neonvincent: From an icon made by the artists themselves (Bang)

For tonight's season finale of "The Walking Dead," I present the above macro and the following links about the show and zombies.

Norman Reedus AKA Daryl Dixon of 'The Walking Dead' on the Tonight Show and Late Night
The Archdruid and his readers on zombies
More from the Archdruid and his readers on zombies, part 1
Drink and drive with "The Walking Dead"
neonvincent: For posts about geekery and general fandom (Shadow Play Girl)
Over at One Piece: Grand Line 3 Point 5, the campaign webcomic about One Piece, there is the most comprehensive page of links to other campaign webcomics I've ever seen.  If any of you are or were tabletop gamers, there is something for almost every taste, from Star Wars to Harry Potter to Pirates of the Caribbean in movies to anime and American Animation.  Go ahead and waste your time, if you dare.
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And now, an entry from Crazy Eddie's Motie News that I can't believe I didn't cross post over to DW and LJ. It's exactly the kind of thing I used to post over here regularly. Seven months later, here it is, Finally, a Ringworld movie!

I've been a huge fan of Larry Niven's Known Space ever since I watched The Slaver Weapon. I thought the Kzinti were really cool and promptly checked out a copy of Ringworld from the library. I read through all the Known Space stories I could lay my hands on during the years since, right up to Ringworld Engineers and The Patchwork Girl. After those books, no new Known Space stories appeared for a decade.

All was not lost, as Chaosium Games, the publishers of Runequest and Call of Cthulhu, purchased the game rights to Ringworld. I convinced Chaosium that I knew enough about Known Space and tabletop role-playing games to let me develop a scenario for an adventure module. I wrote the scenario, playtested it, submitted it, and was about to revise it when Chaosium told me to stop. It wasn't because what I wrote was bad; in fact, it had nothing to do with me. It turns out that Niven had sold the movie rights to Ringworld and the movie company asserted that it now held the game rights, not Chaosium. Chaosium was too small to take on the movie company and its lawyers, so it gave up.

I was pissed. Not only did it stop publication of a game that I really believed in, it meant that all my effort, about $300 worth in 1984 dollars, went right down the drain. I decided to never buy another Niven book new ever again. To add insult to injury, Niven used the game guide as source material for the Man-Kzin Wars series. Worst of all, there never was any movie. All that loss was for nothing.

That may all change, as Entertainment Weekly reports.

Ringworld' miniseries in the works at Syfy -- EXCLUSIVE
Michael Perry (The River, Paranormal Activity 2) is adapting Ringworld as a four-hour miniseries. The story follows a team of explorers that travel to the farthest reaches of space to investigate an alien artifact called Ringworld – an artificial habitat the size of one million Earths. As they crash land on this enormous structure, they discover the remnants of ancient civilizations, technology beyond their wildest dreams, mysteries that shed light on the very origins of man and, most importantly, a possible salvation for a doomed Earth.

For Ringworld fans, this news might cause some deja vu. Syfy previously considered making a Ringworld miniseries under a different production team nine years ago.
I might finally get a movie--30 years later. Maybe I can get some comfort from that.

neonvincent: For posts about geekery and general fandom (Shadow Play Girl)
In my previous entry, I wrote that I was going to reblog some of my more fannish or personal entries over at Crazy Eddie's Motie News. Here's a fannish portion of an entry that is otherwise not about a fannish topic--Second driving update for December 2013: Other car:
Yes, I bought this car in October 2003. I have a story about that, but I'll save it for the next report, along with why I named my car Yuki. Stay tuned.
I’m going to take a rain check on this promise. These look like the kind of stories I would write to post while I’m traveling, which I might do over the next two weeks.
It's late and I'm tired, so I'm not up to it. Besides, this report is about my wife's car, which I call Ruby (my wife doesn't give her cars names). I gave her that name because of the car's color and because my wife and I are fans of "Once Upon a Time," which had a character named Ruby, who is really Red Riding Hood, for the first two seasons. Here's a picture of her as Red Riding Hood.

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I completely missed reposting any of my posts from Crazy Eddie's Motie News for March on the Nablopomo theme of Whether. Bad dog, no biscuits. I'll get around to organizing and posting linkspams from last month eventually. In the meantime, I'll resume my regular weekly summaries of the Nablopomo posts for April. This month, the theme is poetry. Here's what I wrote on April Fools Day.

From Nablopomo on BlogHer:
So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?

In honour of National Poetry Month in April, we've made the theme POEM -- which can go in a multitude of directions. First and foremost, you can try your hand at writing some poetry. We'll be presenting a few fixed forms as well as prompts for free forms. Make a personal goal to write a haiku-a-day, write an entire post in rhymed couplets, or argue the merits of Pinterest... in sestina form.

We'll be writing about our reactions to poems -- which poems have come up at important moments in your life? Which poems do you return to again and again? Which poems have changed your mood, given you comfort, or made you want to be a poet yourself?

We'll spend the month looking at reflections of poetry in nature and social situations. And we'll be featuring YOUR poetry weekly. So get your poem on.
When I first read the theme and description, I considered not participating, as I'm not big on poetry. I especially had a hard time squaring the theme with a blog about sustainability, science, and politics, although "poetry in nature" might work. Then I realized that there were some forms of poetry that I liked, limericks and song verses. Most limericks wouldn't be fit for a family blog, but I can always find a good song for my posts. So, I'm participating again this month.
The songs that I've featured so far are:
There will be more next week, as I already have another post up.

Happy reading and happy listening!
neonvincent: Lust for  for posts about sex and women behaving badly. (Bad Girl Lust)

I'll blog about my trip to Oaxaca later. Instead, I'm using the music from the viral video I posted two weeks ago. Yeah, I'm that tired.

neonvincent: For general posts about politics not covered by other icons (Uncle V wants you)

I've been a fan of Keith's since the late 1980s, when he was a sportscaster on KTLA TV 5 in Los Angeles.  The first time I watched him give his smart-aleck summary of the day's sports, he immediately became my favorite local sportscaster.  That the anchor would look at Keith at the end of his segment like Keith had two heads just made me like Keith even more.  I was happy that he left KTLA for KCBS, then KNTX, which was a sign that he was moving up in the world.

When I moved out of L.A., I moved away from Keith.  During my first marriage, I didn't have cable TV in the house, so I didn't get to see Keith's arrival on the national stage. Only after the divorce did I get cable, and was able to see Keith replace Phil Donahue on MSNBC.  Back then, Countdown was just a snarky news show, not the political force that it would become later.  As Keith became more political, I became more of a fan, not less of one.  I had already started drifting to the left after the divorce and the election of George W. Bush, so his views and mine were already in synch.

I was sad to see Keith leave MSNBC, but glad to hear he would be back on Current TV.  My wife is as big a Keith fan as I am, and we switched providers from WOW to Direct TV just so we could watch him again.  His show on Current TV debuts tonight.  My wife has already programmed the DVR, so we can watch it when I get home.  I had hardly wait!

neonvincent: For posts about food and cooking (All your bouillabaisse are belong to us)
Mother Nature Network: Alton Brown ends 'Good Eats'
The cooking show host and author announced on Twitter that he's ending the show after 249 episodes.
By Robin Shreeves

According to Serious Eats, Brown made an announcement today on Twitter that "Good Eats has come to its end."

G.E. fans, I've decided to cut the half hour series at 249 eps. There will be 3 new 1 hour eps this year and that's it. But mourn not. New things brew on the horizon..."good" things.
"Good Eats" has been part of Food Network's lineup since 1999, and in my opinion it's one of the best shows that has ever run on the network. He explains the science behind what he does in the kitchen in an entertaining and approachable way. When he did a show on chocolate chip cookies, for instance, he didn't simply show viewers how to bake one recipe. He explained how different amounts of sugar in a recipe can create a cake-like cookie, a moist cookie, or a flat, crispy cookie.
Ironically, Alton Brown just won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best TV Food Personality/Host.
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Yahoo! News: German TV news host confuses Star Trek logo for Navy SEAL emblem
by Liz Goodwin

The ins and outs of other cultures can seem fairly mysterious to outsiders, admittedly. But we can't really get over the image of a German TV newscaster solemnly presenting a logo fashioned by Star Trek enthusiasts while explaining the Navy SEALs to his fellow countrymen.The German site Bildblog appears to have been the first to capture the error with this screenshot, at right.

Channel N24's host Mick Locher explained during the segment that the Navy SEAL Six team raided Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan and killed him—as the emblem made by Star Trek fans flashed on the screen behind him.

"And they also have the 'Team Six' that carried out the mission. They don't have the skull in their emblem for nothing," Locher said, according to a translation from the fan site TrekMovie.

Locher's team must have searched for "Navy SEAL Six" on the Internet and stumbled upon the symbol made by a Star Trek fan group called "Maquis Forces International." The Maquis, a rebel group, fought against Cardassia--the bad guys--in Federation colonies in some Star Trek storylines. The skull in the badge represents a Klingon, and it also includes three Klingon bat'leth swords. The group makes lots of imagined Navy SEAL logos for the "24th century," TrekMovie says.

The actual emblem for Navy SEAL Team Six is below. The military has never publicly admitted that the elite group even exists. The portion of the 2,500 Navy SEALs who are chosen to be in the elite force are not allowed to talk about their position, according to the Washington Post.

Images of the fake and real SEALS logos at the link.  For once, read the comments. The highest rated ones are actually quite funny.

Also, the icon I'm using has never been more appropriate.

Above crossposted to ontd_political on LJ, where it is awaiting moderation. A shorter version posted to fandom_lounge on JournalFen here.
neonvincent: For posts about food and cooking (All your bouillabaisse are belong to us)

Another two for one.

Book recommendation: Stuffed and Starved

Stuffed and Starved
Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World’s Food System

In this book, Raj Patel gives a piercing critique of the way global capitalism shapes what humans grow and eat, exposing many of the flaws in the food system that contribute to collapse and what can be done about it. It's also an entertaining and informative read and Raj Patel is a charming and compelling person who knows his gin.

Food News from La La Land


From PoliticusUSA:

ABC’s Food Revolution May Have Prompted Change in LA Schools’ Lunches

This season “Food Revolution” is filming in Los Angeles, even though the Los Angeles Unified School District refused Oliver and his show access.
Much more, including a video, at the link.

Time to run. I have an event to go to tonight. Hey, I can't be all doom all the time.


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