Terrorism in Ottawa...thoughts a day after

The goal of Terrorism is NOT to kill people or destroy institutions, it is to cause TERROR. It seeks to make the state lash out blindly, forget the values we enshrined in our constitution and in the process bring more people to their so-called cause. How can you fight Terrorism? By carrying on. By not letting a few deranged people control how you live your life. By seeing that the real risk isn't the point of a gun, but the loss of a point of principle. Stick to ours my friends. Stick together.


This is the MOST bizarre thing ever!

I have just been temporarily banned from posting to Facebook. My crime?  I wrote "Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo" in reply to something a friend wrote. First it flagged it as something other people had written, and when I persisted in posting it, I was banned!


My reply to their security people was: "Sure, it was bad when Lucas had the newly minted Darth Vader scream "Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo" at the end of Episode III, but not THAT bad!!!"

Silliest thing ever!



Early this year, I ran out of anti-depressants and, being me, I did a stupid thing. I decided to quit cold turkey. In hindsight, and from reading on-line, I have learned this was a mistake. Anyway, I am dealing with side-effects like ZAP and ZAPWAVE, but they are diminishing.
But the important point is that I am feeling better than I have in a couple of years.
Zest for life is back.
My creative abilities seem to be sharper.
So if the price for this is a few ZAPWAVES, I'll gladly pay it.

Hope this lasts!
Because I have missed me!


Standing out while job hunting

After more than 20 years as a freelancer, I am looking to return to the corporate world.
I had been applying using various permutations of ordinary C.V.s but with almost no success.

The fact is I'm not ordinary. So this is my zag where everyone else is zigging: an animated video C.V..

If you enjoy this, feel free to share it around. The more eyeballs on it, the better!

Thunderbirds are not Go!

The thing about projects is that they take a lot of time which in some other world also means money.
I had high hopes for this reboot of "Thunderbirds". But just as I was about to edit the first episode together came word that a new "Thunderbirds" series was being prepped by Carelton who own the rights.
So my fan project died.

I stumbled on some of the test effects footage I had created for it today and edited it together.

The good thing is that I learned a lot prepping for "Thunderbirds Relaunch". And I came to the realization that it would be better to put my energy into creating something I actually owned. That I could take the elements of "Thunderbirds" and "Star Trek" and other shows I have loved all my life and create something new.

So I am now prepping "Iron & Ice". I wrote a first episode, but it was too cerebral. (hmmmm...where have I heard that story before). So I'm going to write a new sample episode with lots of action and character stuff and leave the exposition behind. There never was an episode of "Thunderbirds" or "Star Trek: TOS" which really explained how James T. Kirk came to be Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise, or why Jeff Tracy formed International Rescue. My heroes Gene and Gerry just told great stories with people we cared about doing exciting things in cool ships.

And that's what I'm aiming to do.

RIP "Thunderbirds Relaunch"

Here is the opening of episode one of my late show.

Jack Layton

Canada lost one of its finest politicians, and men today. Jack Layton was the Leader of the Opposition. He took a third place party squabbling and lost and brought them to second place in our multi-party system. He lost his battle with cancer early this morning. But before he died, he left a last message to his fellow Canadians. I thought I'd share it with you too.

"Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better
one – a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and a
society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for
our children. We can do our part to save the world’s environment. We can restore our good name in the
world. We can do all of these things because we finally have a party system at the national level where
there are real choices; where your vote matters; where working for change can actually bring about
change. In the months and years to come, New Democrats will put a compelling new alternative to you.
My colleagues in our party are an impressive, committed team. Give them a careful hearing; consider the
alternatives; and consider that we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together. Don’t
let them tell you it can’t be done.
My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us
be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world."

-Jack Layton August, 2011

Adieu Jack.
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This year's Arisia SF&Fantasy Convention in Boston was perhaps  the best one we have experienced. The new hotel (Westin) was great. Longer and meatier panels. And I can't tell you how much fun the naughty Buffy Sing-a-long was. (No, seriously, I can't. Gag order and NDA.)

Always great to hang out with some very interesting and talented and funny people. Thanks to James and Lisa for their delicous dinner and Naomi for a great breakfast. Much fun hanging with my hero "Australian Joe".  And as always I was enchanted by *andrea and the hilarious Marcicat. (Last con for you too???? Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo)

Thanks to Alex for another great reading from a new piece...except the "apple cart line"...which still has me groaning.
Last year the amazing Dr. Feinman read from his novel "Duplicate" and I have finally turned that reading into an animation. Liberties, edits and anything else wonky are mine and not endorsed by the author.


"Never tell me the odds!"-Han Solo

Laura likes to look at the odds of winning contests, lotteries etc.
I like chocolate milk.
Last night these two hobbies collided.
Beatrice, the dairy giant, in Canada has a new contest "GETALOADOFMILK.CA"
The odds of winning a ten thousand dollar prize are: 8 in 10,000,000,000,000,000.
For those of you who aren't number freaks (I'm looking at you Jerry Han) that's eight chances in a quadrillion! Sorry. My mistake that's eight chances in TEN quadrillion! Silly me!
But Craig, it could still happen, right? Well let's see...
Here are some handy comparative odds.

Odds of being on plane with a drunken pilot: 117 to 1
Odds of dating a millionaire: 215 to 1.
Odds of successfully navigating an asteroid field, as calculated by C-3P0 approximately 3,720 to 1.
Odds of being considered possessed by Satan: 7,000 to 1.
Odds of being murdered: 18,000 to 1.
Odds of dating a supermodel: 88,000 to 1.
Odds of being struck by lightning: 576,000 to 1
Odds of becoming president of the United States (open to Americans only) : 10,000,000 to 1.
Odds off dying from a mountain lion attack in California: 1 in 32,000,000
Odds of contracting mad cow disease (unless you are Denny Crane)  1 in 40,000,000.
Odds of dying from a shark attack: 1 in 300,000,000.
Odds of being killed on a 5-mile bus trip: 500,000,000 to 1.
Odds of a meteor landing on your house: 182,138,880,000,000 to 1.

Odds of winning in 10,000,000,000,000,000.

Good lucks folks!