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Shaenon: I said I'd do it, and I did: at Arisia, I forced the redoubtable Dirk Tiede to draw us a Skin Horse pinup. As you can see, he went above and beyond the call of duty with this sketch of Tigerlily, Moustachio, and Moustachio's little arms. Now please enjoy Dirk's werewolf cop drama/road trip buddy story Paradigm Shift.

Speaking of which, I had an awesome time at Arisia. Thanks so much to everybody there. And if anyone has SH-related photos from the con--the cosplay, the filk sing-a-long, etc.--please please please send them my way. I didn't get many photos because I spent the whole weekend kind of overwhelmed by the whole experience.

Channing: For the love of pete, yes, please send in some cosplay pictures! I was not lucky enough to be at Arisia with Shaenon this year, and I totally want to see people dressing up as my characters.

Dirk, I totally dig this picture. It brings me to well above my recommended daily allowance of fabulousness.

JIM Evans (hydrogenguy) says:

The quickest of googles informs me that "Tiede" is Finnish for "science".

This cannot be coincidence.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Oh goodness.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Mungojerrie And Rumpleteazer", Andrew Lloyd Webber and T.S. Eliot)

See Moustachio, Tigerlily!
Steampunk robot and discotheque queen!
When M gets over-wound, we ask "Will he
Cause a destructive and vi-o-lent scene?"
A friendship that transcends the centuries,
Funkadelic meets elegant class!
And soon they're overpowering sentries,
Looking good as they're kicking brass!

It was after Tip and Moustachio's fight,
When the readers beheld an awesome sight
As Victorian clockwork meets disco sweetie
As illustrated by Dirk Tiede!
Thinkonium is aroused from his trance
By the awesome power of Science Pants!
When before, at least, nobody was harmed;
But now beware, 'cause Moustachio's armed!

Then the readers reply,
"It's that awesome duet!"
It's Moustachio ... and Tigerlily,
Awesome as much as a pin-up can get!

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Two points from last week:

  1. Had to look up "Entelechy" in the dictionary (and add it to my Chrome's dictionary). First website ever where the verbiage starts to rival my GRE test.
  2. Also Googled "Fox Hat." I think I found the 2011 Christmas gift for my crazy brother-in-law hunter. 

What does not kill me kills you (ld50) says:

The print version of the Arisia Pocket Program ( has some easter eggs in the participant list at the back of the book. Because I'm a fanboy.

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