Monday, October 18, 2010

#ASOIAF Re-Read: A Game of Thrones, Part 30

Breathless news: George R. R. Martin is 5 chapters away from finishing A Dance with Dragons. That could still take months, but at least we know that the wait could be down to just months. I'll take it.

Back in the here and now, we have a new Re-read post to get to. This section contains devilry and mayhem. Heads explode, and heads roll. If that sounds like your cup of tea, great! However, if you're a first-timer, note that there are spoilers here, and you might want to start at an earlier post (such as the Intro or Part 1). Read, comment, and have fun. If that's not your thing, this blog has other posts that might suit your interests.

So step right up because the end of A Game of Thrones is drawing near, and for two significant characters, it draws very near.

Friday, October 15, 2010

After Rescuing the Chilean Miners or: A Promise Waiting to be Broken

The following is a deviation from the kind of posts usually associated with this blog.

Not so many hours ago, 33 Chilean miners were trapped in a cave. Now they are free. Bravo. Congratulations to "Los 33," as they've been dubbed. It's fantastic that everyone survived the 69-day ordeal--including the 17 days when no one outside the cave knew the men were alive. Their legend will grow, and they stand an excellent chance of reaping financial rewards for their endurance. Some will try to take advantage of them, and you could argue that some already have, with tragedy, hope, and greed making a hell of a combination.

But in the middle of the joy and harmony, there was one sour note.

"This mine will definitely never open again," President Sebastian Pinera said. It was a laudable statement, a promise to keep a replica of the incident from happening again.

It was also likely a lie.

Monday, October 11, 2010

I am thankful for a lot of things

Ah, Mondays. An awful way to spend 1/7th of your life. But today is Thanksgiving Monday in Canada, so I'm just waiting to get to tonight's apple pie.

Anyway, despite being busier than a one-legged Riverdancer, yours truly has suddenly been able to post things during the last 48 hours. Depending on what you like, you can see videos and things, or see a drawing of mine, and the next Game-of-Thrones post is almost ready. And now this. It's feast or famine around here.

This one is all video.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

We interrupt this long weekend...

This was supposed to be a carefree long weekend where I could get caught up on my To Do list. It's in the middle of getting derailed, but such is life. Anyway, here are a few things that have kept me sane in recent days. May you find them interesting in some way as well.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

#ASOIAF Re-Read, A Game of Thrones, Part 29

Winter is coming. Because it's October. I haven't seen the sun or sky in days. It's been a dreary kind of grey lately, but that just makes it the perfect time to find solace in books and arts-related hobbies. I've been skimming some of the later ASOIAF books, while beginning the first Malazan book and trying to keep a lid on my excitement for the up-coming, second-last Wheel of Time book.

[And while I'm typing this up, something amazing has just happened. This makes me so happy. It's nice to see my all-time fave get even more recognition, although some US media members are making it seem like they just discovered a cure for the common cold. Did no one notice that he was amazing in Toronto too?]

But ASOIAF is what we do here, and so that must reign supreme for now. Strangers to the re-read, get ye hence to the Intro or Part 1, but beware spoilers in the comments and posts if you haven't read all four books. Verily.

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