eldritchhobbit: (Cabin Pressure/Dames and Horses)
I now have a brand new Tumblr. It will not replace this blog in any way, but if you're on Tumblr (or even if you're not), you're invited to stop by.

In other news...

* We now have a date for the recording (but not the broadcast) of the final episode of Cabin Pressure. It's going to happen!

* Gary L. Gregg gets dystopian: "Literary Remnants and the Teaching of American History."

And last, here's an ad you didn't see during the Super Bowl.

eldritchhobbit: (Tecumseh)
As part of Lenoir-Rhyne University's celebration of Native American History Month, and in recognition of the 200th anniversary of his death this year, I'll be giving a talk tomorrow morning (free and open to the public) on "Remembering Tecumseh: A Great Native American Leader." Everyone's welcome!

Tecumseh: A Biography


In other news...

* The stage musical adaptation of The Lord of the Rings is going on a world tour! I saw it when it debuted at Toronto's Prince of Wales Theatre. If you can make it to a performance, I recommend it.

* John Finnemore has posted about the forthcoming and final Cabin Pressure special.

* Reminder: if you'd like a holiday card from me this year, please respond here.


"Our lives are in the hands of the Great Spirit. We are determined to defend our lands, and if it is his will, we wish to leave our bones upon them. - Tecumseh
eldritchhobbit: (Cabin Pressure/Don't Tread)
The Potterwatch 2013 conference was fantastic! My week hit with a mighty but not unwelcome vengeance once I returned. I'm hard at work on my Mysterious Project of Mystery at the moment.

Registration is now open for my Summer 2013 course on The Dystopian Tradition with Mythgard Institute and my Fall 2013 course ("American Exceptionalism and the Frontier") at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Here's a description of the American Exceptionalism course. )

Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] lalam and happy early birthday to [livejournal.com profile] silveraspen, [livejournal.com profile] prettybirdy979, [livejournal.com profile] sakuraember, [livejournal.com profile] muuranker, [livejournal.com profile] izhilzha, and [livejournal.com profile] justicemuffins. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!

If you're a fan of Cabin Pressure, don't miss this video:



I'll leave you with Virginia's commentary about today:

Virginia
eldritchhobbit: (Cabin Pressure)
Hi there! I have a few quick links to share:

1. I'm deeply in love with Juan Ortiz's new retro-style Star Trek: The Original Series art here.

2. Speaking of love, I highly recommend Martin Berman-Gorvine's Seven Against Mars, a science fiction novel just published this month (YA but also great for adults). You can read my review here.

3. To celebrate the series finale of Cabin Pressure, you can make your own Captain Crieff hat. The hat is paramount! (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] killerweasel.)

4. Is anyone else planning to check out Vikings next month? It's Vikings. It's Gabriel Byrne. I have to give it a try.

5. My latest "Looking Back on Genre History" segment for StarShipSofa, which is the second of a two-part segment about Edward Bellamy's classic novel Looking Backward, 2000-1887, is now available. (The first part is here.) You can listen or download it here. An updated list of all of my podcast appearances (with links) is available here.


Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] mr_earbrass and [livejournal.com profile] mollypunkin, and happy early birthday to [livejournal.com profile] cookiefleck, [livejournal.com profile] firiath, [livejournal.com profile] alicia_stardust, [livejournal.com profile] ankh_hpl, [livejournal.com profile] dqg_neal, [livejournal.com profile] xerum525, [livejournal.com profile] homespunheart, [livejournal.com profile] jagash, [livejournal.com profile] settiai, [livejournal.com profile] rosamundeb, and [livejournal.com profile] kalquessa. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!

Valentine Overload


Happy Valentine's Day to all! In honor of today's occasion, a quote:

Hail Bishop Valentine, whose day this is,
All the air is thy Diocese,
And all the chirping choristers
And other birds are thy parishioners,
Thou marryest ever year
The lyric Lark, and the grave whispering Dove,
The Sparrow that neglects his life for love,
The household bird, with the red stomacher;
Thou maks't the black bird speed as soon,
As doth the Goldfinch, or the Halycon;
The husband cock looks out, and straight is sped,
And meets his wife, which brings her feather-bed.
This day more cheerfully than ever shine,
This day, which might enflame thy self, old Valentine.

Till now, thou warmd'st with mutiplying loves
Two larks, two sparrows, or two doves,
All that is nothing unto this,
For thou this day couplest two Phoenixes;
Thou mak'st a Taper see
What the sun never saw, and what the Ark
(Which was of fowls, and beasts, the cage and park,)
Did not contain, one bed contains, through thee,
Two Phoenixes, whose joined breasts
Are unto one another mutual nests,
Where motion kindles such fires, as shall give
Young Phoenixes, and yet the old shall love.
Whose love and courage never shall decline,
But make the whole year through, thy day, O Valentine....


from John Donne, "An Epithalamion, Or Marriage Song, On the Lady Elizabeth and Count Palatine Being Married on St. Valentine's Day"
eldritchhobbit: (Scully/Outer Space)
Hey there! Remember me? I'm back from a fantastic and thought-provoking colloquium in DC, rather tired, but in a good way. My final lecture for my spring classes is done, I've celebrated our seventeenth anniversary with my best friend and true love, and now I'm turning my attention to my as-yet-incomplete writing projects before the beginning of the summer term.

Happy early birthday wishes to [livejournal.com profile] lexie_marie, [livejournal.com profile] jalara, [livejournal.com profile] theladyrose, [livejournal.com profile] elvenjoy, [livejournal.com profile] gondoriangirl, [livejournal.com profile] vivien529, and [livejournal.com profile] senket. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!

In other news, my sold-out "Sherlock and Science Fiction" Webinar, hosted last February by StarShipSofa's "HoloDeck Workshops," is now available for purchase as a video and audio download, including the question/answer session. Here is more information. It was terrific fun, and I'm grateful to StarShipSofa for making it available to those who might be interested.


This mashup of The X-Files and Sherlock made my day. (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] killerweasel.)




“Hi guys. My name’s Martin Crieff, the Captain, and I’m the guy in charge of flying you today. On behalf of the rest of the guys on my team and the guys back on the ground, let me give you guys one hell of a big MJN welcome on board today. Now, before we go right ahead and fly some plane, I’m going to ask you to pay attention to this short safety demonstration. Hey, I know guys. Big yawn, eh? But you know what? It might just save your life... A-a-although of course an air accident is statistically incredibly unlikely. See you on the flip side of the safety demonstration. Ciao!”
- Martin Crieff, "Rotterdam," Cabin Pressure <- I now hear this in my head before takeoff every time I fly!
eldritchhobbit: (Sherlock/Sherlock and John giggling)
Ah, there are so many reasons why I am a happy geek girl today. To wit:

1. The new series of Sherlock. Obviously.

2. Casting spoiler alert! Speaking of Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch has been confirmed as the villain for the next Star Trek film!

3. Also speaking of Benedict Cumberbatch, there will be a fourth series of Cabin Pressure! (Don't miss the picture at this link.)

4. I am currently reading the 2011 dystopian science fiction novel Ready Player One, and it is brilliant.

5. Last but not least, the first single from the soundtrack to The Hunger Games (produced by the legendary T. Bone Burnett) has been released. Perhaps this is the lullaby Katniss sings to Rue? Here it is:




SHERLOCK: "Geek Interpreter." What’s that?
JOHN: It’s the title.
SHERLOCK: What does it need a title for?
- from "A Scandal in Belgravia," Sherlock
eldritchhobbit: (Cabin Pressure/Yellow Car)
Today is the first day of the new semester! My seminar(s) are mere hours away... Where did summer go again, exactly?


In other news...

* At Goodreads.com, I've created a Listopia list for the best Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper Novels. It's a work in progress. Please take part and add books or vote if you're interested! Thanks so much. I'll have a new update soon to post here about my ongoing Sherlockian pastiche reading.

* I love Cabin Pressure. So much. This latest series was, yes, brilliant.

(And speaking of great series, the second series of Garrow's Law was fantastic, as expected.)

* This week also spells the return of Doctor Who.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] porpoise_song for getting me in the mood...

Rory Williams,Doctor Who,Amelia Pond,Rory Pond,The Doctor,Eleventh Doctor,Series six,Doctor Who series six



"But the thing is, we’ve taken away all the things that can possibly have happened, so I suppose the only thing that’s left, even though it seems really weird, must be the thing that did happen, in fact."
Martin Crieff, Cabin Pressure, "Paris"

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