Mar. 13th, 2012 05:01 am
sdelmonte: (Me at 41)
Hey all. So I will be at Lunacon. Alas, because Batya is still in her mourning period, she will not be joining me. It's going to be really weird to be there without her, but we agreed that I needed a break after a particularly long stretch of insanity at work. I have not attended a con from start to finish in close to two years, and I miss it. Thus off to the con I go.

Where can you find me? Try these panels...

• What is Filk? An introduction to the music of Science Fiction Fandom. (Panel), Fri 17:00 - 18:00, Halsted I

• Morning People Support Group (Kaffeeklatch), Sat 09:00 - 10:00, Gazebo

• Early Bird Filking (Filk), Sat 10:00 - 11:00, Halsted I

• Ecumenifilk, Sat 11:00 - 12:00, Halstead I

• DC Comics Redux (Panel), Sat 13:00 - 14:00, Elijah Budd

• Attending your first filk convention. Which one is right for you? (Panel), Sun 12:00 - 13:00, Halsted I

• Comics to Films (Panel), Sun 14:00 - 15:00, Westchester Ballroom A2

I will also look to see if there are any other panels in need of help on Saturday afternoon. But you can also look in the filk room, especially at night. And if you are a panelist as well, there is the Green Room.

Also, as I am helping run the ecumenifilk, I need some suggestions from fellow filkers for Jewish-themed filk that would fit the topic.

If you are going, I hope to see you there.
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Judging by the reaction of various quarters on the Net, last Friday's Supernatural was a hit.

Personally, I felt it was self indulgent to the extreme, tacky rather than funny, pointless, and problematic. As well as a huge disappointment given some earlier meta episodes.

I still love this show, but it's time to wrap it up.
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As some of you know, Lunacon overlaps with Purim. While I suspect that it's possible to do everything we need to for Purim at a con, it would require a bit of jumping through hoops, especially in terms of arranging for services Sunday morning. So Batya and I will be skipping Lunacon.

And alas we will also miss OVFF, as it takes place the same weekend as the final leg of the fall Jewish holidays. And since the holiday starts Wednesday night and runs three days, it would be pretty close to impossible to attend that con and observe the holidays the way we usually do.

So this year is a bit of a bummer. We will be at Contata - we better be since we are on concom - and are considering Balticon. But otherwise, I am in the middle of a long, long stretch between cons. I miss it.
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When I saw this story of an astronaut playing her flute on the Space Station, my first thought was whether the flute came with memories of another life lived long ago on a dead planet. And then whether the acoustics are better in the access tubes above Engineering.

And then I saw that she played "Bluenose" by Stan Rogers. Stan Rogers played in space. How cool is that? I think Stan would have approved.
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This might be the coolest astronomy photo ever taken.

Unless you find something else on Thierry Legault's website that is even cooler. It might be possible.
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I found both of these in the library in the past month.

Final Crisis, despite great art and a few very interesting character beats, is a wreck. Morrison tried to come up with something different, but failed miserably. I read enough interviews with him to see what he wanted to do, but none of it made it to fruition. The convoluted, confusing and ultimately boring plot overwhelms the reader, and make any chance we have to enjoy Morrison's work writing Batman, Superman, Hal Jordan or Barry Allen. What's more, the story had no impact at all on the rest of DC's comics aside from Batman. You can skip this. You can even skip looking for summaries of it. For all intents and purposes, it never happened.

Blackest Night - and the related issues of Green Lantern - were, to my surprise, a very good read. Some of the things I was expecting, in terms of the gore and violence and playing with the reader's emotions, were there, but were not as bad I expected. And while the plot would probably unravel if I poked at it enough, it seems to work well enough that the strengths of the story shine through. Johns does a great job with a number of characters, including two that he doesn't seem to handle as well in their own books, Hal Jordan and Barry Allen. He also lets the heroes be heroic from start to finish, ending the trend that marred Identity Crisis and Infinite Crisis. The art by Ivan Reis is also quite amazing. And there are some utterly fantastic moments along the way that made me go "wow."

I suspect that if you are not a hardcore DC fan, much of Blackest Night won't make sense to you. And we are very much in hero vs. villain territory, with the lives of normal folk pretty much off the table. But as a large scale action blockbuster story with a great cast and a lot of heart and a lot of fun (which I didn't expect), it works well for me. I can't say I am upset that I didn't buy it when it came out, but I am glad I got caught up.
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Here they are.

Can't comment about much of this, aside from that Hugo voters sure love Girl Genius and Doctor Who, and that they also love low budget SF films that almost no one (alas, including me) saw.

Oh, and that I am totally happy and thrilled that Seanan McGuire won the Campbell Award!!!!!

Wow! Go, Seanan! Yay!

Yes, I am a fan. Why do you ask?
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At least in one timeline, she's getting married today. Or supposed to.

Alas, we don't have robot librarians. But the Rolling Stones are still with us. And we still don't have a cure for 17 stab wounds.
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Today is not the first time Spain and the Netherlands are facing each other. But the stakes are much lower than in this instance.
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LeBron is joining the Evil League of Evil. He will be known as Dark Dr. J.
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I have been a fan of Doctor Who for 25 years. I have seen pretty much every episode of 5, 6, 9, 10 and 11, and a lot of the other incarnations (minus all those missing years of 2). I have smiled, frowned, gasped, even shrugged at all the faces and all the companions, all the good guys and all the bad. I have waited for the show to return, and stuck it out through the great and the not so great.

So I think it means a lot when I say that I have never, ever been happier with the show than I am today. Yes, I think if analyze the plot here, everything might come tumbling down. So I will instead bask in the strength of the storytelling and the emotion and the acting. Matt Smith has taken his place alongside Tom Baker, Peter Davison, and David Tennant. Karen Gillen is on the short list of amazing companions. And this finale was a tour de force that was at once gripping, hysterical and moving. It has been a long time since I was as pleased with an hour of TV as I am now.

I cannot wait to see what comes next from Eleven and Amy and everyone else. Steven Moffatt, I tip my hat to you.



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