Awesome!

Nov. 27th, 2011 08:34 am
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I found the really great violinist who performs at the Saturday Market. (He was at the Holiday Market yesterday as well, but I was too busy to stop and listen for long.)

http://milesschneider.com/index.php?/projects/videos/

I actually don't think his best stuff is up there, I've seen him do some really amazing pieces. :) But what's there is still really good.
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I subscribe to the official Peter S. Beagle newsletter, and I just got some amazing news. First, the legal disaster that was keeping him from being paid royalties on the movie is now fixed! So he is now getting paid, and they are even slowly paying him back all the money they owe him from the last 25 or so years.

Which is awesome, but more awesome is that the same legal straightening out has resulted in some other great things, including the movie having some limited re-releases in theaters! So if you want to see it on the big screen, you might get a chance! They're doing it as a theater tour, meaning that Peter S. Beagle himself will be at all of these showings. The schedule is still being made, the only theater down for certain is the Egyptian in Hollywood, where it will start, but the newsletter says that they're trying to hit every single major American city, as well as some in Canada, Great Britain, and Germany.

There's a lot of other neat stuff going on in conjunction with this as well. I can forward the full newsletter to anybody who wants a copy, but I just couldn't resist mentioning this stuff, it is way cool!
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First I want to say a HUGE thank-you to everybody who entered. Seriously. Every time I saw a new entry it completely made my day. I was afraid this was going to be a fizzle and I wouldn't get anything at all, but instead I got thirteen awesome entries, every single one of which was worthy of some kind of prize.

Sadly I cannot give out infinite prizes. I have not so much money right now, or I would consider giving everybody something or other. As is, I had to choose.

So now, in traditional suspense-building style (though you can scroll to the end if you like) I'd like to thank each of the artists who didn't win first.

Lots of pictures under here )

Thank you ALL again! This has been an amazing experience for me, and I hope that all of you, winners or not, have had fun doing the art.

I'll be contacting everybody individually to ask about getting originals for the real media pieces, I'd love to own all of these, if possible. :) And of course I'll be contacting the winners about their prizes. If you don't want to wait, feel free to drop me a comment/e-mail/note and discuss what you'd like to get.

YES!

Jun. 20th, 2011 01:48 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss_BmTGv43M&feature=player_embedded

Possibly NSFW. Probably Not Safe for Sanity either. But you MUST WATCH. I've been eagerly anticipating this ever since Al announced he would be doing it.

(Weird Al. As Lady Gaga. Be afraid.)
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http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5782108/1/Harry_Potter_and_the_Methods_of_Rationality

THIS. READ THIS. If you like Harry Potter, read this. If you enjoy reading, read this. If you like fanfiction read this. But more than that, if "for Science!" is a call that can stir your heart, if "humanism" means something to you, READ THIS.

IMHO if it finishes out as wonderfully as it's gone so far it will be better than the original Harry Potter. Far better. This alternate-reality version of the story keeps many of its strengths, and removes many of its weaknesses. It's not as fluffy, mind. Harry Potter in the original deals with some harsh realities, but it does so in a way that's pretty conventional. Nothing in that story challenges your ideas about reality, or self, or how stories are meant to go. It's a safe sort of reality. Maybe people die, but love will triumph over all. Well love isn't the answer this time. The answer is a lot more complicated, a little bit darker, and quite possibly a great deal more profound. Love might be part of it, but it's only part. And the problem isn't so simple either, this Harry probably isn't going to end up saving the world from a clear-cut evil by killing an obvious villain. The Voldemort here is a far more interesting character than I ever could have dreamed.

The whole thing is brilliant. I laughed so hard I just about fell out of my chair. I also cried. I don't think the original ever quite made me do either. I am going to anticipate new chapters of this story with a lot more eagerness than I've anticipated any new books in quite a long time. I'm honestly having a hard time remembering the last time a story stirred me this much.

ZOMG

Mar. 12th, 2011 10:56 pm
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Hard Rock Pokemon was already my favorite Japanese pokemon stuff reseller. (Okay prices, stellar service.) And after getting this e-mail I just got from them, I like them even better.

Letter contents here )

I'd been thinking of donating, but last time I donated to charity I got spammed half to death by the charity I used. I understand that they always can use more donations, but I dislike that donating once puts me on the "soft touch" list and I get harassed for life. :P They've finally slacked off a bit recently, and I really don't want to encourage them again. So this is perfect. Hard Rock won't spam me, if it were going to do that it would already be doing it with sales stuff, and it's not. So yay. Plus I've been thinking of buying something nice, as my finances are good this month. Maybe I'll treat myself to that Serperior plush I've been eyeing... 10% off is not huge, but it's not to be sneezed at either. :D And it's at least going directly to Japan itself, rather than sitting in the coffers of some American company who may or may not ever cough up the money to somebody on the scene who will actually use it. (Like all the phone companies during the Haiti disaster. Never donate to charity via phone txt if you can help it.)

And obviously as the donation e-mail is right there, even if you're not a current Hard Rock customer, any of you reading this can feel free to use this as your way to donate as well. :)
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http://voices.washingtonpost.com/comic-riffs/2009/12/best_comic_of_the_decade.html

Girl Genius is actually in the running for The Washington Post's best comic of the decade. Considering the syndicated stuff it's up against, that's pretty shiny. Vote if you like.

If you don't read Girl Genius, You can start right now. It's good stuff.

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