Monthly Archives: October 2004

Reminder: There is No Such Thing as Private E-Mail

Atrios gets tightly wound over the fact that The New York Times Public Editor Daniel Okrent named someone who had sent a nasty e-mail to a New York Times reporter. This is what Okrent said: But before I turn over the podium, I do want you to know just how debased the level of discourse […]

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Random Blatherings, 10/09/04

Some thoughts that in themselves don’t merit a full entry: * So, here’s the basic line coming out of the debate, so far as I can tell: George Bush neither drooled on himself nor shook like a palsied chimpanzee, and was actually reasonably composed, so he wins (and by “wins” we mean to say it’s […]

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The Election and Kerry’s Shoes

I want to be clear on this, so that there’s no confusion. If John Kerry cannot beat George W. Bush in this election, he should be taken out and beaten to death with his own shoes. How can any major party candidate not beat a sitting president who is the first since Hoover to have […]

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I Got Dem Cozmic Swing State Blues Again, Mama

Friends from California tell me that to judge from the campaign activities there, you’d hardly know there was a presidential election going on. You can’t say the same in Ohio, 2004’s appointed Really Important Swing State, where it seems the candidates are visiting just about every day, and where I’m getting tons of crap from […]

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Catching Up on the Petblogging

I haven’t done much petblogging here at the Whatever recently — I’ve sort of migrated that sort of action over to By The Way, where it seems somehow more apropos — but I understand that many of the Whatever readers who do not avail themselves of my AOL Journal stylings yet yearn to see the […]

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Look at Me, I’m Working. Yeah.

I’m supposed to be being a lot more productive this week than I have been, but I think I have some excellent excuses. Sunday my Web site imploded and needed tending. This leaked into Monday and then into Tuesday. Today everything’s groovy with the Web site, but Athena was home today due to a teacher’s […]

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Eh.

I’ve got nothing of any use to say about the vice-presidential debate. I keep trying to generate a head of steam about it, but it’s a no go. Even the big post-debate talking point on the Kerry-Edwards side, in which Cheney’s snark comment about never having met Edwards before was countered with a picture of […]

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The New Look

So, I’m thinking this is the look I’m going to go with, for a while at least. Let me know your thoughts on it. Update, 6:50 pm — for everyone who is wondering why I haven’t reinstalled pictures to the Scalzi.com site, the short answer is I’m waiting until my DSL installation later this week. […]

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A Note From Athena

Athena says: “Hi there! My dad is going to be fiddling with the layout of the Whatever today, so at times it’s going to look really really bad. Please humor him. He’s a silly man, but we tolerate him anyway.” Update: 11:55 — I know you can’t see comments at the moment. I’m fiddling, remember. […]

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Do Me a Favor —

Leave a comment, would ya? I’m not entirely convinced I’ve set up my comments correctly so that anyone can leave a comment. If you can’t leave a comment, drop me an e-mail and let me know. Thanks.

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The Whatever is Alive!

Looks like I wasn’t down nearly as long as I thought I would be. The Whatever is now alive once more, with all its previous entries as well — although, as I suspected, they all have brand spankin’ new URLs. That’s what the search engine is for. All the text is up, but I should […]

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How It Works, 2004 Edition

Start off with the fact that the chances of me buying an entire John Fogerty album approach zero. This is for many reasons, not the least of which is the simple fact that Fogerty is a singles guy to me — from his Creedence Clearwater Revival days, I like one or two songs on an […]

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On Being on the Nebula Short Fiction Jury

Since I mentioned I was on this year’s Nebula Short Fiction Jury, I’ve been hit with e-mail from people asking me what it’s about and what they need to do to bribe me to consider their stuff. In the interest of clarity (and so I can henceforth refer people to this document rather than spelling […]

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In Case You’re Wondering…

The reason I haven’t posted thoughts on the debate is that I haven’t watched it yet. I was busy last night with Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, which I thought was a sufficient excuse. However, I’ll be watching the debates later today (probably) and any comments I have I’ll make then. Of course, it’s not as if […]

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