Today is (obviously) Halloween, but we got the party started yesterday. In the afternoon, we took the kids to the annual Halloween Carnival at the neighborhood park, and Georgia was able to put on her full costume for the first time. Georgia has wanted to be a cat for Halloween this year since about five minutes after Halloween last year, and Allison has been working on making it for weeks. I think it turned out great, personally.
After the kids were off to bed, the grownups put on our costumes, and got ready for the costume party we were hosting. Sonrisa Trippe had spent all day working on the Tardis door, to go along with her Amy Pond costume, and I think it turned out amazingly well. Dean Trippe was Batman (naturally), and as for me and Allison…?
Allison makes a fetching Princess Leia, don’t you think?
As for me, I kept telling everyone I wasn’t dressed as Captain Kirk, I was dress as Captain Roberson, dammit.
But I wasn’t the only member of Starfleet in attendance. Robert Wilson IV and his wife Tiffany drove down from Dallas to join in the fun, though they’d opted for a more Old Skool look than my New Movie version. Still, we’re all one big happy Starfleet, as Khan said.
All in all, we had a fantastic time. Thanks to everyone who came! And today we’re finishing the decorating of the Halloween cookies, mutilating a pumpkin–erm, making a jack-o-lantern, that is–and going door to door begging for candy. What could be better than that?
October 31st, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
Julian West has made a video for my old friend Chris Cannon‘s “Night Falls,” a track off his album vine street, which you can download for FREE. Give it a listen, and then go check out the rest of the album.
October 27th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
So I give you, for the first time I think, Hulk the Druid (a celtic primeval force of nature), Captain Amerigo (from the New World), Thor himself, and an unknown mysterious clad-armored gladiator known as Iron Man . Tigether they are The AVENGERS, EARTH’s FIRST HEROES and they fight evils and undead armies. How does that sound?
Over on the Bleeding Cool site, the cover and description of the long-awaited next installment of Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century has been posted. Behold the awesome:
CHAPTER TWO takes place almost sixty years later in the psychedelic daze of Swinging London during 1968, a place where Tadukic Acid Diethylamide 26 is the drug of choice, and where different underworlds are starting to overlap dangerously to an accompaniment of sit-ins and sitars. The vicious gangster bosses of London’s East End find themselves brought into contact with a counter-culture underground of mystical and medicated flower-children, or amoral pop-stars on the edge of psychological disintegration and developing a taste for Satanism. Alerted to a threat concerning the same magic order that she and her colleagues were investigating during 1910, a thoroughly modern Mina Murray and her dwindling league of comrades attempt to navigate the perilous rapids of London’s hippy and criminal subculture, as well as the twilight world of its occultists. Starting to buckle from the pressures of the twentieth century and the weight of their own endless lives, Mina and her companions must nevertheless prevent the making of a Moonchild that might well turn out to be the antichrist.
And speaking of Thomas N. Perkins, he’s just released a new art book for the iPad and iPhone that’s available through the iTunes Apps store. There are details on Perkins’ blog, and speaking for myself I can say that I paid full price for it and thought it was worth every penny. Just jam-packed with awesome!
October 1st, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
Couldn’t find this on tumblr, so I saved this picture from Facebook and uploaded it on here.
SHAILJA PATEL, FROM MIGRITUDE
Great poem but I can’t help but appreciate that metaphor: “earthy Punjabi / salty-rich as saag paneer” OMG
this is beautiful, and so sad at the same time. i’ve seen this exact scenario dozens of times, and it breaks my heart. because to many people, being less than articulate in english, or speaking broken english, is a sign of a lower level of intelligence. which it is 10000% not. fuck anyone who thinks that. that person who speaks broken english or is insecure about their english skills could very well speak the most beautiful, rich, and articulate urdu you have ever heard. full of idioms and metaphors and knowledge of every word for every tiny thing that even english doesn’t have words for. but apparently to most people, having that kind of a grasp on any language other than english means nothing. and that is a disservice to all of mankind. way to go, prescriptivists. way to go, language imperialists. way to go, racists.
the smartest man i think i’ve ever met was a pakistani dude who married a japanese girl and moved to nagano with her. he was -at least- conversational in like 5 different languages, including english. when i asked him how he does it, all he said was “as long as i practice them every once in a while, it isn’t very hard.”
before i left, his wife gave me pakistani clothing (forgive me but i’ve forgotten what the outfit is called. it’s a set of shirt and pants with a scarf. apparently the bright red color was too “young” for her at that point) and he pulled me aside and asked me to tell people i knew that “pakistani people are not terrorists”, which is probably one of the most heartbreaking things i’ve ever been asked
and i think that was the moment that i realized exactly how much i have left to learn and how delicate but important it is to learn about and truly respect other cultures as equal to my own
In the wake of the massacre at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in
Charleston, South Carolina there’s been a renewed discussion about the
Confederate flag that still flies over the state. And as always happens when
this subject comes up, there are always those quick to insist that the flag
represents “Southern Pride” or some such, and not a long history of racist
oppression and slavery. Many of those same people are equally quick to insist
that racism is dead, despite a horrifying amount of evidence to the contrary.
And today is Juneteenth, of course, commemorating the end of
slavery in the United States. But one hundred and fifty years later that damned
flag is still flying, and all of us are still dealing with the effects of
slavery in this country.
I kidded myself for the longest time that the slave trade
was nothing to do with me. Of course, there’s a whole lot of black folks who
share my last name, and slaves often took their masters’ surnames, but I
convinced myself that it must have been some other Roberson family that was
responsible. Until a few years ago when curiosity finally got the better of me
and I looked into it. And nope, it was us.
There’s an entire town named after my slave-owning
ancestors, Robersonville, North Carolina. Whatever else happened to my family
in the century and a half since, whatever fortunes were made and lost and made
again, however hard my grandparents and great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents
might have worked to make a better life for themselves and their children, it
simply can’t be ignored that before the end of slavery my family benefited from
the labor of people that they considered to be property. My ancestors got a leg
up while stepping on the backs of slaves who shared their name.
The Confederate flag doesn’t stand for pride. It was and
remains a symbol of hate for those who look back wistfully on a time when white people could own other human beings as property, and a symbol of shame for the rest of us. Take
the damned thing down and burn it, already.
I realize you might lose a viewer for saying that, but if you can’t: Just rerun another Ron Paul “end times / buy gold” video and stay out of the conversation.
Stop aiding and abetting and giving cover to monsters.
Fox News encourages and hosts people who want to “take back our country.” They encourage and host people who use coded language and racist dog whistle words to uphold a system of white privilege and white supremacy.
Domestic Terrorist Dylann Roof targeted black people. He claimed that he wanted to “take back our country.”
I know everyone is saying that Connie is wearing an outfit from DBZ, but…I don’t think so? I think she’s wearing a “Kalaripayattu“ outfit?
Kalaripayattu is a Martial art which originated as a style in Kerala, during the early 13th Century AD. It is considered to be one of the oldest fighting system in existence.It is now practiced in Kerala, in contiguous parts of Tamil Nadu. It was originally practiced in northern and central parts of Kerala and the Tulunadu region of Karnataka.Kalaripayattu includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods. Northern kalaripayattu is based on elegant and flexible movements,
evasions, jumps and weapons training, while the southern “Adi Murai”
style primarily follows the hard impact based techniques with priority
on empty hand fighting and pressure point strikes. Both systems make use
of internal and external concepts. (Wiki) Normally,
kalaripayattu can be started at the age of seven, when the body is not
stiff, less chance to damage. But it can be practiced at any age under
the supervision of a well experienced master.
I think it would probably make more sense, considering Connie is Indian?? I mean, if you look at the sword Connie uses, it’s the same as the women in the picture I found via Google?? (Pearl’s sword is a rapier, btw. At least, so I believe) Also, it sorta looks like Connie is wielding a Khanda, or least a type of one?
Also Connie does a lot of Kalaripayattu type jumps and such?? Look, I’m not India, so I’m not a hundred percent sure and I could be way off, but it just seems more likely???
AND SIDE NOTE
In love with Connies hair! And that it’s actually a real hairstyle!