I hate fantasy fiction SO VERY MUCH that on Saturday, due to an alert from LA-ist, I abandoned work, slathered Nair on these neglected armpits, jumped in the shower, tore apart my closet and accessories in search of just the right outfit for the IronThrone (while quoting random passages from the books in my head), then got on a bus for a 45-minute ride followed by a 1/2 mile walk down Hollywood Boulevard carrying my assagai, JUST SO I COULD SIT IN THE THRONE OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS.
Fuck you, NYT. Thank you, GRRM. By the way, sir, I'm still Pissed Off On Your Behalf over the whole "Doorways" "Sliders" thing, even though you probably don't care anymore and it's not like you'll ever see this post but I just wanted to say. (A GRRM New Yorker profile. A GRRM tribute song answering the whiners amongst us.)
And by the way? I look damned good in these shots, if I do say so my own goddamned self. HBO had better use at least one of them, dammit! (Click to embiggen.)
Shout Out to the worker bees handling this Iron Throne's visit to Hollywood & Highland, who were so nice and did not freak out when I revealed that I was carrying live steel. One guy took shots with my camera, and the guy running the Official Camera is the one who said DON'T MOVE after the first shot, and then posed me for the other two shots. Thank you, fellow worker bees! I don't know if you are Mundane or Of The Tribe, but by your actions I know that you were quick-off-the-mark enough to recognize that a Geek Tribe member had shown up in the line, and you rolled with it in an Awesome way. Thank you.
For the record, I had a cover on my assagai, because you don't walk around in public with live steel that could actually hurt someone and/or alarm law enforcement.
I finally got to hear him perform this live last year at the Largo, and was thrilled he did this piece on stage, which is among my top 3 favorites of his works. That show was his very first LA appearance and I sat in the audience expecting him to go all Safe. He didn't. Storm wasn't the only potentially nonsafe thing he did that night - there were two others that had me sitting there with wide eyes going OMG - but Storm was what I was hoping to hear live above all.
The animated version? Like other fans, I've been tracking its development for over a year. Here it is at last.
Yes I said Yes I said Yes.
Here's another version, the one I originally heard via internet(s) and the one he did at the Largo. It's a little meaner. Interesting to see the difference between the two. I like them both.
Update! After perusing the inbox, a bit of clarification is needed. That beautiful, emotional, lyrical video was directed by Michael Bay, which the person I was Nerd Slapping with didn't know until I Gleefully informed him.
I'm a horrible terrible person and I should be ashamed of myself.
My deep admiration for the works of Kathleen Ann Goonan is no secret around here. If you can put up with dealing with what I can't at the moment - the homeport's search engine over there on the siderail - you'll find many more entries about her as person and her as work sprinkled throughout the life of this blog. But you won't find all of them because the search engine kinda sucks.
Yesterday the RSS reader thingy, where Goonan's blog is among my subscriptions, brought delightful news that she was interviewed on Jazz Connections, a radio show on NPR affiliate Interlochen Public Radio hosted by Jeff Haas, and it sounds like it went *great*! Snip:
In the full post excerpted above, Goonan mentiones that Haas is also a jazz musician. (And also a techer.) This immediately made me think of the fantabulous Campbell/Moore interview of Epic that was so incredible in no small part because the interviewer (Campbell) had WWI Trench Level Experience of his own going into it. The conversation flows differently because of that.
You can listen live and online to the interview by going to the listen link on his siderail. The show airs locally and (simultaneously online ... I think) Saturday at 7 pm (on IPR News Radio), Sunday at 6 pm (on Classical IPR), and Thursday at 10:06 pm (on Classical IPR).
Fun bit: Every time the interviewer says "Canadians" or "Canadian" or something along those lines? Down a shot.
But only do that after your second or third viewing of the interview below, because otherwise after a while you're not really going to be able to focus on what Leonard is saying throughout, which is interesting.
O Canada! You're good. Your People don't need to keep with the gut Low Self-Esteem On A National Level thing I've been watching so many of you do all over the place since childhood. We know that Captain Kirk is one of you, we know that Leonard Cohen is one of you, we're fine with that. And some of us are still upset at how one of your ice skating pairs was totally and completely robbed of of an Olympic gold medal years ago BECAUSE OF THE FRENCH. You're legit. We got it.
I quite agree with his opinion on Hallelujah he shares toward the end, and find the full history of the song, which I mention a bit toward the end here, fascinating. It's too bad the fantastic BBC radio documentary about it I heard two or three years ago is no longer available, though. I should have taped it!