Monthly Archives: December 2003

2003 Greatest Hits

Just in case I don’t get back for a couple of days, here are a few of my favorite entries from 2003. In case you missed them the first time around. Enjoy. The Child on the Train Slaughter X Prime (and followup) The Terror of Bad Chocolate They Shoot People, Don’t They? Reader Request #8: […]

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2003, 2004

2003: Not a bad year. I mean, for me. For the world its had the usual ups and downs as it always does; since you have Time magazine and Instapundit out there, you don’t need me to recapitulate these stories. But this is the prime source of Scalzi information (it implies such in the domain […]

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Wrapping Up

The final tally for my literacy drive was $726.04 — not a bad sum. I’ve got a call into Reading is Fundamental right now to see if there’s a way to send the amount to them directly through PayPal; if not, I’ll simply cut them a check and mail it off. But since the whole […]

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My Christmas Gifts

It’s this simple. I’m off for a few days. Merry Christmas to all of you.

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Quick Note to “Scalzi Christmas” Readers

The final Christmas story is taking slightly longer than expected to write. I should have it to you tomorrow if I don’t in fact finish it this very evening.

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Five

We celebrated Athena’s 5th birthday yesterday. Her birthday isn’t actually until Tuesday, but you know how family is — it’s easier to schedule everyone for a weekend, especially at this point in the holiday season. Athena was of course unaware there was anything going on; beyond the fact that we were holding her birthday on […]

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Jackson & The Hobbit

One last thought on the whole Jackson/Tolkien thing. On the off-chance the Tolkien estate deigns to allow Peter Jackson to do a version of The Hobbit (which seems unlikely as Christopher Tolkien appears to dislike the films and is not inclined to allow a filmed version of The Hobbit), I think Jackson should consider doing […]

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Why The Film is Better than the Book

So, yesterday I said: “It’s my belief that the Rings movies are better as movies than the Rings books are as books.” Now I’ll follow through on that thought. No one disputes that The Lord of the Rings is great fantasy, and vastly influential. Indeed, throw a rock and you’ll hit a fantasy writer who […]

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The Lord of the Rings in Film History

Yes, of course, I went to the first showing of Return of the King in my area, which was a 10:50am showing Wednesday morning. Theoretically I could have driven to the other side of Dayton and caught it at 12:01am, but I guess I’m not a true fan, since convenience really is a dividing line […]

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What to Do With the Man

The news of Saddam’s capture is, of course, delightful, and good in an unqualified sense. Already those on the left are finding caveats and those on the right are becoming unbearably smug, but I’ll leave them to their own respective spins and say that from here, where I stand, this is a good work done, […]

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DRM Silliness

I’m going to get geeky with music, here. Hold on. One of the things people who get annoyed with digital rights management in regards to legally purchased and downloaded musical files are especially annoyed with is that although DRM is easily evaded by recording the audio playback as a .wav file and then compressing the […]

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Another Review of Universe

Well, isn’t this nice: A good review of The Rough Guide to the Universe in Astronomy & Geophysics, the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society. Here’s the link; you’ll need to scroll about two-thirds of the way down the page to get the review. For those of you who don’t want to bother with the […]

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It’s Not Too Late to Pitch In

What do Dorothy Parker, the Village People, David Cronenberg and Zbigniew Brzezinski have in common? They are all featured players in the first of three Christmas stories I am writing this season. The story is now up on the site, but the only way you’ll be able to access it is to pitch in and […]

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By Popular Demand

As requested by several readers, there is now a permanent link to By The Way, my AOL Journal, over there in my links. Please feel free to avail yourselves of it as much — or as little — as you choose.

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Doing My Part.

Santorum. Santorum. Santorum. There, that should help bring Santorum, the sex-related term, to Google primacy over the gay-act-hating US Senator from Pennsylvania. And, of course, it couldn’t happen to a nicer gay-act-hating sort of guy. Having said that, the Santorum Shot is a truly disturbing drink idea.

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The Bear Knows Why

Let’s just say Santa has his “nice” list, his “naughty” list, and his “get a visit from the collection elves” list. I leave it to you to decide which list the bear was on.

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