Just stuff. Random stuff.
There’s a time and a place to sign petitions, to support a cause, and to rally the troops (so to speak) and if you happen to work in a place of business like I do, there are reasons why it’s best not to sign petitions (or even voice political opinions, unless you happen to be a political pundit).
I’m gonna try and do more of these over the course of the new year. Mostly because from time to time I’ll see something that will make me wish to comment, and sometimes I’ll write it down, but other times I’ll have a need to spew verbal tirades because I can’t formulate what I want on paper (or wordprocessor).
I’ve been searching for this forever. I used to have this album by the Northern Pikes, a band from Saskatoon whom I followed in my late teens and early twenties. Their first commercial album was Big Blue Sky, and the first single was Teenland. I liked the song, and still do, even if it is a little dated.
There were three more albums that came out by the Pikes before their final album which was a live offering. It was really cool, had all their hits that they did at a show in Le Spectrum in Montreal and another at The Music Hall in Toronto in 1993. Like any live album it had some pretty good live versions of their original material.
Including this version of Teenland, where they just break out into Ghost Riders in the Sky, right in the middle of it. It was awesome (only wish I got to witness it live). So, when I did up 31 Days of Ghosts back in 2009, I really wanted to add this to the Wild Hunt topic I posted. Alas, I couldn’t find it. Fortunately, almost three years to the day since I posted it, I find the video.
Here it is.
I kinda went off on a tangent about the recent crap in fandoms regarding the appearance of a person of colour for the role of Lancelot, and using POC in fantasy in general (spoiler: there’s nothing wrong with it, so stop complaining). Also like to apologize for the grainy quality of the video, it appears I need to get a better quality webcam. Also, sorry, didn’t add links. I’m also quiet because it’s 10:00 at night and I don’t want to be a dick to my neighbours.
- Author Harrassed For Depicting Bisexual Arthur And Lancelot (lezgetreal.com)
- Is literature turning colour blind? (independent.co.uk)
- ‘Once Upon A Time’ Season 2 Adds Captain Hook, Lancelot, Mulan & More (screenrant.com)
Heatwave! (by HawkMannequin)
It’s so freakin’ hot!
Currently, as I upload this video (which was last night), it’s 32 Celsius (about 85 F), with a humidex around 43 (that’s around 107 F).
Now excuse me, while I go lay in a pool of my own sweat.
The Hip have a new album. Entitled And Now For Plan A, the first single is At Transformation. Familiar stylings of the Hip’s sound that’s finished off with the poetic lyrics of Gord Downey. Here’s a listen.
The rain from earlier.
Amazingly enough, by the time this video finished uploading, the rain had stopped, the wind had died down a bit, and the thunder and lightning wasn’t nearly as ominous. Such is the way of weather in Saskatchewan. Just wait an hour and it’ll change drastically.
Wherein I’m too lazy to do a blog post, but have just enough energy to do a video.
Here’s those links!
Sorry for the background noise, my mic was beside my computer and picked up a lot of fan noise.
This is one of many vignettes by the National Film Board of Canada from the early 1970s. This one focused on an animal of particular interest to me, the swift fox.
Switching things up a bit from current writing (because I can do that, and I’ve hit a brick wall… again) as I think about other stories and things I’d like to write (and even make a comic book about, whether in print or a web comic).
Dragonforce has pretty much had the kind of music that I equate to one set of characters I’ve worked on, and featured here in the past. You might know it, if you’ve read Flag On My Backpack. It’s the series about a young woman from Montreal who becomes a costumed superhero by the name of Canadienne. Basically wraps herself in the flag, inspired by the actions of her father during the October Crisis of 1970. On top of that, she happens to be the lead guitarist of an indie Montreal speed metal band called Blanc Noir. Formed while they were still in junior high school, they stuck together with the intent to make music, have fun and share their experiences together. This lasted for a while, and during that time they added a couple of different band members.
The line up now consists of Yves Manderville (lead vocals, keyboards) and Jacqueline Manderville (second lead guitar, mandoline) both of whom are of Haitian ancestry, Michelle Villineuve (percussion) the happy goth of the group, Dominique Turgeon (first lead guitar, bagpipes) who happens to be the super hero of the group as she is the one who dresses in the flag and stops crime, and now there is Raven Running Cloud (bass, classical guitar, six string) who is originally from the Whitecap Dakota First Nation in Saskatchewan, but moved with her father to Montreal when he accepted a position to teach Native American Studies at McGill. Raven is also the second super hero of the group, calling herself Grey Kestrel.
It’s a story that I’ll definitely come back to again, and while I’d really hope that the idea was picked up in comic form, I actually don’t want either of the big two taking it up. I’ve really be disillusioned with DC Comics and Marvel Comics as of late (more so DC than Marvel). There is a comic company that could do a title like Flag On My Backpack some justice, though.
This is such an excellent recreation of H. G. Wells War of the Worlds. I have listened to the entire thing, and it matches the book so well. Eve of the War and Thunderchild are two of my favourite pieces in this adaption of classic science fiction.
Music for the morning, just something to get started.
A look at the highway between the Junction of Highway 15 and Highway 45 to Delisle and a couple of points between Delisle and Vanscoy. Set to music, because my car is not conducive to proper sound recording equipment and everything just sounds like it’s being dragged over gravel.
I had to drive to the city yesterday to pick up the bundles of newspapers that usually get delivered to us by bus from Saskatoon. They hadn’t made it to the STC Terminal in Saskatoon from Battleford at the time they were supposed to, so I had to drive to the city (actually, I didn’t, I just said I would).
As it turned out, the papers weren’t there until 9:00 pm. 9:05 pm to be exact. And the parcel package depot closed at 9:00 pm. So, I had to stay overnight, pick up the papers at 7:00 am (actually did it at 6:45 am), head back to Outlook, and insert fliers and label them and deliver them to the post office.
One awesome thing: a trip to the city means Tim Horton’s coffee and donuts!
Just a note, the tune is Tom Cochrane’s Life is a Highway. I claim no rights to it, and thought it matched the video nicely. Plus I like the song.
Commentary? Who needs commentary? It’s freakin’ owls!
As it says in the comment:
More books came in the post. Actually, they came by courier, and I found them on the front passenger seat of my car. One of the bonuses of having a vehicle that everyone in this small town recognizes is that the local courier can just drop off packages while I’m getting my morning coffee and muffins at the local Esso station.
I find this is an excellent reminder of the hard work that went into this book, and that many people have read and enjoyed it, which makes all of that hard work worth it.
Just finishing the very short story How I Wish I Was In Sherbrooke Now, an adventure of Black Mask & Pale Rider, readers will notice that there are three Stan Rogers songs I make mention of (including the Northwest Passage, that Pania and Shani sing). They are sort of sea shanties, and songs of the sea, that I found fitting (and was listening to heavily).
Firs things first, here’s a quick list of the parts to the story.
- Black Mask & Pale Rider: How I Wish I Was In Sherbrooke Now – Pt. 1
- Black Mask & Pale Rider: How I Wish I Was In Sherbrooke Now – Pt. 2
- Black Mask & Pale Rider: How I Wish I Was In Sherbrooke Now – Pt. 3
- Black Mask & Pale Rider: How I Wish I Was In Sherbrooke Now – Pt. 4
Stan Rogers was a Canadian folk musician who wrote and developed many songs that had the sound of a good sea shanty. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, he would spend most of the summers of his youth visiting relatives in Nova Scotia. It was there that he learned the history and way of life in the Maritimes, which had a profound influence on his musical development. He was given his first guitar at the age of 5, and often used the Celtic sound in his music. He most often performed using a 12-string guitar. His best known works are Northwest Passage, Barrett’s Privateers, The Mary Ellen Carter, Make and Break Harbour, The Idiot, The Field Behind The Plow, Lies, Fogarty’s Cove, White Squall and Forty-five Years.
His life was cut short in 1983, when he and 22 others died of smoke inhalation on an Air Canada Flight from the Kerrville Folk Festival. The plane was forced to land in Cincinnati after a fire broke out in the cabin.
Here are the three songs that helped inspire the piece Black Mask & Pale Rider: How I Wish I Was In Sherbrooke Now.
As I often do when cleaning out storage areas, I may find something of interest (to me at least). In this case, it was one of my boxes of comics. Earlier I had found a neat little program that organizes and puts all comics into a nice neat database and it got me thinking about going back into my storage areas and searching through some of it. This is some of that. This is also a bit of a history of the Hawkworld series of comics from DC Comics, and Hawkman. I haven’t picked up the new Hawkman series (yet) and I’m still way behind on the fourth volume of the Hawks, but I intend to collect them in trades if they come out.
Something I didn’t explain in the video, I also have back issues of the World’s Finest, which contained many different stories, always starting with Batman and Superman, but including Green Arrow, Black Lightning, Shazam, the Creeper, Red Tornado and Hawkman.
I may do a couple other videos like this in the future, I’ll have to see. I’ve got a large number of comics from different companies, and my hope is eventually to find any that are in trade collections to get those. Then I’ll give away the single issues.
I think I may have something going, for the next Black Mask & Pale Rider adventure. I’ve had a lot of stops and starts and there’s always been the feeling of “why bother”. But, I think I’ll just need to put something together.
And for some reason, pirates are really coming up a lot lately.
Dragonforce- The Last Journey Home (WITH CORRECT LYRICS!!) (bykingshahaman)
Every now and then I’ll be listening to music while I jot down notes for plots with Black Mask & Pale Rider, and another idea will come around. Usually it’s another grand adventure with Shani and Pania as they make their way to Earth from their native Terra-Kal. But this time, it was different.
It’s had it’s flashes before, but one idea I’ve had has been to write the Tales of Terra-Kal. The different stories of the home world that Shani and Pania come from, but with different characters. Though, related in some ways.
The first was the tale of three knaves. Well, not so much knaves. Sywyn Wennemein, Shani’s older brother, is a Knight. But he grew up rather less than knightly. Maybe getting some of it out of his system, that is the trouble he’d get into with his friends, who will also appear in the story, helped shape his view of the world. His title is Lord Wennemein, and he is one who does not take his title with any serious nature. He’d rather associate with commoners, really. Above all, though, he serves justice, being the commissioned knight in charge of all the Patrollers throughout Brytilonia. And he gets aid from his two fast friends.
Mandrel Alow, Pania’s older brother. Like Pania, Mandrel is a bit of a flirt and an excellent tale teller. He is an Alow after all, and the Alow’s were known for their charm and musical abilities. As well as being able to brandish a rapier. There’s always a buckle to swash somewhere.
Waien Argith, the Arch Druid’s son, and by birthrite a druid himself. But he chose a different path. That of a wizard. But after his drinking, carousing and womanizing, he sort of fell from grace. He’s been seeking to regain himself, and it’s been said his two best friends, Mandrel and Sywyn are always there for him.
That first story would follow these three young elven men in their own series of adventures.
The second idea surrounds a different group, they didn’t grow up together and have had very little to do with each other. Each will be appearing at different points in Shani and Pania’s tales. They are as follows.
Avalona Xanthe, the warrior princess of the Nordician tribes that live in the harsh and cold mountains to the west of Brytilonia across the Sea of Seven Bridges. Nordicians are the tallest, and often said strongest of the Terra-Kal elves. They stand in legend as being giants. Avalona is the only daughter, only child of her tribe’s chieftan, Ulgaar Xanthe. She would become the first woman to hold the title of chieftan among all the Nordician tribes, and it is something her father has said that she needs to prepare for. Wisdom must equal strength. She is fierce in battle, but that is only one aspect of her. Many know of her axe and the cry of rage on the battle field, but few know that she speaks six languages, is an avid reader and has a love of children.
Per’Takamos Zezer’Kerasonb is the queen of the elves of the desert. Her seat of power is Semerkhet, and it is more than just a monarchy. It is a druid oasis. She already knows of the differences between strength and wisdom, and often makes decisions based on the practical survival of her people. Many times when the Mystrian elves have waged war across the seas against the desert elves, Per’Takamos has taken her place at the head of her army.
Villith Argith, is neither a warrior, nor is she a queen. But she is the only daughter of the Arch Druid. Waien’s younger sister, she has some of Waien’s playful nature, and some of her father’s wisdom. Though the latter comes out rarely, often times shocking people when she speaks in such tones. She is easily recognized by her flame red hair, more often than not in tatters with hair braided with beads and the odd leaf or two.
T’Lan is a protector of her people. The elves of the jungles, bordering the desert and the sea to the south of the Desert of the Phaorohs. Her tribe is a proud one, and though these elves are new to Terra-Kal, they keep stewardship over the region they settled in. She and her people are very different from the other elves, with skin as black as pitch, but a kindness that is not seen among most elves. But make no mistake, they do not forget enemies and will fight to the death. They also remember their friends, often heeding a call across many miles to aid them.
These four will appear in another story, which I’m still in the process of jotting down notes for. So far, I have them meeting, though the details as to why are sketchy at present. I’ll set it aside for now, but maybe something will spark later. At least now, I’ve got it down what I want to start with.
- The House of Wennemein (taholtorf.wordpress.com)
- Writing Poetry is Hard (taholtorf.wordpress.com)
- Music does not have borders (taholtorf.wordpress.com)
- Valley of the Mists (taholtorf.wordpress.com)
Wouldn’t ya know it, six and a half minutes is too long for tumblr, so I had to upload this to youtube.
For those that want to see, here and here are the links for the previously shown items in all their digital glory. Okay, one is actually pictures of me holding the bookmarks, so at least that way you know it’s real. As stated in the video, I will display the map, the bookmarks and the final piece in the giveaway in tomorrow’s video.
I think I’ll make this a common thing, to make a video.
Anyway, other links and such!
Clarrisa Renee Hummel’s deviantART page can be found here, with more of her artwork and photos.
How to enter the contest? Like and/or reblog this video, or the two posts, or the video I’ll post tomorrow (naturally, when I post that one). The likes on each post and/or reblogs means you get in on it that many more times. So, if you like and reblog each of the posts (including tomorrow’s video) that increases your chances by eight times. I think. Math was never my strong suit.
Keep in mind, the contest is being held over at my tumblr account, that’s right here.
Here it is! The official trailer for The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider. More news on the elven gunslingers coming soon, as well as news on other projects, and even a contest over at my tumblr account. Will have a vlog for that one.
A video I put together with several photos I took around Outlook, all put to the tune Home, by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.