February 23, 2011 9:05 AM
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America posted their 2010 Nebula Award Nominees, with links to free, online short stories, novelettes, and novellas, if you're looking to read something specfic + amazing. Congrats to all the nominees, including and especially Rachel Swirsky for her novella, "The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen's Window"!
In other news, I just took the last taekkyeon level exam I'll be able to while in Korea. I'm not very comfortable with throws -- like Jayne Cobb, I like smackin' 'em -- and figured I'd fail, but the overseeing master gave me a favorable review, so I may be going home with one more certificate. Woooo!
Here's a video of Master Jang doing a taekkyeon demo:
But right now it's time for another exciting round of 2am laundry.
February 22, 2011 3:15 AM
Hey everyone, just popping in to let ye know that things'll probably be quiet around here for a while. It's my last week in Korea, so I'll be pretty busy getting my act together, tying up loose ends, et cetera. Fear not, there will be plenty more adventures to be had Stateside!
In the meantime, check out this supercool video of Taichi Saotomo doing battle against the shadowverse, culminating in a duel against his nega-self. I'm sure we all have days like this:
Also: Could this be the future of music?
February 17, 2011 5:42 AM
Sorry I missed this week's Wordy Wednesdays, guys! (In my defense, I got distracted by an extremely attractive humanoid.)
❤ Hand-made cards from camerados! I love getting mail, and original work by my creative amigos trumps the utilities bill by a long shot. This one winged by way from my former roomie and webcomic artist, Sarah! Almost half of my cork board currently features her handiwork, from postcards to comics to Riceboy fanart. She is super talented, so you should check her out!
❤ Monstrous Discrepancies, a comic by Winston Rowntree. Always a good one to go back to if your social anxieties are flaring up again.
❤ Welsh Corgis. Long have I desired to
❤ "The Wendy Trilogy" by S. J. Tucker. I always thought poor Wendy kind of got the short end of the stick in Peter and Wendy, always having to be the responsible one. She could've made a rockin' pirate. I've listened to this trilogy on repeat, and still get chills. S. J. Tucker is a pretty powerful performance artist.
To sum up:
Now, Wendy never was a girl to go against her friends
But recall when Hook had kidnapped her and promised no good end
Surrounded then by pirates and asked to join the crew,
the story goes she told them no, but not all tales are true!
Wouldn't she rather climb the rigging and wield a cutlass bright,
Wouldn't she rather have her own sweet say o'er wrong and right?
"Your decision, girl," says Hook. "You think you'll pass the test?"
The scurvy crew are sniggering, but Wendy answers "Yes!
You set me any task, old man, and watch me see it through.
You've never known the likes of piracy a girl can do!"
Here's Part II: Red-Handed Jill and Part III: Green-Eyed Sue / Sue's Jig
February 15, 2011 7:09 AM
This past weekend, my most excellent Amerifriend, Amanda, came up to visit me in the big city while training for her next job in Jochiwon. Regretfully, I didn't take very many pictures, but here's a glimpse of what-all we did:
Walked around Edae, where I succumbed once again to my takoyaki craving. The guy working the flipping sticks got a little fancy on us, jumping the little takoyaki back and forth across one another as they cooked.
We checked out an adorable little Japanese stationery/toy/snack store, and when we reemerged, it was to find this mascot advertising the shop!
I can't remember where I took this, alas. Little soaps shaped like sheep!
We went to the Wolfhound Irish pub in Itaewon for lunch, and were distracted by the sounds of samulnori up the hill:
We went up to find a bunch of older folks playing yut and eating various fruit, meat, and ddeok. We had delicious burgers to nom, so we moved on.
The next few shots were taken in the National Museum of Korea:
Just a couple things today, Tesla fans.
First off, the website for the movie-to-be, Charged: The Story of Nikola Tesla, which I think has been in pre-production for a quite a while. This is exciting on a number of levels, namely: 1.) It will deal with Tesla's personal life, rather than focusing solely on his contributions to Science(!), and 2.) The website claims that Michael Nyman is involved. Nyman + Tesla = ♥. The Tesla Memorial Society of New York has a page about Tesla and his good friends, the Johnsons, here.
Next up is io9's somewhat misleadingly titled list of Everything You Need to Know About the Madness of Nikola Tesla. I never knew that our very own moon has a crater named after him!
Besides their great general Tesla informational site, PBS provides some neat middle school science lesson plans in Tesla for Teachers.
And finally, while I am loath to celebrate theratfinkEdison, this is just fun: Tesla v. Edison Mad Lib.
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Viva alternating current!
February 11, 2011 2:24 AM
This past weekend, I traveled south with some friends to Jeonju, ancestral home of my clan, and Iksan, modern-day home of some really neat pubs. One of our camerados succumbed to a terrible plague and had to stay behind to fight the good fight, but he acted as a sort of guiding star for most of this trip, writing up detailed notes and suggestions from his sickbed.
The day (of the Fri- variety) started early, with Nick and I taking the Saemaul KTX Jeonju-ward, while a third, also somewhat sickly Kammerudo valiantly forged a trail to meet us.
We took a taxi to Jeonbuk University, from whence we began our quest to encounter all things both Jeonju and Awesome. Our extremely genial driver addressed us as Mr. Canada and Miss U.S.A, though he inexplicably alternated between the latter and Gongju (Princess) while talking to me, and was determined to convince me that my destiny lay in teaching university-level English in Korea forever. He also listed Canadians as his #1 preferred international fare, while Americans ranked at lowly #7.
Click through for a massive photo post. (Slow connections beware!)
February 10, 2011 8:36 AM
❤ "Death Talks About Life" by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. In which Neil Gaiman's Death and Alan Moore's John Constantine join forces to make a public service announcement re: AIDS awareness and safe sex. No joke, this comic taught me more about condoms than my health ed. class.
|Source: Shana Logic|
❤ Summer Wars. I'd just read/watched a bunch of somewhat depressing things and turned to this Japanese animated movie for a brain cleanser. Best idea ever. It was sweet, funny, touching, and strangely enough, actually did go a ways toward revitalizing my faith in humanity. A bit melodramatic, I'm sure, but I have to admit that I got a little emotional when summarizing it for a friend. Give it a shot; thank me later.
|I'm crap at photographing food in a way that makes it actually look appetizing ._.|
Happy Thursday, everyone!
February 9, 2011 12:41 AM
This week's Wordy Wednesday consists of only one story, so as not to allow ye any excuse to read something else. Cheap tricks, perhaps, but having been a mite busy this past week, they are all I can afford. So go forth, readers, and feast your eyes upon:
Of Men And Wolves by An Owomoyela
While I slept this beast had come and ripped out my husband’s throat.
So ended my first night in the City of Wolves.
And also this line by Nick Mamatas, which I read recently in an issue of Weird Tales but which I found again here: Poe fan Jim Thompson was fond of saying that there was only one plot in all the world: “Things are not what they seem.”
February 8, 2011 2:52 AM
Fans may note that one of the experts interviewed for the episode is none other than Samantha Hunt, author of The Invention of Everything Else. She talks a bit about Tesla before and after her reading from the aforementioned novel (in which Tesla is a major protagonist) in the Authors@Google series:
And here is the photo that Samantha Hunt mentioned in her Q&A session, the one taken in Tesla's lab of Mark Twain lighting a wireless bulb by holding it in his hands while Tesla looks on from the background.
And that's all I have for ye today.
February 7, 2011 12:36 AM
Posted by Jei D. Marcade
After my friend Martha posted her reactions to some Super Bowl trailer spots, I spent some time tooling around the Apple Trailers site and reigniting some of my own anticipation re: upcoming films, as well as finding out about movies I've never heard of before (not exactly surprising, considering my self-imposed exile from the Western world). Here then, in no particular order, are some movies about which I find myself super excited:
February 6, 2011 10:18 PM
As you may recall, last Thursday was Seolnal, or the Lunar New Year. It's one of the biggest holidays in Korea, to the point that three days are marked on the calendar, and many folks get all three of those days off of work to travel to their hometowns, celebrate with family, honor their ancestors, etc., which means that traffic to and from anywhere can be a nightmare. I was summoned to spend the night at my grandmother's, so we could hustle out and beat the early morning rush to the cemeteries up in the mountains outside of Seoul. It didn't quite work out that way, but I took some photos to sum up the day:
February 2, 2011 11:54 PM
Posted by Jei D. Marcade
Happy Lunar New Year, everyone! At long last, it's the Year of the Rabbit -- yes, friends, our time has come! No more rotten ol' show-off Tiger! Pink Tentacle has a great post on some Rabbit New Year cards if you want to show that special lagomorph in your life that you're thinking of hir.
I wasn't always pleased with my zodiac animal, especially since a lot of the descriptions of Rabbit folk included words like "gentle," "passive," and "demure," which are not adjectives that many people would apply to me. Maybe that's why so many of my favorite rabbits tend to subvert that view:
♡ Mashimaro! Short, squat, and violently inclined, he leaves plundered picnic baskets and shattered soju bottles in his wake while cleverly evading capture by the pig!police. He's kind of a bully, but so damn cute! Cheer him on through his adventures in these flash animation episodes.
♡ Bunnicula. This tiny, adorable, vampiric import from the Carpathian mountain range joined the Monroe family (including our faithful narrator, Harold the Dog, and his cat compatriot Chester) one dark and stormy night, and never quite left the hearts of his increasingly age-ed readers.
♡ The Rabbit in the Moon. There are several variations of this popular folktale throughout East Asia, most of them dealing with some inspiring act of great self-sacrifice for which the noble rabbit is rewarded with... an eternity of hard labor pounding rice in the cold solitude of the moon. Hmm.
♡ Bucky O'Hare, Captain of the Righteous Indignation. Oh man, you guys, do you remember this show? Space pirates, wars of worlds, interdimensional travel, the works! I don't really remember too much from the show except that there were a lot of flashing lights, and I was always kind of afraid of Bucky's eyes in the intro; something about gazing into pits of cosmic awareness, maybe. Whatever, I carry residual fondness of the mean green toad-zapping machine; I even used to have the action figure. Yeah, that's the one:
♡ Frank from Donnie Darko, one of the most delightfully creepifying incarnations of the cuddly fluffy bunny. This cult classic has since inspired some sweet ink, costumes, a most excellent wall sticker, et cetera. Hey, wait just one goshdurned minute! you may cry; Frank wasn't a real rabbit -- he was just some human in a bunny suit! Yeah, well, if you feel strongly enough about it, you can write your own blog entry about how awful I was to include him, and how I ruined your life and/or your love of rabbits forever, and drop me the link to your post in a comment, and we can feud bitterly on the Wired for the rest of our lives.
source: Redwall Wiki
And if you're in the neighborhood, be sure to catch the National Museum of Korea's special exhibit, The Rabbit, an Animal of Wisdom before it closes on February 27th!
새해복 많이 받으세요!
"And She Shall Be Crowned According to Her Station" by Genevieve Valentine
"Becoming" by Kate Marshall
"This is for a hundred roaches," he says, half-smiling, setting down the things in a row like she'll need him to point and explain.She pays for it out of her new-fall-boots money and takes a cab home because she doesn't want the roaches in the subway to spread the word that she's coming.
prone to wander, and with your/ grandmother's music box lodged/ in my throat, I waltzed away"Hokkaido Green" by Aiden Doyle
"Lebkuchen" by Priya Sharma
The bear stooped down and put the lantern on the ground. It fumbled with the straps on Hitoshi's pack and started rummaging through the contents."I have some tinned tuna," Hitoshi said.The bear ignored him and continued to search through the pack. It took out his cell phone and tapped awkwardly on the screen.
Red stains white. These boys are wolves in human skin. They’ve scented fear. One tries to kiss me. I can taste the cheese he had for lunch and smell the sourness of his sweat. I rake at his eyes with my nails and call down every curse I’ve learnt. They don’t know that the words are empty without the charms to make them real. They’re still laughing but they’re not so sure anymore. They’re thinking of what their pretty friend said about me causing the lingering winter. They’re wondering what my mother might have taught me.Also I shall cheat a little and direct ye to a friend's great big reading list: Rachel Swirsky's Short Story Recommendations 2011, which includes her awards nominations and about a frillion stories I really need to get around to reading.
And now for something a little different: Joselle Vanderhooft interviews Catherynne M. Valente regarding a literary movement that Valente coined mythpunk, "speculative fiction and poetry that melds elements of myths, folk tales, and fairy tales with postmodern literary techniques and, quite often, feminist and multicultural perspectives":
Break it. It will be beautiful.followed by a Mythpunk Roundtable involving writers/panelists Amal El-Mohtar, Rose Lemberg, Alex Dally MacFarlane, and Shweta Narayan expanding on the definition of mythpunk.
And that's what punks do.
Happy reading, wordworms.
February 1, 2011 5:07 AM
Or I guess you could wait for Leonardo DiCaprio's movie adaptation.
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