Monthly Archives: August 2004

Science Fiction Films: Which Are the Most Significant?

Okay, here’s that big participatory entry I’ve been hinting at. As some of you know, I’m currently writing The Rough Guide to Science Fiction Film, which will be a general overview of the history of Science Fiction in films, with chapters on some various themes (science in science fiction, SF film icons, crossover subgenres, etc) […]

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Various Notations and Nonsense 8/29

Popping my head up again to make a few comments. 1. I’ll definitely be posting one more entry prior to Noreascon, for which I leave on Thursday morning. Be on the lookout for it, because it’s participatory. 1a. Old Man’s War is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com, and at 30% off, as you can […]

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Noreascon Schedule — Final

The fine folks at Noreascon have been so kind as to publish the final version of the program, along with room numbers and so forth, so please to find below where I will be at Noreascon and when, and with whom: Thursday 1:00 p H310: They Should Make a Movie of Thatů What SF/F/H short […]

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Newsworthy vs. Blogworthy

(Yes, I’m still on vacation. But you know how I am.) The question, posed by the right side of the blogosphere: Why, oh why hasn’t the mainstream press given as much attention to the “Kerry in Cambodia” story as the “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” story? Short answer: Because it’s not nearly as newsworthy, and […]

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Summer Break

It’s August. I’m taking a summer vacation from the Whatever through Noreascon, which, for those of you not paying attention to the minute details of my life, means I’d be back here September 7 (here’s my Noreascon appearance schedule again, for those of you who want to be in the know). I could give you […]

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Doom 3

This morning a friend of mine called and asked me how I was enjoying my Doomage, a question predicated on a previous comment to him, in which I said I planned to play Doom 3 for about 12 hours straight over the weekend. I told him the doomage was going fine, but what I didn’t […]

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Linkages

Though an act of rank stupidity, I have accidentally deleted every single bookmark I have for blogs, journals, personal Web pages and so on. They’re all gone; roughly 200 bookmarks, all of which I visit daily, wiped from existence. I find this profoundly irritating — I read blogs, etc for enjoyment but also for professional […]

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Big Gay News

No, I’m not coming out. I’m saving that for my future disastrous Senate run in Ohio. I’m just making a couple of quick comments about the New Jersey Governor and San Francisco annulments. New Jersey Governor: Call me impolitic, but the real issue here for me is not that he’s gay (although as a practical […]

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Your “What the Hell?” Olympic Moment

Given my general obliviousness to everything regarding the Olympics, I only just now heard that one of the Olympic mascots is named Athena, which of course makes perfect sense given that the Olympics are taking place in the Goddess’ hometown. On the other hand, this is what the mascots look like: (Athena is in orange. […]

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New Main Page Picture

For those of you who are interested in such things, there’s a new picture up on the Scalzi.com front page. As a general aside, I’m giving some thought to revamping the look of the entire site, to give it a more cohesive look/feel, but since at the moment it would require more thought and effort […]

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Cambodia, Texas, Whatever

Can I get a hallelujah and an amen for how absolutely little I care about either how John Kerry was says he was in Cambodia during the Vietnam War but maybe wasn’t, or how George Bush says he fulfilled his National Guard service, but maybe didn’t? I don’t care, I don’t care, I don’t care. […]

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I Know It’s Wrong

But I still think it’s damn funny. Oh, don’t fret. The cat’s fine. Anyway, it’s Lopsided Cat, who is definitively our dumbest cat; you could drop a GMC Yukon on his head and he couldn’t get any more dumb. What I find very amusing is that Athena knows this sort of thing amuses me; she […]

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School Days Approaching

Informational mail from Athena’s new school today; in it I learn that school starts on August 30th (I knew that) and ends on June 9th (I didn’t know that — that could put a crimp in our annual vacation plans). There’s also an open house on the 26th, so we can go in and meet […]

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Possibly Suicidal Updating

My comment spam seems to be increasing in the last week or so, and so I will now attempt to install MT-Blacklist to squash it, as if it were a bug. This will almost certainly mean I shall cause irrevocable harm to the MT installation. So if things go freaky around here today, you know […]

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Book of the Dumb 2 is Done

Yes, a last-few days writing sprint took care of that (as it usually does), with me cranking out about 30 articles/8,000 words in about 36 hours. The last BotD had about 200 articles in it; I wrote 223 for this one, so even if a few are dinked out we should be fine. There is […]

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My Favorite Colors Are Green, Blue and White

So I guess it’s a good thing I live where I do. Unbelievably beautiful day today. If we could have the rest just like this through, say, the middle of October, I’d be the happiest boy alive.

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Blah Blah Blah 8/6

No, I haven’t finished the book. I’ve still got about five articles to write (I’ll probably write ten, just to be safe). No, I don’t have a good excuse. Leave me alone, damn you. I swear I’ll be finished later today. Or, I’ll drive a hammer through my skull, claw end first. In the meantime, […]

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My World

For those who care (and those who don’t but wandered over here anyway), a status update: 1. Book is coming along fine. Close to the contractually obliged word count, which is nice, and also to the number of pages required for the book, which is even nicer. One of the strange things about doing an […]

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Book Deadline Today —

— And I’m still about 20 articles short (maybe more, maybe less; my editor needs to flow what we have into the book design). I blame my satellite connection, which has been the very definition of “intermittent,” spending entire hours cycling through a connect and disconnected state every six seconds or so. When you have […]

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