Chemical Plant Zone A Cappella by Smooth McGrove; via Liam Nicholson.
『攻殻機動隊ARISE (Ghost in the Shell: Arise)
‘I don’t know any Japanese so I can’t tell for sure, but I’m assuming that this is a second trailer for the series. Is that an Uchikoma I spy..?’
Riker Sits Down
‘I had not actually noticed this until George Takei linked to this video. Now I’ll never be able to unsee - just like all the times Picard tugs at his tunic.
‘I do wonder why Zem was outside my block of flats this afternoon.’
‘Aww. Oh well - so goes a massive part of my online upbringing, lost to the ether. :) So lost, in fact, that I was hitherto not aware of the SVT forum being renamed and merged!’
‘Aww yeah, May the 4th shall be awesome. These are VIP wristbands for my boyfriend and I to attend Alexa de Strange’s single launch, to be held at Electrowerkz on that Saturday night. Great music, friends and Slimelight to follow - what could be better? Oh, well, the news that they’re supporting Adam Ant the week after makes for a fairly good thing…
While I’m on the subject, I’m working on my first fansite for nearly a decade, to help bring our Strange Army together. I dare say I’m rather enjoying the thrill of being a reborn fangirl..!’
Money [SEGA Megadrive cover] by Sergeeo (originally by Pink Floyd)
‘I heard this track on BBC 6Music earlier today as part of Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone, which is always worth a listen in my opinion.
Honestly, what’s not to like about a Pink Floyd cover, re-imagined using sound effects from Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s Casino Night Zone?’
‘ZZ9 membership card, badge and a Beeblebear of my very own - this evening has some fun surprises!’
Star Wars TIE Fighter Animation by ‘Otaking77077’; via Julian Warren.
‘To be fair to Stannis Baratheon, I would have adopted religion too. Meep.’
‘As I gather is traditional, no-one had any membership forms while I was at Picocon and Redemption this year. This seems fair though, given that I was probably the only attendee who wasn’t already a member. I find this to often be the case. Anyway, I finally signed up online, so there we have it - member #5762.
First stop? Rickmansworth slouch, I reckon.’ :)
The Orion Publishing Group and the Random House Publishing Group are thrilled to announce the publication of the third instalment in Scott Lynch’s popular fantasy series that began with The Lies of Locke Lamora. The Republic of Thieves will release on October 10, 2013 in the UK and Commonwealth and October 8, 2013 in the US.
‘Excellent! I shall have the date marked in my calendar - which is unusual for me, as I’m only now becoming something of a book person.’
Destruction of Dodgy Merchandise at Picocon 2013
‘As firsts go, I dare say Picocon was great fun! I had no idea what to expect from this, my first ever fan convention. I knew from my boyfriend (who brought me along) that, at least until recently, it lived up to its name by being a very small convention, hosted as it is in the Imperial College Students’ Union in South Kensington, London. It had a feel of familiarity to it in which everyone knew everyone else, but then I gather that most conventions embody this.
To be honest, I spent most of the time just drinking and chatting in the bar. It makes the £15 Picocon ticket quite an expensive cover charge for such a day, but then very few clubs are going to attract the sort of clientèle that conventions do. I had a splendid time meeting friends old and new, some of whom I’d only met recently over a series of board games in Cambridge. I did make it to one panel item though, enjoying the infamous (and aforementioned) DDM.
There were quite a few oddities brought out into the Beit Quad for destruction - this time with a bare mallet, rather than liquid nitrogen as I am led to believe is the norm. Amongst these were a Doctor Who box of The Flesh - TARDIS-shaped and extremely gooey, with plastic body parts inside. This and the fizzy bath salts made for a particularly amusing display!
My highlight came when the auctioneer produced two energy drinks - Pac-man and Mario themed, with clear warnings that they should not be given to children. A fierce bidding war ensued, ranging from bids to keep the drinks to friends wanting to inflict the drinks upon each other, and then finally a winning bid that anyone at the convention named Alex must try the foul concoctions. I caught that part on video, as one of my friends was roped into the Cabal of Alexes. Poor guy.
Onwards to Redemption this weekend..!’