Playpen

Welcome to the Playpen, our space for ferrety banter and whimsical snippets of things that aren't quite long enough for articles (although they might be) but that caught your eye anyway.

at 21:15 on 13-03-2011, Sonia Mitchell
Speaking of advertising... I want one of these.
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at 06:47 on 13-03-2011, Guy
Wow, I had picked that movie all wrong, too... based on the advertising I had assumed it was furry porn.
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at 01:27 on 13-03-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
I thought I linked to that a few weeks ago...

At any rate, it's given me another reason to find a copy of The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford.
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at 00:40 on 13-03-2011, Arthur B
Holy shit, I didn't realise the new Yogi Bear film was so grim.
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at 02:59 on 12-03-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
Finally, last post for the night (I hope): here's some new words us genre reviewers can use!
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at 02:48 on 12-03-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
Oh, and it appears I've missed out on another internet fight in the SF/F blogosphere.
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at 02:43 on 12-03-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj permalink
at 23:12 on 11-03-2011, Wardog
Is saxophone-themed pranks a wide field, then?
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at 20:08 on 10-03-2011, Wardog
I really *really* like ME. It's exactly the same as every other Bioware game but ... y'know ... guns! and aliens! and spaceships! and Seth Green! Although as a confirmed FPSer I suspect you'll find the shooty-aspects risible, like a fifty year old man trying to get down with the kids.
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at 19:13 on 10-03-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
@Kyra: Good stuff! I'm actually planning on finally playing Mass Effect for the first time this weekend, assuming everything else goes according to plan.

And apropos of nothing, it appears that Guillermo Del Toro's adaptation of In The Mountains of Madness is dead in the water.
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at 12:23 on 10-03-2011, Guy
If anyone happens to be in Melbourne this May, they can see Melina Marchetta and Cassandra Cla(i)re on a panel together.
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at 11:18 on 10-03-2011, Wardog
Omg, DAII is out tomorrow. For some reason I'd convinced myself it was the 22nd of March. SQUEEE!
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at 20:48 on 09-03-2011, Dan H
I found RIAW on City of Bones slightly difficult actually. It was quite funny, but I found their patronizing attitude to the presumed target audience of the book rather difficult to take.
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at 20:46 on 09-03-2011, Arthur B
The UK is being excused We Dare as well.

Supposedly this is about the Daily Mail getting pissy about it getting a 12 rating. To be honest, I suspect that's just the excuse they're using because they can't bring themselves to say "Actually, the game is just shit."
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at 20:24 on 09-03-2011, Wardog
JOYNESS! Read it and Weep on City of Bones. And, yes, hair the colour of blank ink gets a mention :D
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at 06:56 on 09-03-2011, Frank
Hmm, I wonder what it'd be like to have a quote from Rowling ... on something I wrote. Ugh.

Are you kidding? It would be fucking awesome. Who cares if the last book had a bit of the suck? If I wrote something that she wanted to say something about: win. If she got paid to say something of mine she didn't read, and it turned out my story sucked taint: win, because everyone reading my horrible story would come to realize her opinion isn't worth a sac of knuts.
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at 18:00 on 08-03-2011, Robinson L
Mm, that Justine Larbalestier article is very nice. And, as a reviewer who also aspires to have my own writings published one day, it's nice to have some validation from the "in" crowd. (Hmm, I wonder what it'd be like to have a quote from Rowling - or worse, Troy Denning or Karen Traviss - on something I wrote. Ugh.)

Kyra: Also I don't normally read interviews with authors because they tend to come across really badly but every time I read something that has in some way come out of Daniel Abraham's mouth I kind of want to jump around and cuddle him. I totally love the guy.

That really was very sweet, and it also led me to this series of essays on "Writing Strong Women", which looks fascinating.
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at 09:54 on 08-03-2011, Wardog
I'm glad there's been some <ahref = "http://justinelarbalestier.com/blog/2011/03/06/i-love-bad-reviews/">sane backlash against the "be nice" mantra.
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at 00:40 on 08-03-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
And now my day has been made. Thank you, Arthur.
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at 00:31 on 08-03-2011, Arthur B
The Deep Ones are/the heroes now
Hastur pulls/the shoggoth's plows.

The Deep Ones are/the heroes now
Hastur pulls/the shoggoth's plows.

When we look up
The stars are right
The stars are right
With harvest in eternal night
And mountain ranges one by one
rise red to raise the dreaming one...
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at 00:22 on 08-03-2011, Andy G
"No - there's only so much you can rehabilitate Nixon. The Watergate recordings are so damning – just in terms of racism alone. It's not so much rehabilitation, as saying there are worse things in the world than him."

What, like Cthulu?
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at 00:11 on 08-03-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
The Deep Ones are/the heroes now
Hastur pulls/the shoggoth's plows.

The Deep Ones are/the heroes now
Hastur pulls/the shoggoth's plows.
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at 00:00 on 08-03-2011, Arthur B
Will the opera version be called Nixon In R'lyeh?
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