Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A midsummer afternoon's post

Spoiled by the TIVO-Slingbox combination (whatever you want to watch, wherever you want to watch it), I started wondering why I couldn't play the music on the house's music hard drive wherever I was in the world. Why be limited to a mere 60 gigs of iPod content, if I was in a hotel room somewhere with broadband? So I asked my son Mike, home from college for some of the summer, who has been having much too much fun in the last few weeks in his spare time overhauling the house network, moving the email accounts so they are now hosted by gmail, and doing similar fun things. He went off and found a server for the house music. Then I grumbled (after using it in Seattle) that I couldn't search for anything using it, so he cheerfully went off to build something that would search ID3 tags and then stream it for me when it found it.

I think I am also spoiled by having a son around.

In case you weren't aware, I wanted to let you know that Coraline's "Other Mother" has been nominated in Bloomsbury's search for the most popular literary villain. Of course, Zaphod Beeblebrox is also on the list, so I'm not sure how much faith I'd put in the results.Also: huge fan, thank you for writing, etc. And on the unlikely chance that there absolutely MUST be a question in this email for you to read it, Ninjas or Pirates?

Pirates, of course. But my respect for ninjas has shot up since I learned from The Mighty Boosh that they also hand-deliver cutting-edge style magazines.

That's actually a really good list of villains. I was going to request that everyone reading this go to and vote for the Other Mother, having learned my lesson about mobilising the internet from the Greatest Living British Author list, but I cannot find it in my heart to do so, mostly because there are such great villains on the list it would seem like cheating. (Bit puzzled about the listing of the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, though. It's been many years since I read the book, but I could have sworn he was only in the film and the subsequent musical-of-the-film, and not in the Ian Fleming novel.)

Thought you might be interested in the first of our multi-art series of podcasts with Terry Gilliam...

Direct link:
Frontpage link:

As the conversation evolves in the coming weeks, there's plenty of discussion about his plans for the film of Good Omens as well.

Oh good. He owes me and Terry Pratchett a groat each, though.

Hey Neil,I just wanted to let you know that I think the first issue of The Eternals is fantastic! JRJR's drawings and Matt Hollingsworth's coloring complement each other beautifully. This is the first time I'll be able to follow a monthly series of yours as it's released, and I couldn't have asked for a better beginning. Can't wait for next month! Paige

It's out? Oh. Good. Glad you're enjoying it. I'm just having too much fun asking JRjr to draw impossible things, and then he does.

Over at you can see the loveliness of the Rick Berry covers to Eternals #2 and #3.

More on the Savannah production of Neverwhere -- it looks like the new theatre it's in is in need of money, or it will lose the space the day after the last performance...


LA artists interpreting pre-schoolers channeling Pooh:

I like the art and the idea, not quite sure how I feel about the Disney connection (probably good -- the characters are copyright after all, but I had to think about it) and went and checked the Fabulist at before posting this, because really it's only impressive these days if Olga hasn't put it up first.

And finally, it being the summer solstice, my assistant Lorraine has finished the house hunting process, contracts were exchanged, and she got to walk around her new house today deciding what colours she was going to paint the walls.