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What I Did With My Friday

I drove up to Cleveland to hang out with these guys: For those of you lamentably behind in your geek culture studies, the two fellows sitting on the couch are Paul & Storm, and the fellow lurking behind… Read More

The Permanent Stargate: Universe Discussion Thread, Season Two

This is the SG:U discussion thread for the second season; The season one discussion threads are here: 1|2|3 As there is an interest in having an official comment thread here on Whatever for the discussion of Stargate: Universe… Read More

The Permanent Stargate: Universe Discussion Thread, Part III

This is the third part of the SG:U discussion thread; the first part is archived here, and the second part here. As there is an interest in having an official comment thread here on Whatever for the discussion… Read More

The Permanent Stargate: Universe Discussion Thread, Part II

This is the second part of the SG:U discussion thread; the first part is archived here. As there is an interest in having an official comment thread here on Whatever for the discussion of Stargate: Universe episodes, themes… Read More

The Permanent Stargate: Universe Discussion Thread

As there is an interest in having an official comment thread here on Whatever for the discussion of Stargate: Universe episodes, themes and details, behold! This is it. Henceforth, let this be the place you come here to… Read More

Oh, Yeah –

No real updating today because I’m traveling. Sorry.

Physics Puppets!

You folks may remember last year when Whatever’s Favorite Physics Professorâ„¢ Chad Orzel ran a charity drive for science classes on his site, and promised to dance like a monkey if his monetary goals were met. They were,… Read More

In the Lair Of the Semi-Geek

I’m upgrading the laptop to Windows 7 at the moment, but clearly can’t be away from the Internets during the upgrade lest I burst into flame, so while the upgrade is doing its thing, I’m online with the… Read More

In Which Athena Assumes I Am Watching Something From The Onion, And Yet I’m Totally Not

Me: [Clicks on a YouTube video from Fox News complaining about how the White House doesn’t think it’s a real news station] Athena (not watching but listening as she plays the Wii): Are you watching something from that… Read More

Zeus the Cat Wonders Idly What His Idiot Human Is Doing At the Window

Don’t we all, Zeus. Don’t we all.

Note on Handcrafted Spam

So, either spammers are hiring people to glance at entry headlines and then post four-word comments vaguely related to the topic, or their contextual analysis is getting better. Either way, there’s been an uptick in spam getting past… Read More

The Coolness of Science Fiction

Someone asked me the question: “Was science fiction ever cool?” and in my AMC column this week I answer, in detail, with telling examples. And because I will have settled this eternally burning question, we can now focus… Read More

Living Like Fitzgerald

With a hat tip to the estimable Walter Jon Williams, I point you in the direction of this article, which examines the tax returns of one F. Scott Fitzgerald, of whom you may have heard, over the length… Read More

Exiled In My Own Home!

The entire top half of my house has been taken over by house painters, who are painting the rooms and hallway in tones with names like “restful” and “free spirit.” I am exiled to the formal dining room… Read More

Stephen Fry Aptly Sums Up The Problem Of Every “Clever” Person in the World

Whether they are genuinely clever or not: If a joke or a neat phrase or an apparently convincing rhetorical trope or apt simile occur to me they will emerge from my mouth without passing Think. Yes. That. From… Read More

Scalzi on Nook

Over on Twitter, I’m asked if my books will be available on the Nook, Barnes & Noble’s new eBook reader. My answer: It appears so. A cursory glance at the B&N eBook site reveals four of my books… Read More

Mobile Whatever

A couple of people today have asked me whether they missed the announcement that I had installed a new version of Whatever to be read on mobile devices. The answer is no, you haven’t, because I wasn’t aware… Read More

Today’s Not Terribly Relevatory Observation Regarding My Physical Condition

As I get older, it becomes surprising to me, not how much I am beginning to resemble my father (because I’m not, really), but how much I am beginning to resemble my grandfather. In particular I’m pretty sure… Read More

The Big Idea: John Brown

Here’s a question for you: When you’re confronted by a large, angry animal that could squash you like a grape, is the first thing that comes to your mind, hey, now that gives me an idea for a… Read More

Still Can’t Brain Today

Man, some days are just like that. So in lieu of actual brain thought thingies, two notes and a totally deep thought. * Over at Omnivoracious, Jeff VanderMeer interviews Bill Schafer, publisher at Subterranean Press. I get mentioned… Read More