Another two Open Houses this weekend, another 5+ hours of self-imposed exile for Akemi and I and the dogs. We packed up the dog beds, the strollers, the water bottles and bowls, the collars and leashes, the dog treats – and headed out for a nice long walk… Which, for my geriatric, achy-boned old dogs […]
I had the opportunity to have a brief chat with composure Steven Moore co-founder of synth group Zombi, composer of scores for: The Guest, The Mind's Eye and Don’t Knock Twice - and unwitting creator of many tracks on my “murder/death/kill” writing playlist on Soundcloud - about his musical contribution to Camera Obscura. [Read more...]
COMIC-CON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #06: Get to Know Our Special Guests! Comic-Con International once again offers one of the most diverse guest lists of any convention in the world! This year's guests include top comic creators, authors, and artists, all featured in programming during the run of the show. Read more
Conversation between me and Krissy yesterday: Me: With all this bullshit around health care, and the possibility of pre-existing conditions and insurance caps coming back, we should probably look into supplemental insurance. Krissy: I got us supplemental insurance years ago. Me: You did? Krissy: Yes. I even have policies for very specific things. Me: Like […]
I finally got out the tripod, and it makes a difference. This is one you’ll want to see the big version of.
Well, that was fun. So, what did everybody think? Episode Debrief with TheTVJunkies’ Kelly Townsend: I think of all the characters, she’s the bonafide survivor, so in my mind it made sense to make it her, and her the Android have that connection. I loved the idea of, in the distant, distant future, her and […]
We also round up the latest quotes, images and information on the newest addition to the Star Trek franchise.
COMIC-CON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #05: Since You’ve Been Gone It's our annual review of some of the changes that have occured in the past year here in downtown San Diego in the area surrounding the Convention Center! Read more
If you’re a fan of the Transformers, this will live up to your expectations. The plot was far better than most of the films giving audiences the development of the Transformer world. You get plenty of Optimus and his speeches. Bumblebee gets a chance to shine. [Read more...]
Gotta be honest, I had entirely forgotten I’d done this interview last year when I was in Iowa City for a book festival. But eventually it all came back to me. Also, it’s a pretty good interview. Enjoy.
COMIC-CON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #04: Pre-Register for the Blood Drive! Give the gift of life at Comic-Con... set aside some time to donate blood at the Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive, named Blood Drive of the Year by America's Blood Centers! Read more
COMIC-CON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #03: Don’t Be Scammed by Companies or Individuals Selling Fake Badges for Comic-Con 2017! Today's Toucan Tip contains important information on how to avoid being scammed by unscrupulous companies and individuals selling fake or non-existent Comic-Con badges! Read more
If you’re a fan of the Midnight Star video games I helped create, here’s something fun for you: John Shirley, legendary writer and lyricist, has written “Purgatorio,” a serialized story set in the Midnight Star universe. He’s written it for Bound, a new company (and iOS app) specializing in serialized fiction. Which is pretty cool. […]
First, my initial thoughts, as rendered on Twitter. I know folks who'll likely die if this GOP health plan passes. But I guess the big tax cut I'll get out of it is supposed to make that okay. — John Scalzi (@scalzi) June 22, 2017 I'd rather keep paying those taxes and help keep my […]
I’m getting a smidgen better at taking pictures of these little glowy dudes. The secret, which is not a secret at all, is long exposures on steady platforms, and low ISO settings so you don’t blow out the picture. This one, which is actually a detail of a larger photo, is a 20 second exposure […]
Showrunner Aaron Harberts also talks about how Discovery will not be sticking to Gene Roddenberry's rule of no conflict within the crew.
Shooting the THRANdroid duet! Don’t miss Dark Matter Episode 304: “All The Time In The World”! Tonight at 6:00 p.m. on SYFY and Space Channel! Tagged: #DarkMatter, Dark Matter
Preacher is how a TV adaptation of a comic series suited to episodic visual storytelling (seriously this comic’s been begging to be on television for ages) should be done - with character development deeply embedded to anchor the story. [Read more...]
This has been a good week for Trek fans, with pictures and news about Star Trek: Discovery being released almost daily. Today’s...