“You want foot in face?”

Another week, another movie quote. Who said it? What movie is it from? And what year was the movie released in the USA? I will have the answer next week. If you already know the answers, put them in comments to this blog entry. Thanks!

And here are Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems comics for this week…

Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems #434 – Stella’s Lab – Part 4 – February 25th, 2008

Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems #435 – Stella’s Lab – Part 5 – February 28th, 2008


Health and Well-being: This has been a mostly normal week, interrupted in the middle with Mhari having a small medical procedure. She had to prepare on Tuesday, and have the procedure on Wednesday morning. Then she could eat again and we caught a bite and then did my Wednesday errands then got her home and she slept the rest of the drugs they gave her out of her system. Report back from the doc is that she does, indeed, have diverticulitis, but they all look reasonable and he couldn’t tell which one had caused her trouble back in November. And other than that, she came through with a clean bill of health and won’t need another of this sort of procedure for 10 years. Yay! Other than that all is fine. I’m very draggy and ‘missing something’ as my meds all ran out and due to knuckle-dragging by both my doctor’s office (due to a catch-22-like circumstance) and my online pharmacy, I will have about a week to 10 days without them. Not life threatening, but just leaves me… slow.


MMOs:
Champions Online: Even though this is not even in alpha, I’m getting rather active on the boards in support of it. Sort of attempting to be really involved and make sure I have a part in trying to make this the best game it can be. I am really hoping that it will be at least as good as City of Heroes is. However, I am expecting that it’s focus on more ‘Action-oriented’ play-style may make it less interesting to my wife and a number of others that play City of Heroes. It’s also going for being on both the XBOX 360 and the PC at the same time, so it’s going to be written where it is best controlled from the XBOX 360 controller…. that actually limits a MMO in my personal opinion. But we’ll see. It -will- give me a reason to get a 360, but I am going to delay until there’s a real chance of getting play.

City of Heroes: It was a good week of games. Good sessions on Monday and Wednesdays with the teams, and not bad times the other days as well. Last night Mhari and I adventured with her playing ‘Mhari Lindhaven’ and I was playing ‘Stand In’. Just as I was getting ready to call it a night, there comes the announcement that the Rikiti were invading Talos Island. So we headed over there and recruited our team up to 7 people and then we had a good long invasion with a LARGE number of heroes all fighting the invaders on top of the hill. It was a blast. Mhari’s framerate went to nearly nill, and I got no breaks at all in my healing and buffing duties for the whole time. By the end I had earned 250K of XP… more than I had from the prior 2 hours of play in missions. It was a blast! Having those things as occasional happenings is so very nice!


My plans for this weekend are simple. There’s the Further Confusion 2008 Firing party Saturday Afternoon. Saturday midday I am going by Treasure Island Comics with my HeroClix and show them to the owner. I bought a brick of the new crisis set from him Wednesday and want to show him what was in the set. I only got 5 duplicates in the 50 clix that came in that brick. Not bad. Got 3 SuperRares and a number of good rares. Nice. Gotta send off for the World’s Finest special edition one. It takes buying a brick and sending in for the clix to get that one.


Answers to last week’s quote:
Quote: "A child with a stick of chewing gum has just rendered your hundred million dollars of hardware useless."
Who Said it?: General Graycliffe, played by Ron Frazier
In the movie: D.A.R.Y.L.
Released in: 1985

The title character of this film was played by Barret Oliver. He worked for another 4 years in film (in such movies as Cocoon, Cocoon: The return and a small number of TV movies and shows, then it appears he left the industry. He was last reported to be a teacher of photography in Los Angeles, California. In 2007 he authored a book on Woodburytypes.

Ron Frazier went on to make lots and lots of TV appearances in may shows, the most notable to modern audiences was his character, Judge Aldo Iannello in four episodes of Law & Order. He passed away in 2003 at the age of 64.


Well, that is it. That’s all for this Leap Day edition of my blog. Thanks for reading!

“A child with a stick of chewing gum…”

The complete quote for this week is:
"A child with a stick of chewing gum has just rendered your hundred million dollars of hardware useless."

As usual, who said it, in what movie, and what year was that movie released? The answer will be at the end of next week’s blog.

Here are Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems comics for the week: (If they don’t load the first time, click reload on your browser and that should do the trick.):

Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems #432 – Stella’s Lab – Part 2 – February 18th, 2008

Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems #433 – Stella’s Lab – Part 3 – February 21st, 2008


Okay, this week was the week of two things. One was The Cold. Yes, that vile thing that had been chasing me since Further Confusion, finally pounced upon me this past weekend and has had it’s wicked way with me. I’ve made it through the worst of it over the past few days, and I seem to be coming out the other side with only the lingering icky cough, and a weak voice. But I don’t feel like something the cat stomped all over any more. Hopefully Mhari won’t have caught this thing. She doesn’t need it. She’s got enough on her plate coming up. Her rather invasive exam is coming up next Wednesday. Hopefully it will go well, and even better than what she dreads. The prep she will be dealing with is more the thing she worries about and is not looking for, as it involves meds of an ilk that she has not liked in the past. I won’t go into more detail here, and leave it to her to comment on in her own blog if she wishes.

The other thing that happened this week was DunDraCon. I wish I could say I had a blast, but I didn’t. For one thing The Cold mentioned above caught me during it. And while I did very much enjoy seeing and talking with Steve Perrin, Bruce Harlick, Steve Long, Ray Greer, Bryce Nakagawa, Dwight McGowan, Tracy Brown, Stephanie, Rob Miles, and many others, and I -did- get into a HeroClix game and ‘won’ a ‘gold circle’ ‘clix and some HorrorClix, it was the things that Didn’t Happen that bother me most. Most of my friends that I game with on my regular gaming weekends and those that we only see for this and ‘BuddyCon’ were rooming next to me and above me in the hotel. Yes not ONCE during the whole of the con did they knock on my door, call my cellphone or room phone to invite me to one of the many games they played in their rooms. Not once. Before the con started I was invited to the Sunday night session, yes, but I had to turn that down due to my biweekly chiropractic massage therapy appointment. The one time I dropped by one of the rooms they were in the tail end of a Flashing Blades game (on Friday evening). One of my friends asked if I wanted him to call me when they were done and before they went to dinner so I could join them. I said ‘yes’ and the call never came. When I called up there later, I found out that said friend and others had already had dinner and were gone again. *sigh*.

Oh, well. As it was I was ‘working from home’ from my hotel room until around 7:30pm. Work needed something tested that wasn’t SUPPOSED to be coming out and needing tested until Tuesday. (This late night sort of thing was repeated this week both Wed and Thursday.). But not having any of those folks from my game group contact me EVEN ONCE by cellphone or message on my room phone… it just grates me wrong. I suppose they had too much they were doing with too many distractions to worry about me.

I worked both Saturday and Sunday on the 8am to Noon shift in the Anime room. Saw really good Anime including the first 6 episodes of ‘Blue Dragon’. There were two other series’ that they showed. One about a middle school girl newly become a god, and another that was a fantasy one with a belt and recovering the gems that had been sundered from it so the land could be reunited and saved from darkness. I don’t remember the titles for either of them. Me and my durned memory. 😉

The final thing of DDC that I went to was the ‘Big Announcement’ panel with Hero Games. The big announcement was that they had sold the Champions IP to Cryptic Studios and Cryptic was going to make Champions Online, a new Super-Hero MMO out of the property! Cryptic followed on Wednesday at the Computer Games Developer’s Conference by announcing the game to the whole world officially, and launching their new website in support of it. Cryptic was the developer of City of Heroes and City of Villains which they recently sold the IP for to their publisher NCSoft.

Champions Online sounds great. I really look forward to what Cryptic will do with the property. It’s going to be for XBOX 360 and PC, and it’s going to be more action oriented than City of Heroes is. As far as Hero Games goes, they are sitting well on top, as they make good money on the deal, received full licensing of the IP back to them to continue making Pen and Paper games for, etc. Cryptic is going to try to both develop AND publish this one. And with the Marvel Universe deal having fallen through they have a lot of work they have put into making the next great superhero game (though the work they did on the marvel game, along with all that code, was handed over to Microsoft and is NOT the basis of CO). The Cryptic Engine in it’s newest form is a work of art, from what I am hearing and reading. The basics of the game are already in existence and the next 18 months is going to be putting content, content, content into the game. And with the rich history of decades that is the Champions Universe, they shouldn’t have one bit of trouble pulling it off.


MMOs:

Eve Online: What can I say that I haven’t already said in prior blogs. My interest in this game is nearly gone. I’m mostly sticking it out now until my ‘power of two’ time runs out. Then all will consolidate down to one account again and I will make one final assessment of the game. For future entries in my blog, it will only make an appearance if something changes and I am doing more than just spending money to train characters… which is all I did this week, like with last week and the week before.

City of Heroes/Villains: The big Wedding event is in the past now. As I have said elsewhere, it was over before I even got home from work last Thursday. And as to the Spring Fling event that is going on… I could care less. Even the Winter Event was more interesting than this one is. This one is falling real, real flat. I hope that the NCSoft NorCal folks understand that they are going to have to do REAL good with issue 12 to earn back some of the lost goodwill that the last two ‘events’ have cost them.

They did release the new XP Curve and the ‘Combat Attributes’ and matching monitor, along with the Spring Fling stuff. I’m rather enjoying the improved XP Curve. And being able to get the ‘real numbers’ behind my defenses and movement and things is nice. What they need now is to tie that in with the hover tips for the powers, telling us how our powers are currently affected by buffs and things, and reveal the ‘real numbers’ as far as accuracy and the like for those same powers, and I’ll be happy. But they I was happy without the ‘real numbers’.

I sort of got ‘back into the game’ this week. I’m starting to enjoy it more. But it’s not from the ‘real numbers’ or the Spring Fling or anything, its because I really enjoy the game. I also stepped back from the depth of involvement I had been having. I am not ‘pushing’ as hard as I was. The only nights I am ‘pushing’ to be on the game is Monday and Wednesday nights. Thrilling Adventures, with our team nearing level 30 is turning into quite the joy. Having a team of 6 on a regular basis is good. And Knight and the Angels, nearing level 40 also feels good. Mhari switched over to playing Momcat in this group, who is a electricity blaster. She and Knight both zapping away, their ‘sparky’ pets both out and also zapping, seems to help the group just plow through the opposition. Doubly so with both Snowslide and Avenging Flame tanking away. Fire and Ice mix VERY well as the front line of the team.

All in all, things are feeling better in COH land… WITHOUT the Events which have started to get in the way. Come ON NCSoft NorCal, we know you are mega-talented and can do better. Time to start teasing us with Issue 12 hints, I would say… that’s what… only 6-10 weeks away now? Maybe they will start the teasing in March, when the Spring Fling is over…


And now, the answers to last week’s quote:
Quote: "You’re supposed to be stupid, son. Don’t abuse the privilege."
Said by: Capt. Jack Braddock, played by Warren Oates
In the movie: Blue Thunder
Which was released in the USA in: 1983.

This one one of the two final movies that Warren Oates made. It was filmed in early 1982. Mr. Oates passed away in April of 1982 after a sudden heart attack. Both Blue Thunder and the other film, Tough Enough were both dedicated to his memory. He is best known for being one of the best at playing supporting roles, mostly in Westerns and crime dramas of the 60’s and 70’s. He got his start in the 1950 game show, Beat the Clock as a ‘Stunt tester’, in which he completed stunts as an example and ‘time to beat’ for the contestants of the show.


Well, once again it is the end of my blog for the week. Thank you for reading.

“You’re supposed to be stupid, son. Don’t abuse the privilege.”

You know the drill by now, if you’ve been reading my blog for the past couple of months. The subject line on this blog entry is a quote from some movie or other. You want to figure out who said it, in what movie, and the year that the movie was released in the USA. Enjoy!

So… off we go with Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems comics for the week:

Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems #430 – Good Resolution – February 11th, 2008

Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems #431 – Stella’s Lab – Part 1 – February 14th, 2008


Health and Well-Being: What can I say? I’m alive. I am mostly well, and so is my wife, Mhari. I seem to be succeeding in fighting off a cold. But it just might be sneaky or something.

This weekend will be DunDraCon, the yearly emersion in role-playing convention culture that I indulge in. I will be doing a couple of morning shifts in the Anime room for the Bay Area Animation Society, visiting the Dealer Room to get my yearly dice and see what Hero Games has been up to. I might play in Steve Perrin’s Vanguard game. I plan to take my HeroClix collection and play a little of it for a while. And mostly I will be playing Champions and other Hero System games with the usual list of suspects that I always game with. Mostly it will be sort of a ‘relax-a-con’ for me. Someplace where I see friends I don’t see any other time of the year and take a break from things in general. We’ll see what I do with it.


MMOs:
Eve Online: I do wonder why I keep paying for this game. All I did with it this week was more skill training. Right now I guess I have the accounts out of lethargy more than anything else. It would take some sort of effort to go cancel them, and that would put all the time and $$$ I have put into it right into the drain. I don’t know… I will think about it. Anyone still playing this game? Anyone care?

City of Heroes/Villains: Well, the Spring Fling, as they have renamed the Valentine’s Event to this year, began officially yesterday. All the old Valentine’s Event things are back, but they have some new stuff having to do with a big Wedding Event they held on the Test Server last night. Mantacore and Sister Psyche, a pair of the signature heroes of the game, got married and they held the ceremony a number of times over the evening. Along with this they introduced a ‘Wedding Pack’ of costume pieces and emotes for a fee of $9.99 through the online store. It’s stuff that has NO effect on powers or anything, and the costumes aren’t really something you’d really want to wear as your super outfit. But I did buy the pack (to help support the ongoing efforts of the developers, of course) and made ‘The Wedding Zinger’ on one of the servers. She’s a Sonic/Sonic Defender of course. A bride whose husband-to-be was stolen from her at the altar and she is out to make those villains PAY and to rescue him from them. OOOkay, it’s corny, I know, but I couldn’t help myself!

In addition to the event, the old event, and the ‘Wedding Pack’, there’s also a ‘wedding gifts’ related mission one can do. It’s a ‘simple’ mission, at least on the hero side, which is where I did it last night. Just go to a warehouse and beat up on the mobs there. No badge, nothing really special. Mostly it’s like a return of the original Winter Event mission with the toys. All I know is that while Mhari and Stand In were doing it, Stand In hit level 42! Woot! I’ll likely do the villain side at least once before the Spring Fling ends in a couple of weeks.


Answers to last week’s quote:
Quote:"Why don’t they just call him Girl George? It would cut down on the confusion."
Who said it?: John Matrix, played by the governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger
In what movie?: Commando
What year was the movie released in the US: 1985

This movie is one of my favorites because of the many bits of true 1980’s style in it. It’s from the middle of the decade and it really shows it. Funny to think of ‘Matrix’ as the Governor of California. Who would have ever thought it back then. This was Arnie’s first ‘Top Billing’ in a film and he has always gotten top billing since. Makes me wonder if he will go back to film after his final term in office ends. There was once talk of amending the constitution so that Arnie could run for president. I wonder what the future will bring.

Alyssa Milano, who played Jenny Matrix in Commando, went on to become Phoebe Haliwell in the TV series "Charmed".


Well, that’s it for this edition of my blog. I hope you all have a great president’s day weekend and stay well.

“Why don’t they just call him Girl George? It would cut down on the confusion.”

Quote time. Who said it? In what movie? And what year was the movie release in the USA? I will post the answers at the end of my post next week.

Here are Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems comic strips for the week:

Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems #428 – Too Cool – February 4th, 2008

Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems #429 – Eat Wood – February 7th, 2008


Health and Well-Being: Mhari and I are doing quite well, this week, for the most part. Dr James was able to do a lot to help out backs this past Sunday, though Mhari was hit a little harder by her meds this week than some weeks. But those effects passed well enough. Mhari is still having back issues that Dr James can’t really help a lot with due to some restrictions that her doctors put on the work that can be done on her, though.

Wednesday this week was the high point of our week. We went to see a href="http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/CirqueDuSoleil/en/showstickets/kooza/intro/intro.htm" target="_blank">KOOZA from Cirque Du Soleil, which was playing near us. We got to the site of the big top about 90 mins before the show and found that there are no food places really close to it. Especially with Mhari’s very limited walking range at present. So I got her to someplace to sit where she wouldn’t be too cold and went in search of food. I let instinct sort of guide me to the nearest main thoroughfare, then I just started walking. After a total of 8 blocks, I found a Wienerschnitzel and called her for her order. It was a cold walk. (Yeah, I know, we don’t know the MEANING of cold.) But I got food back to her.

Just as we were getting into our food, they opened the ‘doors’ to access to the merchandise tent, which is the sort of ‘staging’ area leading to the big top. It’s heated but no where to sit. I bought a nice hat, and Mhari saw a umbrella of interest. More waiting then they let us in to the big top.

Inside it was a very pleasant temperature, and seats that really aren’t meant for people of my size. So we were a little cramped in our seats, and the cushions on them were not the best. But we forgot all that once the show began.

The show itself was fantastic. There were a LOT more ‘clowns’ that roamed the audience during the seating period than any of the other CdS shows we’ve seen. They did a good job of keeping people entertained while all the seating was going on. And we were introduced to a few of the ‘clown’ characters that would reoccur all through the show.

Once the show began I was wow’d. They had a great ‘Reveal’ sequence that presented the stage in all it’s glory and introduced us to the concept of this show. There was a lot more english spoken and sung during this show than many of the CdS shows, which usually tend to a lot of French and Italian, or even just ‘Cirque-speak’. As usual, Cirque amazed me. Every performance in the first half of the show had me dropping my jaw on the floor for one reason or another. The most jaw dropping of this for me was the three contortionists. These sort of contortionists seem to be a mainstay of many of the CdS shows, but the performance of these three were so fluid and beautiful that there is just no comparing properly with others I have seen.

All of the first half of the show stuck firmly to the theme of the show. Flowing one into another and feeling like a good story. The second half, on the other hand wasn’t as firmly entrenched into the theme at first, but did get back to it throughly once it was done. For the second half the most impressive part for me was the Wheel of Death, and the most romantic was the Unicycle Duo.

This show had everything I have come to expect from CdS and more. The only thing it didn’t have was an act with a huge ‘scarf’ or ‘silk’ to ‘fly’ about. That sort of act is one that has taken my breathe away in their other shows. But I didn’t really miss it. There was so much more here. They even had a ‘Fursuit’ in the Show. ‘The Dog’ is one of the characters/clowns of the show.

I highly recommend this show to anyone with a love of performance, clowns, acrobatics, contortion and music. It’s a wonderful way to spend 2 hours and 30 mins (the official show length, counting the 30 min intermission) or more of a night.

I would rate it, compared to other Cirque Du Soleil shows as about #3, in a tie with Quidam, in quality of entertainment. #2 is Dralion and "O", and #1 is KA. I have yet to see Zumanity (vegas), Love (vegas), NouBa (orlando) or Wintuk (new york). But I have seen all the others on the main Cirque Du Soliel Shows & Tickets page.


MMOs:
Eve Online: Only skill training done here. Still need to move Xandria back onto my main account and close the 2nd one.
City of Heroes/Villains: Slowly I am starting to regain interest here. The Thrilling Adventures team is working on the Sister Psyche taskforce as ‘Taskforce Fox’ (that’s what Sister Psyche calls us… and I am not complaining). We plan to try to finish it off tonight. It’s as full of FreakShow Tanks as promised by what I’ve read about it and we all have our Tankbuster badge now. XP is flowing fast and furious and it’s a good bet we will all hit the cap for the Taskforce before we finish it. It is working well for getting us all back to the same XP level, for the most part.

Due to Mhari and I going to see KOOZA, we didn’t go out as Knight and the Angels this week. Don’t know who played that night as I didn’t hear back if the team got together to do anything without Knight of Power and Momcat/Katiri or not. But we should be back into it properly next week.

I’ve been doing some playing on a new villain, Dr Panacea, on Protector, and a new hero version of Commander Kitty on Virtue. I just needed to play someone different. I guess I am suffering from Alt’itis again. 😉

Double XP weekend starts tonight. And naturally, as it has been every time they have one, it’s on a ‘table top gaming’ weekend. So I will miss many hours of Double XP time while off at the game. Oh, well. No biggie. Just any many ways I would prefer if the game group all sat down with laptops and computers or something and played CoX rather than our other games. But then one player in each of the two sessions would be left out. All the rest of us are players of CoX. 😉 It’s going to be a good weekend for the game though. Good chance to see if the server upgrades NCSoft has been touting will actually be enough to handle the loads. 🙂


Answers to last week’s Quote:
Quote: "Oh, I just wanted to say good-bye and remind you that the good guys always win, even in the eighties."
Said by: Ace Hunter, played by Barry Bostwick
In the movie: Megaforce
Released in: 1982

Trivia:
Barry Bostwick has most recently been seen playing Oliver Gates in TV’s Law & Order: SVU

Persis Khambatta who was Mr Bostwick’s co-star in this film, better known for her role as the bald Lt. Ilia in Star Trek: The Motion Picturem passed away in 1998 after suffering from a Heart Attack at the age of 47.

Producers approached military officials for cooperation in the design of the vehicles used in the battle scenes; the officials refused. When the film was released, those same officials were so impressed with the vehicles, they asked the producers for the plans. The producers cooperated.


Thanks for reading this week’s entry. Have a good Double XP weekend, and may you level up many times!

“Oh, I just wanted to say good-bye and remind you…”

The full quote is:
"Oh, I just wanted to say good-bye and remind you that the good guys always win, even in the eighties."

Quote time. What movie is the quote from? Who said it? And what year was the movie released?

Here are the comics from Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems for this week:

Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems #426 – Bad Decision – January 28th, 2008

Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems #427 – Litter Box – January 31st, 2008


Health and Well-Being: Well, other than sore feet and back and low sleep, Mhari and I are doing rather well this week. We are strongly looking forward to our appointment with Dr. James this Sunday, when he can get our backs back to normal. The hotel beds at the DoubleTree may be good, but they are still not ‘right’ for Mhari and I. And the hotel chairs are hell on the tailbone. And I, at least, spent way too much time standing.


MMOs:
I’m going to start this off with saying that I am ‘off my feed’ right now. I’m not really interested that much in being on the computers, and when I am on the computers I more of stare at the screen and do nothing than really feel like playing a game. I’m still tired from the con, and feeling a little adrift. So the time I spent on games has reflected this.

Eve Online: Well, Xandria has completed all the training I really wanted to get her through, and until I get around to transferring her off my secondary account and back to my primary account, I have her training the skills she already has up some. Starlia and Phae are continuing to train their skills in much the same way. When the Power of Two time is over, Phae will go back onto the primary account as well… and Starlia will likely be the only one that will continue training… at THAT point I will decide wither I will stick with the game beyond that or not. Other than hoping on the game to change skill training, I have not been really playing these past 2 weeks.

Lord of the Rings Online: Eh.

City of Heroes/Villains: I think the only playing I have done here was Thrilling Adventures the Monday before Further Confusion, and Knight and the Angels this past Wednesday. As I said above, I’m just not in a MMO (or any games, for that matter) mood. But still, I know I will continue here. Mhari is still enjoying it, as are a lot of my friends. So I will still be back. Just not as strongly right now. Don’t know if I will play villains tonight or not. I might just go out and fiddle with powers or something. There’s new stuff on the Test Server to play with… And double XP weekend will be starting on the 8th. Just figures it would be on a game weekend again.


Conventions:
Further Confusion 2008: I posted about this earlier this week elsewhere, with a sort of post-con posting. So I am not going into any real detail here. I was the manager of the Dealer Room and Convention Store, though in the later case Zefel did the real work – I was more of a figurehead. The Dealer Room went real well this year. Very few complaints, and those complaints were based in the area of space and other things that I didn’t really have a way to correct. It would appear that in the general sense ‘original works’ were the things that sold REAL well – commissioned art and crafts. Merchandise didn’t do as well. And if you didn’t have a lot of ‘new’ merchandise, you did poorly. But if anyone had serious complaints about things, they didn’t let me know about them. I am sure someone has SOMETHING bad to say about the room. But I know that the attendees were spending a lot of money in the room. And I found myself buying books… Two paranormal romance books (whose titles I forget at the moment) from Cargo Cult Books and Notions, New Coyote and Coyote Season from Thornwolf’s table (I think), and Bernard Doove’s fantastic Life’s Dream. I also bought one (1) art print in the whole of the room, it’s a red-white-and-blue skunk by K’Shara. And commissioned Bill Holbrook of Kevin and Kell to draw a sketch of me as a lion. 🙂 And finally, I bought ‘Karno’s Big Package’ from Kjartan ‘Karno’ Arnorsson, who is presently living here in the states in AZ and dropped by for at least one day in the Dealer Room.

Now that I have listed my ‘treasures’, I want to revisit one of them. Bernard Doove’s Life’s Dream. It is a WONDERFUL book! It is graced with a cover by Heather Bruton (her furry works site is here). I can’t recommend this book highly enough. I’ve always loved Bernard’s work, as found on his website. His stories have graced the pages of the fanzines I have produced over the years, and I published the original printing of Transformations which can still be purchased from Ed Zolna’s Second Ed Mailorder. When the 100 copies of that original print run are gone… they will be gone. But I hear Mr. Doove is planning to release it as it’s own book in much the way he has Life’s Dream, if possible. And then follow that up with other books. He really is starting to bring his work to the world as a whole, and its great to see! Here’s the link again, to Life’s Dream on Amazon.


Answers to the Quote from my 1/18 post:
Quote:"Remember, behavior determines existence… Stick with us, learn to serve the Order, and you’ll achieve a decent life-grid."
Who said it: The Warden (played by Charles Durning
Where: In the movie Solarbabies
When: The movie was released in 1986.

Incidentally, this movie has the distinction of being the ONLY movie I have ever walked out of in the movie theater. I am a very, very forgiving viewer, with a strong ability to suspend my disbelief. But the way this movie starts turned me off so much that I got up and walked out. I don’t remember if the person that I went to the theater with, who also bought the tickets, asked for his money back or wither we just theater-jumped to a different movie.

So, I can not actually say I have really watched this movie. And the reviews I have read on-line to not jive with my personal memories of what little I saw.


Well, that’s all for this week. Work is madness this season, so I need to get back to it. See you next week with the answer to this week’s quote, and a new quote. Thanks for reading.