Lucasfilm Clarifies Future of STAR WARS Expanded Universe, Announces New Prose Novels (Newsrama)
They're going to shit-can it. From Lucasfilm's press release:
"In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe."
Will you miss Timothy Zhan's Thrawn trilogy? Or maybe the Dark Empire from Dark Horse? Well, strictly speaking, that stuff isn't going away. It's just no longer counts. But Lucasfilm is going to keep it in print under the new Legends imprint.
That said, there are gonna be new books that do count, and those are coming from Del Rey, starting in November. I confess that I don't care about most of them, but this one from Forgotten Realms veteran Paul S. Kemp looks good.
|Due out in March 2015. Image from BleedingCool.Com.|
Marvel made a video for the next issue of New Avengers. Normally, these things are shit, but, brother, check it out. https://t.co/rOhiDeDg04That shit is hilarious. Not for nothing is Jonathan Hickman one of my favorite comic writers. He's currently writing the Avengers, and he was the writer on the last (only?) really good event-book that Marvel has put out in the last decade, Infinity.
— Jonathan Hickman (@JHickman) April 26, 2014
the 1st person to write a think-piece about Palin's bedazzled belt wins pic.twitter.com/U9hEQsbEV3
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) April 26, 2014
Olivia Nuzzi is another of my favorite follows on Twitter. She inadvertently launched her career as a punching bag for the Anthony Weiner's imploding mayoral campaign, and I confess that I only started following her because I think that she's hot. But she's followed that up by doing some insightful and entertaining political coverage, especially locally, and most especially of Governor Chris Christie's "Bridgegate" scandal.
Besides, who else is going to point out a former governor of Alaska in jeans and a t-shirt at some kind of political event? Granted, it's not news, but it does speak to class, or lack thereof.
European Firms Seek to Minimize Russia Sanctions http://t.co/3YxfH6hqKsUnfortunately, it's not all bad fashion, Star Wars, and Hulk Hogan on drugs back in the 80s. There's also the war to deal with. The new war.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 26, 2014
Y'know, this shit in Ukraine is getting out of hand. Seriously, it's not that hard to envision a scenario in which the U.S. sends military advisers (i.e. Special Forces) into Ukraine to help them train their army, and we wind up actively fighting the Russian Army. In which case, I don't like the Russians' chances, particularly if the "A" teams are backed by American drones providing close air support via Hellfire missiles and Ukrainian heavy artillery.
But the Russians would certainly escalate, right? Send lots more troops? Fire some kind of massive artillery barrage at the population centers like Kiev? I mean, these guys have a track record, and it's recent. You can read the accounts of the fighting in Chechnya to see what to expect, and it ain't pretty.
So then maybe America establishes a no-fly zone over the Ukraine, and if we want to get crazy, we can even stipulate some counter-battery fire (again via drone strikes) against the artillery raining down on the population in Kiev.
But Putin's not gonna take the loss. I mean, he can invade from the north to try to encircle the Ukrainian mainland, or he could just say "fuck it" and just drive straight into Poland.
You see where this is going, right? The shit is getting a little scary.
We are well into Spring training. How is yours going?As I was telling my mother-in-law just last night, my Spring Training is for shit. I've been sick twice, and I've had to travel once, and while none of that would have been an issue in isolation, as it is, I've had maybe two good weeks of training all season. I don't look too bad, and as long as I don't push, I'm not gonna hurt myself out there, but I am nowhere near being ready for competition, and the first race of the season is on May 10th.
— Triathlon Fitness (@triathlonfit) April 26, 2014
Last year, I qualified for nationals in two disciplines, Olympic triathlon and Duathlon. Neither of those is gonna happen this year. Granted, I already have a stack of medals--recent medals, not old ones, and they're podium medals, not "finisher's" medals--but whatever. I'm not sure what I have to prove, but it's still aggravating that we're almost into May, and I'm weighing in at nearly 200 pounds. And yeah, I made a decision early on in the season not to race much this year. I've been a triathlete since 2007 and already had more success at it than I was ever looking for back when I started, so like I said, it's not like I'm trying to prove something out there. This particular year, I'm trying to be a better husband and father, trying to give myself time to get more out of my social life and all that kind of crap. We're going camping, and I bought a bunch of tickets to various Army Football games, etc. That stuff is all good.
You asked how my training was going. Truth is, it's going like shit.