It’s the beginning of the month, so it’s time for an update on my Kickstarter.
This one includes the cover art for the first novel, The Way Into Chaos, by Chris McGrath!
Check it out.
No, seriously, check out that cover art! It’s gorgeous.
2) The six male characters women never get to see in movies. so many story ideas here.
4) Facial expressions of Olympic figure skaters. G forces take quite a toll.
6) A comic about economics and trade agreements. TW: mixed in with a lot of good information is some shitty treatment of Tea Partiers.
1) An alternate history of “Flappy Bird” a successful game that was pulled from sale because of the gamers abused its creator.
2) Marvel opens its image archive and api to the public. I’m pretty sure this is cool, and if I were ten years younger I might understand why.
3) Calvin and Muad’Dib. Calvin & Hobbes cartoons with quotes from Dune to replace the dialog.
4) Teddy Roosevelt’s 10 Rules for Reading. Sensible guy.
1) Supervillain lair in Joshua Tree for sale. So incredibly gorgeous.
5) “Motherfuckers live in places that don’t exist, and it comes with a map. My God.” Ice-T records the audiobook for a Dungeons and Dragons novel.
6) The case for a big budget Hawkman movie. Video.
3) STAR TREK: INTO WHITENESS So, so funny. Screencaps for the win.
Yesterday, I took my wife out for our Giftmas trip through downtown Seattle. Our son is almost 12 and old enough to stay home, so we did without him rather than drag him along while he complained. Sadly, without the kid our time turned more toward shopping for him than anything else.
We started with a really nice lunch at the Michou Deli in the Market, followed by a tiny egg nog cheescake on a stick from The Confectionary. We hit Kitchen Basics for stocking stuffers, the walked up to the Sheraton to see the Gingerbread houses.
Everything there is edible. And it rocked back and forth!
The cow jumped over the moon, via a motor.
You can see them all (including close-ups of some sections, video of the moving parts, and a candy version of our downtown library) at the set. A few are a bit blurry; my one-shot camera seems to be on its last
Then we dropped by Pacific Place to listen to a church group of male singers muddle through some Christmas songs and enjoy the indoor snowfall. There was much fun to be had, but my wife is still recovering from an injury so we cut things short.
It was a nice time, but I wish we could have brought the kid (and he would have been cool about it).
And the best ghosts in any version of A Christmas Carol was in Chuck Jones’s 1971 tv special, which you can watch here:
If the embed doesn’t play you can watch it on YouTube. I don’t care much for this version of Ebenezer, and at only 25 minutes the story is obviously extremely short–the big change at the end barely feels earned.
However, as someone who already knows the story very well, I appreciate the abbreviated version of it, especially since it’s so fucking gorgeous. Seriously, there are so many amazing choices being made here, from the candle-lit darkness of Scrooge’s stair to the zooming POV to the inclusion of Ignorance and Want (which I screencapped for my holiday Twitter avatar).
I watched this as a little kid and there was a lot I didn’t understand: What contract did Scrooge have with the sad young woman? What was the big deal about the lunch and the bed curtains? Still, those ghosts scared the naughty out of me.
Of course, if you just can’t bear another version of Dickens’s story, there’s always Ernest Saves Christmas.
5) The sound arrows make as they whiz by. Video.
7) Video artist Patrick Liddell uploaded a video of himself, ripped it, then uploaded it again over and over to track the degradation of the recording. Video.
5) Attn: Screenwriters: Man makes explosive from items purchased in the post-TSA area of an airport. h/t @hradzka
Or should we?
Over a week ago (was it really that long?) I has a Twitter exchange with author Sam Sykes. (Longish rant after the cut)