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I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long!  Giles and I moved to Manchester, so that’s new, and we didn’t have broadband until just now.  If you want my new phone number or our new address, drop me an ask!  (Pro tip: if you don’t live in England and you want to text, download Viber or Whatsapp for free international texting.)
I took this picture at the tram station this evening.  It’s an ad promoting the new cross-Manchester tram line.  I’m not entirely sure how to feel about it.

I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long!  Giles and I moved to Manchester, so that’s new, and we didn’t have broadband until just now.  If you want my new phone number or our new address, drop me an ask!  (Pro tip: if you don’t live in England and you want to text, download Viber or Whatsapp for free international texting.)

I took this picture at the tram station this evening.  It’s an ad promoting the new cross-Manchester tram line.  I’m not entirely sure how to feel about it.

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Far from my usual fare, but this is the Sixth Doctor singing about being the very model of a Gallifreyan buccaneer, and not only should everyone hear this, but everyone should know about Big Finish and the fact that they make amazing audio dramas (for Doctor Who, of course, but also for companions, spin-offs, and independent properties).  I could tell you about all of the things they make (pro tip: The Confessions of Dorian Gray is incredible), but once you hear this, you shouldn’t need any more convincing.

(This particular clip comes from “Doctor Who and the Pirates,” which continues in the same vein for some time.)

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modernprometheusscience:

A little while ago, I mentioned that I occasionally do some science consulting for Marvel Comics, and I shared a few videos I’d made with them.  Here’s another one, about the plausibility of the Infinity Formula and how it might work in a (quasi-)scientifically-accurate manner.  It appeared in Original Sin #6 and I’m pretty blown away because Marvel have made the video look really cool.  Check it out!

I wrote the script for this video and (obviously) filmed it and I had no idea there were going to be comic panels or the Howling Commandos in it.  Isn’t that awesome?!

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I was tagged by carolsusanjanedanvers to do this music meme:

Put your music player on shuffle.  Write down the first 15 songs that come up, and then write down your favorite lyrics from that song.  No skipping.  Then tag 15 other people!

Caveat: I had to cheat a little, because quite a bit of my dance music (and other random stuff) doesn’t actually have lyrics, so I had to keep skipping through until I found fifteen songs with words.  And, given the following list, I’m not entirely sure my shuffle mechanism works very well.

Songs, lyrics and tags under the cut!

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The Buzzcocks were amazing last night.  Absolutely blew the roof off the place.  I think Steve Diggle must have made a deal with some sort of very energetic devil, because he was the soul of the show up there, jumping around and high-fiving the audience and playing to anyone he saw who was as into it as he was.  Not that anyone else was letting the side down – I swear, Pete Shelley still sings like it’s 1976; it’s brilliant.  And Chris is brilliant, and Danny’s brilliant, and the setlist was a full two pages, including about half the new album (which is also brilliant, though currently only available at the gigs; keep an eye out for it in general release!).  Also, Pete shook my hand.
In short, if you have the chance to see them play, do it.  It’s worth it.
Random side note: the Buzzcocks were supported at this show by a local band called The Interest Group, who are actually pretty great.  Giles and I were surprised to realize we knew them, having spent a couple of hours hanging around backstage (sort of) with them at a New Order gig last summer – and, unexpectedly, they remembered us, too, so it was cool to see them again before we disappear to Manchester for good!

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The Buzzcocks were amazing last night.  Absolutely blew the roof off the place.  I think Steve Diggle must have made a deal with some sort of very energetic devil, because he was the soul of the show up there, jumping around and high-fiving the audience and playing to anyone he saw who was as into it as he was.  Not that anyone else was letting the side down – I swear, Pete Shelley still sings like it’s 1976; it’s brilliant.  And Chris is brilliant, and Danny’s brilliant, and the setlist was a full two pages, including about half the new album (which is also brilliant, though currently only available at the gigs; keep an eye out for it in general release!).  Also, Pete shook my hand.

In short, if you have the chance to see them play, do it.  It’s worth it.

Random side note: the Buzzcocks were supported at this show by a local band called The Interest Group, who are actually pretty great.  Giles and I were surprised to realize we knew them, having spent a couple of hours hanging around backstage (sort of) with them at a New Order gig last summer – and, unexpectedly, they remembered us, too, so it was cool to see them again before we disappear to Manchester for good!

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I reckon I’d better apologize for having been so absent on here for so long.

I have good reasons, I swear.  The main one is that, as it transpires, Giles and I are moving to Manchester in a few weeks.  (No, honestly.)  I’ve got a job writing and editing; he has a work visa and is looking for work; we’ve booked flights and everything.  Come October, we’ll be living in Manchester.  Pretty cool, eh?

Well, if we can find a flat, that is.  Wish us luck, because it appears to be practically impossible to house-hunt from overseas…

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gilesdraws:

Page 2 and 11 from ‘Sir Gawain and the Knight of the Living Dead’, an upcoming FUBAR short by jeyradan (story and letters) and I (art) for jeff-mccomsey.

Brush-tip marker and black watercolour on 11x14 smooth bristol board.

The workflow I used for this was a test for future comics, as was the art method. It worked well, and I’m quite pleased with the results, although there will be tweaks made in future endeavors.

A couple of pages from a story I wrote and lettered for FUBAR: By the Sword.  The gorgeous art is by gilesdraws.  The story is called “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight of the Living Dead,” because that title is awesome.

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I love the unabashed dichotomy of this song.  It spends so much time building up hope

I believe in the shape of things to come
And I believe I’m not the only one

only to spend an equal amount of time tearing it down

I’m reaching my nadir and I haven’t an idea of what to do
I’m painting by numbers but can’t find the colours that fill you in

to reach a conclusion that I’d say is a bit grimmer than the Buzzcocks’ usual fare

There is no love in this world anymore

though I suppose anyone who’s spent much time listening to their lyrics will recognize that the upbeat music with the fairly serious and insightful commentary is actually not uncommon for them.

Long story short, I love this song.

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Just reminding you guys that I also have a science question blog!

I don’t have a structured posting schedule on it (because of my day job and my comics work, I answer questions whenever I have time), but I’m trying to post more frequently, and I always welcome new ideas even if it takes me a little while to get to them in the rotation.  I answer a lot of questions for writers (everything from fanfiction to professional comics), but anyone can always ask me anything.

Come and check it out!

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I have two stories in this free anthology (and gilesdraws was the artist on one) and I highly recommend it!  The work is always quality and there are a lot of cool things to explore.  This issue’s theme is “xenophobia,” so it’s a bit of an odd bird, as the Outré books tend to be.  Check it out!

Also, in case you haven’t yet seen it, here is the link to Outré #2, in which I also had two stories.  That issue’s theme was “hopelessness,” so it isn’t exactly a fun romp through the landscape of the human mind, but it is fascinating.  And hey, more free comics!

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