Changelog Digest for Thu, Dec 18

Dec. 18th, 2014 05:27 pm
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Part two of the backlog. I should be caught up after the next batch.

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1712329: Issue #1065: Librarians Dream / Battle Raven - Missing background
Add missing image file for the Librarian's Dream "Battle Raven" theme.
83ab577: Issue #1068: Update to Foundation 5.4.7
Update to Foundation 5.4.7, for compatibility with later versions of Compass.
9f3f645: Issue #1068: Update to Foundation 5.4.7
Override default Foundation settings.
433f8e1: Issue #1035: Convert misc BML pages in htdocs/tools/endpoints
Register URLs of the form www.../$user/__rpc_... for legacy JS files.
19467ff: Issue #977: Enable non-logged-in users to post from the new entry page
Clarify that posting the entry won't log you in.
2e7ee77: Issue #1068: Update to Foundation 5.4.7
Ensure that contextual hover menu has a background color on Foundation pages.
3104484: Issue #1061: Convert /manage/circle/add, /community/join, /community/leave from BML
Convert and redesign some community membership pages.
786170c: Issue #1053: Automatically create an id for form elements with no id but with label
In TT pages, ensure we always have an id so we can link form element to label.
4b5fc22: Issue #1071: Make instant purge possible on dev instances
Implement --earlyexpunge option for bin/moveucluster.pl.
b902c20: Issue #1076: Remove redundant use Controller lines
Remove duplicated module inclusions from two Controller files.
6da9b26: Issue #1058: Convert miscellaneous BML files
Convert htdocs/tools/embedcontent.bml to a controller.
618cb47: Issue #842: Update/Expand list of available locations on profile
New DW::Countries module and new source for geographic data.

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74e4a8c: Issue #1058: Convert miscellaneous BML files
Convert our custom 404 page from BML to TT.
16c38e5: Issue #1084: December points bonus promotion
Update December bonus points promotion for 2014.

I Call It Craven

Dec. 18th, 2014 09:06 pm
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Posted by George R.R. Martin

The cowardice is contagious, it would appear.

In the comments to my last post, several of my readers suggested that we follow the lead of the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin and show TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE at the Cocteau, since Sony has wimped out and pulled THE INTERVIEW.

It sounded like a great idea, so we took immediate steps to do so.

Only to learn that Paramount has now decided to withdraw TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE from exhibition.   We won't be allowed to show the film, and neither will Alamo, nor any of the other independent venues that wanted to use TA:WP to replace THE INTERVIEW.

 http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-team-america-to-screen-in-place-of-the-interview-at-texas-theater-20141218-story.html

 Regal.  AMC.  Cinemark.  Sony.  And now Paramount.  Where does it end?

 I guess I should contact our new North Korean masters to ask them what movies we will be allowed to show at the Cocteau.


 

Corporate Cowardice

Dec. 18th, 2014 04:26 am
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Posted by George R.R. Martin

 This one is surreal.

 In a stunning display of corporate cowardice, Regal, AMC, and  every other major theatre chain in the United States have cancelled their plans to show the new Seth Rogen/ James Franco comedy THE INTERVIEW, because of -- yes, seriously, this is not a SOUTH PARK sketch (though I expect it soon will be) --  threats from North Korea.

Not familiar with THE INTERVIEW?  Here's the trailer:



 I mean, really?  REALLY??  These gigantic corporations, most of which could buy North Korea with pocket change, are declining to show a film because Kim Jong-Un objects to being mocked?

 The level of corporate cowardice here astonishes me.  It's a good thing these guys weren't around when Charlie Chaplin made THE GREAT DICTATOR.  If Kim Jong-Un scares them, Adolf Hitler would have had them shitting in their smallclothes.

 Even Sony, which made the movie, is going along.  There are thousands of small independent theatres across the country, like my own, that would gladly screen THE INTERVIEW, regardless of the threats from North Korea, but instead of shifting the film to those venues, Sony has cancelled its scheduled Christmas rollout entirely.

 I haven't seen THE INTERVIEW.  I have no idea how good or bad a film it is.   It might be hilarious.  It might be stupid and offensive and outrageous. (Actually, I am pretty sure about the 'outrageous' part).  It might be all of the above.

That's not the point, though.  Whether it's the next CITIZEN KANE or the next PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, it astonishes me that a major Hollywood film could be killed before release by threats from a foreign power and anonymous hackers.

For what it's worth, the Jean Cocteau Cinema will be glad to screen THE INTERVIEW (assuming that Sony does eventually release the film for theatrical exhibition, rather than streaming it or dumping it as a direct-to-DVD release), should it be made available to us.  Come to Santa Fe, Seth, we'll show your film for you.

I'm Number Three....

Dec. 18th, 2014 03:23 am
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Posted by George R.R. Martin

 ... again.

First the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER named me the third most powerful writer in Hollywood.

And now, yes indeed, Barbara Walters has included me as one of her Ten Most Fascinating People of 2014.  The third, actually.  Though I am not sure the order actually matters.

LiveJournal is not letting me embed the video, for some reason, but for those of you who missed the show, here's a link:

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/video/game-thrones-author-george-martins-rise-success-27599428

(Look closely, and you can catch a glimpse of Parris, of Gardner Dozois, of various other friends).

It is gratifying to know that I am as fascinating as I am powerful  (this year, at least).  Plainly it must be the Autumn of George (obligatory SEINFELD reference).

Sad to say, however, I failed to win the triple crown.  I may be fascinating, and I may be powerful, but somehow, unaccountably, PEOPLE magazine failed to name me Sexiest Man Alive to complete the sweep.  They went with Thor... er, Chris Hemsworth... instead.   And, yeah, okay, he's all rugged and muscle-y and stuff, and his hammer is bigger than mine, but really... PEOPLE did not even include me in the list of runners up, although Kit Harrington and Richard Madden were both included (and congrats to both of them).

But that's the way it goes with triple crowns.  The Belmont always breaks 'em.

Amazon Stocking Stuffers

Dec. 18th, 2014 02:59 am
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Posted by George R.R. Martin

Amazon is running a special "Stocking Stuffer" sale on selected items for the month of December.  10% off.

The selected specials include the HEDGE KNIGHT and SWORN SWORD graphic novels from Jet City Comics.


sword-sword

Go here for details.

And happy shopping to all.

More Signed Books

Dec. 15th, 2014 06:51 am
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Posted by George R.R. Martin

The online bookstore at the Jean Cocteau website is up and running, and has received such a huge rush of orders that we are already running out of stock on some titles.  We will refill as soon as we can.  Be patient, my Cocteau team is new at this.

Meanwhile, they are busily adding new titles.  If you're looking for signed books by NEIL GAIMAN, by LEV GROSSMAN, by JUNOT DIAZ, by DENNIS LEHANE, well, look no further than

 http://www.jeancocteaubooks.com/

 In the very near future, we should be posting up books by ANNE PERRY, JOE LANSDALE, DANIEL ABRAHAM, HAMPTON SIDES, and other great writers as well, so check back often.

When Winning Is Losing

Dec. 15th, 2014 01:17 am
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Posted by George R.R. Martin

Life is magical and full of...

No.  Sorry.  I can't do it.

The Giants and the Jets both won today.  The G-Men won a convincing victory over the Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Peoples, despite RGIII coming off the bench to play pretty well.  Eli looked good, and Odell Beckham Junior continued to look great.  The Jets won a wafer-thin victory over a truly awful Tennessee Titans team (hate that name, they should be the Nashville Cats), the same squad that the Giants crushed just last week... and even then, they almost blew it with one second left when the Titans tried one of those dipsy-doodle seven-lateral plays and came within seven yards of the winning TD.  Even in victory, Geno Smith looked awful.

But it's hard to feel great about either win.  The season is over for both teams.  No one is going to the playoffs.  Lots of people will be getting fired at year's end.   Big Blue and Gang Green weren't even acting as spoilers; their opponents have awful records too.   The Giants at least had the satisfaction of beating a division rival.  The Jets?  Not so much.  No rivalry there.  The Jets are awful, the Titans are awfuller.  And by winning, the Jets dropped behind the Titans and four other teams in the draft, meaning their chances of getting Oregon's Heismann-winning quarterback just got a lot worse.  That's the Jets for you.  Even when they win, they lose.

The only real highlight of the day was the continued superlative play of Giants rookie wideout Odell Beckham Junior.  The G-Men have had a number of good receivers over the years, but they have not had a GREAT one since...  well, ever.  (Okay, maybe Homer Jones, but he was a long time ago).

Signed Books For Xmas

Dec. 14th, 2014 07:45 pm
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Posted by George R.R. Martin

Okay... at long last...

 I can't reopen the "Signed Book" page on my website.  I no longer have the time to answer the emails or fill all the orders.  But for all of you who have  been asking for autographed books, we do now have a way to fill your requests... through the bookstore at the Jean Cocteau Cinema.  The site is now up and running.

If you would like signed books, as Christmas presents, or for your own collection, you will find a selection at:

 http://www.jeancocteaubooks.com/

Check it out.

And yes, we will be adding more books, including titles by many other writers, to the site over time.  But what is there now is all we have to offer at the moment, alas.  And only so long as the supply lasts.

And please note:  these books are all autographed (some of the anthologies may even include multiple signatures, if you're lucky).  They are not, and cannot be, personally inscribed.  Sorry, we can no longer provide that service.  Please don't ask us to make an exception in your case.  Yes, we know, it's Christmas, it's for a birthday, for an anniversary, for a graduation present... but lots of my fans have birthdays and anniversaries and graduations, and once we reopen that door...

Merry Xmas.  Happy New Year's.  Good reading to all, and to all a good book.

Donato Is Coming Too

Dec. 14th, 2014 12:40 am
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Posted by George R.R. Martin

The Jean Cocteau Cinema is a movie theatre, first and foremost, but it is also a venue for live music, magic, and comedy, a meeting hall for community events, a bookstore offering a cool selection of autographed books... and an art gallery.

We have a new show every month, featuring painting and photography by an amazing and eclectic variety of local painters, photographers, cartoonists, and sculptors.  Sometimes we feature visiting artists from out of state as well.

And next week, we'll be thrilled and honored to present the work of the DONATO GIANCOLA.

donato

Fans of science fiction and artist art need no introduction to Donato, who has been one of the field's leading cover artists for the past couple of decades.  A perennial Hugo nominee, he won the award for Best Professional Artist in 2006, 2007, and 2009.   He was also won the Chesley Award, the Spectrum award, and numerous other honors and citations.

AND Donato is the illustrator for the official Ice & Fire calendar from Random House, which made its debut last summer at the San Diego Comicon.  He did some really amazing work for that one.

2015ASoIaF-Calendar-Cover-Donato

 We're having an official opening for Donato's show at the Cocteau next Thursday, December 18th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  We'll have wine, mead, cocktails, and munchies, and the artist himself... yes, Donato is flying in to join us.

Copies of the 2015 calendar will be on hand and available for purchase and autographing.

And, best of all, you will be able to feast your eyes on some of Donato's original paintings.  Amazing work from an astounding talent.

See you at the gallery/

Rumors and Fabrications

Dec. 13th, 2014 11:51 pm
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Posted by George R.R. Martin

It seems I need to clarify once more.

I am NOT on Twitter.  I am NOT on Facebook.  The only place I post myself, in my own words, is here on Live Journal.

I do have an official Twitter account, and an official Facebook account.  I established these in self-defense, because there were fake accounts out there, where people pretending to be me were making various spurious pronouncements... pronouncements that would then get picked up all over the internet and repeated as if they were gospel.

The official Twitter and Facebook accounts are maintained for me by my minions and my publishers.  I don't post there myself.  I don't even read them or check comments.  I have other stuff to do.  LOTS of other stuff.

Anyway, a few weeks ago, Raya came to me and said the folks at Random House wanted to do a special promotion on Twitter, a "Twelve Days of Christmas" with a Westerosi twist.  Did they have the green light?  It sounded fun, and funny, so I said sure, and thought no more of it.  It was just a little Christmas celebration.

But then, somehow, from somewhere, the rumor arose that the "12 Days" were actually a countdown... not to Xmas, but to the publication of THE WINDS OF WINTER, or the announcement of its completion and/ or pub date.

Sorry.  Not true.  Look, I've said before, and I will say again, I don't play games with news about the books.  I know how many people are waiting, how long they have been waiting, how anxious they are.   I am still working on WINDS.  When it's done, I will announce it here.  There won't be any clues to decipher, any codes or hidden meanings, the announcement will be straightforward and to the point.  I won't time it to coincide with Xmas or Valentine's Day or Lincoln's Birthday, the book will not rise from the dead with Jesus on Easter Sunday.  When it is done, I will say that's it is done, on whatever day I happen to finish.

I don't know how I can make it any clearer.

And while I am debunking rumors, let me also say that this story about me being inspired to finsh WINDS by STAR WARS is also utter bullshit, and I have NO idea where that one came from.  (I liked the first two STAR WARS movies, the third not so much, the prequels not at all, and the trailer for the new one had no impact on me one way or the other, and let's face it, even the best of 'em is no FORBIDDEN PLANET.  Robby is my robot ideal, not C3PO or R2D2).  Made up out of whole cloth, so far as I know.

It really stuns me how widely the STAR WARS thing has been disseminated.  Truly, internet journalism is an oxymoron.

As Mark Twain once said, "A lie can travel halfway around the world while truth is putting on its shoes."

Changelog Digest for Fri, Dec 12

Dec. 12th, 2014 08:37 am
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Sorry for the unannounced [community profile] changelog_digest hiatus - I was overwhelmed last month. Here's the first chunk of the backlog. I'll do my best to be caught up before the next code push.

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b239848: Issue #965: Create front end UI for creating/updating a support cat
Create admin page for defining new support categories.
6fc3d54: Issue #1035: Convert misc BML pages in htdocs/tools/endpoints
Convert various endpoints to DW::Controller::RPC.
614e054: Issue #1048: Prevent caching on some pages once converted
Add a no_cache argument to DW::Routing, for use with future BML conversions.
62d3ee5: Issue #1050: Convert community membership request /approve and /reject
Convert from BML into DW/Controller/Community.pm.
b4b8e4c: Issue #1047: Convert BML files under htdocs/tools
Remove unused BML file tools/sixdegrees.
948c38d: Issue #1041: Investigate whether we can delete multisearch endpoint
Remove unused multisearch endpoint.
cfe6077: Issue #1040: Investigate whether we can delete jobstatus endpoint and jobstatus.js
Remove unused jobstatus files.
cf0d5f7: Issue #1039: Investigate whether we can delete directorysearch endpoint and directorysearch*.js
Remove unused directorysearch endpoint and related JS files.
c7ab21b: Issue #1042: Investigate whether we can delete misc endpoint files
Remove various unused endpoints.
a50fe27: Issue #1044: Convert BML files under htdocs/admin
Convert various admin pages from BML to DW::Controller::Admin.
9d41545: Issue #1058: Convert miscellaneous BML files
Convert /beta from BML to DW/Controller/Misc.pm.
08acea4: Issue #1058: Convert miscellaneous BML files
Fix wrong include in style guide: collapse.css, not jquery.collapse.css.
a82ceea: Issue #1058: Convert miscellaneous BML files
Add authas method to DW/Template/Plugin.pm.
9e7379f: Issue #1058: Convert miscellaneous BML files
Convert /accountstatus from BML to DW/Controller/Settings.pm.
aeea667: Issue #1058: Convert miscellaneous BML files
Convert /changepassword from BML to DW/Controller/Settings.pm.
ce7f702: Issue #1062: DW::Controller::Admin::ThemeMetadata has inconsistent header
Fix file header comment to include the correct module name.
decf288: Issue #948: possible to open a support req without associated email address
Make support requests require an email address when not logged in.

Awards, Awards

Dec. 11th, 2014 07:34 pm
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Posted by George R.R. Martin

Award season is at hand in Hollywood, and GAME OF THRONES is racking up the nominations.

The show scored three nods from SAG, the Screen Actors Guild.  Peter Dinklage was nominated as Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, along with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey of TRUE DETECTIVE, Steve Buschemi from BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and Kevin Spacey for HOUSE OF CARDS.   The cast as a whole was nominated for Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama, and our stunt team was nominated for Best Action Performance by an Ensemble.

Variety has the full list at http://variety.com/2014/film/news/sag-awards-nominations-birdman-boyhood-1201375775/

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This year's Golden Globe have also just been announced.  The Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated GAME OF THRONES in Best Drama.  The competition is THE GOOD WIFE, DOWNTON ABBEY, THE AFFAIR, and HOUSE OF CARDS.  (Very surprised not to see BOARDWALK EMPIRE on that list; their final season was astounding.  MANHATTAN also deserved a nod, I think.  This is truly the Golden Age of television drama).

golden-globe-award

As ever, it is an honor to be nominated, to be part of the conversation.

(I remain skeptical about our chances of actually winning, the bias against fantasy being what it is).

Sibel Is Coming

Dec. 9th, 2014 07:28 pm
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Posted by George R.R. Martin

I think Sibel Kekilli has forgiven me for killing Shae.  :)

She must have, surely, because she's coming to Santa Fe week after next.

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Those of you who are GAME OF THRONES fans know Sibel best for her turn as Shae, of course... but this beautiful young German actress has done a great deal more of that.  Among her other honors, she's won the Lola Award -- the 'German Oscar' -- not once but twice.  In honor of Sibel's visit, we'll going to be screening the first of her Lola-winning performances.  For three nights only,  you can see HEAD ON on the big (well, medium sized) at the Jean Cocteau Cinema.



HEAD ON will be showing on December 18th, 19th, and 20th.  Tickets will soon be available through the Jean Cocteau website at http://www.jeancocteaucinema.com/    And circle the middle date on your calendars.  December 19 is the date that Sibel will be joining us at the theatre to introduce the film, talk about her life and career, and answer your questions... about HEAD ON, sure, but I imagine she'd be glad to take some GAME OF THRONES questions too.

(And we will have plenty of Ice & Fire books on hand for her to sign, including the new 'Making Of' book).

sibel

See you at the movies.

Power, Power, POWER!!!!

Dec. 9th, 2014 12:25 am
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Posted by George R.R. Martin

The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says I am the third most powerful writer in Hollywood:

 http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/person/george-rr-martin

Mwaaaahahahahaha.  (Rubs hands together)   What shall I do with such awesome power?

Let me banish all reality shows from the air!

And these 'talent' shows too!  Instead of shows where assholes and audiences mack mock of wannabees who cannot sing and dance, let's bring back the variety show and feature really GOOD singers and really GOOD dancers.

Oh, and you movie studios... no more replacing screenwriters at the drop of a hat.  It should as hard to replace the writer as it is to replace the director.  And that "a film by" credit at the beginning of pictures should include the name of BOTH writer and director.  The film is by both of them, not just one.

And every TV series should be required to take X amount of pitches from freelancer writers and beginners.  That used to be mandated by the WGA, and way back when it was how a lot of newcomers got their foot in the door, but these days most shows find ways around it, and breaking in is harder than ever.

Since I am so so powerful, I know all this will come to pass!

(And if it does, I have a bride to sell you).

((BRIDGE! I meant bridge.))

36 Hours in Santa Fe

Dec. 6th, 2014 08:41 pm
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Posted by George R.R. Martin

If you have the chance to visit Santa Fe, but have only thirty-six hours to spend here, what should you see and do?

The NEW YORK TIMES has some suggestions for you.

(And of course a visit to the Jean Cocteau is a MUST).

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/30/travel/things-to-do-in-36-hours-in-santa-fe.html

Go check it out.

This Week at the Cocteau

Dec. 5th, 2014 10:25 pm
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Posted by George R.R. Martin

We have a big weekend coming up at the Jean Cocteau Cinema.

We're extending the runs of both INTERSTELLAR and HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, so you'll be able to catch both of those off and on during the week.  Check the showtimes on our website for dates and details.  But we're also opening a new film tonight.  It's called BEFORE I DISAPPEAR.  Check outthe  trailer, looks like fun:



Tomorrow morning, Saturday, we launch another one of our television marathons.  We'll be screening the entire first season of the new WGN dramatic series MANHATTAN, which is filmed right here in Santa Fe on the replica of 1943 Los Alamos that they built back of the College of Santa Fe.  If you haven't seen MANHATTAN yet, you should.  It's terrific, and if there's any justice it will competing with GAME OF THRONES next year when the Emmys roll around.  (And no, it's not set in New York, it's about the Manhattan Project).



Keep a sharp eye out and you'll spot GAME OF THRONES alumnus Harry Lloyd, the late great Viserys Targaryen, at the Lab, part of the induction team.  Harry's in London just now, and won't be able to join us for the marathon, but other members of the cast and crew may be on hand.

Best of all: admission to all the MANHATTAN screenings will be FREE. So come and enjoy the show, and be sure to buy plenty of radioactive popcorn and glow-in-the-dark cocktails.

That's not all, either.  Come Sunday, December 7, the Cocteau will sponsor another of its famous author events.  HAMPTON SIDES, the author of the bestselling novel of Arctic exploration, IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE, will be here to talk with me about his book, his career, the Arctic, James Gordon Bennett, and anything else that come to mind.

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Admission is free with the purchase of a hardcover book, $5 with the purchase of a paperback, and $10 without book purchase.

Speaking of books... the Cocteau still has a huge stock of autographed books if you're looking for a Christmas present for that reader in the family.  Junot Diaz, Anne Perry, Melinda Snodgrass, Pat Conroy, Neil Gaiman, Dennis Lehane, and many more are all available.  And of course we have lots and lots of my own titles, including the brand new worldbook, THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE.  If you're in the neighborhood, stop on by, catch a show, have a popcorn or a beer, and peruse the shelves.

See you at the movies.

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