May 6th, 2005

bear by san

Something from the past comes and creeps into my soul. (in which the nested parentheses proliferate)

via slithytove, Robert Sheckley hospitalized in Kiev.

kit_kindred and friends went to the Las Vegas Firefly sneak last night. I didn't go; I'm not fond of the show for a variety of reasons (although I've finally figured out what it is about Mal that chaps my ass, and now that I know that I may actually be able to watch the show without wanting to scream at the television. I have a clinically low tolerance for (a) loveable rogues, unless there's a Wookiee along to wear the "I'm with Stupid" T-shirt, and (b) cute comic relief characters, and Mal needs a Wookiee. Specifically, it's not that he takes himself seriously. It's that the show takes him seriously, and I want it to deconstruct him a little or get out of my hair. Also, Joss is absolutely great at creating interesting character dynamics and the Whedon banter generator is the best banter generator in the business, but I wish he'd find a different plot arc than angst, oh, angst. (Yes, I am aware of the irony of a Farscape fan saying that)), and I figured others who were should have the chance to see it. (I also dislike Babylon 5 (argh! the acting! argh! my eyes!) and all of the Star Treks other than, oh, TOS, which I grew up on, so it has nostalgia value, and middle-period NG (largely, frankly, because of my huge embarrassing crush on Brent Spiner and/or Michael Dorn and/or Dwight Schultz--although even Dorn couldn't get me watching DS9))

He came home pretty seriously unhappy with the whole thing, while acknowledging moments of brilliance. I'll link his post on the topic whenever he gets around to it, for the fans out there. It'll probably be spoilery. Although from the amount of fansquee on my flist, his opinion seems to be a minority one.

via karentraviss, "Mine's Bigger Than Yours" This amuses the hell out of me. I like.
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bear by san

Life is sweet on the edge of a razor

Daffodyl Jones, superspy, calls for a moratorium on hair-tucking. Oddly enough, there's hair-tucking (or bald spot petting, at least) in the page proofs I went over this morning. However, it's not m/f romantic affection, so I give myself a pass on it. This time.

*checks neurotically for hair-tucking*

*Adds it to the list of things she checks neurotically for*

via twistedchick

The problem is that Disney — as one must expect from a global business enterprise — tends to think of its intellectual properties in terms of merchandising opportunities, rather than the opportunity for some great chicken-gags.


Coleridge, arguably Shakespeare's greatest critic, came closest to defining the distinctive quality of his vision, when he observed that Shakespeare is as unlike his contemporaries as he is unlike us.

Progress notes for 6 May 2005:

Whiskey & Water

New Words: 1,163
Total Words: 65,589
Pages: 297

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
65,589 / 160,000

Reason for stopping: end of scene, starving to death
Mammalian Assistance: Marlowe came by to help. And Mebd slept on my head while I was doing page proofs in bed last night. And Paladin crammed himself under the desk for a while, which is always fun.
Stimulants: Prince Charles Tea
Exercise: none yet.
Mail: nomail
Today's words Word don't know: n/a
Tyop du jour: n/a
Darling du jour: n/a
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Ed Sanders, Tales of Beatnik Glory; Neal Stephenson, Quicksilver; Lillian Jackson Braun, The Cat Who Talked Turkey (speaking of guilty pleasures, there's one right there); Elizabeth Bear, Worldwired
Interesting research tidbits of the day: n/a
Other writing-related work: 100 more pages of Worldwired proofs went under the green pencil last night and this morning. This weekend is going to be The Land Of Overbooked. (Hah. I made a funny.)
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    Shania Twain - Come on Over / Tom Waits - How's it Gonna End