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|Monday, April 5th, 2010|
Icarus 4 - The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction - releases!
I'm pleased to announce that Icarus 4 (Spring 2010) just released.
Our fourth issue features an amazing story by Sandra McDonald - "Diana Comet and the Lonesome Cowboy" - as well as a romantic yet hairy tale by Warren Rochelle, melancholy in print from J.A. Deveaux and a chilling short short story by L.A. Fields. Tom Cardamone interviews the great Geoff Ryman. If you ever considered starting a queer sci-fi club in your area, then the Gaylactic Network's key man offers some simple advice. And, of course, there's are usual plethora of gossip and reviews.
|Saturday, April 3rd, 2010|
New to LJ! Seeking for New Accomplices!
Hi Everyone! My name is Edmark. I am not used to being called with that name. Call me Ed or Eddie. Works with me. I am a college student working on my pre-requisites for Nursing. I am dorky. Don't hate me for being dorky. I am 19 years old. I am planning on entering the University of Illinois in Chicago Nursing Program by Fall 2011. I am grateful to have accomplished many things in my life. Here's a fact. I am a potato. Ha ha. I like that label.
My interests and hobbies include dancing, singing, classic music, 80's music, taking care of elderly, etc. There are more things that I want to say within this post, but I don't want to bore everybody. Here's the catch, since this is my very first post, please please make sure you consider me. Ha ha! I am hard to handle but easy to talk to.
Lastly, the person that influenced me the most is my college Instructor Marla G. She's great and influencial. I admire her and her teaching abilities. Oh! And I am looking forward to meet you guys/gals. Thanks! Peace Out!
"In the field of observations, chance favors the prepared mind." - Louis Pasteur
|Friday, March 5th, 2010|
DVD programming help
So I'm replacing an old portable DVD player and part of the functionality I enjoy is the Repeat All feature. But during my search, I've found that very few models out there carry the specific function that my current model has.
The basic difference is that when I set a DVD to Repeat All, it will cycle through all the video content and then when it gets to something like an image gallery or other similar special feature, it will automatically begin cycling through those images and then loop back to the video content.
Other DVD players I've tested will stop at these image galleries and require that I manually surf through these galleries.
It's a minor feature, but one that I like and that searching for has completely confounded me. I can't find anything about it online nor can anyone I've spoken to at various electronics store determine what it is. I sat and tested a variety of models with one of these guys and found that the smallest portable DVD player (a Dynex 7" does it, while the same model with a bigger screen (Dynex 9") inexplicably doesn't.
Obviously, I can buy this smaller DVD player (though I really just wanted a standard DVD player and one that was for less), but it doesn't answer my question about what the feature is and how I could track it down in another player. I guess my only solution is to find a real DVD tech/programming guru.
Anyone here have an idea about what I'm talking about.
|Friday, February 26th, 2010|
The “Retr0bright” Project
By Merlin, of AmiBay, English Amiga Board and Vintage Computer Forums (among others)
How to deal with the “not-so-mellow yellow” of old computers and consoles
Anyone who has dug their old computer or console out of the cupboard or loft for some retro gaming will probably have noticed that it maybe hasn’t worn too well with the test of time. The plastics these machines were made of is called ABS and to make it flame retardant (just in case it catches fire after a marathon session) the plastics manufacturers added chemicals that caused the plastic turn yellow or, even worse, brown over a long period of time.( Read more...Collapse ) Current Mood: curious
|Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010|
You know i really want to try playing DnD but none of my friends play it ... which begs the question how do i find people to play DnD with :(
Also can anyone tell me any good rpgs atm im really tired of all my games i like turn based action like with ff x but please dont suggesst any ff ive finished most , and i want something really new
|Sunday, January 24th, 2010|
Hello my Geeky friends :D
I just watched howls moving castle is it only me that wants to move to that feild of flowers ? i loved it :) as a matter of fact i love all Miyazakis films , and of course evangelion :D:D:D:D:D
has anyone seen the second part of the remake ??
whats everyone else doing today ??
|Saturday, January 23rd, 2010|
Ok so im currently sitting in an internet cafe play starcraft... and i cant help but be more than a little annoyed at the fact im still waiting for number two :(
also i went to my local comic book shop today and the lady there was very unhelpful and rude when i asked her what she thought would be a good starting place she preety much said how would i know and walked off
anyway thought id share my frustration and hope everyone else is feeling it too lol perhaps we should all write very angry emails to blizzard hq lol
|Friday, January 22nd, 2010|
anyone around my age (20) wanna chat im bored lols
ok ive started reading comics can any one suggest some good ones ... im loveing xmen of course and watchmen
also i really love my rpgs but want a new one can anyone suggest anything their
or just add me for random nerdy talk :P
|Wednesday, August 5th, 2009|
I hope to see many of you at Pi-Con!
As everyone makes their summer plans, I wish to remind you to consider attending Pi-Con
! Pi-Con is a weekend-long celebration of science fiction and other fan interests - there's webcomics, science, costuming, gaming, larping, filk, lifestyle, and lots more. This year, it's happening August 21-23 in Enfield, CT right off 91, just south of the MA border. Register today!
This year will feature Author Guest of Honor Mary Doria Russell
(award winning author of The Sparrow and Children of God), Webcomic Guest of Honor Jeffrey Rowland
(creator of Wigu, Overcompensating, and the awesome t-shirt site Topatoco), and Guest of Awesome Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
. We will also see the return of our video game room, two full rooms of all day board/card/table top gaming, many favorite panels and events including the panel in the pool, and the new addition of Filk programming! There will also be performances by our local Rocky Horror and Repo casts (The Come Again Players
and Genetic Imperfection
Full weekend pre-registration rates for Pi-Con are currently $40 for adults or only $25 for students!
Get your registrations in at the early rate!
Room reservations are *open* for Pi-Con! Room rate will be $109/night + tax. Just go to http://www.pi-con.org/hotel.php
and you can register online for a room.
For more information, to volunteer, sign up to vend, or otherwise contact us, check out our web page at www.pi-con.org Current Mood: excited
|Wednesday, July 29th, 2009|
Antivirus suggestions for older computer
So my brother's XP machine caught a virus and I couldn't, for the life of me, clean the damn thing so we reformatted. Turns out he was turning off AVG because it was killing his processor and making his slow computer even slower.
It's an 8, almost 9, year old Pentium 3 machine with 768 megs of RAM.
I think the main hard drive is going because it is a LOT slower than it should be, but that's beside the point. Is there a good anti virus that will work on such an old machine and won't kill too many processor cycles?
Thanks. Current Mood: blah
|Friday, July 17th, 2009|
Magcloud, who prints issues of Icarus, the Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction
is having a 20% sale. Icarus
is the first magazine devoted to gay-themed speculative fiction and writing - from fantasy to horror to science fiction, and all the weird tales that fall between the cracks. The first issue features memorable essays and short stories by Jeff Mann, Joel Lane, Jameson Currier and Tom Cardamone; interviews with Dan Stone and graphic artist Peter Grahame; poetry by Lawrence M. Schoen; plus book reviews, an article about the Gaylactic Network, and brief happenings in gay publishing. Icarus
is published by Lethe Press.
You can go here
to browse through the magazine.
|Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009|
Comic Book Review: Likewise by Ariel Schrag
The fourth chapter/third book in Ariel Schrag's 'High School Chronicles,' Likewise
details not only Schrag's senior year at Berkeley High, but also the aftermath of her parents' divorce, her search for a "scientific" explanation for her homosexuality, her continued heartbreak over her boy-crazy ex-girlfriend, her do-or-die devotion to her comics, and her self-image as it relates to her appearance and intelligence. That Schrag is able to do all of this with a wit and wisdom that makes her constant contradictions completely credible is quite an accomplishment.
So why couldn't Likewise
have come out before Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button
and Alison Bechdel's Fun Home
? If it had, it would've been so much easier to sell. I mean, how many NPR-listening, casual comics readers do you think are gonna go for a third
cartoonist's coming-of-age magnum opus in just as many years? What makes this even worse is that -- in my opinion -- Likewise
is the best of the bunch.
Covering a lot of the same terrain as BBB
(parents' divorce, lingering heartbreak, complicated sibling dynamics) and Fun Home
(gay teens, sexual politics, questioning one's identity, art as a life raft), Likewise
manages to surpass both by blending the strengths of each while simultaneously skirting their weaknesses.
Lemme break that last line down a little.
To me, Fun Home
's sole shortcoming was it's almost complete lack of comics magic. There are so many storytelling devices unique to comics, it seemed a waste of the artform for Bechdel to stick to a basic picture-describes-words/words-describe-p
icture template. You can open up to any page in Fun Home
and see what I mean. In its 240 pages, I can count only a handful of instances where the illustrations actually add anything to the narration (or visa-versa). While Bechdel's words do an amazing job of expressing her emotions and experiences, I can't help but feel that Fun Home
would've been just as effective as a 50 page prose story. Contrasting this, Likewise
been a comic book.
I had the opposite problem with Bottomless Belly Button
. Shaw clearly has a mastery of/fascination with the many possibilities of a comics page. Open up BBB
to almost any page and you're sure to be wowed by his technical trickery. But the story itself? Pretty predictable. Part of it, I think, is the fact that Shaw was attempting to tell a highly emotional story while having never experienced any of those emotions himself. That's not to say that a writer needs to have lived everything they write about, but if you're making up a story from scratch, you'd better have one helluva an empathetic imagination. Shaw, at least in BBB
, does not. The tale he tells contains zero surprise details or up-til-then unidentified emotional nuances. It's almost as though he was attempting to re-tell a divorce-themed family drama he'd seen on TV or heard from a friend of a friend. It never feels authentic. Likewise
, on the other hand, is so much weirder, so much messier, so much more full of insightful observation and -- I don't know -- realness
(Quick side-thought: I've always felt that making a comic is a lot like making a movie. You've got the screenwriter/writer, the cinematographer/artist, and the actors/the manner in which the characters are drawn. In movies, these positions are filled by anywhere from three to three hundred people. In comics like the ones being discussed here, they're all done by one. Expecting one person to do all of these jobs to perfection may be asking a lot, but that's what the combination writer/artist has volunteered to do. To keep this questionable logic going a little longer, I'd say that Shaw excels as a director and special effects coordinator, Bechdel as a screenwriter and cinematographer, and Schrag as all four...plus actor.)
, Schrag has crafted a comic that is as structurally daring as it is emotionally affecting. Every time she plays with panel layouts or switches art styles or f**ks up her fonts, she is intentionally entrancing the reader with an explicit expressionistic effect. Sometimes it's giddy, drunken glee, sometimes it's the harrowing disorientation of a recurring heartbreak, but there's always an extra layer of emotional imbalance being added. If I had to criticize Schrag for anything, it would be her aping of James Joyce in the narration. While it works most of the time, there are moments when it reads almost like a slam poetry parody of Ulysses
. Much more effective is her ear for dialog. Nearly every word bubble echos one's own memories of high school -- the good, the bad, and the ugly.
It's the rare autobiographical work that doesn't make me at least occasionally question the author's authenticity, but three books in, and I've yet to doubt a single detail in Ariel's art. Maybe it's the fact that she admits to keeping extensive files on her friends and family, or maybe it's the way that she continually shows herself jotting down conversations in a notebook, or maybe, just maybe, it's that one panel on page 100 where, in the middle of having a "freak-out," she pauses to remind herself to use it in the comic. Yeah, that's probably it.
I've only ever read one interview with Schrag. Still, thanks to her comics, I feel like I've come to know her. She's funny, smart, fragile, self-centered, manipulated and manipulative, undeniably endearing and, ultimately, awe-inspiring. I'd rank her high school books up there with the autobiographical work of Eddie Campbell and Harvey Pekar, with Likewise
standing shoulder to shoulder with Pekar's Our Cancer Year
and Campbell's Alec: The King Canute Crowd
. It's DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED
Ariel Schrag's website
TimeOut's awkward, panel-by-panel, two page previewMore sample pages
, this time from the folks at National Public Radio
Noah Berlatsky's interview with Schrag
(This is what pushed me to finally buy her books!)
|Friday, May 29th, 2009|
Moving to Blogger
So the boyfriend I told you about a little while ago? Yeah him.
No no no, we're still together. I know boring right? Well, not really. :) We're starting a joint blog over on blogger-- come check it out!http://ronnyandtito.blogspot.com
|Monday, May 4th, 2009|
Happy Star Wars Day!
From Wiki:Star Wars Day may refer to one of several dates or events honoring or involving Star Wars.
May 4 is called Star Wars Day because of a pun or play on words based on the similarity between "May the 4th be with you" and "May the force be with you", a phrase often spoken in the Star Wars movies.
Despite efforts to start a Jedi Church with 4 May as its Star Wars Day, as of 4 May 2009 there is no religion-supporting organization that promotes 4 May as Star Wars Day.
The joke is recorded in the UK parliament's Hansard.
|Friday, April 24th, 2009|
|Thursday, April 16th, 2009|
WEP key? IP Address?
Ok, so like I've been trying to connect my Wii and/or DS to the internet for a long time.
We have the Verizon Wireless Internet or whatever.
Now, when ever I try and establish a connection, the connections are locked and say I need a WEP key.
Now, I know more or less how to get it, but when I enter it in, it says I got a connection, then it goes away and says cannot establish a connection please, do something, with the IP address. o_O
So I need some help.
How do I get a for sure WEP Key ?
How do I get the IP address ?
How can I connect my Wii / DS ?
|Thursday, April 9th, 2009|
Are you a person who considers themselves part of the LGBT community? Are you struggling with issues that others around you can't relate to because they are not? Are you discouraged that most of the peer advice networks for people of alternate sexualities and genders are offline and not so anonymous?
Or are you someone of an alternate sexuality who wants to help their peers go through the same things you did? Are you someone who wants to keep up with LGBT news and socialise with other people going through the same things you are? Are you a heterosexual person who is adamant about LGBT rights?
If you answered yes to any of the above, then this community is for you! We are a peer advice community for LGBT youth in crisis. Our dedicated volunteers will help you deal with issues such as coming out, discrimination and homophobia, relationship problems, the fight for equality, reactions of other people, alternate sexualities and religion, and et cetera. We also function as a social group where you can meet other people in their teens and twentysomethings within the LGBT community and stay up to date with news on important issues that concern us all.
We are currently looking for staff that would be willing to help advise young LGBT peers in crisis.
|Wednesday, April 8th, 2009|
Star Trek Phase: II -- Now with gay characters!
Hey all -- I don't know if this is ok, but I thought I would help spread the word about a new fan-based star trek series call Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II. It is very impressive and challenges the original series in many ways, including having actual gay characters! Anyway, so just a quick plug. This teaser doesn't actually show the nice men kissing, but you can find them on the web with just a few searches. Go check it out!
(P.S. Here is your first part on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XD84sc3W2w