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Nov. 5th, 2017

cake, birthday, musical

Birthday wishes to two fannish friends

A very happy birthday to two of my longest-standing friends in fandom: ericavdgand otherdeb! May you both have a great many more, and thank you for all your kindnesses to me and mine.
Music: "Happy Birthday," The Arrogant Worms

Jun. 2nd, 2017


On Kathy Griffin and liberal misbehavior in general

Why we can't afford to go over the line in attacking conservatives, cut to save your friends' page space.Collapse )

Jul. 18th, 2016

headstone, tombstone, death, memorial

In Memoriam: Ari Mulholland, 2000-2016

For those not on Facebook: At approximately 10:00 am local time today, we finally made the unimaginably hard decision to free Ari the Humongous Orange Tabby™ from the pain and suffering of feline leukemia and help him take his last step over the Rainbow Bridge, with the aid of Dr. Barry Spencer, DVM at his clinic in Mbabane. He will be interred next to Rosita and his mother Lilith ("Lily" to us) in our back yard at some point within the next few days.

Ari had stopped eating altogether (his salivary glands had swollen massively, and I suspect kept him from swallowing anything but liquid) and barely moved at all the past few days, so we reluctantly decided it was time. May he, Rosie and his mother romp together forever in the Elysian Catnip Fields...and thanks to all who expressed kind thoughts and sympathy in his last days.

At least he is now finally free of pain...and just like that, we are now a totally cat-free household (for now, anyway). Below is a shot of Ari in his prime (and at his top weight, 22 lbs.[!!]) a few years back in Atlanta, when he and I were bunkmates while Songbird and the girls were living in Kenya.

May. 21st, 2016

filk music

A NEW FILK about the upcoming UK referendum

For those who don't do Facebook, here's a link to my newest filk, which I can't believe nobody else has thought of yet...
Should We Stay Or Should We Go? (The Brexit Song)
(I'm gonna assume most of you reading have heard the original song by The Clash. If by some chance you haven't [in which case you're either too young to remember it or just amazingly culturally deprived], Google/YouTube is your friend.)

Nov. 10th, 2015

filk music


My own farewell to a certain companion.Collapse )

Apr. 22nd, 2015

Gandhi, change

A film you need to see RFN if you care about climate change

Out here in Mbabane, the US Embassy today marked the annual celebration of Earth Day by holding a free public screening of photographer James Balog's ground-breaking, jaw-dropping 2012 documentary, Chasing Ice. I was one of the heart-breakingly few who actually showed up for it...and was utterly, completely, abso-fucking-lutely blown away by the incredible true story of Balog's quest to visually document the effects of greenhouse gases on the climate by founding the Extreme Ice Survey.
Cut for length and rantiness.Collapse )

Apr. 9th, 2015

headstone, tombstone, death, memorial

In Memoriam: Stanley Victor Freberg, 1926-2015

One of my favorite funny people is gone. Comedian, voice artist, advertising creative and musician Stan Freberg has died in a Santa Monica, CA hospital of pneumonia at 88. The New York Times has an obit here.

Many of the best recordings played over the years on Dr. Demento's radio program were Stan's, including his masterful takedown of holiday-season commercialism, "Green Chri$tma$." Together with such talents as the late Daws Butler, Mel Blanc, June Foray and Billy May, he gleefully bit the corporate hand that fed him, both in the advertising he created for clients such as Chun King frozen foods and Sunsweet prunes and in his own shows on radio and TV and satirical records such as Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, Volumes I and II. You can read more about his career in his autobiography, It Only Hurts When I Laugh, in hardcover but now probably out of print. And he went on to influence a number of other artists, including "Weird Al" Yankovic ,"the great" Luke Ski and even the Beatles.

Deepest sympathies to his widow Hunter, his son and daughter, and all the rest of his family, friends, colleagues and fans. And to Mr. Freberg himself, thank you for a lifetime of laughter.

Mar. 24th, 2015

headstone, tombstone, death, memorial

In Memoriam: Peggy Rae McKnight Pavlat Sapienza, 1944-2015

Three weeks ago, one of science fiction and fantasy fandom's hardest-working, kindest, funniest and most precious people, Peggy Rae Sapienza, entered the Inova Heart & Vascular Institute in Falls Church, VA for surgery and treatment. Yesterday, she died there at the age of 70.

She was one of the first friends I made in northeastern US fandom, way back in the late 1980s when I left my home state of Louisiana for good. I was one of many she cajoled into doing stuff for whatever club, convention or other fanac with which she was involved (usually artwork, in my case) and, as one of her many mourners notes today, it was simply impossible to say no to her.

Best-selling sfnal author John Scalzi has a far more eloquent tribute to her than I could ever muster, posted at his blog here. (UPDATE, 3/25: The web-based version of Mike Glyer's long-running fanzine File 770 has an even better one here.) The last I saw of them was at Loncon 3 (last year's Worldcon) in London, England, UK last August, and neither of them looked any the worse for wear (though John was riding a scooter to get up and down that gawdawful long hall, and I for one did not blame him in the slightest).

My deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to her husband John, her children and all the rest of her family, her friends uncountable, her fellow SMOFs and all the fans she served so tirelessly as a mentor. Wherever your questing soul may be, Peggy Rae, I hope you know that you are loved and missed more than you can possibly imagine.

Feb. 27th, 2015

headstone, tombstone, death, memorial

In Memoriam: Leonard Simon Nimoy, 1931-2015

After several reports on the web, The New York Times has confirmed it: Actor, director, author, photographer and singer Leonard Nimoy has died at age 83 of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles, CA home. The full story is here.

Most of you reading this already know what a significant figure he was in my life and why, so I won't bother rehashing his career and achievements here. I only wish I'd finally gotten to meet him before this sad day. Deepest sympathies to his widow Susan and the rest of his family, friends, colleagues and fans...and thank you, sir, wherever your soul may now be.

Fanfic Sampler™: A proper farewell to the Brig

For those like me who wish for a bit more closure to the story of one of the most beloved characters ever to grace the small screen. Dedicated, with the greatest of love and respect, to the memory of Nicholas Courtney.
Doctor Who: EndingsCollapse )

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