Welcome to Biting-Edge, a blog shared by authors and vampire experts, Mario Acevedo and Jeanne Stein. We’ll cover urban fantasy, vampires, pop culture, and all things Joss Whedon. Unlike other fantasy blogs, we don’t insist on body cavity searches (unless you ask politely). Snarkiness is most welcome...though we won't promise not to bite back!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
  Show and Tell...
Lots of images to share with you today.

I’ll start off with pics from a couple of Mario sightings. The first is The Monday Art Walk that featured our hero last week. I’m sure he wants to post more, so I’m including only two.









RMFW represented by Warren and Cathy Hammond and me…

This one needs no explanation. Yes, if you haven’t seen it before, this is the famous gun bra…



Next, yesterday Mario gave a talk to an enthusiastic crowd at the OLLI South daytime learning program. It’s offered by the University College at the University of Denver through funding from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Here are some pics from that event.















Our Mario was a brave soldier even though he was not feeling well. You can tell by the glazed look in his eye. Anyway, I popped in to record the event…
















Okay, moving right along....



From the Paley Center for Media:



Who Is the Greatest TV Vampire of Them All?

…our current infatuation with bloodsuckers is just the most recent iteration of the enduring appeal of these dark avatars; our fascination with the vampire never really dies, though it goes underground from time to time. Here we present a brief survey of vamps from the small screen, encompassing interpretations that range from the repulsively horrific to the seductively suave. We even have vampires for children, who, of course, like to be safely scared too.


Place your vote for TV’s all-time greatest undead bloodsucker—that’s TV, so no Edward Cullen or Lestat.

Choose your favorite—both Angel and Spike are listed (among others). I know who I voted for—how about you?


From Shelf Awareness this morning…




Yesterday at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Baker & Taylor unveiled an e-reader for computers, smart phones and cell phones--essentially one of the fanciest e-reader apps we've ever seen--for which it is acquiring and distributing content.

The reader was developed by (a) joint venture of Kurzweil Technology and the National Federation for the Blind. (Kurzweil created the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind.)

Besides offering full color images and allowing text to be adjusted in a variety of ways, the reader offers audio versions--both basic text-to-speech audio and the recorded audiobook versions of the texts that are synchronized. Publishers can add various video functions to the texts on the device as well.

Retailers will be able to sell titles through the e-book reader and have the reader branded with its name. The reader will be free to retailers.

The National Book Foundation named the 2009 National Book Award finalists. Winners in each of these categories will be announced at a ceremony on November 18 in New York City, where Gore Vidal will be honored with the NBF's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and Dave Eggers will receive the Literarian Award for Outstanding Contribution to the American Literary Community.



I only included the Fiction finalists but here is a link for the entire list. My question, where is Mario? Where am I?

Fiction
American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell (Wayne State University Press)
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Random House)
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin (Norton)
Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips (Knopf)
Far North by Marcel Theroux (FSG)
New Leonardo da Vinci Discovered
Lumiere Technology Makes Monumental Announcement at Toronto’s IdeaCity Conference





Experts believe there is a fingerprint on this painting belonging to Leondard da Vinci. The painting was originally bought for $20,000. It’s value has jumped considerably…like to $150 million.


From NPR:



An iPhone software application developed by PepsiCo Inc. is causing a stir because it gives men pickup lines to use with a variety of women, and a bulletin board to brag about their conquests.

The app, which promotes the Amp energy drink, is called "Amp Up Before You Score."
The app has drawings of what it calls different female types, including the aspiring actress dressed in waitress garb, and the bookworm with pulled-back hair and glasses. The app supposedly gives guys just the right line to win over a particular type.


Okay, how sexist is this? Where’s the App for women? How about putting our heads together and coming up with the pick up lines for the following:



salesman

Executive

Cowboy

Nerd


A bit of BSP—I got a nice mention in the ColoradoBiz mag.


I you have twenty minutes, this is a wonderful video from Ted.com Ideas Worth Spreading.

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.















PS This weekend I will be attending the San Diego County Library's Celebration of the Written Word. My panel is on Sunday at 1:30 PM at the Poway Library. If you're in the area....

Since we here at The Biting Edge always strive to leave you on a highpoint, here is our joke for the day:


What is the difference between Bird Flu and Swine Flu?

Wait for it….








For bird flu you need tweetment and for swine flu you need oinkment.
 
Comments:
Okay, you made me laugh. I have to tell that to my kids.

My favorite vampire is Erik from TrueBlood. He's yummy.
 
But not more yummy than Spike...

J.
 
Jeanne: Okay, Spike immediately jumped to my mind and I was glad to see him on the list. I will always be a Spike chickie. I still need to get the Spike action figure. DH just won't pony up for birthday or Christmas....sigh....
I do dig Eric, but Spike will always be numero uno.

Guess what Lady K is going to be for Halloween? She was going to be an undead cheerleader, but she saw the winged vampiress and went for that. She insisted on devil horns for me to wear when we go trick-or-treating and to her Halloween dance at her school. She'll be doing full white face, too.

As for pickup lines for women to use on men....wasn't aware we needed them, just be reasonably warm blooded and breathing for the most part....
= D

Nerd: Is that a pocket protector in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Cowboy: Your corral or mine?

Executive: [Reach for the back of their suit and look at the tag, then say:] Just what I thought, made in Heaven. (had to look this one up online...http://www.romancestuck.com/pickup-lines/men.htm
 
Oh Vickie-- you are SO good!!! And smart...warm blooded and breathing...and sometimes the breathing part is optional.

Take Halloween pics and I'll post them!

J.
 
Jeanne,
Why do we need cheesy pick up lines. Doesn't snapping your fingers work for you?
 
Not like it works for Anna-- :-)

J.
 
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