Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Something to brighten your geeky day...

So, I'm back from GenCon. And despite the fact that I washed my hands like Lady Macbeth the whole time, I somehow managed to get sick.

Ordinarily, I'm okay with this. It's one of the risks of attending conventions. Sometimes you get stuck on a panel where you don't fit in. Sometimes you get trapped in a conversation and have to listen to a guy tell you about his 15th level half-elven ranger/assassin.

And sometimes, if you're unlucky enough to have me as your arch-nemesis, you get a death threat in your fortune cookie....

... Sometimes you get a cold. It's all part of the game.

But this time it sucks more than usual. I did Worldcon and GenCon back-to-back this year, so I've been away from home for almost two weeks solid. However, because I got sick the day before I came home, I cannot have a joyeux homecoming complete with passionate kissings from Sarah.

No. It is bad for a pregnant lady to get sick. That means when I returned from the airport, Sarah greeted me at the door with a firm handshake and a pat on the head.

Don't get me wrong. It was a good handshake. But even the best of handshakes cannot help but fall far short of passionate.

So I sit at my computer, sick, kissless, and trying to catch up on 500 unanswered e-mails. What can I possibly find that will lift my spirits?


Yes, Felicia Day is all kinds of awesome. You had to know that already. What this video really did was firmly cement my love for Sandeep Parikh and Jeff Lewis.

Midwest side, my boys. Represent.


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OpenID lucidlunacy said...

I originally found that when someone posted it to your Facebook page, and have watched it several times since. Someone needs to pay Felicia et. al to just create awesome material like this for the benefit of geekdom 24/7.

Or at least 24/2.

Word Verification: vowraft= new MMO, not at all like Warcraft, yet inexplicably being sued for millions of dollars.

August 18, 2009 2:11 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth Atwater said...

Only you could get such a fortune in your fortune cookie, Pat. Maybe the restaurant fortune cookies were getting back at you for receiving those fancy ones a little while ago?

August 18, 2009 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Tania said...

I empathise with being ill and not being able to kiss your wife - no... wait... let me rephrase.... I've never met your wife...
Anyhow.... my hubby finally gets home after 5 (five!) long long weeks away on Saturday and I think I'd have to kill someone if I got ill and couldn't greet him with... well, you get the idea.
And see me being brave and posting a comment after reading your blog for months :)
*runs and hides*

August 18, 2009 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your excellent sessions as Gen Con! It was the only reason I attended the convention and was well worth every penny. I confess I took an extra fortune cookie to share with my own Mrs. at home. I think I may even be able to get her to read your book strictly from the red fortune cookie experience.

So sorry to hear it ended with you getting sick. I was going to send you an email with a link to the new music video to help cheer you up. You've posted about being a fan of all things Felicia Day and Sandeep Parikh... but you are already on top of it. Glad to see you sharing the wealth as usual.

Thank you again and get feeling better soon.


August 18, 2009 2:26 PM  
Anonymous cat collector said...

Sorry to hear you're down with the con crud---let's hope it's just the three day variety and not flu.

Here, have some virtual chicken soup!(And you and Sarah can get busy on planning your homecoming that will take place once you're well.)

August 18, 2009 2:28 PM  
Blogger Anton Strout said...

Oh, Pat was the one handing out fortune cookies. That's when I had the misfortune of opening one to find it called for my death. I'm not quite sure how the logistics will work out tho...

August 18, 2009 2:29 PM  
Blogger Wysen said...

So I sit at my computer, sick, kissless, and trying to catch up on 500 unanswered e-mails.

Now that you're sick with the con-crud I feel bad to be 1 of 500.

I caught the "Date My Avatar" yesterday. I've played that video about 15 times now... Much love for "The Guild" folks.

August 18, 2009 2:42 PM  
Blogger D said...

I'm probably condemning myself to never seeing book two...but... google painted boobs.

You'll either feel better or really, really scared :)

August 18, 2009 2:52 PM  
OpenID brightbane said...

Oh. My. God. That's pretty much all I have to say about that video. It was beyond amazing.

August 18, 2009 2:53 PM  
Anonymous cisko said...

Did you check out her Flickr set? Especially this "Braniac" photo?

A sweet photo, in itself. But I also mention it because a certain author's book is shelved center-left.

Yes, it's her library. She even mentions that the books on the left are hers.

I don't know about anyone else, but if that were my book, I'd be doing the Happy Dance...!

August 18, 2009 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Vasko said...

Well Pat I am very disappointed my brother didn't get your signature at Gen Con apparently you were hard to find outside of seminars.

My wife had our child Wed, 6 weeks and day early all went well until today when they found a hole in his colon, thank God they fixed it and he will be ok.

So now not only didn't I get a Rothfuss signature but my baby won't be home for 6weeks give or take a 2 weeks. I am sorry you are sick and hope you feel better good sir, have an idea I am working on to send you as a gift when I now mail my book to you.

Feel better Pat and make sure you keep your Sarah safe and protect that baby.

August 18, 2009 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you a ton. Today was a hellacious day at work and this did brighten my geeky day. Wish I could have made it to Indiana to meet you personally. Hope you had fun with all them Hoosiers (whatever that is). Get well soon and look forward to reading your newest work soon (Blog or Book, whichever) as it is always entertaining and real.

August 18, 2009 3:28 PM  
Blogger jdcb said...

I feel better now, I get my 'Pat's Blog' fix!!! Wait, er, I mean...

Welcome home pat, sorry but it sucks your sick. I remember when I went to India for 9 weeks, man was that a long flight home!

August 18, 2009 4:11 PM  
Blogger Thoams P. Malone said...

Very impressive production. I think you have a hit there. I will show my son and ask him what it takes to put together something like that. . . I like to challenge him to create, to entertain.

August 18, 2009 4:40 PM  
Blogger Fe2O3 said...

Sorry to hear about the illness. I know that no amount of fan-boy adulation could ever make up for the fact that you are on the spousal "No fly" list.

The Guild rocks. Thanks for sharing the vid.

Keep the family healthy and get well soon.

August 18, 2009 4:42 PM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

Sorry to hear that you are ill but that is, indeed, something to brighten my geeky day! Thank you!

August 18, 2009 8:44 PM  
Blogger jeff_hotchkiss said...

Yes. Yes, I do want to date your avatar. Yes, I do.

August 18, 2009 9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry that you got sick. Hope you get well soon. Ah, the price of fame.

Props for highlighting Anton Strout's name. He authored what is possibly my favorite line ever in a sf/f novel.

August 18, 2009 9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Half-elf ranger?!?!?! I am so sorry man. lol. srry i had to.

August 18, 2009 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Sarah F. said...

The guild is on my subscriptions for youtube, so I got an E-mail when it came out. I've pretty much been watching/listening to it none stop since then. Felicia Day is officially my first lesbian crush. awesome.

August 18, 2009 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Vinny K said...

I'm sorry to hear of your untimely cold. May it end quickly. As for the video, it made my day. haha. Funny as hell.

August 18, 2009 10:32 PM  
Blogger Myles said...

What a sad, sad way to end a con, although not uncommon.

Best of wishes to your recovery and continuing happiness and a healthy baby and so on and so forth.

Woot, woot from Oregon, WI.

August 18, 2009 10:58 PM  
Blogger Susanne said...

Hope you get to feeling better soon, and that wifey kisses will happen on that joyous day.

Warning to those who haven't seen Date My Avatar (is there anyone left?): You will NOT stop singing it. It absolutely refuses to go out of your head. If you work in an open plan office, DO NOT PLAY THIS SONG. More than, say, 5 times, that is.

Also, I want that +5 sexterity vest, stat.

August 19, 2009 4:54 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

And thus, with this post, Pat solidifes his blog as the coolest blog in blogdom.

Death threats, passionate handshakes and Felicia Day.

If there's a better combination of anything I don't care to know it.

August 19, 2009 4:57 AM  
Blogger Kelmar said...

My 3 year old can't stop watching that video... he has a thing for redheads.

I once had to buy him a comic just because it had Jean Grey on the cover.

O and Pat, don't let Sarah get over on you. Pregnant women's immune system is on hypermode. No way she gets sick!

Get some lovin man!

August 19, 2009 6:53 AM  
OpenID christinerains said...

I can't stop watching that video!

August 19, 2009 6:54 AM  
Blogger Susanne said...

@christinerains See? I told you!

August 19, 2009 7:05 AM  
Anonymous Erik Isaksson said...

What Captain Joe said.

August 19, 2009 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Sorry I missed you at GenCon this year. My husband and I were set to go, even though the only reason he wanted to go was to go see if Cryptic had a demo set up for the new Star Trek Online game. We couldn't come because I'm very, very, very pregnant, and we didn't really want to have the kid at the con. Well, baby still hasn't shown up and we didn't get to go. I think I need ice cream now.

Looks like it was a great time, though. Sorry you got sick with geek germs. Feel better soon.

August 19, 2009 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now I want to date Felicia Day. Dammit.

August 19, 2009 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah its great ur having fun at the nerdy conventions... but another update on book 2 should happen man seriously... feb was the last one.

August 19, 2009 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Rachael said...

I've watched all of The Guild episodes, but that was such a fantastic video! I've watched it twice already. haha thanks for sharing! It definately made my day :)

August 19, 2009 1:04 PM  
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August 19, 2009 3:49 PM  
Blogger Justin B. said...

"The Guild's" one of the smartest and entertaining series of videos I've watched in a while. But this video's definitely one of their best, especially since Felicia Day's the main focus of the video.

Pat, Don't you know that con's are breeding grounds for pathogens? Even if your hand washing conduct is borderline obsessive compulsive. Those germs are still gonna get you and keep you from receiving return kisses once you arrive home. And it's definitely going to prevent you from ever having Felicia Day arrive at your doorstep, wearing her Codex attire.

Next year, bring a ton of bottles of Purrell. Or you could always steal my OCD mind for the weekend.

August 19, 2009 3:50 PM  
Blogger Feywriter said...

That music video is the definition of awesomeness. Very catchy song.

August 19, 2009 4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see you picked 1:28 of the video.

Nothing like a little tanking and spanking

August 19, 2009 9:15 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

awwwww pat! poor guy... I promise you, from this moment forth, I will do everything in my power to perfect a "passionate" handshake - then I will pass on my newly-found wisdom to you, good sir, for use in any future unfortunate sick events. Cheers.

August 19, 2009 11:08 PM  
Blogger Crazy Uncle Ryan said...

Yes, that was indeed all kinds of awesome.

August 20, 2009 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Get well soon. (btw I never knew your wife was pregnant, congratulations ^_^)

August 20, 2009 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Arc Jones said...

can't. stop. watching.

Thanks for making my day.

August 20, 2009 3:12 PM  
Anonymous Brandon said...

That video filled my evening with many kinds of happy haha.

August 20, 2009 11:14 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I can't stop watching it!! Especially the bit where Sandeep does a standing somersault. Fantastic. I can barely get out of my chair. Feel better soon.

August 21, 2009 1:33 AM  
Anonymous Darb07 said...

The ONLY thing that could have made that better (and this is my opinion, i realise some may not share it) but a 5 to 10 sec clip of Pat in there as a gnome warrior or as (dare i say it) kvouthe would have been histarical. (i can't spell for crap . . i know i'm sorry)

August 21, 2009 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Taliesin said...

"So I sit at my computer, sick, kissless, and trying to catch up on 500 unanswered e-mails. What can I possibly find that will lift my spirits?"

Finishing The Wise Man's Fear?

August 22, 2009 4:56 AM  
Anonymous Andy said...

Well if you want a kiss I can come over and give you one. Thanks for this, I was not a big fan of Dr. H so didn't think I would like her but after watching this I watch all of the guild and loved it. Again if you want a kiss I only like 5 hours away and I have already put dollar down your shirt. Thanks for making me laugh today I was pretty tired.


August 23, 2009 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Andy said...

Hi Pat,
I think my wife will not like you, I asked if I get a chance I could cheat on her with 2 people 7 of 9 and Inara she said with a laugh yes but now I think I going to ask her if I could add Felicia Day in the list, I think she is going to get all worried because Fat, short, Old Koreans are in.....

August 23, 2009 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so random. I'm not a video game geek, but I love it anyway. Smiles to go 'round.

August 25, 2009 6:28 AM  
Anonymous Rob Hawthorne said...

OK, Pat, you win. I've never posted a comment to your blog before, and I really don't follow a lot of other geeky media, but most of my friends are far deeper into gaming that I am, and your comment about the guy with the 15th level ranger/assassin and the embedded video just won me over. Now all I need is to have a picture taken wearing a T-shirt that says, "Pat Rothfuss Is My Master Now"

August 28, 2009 9:02 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Anyone notice that the beginning of the video is like the beginning of Xena???

September 3, 2009 9:44 AM  

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