2014 Oscar Marathon Update 1!

Christiana and Mike continue their Oscar marathon with discussions on “Wolf of Wall Street”, “Her”, “Captain Phillips”, “The Croods”, “Prisoners” and “The Great Gatsby”

"Who me?" - Leonardo DiCaprio in "Wolf of Wall Street"

“Who me?” – Leonardo DiCaprio in “Wolf of Wall Street”


Check here for the complete list of nominations!

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Something Ventured, Nothing Gained #7

The Venture Brothers rewatch continues!

In this episode, the gang discusses “Trial of the Monarch” and “Return to Spider Skull Island”

Podcast notes!


Hank and Dean at the opening of “Trial of the Monarch”, Hank as Indiana Jones and Dean as Thomas Magnum


As if this caption was needed, it’s Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones!


Thomas Magnum, played by Tom Selleck, from Magnum PI. Also frequently wears Hawaiian shirts.











Are Chip and Dale dressed as Indy and Magnum in Rescue Rangers? You be the judge!











Brock in that sequence, dressed as Michael Knight


David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight from Knight Rider



Helper in the opening Sequence




A rendering of the robot from 1998’s “Lost in Space” movie.



Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick (creators of The Venture Brothers), on the jury, listening to Tiny Attorney, who was inspired by Quato from Total Recall.Quato

The Strangers from Dark City. Inspiration for the Guild of Calamitous Intent?

The Strangers from Dark City. Inspiration for the Guild of Calamitous Intent?

Officer Poncharello from CHiPs, played by Erik Estrada
Officer Poncharello from CHiPs, played by Erik Estrada


Tom of Finland, another of the nicknames the Monarch gives the dirty cop.

Tom of Finland, another of the nicknames the Monarch gives the dirty cop.


"The Fonz" or "Fonzie" played by Henry Winkler, the last of the nicknames Monarch gives the cop.

“The Fonz” or “Fonzie” played by Henry Winkler, the last of the nicknames Monarch gives the cop.


Rocky Horror

From left to right, Columbia, Magenta, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, and Riff-Raff, from Rocky Horror Picture Show


On the right, Rocky from Rocky Horror Picture Show

On the right, Rocky from Rocky Horror Picture Show


Brock as Rocky and Rusty as Dr. Frank-N-Furter

Brock as Rocky and Rusty as Dr. Frank-N-Furter


Dean as Riff-Raff and Hank as Columbia

Dean as Riff-Raff and Hank as Columbia


Dr. Slice! A soda that existed!

Dr. Slice! A soda that existed!


Master-Blaster, from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Master-Blaster, from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome



Talking about Survivor delay

Hey everybody!

Unfortunately, Mike and I couldn’t find a time to record this week, but we plan to get caught up for episode 3. Thanks for listening, and our apologies for the delay.

Avatar:TLA Re-Watch: S1Ep2 “The Avatar Returns”

With episode 2, the story is officially underway.

In hindsight, it might have been better to go ahead and do these first two episodes together, since it really is only the combination of the two that really represents the series at large. Episode 1, though fun, is all wind-up and no pitch. Episode 2 gets to the action, but only works with the set-up established in the first episode. In fact, I believe the first two episodes were actually shown back-to-back when the show premiered.

No sense spending too much time lamenting the separation, however. Best to move forward!

The episode begins as Aang and Katara arrive back at camp, both fully aware how badly they’ve screwed up. To be sure, the specific trap was an accident, but of course, that’s exactly WHY exploring the ship was dangerous in the first place. Aang and Katara didn’t break some dishes. This is a potentially life-and-death mistake here.

Aang understands this, of course, which is why he doesn’t protest at all when Sokka and Gran-Gran decide to banish him. Katara, on the other hand, insists that Aang’s arrival has awakened something within the village that it was sorely lacking: Fun. (It’s important to consider, I think, that simply calling it “fun” is a bit of a childish term on Katara’s part. Though Aang has still not confirmed that he is the Avatar, I think we can guess that Katara is sensing some aspects of that, if only subconsciously, and that, in many ways, “Fun” is probably code for “Hope.”

Another interesting side-note is the exchange where Sokka insists “You can’t fight the Fire Nation with fun,” and Aang replies “You should try it sometime.” Though it is not apparent now, the idea of using “fun” as a weapon is returned to a few times, as a somewhat counter-intuitive tactic.

Katara, reluctant to lose Aang, initially decides to join him in exile. She doesn’t want Aang to have to go alone, and she wants to take him up on his offer to find her a water-bending master. It’s a noble instinct, but it’s also impulsive. Aang gently talks her out of it, not wanting to be responsible for her losing her home and her family.

So Aang leaves, but Prince Zuko’s ship is still coming. It’s very cool to see Sokka gearing up for battle, but kind of heart-breaking as well, because we know they haven’t got a chance of withstanding any kind of real attack. This is driven home by the giant steel ship literally crushing through the wall like it was nothing. Then, as Sokka attempts to attack Zuko, he is easily defeated. But it’s amazing, because Sokka does not give up. His bravery and determination are admirable, if ultimately ineffective, as he is repeatedly knocked aside by Zuko. (He does get in a good shot with the boomerang though!)

What might initially have been a straight-forward “He went that way” is complicated by the misunderstandings Zuko still carries about the Avatar. He assumes both that the village would have known they had the Avatar, and also that he would be a very old man. So the village is confused by Zuko’s demands, and Zuko is infuriated by what he sees as a refusal to cooperate. The situation begins to escalate, but then Aang returns to save the day, kinda. Sliding in on a penguin and temporarily humiliating Zuko.

We get our first taste of actual battle here, with Aang using his staff to spin away Zuko’s fire. Zuko recognizes that Aang must be the Avatar right away, and so reveals it to everyone else. I love the exchange: “You’re just a child!” “Yeah, well, you’re just a teenager.”

Aang is holding his own against Zuko, but after a close call with some of the village children, he recognizes that the battle is too dangerous for him to let it take place there in the village, and he surrenders himself to spare the village.

A noble gesture, though as we see later, not quite as dire a sacrifice as it initially appeared. Aang is not planning to stay locked up in a cell. (He even says: “Take care of Appa for me until I get back!”) Still, it already shows that, beneath his playful exterior, he does have some true wisdom. Sure, he MIGHT be able to take on Zuko individually, but probably not the entire ship, and certainly the battle would incur significant casualties in the Water Tribe village. To simply escape captivity, on the other hand, allows him to take on all the risk himself, rather than being responsible for any additional damage to the village. And escaping simply requires getting away, not having to defeat every person on the ship.

Aang is led away and the ship leaves, while the village is left to try and rebuild, but Katara has a speech. She has a lot to say about why Aang is important, and why she has to go after him, and if we didn’t like Sokka already, we finally do when he says: “Are you going to talk all day, or are you coming with me?” Then Gran-Gran blesses the mission as well, saying that their destinies are now intertwined with the Avatar’s. Then, just as they are discussing how they can never catch the ship in their canoe, it’s Appa! Happy feelings all around.

Though of course, Sokka can never abandon his sarcasm for long. “You just love taking me out of my comfort zone, don’t you?” Still, it’s Sokka who remembers the proper phrase: “Yip-yip!” and it’s such fun to see him overjoyed by the miracle of flight. Even if he must once again resume his veneer of teenage apathy.

Back on board the Fire Nation ship, Aang seems awfully relaxed as his staff is confiscated and he’s been led to the cell. Then, we see why. “You guys have never fought an air-bender before, have you?’ Kid’s got skills! Of course, he can’t leave without his staff, so the search is on. We get a nice gag with Uncle Iroh sleeping through the whole thing, but Zuko is ready. He traps Aang in the chamber and it’s time for another duel. We see that both of these characters have significant skill, but ultimately, it’s a TKO by mattress, and Aang escapes to the main deck with his staff.

Getting on deck is not the same as escaping, unfortunately, as Zuko manages to leap onto Aang’s glider, and send them both crashing to the deck. Then, more fighting, but Aang is ultimately forced over the side, and we can’t help but be reminded of his dream, when he escaped the storm by freezing himself in the ice. As before, Aang’s eyes glow, but instead of freezing himself again, he rises out of the water, and defeats Zuko with a so-far unprecedented skill of water-bending. This is significant, because recall that he told Katara he could not teach her, because he was an air-bender, not a water-bender. He apparently has incredible power, but is, perhaps, not fully in control of himself when he exercises it, and it leaves him drained when he finishes.

Thankfully, Katara and Sokka have arrived on Appa. Sokka gets a nice moment when he’s recovering the staff, only to receive a horror-movie jump scare from Zuko. And yet, in payback for the earlier defeats, Sokka knocks Zuko back over the side and retains the staff. Katara, in her moment of need, discovers additional water-bending skill, freezing the fire nation soldiers (and Sokka) in ice. Katara, Sokka, and Aang escape on Appa and the day is saved.

We get one last moment with Zuko and Iroh, as they appraise the damage to their ship. Iroh says “Good news for the Fire Lord. The greatest threat to the Fire Nation is just a little kid.” (Yet, his tone is reserved, as though this is a test for Zuko, rather than his actual opinion.) If it was a test, Zuko passes. “That little kid did THIS,” he says. “I won’t underestimate him again.”

The last scene of the episode is pretty much: “Hey audience, here’s what the show is going to be about! Aang has to learn, in order, water bending, earth bending, and fire bending, so he can defeat the Fire Nation and save the world, but there will still be time for fun and riding exotic animals. “They don’t like people riding them, but that’s what makes it fun!” So with the conclusion of the two-parter, our story is officially under way. Hooray!

Additional Notes:
* Zuko intends to give Aang’s staff to his father, commenting to Aang: “You probably do not know of fathers, being raised by monks.” This is just a peek at the thoughtful Zuko, rather than the single-minded “I will catch the AVATAR!” Zuko. Also, his father issues are deep and plentiful.
* Aang confesses that he lied about being the Avatar because he “never wanted to be.” We’ll be seeing a lot more about that as well.

Yesterday’s News – Luna Loves Lasers

A youTube video of Luna chasing her favorite prey.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-06-19

  • RT @AnitaKingWrites: Aaand finished Space Casey by @christianaellis. Very funny, very enjoyable. — Yay! Thank you for listening! #
  • .@Mainframe Well, wrapped up with a bow and arrow seems more likely. 😉 #
  • Must not give in To grumpy mood! I will summon my cheer through sheer force of will! GRRRGGGAAARGH!!! *smiles* Ah, that's better. #
  • .@nlowell I'll admit it, the My Little Pony avatar helps. #
  • .@odin1eye @nlowell O_o #
  • .@Nobilis That's good to know. I know I enjoyed the extra scenes. I was a little surprised to hear that anyone didn't! #
  • .@AnitaKingWrites As it turns out, friendship really IS magic! #
  • .@edgizmo Could happen! The denizens of Equestria, after all, are not immune to grumpy moods. It is just that they are comparatively mild. #
  • .@edgizmo Their sunny dispositions help to soften the lows & enhance the highs. Add a pinch of 'Biology is Destiny' and there you are! #
  • .@Nobilis I agree that that is the dynamic, but one could ask why he's so sure they would never talk. Esp w/Roz since she's new. #
  • .@edgizmo Only if they drink hot sauce. I'm at work or I'd find you the picture. 🙂 #
  • .@Nobilis Agreed, and also, he doesn't really give them any names. He doesn't join, because explaining how smart he is, is how he gets off. #
  • .@edgizmo Honestly, I never really liked the Smurfs much either. But my love of the new My Little Pony show is the real deal. #
  • .@edgizmo Don't judge by the 80's cartoon, The new one is the good one. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Little_Pony_Friendship_is_Magic #
  • .@HillaryDePiano @edgizmo True. The 80's movie was one of the first I saw in the theater. But the new one transcends its marketing origins. #
  • .@madpoet You are now, like, 20% cooler. (In-joke, keep watching.) #
  • .@madpoet @WickedGood All of the current My Little Pony (I think) is on YouTube. They don't take it down because they make $ from toys. #
  • .@vforvoice My avatar was made for me by @planetx for a panel at Balticon. Let me see if I can find the link. #
  • .@vforvoice MLP generator: http://bit.ly/jutRMd Here's one of @planetx (http://flic.kr/p/9PicNe) & @Cmaaarrr (http://flic.kr/p/9Pm3wY) #
  • .@Mainframe First ep is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeJ6-gN0eB4&feature=youtube_gdata_playerRest should be easy to find from there. #
  • @Mainframe You can also just google My little pony: friendship as magic to find many resources such as episode guides, etc. #
  • .@dsobkowiak Come on! Everypony's doing it! #
  • .@jrblackwell All the best stuff is over the top. Like the cookie jar on top of the fridge, or pole-vaulting. #
  • RT @sonicsociety: The new Headquarters of the Sonic Society! http://fb.me/AYBAkzlN – Looks great! #
  • .@spiritualtramp IS everything okay? Because I know a lot of people who would be very relieved. 😉 #
  • .@spiritualtramp Ah, well. He'd know, I guess. #
  • I go to bed early and wake up feeling MORE tired than usual. The mysteries of the human body are rich, beautiful and sometimes annoying. #
  • I feel strangely… competent this morning. Be afraid. #
  • .@madpoet I know, right? #
  • Ate bananas last week & had no problems with my back. This week, none & some. Coincidence? Quite possibly. Still eating a banana for lunch. #
  • .@HillaryDePiano Now that you mention it, it HAS been a while since the last tiger attack. #
  • .@jramboz I would like to Pre-order a ticket to Prophylactic Banana's first concert, please. #
  • .@daniinnc Anecdotal evidence FTW! #
  • .@Roue0824 You know, I actually typed "strangle-ly" before going back to correct it… Creepy! #
  • @Cthukie Have your interview today yet? Glad yesterday's went well. #
  • This was just delivered to my house: http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/retro-gaming/e762/ … I should not be allowed near money. #
  • @Cthukie Be strong! Be strong! We're all here for you! You can do it! (This applies to both the job search and the grocery shopping) #
  • @Mainframe A video's not a bad idea, though obviously I can't shoot it with the iPad camera! #
  • @edgizmo I Pre-ordered a couple of weeks ago when I saw it on Kotaku. #
  • @WintyrBourne Not yet. Got delivery confirmation, but I'm still at work. :p #
  • @edgizmo Alas, no Pac-man on it (yet), though it does have asteroids. I think first though will be Centipede! 🙂 #
  • @hatchingphoenix Yes! Though, of stuff from the 3DS store, I've actually been playing more of Link's Awakening and Cave Story. #
  • @WintyrBourne I am an engineering consultant for pharmaceutical companies. #
  • @hatchingphoenix Not in 3D, but it is the Game Boy Color version and a great game regardless. #
  • @edgizmo Well, the Centipede I learned on actually had a joystick, but true, it was a bit of a bastard child. #
  • @WintyrBourne Nothing wrong with that. 🙂 Stuff needs to get places, right? #
  • @edgizmo Did trackballs Pre-date joysticks? I assumed they were contemporaries, or even that the joysticks came first? #
  • @choochus I use Tweetdeck for iPad, though it does crash a lot. Still I like the interface. Also good: TWC Max+ (weather), Comixology, NASA #
  • @choochus And of course, Kindle, Netflix, IMDB, Discovery. Also, Office2 HD is pricey but powerful. #
  • @WintyrBourne Working on it! I've got scenes done and bits planned and everything! #
  • @edgizmo @spiritualtramp Two men enter… (the arcade)… No quarters leave! #
  • @sinspired @DDog I liked it too. Groovy, man. #XMenFirstClass #
  • @pcharing Good music, loud. Rock. #
  • I haven't thought about postage stamps in over 2 years. As only things that I am aware of exist, I am sorry if that made them hard to find. #
  • @annacreech I've got a lot of other stuff on my mind already, (the universe, Earth, Pez, etc.) but I'll add your request to the list. 🙂 #
  • @chrisbachmann Cork-boards! I hadn't thought of them in a while either! 0o0 #
  • @TeeMonster @nlowell Yeah, I just recently listened through #ownersshare myself. Painful, but well-handled. #
  • Only just this morning figured this out. Lucy-Sky-Diamonds -> LSD. #slowontheuptake #
  • @odin1eye My condolences. It is good that he will be remembered. #
  • @TeeMonster Oh no! I almost missed it myself, wish I could have reminded you. :/ #
  • .@Froosh Wow, Snopes agrees, it was a coincidence! http://www.snopes.com/music/hidden/lucysky.asp But still, a hell of a coincidence! #
  • This just in! Turns out that Puff the Magic Dragon is actually about a magic dragon!!! #
  • .@trreed My avatar was made for me by @planetx using this My Little Pony generator: http://bit.ly/jutRMd #
  • @suzannehartwick You're welcome! It is my life's mission to bestow ear-worms on the whole universe… Kinda like Kahn. #
  • Overheard at lunch: "I'm going to buy a bar of chocolate and smuggle it back to my desk in my pants. … Pocket, I mean pants pocket." #
  • @Cthukie Excelsior! #
  • Time for a MEETING! #
  • Hey, we just had this great idea for a last-minute change that requires several extra hours of work FOR YOU. … By tomorrow, please. #
  • "There's a bucket where you weren't expecting there to be a bucket." #HorrorMoviesForDogs #
  • Slowly, but surely, I am puzzling out the events of Space Casey season 2. The logistics of comedy time-travel are surprisingly squirrelly. #
  • @VividMuse If you're still upset, probably best not to send it. I've learned that lesson the hard way. #
  • Oh hey, you know all that extra work we asked you to do at the last minute? The people who were supposed to help you weren't told about it. #
  • Ah, but for almost every frustration at work, there are the good people who step up and pitch in. 🙂 #
  • So all these high-profile hackers cropping up lately… They're basically supervillains, right? #
  • Do a lot of damage? Act with dramatic flair? Secret Identities? Bizarre rationalizations for their actions? Check. #HackersAreSupervillains #
  • .@comedy4cast Whenever I did it, it was always a sincere attempt to express my affection and loyalty. #
  • .@jchutchins Red-rum… If that's what you've got, but I prefer silver rum mixed with Diet Coke. #
  • Work done! Going home to see my puppy! #
  • Hanging out at the NC Maker Faire, selling books at the Pendragon Variety table. #
  • @trreed But everypony's doing it! #
  • Mike and I are recording Watching 100 Movies for "Modern Times" and "All the President's Men" Have comments? Let me know, we'll read them! #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-06-12

  • I think x-men first class is the best of all the x-men movies so far. Really enjoyed it. #
  • @pcharing I didn't think X3 was that bad, certainly not as bad as it sometimes gets slammed for, but that one was definitely Coach Class. #
  • @pcharing Agreed 100%. Very glad it wasn't spoiled for me. #
  • @mightymur I passed on your message yesterday and she said: "Yeah, yeah, sometime this week." I told her: "It takes less than 30 seconds." #
  • Wonderful praising email from person I know, love and respect > One-sentence insulting review from total stranger. #
  • @Mainframe True, Twitter is almost always positive, but nothing pleases everybody, as shown by the occasional bad reviews on iTunes, etc. #
  • It's important (but hard) to have a thick skin when putting your stuff out there, but the bad stuff makes me love my fans all the more! 🙂 #
  • Of all minor injuries that are annoying out of proportion to their severity, cuts on the knuckle of your index finger rank pretty high. #
  • @Shadow_L Agreed! Also very annoying. #
  • I'm working! Really! Working on important job stuff! I am NOT looking up E3 and WWDC news! At all! In fact, what are those things? WOOORRK! #
  • @planetx Just make sure you keep it away from submarines! #
  • Woo! Amazon just shipped my inFamous 2 Hero Edition! Loved the first game, psyched for the second! #
  • Waiting for the Sony E3 Press Conference to start, so I can watch for a while before it's time to record @BTWPodcast #
  • Caffeine shortage ahead. Expect delays. #
  • BoingBoing's Gweek podcast is fun, actually reminds me of Geek Out with @Mainframe but I think I actually like GOWM better. #
  • @PhilippaJane Cupcakes are the Omega! #
  • When do I get my best, most exciting ideas? ALWAYS when I am trying hardest to finish some OTHER project! Grr! My own brain is against me! #
  • @Gutshot It's interesting how Corgi mixes frequently keep the corgi proportions but take coloring, head shape, etc. from the other breed. #
  • @comedy4cast Some say spammers should end in fire, others carbonite. What I know of desire, I favor fire. But Carbonite would be all right. #
  • @Gutshot I prefer Corgi Classic myself, but there is no questioning the awesomeness of the Si-Corgs. #
  • @comedy4cast Exactly. #
  • Just realized I haven't had a good sloppy-Joe in AGES… Wait, why does that sound dirty? #
  • @mwsmedia I'd been following you since a long time ago. Stupid random Twitter unfollows. :p #
  • Going to play inFamous 2 a little before heading out to board game night. Life is tough. #
  • Up too late last night, think I may be coming down with something. *makes Frankenstein's Monster noises* #
  • "I'm not just the president of the LEGO Hair Club for Sith, I'm also a member!" http://yfrog.com/h7sjnjyqj #
  • @hatchingphoenix "Do you find your lack of hair… Disturbing?" #HairClubForSith #
  • I just had a bizarre craving for chicken nuggets; brief, but very intense. Like the ghost of a chicken nugget just floated through my brain. #
  • .@cdcasey Clearly the most logical explanation. And even after Princess Laya told them the location of the Rebel Coop! #
  • .@choochus Nice. #
  • Drinking rum and catching up on the Daily Show, and very soon, more inFamous 2! Love that game! It is awesome. #
  • Sitting down to see Super 8 at the IMAX. #
  • My friend Lee finally signed up for Twitter as @cthukie She is awesome, you should all follow her! #
  • RT @mightymur: Our Book Launch Party for Mur Lafferty's Afterlife Series starts in less than an hour! http://fb.me/SuzlGp1H – on my way! #
  • @Mainframe I have not seen that, but it does sound interesting. #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-06-05

  • Highlight of #Balticon so far, the TRUTH panel, wherein I now have a My Little Pony of myself. #
  • RT @VividMuse: Girls' Rules at 6 in Chesapeake w/ @mistressjett @mainpa @scifilaura @christianaellis and a special sneak peek at a new game! #
  • The Time Traveller's Ball is rocking the Garden Room at #Balticon ! Music! Food! Temporal Physics! Be there or be cubed! #
  • Costume contest at the Time Traveller's Ball starts at Midnight here at #Balticon Fabulous time-travel themed prizes! #
  • Packing up the room here at #Balticon but then I'm still around a while. I have a reading at 2pm, my Dr. Mercury story! #
  • @Mainframe Why, yes, the very same! #
  • @BetaClone076 @shadygirl3 Yay! #
  • To those unable to attend my #Balticon reading, my Dr. Mercury story is already online here: http://christianaellis.com/?p=1253 #
  • Well, now I an free of obligations until 2. Time for lunch. #
  • Only quitters leave early! Stick around for my live reading at 2pm! #
  • @HeatherWelliver @jchutchins I am at lunch, will be back soon, have my reading at 2. #
  • All the peeps still at #Balticon should head to the Pimlico at 2pm for my live reading of a Dr. Mercury story! #
  • More one note tweets from me! My #Balticon reading is in the Pimlico room at 2! #
  • Reading at #Balticon was a big success! Room almost full at 2pm on Monday! Also, people laughed at me, which is good, I think. #
  • Farewell #Balticon ! Okay, I love you, bye-bye! #
  • After a long drive, I have arrived home safely after a wonderful #Balticon I hope all my loved ones did or will too. #
  • @susanz Yikes! Glad @cinemafreak is okay. You guys were really missed at Balticon but good wishes to both of you now. *hugs* #
  • @vandermore @cmaaarrr @planetx Now that just looks like a plain old good idea. I'm always worried that my giant beetle will fall off. #
  • Really glad I decided to take today off of work as well. #Balticon was glorious, but exhausting. 🙂 #
  • @Mainframe Everything went great. Though I'll confess I get stressed out during party planning! 🙂 #
  • Sometimes I find myself feeling really judgmental about judgmental people. Then I am sucked into a vortex of hypocrisy. #
  • At game night with @mightymur We have discussed the Seinfeldification of our group and apparently I am Kramer. #
  • @ursulaV and @mightymur have only two options: Be Mormon, male and dead, or get some ray guns and do it the old-fashioned way. #
  • @hildebrandj @mightymur Oh, with, I'd think. #
  • Philosophical question: Do you spend more time praising the things you like or criticizing the things you don't? #
  • Dear Weather; How are you? I am fine. Please stop being so hot. I will be your best friend. Love, Christiana. #
  • @mightymur That's not true! I am with the weather every day! Through thick and thin. Friends should be able to ask each other for things. #
  • #Balticon recovery still only in preliminary stages. Fine motor skills are not very fine this morning. #
  • RT @planetx: Pony versions @christianaellis (http://flic.kr/p/9Pm3vQ) @Cmaaarrr (http://flic.kr/p/9Pm3wY) & me (http://flic.kr/p/9PicNe) #
  • As promised, I have updated my Twitter avatar to the My Little Pony version of myself, as seen in the TRUTH panel at #Balticon BEHOLD! #
  • @nuchtchas Nah, Luna's pretty cool about that sort of thing. As long as I keep up with the belly scritches. #
  • I am currently working with two gentlemen from England who are visiting the US site and, no lie, they are BOTH named Nigel. #
  • @elizasea It was made for me by @planetx for Balticon. Here's one of him (http://flic.kr/p/9PicNe) & @Cmaaarrr (http://flic.kr/p/9Pm3wY) #
  • @elizasea I believe he used this generator: http://bit.ly/jutRMd 🙂 #
  • Next movie on the AFI list: Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times"! Watching it now, one of my favorites! #
  • Breakfast at Waffle House with my friend Lee, then going to see X-men. After that, maybe Kung-Fu Panda 2. #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-29

  • Recorded and edited a reading for Escape Pod, and recorded an ep of Watching 100 Movies for "The Apartment" and "The Wild Bunch" Busy day. #
  • Trying to get on HBOGo to watch ep 7 of Game of Thrones, but having trouble connecting. Guess a lot of people with the same idea, eh{? #
  • Sweet! Got through! Game of Thrones ep 7 on @hbogo Still buffeting a bit though. #
  • Was able to watch 10 min of the new ep before the stream cut out on me. @HBOGO having troubles, looks like. Great service generally, but 🙁 #
  • Alright. Giving up on @HBOGo for tonight. I'll be back tomorrow. But I'm disappointed. They didn't have to promise episode 7, but they did. #
  • A little frustrated at the day-job today. Made a mistake which I own up to, but I feel the criticism I've received is out of proportion. #
  • Last minute call for assistance! If you are available and would like to help with the Balticon New media Time Traveler's Ball, let me know! #
  • @etherius @Nobilis @PhilippaJane @greydancer @Podiobooks Agreed. That was a lot of fun. #
  • @dsawyer @Nobilis That's about how it worked, though there were some scheduling swaps, which is why both my episodes are earlier. #
  • @Nobilis @dsawyer Indeed, a chain. I definitely recall a few places that went in way different directions than I'd imagined. 🙂 #
  • @Nobilis @etherius @dsawyer Aye, there's the rub! #
  • @jchutchins A wizard did it! #
  • @jchutchins Actually, if it's a bad thing, I blame gremlins or my little brother. If it's good, I take credit. #
  • Listening to the now-infamous ep of NPR Planet Money about @jonathancoulton. The nay-sayers are really pushing a bizarre straw man argument. #
  • The question was whether or not he has a viable business model, not "Will he completely replace the entire concept of Music Studio Labels?" #
  • Finished watching Ep 7 of Game of Thrones on @HBOGo and it was awesome. 🙂 #
  • Pro-tip: If you've been feeling kind of crappy, check to see if you've been forgetting to take your "Not-Feel-Crappy" medicine. #
  • @MattFnWallace What about the new one that has two separate spots on the label, one for "Cold" and one for "Super-Cold"? (A real thing) #
  • #Balticon is imminent! Yeaahharrghlebah! (Sound of being really excited but not remotely prepared so anxious about packing.) #
  • Note to all owners of human bodies: Sometimes things will happen to your body that you will want to tell others about. Don't. #
  • Twitter is doing something weird with retweets. I get emails that my tweets have been retweeted but don't actually SEE them in Twitter. #
  • @jramboz They look pretty official. If they are phishing, they're pretty slick. Look just like twitter's own email notifications. #
  • @comedy4cast It is specifying actual people that I know and follow. #
  • @womprat99 Hmm could be. Never encountered this before though. #
  • @TonyMast I do now, apparently. #
  • @jramboz I don't mind the emails, just confusing that I don't see the actual tweets. #
  • @digitaldion I think that's the only logical explanation. #
  • I <3 baby corns. #
  • Argh! Work, stay done! Stay! Staaaaayyy! #
  • Sweet! Won a free copy of Total War: Shogun 2 for PC from @DogHouseSystems I've heard great things! #
  • Space Casey Script and Activity book now available on Amazon Marketplace! http://amzn.to/jROT8N #
  • @VividMuse Will definitely have them at Balticon! 🙂 #
  • @nuchtchas @VividMuse @choochus @PGHolyfield I have to pick up my Space Casey artist at the airport and will be back to hotel just after 10 #
  • Here at Balticon & unloaded the car. Bad News: I have to get right back in it. Good news: it's to pick up my Space Casey artist at airport! #
  • Awake and showered for first official day of #Balticon Last night's pre-con revelry was way fun too! #
  • For Roto sub, how about bits of Justice League meeting, Monster shopping network Fangstensions and your Brian Blessed Xmas tree thing? #
  • @Gary_TheGreat Yes! Plenty of copies for sale! #
  • Listening to @mightymur read from Playing for Keeps 2 at #Balticon #
  • @comedy4cast Yes, sir! Oh wait, I did it again! Damn! #
  • @SFEley @pgholyfield and I just sat down at the Cinamon tree restaurant. You should join us! JOIN US! #
  • The new hip nickname for @pgholyfield is "Mister Cryptic Tweet". #
  • Quoth @vividmuse "Here's that protein shake I told you about. It's not like sperm." #
  • @geekacres Wanted to join you buy just too early. 🙁 #
  • Brunch with @pcharing @mgcady @MAinPa at #Balticon Soon, heading to help at the Dragon Moon dealer's room. #
  • @indianajim Sorry to hear about that. I sympathize. 🙁 #
  • Hanging out at the Dragon Moon Press table in the Dealer room here at #Balticon #
  • Manning the Dragon Moon dealer table at #Balticon until 6, then iPad panel. #
  • @jramboz I do have some objects which are available for money exchange. #
  • @pcharing Don't think I didn't notice you walk right by me in the Dealer room, Mr. Haring. I see how it is. #
  • Tweeting from my iPad while on the iPad panel at #Balticon #
  • Horror! The bar at #Balticon has been taken over by 20-something normals in suits! #

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  • @tdog4494 @Mainframe I really hope Phillip makes it to the end though, so we can here the culmination of his secret plan. #
  • Stayed up late to watch both Survivor Finale / Reunion, and then Game of Thrones, and damn if they weren't both worth it! #
  • @mainpa Hmm.. Seems to be a wordpress issue. Will have to investigate. All files should still work though and W100M has it's own feed also. #
  • @Mainframe @GailSimone Hooray for corgis! #
  • Reading several reviews of LA Noir and the consensus seems to be "Frustratingly just short of perfect." #
  • More info soon, but if you'll be at #Balticon , leave Sunday night free for the "Time Traveller's Ball" New Media Party! #
  • @daniinnc The review scores are good, but the review text spends lots of time on the flaws. So maybe big ambition coming a teensy bit short. #
  • .@Gary_TheGreat At the #Balticon Time Traveller's Ball, guests from any era are welcome! #
  • Just finished something I've been working on for a while. I'll tell you all about it soon. #
  • Also, but unrelated to the last tweet. The issue with my website omni-feed should now be resolved. Please let me know if it isn't working. #
  • So here's the dilemma. I have an announcement. Do I make a mini-announcement now and then pretty it up later, or wait to launch when pretty? #
  • Just realized how silly it is to ask people on Twitter about delayed gratification. :p #
  • Space Casey Season One: Illustrated Script & Activity Book is now available for purchase! http://tinyurl.com/SpaceCaseyBook #
  • A blog post and video with all the details will come soon, but the book is available now! #
  • It will come to Amazon as well, but buy from Lulu now to have in time for #Balticon (I will also have copies there with me.) #
  • It is available as print or PDF, but I recommend print because it has activities, mazes, word searches & pictures suitable for coloring. #
  • The Space Casey Illustrated Script & Activity book contains 42 pictures & 10 activities! http://tinyurl.com/SpaceCaseyBook #
  • @mgcady Hadn't really settled that yet. What do they have in mind? #
  • @hildebrandj Writing of Season 2 is in progress! #
  • @planetx Hooray! Perhaps you even gotta wear shades! #
  • @Mainframe Thanks! Hope you enjoy! #
  • Many thanks for all the retweets, everyone! #
  • @mightymur @petersagal I'm not a fan of Ben Stein, but he does have a point that false accusations happen. Remember the Duke lacrosse team? #
  • @indianajim I really liked both Little Big Planet and Infamous. Though too bad for me I already have all five offered games. #PSNCreditPLZ #
  • @mightymur Agreed. That part was asinine. #
  • Boooo! Once again, life conspires to keep me away from board-game night with @mightymur #
  • @mightymur *sobs* … I actually re-scheduled stuff so I could go this week! Then BAM! Last-minute day-job conference call. Stupid bam. #
  • That's actually just a blog post, not a podcast. 😛 : The Space Casey Illustrated Script and Activity Book is here! http://bit.ly/m0dNlj #
  • If you missed it: The Space Casey Illustrated Script and Activity Book is here! Read all about it! http://bit.ly/m0dNlj #
  • Just remember: 'Crappy' is only an S away from 'Scrappy'. Remember also, however, that the reverse is also true. #
  • I am tired because of my brain and all the stuff. Tonight, I will treat my brain to some sleep and the stuff to a vacation from my fiddling. #
  • On an unrelated note, I just sat down into my chair very smoothly… Like a ninja. #
  • @kittyniciaian If only Merrian-Webster was so forward-thinking. #
  • @mgcady I don't think it's the relative noise level that matters as much as the attitude you express with the motion. #
  • @mgcady Indeed! Try to collect them all! #
  • @Gutshot I had not seen it, but it is stupendiculous. 😀 #
  • .@mightymur #VisualizeExplodingKittens #
  • I have spent the bulk of the evening learning and messing about with the Civilization board game. It is very complicated and awesome. #
  • My favorite line from the manual so far is the part where it explicitly allows "Non-binding promises." #
  • Just saw a Taco Bell commercial that showed 12 tacos all in a row, and my first thought was to try stacking them and eating like a Dagwood. #
  • Reminded of an argument with a person who insisted that HDTV looked worse than SD because with HD, they could see the "triangular pixels". #
  • On our walk this morning, Luna & I discovered an abandoned cupcake. Luna was unwavering and steadfast in her belief that she should eat it. #
  • @Mainframe That's true, of course, if easy was what I was looking for. But what I wanted was the Twelve-Taco Dagwood Challenge! #
  • Still thinking about the phrase "Abandoned cupcake". It feels important, somehow, like a verbal talisman of power, now unlocked. #
  • @Mainframe Ideals are like the stars in the sky. We may never touch them with our hands, but we use them to chart the course of our lives. #
  • @jchutchins @dodgyhoodoo Though no doubt, there will be many opportunities for them to try. #
  • Tweeted without comment: http://kitchentreats.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/teeny-taco-cupcakes/ #
  • Note: If you choose to participate in "Planking", I will not judge you. Neither will I be amused or impressed. #
  • Grr… Broke an underwire. The poking! THE POKING! #
  • @TonyMast "Stanley, poke your grandma!" #
  • @arkle @thelindsayellis Venue: Ellis Island! #
  • Just saw 'Source Code' and liked it a lot. Now heading to see 'Fast Five'. #

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