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October 22, 2013 at 11:48 am
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Okay, this is cool:

Not sure what they mean by "George R.R. Martin approved," since I wasn't at the NYC Comicon, and never saw the costume till I came upon this link.  But if I had been there, I certainly WOULD have approved.  Very imaginative.

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Giants 23, Vikings 7

October 22, 2013 at 9:47 am
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So the Giants finally won a game.  Yay.

I'm not taking the bag off my head yet, however.  Last night was the worst game I've seen in years.

The G-Men were horrible.  They won because the Vikings were even worse.  The Viking QB Josh Freeman especially.  He had no business being out there.  And sad to say, Eli did not look much better.  Yes, he finally had a game with no INTs… but I saw at least three balls that SHOULD have been INTs, including one that was a sure pick-six, only the Viking DBs dropped them all.  And speaking of drops, what the hell is wrong with Hakeem Nicks?  He dropped everything Eli threw him in the first half, and was only marginally better in the second.

Our running back of the week, Peyton Hillis, was the only bright spot.  Well, him and Victor Cruz, who is always a bright spot.  But even Cruz dropped a ball, on what would have been a nice TD.

Beat the Eagles next week and maybe I will believe Big Blue has woken up.  Until then… this win needs to be taken with a block of salt.

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The Guild Comes to the Cocteau

October 21, 2013 at 11:39 am
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Tonight's the night: Felicia Day's wildly popular webseries THE GUILD begins its four-day marathon at the Jean Cocteau in Santa Fe.


We've changed the screening schedule a bit since I first announced this event, downstream.

Seasons one and two will be shown tonight (Monday, Oct 21), starting at 6:20.

Season three is on tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct 22).

Season four will be screened on Wednesday (October 23).

And we wind up on Thursday (October 24) with seasons five and six.

Admission to each show will be ten bucks, same as an ordinary movie.  (The usual discounts apply).  But we're also offering a $30 ticket for all four nights.

Best of all, after each showing, members of the Guild cast will be visiting with us via Skype… from Hollywood, Fantasyland, the Game, or wherever they may be.  Felicia Day herself will be joining us on Thursday.

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Jets Win! Jets Win! Jets Win!

October 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm
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Life is magical and filled with joy…

For this night, at least.  The Jets are only 4-3, true, but they beat the Patriots.  Any time we can take down Evil Little Bill and Tom Brady, it's a day for rejoicing.

Our rookie QB has been blowing hot and cold all season, as rookies will.  Today, aside from that one pick six, he was hot.  He looked really sharp, in truth.  And the Jets D just keeps getting better and better.  Whatever you say about Rex, he knows how to build a great D.

Even so, the Jets almost blew it, allowing Brady and the Pats to tie up the game in the final seconds and send it into overtime.  But in OT, the D came up big, and Geno and offense did just enough to get Nick Folk into range for the winning field goal… aided, I must admit, by a personal foul penalty that I am sure has all the Pats fans howling.  I'd be howling too if the teams had been reversed.

It was by no means the worst call of the afternoon, however.  That distinctiion has to be reserved for a totally bogus offensive pass interference call that negated a beautiful long TD bomb from Geno to Stephen Hill.  If that TD has counted, as it should have, there never would have been an overtime.  So I guess it all evened out in the end.

The Pats still lead the AFC East and will likely win it.  The Jets may not even make the playoffs.  As well as they played this week, they could be awful next week.  It has been that kind of up and down season.  But tonight at least gives Gang Green fans another whiff of hope.  Maybe Geno is for real.  That D sure is.

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TREND on the Cocteau

October 19, 2013 at 6:29 pm
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New Mexico's TREND magazine has a nice feature on the reborn Jean Cocteau Cinema in this month's issue.

You can check out the article (and some cool pictures) on line at

TREND is an architecture and style magazine, so understandably they gave a lot of ink to the architect who designed the original interior when the Collective Fantasy was reborn as the Cocteau in 1984.  That was well deserved.  I do wish, however, that they had also mentioned Jayne Franck, who did the redesign of our cafe area, including a wonderful reimagining of the concessions area with our stunning glass brick candy counter.  Jayne is off studying in Cambridge England just now, but she deserves a hand of applause so loud it could be heard even across oceans.

Still, a nice piece… it's great to know the theatre is still so beloved by the Santa Fe community.

This week, by the way, we are helping to host the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (along with the Lensic, the CCA, and the Screen), one of Santa Fe's two major film fests.  A great lineup of movies is on offer.  If you're around, come, support the festival, see some movies.

In between the festival entries, we're also running two great fun fantasy/ horror films, one old and one very new: a newly restored and director approved print of the British classic THE WICKER MAN (with Edward Woodward, not Nicholas Cage, thank you), and the movie that the Mouse does not want you to see, ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW.

Here's a taste:

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See you at the movies!

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Ebook Sale!

October 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm
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For a limited time only, Tor is offering the ebook of INSIDE STRAIGHT — first volume of the "next generation" of Wild Cards books — for only $2.99.

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If you've never sampled Wild Cards, here's your chance.

The promotion will last until November 1.

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Off to DC

October 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm
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Off to Washington tomorrow morning.  See you all at Capclave.

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The Martians Are Here

October 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm
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Today's the day.

It's publication day.  The first of my "October barrage," OLD MARS, hits the bookstores today.  Copies will also be available from your favorite online bookseller.

So go and grab a copy, and return to the Mars That Was,

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You can't go home again.  But you can go back to Mars.

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A Whiff of Hope

October 7, 2013 at 11:14 pm
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Life is… hey, maybe there is some faint glimmer of hope.


Gang Green is 3-2.  Say, what?

All the talking heads had them picked as the worst team in the NFL during the preseason.  Guess that's why they play the games, as Boomer likes to say.

Not that they looked like the second coming of the Lombardi Packers tonight.  But they avoided turnovers, and the D looked stout, and the offense — unlike the Giants O — did not shoot itself in the foot.  They have a running game.  And Geno Smith looked… well, like a promising rookie.

The Jets actually had to win the game twice.  With time running out, and Atlanta driving, Rex and the D stopped the Falcons with a great goal line stand, breaking up the fourth down pass.  That should have won it right there.  But the refs decided to give Atlanta four more downs with a bogus penalty.  Given eight downs instead of four, the Falcons scored, as most teams would in that position, leaving the Jets with only a minute.  I thought Gang Green had blown it.  The slough of despond beckoned.  But what the hell, the Rookie moved the Jets right down the field, bing bang boom, and Nick Folk kicked the game winning field goal with 3 seconds left on the clock.

The Jets may not win the Super Bowl.  Or even the AFC East.  But right now, they sure look like the best team in New York City.  And NOBODY saw that coming, least of all me. 

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October 6, 2013 at 5:10 pm
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Life is miserable and full of pain.

Who are these clowns in the New York Giants uniforms and what have they done with the real Eli Manning?

A few more weeks, and I'll be wondering who's likely to be available in next year's draft.

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