He kept his Star Wars legacy a secret in Boulder for decades. At 85, the sci-fi pioneer is ready to step out. — The Know from The Denver Post

This is an amazing story! Holy crap the things this guy has done and how much he’s been an invisible part of my life, childhood and overall creative development!

My takeaway though, is this line:

“Colin told me one time that this is the way he went through life, that he liked to create things that people couldn’t un-think,” Dall said. “That’s how he got into a lot of things: he would come up with such original, creative and intelligent ideas that people would look at it and then they couldn’t go back.”

Source: He kept his Star Wars legacy a secret in Boulder for decades. At 85, the sci-fi pioneer is ready to step out. — The Know from The Denver Post

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Waking Dreamer – Erica Vanlee

Vanish Magazine 41 - Dec 17 - Erica VanleeSo this month’s issue of Vanish Magazine features my good friend Erica Vanlee on the cover. Of course, upon close inspection, it appears I actually wrote the story! Always so much fun to interview friends! Especially one as talented and fun as she is!

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A Virtuoso Graphic Novel, Painted While in Hiding From the Nazis | Literary Hub

Charlotte Salomon (1917-1943) was the last Jewish student at the Berlin Fine Arts Academy. The danger for her had become so great by late 1938 that her family decided to get her out of Germany.

This is an amazing, and sad and angering, story. What sucks is we’re STILL learning the extent of the damage done to the arts and sciences some 70 years after the fact.

What a different world we might have had.

Source: A Virtuoso Graphic Novel, Painted While in Hiding From the Nazis | Literary Hub

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A Real Stinker | David Magazine

24231915_1755507241149993_8243650543035950392_nIt’s the Thought that Counts, Right?

This month I take a look at some gift giving etiquette – and some of the really bad gifts people have gotten over the years.

Source: A Real Stinker | David Magazine

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The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher

33290316This was my first time reading/listening to a Carrie Fisher memoir and I was blown away. Even 40 years removed from the topic at hand, it’s amazing how much insight and honesty she has for the subject matter. Continue reading

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Clicks or Bricks | David Magazine

#VegasStrong

With what the cover and several of the inside pieces of this month’s issue are about, it seems rather frivolous to be writing about virtual shopping, but nonetheless, that’s what this month’s piece, Clicks or Bricks, is about.  Continue reading

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Nevermore

University RavensOn a midnight, dark and dreary
As my eyes had gone all bleary
revising my c.v., so weary,
Then I heard a knocking knocking,
knocking on my chamber door

Lightning flash and peals of thunder
tore my peace of mind assunder
I stood and toward my door I blundered
toward the knocking at my door
shadows cast upon my floor

The door I opened, there to see
A Raven, in his finery
an ebon tenure committee
Come a’calling at my door
Knocking, cawing at my door

His eyes were black, my mood was blue
For his dark post-tenure review
Turned all my horses into glue
with sticky student eval scores
(It seems that they expected smores)

I told the Raven of my vigor
Maintaining academic rigor
and trying hard not to trigger
memories that open sores
and make the kids wander the moors

The Raven gave a caustic laugh
and showed me all his charts and graphs
with cuts in faculty and staff
The victory in culture wars
going to the well-paid whores

Who make the budgeting decisions.
My mind grew dark with tangled visions
“What of the education mission?”
I heard my quaking voice implore.
Quoth the raven: Nevermore.

— Orson Welk

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Aga-Boom in Tenerife – The Fun (October 19-24)

Don't Say, Hear, or See

While the shows were the reason we were in Tenerife, part of the fun of traveling to these places is to actually see the sites. Our first two days were pretty much shot as far as that went, since we were putting in 15-18 hour days with only lunch breaks for getting out of the theatre (well… for me getting out of the theatre. The clowns had time while we were doing the lights and such to go back to the hotel and rest before show time). Continue reading

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Aga-Boom in Tenerife – The Shows (October 20-23)

Boom
Once again, leaving Lithuania requires me getting up ridiculously early. This time it was the need to get to Vilnius airport by a little past 6am for an 8:10 flight, which, after changing planes twice, would ultimately land me in Tenerife later that day where I wold meet up with the rest of the Aga-Boom gang for a series of shows in the FIC clown festival. The nice thing, though, was that I had a ride this time. Simas, Monika’s brother, kindly offered to give me a lift, so he was at our place at 5. So, while Rasa and Monki slept, I headed out the door for a 6 day trip. Continue reading

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Toxic fan culture

Really interesting piece here about toxic fan culture. The writer references Rick and Morty, a show I’ve never seen (and to be honest, I’m getting mixed reports and have such limited time I don’t know if I ever will) but the idea of the Revenge of the Nerds seems so odd to me. Continue reading

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