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Fri, Sep. 6th, 2013, 06:12 pm
There's A Reason I Created This Userpic

Ahhh, DC Comics. Always with the maturity and good clean fun.

I don't think it's any secret that I've had it up to HERE with what the writers and editors at Marvel and especially DC Comics consider to be cutting-edge material, mostly because their material tends to include lots of cutting edges. But this is just frickin' nuts.

And I see the stuff in the comments on that page about the potential meta and meta-meta context. Nope, sorry, no biscuit. DC's animated wing is doing just fine without this crap; Marvel's animation is nearly as good, and of course the movies are great. No, the people in charge at DC Comics these days are the sad, repressed damaged goods people used to think were caused by comics.

I can certainly deal with violence in comics (said the guy who loved Frank Miller at the beginning of his career, long before most people had heard of him). Absolutely sexuality (said the proud owner of the three-volume hardcover Lost Girls, every issue of XXXenophile, and lots of other smutty goodness). But there are... not limits. Standards. There's an old adage about rules, and how they're made to be broken... but sometimes they're made to be followed, because they work.

Every once in awhile, someone posts an old page from the earliest days of Spider-Man or Fantastic Four, or even Superman during the Curt Swan heyday. And it's wonderful how much story and characterization Stan and Steve or Julie and Curt crammed into six or nine panels... and how there actually was story and characterization going on.

Remember the chest-burster scene in Alien? Ridley Scott famously didn't tell the cast what was going to happen, to make sure that their reactions were all believable... to force everybody in the film, and thus everybody watching the film, into a new and unknown realm of horror.

Sometimes I feel as if modern comic creators are trying to do that all the time.

It ain't the medium -- it's the people who have forgotten, or never learned, storytelling... and, possibly, how to have fun.

Thoughts?

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Fri, Sep. 6th, 2013, 06:00 pm
Sorry, Sorry, I'm Back

Between SHI (shitty hotel internet) and just So Damn Much Happening before and after DragonCon, I haven't updated LJ/DW in about two weeks. Sorry, gang. I is back, and with news.
  • DragonCon was moderately financially successful and amazingly fun. I had dinner at the Banquet with the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, and TV's Spartacus, Liam McIntyre (and his gorgeous fiance Erin). My Banquet set went pretty well, as did my other FIVE sets. Busy busy busy. Saw friends, saw great costumes, did NOT see anywhere near as many of the great costumes as I wanted to. Briefly met Rob Paulsen, which was wonderful. So, many thanks to Pat Henry, Regina Kelly, Robby Hilliard, Chip Brazell, Walt, and everybody else who helped make D*Con good this year.
  • During that weekend, the 2015 WorldCon bid was won by Spokane, WA. And now it can be told: I'm their Music Guest of Honor! I'm incredibly flattered and humbled and WOW I must be doing something right. Anyway, Sasquan in late August 2015 -- be there!
  • I will be uploading new noise very soon. Everybody who wondered where the heck the TomBoat album was? I have it.
  • Another new album of stuff you mostly haven't heard before? I have it.
  • Sets from this year's DragonCon, to be put up pay-what-you-want? I have 'em.
Much more info on those over the next few days. I predict a LOT of uploading this weekend, along with staggeringly good barbecue to get me through.

And how are you doing?

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Fri, Aug. 23rd, 2013, 04:16 pm
SAVING STAR WARS Meets Make-A-Wish

Our old buddy Gary Wood, the filmmaker behind Saving Star Wars, is doing something cool for the next week:
Beginning today, August 23, through Friday, August 30, WoodWorks Films will donate $2.00 from every online viewing/rental of Saving Star Wars. We're excited to make this happen and hope you'll make this a Saving Star Wars/Make-A-Wish Weekend.
If you haven't seen it before, SSW is a great little picture, with humor, wit, and a lot of heart. I wrote "Rock Me Amidala" for it, and I'm proud to be a part of it.

Check it out, won't you? And, if you like it, boost the signal.

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Fri, Aug. 23rd, 2013, 09:55 am
Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na

So.

Ben Affleck.

Thoughts?

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Tue, Aug. 20th, 2013, 06:11 pm
New FREE* Concert - MarCon 2013

Pay-what-you-want, complete with cover, CD label, and tray graphics. Most notable for Toyboat backing me up on "Rocket Ride", a preview of the no-really-it's-coming Tomboat album. No donation required, any donation appreciated.

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Tue, Aug. 20th, 2013, 10:59 am
Farewell, Elmore Leonard

Great sadness. Elmore Leonard has passed away at the age of 87. He wrote remarkable works, vivid and exciting, many of which were translated to film.

I will never forget the first time I saw Get Shorty. There's this remarkable moment with John Travolta and Dennis Farina, where Farina -- oh, just watch:



I was about to go crazy when Farina incorrectly used "e.g.", and Travolta corrected him, and I loved this movie and everything about it, and especially I loved Elmore Leonard.

Rest well, sir, and thanks.

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Mon, Aug. 19th, 2013, 09:36 am
Orphaned Instruments Fund

Our dear friend fabricdragon has an ongoing fundraiser to cover her costs for rescuing and repairing distressed musical instruments. Check it out, won't you?

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Sun, Aug. 18th, 2013, 04:12 pm
Upcoming Conventions, House Concert Possibilities, and Concert Window

I am bummed that I did not make GenCon Indy this year, but it was my own fault. I really didn't plan for it, and I didn't save up any money for it. Even if I had made it, it would've been a skin-of-the-teeth thing, and that ain't no way to do something like GenCon. So, next year.

Meantime, I have a lot of upcoming stuff, and you can all be part of it:
  • First, of course, are the conventions I will be attending.I think and hope I will have some new stuff for Dragon etc., and not just concert audio.

  • Second: The FenCon/ConChord/Back To OVFF trip. Between FenCon and ConChord, I will have about ten days to play with. Three of them will be spent in travel just getting out there; I'll likely spend a few days visiting my mom, out in Phoenix. Once I get to San Diego, I hope to spend one day up in Anaheim, at Disneyland.

    I'd like at least one, and up to three, to be house concerts. If anybody's interested.

    The available dates would be Oct. 8-14, depending on where I am on my westward journey -- e.g., it's much easier for me to do Texas on the 8th through 10th than on the 13th and 14th. Anywhere in Dallas, or possibly Austin; along I-20, or I-10, heading towards Arizona; or between San Diego and Los Angeles. A few hours of absolute insanity, live in your living room/den/gazebo/whatever. You know the drill: I ask a small donation; the host/hostess gets free albums and a recording of the concert; the other guests get serious discounts on merch; and everyone gets a silly, fun evening.

    Just for everyone's convenience, my intention is to stay at a local hotel where possible, although we can talk about that.

    Anyone interested in hosting something?

  • I've been thinking of doing a live video concert or three for awhile now... but the tech has always been a bit shaky. Not anymore. Concert Window has opened up the possibility of actually being able to charge admission and everything (including a pay-what-you-want option), while having WAY more robust servers than anything I could access otherwise.

    So. If I had a half-hour to forty-five-minute online concert at Concert Window -- say, sometime in December -- would anybody be interested?


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Fri, Aug. 16th, 2013, 09:36 am
Crowdfunding Signal Boost: Crowes and Consequences

One more time. They're down to 17 hours, with just over $500 to go. C'mon, it's our dear friends, Eric Coleman and Lizzie Crowe! You know you want to help.

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Wed, Aug. 14th, 2013, 09:54 am
I Will NOT Be At GenCon 2013

Just too much going on, too little money, bills due, ongoing problems with my tooth, etc. I wish I could justify it; can't. I hope everyone who does make it there has a blast, and I hope to see you next year.

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Sun, Aug. 11th, 2013, 02:28 pm
New FREE* Concert - ConTemporal 2013

So here's the deal.

I'm not in any danger of being thrown out on the street or anything, but I have got a few pending things that I need some cash for -- dental work, GenCon, stuff like that.

So I'm working frantically to get some new concerts up, and to finish a couple of paid-for projects so I can get back to other projects, including, y'know, long-overdue new albums.

First up is my concert at ConTemporal this year. And I think I've done a pretty good job of spiffing up the package. Best possible audio. Lyrics and notes all over the individual song pages. All the JPGs for the CD, tray, and insert. (Subscribers, I'm uploading the MP3s right now, and later this evening I'll upload a disk image for you, already registered with Gracenote [sans cover art -- that's an ass-pain].)

Aaaaaand it's free. You don't have to pay a thing.

What's the catch?

None. I'm gonna start putting ALL my concerts up on BandCamp that way, and update things on tomsmithonline.com soon as well. The concerts will be free.

Unless you'd like to pay me something for them, to help support an artist.

(I repeat: Subscribers, this is already in your folder or will be within about fifteen minutes. You're good, and thanks again.)

Anyway. It was a pretty damn good concert. We had lots of fun, and a bunch of people hadn't heard my stuff, and we laughed and sang and et cetera and I even improv'd a song about a lady carrying on a conversation right near the stage, and I think managed to not offend anyone or come off looking like a jerk.

48 minutes of Tomedy (... okay, that word dies a quick death starting nnnNOW), free for nothin'.

Thanks to you all.

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Wed, Aug. 7th, 2013, 06:09 pm
Tom Smith at the Caroline Kennedy Library in Dearborn Heights, MI on Thursday, Aug. 8

Remember that library gig I had last month? Well, I'm doing it again, 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, this time at the Caroline Kennedy Library on George Ave. in Dearborn Heights, MI (just north of Ford Road, just west of Telegraph). An hour of silly songs, and I can't remember but there might be an ice cream social.

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Tue, Aug. 6th, 2013, 09:24 pm
IndieGoGo Reminder: Cheshire Moon's Next Album

Our dear friends Eric Coleman and Lizzie Crowe, otherwise known as Cheshire Moon, are in the midst of an IndieGoGo campaign to fund their new album. Unfortunately, they're only halfway to their goal, with ten days to go. Won't you check it out and help if you can? Thanks.

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Tue, Aug. 6th, 2013, 07:55 pm
Updated DragonCon 2013 Filk Schedule

Bookmark this page. (There are apparently some subdomain issues at dragoncon.org, so it might be tricky to get to.) Lots of fun stuff down in the regular room, Baker, including Filk & Cookies, recording workshops, Instafilk, etc.

My schedule, at the moment, is:
  • Fri 7:00 p.m. - Hyatt Int'l North (you just want to stay all night for this one -- I'm followed by the Blibbering Humdingers, the Brobdingnagian Bards, and the Lost Boys)
  • Sat 7:00 p.m. - Guest of Honor Banquet (just a quick 15 minutes, but YEAH)
  • Sat 10:00 p.m. - Hyatt Int'l North (another evening of coolness, kicked off by the Humdingers and followed by the Bards)
  • Sun 8:30 p.m. - Hyatt Int'l North (Humdingers before, the Gekkos after)
  • Mon 11:30 a.m. - Hyatt Concourse (this actually may be an hour set, rather than the normal half-hour)
So who all's gonna be there?

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Tue, Aug. 6th, 2013, 05:20 pm
MUPPETS MOST WANTED Teaser Trailer



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Tue, Aug. 6th, 2013, 11:15 am
WILL YOU LOOKA THAT SHIT



The comments on YouTube are about how much they would pay for this, but all I can think is that it's practically a seminar for how to make such art yourself. Hot off of MuseCon, howzabout linking up to some especially cool instructional videos?

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Thu, Aug. 1st, 2013, 07:53 pm
Kickstarter Boost: Several Good Projects That Need A Lift

A little extra love and attention for:Any other cool projects we should know about?

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Mon, Jul. 29th, 2013, 07:32 pm
Kickstarter Boost: Nuclear Bubble Wrap's Psycho Delicacy

Our FuMP buds, Nuclear Bubble Wrap, are still about a thousand bucks shy of funding their new album. Won't you help?

This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1634122.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.

Mon, Jul. 29th, 2013, 06:28 pm
Best Line From THE GOODBYE GIRL: "I'm here. I'm listening."

This article is an excellent reminder that it always seems easier to solve someone else's problems than to solve your own.

I try very hard to be a sympathetic person. No matter how rough some things have been, and still are, I'm working from a position of relative strength: I'm not about to keel over dead from anything, I've got a house, I'm mostly able to pay my bills. And I feel very bad for friends who are going through rough times. I've been there. I hope I don't end up there again.

I've worked for a long time now to adjust my reaction from "cursory expressed sympathy and then problem solving" (the sympathy is no less sincere, but comes across as brusque or perfunctory) to "lots of sympathy, hugs, listening, more sympathy, and THEN an offer to help if I can do anything and if they even want the help". I'm almost there, but problem-solving mode does kick in fairly quickly if I'm not paying attention. It's a reflex: I want to make better whatever's hurting.

This is for everyone who doesn't need advice, solutions, or inspirational speeches, but rather needs commiseration, a friendly and non-judgmental ear, and/or just a big ol' hug. I got 'em right here. Endless supply, and all free.

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Wed, Jul. 24th, 2013, 11:40 am
John Oliver and THE DAILY SHOW on The New Royal Baby

Up to this point, I thought the best (and certainly the simplest) commentary on the Royale Deluxe avec Fromage was, "He weighs 8 lbs., 6 oz. That's $13 American."

But, no. I do believe you will find this worth your time.

This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1633697.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.

Fri, Jul. 19th, 2013, 10:14 am
Captain Emberwrath's Gaming Gaze

Our friend bayushisan has a new gaming and media blog, and if you like his comments here and his articles at dKos, I think you will find it quite good. Always thoughtful, and usually finding an angle others do not.

Any other blogs, FB pages, Tumblrs, Twitters, Pinterest pages, etc., we should check out?

This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1633331.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.

Thu, Jul. 18th, 2013, 11:59 am
Lewis Black Messes With Texas

Must-see video at dKos. The point here is not how much of a doof Gov. Rick Perry is, so much as it's the awesome pro-New York video Lewis Black and the Daily Show staff put together.

If you could move, right now, for free, to any city in America, where would you go? I'm torn between staying in the Ann Arbor area, Kissimmee, FL, or Chattanooga, TN (very important perqs: access to I-75 and the fastest internet in the country).

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Wed, Jul. 17th, 2013, 08:38 pm
Darth Pooh



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Wed, Jul. 17th, 2013, 12:36 pm
Kennedy Library Shows in Dearborn Heights, MI Thursday

It occurs to me that I haven't mentioned these, and I really should. Tomorrow -- Thursday, July 18 -- I'll be performing at the two Kennedy Libraries in Dearborn Heights, MI.

I'll be at the JFK Library on Van Born Road at 3:00 p.m., and the Caroline Kennedy Library on George St. at 5:00-ish. About an hour each show.

I have no idea if there's any admission charge, although I suspect not. And, hey -- time in an air-conditioned library! That's usually A Really Good Day for any of my friends.

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Tue, Jul. 16th, 2013, 12:57 pm
WARNING: HEAT ADVISORY FOR MICHIGAN, ETC.

Here in way-too-freakin-sunny Ann Arbor, it's 89° (heading toward 95°) with 67% humidity; it feels as if it's 101°. It's like that in a lot of places today. (Strangely enough, according to friends on FB, not in most of Texas. Go fig.) It's going to be like that most of the week. The lows are in the 70s.

If you happen to be in one of those places, please keep yourself hydrated, stay in the air conditioning as much as you can, eat light meals with protein, keep yourself hydrated, don't leave pets or kids in the car -- did I mention keeping yourself hydrated? This is killing weather.

How is it where you are, and how are you dealing with it?

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Mon, Jul. 15th, 2013, 01:38 pm
Crowdfunding Signal Boost: Crowes and Consequences

Our dear friends Eric Coleman and Lizzie Crowe, known collectively as Cheshire Moon, have another crowdfunded album project. Crowes and Consequences should be every bit as spiff as Ways of Wind and Water, but they need some help over the next 33 days to get there. Check it out, won't you?

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Sun, Jul. 14th, 2013, 03:08 pm
Fuck Fear

Just headed off another argument on my Facebook page, this time regarding the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman verdict. And I got on a roll, and way past that specific topic, and I thought I'd put it up here to see what you all think.

It kinda meanders, although I do my best to aim toward an obvious target. Simple premise, though:

Fuck fear.Collapse )

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Fri, Jul. 12th, 2013, 04:08 pm
Well, That Was A Productive Fifteen Minutes

(to a possibly recognizable tune)

The most ludicrous plot I've ever seen:
Sharknado! Sharknado, Sharknado, Sharknado!
First we need a hurricane on the West Coast and a big green screen.
Sharknado! Sharknado, Sharknado, Sharknado!
Sharknado, Sharknado...

Sharknado,
I just saw a film called Sharknado,
A documentary
Of killers from the sea... and air.

Sharknado,
Effects made with box fans and Play-Doh!
Meteorology
Is tossed aside and we... don't care!

Sharknado!
Tweet it loud with appropriate #hashtag,
While Asylum is filling their cash bag...

Sharknado,
Can't wait for the Blu-ray, Sharknado!

If we encourage them, they'll just make
Sharknado...
Two!

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Thu, Jul. 11th, 2013, 05:20 pm
Humble Bundles

The current Humble Bundle is a jaw-droppingly cool collection of eBooks by such luminaries as Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean, Cory Doctorow, Randall Munroe, and Wil Wheaton. The deluxe edition of The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold....

The Humble Weekly Sale that just started is also superb: There's a famous series of old, old, old-school RPGs set in a world called Avernum. They're not awfully expensive, but pricey enough that, in these days of damn near cinematic experiences, they may not seem very enticing. Well, now you can get them STUPID CHEAP. Literally, right now the average to get all of 'em and unlock the two extra games is $3.93. So, kick in four bucks, get EIGHT adventure games for PC, Mac, or Linux.

Any other cool online deals we should know about (besides, of course, the current 5th anniversary sale at the Apple App Store, Giveaway Of The Day, and Kindle Buffet)?

This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1631246.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.

Wed, Jul. 10th, 2013, 08:26 pm
Kickstarter Boost: My Kid Brother's Band

My old buddy Gary Wood (the guy who created Saving Star Wars) is running a Kickstarter for a new film. My Kid Brother's Band is based on interviews with George Harrison's sister Louise, currently living in Benton, IL.

This KS is just starting out, and they could use some help. Won't you give it a look? Thanks.

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Wed, Jul. 10th, 2013, 01:10 pm
Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla

On this date in 1856. Possibly one of the greatest scientists, one of the greatest people, who ever lived... and one who got screwed almost every step of the way. Edison, Marconi, J.P. Morgan... the list of people who elbowed their way in front of or stomped over Tesla is long and diverse.

If you ever listen to radio, or use alternating current (hint: everything you plug in), you owe thanks to Tesla.

What's your favorite current science project? Kickstarter, government grant, whatever. Mine is the Bukito portable 3D printer.

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Tue, Jul. 9th, 2013, 06:35 pm
The Muppets' Bohemian Rhapsody

I was just reminded on Facebook how very cool this video is, and it seemed a good time to share.



Any fun Muppet videos you want to link to?

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Mon, Jul. 8th, 2013, 04:15 pm
Okay, Now I Don't Even WANT To See MAN OF STEEL

Just... just look at this. Besides the context, the damn costume doesn't look jack shit like Superman's.

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Mon, Jul. 8th, 2013, 03:04 pm
Ed Kramer And Dragon*Con... Together No More

For those who've been wondering when, or if, Dragon*Con would ever separate itself from its controversial co-founder, Ed Kramer... done and done.

Now Kramer can go to, bluntly, whatever merciful oblivion may have him, and the rest of us can get on with the damn con.

This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1630188.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.

Mon, Jul. 8th, 2013, 08:22 am
Today's Google Doodle

If you have not yet seen today's Google Doodle (inspired by the Roswell UFO Incident)... it's an entire freakin' adventure game. Click on everything.

Past Google Doodles are here.

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Sat, Jul. 6th, 2013, 08:44 pm
Movie Trailers For You

First up, a German-made 3D CGI Tarzan which looks interesting. I presume there will be an English version:



And then there's Boxtrolls:



What animated features, CGI or no, are you looking forward to?

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Sat, Jul. 6th, 2013, 08:31 pm
We're All Mad Here (And It's Okay)

Emotionally busy afternoon. This just seemed a thing.



How you all doin'?

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Sat, Jul. 6th, 2013, 08:10 pm
WARNING: Triggery Domestic Violence PSA w/Keira Knightley

On this dKos page, which also has links to US statistics and resources (more in the comments).

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Fri, Jul. 5th, 2013, 12:39 pm
InConJunction Update: Not This Year

I am so very sorry.

I will not be attending InConJunction this weekend.

I've been up coughing and blowing my nose half the night, my throat is rough, I am very tired. And it makes no sense to drive several hours only to be contagious all over everybody and not be able to perform at anything close to my usual standard.

I hope I can get back to InCon next year. But this year is right out.

I hope you all have a fantastic time, and I'll catch up with you online over the weekend.

This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1628702.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.

Thu, Jul. 4th, 2013, 11:45 am
InConJunction, Con Crudde Or No

The other day, a mild cough turned into a full-blown upper respiratory infection. You know, the one with the cough like a blast furnace and your whole body saying, "Are you SURE you don't have the flu? 'Cause, man, this don't feel good."

I'm still coughing, though it's neither as frequent nor as painful as Tuesday and yesterday. Mentholatum and Ricola and Kroger Value-Brand guaifenesin/dextromethorphan are my Good Friends. :D If everything feels this good or better tomorrow morning, it's off to InConJunction. A thing, though: For your protection, I will have Purell at the ready. I recommend you do the same.

So. Who's going to be there?

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Thu, Jul. 4th, 2013, 10:17 am
Happy Independence Day!

Today is the anniversary of the US Declaration of Independence. I hope you all have a fantastic day, barbecue somethin' tasty, relax, and have some fun. Meantime, let's all sing!









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Wed, Jun. 26th, 2013, 11:18 am
SB5 Blocked, DOMA Struck Down, California Prop 8 Dead In The Water

Tremendous. And epic.

More information at The Maddow Blog.

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Mon, Jun. 24th, 2013, 07:43 pm
Farewell, Richard Matheson

Great sadness -- one of the legends has fallen. Richard Matheson has passed away at the age of 87.

It isn't really possible to overstate Matheson's influence on the genres of fantasy and science fiction. His works include:
  • I Am Legend (adapted to film at least three times, starring the minor, unimportant actors Vincent Price, Charlton Heston, and Will Smith)
  • The Shrinking Man (also adapted to film, another minor, unimportant Effing Classic of horror)
  • Bid Time Return (you might have seen the film adaptation of this -- Somewhere In Time with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour)
  • Hell House (adapted to film as The Legend of Hell House)
  • a bunch of classic Twilight Zone episodes (and when I say classic, I mean "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" classic).
He wrote the short story "Duel", which Spielberg adapted to film, and the screenplays for The Night Stalker, The Martian Chronicles, and the excellent Jack Palance TV adaptation of Dracula. His short story "Button, Button" was adapted (not to his liking) on The New Twilight Zone, and also into the movie The Box.

He wrote the screenplays for three of Corman's Poe movies, including The Pit and the Pendulum and The Raven, fer cryin' out loud.

I will never forget one of his Night Gallery scripts (from his own short story), "Big Surprise". You can watch it here. Such a simple story, such a great payoff.

The upshot of which is: Go down his list of works, and you will find a lot of things you know and love.

Rest well, sir, and thank you so much.

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Wed, Jun. 19th, 2013, 09:15 pm
Farewell, James Gandolfini

The big shocker for the day is the sudden passing of actor James Gandolfini at the age of 51. Gandolfini is, of course, best known for his multiple-Emmy-winning portrayal of Tony Soprano on HBO's The Sopranos. He was also in a bunch of movies, and produced two documentaries for HBO, focusing on American war veterans.

Condolences to his family and friends.

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Wed, Jun. 19th, 2013, 07:53 pm
Farewell, Slim Whitman

Sadness. Cowboy crooner and yodeler Slim Whitman has passed away at the age of 90. An international recording star for decades, with recordings spanning from 1954 to 2010, he had a smooth-as-whiskey voice, an amazing falsetto, and a unique, haunting style:





Of course, it could have a somewhat discordant effect on the unwary:


Rest well, sir, and thanks.

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Mon, Jun. 17th, 2013, 02:36 pm
Can You Believe It? NEW PRODUCT! And A Small Web Page Update

Specifically, a half-dozen live shows from 2011-2013, with more on the way. Working on the track lists as you read this.

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Sun, Jun. 16th, 2013, 09:05 pm
Kickstarter Giant 2 Inch Soft Foam Polyhedral Dice

Perfect for your kids, reasonably priced, just boss looking. Only one day left!

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Sun, Jun. 16th, 2013, 07:13 pm
Happy Father's Day

I hope all of you have had a magnificent day: My dad, my stepdad, all of you dads and single parents out there, and all of you grandparents, foster parents, and elder siblings who stepped in to fill a need. You all rock.

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Sat, Jun. 15th, 2013, 07:13 pm
New Stuff in the Subscribers Folder

Same log-in, etc. Two concerts I somehow missed putting up: ConClave and WindyCon 2011, and my half of the Skype concert I did last June for ConTemporal. (The streaming was not with us that night, so I don't have audience audio.) More stuff finally on the way!

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Sat, Jun. 15th, 2013, 09:11 am
Origins and Free RPG Day

I am astonished that I still have the badge for my first Origins Game Fair, held on the north campus of the University of Michigan in 1978. That's where I first encountered RuneQuest; that's where I started making friendships that have lasted to this day.

Origins is going on right now down at the MarCon hotel in Columbus, OH, but if you can't be there you can still take advantage of Free RPG Day. New adventures, accessories, quickstart systems! If you've never been in a role-playing game, or it's been a very long time for you, you might want to take a few minutes, find your local game store, and go make some lifelong friends in the pursuit of one of the most dazzling and rewarding hobbies there is.

What are your favorite pen-and-paper RPG rules? Mine, no question, are RuneQuest, Call of Cthulhu, GURPS, and Tunnels & Trolls. With a bonus nod towards Chivalry & Sorcery and Bushido. (Yeah, I'm old-school. What?)

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