Daily Archives: February 2, 2011

This Is How Bad It’s Gotten

I just got an e-mail from the WordPress VIP folks (who are the ones hosting Whatever) that power issues in Texas due to the storm may force some of their servers to go temporarily offline. So if in the near future you have problems accessing Whatever, a) that’s probably why and b) don’t panic, it’ll get fixed.

To illustrate the problem, here’s a picture of ice on my clothesline. Imagine the clothesline is a powerline and you’ll see why there might be issues.

Yeah, that.

Mind you, we have high winds, fragile ice-bearing trees and frozen powerlines here in Ohio, too, and about 50,000 people in my area are without power. So I can’t even promise I’ll have power for the rest of the day. Icegeddeon ’11: What a mess.

I’m going to use this as an excuse to run away from the site for the rest of the day and get a little more book writing done. See you tomorrow.

Warming Up, the Science Fictional Way

Seeing that my world is one currently encased in several inches of ice, my Filmcritic.com column this week wisks us away to some of the warmest planets of science fiction film, making the case for each as a vacation destination (while not omitting their drawbacks, of course). It’s not the deepest column I’ve ever written, but it might be the tannest. Go and enjoy and if you feel like it, leave comments there.