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More prosaic news: planning, books, and other links

August 24, 2008 3:52 pm

I just discovered the previous post while going through a handful of never-finished drafts.  It dates from a few months ago (thus the subway reference), but decided to put it up for those of you who enjoy navel-gazing.

This post is the one with the actual news.  The job search is actually yielding a few leads, for one.  I don’t want to say too much yet, but I had an interview on Thursday (at very short notice) that went all right, and I have one with other people on Monday, and I’ve got high hopes for that one, too.  So more on those next week, I hope.

The other ongoing project lumbers forward as well.  After some deliberation, I ordered a wedding dress last Tuesday, so that should wander into town in mid-October.  It is, of course, gorgeous, in an understated way.  :)  So now we’re making lists and plotting maps:  possible restaurants for the reception that would be close to the botanical garden where we’re having the wedding, possible hotels that would be close to the reception.  Things we might want to register for and stores at which we’d want to register for them.  What color dress to tell my long-suffering college roommate that she ought to buy.  Supposedly, I should have strong feelings about colors like sea foam or pale peach, but all I’m coming up with is “How about some nice blue or green or purple?”  (Sorry, hon…)

At any rate, things are moving forward.  Some friends gave me a guide to wedding planning published by the folks at, which has been helpful because it has checklists and timelines and all sorts of details.  But I’ve also gotten a lot of sanity from a book called The Anti-Bride’s Guide, which has the refreshing attitude that perhaps you don’t care to wear a massive fairy-princess dress and do the chicken dance at the local country club.  Which means that I would be scandalously outcast among the characters of Somebody Is Going to Die if Lilly Beth Doesn’t Catch That Bouquet, a hilarious collection of anecdotes about  weddings in a particular part of the South — a birthday gift from the aforementioned long-suffering college roommate.

Speaking of books, this morning I finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (long titles seem to be the theme of the week) and enjoyed it immensely.  As Pug can tell you, when I started it, I made some faces and gave him some weird looks — the narrator is on the unconventional side, and cover blurbs that raved about the book did so by comparing it to books and authors I don’t care for.  But I’m happy to say that I kept reading, and in the end, I think the reviewer’s comparisons were misleading at best.  I haven’t read The Sound and the Fury specifically, but I think she merely meant that this book is written in a stream of consciousness style similar to what Faulkner used.  And I think she’s off the mark in invoking The Catcher in the Rye.  Yes, both books are first person accounts of teenage boys who feel isolated from society, but where Holden Caufield feels isolated because he’s a cynical, self-absorbed little prig, this narrator, Christopher, feel isolated because he’s… autistic, perhaps, or something like that — we’re never told, and I’m no expert.  But he’s brilliant, earnest, and observant; and life as he sees it is simultaneously fascinating and awkward.  In the end, it’s a book about discovery and self-empowerment.  What do the reviewers know, anyway?

Also recommended, in a lowbrow humor sort of way:  LOLBush at the Olympics.  LOLcat English sometimes makes me twitch, but it seems appropriate here.  Gotta love the Brits.

And if anyone needs a Serenity fix, I came across this a few days ago:  a brief interlude, comic-style, called “The Other Half.”


November 3, 2007 11:02 am

Two weeks ago: Pumpkin festival! Last year, this festival set the record for the number of jack-o-lanterns in one place or something like that. I haven’t heard how this year’s festival compared.

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The Doctor has read Book 7

April 13, 2007 12:59 pm

Some HP love on Doctor Who: here are a couple of short clips, posted on The Leaky Cauldron. It’s from a third season episode that must have just aired in the UK. Maybe it’s airing on BBC America, too — dunno because BBC America is too high into the cable atmosphere for me to have it. I assume SciFi will start season three this fall, and I’m looking forward to meeting the new companion.

(And if that weren’t enough fandoms for one post: I turned on the TV this afternoon and hey look! There’s Inara — or rather, Morena Baccarin — on Stargate SG1, wearing a very Inara sort of costume, just with funny-colored contacts. No idea how old this episode is, only that it’s post-Richard Dean Anderson. But yay for Firefly cast.)

Later: Evil Dead: The Musical. What the hell??


December 10, 2006 12:06 pm

Just another quick link:
Firefly + Johnny Cash + Futurama = A Man Named Jayne

Bedtime story, read by Mal

November 22, 2006 1:34 am

Just a bit of late night linkage. The Softwire looks to be a B-grade cross between Ender’s Game, Star Trek, and possibly Dickens. But .mp3 files of the first three chapters are free online as read by Nathan Fillion. Entirely worthwhile if you feel like listening to Mal’s voice for an hour or so…and I freely admit that I’m curious about the rest of the story.

Wash and River on YouTube

October 13, 2006 2:38 pm

Check these out:

Alan Tudyk reads a fan-written elegy for Wash.

Alan and Summer Glau play with dinosaurs.

And of course there are more where those came from.

Actual real-life logistics aside…guys, I think it is possible that we picked the wrong year to go to DragonCon.


September 24, 2006 11:14 pm

Randomly ran across some amusing Firefly merchandise on Cafe Press. I am particularly enamored of the River-isms and Kaylee-isms. Might be cute as a pair of mugs…

Real news coming soon to a Vulcan’s Peak near you! Highlights include job interviews, fun with magazines, and a wonderfully word-nerdy night out!

Real News

October 2, 2005 10:27 pm

Finally, finally, I know. Don’t look so shocked.

Academically speaking…

I think my favorite class this term is going to turn out to be Writing Poetry, which is with a professor who intimidated the hell out of me in freshman humanities. He seems more human now – not sure if it’s me or if it’s the chance in venue. He’s more personable in a small class setting (there are perhaps 15 of us), but I expect he will still push and challenge us; should be good. We’re reading and discussing a lot of poetry as well as writing our own (I might start posting some here if anyone would be interested.) Unfortunately the class includes a girl who exhibits all of HermioneÂ’’s worst qualities with none (that IÂ’’ve seen) of her good ones. She annoys most all of us –– though I heard someone say once that the qualities we like least in others often tend to be things we donÂ’’t like about ourselves. I worry that there may be some of this going on. I try to be nice, but sometimes it takes effort.

Furman Hall renovations are all but done –– they’re still finishing a few cosmetic details — –and it looks really nice. The English department is settled into its new home at the end of the hall, and right next door is an “English lounge” –– couches and comfy chairs and such. I think this is a great thing and have been spending my hour between poetry and lunch in there, reading.

It was clear from the first day that my grammar class has the potential to be either truly fascinating or deadly dull and itÂ’s taking some time to decide which. The linguistics book we started with (IÂ’’m guessing Carmen may be familiar with de Saussure?) was a slog (we’Â’ve moved on to a grammar text now, though), and the prof is not the most engaging lecturer, but the material itself is okay.

I have discovered that the reason many people are taking the course is because the professor is reputed to be easy, and itÂ’s not hard to see why. He is deeply concerned about things like grade inflation –– he points out that FurmanÂ’s cataloge describes a C as “satisfactory”. Of course this being Furman, none of us regard a C that way; neither do our parents or grad schools or anyone else. His way of dealing with this is to simplify the process: either you put in satisfactory work and you get an A and he allows everyone to be happy, or you don’Â’t and you get an F. He assuages his conscience by writing you a letter at the end of the term, giving you his professional opinion of your work (“hereÂ’’s what I REALLY think….”). Personally, this sounds a bit fishy –– is he not adding to grade inflation more than anything? At any rate, this is apparently why there are about fifteen people in grammar, rather than about five.

My other class, Contemporary American Writers, brought lots of excitement last week. Part of the fun is that the prof manages to get at least some of the writers you study to come speak to the class. We actually had two come last week; they were in town to speak at an event with a couple other local writers that evening, which was very neat. The two who came to class were Tommy Hays (author of The Pleasure Was Mine) and George Singleton (author of Why Dogs Chase Cars) and they could not be more different! Each man is exactly the sort of person you would imagine from reading their books –– one a quiet, Southern gentleman type, the other outspoken, chattering, and a bit crazy. IÂ’’ve been fighting all weekend to write a short paper on the Hays book, which is about a familyÂ’’s struggle with AlzheimerÂ’s, loss, and related themes. ItÂ’’s a sweet, sentimental, thoughtful book, firmly in the noncommital “”It was nice”” category. Finally realized I just needed a new topic –– required to pick one of three and this is just not the book for writing about themes. The Singleton book, however, is hilarious –– I haven’t quite finished it, but I do recommend it to those of you with a twisted sense of humor.

With an eye to the future…
…I have been exploring all sorts of scary things like job openings, grad schools, and the GRE. Still deliberating about the whole grad school thing – I could probably pick up anything a masterÂ’s in publishing could teach me, but it might be a trump card in a job search. Current plan is to take the GRE and apply to schools, but if a promising looking job opportunity comes up, I may spring for it. Basically, IÂ’’m trying to avoid making a decision…

In other news…
…I have gotten seriously hooked on Firefly. A couple of the local radio stations hosted a free screening of Serenity last Wednesday, and Cort was able to get some tickets. Each one admitted two people, so of course Cort and Jen were one, while Genie graciously agreed to be my date. It was AMAZING and you should all go see it, even if you havenÂ’t seen anything of Firefly. I hadn’Â’t (though am currently working to remedy that), and you really do catch on pretty quick.