posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 10:18am on 11/04/2009 under
Ann got me some new underwear... why does it come in a "resealable bag"?
Mood:: recumbent
Music:: Why Don't You Get A Job? - John Williamson
posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 04:25am on 07/04/2009 under
Whats with all the crappy stuff happening lately?

Harlan Ellison just posted the following on his website:

Monday, April 6 2009 11:55:36 EXTREMELY BAD NEWS

Len Wein called this morning. More than half of his house burned down earlier today. Len and Chris Valada and Chris’s son, Michael, got out okay, but their beloved dog, Sheba, ran back inside and is gone. In addition to both bedrooms, the bathroom, and much of the office, what was burned first was the original art for the first Wolverine story, the cover of GIANT X-MEN #1 and other art pieces worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Susan and I will be over there as soon as I pick up my car today, and as soon as I’ve met the dental appointment we have scheduled. This is a major catastrophe for one of my oldest and closest friends. Like your Host, Len is a lifetime freelancer and, even though he remains a star of the comics world, even though he created Wolverine and Storm–among other characters–he goes from day to day earning a freelancer’s living, as do I… and these are frightening economic times for those of us out there, to paraphrase Arthur Miller, “on a few words and a shoeshine.”


And...

HARLAN ELLISON
- Monday, April 6 2009 21:15:37

THE CURRENT SITUATION RE CHRIS VALADA & LEN WEIN


Debacle. Nothing left of the master bedroom. Open to the sky. Len is a genuine hero: Chris was at work when a power surge apparently went through the electrical system of the house, shorting out a wall heater that had been in place in the bathroom since the house was built...an appurtenance no one even paid any attention to: it was invisible, like a countertop. But it sparked, caught fire, and the fire caught on towels, curtains, bathroom mat, magazines on the hamper, clothes, and raced up the walls and across the ceiling, into the hall, and into the bedroom where Len lay asleep. Michael, Chris's son, was dead asleep in the loft of the small bedroom.

Len woke and managed to duck under the flames that were crowning. He found pants and got to Michael and dragged him awake, and they rushed out of the house. Sheba ran with them, but then, she wanted to hide, and hiding was what she did in the bathroom, so she ran back inside, was trapped in the flaming bathroom, and was overcome by smoke, and then incinerated.

I don't feel like going through any more. This site has become WEIN CENTRAL, and here is the answer to ALL of you:

There is NOTHING you can do for Len and Chris NOW.

Their insurance company--along with four fire trucks and DWP and the police and many friends--have been there all day. Susan and I got home about 7:40 PM, and I spoke to Len about an hour ago. They're okay, more or less, if you can call cudgeled into stunned immobility "okay." They are just the way you or I would be if we'd lost everything.

The insurance will help them rebuild or buy a new house, but after the loss of Sheba, the worst part is that everything Len had accumulated in a lifetime, from books to comics, to original art to his Shazam Awards (which were melted off the wall) to the complete set of DC library hardcovers that were caught in a heat so ferocious they melted into a 40-book block...spines bright and sharp and all one plastic-melted millstone. What you can do for the creator of SWAMP THING and WOLVERINE, if you are so moved, is NOTHING at the moment. Don't bother them with well-intentioned commiserations that will only distract them. At the moment they are staunchly trying to pull it all together.

Later...SOON...but LATER...you can help enormously when Len presents a cogent list of those items that are replaceable--many were unique and are gone forever, and that's that, so he'll come to terms with it in time--but lots of it is around, some more rare than other, but possible. Hang back; just chill till Len lets us all know what he needs. I'll post it here, it'll be on Neil Gaiman's site, and Peter David's, and Mark Evanier's and on and on.

Give it a rest for a month or so, kids. Let them alone, and I'll do my best to keep you informed. But don't waste your mud with sad'n'sorrowful platitudes. It will only distract.

Needless to say, I've told them there were about 40 phone calls and posts here. They are too stunned to be grateful, but just so you know I passed the good tidings along.

GeezusPeezus, I'm tired; and I was only a day-laborer.

Harlan
posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 07:30pm on 05/04/2009 under
From the Star Wars blog

We just heard word today that Del Rey Outcast author Aaron Allston underwent bypass surgery yesterday, and is currently in recovery in the hospital.

Aaron’s family has set up a blood donation sponsorship. If anyone in the Dallas area would like to donate blood, you can go to the National Blood Exchange or Carter BloodCare. Say that you are donating blood for Aaron Allston, patient of Carter Blood Care in Bedford, TX, and give his sponsor number: SPON 047786.

Please send any cards to:
(But please DO NOT send any perishable items or flowers)

Aaron Allston
c/o Del Rey Books
1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

As soon as we get more information we’ll update this story.
We all wish Aaron Allston well and hope he recovers quickly.
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Mood:: gloomy
posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 07:28pm on 05/04/2009 under
Bruce ([livejournal.com profile] bruceb) showed me this a little while ago...

http://littera-abactor.livejournal.com/7748.html

Sounds like our dog Pixar who has a black hole for a stomach.
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Mood:: giggling
posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 10:04pm on 02/04/2009 under
Huh the prophet Chuck. Go figure.
Music:: You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry
Mood:: thoughtful
posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 08:35pm on 31/03/2009 under ,
From E Online

Andy Hallett, who starred as Lorne ("the Host") on the TV series Angel, died of heart failure last night at age 33, according to his longtime agent and friend Pat Brady. The actor passed away at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after a five-year battle with heart disease, with his father Dave Hallett by his side.

Hallett, from the Cape Cod village of Osterville, Mass., appeared on more than 70 episodes of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff, Angel, between 2000 and 2004. The accomplished actor was also a musician and sang two songs ("Lady Marmalade" and "It's Not Easy Being Green") on the Angel: Live Fast, Die Never soundtrack, released in 2005.

The actor's character on Angel was Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan, or Lorne for short. Hallett's Lorne was a friendly demon, who, when not assisting Angel and his team in the investigation of various and sundry underworld mysteries, served as the host and headliner at a demon bar.

Back in 2001, Hallett told our own Jen Godwin that despite constant flirtation with David Boreanaz' character Angel, and the occasional sly Elton John reference, "We don't really know if he's gay. I don't really know. It's funny, because sometimes he's right in Angel's face, and that's when I feel it the most. And viewers would probably think, hmm, what's going on here? This guy's pretty curvy."

Hallett has spent his post-Angel years working on his music career, playing shows around the country. He had been admitted to the hospital three or four times in the past few years for his heart condition, according to Pat.

Another Angel castmember, Glenn Quinn, who played Doyle in season one, passed away in 2002.

A private funeral service will be held for family and close friends in Cape Cod, most likely over this weekend.


Above and beyond I am sad that he passed his presence on Angel was always appreciated by me. Seeing that he too had heart failure makes me greateful that I have good luck with mine the last ten years. May you find something to sing about in whatever exists beyond.
Music:: One More Angel In Heaven - Andrew Lloyd Webber
location: music
Mood:: melancholy
posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 11:23am on 28/03/2009 under
From ICv2.com....

'Hero System 6th Edition Core Rulebooks'
Due in August
Published: 03/27/2009 10:07pm

Hero Games has announced the August publication of The Hero System 6th Edition: Characters ($39.99) and The Hero System 6th Edition: Combat and Advertising ($39.99), two core rule books that form the basis for the latest iteration of the Champions RPG, which was first published in 1981 and was one of the first RPGs to base character generation on a point-buy system rather than random dice rolls and is arguably the oldest superhero role-playing game still in existence.



The two new core rulebooks, which feature full color art throughout, bring new levels of flexibility to the Hero System by allowing players to create any sort of character power, gadget, spell, vehicle, monster, or weapon that they can imagine. Steven A. Long, who was responsible for the 5th Edition of Champions, which was published in 2002, has written both 6th Edition Core Rulebooks, making sure to provide guidelines for converting characters from 5th Edition to 6th Edition that make the transition easy and insuring that books written for 5th Edition rules are completely compatible with 6th Edition.


" The Hero System 6th Edition: Combat and Advertising ($39.99)", Advertising? Superman sponsored by Soder Cola.
Music:: Four-Color Love Story - The Metasciences
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Mood:: amused
posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 06:41pm on 27/03/2009 under


Wandering around youtube today reliving what I remember of the 80's I found this. Great comment on it "ah the 80's... any fight can be resolved with a good coreography".

That made my day.
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Music:: Temporary Heroes - Pat Benatar
Mood:: amused
posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 08:30pm on 25/03/2009 under
One years ago we got the puppy formerly know as Shorty. Pixar Pugador Pumpkin Puppy has become a beloved member of the clan. And I am glad she picked us out.
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Heh

posted by [personal profile] dadiceguy at 09:08pm on 23/03/2009 under
Someone IM'd me this....

Know, O prince, that between the years when the oceans drank the old forum setup and the gleaming cities of TSR fell to upstart card companies, and the years of the rise of the sons of 4e, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across RPG.net like blue mantles beneath the stars ... Hither came Future Villain Band, the Admin, dark-haired, sullen-eyed, banstick in hand, a scholar, a law clerk, a banner, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the forums under his sandaled feet.

And know, too, that once Future Villain Band came across Thornhammer, who would start threads within halls of Tangency designed to provoke and anger, but never return hence to respond to the replies. And tiring of this cowardice and provocation, Future Villain Band said unto him, 'By Crom, you will post again to these threads once you start them, on my oath, or I will see ye banned from Tangency, and forced only to post in Other Media, with the swarthy Shemites, or Roleplaying Open amidst its fair-haired beauties and villainous brutes.'

'And to cement this lesson of steel," Future Villain Band brooded, 'I shall give you a ban from TO, lasting 10 days, which is appealable to the other admins. And hopefully, you will know then what is good: to respond to posts; to see your enemies driven before you; and to hear the weeping and lamentation of those upon their friends list.'" -- The Nemedian Chronicles
Mood:: amused
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