Putnam folks realized what Japanese licensing contracts looked like (the Japanese companies reserve the right to pull their license at any time if they get offended by something you do, and they want royalties paid when the books are printed, not when they're sold [though, I doubt any U.S. company has ever actually accepted this contract stipulation, since it's insane]).

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Music / Aaron North of Nine Inch Nails' touring band
« on: September 09, 2007, 06:00:52 AM »
...is the son of my ward's bishop, I was very surprised to learn last night. We were over at the bishop's house for an Elders' Quorum social, and I saw a concert photograph signed by Trent Reznor, Aaron North, and Alessandro Cortini. So I asked the bishop who the Nine Inch Nails fan was, and he said, "Me. Or, I'm a fan of my son, and he's the lead guitarist." (That was pretty much the last thing I expected him to say in response to my question.) We then had a rather interesting conversation.

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Books / Comic-Con
« on: July 21, 2007, 07:07:29 AM »
So, is anyone coming to Comic-Con this year? Stacer?

Karen and I will only be down on Saturday. I'm behind in my books this month, so need all my workdays.

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Movies and TV / Next
« on: May 06, 2007, 10:56:10 PM »
So, this movie looked cool in the commercials, with Nicholas Cage doing the Atium dance. So we decided to go see it on Saturday. And we enjoyed the movie a lotóright up to the point where it ended, and we were like "What? That can't be the end! They must be tricking us!" But no, it was the end, and a horrible, horrible end it was. I meanóeverything up until the last microsecond of the movie was just fine, it's just that...they needed another 20 minutes! Or SOMETHING! I never got the feeling that the climax of the movie ever came. It was really frustrating.

So, I'm not surprised it's doing poorly at the box office. I doubt many people are walking out of that movie and recommending it to their friends. Because the end is just not satisfying. At all.

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Movies and TV / Drive
« on: April 18, 2007, 03:38:21 AM »
Did anyone check this out? We watched the 3rd episode on Monday, then went and watched the 2-hour pilot on fox's website. It was fairly entertaining, and it's got Nathan Fillion, which is a good thing. The highway scenes are a bit repetitive though, since they're all filmed on the same unopened stretch of Interstate 210 here in California, and sometimes the scenery is so obviously California rather than Florida or wherever they're supposed to be. Also, the 2 car pool lanes of the freeway are really obvious, but how common is that across the U.S.?

I have nothing but good to say about Fox's online player though. It's way better than NBC's, CBS's, or ABC's. Fox's is the only one that doesn't stutter or lose its connection. And it doesn't have commercials.

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Brandon Sanderson / Y.A.S.P... (Also known as Scribbler)
« on: April 11, 2007, 10:48:12 PM »
...is great stuff. Mwa ha ha ha ha.

Brandon is really fleshing out his portfolio.

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Brandon Sanderson / Alcatraz audiobook
« on: April 06, 2007, 11:04:22 PM »
Hey! I just saw this on Amazon. What's the difference between the normal edition and the library edition? Is it unabridged?

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(There is a reason for this being in the Writing Group thread, but I can't make it too obvious.)

If you're a writer who has played 5 to 7 .hack PS2 games, seen all the anime episodes, read all the manga and novels...please let me know.

This is my first stop, but if I don't get any bites, I'll move on pretty soon.

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http://www.scalzi.com/whatever/004960.html

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First, there was only one candidate on the ballot for each category, and no way to register a "none of the above" vote; two, the SFWA members standing for president and vice president are people who, for philosophical reasons only (having nothing to do with their respective personal characters), I would not vote for nor wish to be at the helm of the organization at this time.

He has some very interesting bullet points in his platform. I am not a member of SFWA, but if I were, I would vote for him.

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Movies and TV / Ghost Rider
« on: February 18, 2007, 11:06:07 PM »
Did anyone else go see this?

The TV commercials we'd seen made it look campy and fun, so we went. It was indeed campy and fun, though there was a whole aspect of the movie (the villains) that is pretty much not mentioned in the commercials. They were very creepy and...well, hellish, but what can you expect?

There is much to ridicule in the movie, but we've really got only one question...[hide]why did the old Ghost Rider ride all the way across the desert with him, only to disappear before the fight?[/hide] Seemed really pointless. I mean, it was a cool scene up until that point, but then...huh?

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Brandon Sanderson / Alcatraz cover art?
« on: January 20, 2007, 12:23:17 AM »
Over at Ken Jennings' blog he said the following:
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The cover art he showed us made me think Scholastic is hoping Alcatraz will be The Next Harry Potter, so maybe Brandon will be a billionaire this time next year.
Has there been a thread on this before that I just missed? Or are you not allowed to share this information on the intertubes yet?

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Movies and TV / Déjà Vu
« on: December 17, 2006, 01:55:37 AM »
Did anyone else see this?

We just got back from watching it. I liked it. Some problems, but it was slightly better than I expected, and I expected it to be enjoyable.

The long trailer gives away a whole lot. But it was the long trailer that made me want to see it (the short trailers didn't pique my interest), so I guess it was a success.

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