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Sunday Stuff

I cleaned out my office last night and got rid of old dead computer stuff and reorganized. I ended up with five bags for the charity story and a couple for trash and recycling. I also got some baseboards painted in the dining room that I've been meaning to do. A productive weekend so far. Let's see if I can keep it up today.

Went to see Dark Shadows last night and it was okay. The funny bits were funny, but the story didn't hang together very well. The movie starts with Victoria Winters as the main character, and is creepy and quirky and scary, and the woman playing her is excellent. Even though the Collins house is daunting and weird and haunted, it's clear that she's somewhat weird herself and can take it. Then it shifts to Barnabas (Johnny Depp) as the main character, and it's more funny, but it loses some of that neat gothic feel and story flow. It would have been better to stay with Victoria's perspective and tell Barnabas' story through her eyes.

links for Sunday:

Atlas Obscura: Chaukhandi Tombs

The Oatmeal: Why Nikola Tesla was the Greatest Geek Who Ever Lived

For steampunk fans: Galveston Historical Society Store pocket sextants, compasses, other cool stuff.

Book rec: The Emperor's Knife by Mazarkis Williams PW says: "A riveting and intense debut ... compelling characterizations will keep fans of grim fantasy entirely enthralled"

Katharine Kimbriel: Book Review - The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells

N.K. Jemisin just linked to this on Twitter: Kate Hart: Uncovering YA Covers: 2011
Last year, I started a series of infographics about YA book covers, mostly as a tongue-in-cheek reaction to the Wall Street Journal's "Darkness in YA" controversy. But the further I got into compiling statistics, the more alarmed I became at the covers' monochrome approach to models. All total, I found 224 white girls-- and only nine of any other race or ethnicity.
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There's a ebook publisher who has expressed interest in it, so we're kind of waiting to find out if that's going to happen or not. If it doesn't, I'm going to put it out as an ebook myself.

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Have you ever seen the old B&W Dark Shadows TV show? I fear that my love for it (in all its hokiness...I was, like 12 when I watched it) would keep me from enjoying the movie.

I didn't watch it, but my husband was a huge fan of it, and he actually liked the movie a bit better than I did because he got all the in-jokes.

Heh. I already have a pocket sextant.

The compasses look nice, though.

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