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World Fantasy 2010

Jun. 9th, 2010 | 10:15 pm
mood: busybusy


I just registered for World Fantasy 2010 in Columbus, OH. If you're planning on attending, note that the price of a membership increases on June 15th.

I hope to see many of you there!




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LJ is at it again, just with better code

Apr. 28th, 2010 | 10:54 pm
mood: annoyedannoyed

Yeah, LJ is screwing with outbound links again:

http://antumbral.dreamwidth.org/164338.html

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Kill journalists and civilians, then cover it up. It's the American way!

Apr. 5th, 2010 | 09:50 pm
mood: infuriatedinfuriated

Wikileaks released video today of two journalists from Reuters (and several other people) being killed by American troops in Iraq in 2007:

[Warning: Video contains graphic violence.]



Dan Froomkin observes:

Calling it a case of "collateral murder," the WikiLeaks Web site today released harrowing until-now secret video of a U.S. Army Apache helicopter in Baghdad in 2007 repeatedly opening fire on a group of men that included a Reuters photographer and his driver -- and then on a van that stopped to rescue one of the wounded men.

None of the members of the group were taking hostile action, contrary to the Pentagon's initial cover story; they were milling about on a street corner. One man was evidently carrying a gun, though that was and is hardly an uncommon occurrence in Baghdad.

Reporters working for WikiLeaks determined that the driver of the van was a good Samaritan on his way to take his small children to a tutoring session. He was killed and his two children were badly injured.

In the video, which Reuters has been asking to see since 2007, crew members can be heard celebrating their kills.

"Oh yeah, look at those dead bastards," says one crewman after multiple rounds of 30mm cannon fire left nearly a dozen bodies littering the street.

A crewman begs for permission to open fire on the van and its occupants, even though it has done nothing but stop to help the wounded: "Come on, let us shoot!"

Two crewmen share a laugh when a Bradley fighting vehicle runs over one of the corpses.

And after soldiers on the ground find two small children shot and bleeding in the van, one crewman can be heard saying: "Well, it's their fault bringing their kids to a battle."

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My 2010 convention schedule

Mar. 1st, 2010 | 07:59 pm
mood: busybusy

It's a very short list:

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Music

Jan. 25th, 2010 | 09:00 pm
mood: weirdweird

Two things for which I blame wojsvenwoj, because I'd probably never have given either band a try without him pointing me in their direction.


The Joy Formidable:




Smoosh:



Smoosh also have a new song coming out, "We are our own lies," that you can preview here: http://smoosh.bandcamp.com/


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Does your agent have a Destructo-Ray Projector too?

Dec. 14th, 2009 | 07:30 pm
mood: amusedamused

I love this quote from Warren Ellis:

Sometimes my agent talks to me as if she has some kind of remote-operated Destructo-Ray Projector in my office that'll burn off one of my balls if I disobey her instructions. But she speaks with such confidence that I start to worry that she does actually have some kind of remote-operated Destructo-Ray Projector in my office, and so I go to the meeting.

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Literary Agent Appreciation Day

Dec. 11th, 2009 | 02:32 pm

Everyone knows that it's Agent Appreciation Day, right? I know I have a favorite agent, but since I'm not actually a client, I don't think I'll be participating. That doesn't mean you shouldn't....

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Syndicated feeds broken again

Oct. 26th, 2009 | 07:38 pm

   Hey, no wonder LJ has felt so quiet the last fews days!  Yes, the syndicated feeds are broken again, and apparently have been since the 22nd.

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Oh yeah, LJ

Oct. 19th, 2009 | 08:07 pm
mood: busybusy


I didn't post all that often to Livejournal before, but now it seems I'm posting even less, as Twitter (I'm @mkcurry) and Facebook are getting most of the brief posts that I was putting here. Some of what I've posted about there in the last few weeks:

- I'm now reading slush for Fantasy Magazine.

- I've been to excellent concerts by Vienna Teng (with The Paper Raincoat) and brilliant fiddle player Brian Conway.

- The new album by The Paper Raincoat is awesome.

- The Yoshida Brothers are also awesome: http://is.gd/3HqHb



I think that's a representative assortment of the parts other than me gushing about new novels and short stories by various talented writers.



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More Worldcon Montreal [part 2 of 2]

Aug. 13th, 2009 | 09:42 pm
mood: tiredtired

[Continued from here.]

Sunday: Started the day with an excellent warm cinnamon bun with apples at Steak Frites, plated as though it was a dinner entree. Given all of the great food I had over the long weekend, I don't know why something so simple impressed me, but it did. Attended the "Neil Gaiman and Gary K Wolfe in Conversation" panel, which ended up simply being a fascinating conversation between Neil and Gary which ranged over all sorts of interesting topics. I think it was probably the best of the four Neil events I attended. Later I went to a kaffeeklatsch with jaylake, which was actually the first kaffeeklatsch I'd ever attended. We had a full table with lots of interesting conversation, and I ended up learning things about Jay's writing that I actually hadn't known before. I could have just talked with Jay about some of the same topics, but having other people ask different questions, or ask the same questions different ways, worked out pretty well.

Next up was the string of Hugo events. I was at part of the rehearsal, which was an interesting look behind the scenes. Then I got to attend the pre-Hugo reception, where I met several people, including Neil Gaiman. Thanks again for introducing me, jaylake! I also carefully did not wish David Anthony Durham good luck, and thereby avoided jinxing him. As for the Hugo ceremony itself, it was the first time I'd ever actually gone to the Hugos (this was only my second Worldcon after all), and I think sitting in the second row with matociquala, stillsostrange, arcaedia, jaylake and calendula_witch was pretty much the best way to experience it. It was great to see David win the Campbell and have the diadem (it's not a tiara!) placed on his head by maryrobinette, and it was even better to be able to see matociquala's sort of stunned and overwhelmed expression when she won her Hugo. I would have liked to have a couple of the other Hugos go to different people, but all of winners were certainly worthy of the honor. When all of the excitement was over, it was time to trek down to the Delta for the Hugo Losers' party, and we took turns actually carrying matociquala's very heavy (but very lovely) award. While the booze at the party was, to say the least, horrible, I still got to see things like David Anthony Durham looking quite smashing in his new headgear, Scalzi putting his Hugo on his head, and Klages licking Bear's Hugo, so it was an entertaining time. Plus the whole thing died early enough for me to make it back to the IC bar in time for last call.

Monday: This was the day for driving back, but before I headed out there was time for a very tasty lunch in Chinatown with arcaedia and maryrobinette. Fortunately the drive home was a lot less of a hassle than the drive up had been, even if the mid-drive burger was made from cow rather than elk this time around.

Some of the people I was glad to have the chance to talk to but didn't mention yet:leahbobet, curgoth, katfeete, icedrake, suricattus, as well as non-LJ people like Rani Graff (who I was not actually stalking, despite seeing him everywhere).

People I meant to mention but didn't: If I knew that, I'd have mentioned them.

Chances of me going to Worldcon 2010 in Melbourne? Slim to none.

Chances of me going to Worldcon 2011 in Reno? Even less.

Overall, I had a great time, and Montreal is definitely a great city. Hopefully it won't take me 10+ years to make it back there again this time.

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