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Monday Miscellany

Many thanks to everyone who took part in my poll on the "Vampire Novel of the Century." The poll is still open, if anyone else would like to take part.

In other news...

* As of the time I'm posting this, there are only three tickets left for my Sherlock and Science Fiction web lecture/Q&A on February 18. Thanks to everyone who has helped spread the word about this event.

* I have an update about Star Trek and History, the collection edited by Nancy Reagin that will include my essay "If This Is the (Final) Frontier, Where Are the Natives?" Wiley Blackwell has slated it for April 8, 2013 publication, just ahead of the expected May 2013 release date of the new Star Trek film. Huzzah!

* R.I.P., Etta James, January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012. I was listening to her haunting cover of "Somewhere" only hours before I learned of her death. *moment of silence*

* Neil Gaiman's Sherlockian story "The Case of Death and Honey" (from A Study in Sherlock) has been nominated for an Edgar Award. (So, too, has an episode of the amazing Justified.)

* Previously I posted that China Glaze was releasing a new nail lacquer set in honor of The Hunger Games. Here is new information and detailed pictures of "Colours from the Capitol: The Hunger Games Collection."

* Lastly, my sweetheart gave me my Valentine's present early, a wonderful little netbook to make all my travels this spring/summer/fall far easier. (While I like tablets, they're not terribly useful/efficient for my purposes.) I just got a new "skin" to personalize it, and I'm quite tickled with what I found. To me, it looks like a cross between Conan Doyle's Dr. John Watson, looking off into the distance, and a refugee from H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, contemplating the Martians.

The official description is as follows: "A lone figure decked out in suit and bowler hat, is drawn to a mysterious, almost alien structure in the distance as a flock of silhouetted birds keeps watch, flying overhead, in this faded black and white grayscale design." I love it!


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Jan. 23rd, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
What a lovely Valentine's Day present.

I love the 'skin' and the description - perfect.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
I was so thrilled!

I'm so glad you like the skin, too. It felt very atmospheric to me. :)

Much love for your icon!
Feb. 3rd, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
I bet you were.

Atmospheric sums it up perfectly.

Thank you. I loved those two as Holmes & Watson.
Jan. 23rd, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
Aww, I thought the Trek book would be out much sooner for some reason. I can't wait to get my mitts on it!! :)
Feb. 3rd, 2012 02:43 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! :) I was hoping it would be, too, but the press wants to time its release for a period of maximum interest, so I understand the choice to wait until the new film is ready to debut. Hopefully the enthusiasm for the movie will carry over to the book! *fingers crossed*
Jan. 23rd, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
Congrats on selling so many tickets! *is proud of you*

I bought myself a Toshiba netbook late last summer and it's one of the best purchases I've ever made. It went to London with me, and it has come in handy in a variety of other ways at home. Your new skin is perfect. Enjoy!
Feb. 3rd, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks so much! It's sold out now, which is wonderfully encouraging. I really appreciate your (and everyone's) support!

I'm so glad you've had such a positive experience with your netbook. I've been taking my laptop with me on trips (it travels all over the house with me on a daily basis, too), and I was shocked to discover how much smaller and lighter this netbook is. Even wrapped in its own padded carrying case, it takes up far less room on my airplane carry-on, and it weighs far less. Incredible!

I'm so glad you like the skin, too. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. :D

Jan. 24th, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
Wow! Could that skin be any more made for you, or what??? Love it!
Feb. 3rd, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! I'm so glad it seems fitting to you, and that you like it, too. I fell in love with it instantly.

LOL, your icon! <3
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Jan. 24th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
That part about the netbook from your sweetheart and the enthusiasm for the skin.... that was cute!
Feb. 3rd, 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
Aw, shucks! *blushes* Thanks.
Feb. 1st, 2012 02:44 am (UTC)
I love the skin ... It's a thing of beauty!

Alas ... Farewell to the incomparable Etta James. Will we ever experience another talent such as hers ...
I am transfixed by her cover of James Brown's "it's a man's man's man's world' -- wow.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you like it, too! It was love at first sight for me.

Now I'm going to have to go listen to "It's a Man's Man's Man's World." Her voice is just haunting. Such a gift. I had "At Last" playing just yesterday.
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