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    MOVIES! TRAILERS!

    >My new video "A HARD DAY'S KNIGHT," in which I don chain mail to find glory, donuts and spare change for my quest. BIGGER SCREEN ON YOU TUBE

    CLASSIC BOOK trailer! [bigger screen on YouTube]

    more videos here

    Thursday
    Jun252009

    Harry and Potters video

    here's the direct link, in case you missed it

    --- Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks

    Thursday
    Jun252009

    a D&D commercial

    Yes, geeks, the time is the 1980s, and your parents really really don't want you to fall prey to the satanic ways of D&D... so here's a cartoony, *fun* way to look at that weird "game with dice" that no one seems to understand. Not even your sister gets it ... "Wait, what's this ... g-g-g-girls play?"
     

    http://www.retrojunk.com/details_commercial/61/

    "use your lightning bolt!" ...."victory is yours!" ....and the best tag line of all, TSR's slogan "products of your imagination." Yuk yuk.

    Dig the sweaters and lapels. And note the split second snippet from the previous commercial for an NFL-sanctioned Wilson football. Trying to covert geeks, one jock at a time. Did no one do their market research?

     

    --- Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks

    Thursday
    Jun252009

    If you need to know more...

    here's a guy who can tell you:

     

    --- Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks

    Tuesday
    Jun232009

    "dwarf"and "elf" are out, "dyslexic" and "database" are in

    A friend of mine wrote me that in the new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary (for kids), in order to make room for new-fangled words like "celebrity," "tolerant," "vandalism," and "negotiate," certain nature words that define many kinds of plants and animals had to be taken out. 

    Dwarf and elf got the ax, too! What does that say for the next generation of fantasy freaks?

    Words out: golblin, beech, blackberry, blacksmith, bloom, bluebell, canary, chestnut, cowslip, fungus, gooseberry, ivy, lavender, leek, minnow, mint, nectar, spinach, sycamore, tulip, turnip, vine, violet, walnut, willow. and also:  altar, bishop, chapel, christen. hmm....

    Words in: Blog, broadband, MP3 player, voicemail, attachment, database, export, chatroom, bullet point, cut and paste, analogue, allergic, biodegradable, emotion, dyslexic, donate.....

    The ultimate irony? One of the new words added is "endangered."

     

    --- Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks

     

    Tuesday
    Jun232009

    Harry and the Potters 500th show

    If you haven't seen Harry and the Potters, here's a good introduction. Two brothers -- Paul and Joe DeGeorge -- who are the sweetest  guys you'll ever meet. And they can rock. Here's them playing their 500th show in their own hometown of Norwood, Massachusetts. As their website puts it: "mere blocks from our boyhood home, in the very elementary school that we attended so long ago, in the same cafetorium where Paul sang the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” theme song in the 5th grade musical and where Joe witnessed Ellen Greely throw up through her recorder (@vomitwords) during the 3rd grade recital."

    I profile them in my book (chapter 9, in fact).

    Lyrics to "Dumbledore"
    You were the best we ever had
    You were the best we ever had (you were the best)
    I wish that we could go down to the Room of Requirement
    And we could go bowling just like you used to
    Back when Hogwarts Bowling Club was cool

    You were the best we ever had
    You were the best we ever had (you were the best)

    Dumbledore
    We're here with you tonight
    We'll carry on the fight
    Everything will be alright
    And everyone is fine

    You were the best we ever had (you were the best)
    I wish we could have shared more together
    But now you're off on your next adventure

    Dumbledore
    We'll fight for you tonight
    Dumbledore
    We all fight for you tonight
    In our hearts we'll never let you die
    Your love is keeping us alive

    You'll never be gone as long as we're here
    You'll never be gone as long as we're here
    You'll never be gone as long as we're here
    We'll carry on 'cause there's nothing to fear

    Dumbledore
    We'll fight for you tonight
    Dumbledore
    We all fight for you tonight
    In our hearts we'll never let you die
    Your love is keeping us alive

    Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

    You'll never be gone as long as we're here
    You'll never be gone as long as we're here
    You'll never be gone as long as we're here
    We'll carry on 'cause there's nothing to fear

    Dumbledore
    We'll fight for you tonight
    Dumbledore
    We all fight for you tonight
    In our hearts we'll never let you die
    Your love is keeping us alive

    Dumbledore
    We'll fight for you tonight 

     

     

     

    --- Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks

    Tuesday
    Jun232009

    A blog begins


    And lo, and the creator spoke, and there was a blog. And it was good.

    Or we hope so.

    Welcome to the "Ethan Freak" blog. Where I'll try to keep tabs on some of the fantasy and gaming activity out there. Whether it's D&D, other games, Dragon*Con and other cons, Tolkien and Lord of the Rings rumors, Harry Potter fandom, or why this d20 (above) is so worn down (have I been rolling it THAT much lately?), our interest and reach is wide, wolfish and wistful. Here goes...

     

    --- Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks

     

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