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Monday, August 18, 2014

10:02PM - Neuromancer turns 30

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/28/william-gibson-neuromancer-cyberpunk-books

Somebody must have made a mistake.   Thirty year old science fiction is *old*.  It's set in the swamps of Venus and on the shores of the Martial canals.    It's populated by beautiful alien princesses in brass bikinis, and square jawed heroes who can overcome almost any problem set before them with a slide rule and a pot of strong coffee.   And if that didn't work, there was always their trusty ray gun.

Cyberpunk can't be that old, can it?

Current mood: uncomfortable

Friday, July 4, 2014

12:49PM - Happy 4th!

Just wishing a happy 4th to the Americans on FA. Sure, there have been differences, and not relationship is going to be completely without friction, but I do think Americas contribution to the world is mostly a positive one. The government that the American created, born during the Age of Reason, and found of rational secular principles, was the prototype for the democratic state that so many of us enjoy in our own countries.
     America's contribution in WW2 in well documented, but I think it was after the war, that they really showed their greatness. showing uncommon generosity of spirit when they helped to rebuild their former enemies. That those nation still continue to prosper, and remain staunch allies shows the wisdom of this policy. I would even argue that the progressive, liberal state that so many of us enjoy is a result of American influence in the immediate postwar years.
     Looking at what's happening elsewhere, I am glad the Americans don't feel the need to send in troops to "restore democracy" every time our elections don't go the was they think they should. No scene of American tanks doing donuts in the parking lots of Canadian Tire here. If I have to live next to a superpower, I'll go with the one that lets us run our affairs as we see fit.
     Americans have a gift for taking the best that the world has to offer, and turning it into something new. They are at their best when they look at the world and say, "How can we make this better?"

Happy 238th guys! Enjoy the weekend.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

4:28PM - You know you're in the 21st century when...

...these guys open a store in your neighbourhood

http://www.ez-robot.com/default.aspx

A definite "reality catches up with science fiction" moment for me.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

6:31PM - I got nominated for an Aurora!

I found out my work on Lynda Willliam's Reality Skimming blog http://okalrel.org/reality-skimming/ has earned me a nomination in the Best Artist category of the The Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association's Aurora Awards. http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/2013-aurora-award-ballot/

Current mood: pleased

Thursday, December 27, 2012

7:35AM - RIP Gerry Anderson

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-20845407

I grew up watching Stingray and UFO, and I loved the look of Space 1999, even when I didn't think the writing was the greatest. A Gerry Anderson production was pure tech porn, and porn is not watched for the acting, or the stories. his shows always had the best spaceships. and he was a major influence on how I those they should look.

He will be missed

Saturday, August 25, 2012

2:51PM - R.I.P. Neil Armstrong

The first man to walk on another world passed away today. He was part of an age when people dared to try great things, an age that continues to slip ever further in the past, and we have become diminished by its passing.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

11:13AM - R.I.P. Harry Harrison

I read a lot of Harrison as a teen, especially his Stainless Steel Rat Series. I laughed at Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers, and Make Room, Make Room is still the scariest novel I ever read. He will be missed.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

10:45AM - Harper Goff, the father of steampunk

An article on how the retro-Victorian look of the Nautilus in Disney's 20000 Leagues under the Sea came about. If there's a moment you could point to as the birth of what came to be known as steampunk, this would be it.

http://www.n-e-m-o.org/scale_modeler_oct74.html

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

4:18PM - Oh brave new world, that has such knicknacks in it.

Just think, there was a time when people were horrified by lamps in the shape of a human leg:

http://teptec.net/?page_id=728

What's truly horrifying is that this is just the sort of thing that future trendies will embrace as an example of 'Teens kitsch. Watch this become the lava lamp of the 21st Century

Monday, December 12, 2011

7:06PM - Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays

Which December holidays do you celebrate, and why? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

Friday, October 7, 2011

5:37PM

Last night,  I was watching all the various reactions to Steve Jobs' passing on the news, and one thing that caught my attention was one young lady calling him her generation's John Lennon.   Obviously, there's hyperbole, but the idea that the new heroes are tech-savvy entrepreneurs makes me feel a little better about the future.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

12:31AM - Noteworthy Serbian Animated Film

This one was pointed out to me by tuftears
The film is called Technotise: Edit iJa (Edit & I). It's science fiction with definite Japanese anime influences, but with a visual style that comes out of European comics. I you're a fan of Heavy Metal, or Ghost in the Shell, you should give this a watch.


Saturday, April 23, 2011

7:33PM - Writer's Block: Beep, Bop, Boop

What was the first video or computer game you ever played? Did you love it or hate it, and why?

Space War, on a refrigerator sized microcomputer, during a university open house in the late 60's.  I loved it, and knew right then and there I wanted to somehow get a hold of a computer when I was older.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

2:11PM - Art Cards

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

11:38PM - AC Art

Here's a list of what I'll have at this year's Anthrocon Art Show

http://rjbartrop.deviantart.com/art/Big-Red-Here-s-Looking-at-You-167294535
http://rjbartrop.deviantart.com/art/One-Million-Years-BC-167343427
http://rjbartrop.deviantart.com/art/Big-Red-Keep-em-Flying-165562743
http://rjbartrop.deviantart.com/art/Big-Red-Cooking-with-Fire-161587647
http://rjbartrop.deviantart.com/art/Widgets-for-VICTORY-131737797
http://rjbartrop.deviantart.com/art/Big-Red-Bathing-Beauty-121345067
http://rjbartrop.deviantart.com/art/Big-Red-Vintage-Cheesecake-122115992
http://rjbartrop.deviantart.com/art/Personal-Space-121322887
http://rjbartrop.deviantart.com/art/Blackwolf-40209972
http://rjbartrop.artspots.com/image/32086

Thursday, June 10, 2010

11:56PM - Writer's Block: Prone to puns

How would you describe your sense of humor in six words or less?

In the oy of the beholder.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

2:44PM - Writer's Block: Brush with stardom

Have you ever stumbled across a celebrity in your daily life? Was it more or less exciting than you would have expected? Do you have any interest in meeting media stars?

Not especially.  The ones who really interest me are the ones behind the scenes i.e the writers, the directors, the production designers, the effects artists.  The people who are actually responsible for making the world I see on the screen.  The 'stars' are just people they hired to stand in front of the camera, and say the words that somebody else wrote.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

10:39AM - Big Red Art at FC

A couple of vintage pinup style pics that will be on sale at this weekend's Further Confusion.
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Monday, August 24, 2009

10:29PM - Art Auction: Pandora (Ends Sept 8)

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

9:31AM - ART AUCTION: For any Zaibatsu Tears Fans

http://www.furbuy.com/auctions/1011157.html

This time,  I'm selling a real media piece of Pi, the cyborg vixen from my cyberpunk comic, "Zaibatsu Tears",  getting ready to engage in a little wetwork.  The piece is 8 1/2 by 12 inches, and is done in acrylic wash on heavy watercolour paper.  No reserve, and shipping is included.

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