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Spring Garden

Ah, spring…  It was 63 degrees in our backyard at 7:00, which is pretty remarkable in our corner of San Francisco.  And the garden has been so lovely recently.  It was overdue for a photo shoot.  Not much to say here, but enjoy my pretties!

The back garden (click to enlarge):

The front garden (click to enlarge):

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SF Premiere of Game of Thrones Season 3

This week my darling husband brought me to one of the coolest events I’ve ever gone to.  HBO hosted a screening and party for the premiere of the third season of Game of Thrones.

My ticket to the screening

My ticket to the screening

As I mentioned in my last post, eight cast members, the executive producers, and George R.R. Martin himself were there.  Not to mention lots of tech people, several of whom were seen wearing Google Glass (as were the EPs).

Creators & Executive Producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff trying on Google Glass

Creators & Executive Producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff trying on Google Glass

The event was put on by The OutCast Agency, which handles PR for lots of cool companies, including Pinterest, where my hubs works.  OutCast gave Pinterest 30 invites to the screening, with plus-ones.

The event was held at the Palace of Fine Arts, and there were a dozen or so greeters on the path from the valet to the entrance, all dressed in GOT-esque costumes.  Naturally, we took lots of pictures with them.

With one of the greeters

With one of the greeters

Once inside, we took our seats in the auditorium, and watched the backstage “VIP red carpet” on the big screen.  There we saw the 8 cast members, the 2 executive producers, George R.R. Martin, and some HBO brass talk to the press.  Then the CEO of HBO took the stage and introduced all these people to the audience.  We saw a 3-minute recap of season 2, then watched episode 1 of season 3, then watched a trailer for the rest of season 3.  Yes, the episode was awesome.

I confess to not knowing the names of the actors who attended.  But their characters’ names I do know!  We saw Arya, Sansa, and Catelyn Stark; Margery Tyrell; Jon Snow and his wildling girlfriend Ygritte; Samwell Tarley; and Jamie Lannister.  And yes, Jamie Lannister is that handsome.

Following the screening, there was a moderated Q&A with Weiss, Benioff, and Martin.  Martin said he’s working on book 6, and expects it to be 1500 pages.  And he’s also planning a book 7, of equal length.  Weiss and Benioff said they’re hoping they get to tell the whole saga in their show, but you never do know with television, do you?  They also discussed some interesting subjects, like the fact that GOT is the most pirated show on television.  Most of that piracy comes from Australia, where the episodes are delayed 6 months from the air date in the US.  That factoid led to a bit of a chat about how the Internet is changing the consumption of entertainment; they speculated that the current practice of scheduling releases of episodes and films on different dates in different countries may ultimately have to change.  They also talked about how Twitter and web forums have brought about a sense of communal viewing that television audiences haven’t had before, in the way that cinema-goers experience a screening as a group.  All very interesting conversation.

Q&A

Q&A

After the Q&A we went into the party.  The food and drinks were totally on-theme, and the nerds and superfans were stoked.

Taking it all in

Taking it all in

There were costumes on display, a couple of living statues, a DJ in costume, and the best part of all, we got to take pictures on the Iron Throne!

Me on the Iron Throne!

Me on the Iron Throne!

Now if only we could go to one of these every week!

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