scifantasy
31 January 2012 @ 06:35 pm
So, a few weeks back, [livejournal.com profile] ravenpan mentioned that she can't comment here. This is odd, because I do have her on my openID list...so R, I think that you just need to be logged in properly, or some such.

But that reminded me that this might have value: this entry is unlocked, so if you're having commenting trouble, or anything else, now's your chance.
 
 
Soundtrack: Achievement Unlocked - Insane Ian - The Last Arcade
 
 
scifantasy
I'm pretty sure I've just read the second-worst story David Weber has ever written.

It's called "Out of the Dark," it's a novella-length contribution to George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois's Warriors anthology from a few years ago, and consists entirely of 4.5 tropes I don't like.

There are spoilers behind the cut, but since I'm actively telling you not to read it, I imagine nobody cares...

Let's Round 'Em Up! )
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Soundtrack: Through the Dark - KT Tunstall - Eye to the Telescope
Velocity: disgusted
 
 
scifantasy
[livejournal.com profile] badmagic just posted to his journal a poll about recognizing quotations--a list of quotations asking "how many do you recognize," and a second list asking how many most people (in general) would recognize. Myself, I answered yes to most of them, even ones I couldn't get specifically with source and author, as long as I could recognize it/complete it if it was quoted at me/what have you.

Below the cut are identifiers for all of them.

Who Said... )
 
 
Soundtrack: Buy Yams...I Said - Moneyshot Cosmonauts - The FuMP Volume 24
 
 
scifantasy
Brenda Sutton, of the filk group "Three Weird Sisters," wrote a song called "Mama's Hands." It's a pretty song about a woman who realizes that as she grows up, she starts to sound a lot like her mother--and maybe her mom was wiser than she thought as a teenager.

I was thinking one day about whether that song could be gender-swapped...and realized that it could, and what it would be. This came out.

I just now performed it on the main stage at OVFF, with Brenda and her husband Bill in the audience. They (along with most of the room) were in stitches.

“Father’s Words”
by Will “scifantasy” Frank
ttto: “Mama’s Hands” by Brenda Sutton

Today while commuting some moron cut me off... )
 
 
Soundtrack: Mama's Hands - Three Weird Sisters - Hair of the Frog
Velocity: road raging
 
 
scifantasy
24 August 2011 @ 03:25 am
Administrative note: I just did a cleanup of my LJ and DW lists. A lot of it was deletion/defriending (of people who have clearly left journals for good, mostly; also, people I'm just not in touch with anymore). In addition, if you crosspost, I removed you from my Default View list in LJ--though not my Friends list, because there may be value in that still. If you have your DW account for reading/commenting purposes alone, and don't post content there (or only post some content, crossposted from LJ), I simply removed you from my DW "Subscribe" list but kept you in "Give Access To," so that should be no different.

I've put this up unlocked so that people I may have missed, or miscategorized, can say "dude, you done screwed up."
 
 
Velocity: tidy
Soundtrack: How Many Friends - The Who - The Who by Numbers
 
 
scifantasy
04 August 2011 @ 06:39 pm
As of...well, right now, actually (assuming that the new footer I set up works properly, of course), I'm making Dreamwidth (same username) my default journal. The extent of which is, all comments go there, please.

(Sure enough, I fumbled that the first time. In the words of that paragon, Bullwinkle J. Moose, "this time for sure!")

What does this mean in terms of my LJ readership? Well, nothing. If I've set everything up correctly, those of you with DW accounts, I've already friended (if I know they exist). Those of you without, I should have LJ openID access granted, so you can both see my (usually locked) entries and comment on them as long as you're logged in to LJ.

This entry is posted unlocked, so that anybody who wants to tell me "hey, moron, you screwed up!" or inform me of their DW identities if I don't know them already can do so. (So, don't assume that because you can see this one everything's fine--look for older entries on DW.)
 
 
Velocity: pleased
Soundtrack: Wider Than We Know - Wild Mercy - Dream of a Far Light
 
 
scifantasy
The last time something like this happened, I ended up on national TV. Wouldn't it be cool if this time I ended up in the American Gods audiobook?

(This is thanks to two law school friends, who pestered me to enter. Standard "not going to happen, you know" disclaimer.)

Vote for me--you can vote once per day--and spread the word!
 
 
Velocity: amused
Soundtrack: Voting Time - Robert Lund - The FuMP Volume 12
 
 
scifantasy
28 February 2011 @ 09:55 pm
I came up with this a few weeks ago, and demonstrated it at yesterday's Jersey City housefilk...

I have developed what can only be described as the Neutron Bomb of Filk: it gets rid of all the people but leaves the building standing.

I would ask for forgiveness, but Leslie Fish is on record never forgiving, and Richard O'Brien probably doesn't care.

And if you know who both of those are, you'll get the joke... )
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Velocity: cheerful
Soundtrack: Banned from Argo - Leslie Fish and the Dehorn Crew - Folk Songs for Solar Sailor
 
 
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24 January 2011 @ 09:55 am
I didn't spend all that much time at Arisia with [personal profile] shadesong this year; she was busy, I was busy, and that's the way things go. I'm given to understand that she continued the spread of the Gospel of the Y.T., though.

In one of the few times I did see her, Sunday or Monday, this popped into my head. I came up with the first verse, and she asked me (and [livejournal.com profile] slipjig, but I don't know if he did) to run with it.

This is dedicated to everybody who has to ask, "is there gluten in this?"

"Celiac"
by Will "scifantasy" Frank
ttto: "Cecilia" by Simon and Garfunkel

Celiac... )
 
 
Velocity: amused
Soundtrack: Cecilia - Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
 
 
scifantasy
Don't ask me why I wrote this. I don't quite know. It was the result of several ideas about the Vorkosigan universe banging around in the back of my head for a while. It's the first bit of fanfic I've written--or at least completed--in a while, especially if you discount the Mina de Malfois stuff (which you could, as they became more like meta-canon by the end).

Some blame does get pinned on [livejournal.com profile] caprine, [livejournal.com profile] whswhs, and the rest of that gaming group. Also, probably to [livejournal.com profile] bujold_fic, who just ran a ficathon.

The Old Walls is a production of Barrayar Public Radio and Vorbarr Sultana Broadcasting, sponsored by the Naismith Educational Foundation and the Vorgustafson Fund for the Arts... )
 
 
Velocity: creative
Soundtrack: Vor Party - Gary Ehrlich - Bujold: Story into Song