Monthly Archives: June 2005

Open Letter to the University of Chicago Development Office

Dear University of Chicago Development Office: I’m going to make this simple for you: For every single piece of spam e-mail I receive from you exhorting me to give money to the University of Chicago, I intend to cut 25% off the original amount of money I intended to donate to you for the year. […]

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Oh My God! They Look Just Like Us!

The New York Times, which recently tried to homo-fy two guys socializing by calling it a “man date,” continues on its vein of mild heterosexual panic with an article that frets that thanks to heterosexual men deciding it’d be okay not to be a slob every once in a while, and gay men occasionally not […]

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How to Get Your Ass Kicked

Four sets of three songs on Dance Dance Revolution Extreme, standard setting, all at once. That should do it if you are a 36 year old somewhat infrequent exerciser, as I am. It’s a little under half an hour of seriously aerobic exercise, and it pretty much knocks me on my ass when I’m done. […]

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Two Rings

I haven’t worn a wedding ring in several years, on account that I’ve lost not just one, but two — both in the yard here at the house. The first one I lost the second year we were here, while I was out playing with Athena; it just slipped off my finger. This led to […]

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Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

Spotted in the wild, and subsequently purchased: Cory Doctorow’s latest, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, which I found at the local bookstore here in Troy, Ohio, the very same bookstore that have never once ever had Old Man’s War on the shelves, grumble, grumble. The book’s official release is July 1, but Amazon […]

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10 Years Part 2

For compare and contrast. And now we’re off to dinner.

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10 Years

Ten years ago today Krissy and I were married. There has not been a day in the 3,652 that have followed when I have failed to tell her that I love her. I can’t imagine there will be a single day in the rest of our lives when I would. Today, I would consider it […]

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So You’ve Stolen From Me: A Forgiveness Primer

Let’s just say, theoretically, you managed to acquire a copy of one of my books in an illegal manner, and after reading the tome, you’ve become filled with intense regret that your illegal procurement has deprived me of my rightful income and have resolved to correct the issue. Alternately, you borrowed the book from somewhere […]

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Practicing for the Nursing Home

For the record, it didn’t work. But, you know. If at first you don’t succeed, and all that.

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A Public Apology to Chad Brink

So, I was rummaging through my office looking for, well, something to kill a bug, when I came across a copy of Old Man’s War. Which I then realized had been sent to me to sign, and I had not returned. And which I also remembered belonged to a person to whom I owed an […]

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The Acclerando E-Book

Let me take a quick moment to pimp Charlie Stross’ Accelerando, which is he offering up as a free e-book at Accelerando.org. You should do the following, in this order: 1. Go and get the e-book 2. Read it with your head in a vise so that the top of your head doesn’t pop off […]

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Trackback Disabled

As with many other folks around the online writing community, I’ve gone ahead and disabled Trackbacks until such time as I can find a reasonable way to moderate them as I moderate my comments, both of which have recently been awash in spam. The comment spam — between 600 and 1,000 per day — you […]

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Parental Blather, 6/14/2005

Not as if anyone really has any doubts as to whether Athena is really my kid or not, because oh my God, she’s so like me, but even so, allow me to present another bit of evidence: Yes, I’m tickled pink about this particular award. And if I’m correct about this, I do think this […]

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Las Vegas and Two Unrelated Questions

To catch y’all up one the last few days: * We had a good time in Las Vegas. I’m not a huge fan of Vegas, but it’s not designed with me in mind, since I don’t drink, gamble or whore, so this is not a huge surprise. Krissy, however, enjoys two of these three (I […]

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Tat Me, Babe

Because love is not love unless there’s ink involved, and knowing that tattooing has forever cemented the ageless love between celebrities like Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, and Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton, and because we were in Vegas, the land of ill-advised adventures, Krissy and I have memorialized our love in matching barbed […]

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Open Thread, 6/9/05

I’ll be scarce around here until probably Monday, on account that I’m off to Vegas to hitch up a couple of friends. Sometimes being an ordained minister is fun, fun, fun. So here’s an open thread for you folks to play in until I get back. And to get the ball rolling, a zen-like question: […]

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Moderating Addendum

If any of you are still at all interested, Nick Mamatas has further thoughts on moderating here, and you can read Nick and me engaging in a certain level of snark-fu on the subject in the comment thread here. Enjoy.

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World’s Crappiest Interview

Writer Jim Winter inaugurates his “World’s Crappiest Interview” feature on his blog with an interview of, well, me. It’s here. Also, Jim: I’ve actually been on Oprah.

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More on Moderating

Some interesting comments on my earlier post on moderating panels at science fiction conventions and how I plan to excise “not a question, more of a comment” ramblings from audience members at future panels at which I am a moderator (these interesting responses include additional comments here, at Wild Irises’ LiveJournal). Given the volume and […]

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Sympathy for the Publicist

One piece of advice I like to give new authors (should they ask for advice) is that one should always, always be nice to one’s publicist and do what one can to make the publicist’s life easier. There are two reasons for this. The first is that — duh — that person is promoting your […]

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