Speaking of that, as I write this it's already 2004 in a lot of the world. As with last year at this time I am anxious to get this year behind me. Then I remember that the calendar is just an arbitrary measurement of our terrestrial orbit, and that tomorrow will just be another day.
That being said, be careful out there tonight.
Tuesday, December 30
Yesterday writer Warren Ellis sent an email out to the subscribers of his Bad Signal mailing list (which you should join, y'know) saying he would give interviews to websites. The interviews could consist of four questions, provided they were not the same old questions.
I thought this was a neat idea. Then I remembered: I have a website...
JP: Is there, or has there ever been, a guide/roadmap/legend to Spider Jerusalem's tattoos or their significance?
Warren: 'Fraid not, no.
JP: After the Strange Killings stories, have you entertained the notion of doing anything in the slipstream urban fantasy, China Mieville-esque "new weird" playground? Or is it played out?
Warren: I don't know if it's played out: I've only read Mieville's THE SCAR, which is probably the only fantasy novel I've enjoyed in the last fifteen years.
I found the website of James L. Venable, the man who composes the infectious soundtrack for Samurai Jack as well as several other cartoons. Yes, it has audio clips. Now if only there was a soundtrack cd...
Music News: Rush.com has announced that the band will do a 30th anniversary tour of North America and Europe in 2004. No sooner do I mention Happy Rhodes when Lolo Records announces that they are releasing her next disc. Meanwhile, multi-talented King Crimson axeman Adrian Belew's website has news that he's gone into the studio to record guitar parts for the upcoming William Shatner album. I think you'll agree with me that the esteemed Mr. Belew has a moral obligation to convince Shat to do a cover of Elephant Talk.
There have been many additions to the website for Moebius' web series Arzak Rhapsody. Among the new content is an episode guide and an image gallery. Unfortunately I do not read French well and cannot determine from the site when the actual episodes will be available for viewing, what it will cost (if anything), and what formats they will be in. Any help I can get from bilingual readers would be helpful.
I was quite cross that I had to miss the autumn tour of one of my favorite singer/ songwriters Happy Rhodes. Fortunately she's written a lengthy memoir of it, lumps and all.
A couple of stories about future "control of the internet." One from Wired, the other from Tech Central Station. I wondered how long before some ass-backward country would demand a right to advance information technology out of "fairness."
If you haven't heard, the January edition of Mad Magazine will be a comics-themed issue featuring the art of Arthur Adams, Michael Allred, John Byrne, J. Scott Campbell, Dave Gibbons, Jim Lee, Frank Miller, and John Romita, Jr.
Sunday, December 7
Assorted Items: Friend Tim Gifford's company VRSim will be featured in a documentary entitled Secrets of Future Airpower. The program debuts on Discovery tonight at 10pm.