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Mon, May. 3rd, 2004, 09:44 pm
Robots I Have Known

Under the perverse influence of the creative projects of doghousereilly (Radio Heroes) and ezrael (OINIWOFIDTRAETF), I have decided to do something fun with my own blog. So I submit Robots I Have Known, convenientlly located at i.littletoyrobot.com.

Once or twice a month I'll be writing bite-sized essays in which I insert myself into my favorite robot stories from books, comics, movies, and history.

The first one features Robbie, the title character of the first story in Isaac Asimov's I, Robot. He's a sentimental favorite, one of the first famous robots of fiction, and I tried to write the piece in a naive style as a tribute to the source.

Slated for release in mid-May and early June:
* "The Nanny at the End of Time"
* "Deus Ex Robotica"


Mon, Apr. 5th, 2004, 02:14 pm

Guess who's going to the home opener between the Braves and the Mets? Eh? Eh? I am!!!

Fri, Apr. 2nd, 2004, 11:56 pm

I saw Hellboy. It was good. Afterwards, I went to Taco Mac and had beer and wings. Good, too.

Sat, Mar. 20th, 2004, 01:26 pm

And the new Dr. Who is...

Gareth Keenan?

Oops, sorry. Wrong scruffy, skinny Brit.

Wed, Mar. 17th, 2004, 10:08 am
Best Team Name EVER

Friend of mine, just to spite me, picked a great name for his Fantasy Baseball team: the Tokyo Supergodzillas.

Me, my team name is an inside joke referring to both a place in which I no longer live and a player who is no longer any good!

Wed, Mar. 17th, 2004, 09:54 am

Oh crap. Oh shit. Oh fuck.

I am wearing a green sweater today. I didn't do it on purpose. Everyone is winking at me and wishing me a Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Wed, Mar. 10th, 2004, 10:53 pm

My brother and his boyfriend are off to Amsterdam and Brussels for a few days. Of course, like any good little brother, I gave them a shopping list and a dollar limit and hope to own some of the following titles below (listed in order of preference) by Schuiten and Peeters when they get back:

Le Guide des cités
Voyages en utopie
Architectures Rêvées
Souvenir de l'Éternel Present
Le musée A. Desombres
L'Echo des Cités
L'hombre d'un homme
L'Enfant penchée
Le Dossier B
L'étrange cas du docteur Abraham
La route d'Armilia
La Tour

Plus, any of Verne's novels illustrated by Schuiten.

They were kind of incredulous that I was so interested, as I don't read French. I told them that when they see the art, they'll understand.

Alternate plan: Have goblindegook translate them all for me!

Fri, Mar. 5th, 2004, 01:42 am

Just a note that I'm going back to my old AIM screen name. angrythoat will be phased out and laid to rest in a very lovely ceremony this weekend. Please send flowers c/o me in Atlanta.

Anyway, my screen name will be my last name followed by my first initial. If you don't know my real name, your job is to find it out.

Thank you; that is all.

Thu, Mar. 4th, 2004, 06:57 pm
Book Nookie

I paid a visit to the Book Nook today and was blown away. I mean, I think I cleared out all the used book stock of interest in NY. Now I have a whole new city to pillage.

Here's what I got:

Lyonesse: The Green Pearl by Jack Vance, hardcover in near mint condition with dustjacket, for $3.

The Deadalus Book of Austrian Fantasy: 1890-2000, which I've wanted forever, but I've never even seen it among new books. $7. Includes stories by Meyrink, Blei, Kafka, Hofmannsthal, and many more. An explicit influence on some of my favorite contemporary writers, such as Stepan Chapman, Jeff VanderMeer, and Michael Cisco.

The Hour of the Dragon by Robert E. Howard, the Conan novel. The authorized edition published by Berkley in 1977 edited by Karl Edward Wagner. $2.40.

Mermaids! edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois. Why did I buy this anthology of eighteen original tales about mermaids from 1986? Because it includes "A Prevalence of Mermaids," an essay by Avram Davidson that was later collected in Adventures in Unhistory. Also $2.40.

I passed over a lot of Moorcock and some Sorcery! books by Steve Jackson. These were my stepping stones from simple choose-your-own-adventure books like Fighting Fantasy to D&D. Oh hell, maybe I'll get them later!

Wed, Mar. 3rd, 2004, 03:20 pm
King Dumb?

So, are we excited for Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital, premiering tonight at 9 on ABC? I am, because I'm a loser! Be sure to check out this rather pointless site.

I heard about the show a while ago from goblindegook. The context was the general ignorance of the fact that the series is based on Lars Von Trier's Danish miniseries Riget. I know Lars is getting some official credit from ABC, but we'll have to see if anything on American network tv can be good.

I also noticed that one of the characters is named Carrie Von Trier. Ha ha. Random Trivia!Collapse )

The Journals of Eleanor Druse, which served as an inspiration for some of the series, has a cover price of $22.95. And it's a crappily produced book as well, a thin textbook-like hardcover with a lot of white space between the covers. Anyone read this mofo?

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