theotherbaldwin: (hmm)
[personal profile] coffeeandink asked people to recommend books by people of color. She got a response from Cindy Pon:
i've got a YA asian fantasy coming out in
may : Silver Phoenix

when i met with a [sci fi/ fantasy] publisher
at a writing conference last year, he had read the first
12 pages and said to me : "why is this fantasy?
this is amy tan meets crouching tiger."
like it was a BAD thing.

also : "asian fantasy does not sell."

i was crushed.
Fortunately, another publisher bought the book, and Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia is coming out from HarperTeen in April.

It's called Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia, and I just preordered it (thanks to trade-ins to Amazon's game trade). I'd suggest you check it out, too.

theotherbaldwin: (angry)
Living Internet Meme Punchline Chuck Norris Says He'd Run For President Of Texas If It Ever Seceded From The Union.

...thousands of cell groups will be united around the country in solidarity over the concerns for our nation” and said that if states decide to secede from the union, that Texas would lead the way.

“Anyone who has been around Texas for any length of time knows exactly what we'd do if the going got rough in America,” Norris wrote.

Um, point and laugh at c-list actors with delusions of grandeur?


Mar. 12th, 2009 08:44 am
theotherbaldwin: (hmm)
What Nick said.

ETA: Especially

"The reason it’s called RaceFail ’09 is to distinguish it from the one last year, the one in ’06, and the smaller blow-ups that have happened in-between. Something that you’ll see a lot in the earlier posts this go-round is some variation on the Cylon Clause: All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again. All of this will happen again—do please lift a hand if that doesn’t fill you with horror.

If the Fail is happening anyway—if havoc is already being wrecked in the hearts of authors and fans of color, if people who shouldn’t be driven out are already being driven out (or at least too damn close to out)—then I kind of want it to impinge on the space of as many white fans and authors as is humanly possible. Yes, it IS too high a price for mere education, but if the price is being paid regardless, let’s goddamn GET something for it. The more clueless-but-well-meaning white folk (I firmly include myself in this category) see the hurt being caused and start reading, thinking, and trying to understand the things being said by the myriad brilliant fans/authors/theorists of color (and allies!) involved here, the more likely it is that something will have changed by the time the next high-profile racial screw-up rolls ‘round. "
theotherbaldwin: (stop right there)
What is RaceFail '09? [ profile] daedala provided the shortest summary of RaceFail '09 here and it is as followed:
1. Elizabeth Bear writes a post about "how to write the Other"
2. Avalon's Willow critiques one of her books on racial tropes
3. Bear agrees unequivocally in writing
4. Commenters defend Bear in increasingly racist language.
5. Massive fail all over the internet.
6. Bear says that she was lying in 3. in order to model appropriate conversation.
But [ profile] daedala's summary barely scratches the surface. Here are other more detailed, but still brief summaries of events:

» A reader's digest of RaceFail '09 by [ profile] white_serpent, which [ profile] dmarley kindly provided some contexts here.
» A summary of RaceFail '09 by [ profile] withdiamonds.
» A Timeline (of the Great Cultural Appropriation Debate of Doom '09) (a summary of the beginning of RaceFail '09) by Willow.
» Because "tl;dr" shouldn't be an excuse (a summary of the middle and later part of RaceFail '09) by [ profile] rydra_wong.
» Endangering somebody is okay when you do it under your real name (a summary of later events of RaceFail '09) @ unfunnybusiness.
» Racefail09: Just This (a summary of the beginning and later part of RaceFail '09) by [ profile] mpoetess.

And here are a few longer overviews:

» A themed summary of RaceFail ‘09 in large friendly letters for those who think race discussions are hard by Ann Somerville.
» O HAI RACEFAILZ: Notes on Reading an Internet Conflict by [ profile] tablesaw.
» I have stayed quiet about something for too long, and I am ashamed by [ profile] popelizbet.

For a comprehensive overview though, [ profile] rydra_wong has provided an almost chronological link list here and you could follow the discussion at her gcadod 09 tag. And among the many, many people who have spoken up about RaceFail '09 are [ profile] asim, [ profile] bossymarmalade, [ profile] ciderpress, [ profile] coffeeandink, [ profile] deepad, [ profile] helsmeta, [ profile] inalasahl, [ profile] nojojojo, [ profile] oyceter, Seeking Avalon's Willow, [ profile] shewhohashope, [ profile] sparkymonster, [ profile] spiralsheep, [ profile] vito_excalibur, [ profile] vom_marlowe, [ profile] yeloson and [ profile] zvi_likes_tv.

Thanks to [ profile] wistfuljane for providing the code.
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Granted, I'm not very far into the game-- I've just gotten the Cola Pin or Soda Pin or whatever the heck it's called... the one you can tap to restore HP.

Anyhow, what I'm wondering, without any major spoilers is: Does Neku become less of a stupid douchebaggy ass anytime SOON? Because he's really, really getting on my nerves, and  the MAIN CHARACTER of a game is inherently unlikable, and stays that way for most of the game, I'd say that's a deal breaker and I'd rather trade it in to Amazon Game Trading and get some more amazon credit.
theotherbaldwin: (hurf de durf)
So jadra and I went to a post-hospital concert at the Bass Symphony Hall; while they have a no-refund policy, the box office manager was kind enough to let me pick another concert up to a week and a half after the original tickets, seeing as she was in the hospital for the concert we had tickets for.

So, though the concert we ended up going to was One Night Of Queen (which was friggin' awesome, btw), we had gotten some outfits from Gentleman's Emporium for Christmas and like heck we weren't going to wear them to the symphony anyhow, overdressed or not.

I'll post or link to jadrqa's pics as soon as either I get them or she links to hers, so here are mine.

I kinda look like a robber baron! )

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[ profile] jadra is home from the hospital. My mom has flown back to NJ after a 5 day visit, and now I'm ready to start working on commissions. You can find an updated list here.

And yes, I will do collaborations for the same price as a commission.

theotherbaldwin: (hmm)
So, [ profile] jadra was admitted to the emergency room last Sunday. Shortness of breath, unable to breathe, chest pains, a lot of fluid retention.

She's going to be in the hospital at LEAST until this Sunday. One of the problems that's surfaced is that her body is having getting enough oxygen to her body and bloodstream, partially due to an enlarged heart. The doctors are helping her with some occupational therapy at the hospital, and they're pretty sure she's going to need to be on oxygen at home.

So, to help with health care costs, I'm offering commissions.

For every five dollars you donate, you will will get a minute of someone MC Frontalot declared officially awesome (me) rapping about a subject of your choosing. This will be a custom-made rap, including vocals, backbeats, everything.

And this rap will be made just for you about anything you want. Want me to rap about how awesome you are? Great! How about an ode to your guinea pig? You got it! Diss track against someone who flamed you in your favorite Dragonball Z forum? It's all good.

Samples of my rap style are available here, here, here and here.

Commision Line-Up:

Beat, "King in Yellow disses Cthulhu": three stanzas/


[ profile] opyl - ~My Choice~
[ profile] pretzelcoatl  - "Nightmare Fuel" First stanze done, some of chorus
[ profile] erf_ -Need Subject!
[ profile] brunomik -Need Subject!
[ profile] miltjones - C0llaboration

[personal profile] anais_pf  - How awesome is [personal profile] rick_day ? SO AWESOME.Done!

 ETA: I have completed beats for every commission so far except for the collaboration. Now to work on lyrics!

theotherbaldwin: (facepalm)
Cringe worthy response from Bobby Jindal last night.

My response to his response can be summed up 21 seconds into this video:

theotherbaldwin: (hurf de durf)
So I'm inspired by [ profile] mneko 's recent art piece detailing a totally fake history of two of his characters has inspired me to do a few for Toroth and friends as anime spin-offs. I need help, lazyweb, with getting some of the japanese right. Maybe there's also some kind of neat pun in japanese I'd miss?

Like, I realize the closest to Toroth I'd get is "Torasu". For the name, would it be in katakana?

NOw, "show" titles... I also have no idea how to properly write like, "Let's Learn, Toroasu!" for one show.

"Double Dragons: Bluescales and Torasu" would it be more aesthetically pleasing or natural sounding to write out "bluescales" in katakana, or find the japanese equivalent to saying "blue scales (like reptile scales)"? HOw would I write all of that anyhow?

And of course, now anime-ish spin off would be complete without a magical girl series, so [ profile] jadra wil get her own series "Jadra: Princess of PIckles".

Now would anyone with Japanese knowledge be willing to help me out?
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So, one digital camera plus a few minutes' free time plus lunch break today equals a bunch of new userpics.
theotherbaldwin: (serious business)
So, first came the holidays, then new year, then helping my mom through some really heavy personal stuff (here's a hint: i'm flying her down here next month to help her apartment hunt so I can get her help and put her near people that will love and care for her), and then I had a head cold that knocked me on my ass for about 6 days.

So! I think I should be back to okay again.

In more awesome news, I FINALLY got glasses, after needing them for several years. It's so nice to be able to make out details on far away stuff (I'm 20/40 in my left eye and about 20/55 in my right). So! Pictures!

I ramp up the nerd factor by also wearing the geekiest shirt I own.

Run, before it's too late! )
theotherbaldwin: (whee)
From this metafilter thread:

MUPPET NEWS FLASH: It's great to see this FPP, because Paul Williams just wrote four new songs for the upcoming brand new Muppets Christmas TV movie that's going to be airing in just two weeks -- Wednesday, December 17th at 8 PM on NBC! It's called "A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa", starring the Muppets, of course -- plus Nathan Lane, Uma Thurman, Jane Krakowski, Jesse L. Martin, Tony Sirico, Steve Schirripa, and Whoopi Goldberg and a few other humans you might recognize.

Here's a video preview of one of the songs from the special on (USA only, sorry) -- twenty-some-odd singing and dancing Muppets (and Jesse L. Martin and Mayor Mike Bloomberg) at a New York City post office! The other three songs are wonderful, too -- Gonzo and Fozzie have one that is simply amazing.

If you have a Facebook account, here's the invite for the premiere! Please "attend" and then use the link in the top righthand corner to invite your friends to attend too. It's open to everyone.

Also, Paul Williams himself shows up in the special in a small (hah) role as one of Santa's elves. Which is funny because he's, y'know, really short.

theotherbaldwin: (mc grammar)
Have a whole mess of un-labeled pics from the concert!
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This awesome:

Click here for large picture )

theotherbaldwin: (whee)
Who's suddenly able to attend the MC Frontalot/ ytcracker concert in Dallas tomorrow?


I will riding there in style and taking a sickening amount of pictures and probably getting merch from everyone. It shall be awesome.
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theotherbaldwin: (what?)

Bless you, Crest, for making a product that's PRO health in these trying, anti-health dental products todat.


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