RIP: Sir Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett

Well, we've been dreading has come to pass. Sir Terry Pratchett has made his exit. He did so at home surrounded by family, so we have that to hold onto at least. He had been doing battle with Alzheimer's for quite some time, and drawing much needed attention to the disease through the fact that he was, well, Terry Goddamn Pratchett. His writing lives on. He was 66 years old.

Rox, our chief Pratchettologist, called my attention to the fact that we have three DragonCon panels wherein she and others celebrated his work and life. Below you'll find the 2013 and 2014 Worlds of Terry Pratchett panels. The 2011 edition is here.

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By |March 12th, 2015|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #232: A Julia Roberts of Raptors

Majestic Deer

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...the podcast that knows jokes are better when you don't have to explain them...so it doesn't ever explain itself. At all. Ever.

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By |March 6th, 2015|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

RIP: Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy smiling

Leonard Nimoy--actor, director, writer, poet, musician, and elder stateman of the sci-fi geek community for his role as Mr. Spock--died yesterday at age 83. Chances are if you read this site, this is not news to you...since social media has been awash with memorials. And rightly so. An irreplaceable loss to culture, pop or otherwise.

Rox pointed out that bits of Leigh's interview with him from DragonCon 2009 has been posted on YouTube. So for a look back at the man in one of his elements, here you go:

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By |February 28th, 2015|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

Black Phoenix Puts Sherlock Holmes On The Right Scent

221B Baker Street Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

The Great Detective, Sherlock Holmes, must be one of the most scrutinized characters in fiction. Appropriate for someone who excels in observation and analysis. Study of the residents of 221B Baker Street and dissecting their stories is known as the Sherlockian game or more simply The Great Game. People regularly debate the location of Watson's Afghan war wound (leg or shoulder) and Watson's first name (John or James). Many have tried to determine Sherlock's lineage, his university, and even his sexual preference. No detail is too minute for scrutiny. Since I have been writing about Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab a lot, something occurred to me. There seems to be a major aspect of speculation missing: what did Sherlock Holmes smell like?

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By |February 24th, 2015|Headsup|1 Comment

Wayhomer Review #180: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Colin Firth in Kingsman: The Secret Service

It's Episode #180 for Kingsman: The Secret Service, in which our protagonist definitely feels like his wardrobe needs some work, wishes he could look as cool in spectacles and marvels at watching Mr. Darcy provide some admirable beatdowns.
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By |February 16th, 2015|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|1 Comment

Your Weekend Justice #231: The Darkness Covers the Shame

Monkey Magic

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...the podcast with participants that talk over each other so damn much you'll swear you're listening to AM radio again and getting station interference. Kids, ask your parents what that means.

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By |February 13th, 2015|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

I Have Been Typing For Over 37 Years and My Wrists Haven't Fallen Off Yet - Here's Why

Yes, I am that old. But my wrists are older. And that's because regular typing on a normal sort of keyboard makes you twist your wrists to get them in position to hit the keys. Because you bend and flex and whatnot to type, one's wrists can, at least internally, become truly FUBAR. Some people I know have had to have surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome...and I was afraid for a while there that I would need a bit of that myself. Here's how I've gotten my wrists to quit being so damn angry all the time.

First thing I did is changed my gear. I had a really sweet gaming keyboard--so I could make use of all the macros and extra programmable keys--and I hated to give it up, but my wrists demanded it. (And it was hell to get me to give up my Trackpoint keyboard in order to get the macros.) So, anyway, I started looking at alternatives.

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By |February 9th, 2015|Stimuli|4 Comments

The Week in Links

  • Well, we learned this week that the Lego version of the Helicarrier will be released in March--with 2996 pieces and running about $350. I have a feeling this one is going to get snapped up like nobody's business--eBay auctions are already underway for $1000. This is basically this generation's G.I. Joe Aircraft Carrier. For parents, though, a warning: be prepared for your kids to re-enact the helicarriers from Winter Soldier. I'm just telling you now. Brickset has a number of pics. No pre-order link yet.
  • Rox appeared in an article and interview regarding her life and unclassified adventures--plus as much information about Spazhouse as we've seen since the VH1 Behind the Music special from 1997.
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    By |January 31st, 2015|Stimuli|1 Comment

    A Guide to Convention Preparedness

    (Widge's Note: Just as the summer movie season is started to break down as more and more films get crammed in anywhere they'll fit on the schedule (with most of them showing up on Blu-Ray six weeks later anyway), so the convention season sprawls lazily over the entire year. Hell, in the Atlanta metro area I swear there's an anime con somewhere just about every damn weekend. Thespia is the most prepared executive producer one could ask for. If she doesn't have it, you probably don't need it. She gave some thought to convention preparedness--having been a source of con sanity for myself for years--and here's what she came up with. If you're a seasoned veteran of a thousand psychic wars, there's probably nothing new here--but conventions suck in newcomers all the time. Can you be too prepared? Enjoy.)

    Cons can (and should) be a blast, but a lot of things can definitely dampen your mood: a dead cell phone, a torn costume, a bad headache, a lost badge...and the list goes on. Over the years, I've developed my own "preparedness kit" based on some hard-learned lessons. (One of the most important of these is that everything you choose to include has three costs: money, space, and weight.) The following is a list of what I have found to be the most economical in all three areas while still covering the essentials. It may look like a lot on paper, but if you pack it right, it should fit into a small bag (about the size of a lunchbox).

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    By |January 30th, 2015|Stimuli|1 Comment

    Widge's Favorite Music of 2012, Part 2: The EPs

    Seven Lions

    Yes, I know, this is even more insane to post this now considering I posted Part 1 back in July. However, two things: one, 2014 was...problematic at times to say the least. Some days, music is all that kept me from jumping out of my office window. Considering I work in a basement office, that would have simply been confusing and messy. Second thing: I am still finding music from all eras that I've never heard before. The other day I discovered a fantastic track only to discover it was from 2005. Or there's the compilation Those Shocking, Shaking Days which consists of badass Indonesian music from the 1970s. So I figure there's gotta be something in this mix of stuff you haven't heard. And, if nothing else, hey, it's an experiment. Read all about it in the first post.

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    By |January 27th, 2015|Music Whenever|0 Comments