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Monday, February 18th, 2008
2:26 pm
Cory Doctorow's Three Laws
1. Don't punish the innocent to get at the guilty.

2. Never declare war on an abstract noun like "terrorism".

3. Free speech is more important than business models.

From the interview accompanying the IDW comic adaptation of Doctorow's short story I, Robot.

What would your Three Laws be?

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
7:52 pm
New Music Tuesday: YouTube Roundup
I thought I'd change things up a bit and share some recent music videos that I just can't stop watching.

"Sax Rohmer #1" by The Mountain Goats (from the forthcoming album Heretic Pride)

"1 2 3 4" by Feist (from The Reminder)

"Dig, Lazaraus, Dig!!!" by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (from the forthcoming album Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!)

"Honkey Donkey" by Solex (from The Laughing Stock of Indie Rock)

"If You're Into It" by Flight of the Conchords (from The Distant Future EP, and, of course, the hit HBO series.)

"Mr. Fancy Pants" by Jonathan Coulton, performed by sweetafton23 (from The Internets)

Monday, February 11th, 2008
11:20 pm
Newfangled times and old-fashioned fun
I didn't expect it to happen so fast, but I have a job! That's right, I am the newest project manager at Newfangled Web Factory in Carrboro, NC. When I say it happened fast, that's not hyperbole. In fact, from the time I sent in my resume to when they offered me the job, it was less than a week! It's a fantastic organization, full of friendly, dedicated folks. They also love to play Quake, which comes installed on every Newfangled computer. The Quake name they assigned me (without my input, mind you)...Silver Bullet. I can't think of anything they could have done that would have made me feel more welcome.


We are in the middle of what is already the most exciting Presidential election year in a generation, and I have turned into a real political junkie. It starting to look like both parties are going to have to wait until their respective national conventions to decide the nominees. I don't want to get my hopes up, but maybe--just maybe--the North Carolina primary will actually mean something this year! It's no secret that I am a fairly left-leaning Democrat, and, despite the online candidate quiz that recently said I was an 81% match with Mike Gravel, I am rooting for Barak Obama.

So is Jonathan Coulton.


Speaking of Jonathan Coulton, here is a video I made for his song Kenesaw Mountain Landis.

I started it back in November, and it was supposed to be in an episode of This Day In Alternate History. Unfortunately, that project is on indefinite hold, but I figured it was a shame to waste all the hard work I had already put into it. Plus Lulu made me give my MacBook, and the copy of Final Cut that was on it, back to them. :(


And lastly, gentle reader, I present to you the debut of The Guild of Justice-Minded Citizenry (aka steampunk Justice League)!

The Guild of Justice-Minded Citizenry

(left to right) Supergirl (Michelle = naiad_kitty), Zatanna (Annie = halogencat), Batgirl (Leah = cleahpatra), The Flash (Nick = ghsthckr), Power Girl (Alison = evilchick), Nightwing (Mike = mixmastermike), Green Arrow (yours truly!), Superman (Jared = planetx), and Sandman (Matt = victor_von). Taken at What-The-Hell?! Con 2008.

Current Mood: optimistic
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
5:48 pm
New Music Tuesday: The Pipettes
Is it cheating to declare something I only just heard in the first week of 2008 to be one of my favorite albums of 2007? Maybe it is, but I don't care. We Are The Pipettes, the UK trio's full-length debut, is, in my opinion, worth a bit of retconing. The Pipettes (Riotbecki, Gwenno, and Rosay) are a retro delight--60s girl-group pop with a punk attitude. Matching outfits and synchronized dance moves...what's not to like? (It also doesn't hurt that all three are really, really cute.)

To see what I mean, take a gander at the video for "Your Kisses are Wasted On Me"

Other stand-out tracks: We are the Pipettes (so freakin' catchy!), Pull Shapes, Dirty Mind, ABC

Web: www.thepipettes.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thepipettes

Incidentally, if you are intersted in my other favorites of 2007, look behind this cut.Collapse )
Friday, January 4th, 2008
9:07 pm
les machines de nates - a steampunk menagerie

I just stumbled upon this amazing set of photos (by Claude Joannis) on Flickr. I'm not sure what the story is behind these wood and metal marvels, but it makes me happy to know that I live in a world where giant mechanical (and apparently drivable!) squids, deep sea angler fish, and elephants exist.

Current Mood: envious
Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
4:07 pm
Merry Cyst-mas!
Did you know January, 3rd was Cyst-mas? Well, it is...would this cat lie to you?

Liriel and I wish everyone a Merry Cyst-mas!

(ps, this is not the "real" post that was promised earlier)

Current Mood: numb, sore
9:18 am
Real post coming soon...

By Eric Tan, who did design work on The Incredibles.

Current Mood: adrift
Saturday, September 15th, 2007
11:35 am
What do I want to be when I grow up?
Succumbed to the latest LJ meme, and I was pleased and surprised to see that it selected "paleontologist" as my number one career pick. How did it know? Of course when Ryn took the same quiz, it said "taxidermist" was her top career pick. (Everyone who knows her knows how ridiculous that is!) Although instructed to only post the top ten results, I decided to post through number 13 because I'm a loner, Dotty, a rebel!

Go to careercruising.com
Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
Post the top ten (or thirteen, or whatever) results

1. Paleontologist

2. Comedian

3. Casting Director

4. Composer

5. Musician

6. Taxidermist

7. Special Effects Technician

8. Veterinary Technician

9. Veterinarian

10. Actor

11. Marine Biologist

12. Zoologist

13. Magician
Friday, September 14th, 2007
11:28 am
The Stupendous Adventures of Starman and Batman
Just in case anyone within the sound of my voice isn't on planetx's flist...

The Stupendous Adventures of Starman and Batman!

Episode 1: Dragon*Con

Wherein our heroes encounter nefarious villains, delusional fans, and frat boys.

Starring cryptonaut, planetx, jrblackwell, and a cast of thousands.

Filmed live at Dragon*Con 2007.

Current Mood: heroic
Friday, August 24th, 2007
10:55 am
Uber-nerdy post about Dragon*Con
Kicking the cosplay up a notch this year and attempting three costumes!

Starman (Jack Knight version, from DC Comics)

My costume from HeroesCon 2006, not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

I need to do some repair work on my cosmic rod (*snicker*), and I'm not sure if those cloths fit me anymore (as I realize it is now too late to loose weight for the con), but even if I flake out on the other other two, I will be Starman.

Death Eater (from Harry Potter, natch! Not sure which one...maybe Yaxley?)

I couldn't help myself and bought this (and a wand) from BuyCostumes.com. I need to find some gloves and probably some new black pants. What kind of shoes does a Death Eater wear anyway? Also, a dark mark temporary tattoo would be HAWT!

Doctor Byron Orpheus (from Venture Bros.)

Also got a red smoking jacket from BuyCostumes.com. Need to pick up a pair of pinstriped pants from Target (thanks for the tip planetx!) and, again, figure out the shoes. I'll probably go sans-cape, but I will try to find or replicate the gold medallion-cross-thingy. Maybe I should look for a bluuuue windbreakerrrr!

How I'm going to fit three costumes in with the work stuff I'll be doing (panels, interviews, filming, etc.), I'm not sure.

Let me know if you're going to D*Con and doing the costume thing too! We can be giant nerds together!

Current Mood: geeky
Monday, August 20th, 2007
6:26 pm
Anybody have any recommendations for an iPod docking/speaker system? (mixmastermike and ashears I am looking in your direction!) I want something that won't sound like it's coming out of tin can, but I think that $200 is my outer limit. I'm particularly tempted by the JBL Radial...any opinions?

Current Mood: cheerful
12:22 am
dinosaur scrotum
Here's a science fun fact...

The first dinosaur to be scientifically described, Megalosaurus bucklandii, was originally named Scrotum humanum. The distal end of the femur of a large, unknown animal was discovered in 1676 in a limestone quarry near Oxford, England. Originally thought to belong to a giant person, the specimen was redescribed in 1763 by Richard Brookes and named after the fragment's resemblance to human testicles.

Whether this was a joke on Broooke's part, or if he really thought it was pair of petrified balls, is open to debate. Although this name theoretically had priority over Megalosaurus according the rules of binomial nomenclature, the rules also state that if a name falls into disuse for 50 years after publication, it is no longer in competition for priority. Therefore, the name Scrotum humanum is a nomen oblitum, or "forgotten name".

The fossil wasn't recognized as belonging to a large reptile until 1815, when famed French comparative anatomist George Cuvier visited Richard Buckland, who had come into possession of it and some additional material which had been found at the same quarry. Buckland assigned the bones to the genus Megalosaurs (Greek for "Great Lizard"), and Gideon Mantell gave it the species name bucklandii in 1827 in honor of Buckland. Incidentally, the term "dinosaur" wouldn't be coined until 1842.

Current Mood: nerdy
Saturday, August 18th, 2007
1:22 am
Top 10 Soundtrack Songs
For no particular reason, I decided to compose a top ten list of my favorite songs from movie soundtracks. To make the list, a song had to be one that I either hadn't heard before seeing the movie it was featured in, or one that I gained a new appreciation for after hearing it in a film.

10. "Gut Feeling" by Devo
From Dogtown and Z-Boys

I was working at an art house theater in Chapel Hill, NC when this documentary about the early days of skate culture came out. "Gut Feeling" plays during the credits, and although I already knew this song from the Devo Greatest Hits/Misses compilations, I never realized how awesome it was until hearing it twice a shift, two days a week, for several weeks in a row. This video is a live performance from 1982.

9-1 behind the cutCollapse )
Let me know what you think and which songs would be on your list!

Current Mood: up too late
Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
1:52 pm
Feed your head
These days I only seem to use LJ to post YouTube videos, like some sort of Web 2.0 Ouroboros.


This is the best thing I've seen in while. It made me really happy this morning.

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
1:26 pm
Saturday, June 23rd, 2007
12:30 pm
This Week In Alternate History
The first week of This Day In Alternate History, aka, TDAH (aka Ta-Dah!!!), is complete. This is a daily (well, weekdaily) video podcast that I am doing with the mighty sailormur, and is available only at Lulu.TV. We're still getting used to this whole video thing (takes a lot more work than audio!), but I think we get exponentially more sophisticated by the end of the week.

June 18 - Susan B. Anthony's suffra-jetpack battalion
June 19 - Roanoke Island, the terror of the southern skies
June 20 - Queen Victoria, the immortal monarch
June 21 - Space-Man for President!
June 22 -
The Galileo/Anne Coulter connection

Next time on TDAH, the real reason Bill Gates is so rich...

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
4:05 pm
New Music Tuesday: Peedlander-Z

Tonight at Local 506 with Eyes to Space.

"How would you like cook your steak? Medium Rare!!!"

Current Mood: S.T.E.A.K.
Wednesday, May 9th, 2007
10:10 am
Thursday, April 19th, 2007
5:25 pm
Wednesday, April 18th, 2007
10:57 am
With all your power, what would you do?

Anyone else going to see The Flaming Lips tonight in Raleigh?
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