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Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
4:28 pm - Busy Weekend A'Comin'
We will be at the fabulous Emerald City Comicon this weekend (http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/), Booth # 704, where we look forward to meeting our fans, especially those who have served in the military. As you should have figured out by now, we at Studio Foglio always appreciate a snappy uniform. We will also be performing our latest Girl Genius Radio Play (Friday, 4:15, in Room T-304)! And a good time is guaranteed for all, especially if you’re fond of Othar Tryggvassen- Gentleman Adventurer!. Our latest Kickstarter is rumbling down the final stretch! (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/girlgenius/the-city-of-lightning-a-girl-genius-graphic-novel?ref=discovery) Yes, we made our goal, and thanks for that, but we’re still hoping we’ll get more backers, if only because this is the best way for readers to get their books before anybody else (not that we suspect you of being overly competitive or anything), since backers can get them shipped directly from the printer, and it doesn’t get any faster then that.

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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
4:48 pm - We Did It!
Huzzah! Those of you not obsessively clicking on our latest Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/girlgenius/the-city-of-lightning-a-girl-genius-graphic-novel?ref=discovery) every five minutes (which would be us, the people we work with, and my mom {hi, mom!}), might not be aware that we successfully funded our Kickstarter for Girl Genius: City of Lightning! So those fence-sitters amongst you who were waiting to see if we’d actually make it before committing? You may now support us, secure in the knowledge that you will definitely get that book! In fact, we funded so early, that now we have to craft an increasingly byzantine set of stretch goal rewards. I am told that there is an identifiable subset of backers that take great delight in trying to get creators to have to commit to exorbitant stretch goals. Many will no doubt remember Rich Burlew’s promise to open an Order of the Stick Fantasyland & Mosh Pit themepark after his wildly successful, multi-million dollar Kickstarter of several years ago. Well, ha ha, skeptics! That’s opening next week! We take inspiration from this. If people wish to congratulate me in person, they may do so this weekend at Wondercon, where I will be manning the Girl Genius booth (Booth # 1610).

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Saturday, March 19th, 2016
4:22 am - Our Newest Kickstarter Is Now Live!
It's for our newest collection: Girl Genius- City of Lightning! Check it out! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/girlgenius/the-city-of-lightning-a-girl-genius-graphic-novel?ref=discovery

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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
11:36 am - It's That Time Of Year Again…

The Time of Judgement! That’s right, it’s nominating time for the Hugo Awards®, which is the big award given out by the World Science Fiction Convention every year. This year, Worldcon (as we world-weary sci-fi sophisticates call it) AKA MidAmericon 2, is being held August 17-21 in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri. If you’ve never been to a Worldcon, this should be a good one, so give it a shot. (http://midamericon2.org/) There will be barbeque!

If you are already signed up as a Worldcon member, then you can nominate for the Hugos. Naturally, we creative types expect you, the public, to take this very seriously, and to carefully look at everything before you make your all-important nominations…HA ha! I laugh. There is so much amazing stuff coming out in every conceivable medium that no one can possibly be expected to examine it all—but despair not! I am here to bring you up to speed on some worthy material in the highly-coveted and glamorous field of Best Graphic Story.

Now, I will admit that there are many fine comic books worthy of consideration that can be found in today’s comic book shops—but examining those would involve leaving my house. So I will deal with what I know, and talk about this year’s crop of science fiction/fantasywebcomics. This is where you will find some of the most interesting and different comics currently being made, and even better; they’re free!

In the following list, I’ll give you the name, the publisher (if known), the creators, and the website info, which should be all you need to go out and experience these works. Let me start with a completely random example—which just happens to be a webcomic I read almost every day—just to show you how it’s done:

1. Girl Genius: The Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne Book Two: The City of Lightning. Published by Airship Entertainment. Art & Story by Kaja and Phil Foglio, Colors by Cheyenne Wright. http://www.girlgeniusonline.com

See? Like that. Just as an example. To show how it’s done. Continuing the list:

2. Stand Still Stay Silent: Book One. Published by SSSSComic. Art & Story by Minna Sundberg.  http://www.sssscomic.com/

3. Drive: Book 3: Such A Lovely Species. Art & Story by Dave Kellett. http://www.drivecomic.com/

Now, the examples above actually got a printed book out in 2015. There are many fine webcomics that did not get a physical, made-of-paper book onto the shelves, but I think they can still be nominated. It’s a bit of a grey area, actually, but Science demands that we experiment! At the very least, you’re in for some good reading;

4. Kill 6 Billion Demons. Art & Story by Abbadon.  http://killsixbilliondemons.com/

5. Prague Race. Art & Story by Petra Erika Nordlund.  http://www.praguerace.com/comic/start

6. Schlock Mercenary. Art & Story by Howard Taylor.  http://www.schlockmercenary.com/

7. Bird Boy. Art & Story by Anne Szabla.  http://bird-boy.com/

Well, there you go. Nominations close March 31. Happy reading!

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Thursday, November 26th, 2015
1:04 pm - Mindless Entertainment for the Holidays
Sometimes something comes along that is so ridiculous that you know you have to have it (actually even a cursory amble through our house will reveal that we have a pretty low bar, as far as that sort of thing is concerned. But today I’m talking about Catamancer, which the creators explain is like ‘Hearthstone…With Cats!’ Here is their Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dysprosium/catamancer-0). Now, normally I would observe this silliness from afar, but the creators contacted us, and want to use Krosp as a character. Goddamn it, now we have skin in this game.

However it does look like these guys have done a pretty good job. Check it out and decide for yourselves!

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Monday, July 20th, 2015
3:28 pm - Relaxed, Refreshed, Refueled

Whew! Well we are back from the never-ending clown car that is the San Diego Comicon. Rest assured, ever-patient readers, that we will be resuming our story this Friday.

San Diego was noticeably different, this year. There seemed to be less people in the aisles. Apparently, in order to get fresh faces, the Comcon has been restricting the sales of the old 4-Day Passes, and we saw a lot more single day passes. As a result, we saw a lot of people who were unfamiliar with Girl Genius, and we unloaded a whole stack of bookmarks, postcards, and other memorabilia. Hopefully this will translate into new readers.

While we were recharging, we posted a number of drawings I’d been meaning to get around to, such as my Gaslamp Fantasy Four Seasons, and assorted beverage ads. We did these up as posters, and they did remarkably well. We will soon have them available for sale from our main site.

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Thursday, June 11th, 2015
10:41 pm - We Are Living IN An Interconnected World- And Don't You Forget It!

Thus, when people we know do things we think are cool, it behooves us to mention it.

First up is our very own Cheyenne Wright, who is currently slumming as the colorist for Girl Genius. He is posting a series of videos about how he colors things, and it is very entertaining. One of his latest is a tutorial on how he did the Corbettite pinstripes. Originally, I was going to draw all of those furshluginer lines in myself. But Cheyenne said that he’d prefer to do it himself. The results were well better than I could have done, so well done Cheyenne! Here is his tutorial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b8bv63z7vM). I now expect a lot more comic characters to be strutting about in pinstripes, and the world will be a better place for it.

Our other recommendation is for those people who actually live within a hundred miles of Seattle proper, and are looking for something interesting to do this Friday night. Our good friend Master Payne–yes, the guy we based the character in Girl Genius on– will be having a live show called ACTS OF DESPERATION. It will be at 102 Cherry St. In Seattle, 98104 at 7:00 PM, and you can get tickets here (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/) Payne will also be doing a series of Girl Genius themed shows through-out the Seattle Library System this summer, which are well worth watching. We’ll post about those when the times and venues are nailed down.

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Monday, May 4th, 2015
10:49 am - Huzzah! The Kickstarter is Over!

-and we did pretty well. Thanks to everyone who contributed, and to all the people who are crying that they ‘just missed’ the campaign (sigh), rest assured that we will have stuff for sale as soon as possible. Not everything, of course, the fabulous acoutremonts that we said are campaign exclusives, are indeed campaign exclusives and those who did not claim them by contributing to the Kickstarter will be forced to stand to the side and watch those who did as they stride, glittering, amongst you. Take some comfort in gnashing your teeth, and vowing to your Dark Gods to support our next campaign–OR ELSE!

In other news, I am always happy when webcartoonists engage in the fun game of “shout out”, where you reference other creators comics, and they do the same to you. We have one such in today’s Girl Genius, where I get to portray ‘Doc’ from The Whiteboard (http://www.the-whiteboard.com/), who has actually shouted out to us several times. Doc is one of my favorite comic mad scientists. I was introduced to the Whiteboard by my old friend Alice Bentley (who is now a partner at Dreamhaven Books [http://dreamhavenbooks.com/]). When I asked her what the strip was about, she just looked at me for a minute and then confessed that although she’d been reading it for years, she still wasn’t sure. Having read it for years myself now, I believe it has something to do with paintball, but don’t quote me.

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
10:50 pm - Counting Down...
Our Kickstarter for the newest Girl Genius collection “The Beast of the Rails” is now ticking down and will close in a little over 48 hours! If you are one of those people who enjoy contributing to campaigns at the proverbial last minute in order to provide us with a spectacular finish, then hark! Your time has come!

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015
11:51 pm

Our Kickstarter is clicking along.

Now we get to come up with Stretch goals, which is when we get to pull out the odd stuff. A perfect example of this is the Winslow-Weirdness From Above patch that just got unlocked. Lo! Check it out. (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/girlgenius/girl-genius-graphic-novel-a-new-journey-begins?ref=category_newest)

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Monday, April 13th, 2015
3:27 pm - Dodged A Bullet!
Our Kickstarter for the new Girl Genius collection is off to a fine start! (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/girlgenius/girl-genius-graphic-novel-a-new-journey-begins?ref=category) And while we did not fully fund in the first seventeen minutes (unlike some other admittedly excellent webcomic I could name [https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/326540223/dumbing-of-age-the-fourth-book-collection?ref=category]), we have every confidence that we will fund eventually, and then we can go have a quiet lie-down with a cold cloth over our eyes already.

Kaja has me working away at art for assorted goodies and extras, and I have the horrifying notion that she wants me to get an extra new thing done every day. This can only mean that I will be getting less time to putter about in the garden. Since it’s raining at the moment, I’m not too upset about this. It’s interesting. I’ve been living here in Seattle since 1990, and we have had more thunder storms this spring, than I’ve seen in the lastr ten years. Now I think this is cool. The two things I miss from living in the Midwest are thunderstorms, and lightning bugs. It’s too wet to get the latter out here, but I’m thinking I’ll go put some lightning rods on the house.

A few of our readers have noticed that we are not, in fact, nominated for a Hugo Award™ this year. To this we say, “Yahoo!” if there was ever a year to NOT be on the ballot, then this is that year. For those readers who are unaware of the mishegas going on with these awards, than count your blessings. I will merely agree with our friend Jeff Vogel (http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/) who said, “It’s so refreshing that, for at least one week, the media outlets of the world have another geek subculture to hold up to public shame, so that video games can catch their breath.”

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Friday, April 10th, 2015
8:30 pm - It is That Time Of Year Again. Kickstarter Time!
People have been asking what we've been doing lately (as if putting the comic out 3 times a week, keeping the house clean, going to three conventions in the last two weeks, and fighting off the octo-moles from beneath Seattle is not enough). Well, that's a fair question. We have been crafting our newest Kickstarter! And it lauched today! (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/girlgenius/girl-genius-graphic-novel-a-new-journey-begins?ref=category_newest) TRY TO CONTAIN YOUR EXCITEMENT! (Do not, however, contain it sufficently that you are loath to click over to the campaign)

We're in the process of producing the latest Girl Genius collection, and we'rer actually pretty pleased with it, as it introduces the Corbettites, our monastic order that spreads the gospel by building railroads, explains why you don't want to impede the normal flow of time, and finally grants Krosp some worthy subjects.

Check it out.

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Saturday, March 7th, 2015
10:20 pm - Hugo Nominations Are About to Close!
If you are a member of Sasquan, the World Science Fiction Convention (http://sasquan.org/), then you should exercise your right to nominate the finalist for the prestigious Hugo Award. Seriously. Get to work, you.

I’ve had a number of people ask me what I’m nominating this year in the Graphic Story category. This is certainly the area where I have the most expertise (for what it’s worth), so I’ve decided to list them for people who may not know who is doing what out there.  Again, I must concede that everything on my list is a webcomic. That’s because I think some of the best graphic stories are being done by webcomic creators. Even if you don’t vote for them, check them out (They’re free!)

I will start out with our own ‘Girl Genius and the Beast of the Rails’ Phil & Kaja Foglio & Cheyenne Wright. Published by Airship Entertainment. (http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php#.VPvjS0aRbWQ) I have a vested interest in this one, and freely admit it.

The Order of the Stick; Blood Runs In The Family. Rich Burlew. Published by Giant in the Playground Games. You think we’re taking a long time telling the Girl Genius story? Ha! Check this out. However Rich cheats by being very funny, damn him. (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0976.html)

Widdershins; Piece of Cake. Kate Ashwin. Widdershins Press. Delightful comic about magical detectives. Great characters! (http://www.widdershinscomic.com/)

Schlock Mercenary; Broken Wind. Howard Taylor. Hypernode Media. Hard Science fiction with space mercenaries and aliens and everything. Jeez! Read it already! (http://www.schlockmercenary.com/)

Stand Still-Stay Silent. Mina Sundberg. The most gorgeous post apocalyptic story you will ever see. (http://www.sssscomic.com/)

So there they are- nominate and enjoy!

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Saturday, February 28th, 2015
3:51 pm - How Exciting- We're Having A Sale!

Our publisher just let me know (seriously- just a little while ago) that we’re having a sale on the electronic versions of our previous book- Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess. And when I say ‘sale’, I’m not just whistling Dixie. You can get this fine textbook, crammed with a finely nuanced blend of consonants AND vowels, all tastefully punctuated in the English style, formatted for either your Nook (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/girl-genius-volume-5-phil-foglio/1119328162?ean=9781597804110&itm=1&usri=agatha+h) or Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/Agatha-Clockwork-Princess-Girl-Genius-ebook/dp/B007TNKU7O/ref=sr_1_3_twi_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1425134069&sr=8-3&keywords=agatha+h) for a mere $1.99, which is substantially less than it cost us to make it. How do they do it? SCIENCE!

Now if it was me, I’d have run this sale when I knew that more of my readers were checking important stuff out on their computers, i.e., 9 AM, Monday morning. But they are doing it RIGHT NOW, and the goal is to try to sell enough copies to make it onto the Times Bestseller List. I fully expect to get a pony first, but we would certainly appreciate it if we did.

Today I finished up the cover to the new collection; Beast of the Rails, for which we’ll be running a Kickstarter sometime in March.

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Friday, February 27th, 2015
8:47 pm - So This Is The Future, Is It?

Today I am drawing away on the cover for the next Girl Genius Collection. Now drawing is different from writing, in that I don’t have to cogitate, really. This allows me to listen to podcasts and other spoken-word thingies that would completely derail me if I was writing. Today I was listening to the audiobook version of our latest novel; Agatha H & The Voice of the Castle. (And yes, I do so for reasons other than sheer vanity) I had been wondering when I’d get to, as I had seen that it was out awhile ago, but had not received a copy from our publishers. I finally asked, and discovered that as far as contractually obligated freebies go, our publisher lets us download a free copy off of Audible (http://www.amazon.com/Agatha-H-Voice-Castle/dp/B00R1WQ2NY/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1425097811). This pleasant, as it meant that less than three minutes later, it was playing on my computer.

Once again the reader is Ms. Angela Dawe, who does a crackerjack job.  It sells for about $18, and is over 17 hours long, so from a time/motion standpoint, it’s a pretty sweet deal. Even better, when you consider that if you’re signing up for the first time, you can get it for free (relax, we still get paid). So check it out!

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Thursday, February 5th, 2015
8:15 pm - Writing Is Hard!
Our last reading went so well, that we are enthusiastically doing another one this weekend!

It’s at Ada’s Technical Books (http://www.seattletechnicalbooks.com/), which is, hands down, one of the best bookstores in Seattle. We will be there on Saturday, starting at four. We’ll do a reading, answer questions, and sign anything people take the trouble to haul in. If you’re in Seattle this weekend, please join us.

I have heard from a number of fans because they wish to nominate us for the Hugo Awards (which is accepting nominations at the moment), but we have, until now, not provided an actual title for the volume that would be under consideration. A fine example of our marketing prowess, yes?

Now since we’ve entered a new act in the story of Agatha Heterodyne, we are emphasizing this by changing the actual structure of the book titles. Up until now, they’ve always been “Agatha Heterodyne and the Something or Other”. This particular convention was a nod to the old, adverb-laced Tom Swift books, which were lumbered with titles such as “Tom Swift and His Big Dirigible” or “Tom Swift and His House On Wheels”. Amusing (to us, anyway), but it’s been fourteen years already. Time for a change.

And so, the title for the new volume is “Girl Genius; The Beast of the Rails”. Ta dah!

We plan on doing a Kickstarter for this sometime late this month, or early March at the latest, and when we do, we’ll let you all know about it.

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
4:42 pm - We Return In Triumph!

Last night we were at Powell’s City of Books in Beaverton, OR, where we had one of the best author appearances we’ve ever done. The room was filled past capacity, the well-stocked shop sold out of everything that had our name on it (and could have used more), and we were there for almost an hour afterwards making sure that everybody got everything signed.

Several people also brought us gifts (which while appreciated, is not yet mandatory). One of which was the fellow who let us know that he had The Winslow tattooed upon his epidermis. No doubt good luck and joie de vivre will be his lot in life.

We also got to stop at Voodoo Donuts, which The Experiments appreciated, and I am sure that the impending sugar crash will make them easy to put to bed tonight.

Perhaps the most astonishing thing, in retrospect, was that we were wandering around Powell’s (http://www.powells.com/) and yet did not buy anything. I’m still kind of surprised about this myself. Not that there wasn’t Good Stuff in abundance, but lately, both Kaja and myself have decided that we have Too Much Stuff, and are determined to simplify our lives by clearing a bunch of it out. Thus, scooping up new books seems a bit self-defeating, especially when we can both point to large piles of unread books towering over our work spaces. We are looking forward to the challenge.

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Saturday, January 10th, 2015
1:10 pm - So This is 2015

The e-Book edition of Agatha H and the Voice of The Castle is now available! Huzzah!  Here is an elegant and finely crafted link (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H1YPUYE/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d0_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-3&pf_rd_r=18BM1XMQ0J12AZ7MRZ36&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=1970566762&pf_rd_i=desktop) Amass those photons!

As normal readers of my posts know, it’s odd for me to lead off with something so blatantly commercial. Usually I begin with a comment about the price of fruitbats in Canada or how my dog is now covered in moss or somesuch and then subtly ease into the old hard sell. I am told that this is A Bad Thing and that I am constantly “burying the lead”, which is certainly true if these posts are nothing more than commercials for Studio Foglio written by an erratic copywriter. Back in art school, my Advertising teacher was constantly at a loss whenever I revealed my latest advertising campaign. (Typical example; A cheap high protean food supplement made from powdered insects! No doubt some of you are going “Ew!” Well, imagine what they said back in 1975. Personally, I think we’ll see this on the shelves within the next decade. Oh, and if there are any insectivore entrepreneurs reading this- call me; I have a great [admittedly retro] advertising campaign just sitting around!) But personally, I think of these posts as a chance to blather a bit to people who are, evidently, interested in what I have to say. Don’t get me wrong, part of what I have to say certainly involves “Buy our stuff” (which seems to be working, by the way, I had a note from the nice people at SkyHorse telling me that the first print run of Voice of the Castle is sold out and they are going back to print. Woot!), but these days, I think anybody with a grasp of social media has figured out that creative people would really like it if you bought enough stuff that they did not have to go back to the food service industry.

The picture is me in front of the Statue of Physical Energy(!) in Kensington Park, London, and it pretty much sums up how we’ve been for the last couple of weeks. It’s no secret that we’ve been ill, and yet forced to soldier on, what with all this holiday cheer people are slinging about. However we do seem to be coming out the other side, which is a good thing, as things refuse to stay still, damn them. Next week, for instance, we’ll be doing a signing at the Bellevue Barnes & Noble (626 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004  425-451-8463) on January 17 at 2 PM, which is good news for everybody in western Washington, and even better news for everybody else, who no doubt already have a million things to do with their precious weekends.

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Friday, December 5th, 2014
10:46 pm - It's All About The Stuffed Animals Today

The official Studio Foglio sanctioned Wasp Weasels are finally in, and they look great! You can find them here (https://www.etsy.com/listing/197100578/standard-orange-wasp-eater-licenced-girl/), and I have been assured that there are enough in stock that just about anyone who wants to keep their home or place of work slaver wasp free for the holidays, should be in luck.

So Kaja and I were out and about today- running errands and practicing our skulking (The aisles at Dreamstrands Comics (http://www.dreamstrands.com/) were particularly satisfying), when we found the stuffed animals in the above photo at a toy store. If you look closely these adorable creatures have X’s for eyes. Which is just creepy, as any student of iconography will tell you that when a character has X’s for eyes, it’s either dead, or drunk. Either implied state is disconcerting when it’s found on a child’s toy, but I expect a fair number of people will be able to relate by the time the Holidays are over.

The third plush peculiarity of the day is The Winslow, who made a cameo appearance in today’s Girl Genius Comic (http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php#.VIKiK9Yspak). Franky, I was unprepared for the happiness that his appearance engendered, and up until now unaware that he actually had his own Wikipedia page. I had a LOT of people asking when we’re going to actually print the Buck Godot volume that had The Winslow in it as a character (The Gallimauphry). Well we’re  doing a Kickstarter for that mighty soon now. Naturally we’ll plug it when it happens, but I just wanted to let folks know that we are actually working on that.

Stay tuned!

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Monday, December 1st, 2014
9:23 am - It Snew!
I know 9/10ths of the country is going to hate me now, but we actually got a dusting of snow this weekend! The Experiments were pretty darn happy about it, and we were able to engage in our favorite winter sport, which is hauling the cats outside and watching them rediscover the physics of snow. Fun, AND educational.

We are in the process of figuring out what conventions we’ll be attending in 2015. I just sent in my dealer’s room application for SasQuan (http://sasquan.org/) which is the World Science Fiction Convention. It’ll be held in Spokane , WA, August 19-23, which is a hidden jewel of a city. Today (12/1) is the last day of their “Black Friday” Membership sale, where you can get an attending membership for only $170. You actually come out ahead if you factor in the shelf-price of all the free reading material they send you in the annual Hugo-Voter packet, so we recommend that you sign up, and hopefully, we will see you there.

Found a weird thing on the web; It’s a you tube channel where the guy running it, the mysterious ‘crysknife007’, posts ambient background noise from various starships. Long ones. The one from Star Trek TNG runs nonstop for 24 hours (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPoqNeR3_UA&index=1&list=PLsO8fxO6PnRfGUc0Td1lFXVnnq_Jn455U). “Absurd!” I hear you cry, which is what I thought and continue to think, even though it’s been running in the background here for the last 4 hours. I was unaware that this was an actual need that I had, but the evidence suggests otherwise.

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