“Captain Jack Sparrow is made of antimatter,” and other observations.

Yesterday my clone-sibling and I were discussing one of his co-workers, someone who is supposedly a sci-fi fan and yet had literally never heard of antimatter before. (So of course Paul had to tell him about the antimatter in bananas…) I said something about having once encountered a guy who insisted there was no such thing as antimatter.

Then, “But he had heard of it,” Paul and I said at the same time.

Then we laughed, and then said, again at the same time, “Jack Sparrow is made of antimatter!” And laughed some more.

(Brief explanation: There’s a scene in Pirates of the Caribbean where someone tells Jack Sparrow that he’s the worst pirate they’ve ever heard of. “But you have heard of me,” replies Jack.)

Someone on Pinterest has a sense of humor not unlike my own…

While looking at a couple of fantasy artwork boards yesterday, I noticed a rather high number of pins of fan art having to do with the latter half of The Chronicles of Amber, all added on April 30.

That’s funny, because the first book in the latter half of the series begins with, “It is a pain in the ass waiting around for someone to try to kill you. But it was April 30, and of course it would happen as it always did.”

Speaking of fictional people with avian-themed surnames… Paul started re-reading Emma Bull’s sci-fi novel Falcon yesterday. The first hint I got of that was when I suddenly had part of the novel’s “soundtrack” running through my head.

From the About the Author bit at the end of the book: She recommends Peter Gabriel’s “Here Comes the Flood” as the score for the ending of this book. (Here’s a link to the song on YouTube. This is the version you want, not the more “acoustic” version from 1990. (Yes, I know damn well that’s not the standard slang for a song with no or minimal electronic augmentation. *sigh* The standard slang sounds like a horrible pun, in this context.) For one thing, the later version of Peter Gabriel’s song wasn’t out yet at the time Emma Bull’s novel was published in 1989. For another, the original sounds more appropriate for the scenes it’s supposed to go with.

[Really funny, for reasons I am unable to articulate: When I went to YouTube to find a link to the appropriate version of “Here Comes the Flood,” the first item in the “Up Next” list was Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” Maybe it’s one of those “had to be there” things, but I sometimes feel that I was there… Got the t-shirt and everything. And a flag, but that’s another matter. Okay, I don’t have the flag that goes with the t-shirt — why do I not have the flag that goes with the t-shirt??? — but I have a flag and a t-shirt, and they are connected, if only in my mind. And perhaps in the mind of the drummer from a band Emma Bull used to be in, but I’ve gone on bloggish blathers about that before, so there’s no need to repeat it all here, is there?]

Oh, yeah, almost forgot to tell you…

I found out yesterday that Lois McMaster Bujold will have a new Vorkosigan Saga novella out around the end of this month. Yay!


About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have eight cats. I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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