Portman Deleted

The link to the Natalie Portman gangsta rap that I posted yesterday is now invalid. The message reads: This video has been removed due to copyright infringement.

Stupid NBC. “Lazy Sunday” (aka “Chronicles of Narnia rap”) was a massive viral video, and responsible for a huge increase in interest and viewers for Saturday Night Live….but of course, NBC was pissed because they couldn’t control the content. So, it looks as though they were a lot more aggressive with the Cease & Desists this time out.

Dumb bastards….corporate lawyers obviously don’t understand that the spread of that video was the best advertisement they could ever want.

EDIT: The clip is now exclusively hosted at the NBC website, with the following message:

“Now, instead of searching the web for “borrowed” NBC highlights, you can go to the source! We’ve taken your viral favorites and gathered them into one convenient location.”

Smell the CorporateSpeak, people. Mmmmm. Smells like…..desperation.

General, Meandering Update

I leave for the trade show in Vegas in a week….so naturally, my allergies have decided to kick my ass. Goddamned March. There is a little man living inside my sinuses, who is carving away at the backs of my eyes and the lower regions of my brain, with what seems to be a rusty butter knife. Joy.

New business cards ordered and on the way. Should be here this week. Here’s the design that I went with.

Picked up some comics this weekend, and stumbled accidentally into a swords-and-sorcery theme, purchasing the first CONAN trade paperback collection from Dark Horse (I already had the second collection), the first issue of the new Warlord series, and the Busiek-scripted reboot, Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis.
Grabbed others as well, indulging in my Green Lantern fix (as well as the final issue of the Green Lantern Corps miniseries), the final installment of ASTRO CITY: THE DARK AGE Book One, and a few others.

Finally decided to drop Blood of the Demon….Etrigan is one of my favorite DC characters, but John Byrne is a ham-fisted idiot, and his handling of the series is just pissing me off. The current issue, 13, is one of the “One Year Later” issues (all DC titles are jumping ahead one year in continuity, to reflect the reboot from INFINITE CRISIS). This gives the creative teams a chance to shake things up…to come at the character from a different angle (see Aquaman), or to just jump into action with things having changed a bit. Not Byrne. Same shit, different issue. Enough.

Work proceeding on the novel (and not the one that I shared a sample of with the writing group, either). It’s really strange….as I was telling this weekend, this is the first time where I’ve gotten visions of entire scenes, but completely out of order, and from various points in the story’s chronology. The odd thing is trying to figure out where they go, and how they are connected….because, in most cases, I have NO BLOODY IDEA. This has never happened to me before, and I’m intrigued….which, for right now, is enough to keep me working.

I’m describing the book as “Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe meets The X Files meets La Femme Nikita meets Hammer Horror.” If there’s interest, I’ll probably post excerpts from the manuscript here on the journal.

Back to work.