Thursday, November 16, 2017

We have lost too much

On Chris Cornell and others.

This is a letter I emailed to KEXP last Spring.

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I stood there, tears welling up for someone whose work I know pretty well but who I did not know personally.

Years ago, I wrote for and was an editor of a music magazine during the grunge era in Seattle.  I had written for my college newspaper and was aware of the Seattle scene in the late 80s as bands like Alice in Chains played at WSU.  I wrote for other music mags over the years but my writing eventually moved in other directions.  I currently am Seattle Editor for women's soccer for ProstAmerika.com and cover the Seattle Reign.  

Again, I stood there, tears welling up.

I look back on that time, the Grunge Era, both fondly and with the knowledge that it was far darker than the music even told.  We have buried too many people, too young, and young people only die tragically.

When I speak with young people about that era, it comes up, and I point out the dark side. Recently, I have worked with two long time music industry folks (Alice Cooper and Michael Rowe of Bucket Truck fame) at some comic cons I work for.  They are fascinated by what I can tell them, but both are very aware of what I mean.

In 1990 I was fresh out of college, made editor of a music mag, and then Andrew died.  My friend and colleague had interviewed him literally the evening before.  We were freaked, Rolling Stone was calling, and we ended up a few days later in Leschi at a manager's house with Andrew's fiance and the band and Alice in Chains, and I stood there as a fly on the wall in something I had no real business being a part of talking to Stone and Jeff and trying very hard to just get away.

Last night, I stood and listened to you as you spoke about Chris and we yelled and we were silent and a lot of people who were younger and just loved the music and grey beards like me were all tearing up.  I couldn't stay long. It was hard.

We all have family and friends and people we wish we knew who are always struggling.  We help them as we can, we do what we can.But, we have buried too many who either didn't get any help, were taken advantage of for their talents, or who finally lost the battle they were fighting.

I thought what you and KEXP did last night was tasteful and the right thing to do.  Celebrate the music and the man, feel genuine sorrow for his family and those in his life, and let the fans of his genius and body of work grieve even as they didn't know him personally.  They knew him through his work and that is ok.

Take care, and thank you.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Tango lessons went well

More soon.

Time to Tango.


Friday, September 08, 2017

Goodbye Old Friend


They are knocking down and rebuilding my elementary school on the same site.  My junior high and high schools both have had the same fate. So, all three buildings I attended no longer exist, although there are - or will be - schools still functioning on the same site.


Thursday, September 07, 2017

Grand Prix Las Vegas

1303/2695 was my official placement in the Limited Sealed Main




Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse thoughts


I got a really nice 90 percent of the eclipse.

Kicked back in a chair, had my glasses and my box, listened to some Pink Floyd.



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

So, they are both graduated

Yep.  Both of them.  Graduated.




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dave brings Cerebus back, but not to life



This is not a retcon, Cerebus remains very dead.  However, he also is in Hell.

I decided to wait and post this until after Emerald City Comic Con when I would have a first chance to meet Gerhard, which was cool.

I also decided to wait until I got all five issues, zero through four equals five.

When I look at this as a collection of strips as opposed to a story it makes more sense, because the story really is the title.  beyond that, the jokes are mostly funny, if not in a lot of cases basically the same joke told over and over.

Given that Dave has faced a serious health issue with his hand, coming up with this project was a good way to get the material out and into print.  I hope he does get a full recovery and can go back to doing other projects again and variant covers, and because I hope the man gets healthy.





Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Because I am clumsy

It was a month ago yesterday that I finally went to the doctor's office.

It was a good three weeks earlier that I banged my clavicle, apparently fracturing it, leaving a lot of bruising and swelling in my shoulder.

The problem was not the clavicle by the time the doctor saw me.  I had not been able to get the swelling and bruising to go away, it was burning, and I was getting sick.  One evening, it appeared that the bruising was seeping and I did my best to try and clean it up, but it became clear that a doctor visit was necessary.

It did not take more than a quick glance before the doc had me move to the procedure room, was trying to get the area numb, and informed me that although they normally lance these sorts of things, "I am going to cut you now."  Two slices, five attempts at numbing the area with shots, and about 35 minutes later, I was a wreck with a huge packed wound bigger than a golf ball.

It is not clear whether an earlier visit of even a few days would have done much to avoid the abscess procedure by very much since it was so hidden by the swelling, but I feel like it would have been a lot easier on me physically and cheaper on my pocket book.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

It was not even a pipe dream 26 years ago

It has taken me a good week now to get to writing this.  Gonzaga played for the national title in men's basketball this past Monday against North Carolina, losing late after leading in stretches.  It was a brutal outcome. However, it is also an amazing accomplishment for the little Jesuit school from Spokane that is no longer a surprising success.

26 years ago I sat in the old Kennel as a student watching the Zags play Eastern Washington.  The GU coach was talking about NCAA tourney appearances, and with the field being 64 with automatic bids it all seemed plausible.  By plausible, I mean that it would be plausible for GU to contend for that automatic bid and get crushed annually as a 14 seed.

Within a few years GU did get to the tourney, and now it is a mainstay with multiple Sweet 16 appearances and the 2017 Final Four and championship game appearance.

I don't talk much about that year at GU for reasons. I loved the school, but how that year played out still sometimes causes me to pause and reflect.

Deep down I will always be a Coug first.  I played and coached soccer against the Zags.  When WSU hosted GU in Pullman for a first round NIT match I was very much a Cougar.  Ambition and consistency are not something that mid major programs can easily juggle.  But, how the Zags have approached their program is something larger conference teams just don't seem to realize would work anywhere in the power conferences.

So, GU now has the chance to build on this success, even as players move on.  Few has seemed to have no problem in recruiting, and now even a childhood friend of my daughter's has signed on to be a freshman next season.

It was surprising to me just how emotional this game made me.  Even though I am a Coug first, clearly my brief time at GU did in fact have a profound affect on me.

Go Zags!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Best assignment ever


Of all the cons I have worked, this assignment will be tough to ever beat.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

San Antonio trip 2017

San Antonio 2017






PAX South






EVOLVE 76





Friday, January 20, 2017

Like a middle aged goth kid without the makeup


Because today.

All black.

Socks.

Underwear.

Shoes.

Rings.

Pants.

Belt.

Shirt.

Hoodie.

Coat.

Backpack.

Lanyard.

Hankie.

Glasses.

Hat.

Scarf.

Wallet.

Notebook.

Pen.

Key chain.

All black.

Because today.



Sunday, January 15, 2017

Yo, Adrian (years later)

Nine years ago I penned an open letter to Adrian Hanauer.

I was optimistic about the MLS Sounders launch, but had a few thoughts, issues, and suggestions.

Now, it is 2017 and almost a decade later.  The club has won 4 US Open Cups (with a fifth final appearance).  The club has won a Supporters Shield.  The club has grabbed two Cascadia Cups.  The club has made the playoffs all 8 seasons.  The club has made it to the semis of the regional champions league. Average attendance of 40k per game is a regular thing.  The upper bowl is filled on occasion and has season ticket options. And, the club is defending MLS Cup champions.

So, Adrian, you and the club have exceeded literally any expectations.

Well done.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Reading Log 2016

2016 Books, short fiction, and noteworthy odd items:




The Lazy Dungeon Master by Michael Shea
The Chemical Wedding by Bruce Dickinson & Julian Doyle
Rubber Soul by Greg Kihn
Grimm: The Killing Time by Tim Waggoner
Painted Black by Greg Kihn
Hobo Sapien: Freight Train Hopping Tao & Zen by Wayne Iverson
Outsider in the White House by Bernie Sanders
The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
Pass Judgment: Inside the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl XLIX Season and the Play That Dashed a Dream by Jerry Brewer
The Last Starfighter by Alan Dean Foster
The Labyrinth House by Mark Rollins
Microscope (& various other game rule books like MLP)
Oath of the Gatewatch Players Guide
The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks
Justice Lague United (Volume 2): The Infinitus Saga by 
The Wishsong of Shannara by Terry Brooks
Oddly Normal (Book 3) by Otis Frampton
Captain Marvel Volume 1: Faster  by Kelly Sue DeConnick
You're Never Weird On the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
Shadows Over Innistrad Players Guide
Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin by Mel Gordon
Blade and Chain by Jay Morse
The First King of Shannara by Terry Brooks
3500: An Autistic Boy's Ten-Year Romance with Snow White by Ron Miles 
Suicide Squad Volume 1
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Pamela Roach
Yarrow, Sturdy and Bright by Devon Monk 
Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson
The Shatterred Gears: Omnibus (Avery Cates) by Jeff Somers
Death and Relaxation: Ordinary Magic Book 1 by Devon Monk
The Badlings by Ksenia Anske
Hunter's Prayer by Lilith Saintcrow 
1886: The Last Campaign by Kregg Jorgenson
How We Will Live On Mars by Stephen Petranek
Redemption Alley by Lilith Saintcrow 
Flesh Circus by Lilith Saintcrow 
The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
The Sagan Diaries by John Scalzi
The Last Colony by John Scalzi 
Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi 
Heaven's Spite by Lilith Saintcrow 
The Android's Dream by John Scalzi
Angel Town by Lilith Saintcrow 
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Gotham Academy 1 & 2, 3
The Human Division by John Scalzi
The End of All Things by John Scalzi
Eldritch Moon Players Guide
Twelve Yards: The Art and Psychology of the Perfect Penalty Kick by Ben Lyttleton
Thirty-One Nil: On the Road With Football's Outsiders: A World Cup Odyssey by James Piotr Montague
Eternal Blue Forever Green bv Adrian Webster
Rock 'n' Roll Soccer: The Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer League by Ian Plenderleith
Ms Marvel (Volumes 1 & 2)
Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther
Black Panther: The Deadliest of the Species
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Education Nation by Milton Chen
Y: The Last Man Volume 1: Unmanned
Jessica Jones: Avenger by Bendis
The Hunt for Vulcan: …And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe by Kevin Pariseau
Devils and Details by Devon Monk
Nasa ISS experient PDF
The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
A Guide to Being a Dog - by Seamus Wheaton (& Wil)
The Darkest Dark by Colonel Chris Hadfield
The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death by Colson Whitehead
Undeniable by Bill Nye
The Silkworm by JK Rowling
Career of Evil by JK Rowling
The Ghastlytrump Tinies by Mike Selinker
An Odd Animal Alphabet! by Hilary Austin
Pottermore Presents: Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by JK Rowling
Pottermore Presents: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
by JK Rowling
Pottermore Presents: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists
 by JK Rowling
An Astronaut's Guide To Life on Earth by Colonel Chris Hadfield 
The War on Science: Who's Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do about It by Shawn Lawrence Otto
Giant Days Volume 1
Kaladesh Player's Guide
Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Defeats the Marvel Universe 
Wonder Women by Sam Maggs
Ladykiller Volume 1
ProstAmerika Women's Soccer Yearbook 2016/17
The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse by Bud Hanzel & John Olson
Martian-American War : A Personal Recounting by Earth Alliance President Theodore Roosevelt by Daniel T. Foster & Michael J. King 
The Bully's Bully by Courtney Huddleston & James Taylor
Ms. Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Hidden Life of Owls: The Science and Spirit of Nature's Most Elusive Birds by Leigh Calvez
Hagakure: The Book of The Samura by Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel 
Funeral Potatoes by Kiri Callaghan
Into The Dust by Ren Cummins & Kiri Callaghan
Indeh by Ethan Hawke & Greg Ruth
Everything But The Squeal by John Scalzi
Learn Harmonica by Hinkler Books
Tak: Companion Book by James Ernest & Patrick Rothfuss
Evidence for a Distant Giant Planet in the Solar System by Konstantin Batygin & Michael E. Brown
Apple (3-15-16 brief to court regarding unlocking phone)
Brady Reversal Ruling
Evenwel v. Abbott  578 U.S. ___ (2016)

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Ephemera 2016

2016 was a year.  No middle ground.  2016 was only a year of highs and lows.

As always, the Ephemera lists are about me being able to look stuff up later and are a bit ridiculous in their nature. I know.

Sports Ball:

Seattle Reign FC & NWSL:
4-10 4-1 UW
4-17 1-2 SBFC
5-01 1-0 FCKC
5-14 1-1 PTFC
5-22 1-2 CRS
5-26 1-1 ARSE
6-12 1-0 HOU
7-02 2-0 BOS
7-16 1-1 WNY
7-23 5-2 ORL
8-27 3-1 PTFC
9-11 2-0 WAS
10-2 NWSL Semi PDX 3 WNY 4 (AET)
(3-20 training @ Memorial Stadium / 4-7 Kit unveil @ Hard Rock Cafe / 5-24 Arsenal Ladies training @Memorial Stadium)

Sounders 1-23 Starfire 1st training
SSFC 0 LAG 1 7-9 CLink MLS Regular Season
SSFC 0 HOU 0 10-12 CLink MLS Regular Season

ProstAmerika.com book release @ The Atlantic Crossing 11-13-16 @6pm w/American Outlaws

Mariners 1 Rangers 2 (11) AL West Regular Season 6-11 @ Safeco Field


Movies on the big screen:
Finding October (Premiere 1-10 SCC) (SIFF 5-30/6-2)(NW Filmaker's Forum 11-11)
The Martian (2nd)
Deadpool
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Captain America: Civil War (2)
X-Men: Apocalypse
Love & Friendship
Ghostbusters: Answer the Call
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad
Ms. Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Mad Max: Fury Road (Back and Chrome Edition)
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Live Stuff:
AC2 - 1-16 @ Paramount
The Swains - 1-22, 3-9, 3-25, 9-17  @ LRH
The Great Ball 2-13 (The Swains & Sabrina RockArena)
Pax South 1/29-31* - The Doubleclicks (1-30)
Kirby Krackle - 2-27 @ Subspace Comics
Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Delain - 3-7 @ Showbox Sodo
Loreena McKennitt -  3-26 @ Paramount
ECCC - 4-7/10 @ WSCTC
Kracklefest - 4-8 @ Hard Rock Cafe (Kirby Krackle/Death*Star)
Iron Maiden - 4-11 @ Tacoma Dome (The Raven Age)
AngelHack  - 4-17
STEM & Wine - 4-22 @ PacSci
Rat City Rollergirls Hitditch Cup 5-7 @ The Rat's Nest
Andrea Bocelli - 6-1 @ Key Arena
10 Minutes in the Forest - 6-10 @ The Slate Theater
UofO commencement - 6-13
Welcome to Night Vale: Ghost Stories - 7-22 @ Benaroya Hall
Flogging Molly - 8-1 @ Showbox Sodo
Kickstarter 52 Geek Pickup & 52 Jock Pickup release party - 8-20 @ Subspace Comics
Slipknot & Marilyn Manson - 8-11 @ White River Amphitheatre
KISW Pain in the Grass (Disturbed/Breaking Benjamin, etc) - 8-21 @ White River Amphitheatre 
PAX Dev & West 8/31-9/5 WSCTC + set up and tear down days (Geek Owned Business Panel Moderator @ Chipmunk Theatre 9-3)
Colonel Chris Hadfield - 9-13 @ Town Hall Seattle
Neil deGrasse Tyson - 9-22 @ Paramount
Hedda Gabler - 10-1 @ Black Box Theater
NYCC - 10-6/9 @ Javits Center
Sam Maggs & Bonnie Burton - 10-18 @ Third Place Books
Bob's Corn Maze - 10-29
Jet City Comic Show - 11-(4)5/6 @ Tacoma Convention Center
Postmodern Jukebox - 11-18 @ Paramount
The Pretty Reckless - 12-2 @ Showbox Sodo


Odd regular things:
Seattle SaberFit
STKD Thai Kickboxing
Subspace Comics Book Club 5-23/6-29/7-27/8-31/9-28/10-26/11-30
Fremont Sunday Market
MTG


Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Holiday Card Art 2016


2016 I painted over some pencils of my mother for the holiday card art.


Monday, November 28, 2016

The streak came to an end

I first ran the Seattle Marathon as a full in 1998.

Every Sunday after Thanksgiving for 18 years I completed the full.  That meant I handled Thanksgiving and the days after in a very particular way for many years.

This year it became clear that I could not do the race in a healthy way and finally gave in to the streak ending.

So, this morning, I can easily get out of bed and move around, instead of probably taking the day off from work.

Today begins the training for next year.   The possibility of a make up race in June is real.  I still want to get to 26 full marathons and complete a Marathon Maniacs qualification.

But, just as The Undertaker saw The Streak end at 21, so ended mine at 18.

Monday, November 07, 2016

RIP Holly the Turtle


I got her in January 1991.

Nov 4, 2016 she rested.

Holly the Turtle, RIP.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016

Tailored clothes



Another new bespoke suit. This tailored clothes thing is worth it.  
RubyThreads.net comes through again.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Mushkin is getting too famous


Patsy Walker Hellcat #10
(letters page)

First letter I can recall ever having in a Marvel comic.  

Monday, September 26, 2016

The King of Sensible Castle (for the next three minutes)

King Jeffrey the Hungry


Royal Herald





Coronation

September 26, 2016
2:09 pm CDT

Abdication

September 26, 2016
2:12 pm CDT

Royal Title

King Jeffrey the Hungry

Royal Decrees

2:09 PM
All my subjects should celebrate today with Corn Pops, fried chicken, mangoes, and root beer.

2:10 PM
Everybody dance now.

2:11 PM
Create. Perform. Read. Play. Educate. Learn. Game. Love. Experience.

(Thanks to Cards Against Humanity)

Monday, July 04, 2016

Dear Formerly New Sonics Ownership Group (#9)

Dear Formerly New Sonics Ownership Group (#9)


I haven't written in a while Clay.  It felt like bad timing and taste to comment when the other major half of the ownership group passed.  It felt like it was too soon when your team landed in the finals a few years ago.  It was shocking when KD signed an extension at one point.  It was kind of piling on when your team had an epic collapse this year. But, KD leaving is what I always predicted would happen.

He is still in the prime years of an NBA career and that will not be in OKC.

In the NBA, teams recover eventually, but it takes a long time. It will be a dark decade there before another free agent of any class looks at OKC and thinks anything other than KD left because that team is not set up for a run at a title.

So, Clay. This is what I long have expected would happen if and when KD really hit the open market.  He would leave. 

OKC fans don't deserve this.  They are not at fault.  If anything, it appears that they have done nothing but embrace the team.  KD had a near decade in OKC and is choosing a different path.  He is also doing it the right way, from all indications.  Leaving a franchise is something that it is totally okay for a player to do when they sit and mull over multiple offers. OKC fans will likely never view this rationally that way, but it really is the case.

Seattle will now be as likely to win a title as OKC, and we still don't have a team after a decade. Let the hopeless decade begin in OKC.

Practicing forms at home with wooden swords


Shii Choo form



We are actually learning forms people have taken from the Star Wars universe.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

IMDB page now up and running


So, I finally figured out how to do this and now have an IMDB page for my small but growing number of acting credits.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Soundcloud page up and running


Soundcloud page is up and running.

I have taken the audio from Clever Girl (Roadrunner) and the Driving in the Rain film I made and started the page.

The plan is now to record audio of a good deal of my published, and even a little of my non-published or blog, writing.



Thursday, June 16, 2016

On sale and on the shelf


We are live on The Game Crafter.
HTTP://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/52-geek-pickup 

We are on the shelf at Subspace Comics in Lynnwood, WA.

We are in the lending library at Card Kingdom / Cafe Mox.


Saturday, June 04, 2016

The other side

Finding October
Official Selection Seattle International Film Festival 2016




We had our two screening at SIFF.  At both, there was a good turnout of film fans that just wanted to see the film and were not otherwise connected to us.

Also, we were brought up after the screenings to q&a with a moderator and the audience.

I work with actors at cons.  They have people coming up to them all the time.  They take questions on stage.  They pose for pics on the red carpet in front of banners. On a smaller scale than dealing with a franchise of fans i have now experienced the other side of that. The experience will definitely affect how I work those situations in the future. Amazing to experience this.