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GGC Episode 84: Favorite Animations

In our latest episode we talk about recent animation that we’re digging on the small screen and the large, plus of course Jade and Sandy discuss their latest crafting projects.

Download links, shownotes and more over at the Geek Girl Crafts Podcast website.

Bye bye cinnamon rolls

This week is my last working at the cafe near my house after being there about six months. It is a terribly convenient job in many ways and I certainly enjoy the free pastries, but I won't miss waking up before the sun is up nor working in a place without air conditioning.

What my other gig lacks in convenience it makes up for in not having to deal with the public. While the customers at the cafe are nice enough, I'm far happier not dealing with humans directly and listening to podcasts while I go about my work instead. It will be nice having weekends off again, I need to prep artwork for Convolution for starters, and just generally not working seven days a week.

Add in some proper Fall weather finally and I'd say this week is starting off just fine.

~Originally posted on my website.

Labor Day weekend.

After working nonstop for far too many days in a row I took Labor weekend off and headed down to San Jose to help celebrate Bryan and Mette's 15th wedding anniversary. The event had been a long time in the making since busy friends means difficult scheduling, but it was definitely worth the wait.

It started off (for me) less than ideally when my "quick" errand on Friday afternoon turned into a multi-hour ordeal for reasons too tedious to get into. However I eventually arrived in San Jose in time to help a little with setting up for the next day. On Saturday morning everyone met up at Psycho Donuts and things kicked off with a treasure hunt! We were split into teams and given a couple of hours to solve some clues and hunt for locations across downtown SJ. It was a ton of fun even if the team I was on came in last, alas. Mexican food (and drinks) followed while everyone rested their feet and chatted, and then we were led to the Hotel de Anza for a lovely recommitment ceremony and champagne. Finally we all headed over to their home for drinks and conversation. It was a really wonderful day and they really are the cutest couple.
I woke up Sunday morning feeling quite rested despite the running around and the drinking, I guess getting a proper eight hours makes up for all sorts of sins. We had some excellent Indian-Mexican fusion food at a place called Curry Pundits and then they dropped me off at Caltrain and off I went back to the city.

But despite having to work Monday and Tuesday both my weekend wasn't over. I had made Joe Price promise we'd go to Death Guild and after flaking the week previous I had no excuses this time. I napped in preparation and we got in a solid two and a half hours at the DNA, about half of which I spent on the dance floor.

All in all a very good weekend.

Originally published on my website

Hugos, Helsinki Part II

Sasquan has passed and the Hugo vote went about as well as could be expected, which is to say that the slates got no awarded and there were some solid winners outside of that. I watched the ceremony on Ustream from the comfort of my bed and was impressed, it was top notch, the best Hugo ceremony I’ve seen in fact. Its a credit to everyone involved that (most of) the audience seems to have come away invigorated and optimistic.

All that said it bears remembering that the slaters did achieve one of their aims all the same. Every year after the ceremony, the convention always releases the full nomination and voting statistics. This means we can have a look at what the ballot would have looked like without the slate, and it would have been a strong year with a diverse and wonderful list of works and nominees. A few I have read already, the rest I will seek out now.

Beyond that, Helsinki won their bid for 2017 so I’m looking forward to that. My next convention will be Convolution in Burlingame over the first weekend in October. I’ll be doing some panels and maybe some Geek Girl Crafts stuff with Sandy and Jade, and with any luck it’ll be my last shindig before taking off fold colder climes.


Originally posted on my website

Hugos, Helsinki

I vacillated for a bit but eventually paid my money and voted for the Hugos and the 2017 Site Selection.

The Hugos were of course a mess but ironically it made them less work that most years since there was so little to read. That said, I really enjoyed the Graphic Novel category and was also glad to have the ballot remind me how great the semiprozine landscape is currently.

As for 2017, I was happy to rank Helsinki first. It's no secret that I was a bit meh about their initial run, which I felt started off strong and enthusiastic but seemed to lose a lot of momentum. This time around things have looked much stronger and better organized. Plus the team has been better and getting across reasons to go to Helsinki specifically. Fingers crossed they'll win, though aside from the weather DC could be pretty great too.

I'll be sad missing Worldcon this year, especially with it being (relatively) close, but it's good to get swept back into its gravitational pull; voting, reading online discussions, watching friends start their prep for the con, and then eventually following the social media chatter during the con and the reports afterwards. Even if I can't be there this all makes it harder to drift too far out of the loop with work and other mundane distractions.

~Originally posted over on my website

Netflix fix

Catching up on old shows seems to be the name of the game for me right now. I finally finished all of Fringe, which I had seen the first three or so seasons of a couple of years ago but decided to start from scratch. It was definitely worth the rewatch, although it's also true that I found the final season underwhelming. The characters and humor kept my interest, but I found the central conceit of the first seasons much more compelling than the dystopian future element. Still, it felt satisfying to see everything wrapped up. I wish the show had gotten more attention when it was on the air, Olivia is a fantastic protagonist, John Noble deserved a boatload of Emmy's, and the supporting cast was gold. Ah well.

Currently watching The West Wing, which I am having a bit of trouble with. The cast is great and the first season whizzed by alright... but as it goes on I find myself half enthralled and half irritated. The dialogue can be brilliant but is also distractingly loaded with authorial tics, particularly that cutesy repetition gag. And the fact that the same verbal style is shared by all the characters starts to wear after a bit, I like mannered dialogue fine but a Mamet movie only lasts 90 minutes and then you're out. It doesn't help that most of the female supporting cast is starting to really annoy me. Giving it till the end of season 2 to pull me back in.

And finally; Forever Knight, which I'm watching with my roommate. We just finished off season 2 and it's still quite entertaining in a mid-90s vampire police procedural sort of way. It's a relic from an era when genre television had smaller budgets and far less ambitious goals story-wise but its also fun to see how many things it actually did first which we'd later see in Angel and other vampire shows. Plus Nigel Bennet pops in regularly to keep things from ever getting to serious.

Next up, maybe some M*A*S*H?

~Originally posted over on my website.

July at last!

The last couple of weeks have been relatively uneventful, mainly involving extra work shifts covering co-workers on vacation and various social plans falling through for one reason or another. Which is fine since the former means more cash for my eventual departure and the latter means I had more time to recover from the lingering cold and cough that I had just caught when I last posted.

And now it is finally July! The month in which I gather all the paperwork to send off to the UKBA in hopes of getting my visa to join John in Southampton. It's good to feel like I am at the beginning of the end of this process, assuming all goes well.

Being July it also means that I just missed Westercon, which was down in San Diego this year. I've never actually been to San Diego so it was a bit of a shame to have missed it, but as usual it's been fun seeing people's posts from the con.

I'm a bit more sad to realize I'm going to miss Worldcon. I'd gone back and forth on whether to try and make it but logistically it just makes no sense to try and squeeze it in. Still, I will be getting my votes in for the awards and site selection and sending in some art for the Fanzine Lounge, so I'll be there in spirit.

Movies and Music

I just had five days off in a row, which was nice even though I seem to have caught a cold which is making the last day extremely low key.

Still, I managed to catch up with my friends Steve and Dan, who I hadn't seen in a little while. We had some very good sushi at Sushi Raw and then headed over to the Kabuki with the intention of seeing Spy. Now when seeing something at the Kabuki it's generally a good idea to get tickets in advance because of they have reserved seating, plus this was Saturday night to boot. But we had neglected to do so and figured we'd just head over and hope. Of course it was sold out so we picked the only other film in a similar time slot, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Luckily it was actually pretty good. Not the raunchy comedy we had planned for, but a sweet movie well acted, and quite funny in spots. It's rare for me to go into a movie completely blind so that was a nice surprise.

Sunday followed a similar pattern in that I met friends for dinner someplace I hadn't tried before and then headed to a show. In this case the restaurant was Basil Thai over on Folsom and the show was Pride Rock just across the street at the Oasis. I'd never been to the Oasis before and its a pretty cool venue that is much larger on the inside than it looks from outside. We were there to see PEPPERSPRAY who are described as "beloved SF drag queen rock n' roll superband" on the Oasis website. They were fantastic and aside from dodging a crazy dude with poor personal space awareness who was dancing in the front row the evening was a smashing success.

The next three days were about mundane chores, generally chilling and catching up on reading and watching things. I finished reading Eight Skilled Gentlemen and started The Three-Body Problem I watched Let's Be Cops, which is a juvenile but generally amusing comedy that comes across as a discarded Coach and Nick subplot from New Girl. I also blew through the new season of Orange Is the New Black, which continues to be just about perfect.

~Originally posted over on my website

Hugo Novels Shirt

johncoxon has put up this sweet design on Teespring, available until June 30th;



The famous Hugo Award rocket, filled with the name of each Best Novel winner since the first awards were given. An elegant window into the history of our genre, in T-shirt form!

Shirts available in men and women's cuts: be sure to click the drop down menu if you want the latter.

"Worldcon", "Hugo Award", the Hugo Award Logo, and the distinctive design of the Hugo Award Trophy Rocket are service marks of the World Science Fiction Society, an unincorporated literary society. They are used by permission of Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention.

Originally posted over on my website.

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