So, thanks for blowing all of the Posts I had Queued for today overnight. I thought that timing the Queue not to Publish overnight would stop the Queue from Publishing my Posts overnight. That seem to be rather THE POINT OF THE QUEUE.
Also, it appears that my Tumblr page is showing my Posts in the order in which I wrote them, not the order in which I asked the Queue to Publish them. I mean, I suppose I should be grateful that the Queue Published them at all, but still…
Have you thought about getting an IT department? Just a thought.
“I am a very big believer in the power of trash: trash pop culture, trash literature. I really have a lot of affection and belief in that stuff, because art scares people. Trash, pop culture doesn’t. You can put in all the subversive crazy stuff you want in trash culture that will change people’s perceptions of the world, and they will read it and they will take it in. Whereas in art they are going to run from it. So subvert the world through trash.”—Richard Kadrey, interviewed.
Over on the Electric Sheep movie website, Angry Candy creator Andrew Cheverton has contributed a comic strip review of Charlie Chaplin’s classic City Lights, which you can read here.
The comic strip reviews (previously featuring such artists as Paul Rainey, Karen Rubins, and Chris Doherty, among others) are an interesting and fresh way to review movies - Electric Sheep archives previous entries here.
Tatooine. Part of me has always liked the romantic appeal of a harsh, back-to-basics lifestyle (I also adore Dune, so maybe I have a thing for sand). Also, Tatooine was the first planet seen in the movies, and it was the very first time I’d ever seen something so realistic, being brought up on fifties sci-fi movies and Doctor Who. I love the moment where Artoo and Threepio are struggling through the dunes and walk past the vast dinosaur-like skeleton. They don’t mention it, the camera barely lingers on it - it’s just there, making the planet seem real in such an understated way that you don’t question it.
Her name is Ana Alvarado, and she’s having a bad day. She spent all week preparing for a job interview, the first one in months to reach the videoconference stage, but the recruiter’s face barely appeared onscreen before he told her that the company has decided to hire someone else. So she sits in front of her computer, wearing her good suit for nothing. She makes a halfhearted attempt to send queries to some other companies and immediately receives automated rejections. After an hour of this, Ana decides she needs some diversion: she opens a Next Dimension window to play her current favorite game, Age of Iridium.
Click-through to read on. If you’ve never read Ted Chiang, you’re in for a treat.
I love Slave-1, Boba Fett’s ship, just because its design is so bizarre. My first view of the Millennium Falcon was either in the Star Wars Collector’s Edition magazine, or on one of the trading cards - either way, a still picture. And from that picture I imagined the Falcon flying backwards to the way it actually flew (that is, the two points to the rear). Don’t know why - just my kid’s brain, accustomed to Flash Gordon rockets, I suppose. So, yeah - there’s no way to tell how Slave-1 flies until you see it. Does it take off and go forward, or go backward? Actually, no - it takes off, flips upright and moves off top forward. Fantastic.
"16) “You” will be turning into a cloud of data that circles the planet like a thin gauze.
While it’s already hard enough to tell how others perceive us physically, your global, phantom, information-self will prove equally vexing to you: your shopping trends, blog residues, CCTV appearances – it all works in tandem to create a virtual being that you may neither like nor recognize.”
Church of the SubGenius Hour of Slack #1277 - Live, Oct. 3 2010 - Rachel Maddow Meets “Bob”
Only a small part of this involves Rachel Maddow’s TV report involving the Church of the SubGenius. There’s music (Rudy Schwartz Project, Jonathan Coulton, Many Fisted Tails of Connie, and Xandy Smith (the actual son of Rev. Stang)), many fine LeMurian collages, Puzzling Evidence, The Large, and a lot of verbiage by Lonesome Cowboy Dave. Host Rev. Stang reviews the movie, MONSTERS, but otherwise, the subject matter is all over the place and off the charts. To tell the truth we can’t remember and haven’t listened back. We’re getting ready for the NYC SubGenius show.
Artoo. Again, straying perhaps from the norm, and no apologies offered. R2-D2 is non-anthropomorphic, and communicates in unintelligible (and, crucially, untranslated) beeps and whistles. It’s difficult to explain to modern kids just how seismic the design ideas were in the original Star Wars. Completely off-the-wall by the standards of the time.
I have just changed the URL of my Tumblr from acheverton to hugonebula. It’s fritzed all of the external links to Facebook (though the links to Twitter seem, oddly, to be unaffected), and internal Tumblr links (Reblogs, Followers, etc.) all seem to have been automatically adjusted.
So, if you see the new HugoNebula name appearing on your Dashboards and/or Followers lists, please don’t panic - it’s only me. If you’re outside Tumblr looking in, the new URL is www.hugonebula.tumblr.com.