Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Gear School II is being released today and it seemed like a good time to remind everyone that I'll be doing a couple of signing's this weekend.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
You owe it to yourself to listen to this. NPR's "All Songs Considered" posted this song of their show a week or two ago and I forgot to write about it until just this moment. The song, "Hey Hey What Can I Do", is from an album of Led Zepplin covers called From the Land of Ice and Snow. The album is being released by Jealous Butcher Records and it features bands from Portland the Northwest, which means that I have several friends and people I know on the record. If this song is any indication, this record is going to make me very happy when it shows up in the mail.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
But now I'm wondering if it would be possible to do something a bit more limited in scope. What about doing a single story that would update once a week. Say, four-to-six pages every week with a few skip weeks built in. I'd need to find an artist who could handle that production load. And who wouldn't mind working free for a while. The way I see it, one could post free weekly updates and then either try and attract a publisher once enough material was extant, or one could try and self publish. Or, hell, maybe even use a direct-to-print service like Lulu.
I found this this morning on BoingBoing.net, an interview with one of my favorite living writers, William Gibson. Hell, he may be my very favorite living writer. In this lengthy interview, he talks about his newest book, Zero History, the importance of objects in his fiction, and lots lots more. Anyone interested in SF specifically, or writing in general should read this one.
Monday, September 20, 2010
A buddy of mine, modern-day raconteur Josh Ellingson, was commissioned by the Bay Area Rapid Transit to produce posters to that both celebrate BART and enhance the physical appearance of their stations. Josh nailed the commission. You can see some of his designs at the BART blog. And please check out more of Josh's work on his personal site, JoshEllingson.com.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
“I think a lot of the problems we’ve been experiencing come from the fact that no one embraces the miracle and amazement of the present. So many people—steampunks, fundamentalists, hippies, neocons, anti-immigration advocates—feel like there was a better time to live in. They think the present is degraded, faded, and drab. That our world has lost some sort of “spark” or “basic value system” that, if you so much as skim history, you’ll find was never there. Even during the time of the Greeks, there were masses of people lamenting the passing of some sort of “golden age.” But I’d never go back and live in any other time than teetering on tomorrow; this is the greatest time to be alive.”
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I've mentioned Miss Allison Weiss on FaceBook and Twitter a few times, but I thought I should bring my obsession (okay, let's just call it a crush) up to a wider audience. Weiss is a singer/songwriter who is a wizard at self-promotion. She's on every social networking site available and even raised money to record her new album by tapping her Internet audience. Also, I have a soft spot for cute, smart girls in glasses (just ask my wife). You can listen to all of her albums on her web site and download her live album for free as well. I'd recommend you to do all of those things.
Here's one of the many videos Miss Weiss has uploaded to her YouTube channel:
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Originally posted 12/09:
I'm thinking back on the year, which is not something I'm prone to do--the end of December seems a relatively arbitrary to for self-assessment. I guess I prefer to keep a running tab on my successes and failures. But after talking with Todd Demong this week, I looked back and discovered that it was sort of a crappy year professionally. Todd assured me that this was fine, and that one only really grows and learns when one fails--that successes teach you almost nothing. Viewed in that way, this year must have taught me a ton.
The same day I talked to Todd I was reading some poems by Walt Whitman (yeah, I read poetry, wanna make something of it?) and I came across these lines:
|Have you heard that it was good to gain the day?|
|I also say it is good to fall—battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.|
And Whitman knew a thing or two about losing the day, you know?
I'm attempting a few things in the new year. I suppose I'll have more opportunities to succeed or fail.
I know which I'm hoping for.
UPDATE: It seems like things are holding steady since I first posted this, nearly a year ago. Successes and failures and things I'm doing to improve myself and make the successes happen more frequently. I'll write more about all of this soon, I'm sure.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Another old post:
I seem to have rediscovered Warren Zevon. And, perhaps because of my darker mood in this dreary season, I am fixated on his later albums, especially Life'll Kill Ya and The Wind. I have to admit that I feel like I'm punishing myself a bit when I listen to these albums. While I love them, they make me sad thinking about Zevon's premature death, about my own impending mortality and those of my loved ones.
So I figured, Why not share the joy? Below you'll find another Warren Zevon video. This one is made by a fan and is a slide show of photos of Zevon from throughout his career. The song is Don't Let Us Get Sick, a song I can't seem to get out of my head lately. I find myself singing it to Oscar when I'm trying to get him to sleep. I am already saving for his future therapy bill.
From my defunct blog:
I found this on Karen Healey's LiveJournal. I decided I wanted to play along.
Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."
• I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity. (NB: until I get bored.)
• Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.
Here are Karen's questions to me:
1. What was the best movie you saw this year?
Hands down, the best movie I've seen so far this year was The Hurt Locker, Katherine Bigelow's film about a bomb disposal unit in Iraq. Beautifully acted, gorgeously shot and a powerful script. As near perfect a movie as I've seen in quite some time.
2. Who do you count as family that you're not actually related to?
A childhood friend with whom I grew up, Aaron Billingsley. No matter how long we go without contacting one another, we always fall back into a very easy relationship. In a lot of ways, my relationship with him is easier than my relationship with my actual family.
3. Who do you most admire?
That's a good question. I don't know if I have an answer. I'm afraid I'm too cynical to admire anyone, but if I can think of someone, I'll edit this post and add it.
4. What's your wildest ambition?
That I might be able to support my family with my writing.
5. How have you been awesome lately?
I feel like I'm finally taking my life and my career seriously.
Another post poached from my other, now defunct, site:
Apparently I only have the strength to occasionally show up here and point to something of interest I found on the Internet. So be it for the time being, I guess. Someday I'll get enough sleep and have the energy to make real posts. Someday.
For now, I stumbled upon the site Quotes on Comics, which is exactly what you might imagine. Here's one of my favorites, and one that resonates for some reason:
"Breaking into comics is like breaking into a high-tech military compound. The first thing they do after discovering you got in is go seal up your entrance so no one can ever break in that way again."
Sunday, September 12, 2010
This is a repost from my now-defunct website:
This sort of this is usually not my bag at all, but I find something oddly compelling about this video. A re-working of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" done by a band called Pamplamoose. It's cute and catchy and I've been singing it over and over again for a few days.
"All the single ladies... all the single ladies... all the single ladies... all the single ladies..."
See. I was doing it again!
UPDATE: Pamplamoose's latest video is a collaboration with Ben Folds and Nick Hornby. You can see it on their YouTube page. Just follow the link above.