Well, THIS Sucks….

I leave for SXSW in Austin on Thursday — *really* looking forward to it.

Of course, a combination of an ill wife and my stressing out about getting some seriously late product out the door before I leave…. yep, you guessed it. Naturally, I’ve caught a cold. Nose stuffed up, throat raw from drainage, slight fever. JOY.

And I *still* have to get the late stuff out the door. More stress, less chance of recovery.


Austinites: SXSW help needed

OK, I’ve talked with a few of you about this before, but it’s getting down to the time that I need to make actual arrangements, so I figured I’d get the ball rolling.

Here’s the deal: I’m looking at attending the Film and Interactive portions of SXSW (well, the conference and trade show parts — not planning on doing the extended period of screenings). I’d be looking at coming into Austin on Thursday the 11th of March, attending the show from the 12th through the 16th, and then getting out of Dodge Austin on the 17th.

What I’m looking for is couch/floor/guestroom space for those 6 nights. Ideally, you live either on or close to Austin’s public transit routes (I don’t want anyone to have to cart my ass to the conference and back).

So, that’s my need… Any help? Feel free to drop comments, or if you prefer, send me an email.

Also: Any other readers planning on attending?

Post-Holidays Update

We headed out at Oh Dark Thirty this morning to get The Minion on her flight back to college — almost didn’t make it in time (she was in the last two or three folks to get on the plane), because we got EVEN MORE SNOW, and the goddamn highway was unplowed. Another 2-3 inches of the stuff, and it’s still flurrying even now. (With more due on Wednesday this week, apparently).

My youngest headed back to Colorado yesterday — and with The Minion now safely back in the Halls of Academia, , Dotta Numba Two and I now segue from the holidays into the usual routine.

Looking forward to the opportunity to perhaps get some viewing of some of my holiday-received DVDs sometime soonish — I got the complete FARSCAPE set (as many of you did, judging from postings I’ve read since XMas), as well as the Peacekeeper Wars sequel miniseries. I also got AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION from The Minion, and Laura completed my collection of all seasons of BABYLON 5 with the 5th, so now a re-watching of that show can commence.

Recent viewing has been of the downloaded UK Television variety, including the final episodes of David Tennant’s run on DOCTOR WHO.

Non-spoiler review — don’t expect a coherent story that even bothers to answer in Part Two any of the questions that it raises in Part One. Do expect an overdose of sentiment and schmaltz, which severely tested the tolerance of even fans of the 10th Doctor like us. Pure fanwank WriterWank, with plot holes the size of reality itself left gaping in favor of misty-eyed farewells.

Russell T. Davies deserves immense amounts of credit for bringing DOCTOR WHO back and making it a huge worldwide hit. He is also, bluntly, absolute shit as a crafter of stories. His works are essentially “tone poems” — where the “Feel” is far more important to him than any sense of a tale being told. I am very, very relieved that he is being replaced as showrunner and head writer by the man responsible for the best, most award-winning episodes of the revived show.

Will Moffat disappoint? Of course — I’m expecting the occasional clunker. But I at least expect clunkers that make an effort towards coherent drama, rather than the fuzzy sparkly magical incoherence of RTDs stuff.