Christopher Farnsworth's Blog, page 16
September 10, 2010
Very funny Firefly panel at Dragon Con 2010. Includes crank calls from Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion and a brilliant supporting role by the iPhone. Man, the love this show still inspires is incredible. (Via Topless Robot.)
And here's Part Two. really needs to get more work. She's brilliant.
My friend Bill Heisel is doing a great series called "The Shadow Practice," about the illegal clinics that prey on...
September 9, 2010
The new CEO of GM – the company that got $50 billion last year to stave off bankruptcy – criticized the Obama administration for not knowing enough about economics. He then went on to discuss the shade of black of an iron kettle.
The AV Club has an interview with the always compelling demon dog of American letters, James Ellroy. If you're in Los Angeles, you can catch the live act at the Mystery Bookstore tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 10) at 7:00 p.m., where Ellroy will sign copies of his latest...
September 8, 2010
Nathan Fillion is already an A-lister to me. (Wow. That looks really creepy when it's typed out like that.)
Why do "True Blood's" vamps have their fangs on the laterals, not the cuspids? This is actually something that's bothered me for a while. Leave it to The Answer B!tch to uncover the truth.
The weirdest moments from Archie Christian Comics. I read all of these as a kid. The weird part is, at the time, none of them struck me as weird.
September 7, 2010
All right, I bought the damned iPhone 4.
Yes, I know, I whined mightily about how Apple screwed up my perfectly serviceable iPhone 3G by loading it with software its tiny brain couldn't handle — much like Microsoft used to do to my computer with every new operating system upgrade. It was the first time since I made the switch to Apple that I actually owned a product that wouldn't work. I've had to wait as much as three or four minutes as the little 3G huffed and puffed its way between...
September 2, 2010
* "Sir, as police officers, we're concerned about your well-being. Now come with us to the hospital or we'll taze you." Sadly, not a joke.
* Swine flu? Where have you been? The cool kids are all worried about monkeypox now.
* My pals Borys Kit and James Hibberd have the scoop...
August 31, 2010
The measure of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members, is the old saying. I kept thinking about that as I read this piece in the L.A. Times today about the country's Department of Children and Family Services:
Los Angeles County officials have failed to follow state law that requires them to publicly disclose child fatalities resulting from abuse or neglect, according to an independent audit released Monday.
The violations involve "potentially dozens" of child fatalities...
August 27, 2010
"Researchers also determined that 75% of lap dancers actually find you really attractive and funny." As it turns out, some of those young women really are putting themselves through college.
Fine young cannibals: we're all descended from creatures that ate human flesh.
Blockbuster about to file for bankruptcy. One billion dollars in late fees, folks. And these are the same people who had the balls to charge you for not rewinding the tape.
August 25, 2010
The Vampire Nation brings in $7 billion, the equivalent of a small country's GDP.
My former colleague John Dougherty dodged a bullet; he ran in a crowded primary with almost no money, and he still nearly became John McCain's opponent for Arizona's Senate race in November. If he keeps this up, he's going to be in office before he knows it…
On the shelf:
METHLAND by Nick Reding: A gripping chronicle of the sad decline of small-town America, and how it's inextricably tied to meth. Reding...
August 23, 2010
I was lucky enough to meet Charlaine Harris at Comic-Con in San Diego this year. We sat on a panel of vampire lit authors together, where I was the token male. Everyone, with maybe five exceptions, was there to see Ms. Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse books that inspired HBO's "True Blood." (If you're a fan of the show — like me — you should read the books, and vice-versa. Harris's Sookie is a real delight, and smarter and tougher than she's portrayed on TV. Her vamps, for the record, ...
August 20, 2010
Today in 1890, Howard Philips Lovecraft, the creator of an amazing, rich, and thoroughly American literature and mythos of horror , was born.
By all accounts, H.P. was neither a pleasant nor particularly happy man. His work did not find a wide audience when he was alive, and he was relegated mainly to the pulps. But in the years since his death, his ability to tap into primal and atavistic fears, along with the detailed and imaginative framework he built for his stories, have inspired...