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Happy Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday!

* The first part of a two-part interview with me is now up here at Darkcargo, in which I talk about science fiction, classic novel/monster mashups, "further adventures of," and other literary subjects. The second half (about genre, Sherlock Holmes, and writing, among other things) will be up on Friday. Darkcargo is a terrific multi-authored blog about reading, book anticipation, con-going, and general genre-related fun, and I highly recommend checking out its other features!

* There's additional information online about this upcoming Saturday's PotterWatch 2011 Scholarly Conference on Harry Potter at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. My keynote talk will be "On Fairy-Stories, Readers, and the Potterverse." I hope to see some of you there!

* Happy belated birthday wishes to delenn1960, lbilover, shagungu, and xanath, and happy birthday to curtana! May all of you enjoy a wonderful year to come!

* In personal news, three cheers for my baby sister, Margret!
-- Her first refereed scholarly article has been published! So next time you're reading the International Journal of Climatology (who doesn't?), be sure to look for her work: "Spatial Coherence of Rainfall Variations Using the Oklahoma Mesonet." Woohoo!
-- She has a brand new, shiny job (besides perpetual tornado chaser extraordinaire) with the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. Yay!
-- She and my brother-in-law are expecting their first child. Huzzah! The whole family is excited about welcoming baby Kaitlyn in the spring.


And here's Virginia, doing her impersonation of my reaction to the new Star Wars blu-ray release:

Virginia feeling sleepy



"It's not that I expect Lucas to stop screwing with Star Wars. I imagine that he'll do so until he dies, and even then, he'll probably build a special robot that lives on after him with the sole purpose of finding things it doesn't like about Star Wars and 'fixing' them."
- A. Lee Martinez, "Why You Should Stop Telling Fans to 'Get Over It'"

Comments

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peadarog
Sep. 27th, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
Love the quote. As usual :)

And congrats to baby sis!
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 29th, 2011 12:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And thanks!
chorale
Sep. 27th, 2011 01:04 pm (UTC)
*laughs in agreement with A. Lee Martinez*

Congratulations to your sister.

Thanks for reporting what you're listening to! I love to know what music other people like.
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 29th, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I'm a lifelong Tori Amos fan, and to my mind she's never put out a poor album, but I must say this new Night of Hunters is amazing!
agentxpndble
Sep. 27th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
Aww... Cute Virginia. Such a *clever* doggy. :)))

Congrats to the Sis.

I really think there is something really dangerous in the water in California... I'm so glad I escaped. Really super talented people all seem to go completely bat-s*** crazy out there. We can dibble around all day about how much we hate Lucas for the *changes* he feels he has the right to make, but when he crossed over into *eradicating* the old materials, he seriously gave up his rights in this matter. And the audacity to think that this is HIS WORK. I'm not talking about the fans, I'm talking about the thousands of artists and professionals that created that movie. It's NOT his baby anymore.
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 29th, 2011 12:09 pm (UTC)
LOL! And thanks.

I'm not talking about the fans, I'm talking about the thousands of artists and professionals that created that movie

Excellent point! The thought of all of Frank Oz's work with Yoda, for example, being gone with one wave of the CGI wand... that's such an injustice! AUGH!
curtana
Sep. 27th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the birthday wishes :)
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 29th, 2011 12:10 pm (UTC)
I hope you had a fantastic one!
xanath
Sep. 27th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :) It was a pretty good birthday, and much merriness (along with honey wine and black spiced rum) was had by me.

Virginia's expression matches mine. I would like to be able to encase the original theatrical releases of Star Wars in a format where the fans could still enjoy them--and George Lucas would spontaneously combust if he tried to change them.
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 29th, 2011 12:11 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I'm so glad it was good.

I would like to be able to encase the original theatrical releases of Star Wars in a format where the fans could still enjoy them--and George Lucas would spontaneously combust if he tried to change them.

Yes! I'd buy that version. ;)
xanath
Sep. 27th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
And yes, congratulations to Margret! That's quite an accomplishment.
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 29th, 2011 12:11 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks!
wellinghall
Sep. 27th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and best wishes to your sister and her husband!

(Oh, and while I think about it - will you be able to come to the conference in Loughborough next August?)
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 29th, 2011 12:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

Ooooh, I want to soooo badly! I've got to figure out my travel schedule for next year. There's a good chance I may have to make another international trip in the fall, which may make this impossible, but for now I'm holding out hope. *fingers crossed* I need to get all of my ducks in a row, as they say!
wellinghall
Sep. 29th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
I do hope so! *crosses fingers*
caitri
Sep. 27th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
*G* That interview is AWESOME, bb!!! I look forward to the next part of it!!!
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 29th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! :D I'm so tickled you liked it. I'll post a link when the second half is up on Friday.

Thanks for reading it!
(Anonymous)
Sep. 28th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
You're going to be an aunt?!?! Whooooohoooo! That is excellent news!

Lolz to the photo and caption! Nice.
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 29th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you!

And thanks!
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Sep. 28th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
Sigh.
Whoops... Did I post that anonymously? I didn't mean to. It was me, I'm not hiding. :)
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 29th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Sigh.
LOL!
agentxpndble
Sep. 30th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Sigh.
That icon, in the context of the conversation about Lucas, makes me laugh SO HARD I think I just peed a little... ROTFLMAO!
Joystickenvy
Sep. 29th, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
George, these are not the Blu Rays you are looking for
Grats to your sister and I never knew there was a Scholarly Conference on Harry Potter, but I think that's totally awesome.

As for the Star Wars Blu Rays....the changes weren't as cringe worthy as I feared they might be. I mean nothing along the lines of Greedo shooting first or inserting Hayden into the force ghost scene in Jedi, but I do wish Lucas Arts was required to include the original unedited movies free with all releases for perpetuity. I imagine they'll probably release another edition on Blu Ray to get us hapless geeks to buy it yet again with the theatrical releases like they did with the DVDs.

eldritchhobbit
Sep. 29th, 2011 12:17 pm (UTC)
Re: George, these are not the Blu Rays you are looking for
Thanks so much!

but I do wish Lucas Arts was required to include the original unedited movies free with all releases for perpetuity

Yes indeed! I agree. I fear the originals will get lost somehow in all this tinkering - especially since Lucas clearly wishes they would disappear.

amedia
Sep. 30th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
LOVED the quote about Star Wars!!!! That's actually the whole reason I got a laserdisc player for Christmas a few years ago plus the boxed set of SW on laserdisc. At the time it was the only way to get the untampered version in widescreen. *hugs the ginormous silver discs*

Congrats to your baby sis on all fronts!

And regarding Potterwatch: I hope to see some of you there!

Me me me! *jumping up and down* I'll be there! I'm flying out tomorrow and of course I'm not packed yet. I'll be the bespectacled nerd with the Harry Potter tote bag. Um. Wait. That won't help! I'm sure we'll find each other. :-D

eldritchhobbit
Sep. 30th, 2011 11:37 am (UTC)
Yay for the untampered versions! And thanks for the congrats for my sis.

I'm so excited about meeting you in person. LOL, I'll be one of the other bespectacled nerds with the Harry Potter tote bag! ;) To be a bit more precise, I'm quite short, I have long brown hair and glasses, and if all goes as planned, I'll be wearing a short-ish black dress/cardigan and tall black boots. And for a healthy amount of the conference, I'll probably have my hand wrapped around a Starbucks cup. I'll go check out the schedule and see when your panel will be held. It will be wonderful to see you!
amedia
Sep. 30th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
I shall keep an eye out for the Starbucks cup! w00t!!!!
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 30th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I see which paper is yours. Sounds fabulous. I look forward to your presentation!
gods_lil_rocker
Sep. 30th, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
Hi amedia, I'm going to be at the conference too! Which paper is yours? I'm on the religious discussions panel! :)
amedia
Sep. 30th, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I'll PM you about the paper - I have Intarweb Paranoia about linking amedia to my real name. :-)
vyrdolak
Oct. 1st, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
Lucas has turned into such a wanker.

Congrats to your sister!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 1st, 2011 11:17 am (UTC)
Truer words...

Many thanks!
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