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
Tomorrow, Colleen Coover and I release a new digital installment of The Six Finger Secret, the latest chapter in the ongoing adventures of Bandette! Bandette has been nominated for, and won, multiple Eisner awards, and Colleen’s artwork is as charming as it is accomplished. If you haven’t been reading Bandette, all installments are always available on ComiXology, and the collected trades are published by Dark Horse, and available in all awesome comic stores and bookstores, or online.
I don’t know much about birds, so I looked this up - turns out, round cages like that one are bad for birds, because they only feel safe when they have corners so if they can’t find one, they become very anxious and scared and this can lead to health problems. That’s why cockatoos hate those cages and why this worker of the Saskatoon Parrot Rescue (Canada) is destroying it. So this bird (Pebble) isn’t upset at the loss of the cage, as some websites say, but is actually trying to join in by expressing its glee that the stupid thing is gone.
Another good thing is that the Daily Mail tagged this as WARNING: BIRD LANGUAGE and actually put ‘bleep’ sounds on every single fuck and fucking that comes out of that cockatoo’s beak.
1: yes those cages suck and good riddance to that one. You can make a round cage work by draping a sheet over the back half to give the bird a sense of shelter. But that cage is also WAAAY too small for a parrot that size.
2: you can get a good sense of that cockatoo’s previous owners and their behavior from the language that bird is using, and they probably should never have owned a cockatoo - BECAUSE
3: cockatoos are cuddly and intelligent but also very excitable birds who, very much like a three year old child, are prone to getting over-stimulated and then throwing fits and tantrums. This one is yelling because it’s getting worked up by all the crashing and noise - BECAUSE
4: screaming and mayhem are actually a bona fide parrot social activity! That cockatoo may indeed hate that cage, but also it’s getting excited at all the noise! and movement! and destroying! and pitching in with its own screaming and chattering because YAY IT’S SOCIAL NOISE TIME. (Social screaming hour is one of the things new parrot owners often don’t know about and are unprepared for. Parrots NEED to be loud sometimes.)
Notice this man quiets down after the crashing and banging, and de-escalates the cockatoo’s rising excitement by speaking to it in a normal tone, signifying to it that social screaming time is over for the moment. Cockatoos LOVE getting excited! But they aren’t always great self-soothers (especially if nobody ever taught it how) and sometimes you have to help them calm down to keep them from spinning up into a screaming fit. I have a feeling the cockatoo’s previous owners mostly just screamed back at it instead of soothing it.
If this all sounds weirdly high-level psychology for interacting with an animal, that’s because it is. That’s how smart the larger parrots are.
I was at Disneyland yesterday and when I walked into the Princess Fantasy Faire I welled up with tears as I witnessed a magical moment with the newest princess Elena of Avalor speaking in full Spanish to a small princess visiting from Latin America.
Oooh she’s so pretty 😍
Me: crying at this beautiful magical moment…
Also me: I don’t understand what is being said except zapatos. They are talking about shoes and I’m crying again.
I guess I should’ve translated for the non-Spanish speakers.
Elena: “Your shoes are so sparkly! You know my grandmother always says a princess needs something sparkly so everyone knows that you are a princess and look; you have your crown, your dress and your shoes. Everything is so beautiful!”