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About Shiny1

Shiny1 is often known as Patricia deVarennes -- "Go HWONG-TONG."

The Kiss

Rising Independent Filmmakers Launch Star Wars Homage with The First Hope & Kickstarter

The Kiss

Award winning filmmaker Jeremy David White has teamed with screenwriter Austin Reynolds to explore young protagonist, “Johnny’s”,  fascination with the original Star Wars trilogy in The First Hope.

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Video Gamers: Where the Rubber Meets the Road?

It first came to me on SyFy Blaster: That Jerk who raged at you on the road today was probably a gamer. Fox News trumpeted,  “Study Says Video Gamers Make Dangerous Drivers.” MSNBC came up with, “No, Driving Games do not Make you Better Drivers.” I was intrigued, and so I ferreted out the original press release at Continental Tires.  Here are just a few highlights:

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Announcing Filk Me Fridays!

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Announcing a new feature at FanaticSpace!  Allow us to pimp promote your Filk music!  Send us your press releases, music sample files, links to your genre related music, lyrics, sites, and tell us what you’re up to…and (drumroll) I will post it on Fanaticspace beginning Friday, January 28th.If you’d also like your submission reviewed, please let us know.  Send inquiries, announcements, music files, etc to muzeic(at)fanaticspace.com

On Fridays, I will post a Filk Me Friday entry to help promote your stuff!  We’ll also be doing some podcasting in the near future, so if you send a music file or link to a music file, you might hear an excerpt of your filk tune.

Please pass the word, folks.

Dragon*Con Filk Staff

GAFilk 2011-A Semi-Official & Personal Journey

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“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” — Henry Van DykeRabbit Hat

Official Review

GAFilk 2011 was less well attended than my last visit, two years ago, mostly reflective of the current economy.  That said, there was no lack of enthusiasm visible to our “posse”.

Four of us official Dragon*Con filk staff types and one unofficial (that would be you, Chip) member met up to do what Dragon*Con Filk Stafffilkers do, and put a current face to the (oft cursed name) of Dragon*con Filk.  For our fearless leader, Robby Hilliard (a relative newcomer to the filk world at under a decade ;-) ), along with Alex Boyd,  it was a chance to see some of the icons of classic filk for the first time.  For others of us, it was a chance to renew our unholy alliance, and savor some “old school filk”  juxtaposed with a variety of other styles and eras. Continue reading

Bear McCreary

Bear McCreary is a Human Target

Bear McCreary,  one of my favorite sci-fi composers, already has a career that’s intergalactic (sorry, I couldn’t resist).  He’s been a busy guy.  You may remember him from the Eureka Season 2 Soundtrack, or his Battlestar Galactica soundtrack and symphony.  Now he’s receiving an earthbound nomination as well…

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The Last Airbender

Looking at The Last Airbender

The Last Airbender
Note: No real spoilers contained

As a person of mixed racial descent, I have this to say:  Don’t let ignorant race baiting prevent you from going to see The Last Airbender or overshadow your enjoyment of the film.  It’s a magical fable of balance and imbalance, harmony and disharmony, action and consequence, power and loss, innocence and character growth.  It transcends racial and gender stereotypes, but only if you let it.  If you can’t recapture your youth and suspend your disbelief, borrow a kid and see it through new eyes.
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