Archive for February, 2009

Where has everyone been?

Posted: February 26, 2009 in Threat Quality

You may be wondering, and you’d be right to do so–especially after all of my assertions that the way to build a sustainable web presence is to post regularly, even when you can’t post interestingly.

Well, Monday was my birthday, and I spent the whole day being taken out to meals.  So, that was nice.



Posted: February 25, 2009 in Jeff Holland

robot-skullAs I’ve said before, the price to be paid for 51 weeks of relative invincibility is one week of a lousy, lousy cold (and even my mighty immune system is no match for two kids under 12 with the flu).

End result: hard to keep the brain moving fast enough to put together a post. So we’re gonna acquiese and offer a lot of very, very brief thoughts: (more…)

What’s the Deal with Daniel Day Lewis?

Posted: February 20, 2009 in Braak

This is a post related to my theory about Stochastic Aesthetics, and how it applies to acting.  What’s going on here is, I’m trying to figure out what acting is.  While I was at that Theater Research Symposium, some folks asked questions about Daniel Day Lewis–who has a reputation for being completely subsumed by his roles–and whether or not it was good or bad for actors to be like that.

One of the professors said something about truth or honesty, and I’m not sure I believe that.


prisoner-3Everyone who watches “Lost” and whines, “Ugh, but nothing ever happens, or gets resolved, it’s so frustrating…” needs to be strapped to a chair and forced to watch “The Prisoner.”

After 17 hours, they will be released. And they will whimper their thanks that a show like “Lost,” however vaguely or obtusely or slowly, at least moves forward and provides answers. (more…)

Short Story Today

Posted: February 17, 2009 in Threat Quality

Am working on a new short story, in many ways pursuant to the now-extensive discussion on kick-ass women.  There’s an interesting phenomenon, looking at the wordpress statistics–my “Against Tiny Kung Fu Women” blog post was linked in Judith Berman’s response on her livejournal, and so now there are dozens and dozens of one-shot referrals from other livejournal sites.

I don’t know; it’s just really neat to actually see the effects of networking.  Whatever.


dollhouse-21Assorted thoughts on “Dollhouse,” the new Joss Whedon series that premiered Friday night on Fox.

First, keep in mind, pilots are such a bitch. Save for the most miserable of premieres, most pilots only offer an inkling of what’s to come, for better or worse. Add to that a known entity like Joss Whedon, and a completely redone pilot (meaning somewhere there is a version that’s exactly what Whedon wanted to do floating around), and it’s really hard to tell what could be and should be versus what is.


Exciting News!

Posted: February 14, 2009 in Threat Quality

Using technology, I have made The Translated Man available to Kindle users at Behold, the power of science!

Also, right now, they’re offering the download at a handsome discount.


The Kindle version of The Translated Man is now 60% more readable!  Science has enabled me to create a slightly-less ridiculous format.  For anyone that’s already purchased a kindle version, and had to strain their eyes to make out where the paragraphs ended:  contact me, and I will get you a handsome, new, easily-convertible copy of your very own FOR FREE.

(Amazon will still make you pay ten cents to convert it, though, because they’re bastards.)

batwomanSalon, TV Guide,  and other outlets are all trotting out their clever, not at all hacky variations on “Holy lesbian, Batman!” and reporting on the shocking news from the New York Comic Con – there’s a new Batwoman, and she’s gay! EEEEEEK!

Of course, she was just as gay and uninteresting as she was when she was actually introduced two years ago. But DC squandered media interest by basically sitting on the character for two years, so now they have to whip everyone up again, since she’ll be temporarily starring in Detective Comics now that Batman’s dead.

What’s this? You didn’t realize Batman was dead? Oopsie.


The Translated Man, Redux

Posted: February 12, 2009 in Threat Quality

the-translated-man-cover-picBehold!  A positive review of my novel, The Translated Man, at io9.  It is pretty keen!  Of course, the more people that read it, the more likely someone’s going to hate it, and that’s going to make me feel horribly guilty.  But whatever.

One of our readers suggested that I do some kind of post specifically on the book.  A kind of a talk-back session, or something like it, where we could discuss it and I could field (I assume) questions on the subject.  And since there are basically five of you, I figure we ought to be obliging.


24-bauerIt’s taken me about seven years to accept this, but… “24″ would be great if it wasn’t “24.”

Let me try that again.

If “24″ weren’t beholden to its central conceit – a series of catastrophic events occurs over the course of 24 hours – it would probably be the greatest action series of all time.