Last night, we saw the new episode of South Park. I don't know which was funnier, the lampooning of the Jonas Brothers and "purity rings," or hearing Mickey Mouse declare that "Christians are retarded." Later, we read a couple of pieces from an ARC of the forthcoming Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd, edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci (Little, Brown Young Readers; August 1, '09). We have the ARC because Spooky won it in an LJ contest for geekiest icon (her old Girl Scout computer science merit badge). Anyway, we're loving the anthology. The tale of Jedi/Klingon con love that opens the books is, well, fucking brilliant. Also, my thanks to Cliff Miller for the Flannery O'Connor biography, which arrived yesterday.
I have an announcement/invitation for all the people who joined the "Sirenia Players" and Howard's End Second Life groups last year. I am now running a roleplay faction in the SL NoR sims. No, it's not as ambitious as what I'd planned for Howard's End, but, in terms of theme, it's still in the ballpark. Contemporary urban dark fantasy rp. Vampires, angels, demons, werewolves, ghosts, and just about anything else you can imagine. Unlike HE, there's combat (though, technically, we're a non-combat faction), and a gaming meter/HUD (WARPS). I've founded a group called the Alpha Institute, an occult research organization that very roughly parallels my plans for the Roanoke Society in the stillborn HE sim. Throw in a bit of the Talamasca, a bit of Angel Investigations/Wolfram and Hart, etc. We're off to a very good start. And there's not a mountain of background reading, as there was with HE, and I don't need complex character profiles. Plus, since we're already playing, there's no annoying waiting period. So, if you're interested, just say so, or email me (greygirlbeast (at) gmail (dot) com), or IM me in SL (Nareth Nishi), and I'll send you an invitation.
And yes, I know what I said on February 24th about Second Life, and I meant it when I said it. But then this opportunity came along, and, frankly, I'm considering it my very last go at SL rp. If it works out (which it seems to be doing), then I'll stick around. If not, I'll leave SL, and I won't look back. I held off mentioning it here until I was certain this thing was going to happen. Now our build is finished. The story's begun. So, just let me know if you're still interested. The HUD is free. There are even free weapons. So, you don't have to cough up real-life money to play. NoR is comprised of 28 linked sims, and there's something for just about everyone, I should think. So far, we have 21 players in the Alpha Institute. The more the merrier.
Okay. Time to dust off the platypus, wake the dodo, and make the damn doughnuts. Oh, and yes, I will eventually run out of Eli icons.