Monthly Archives: July 2005

Finally, some real blogging

(Posted by Jeff Porten) Coming in a day late and a dollar short on the Saturday post; time management, not my strong suit. I have a persistent feeling I used up my somber essayist quota last week, so I’m going to get all bloggy on you and wind up with some lingering comments on the […]

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Ohio: The Heart of It All (Yeah, Right.)

(Posted by Jim Winter) [WARNING: Lots of footnotes. Please read before commenting, or I will say rude things about your mother.] Since today is July 31 and the end of John’s sabbatical, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on this mysterious state he and I share. When you travel, it’s amazing what people really […]

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Cat Vacuuming: A Post With Visual Aids

(Posted by Claire Light) (Sorry about posting this late! technical difficulties, you know. I’m a geek, but not a computer geek, unfortunately. So here’s my last blog of the month. Thanks for listening!) By now, most of you know what cat vacuuming is. If you don’t here’s a definition from the forward motion website: “Cat […]

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A final Thursday half-hearted shout-out to my peeps (or complete lack thereof)

(Posted by Eric Magnuson) July’s almost over. And with its passing shall go my brief interlude as your Thursday shtick-artist. I hope to leave the place as I found it – with a not entirely unpleasant smell, a re-stocked mini-fridge and all the neighbors unwilling to (formally) file restraining orders. But before I go, I […]

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They Call Him the Wanderer…No, Wait, Scratch That

(Posted by Ron Hogan) About a month ago, I contemplated reading The Traveler, noting “a suspiction that, having spent my entire adolescence and early adulthood devouring all the science fiction I could get my hands on, I’ve seen this all before.” My fears were well grounded–I managed to get through about the first hundred pages […]

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Saturn Speaks

John Scalzi again. No, I’m not back yet. I still have a week left on my hiatus. However, I wanted to drop a musical composition I did on y’all. The Cassini mission has recorded radio frequencies from Saturn and NASA has fiddled with them to put them into human hearing range, and I thought they […]

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Doctors and lawyers and priestly ways

(Posted by Laurel Halbany) The legal system’s often a mystery, and we, its priests, preside over rituals baffling to everyday citizens. (attributed to Henry Miller) Anyone who tells you that people like filing ‘frivolous lawsuits’ because it’s easy money also probably believes that women have abortions for recreational purposes. Law school is initially disorienting because […]

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Agent to the Stars Arrives

Athena is clearly impressed by the blurb on the back cover. I’m personally quite pleased by the book — it looks great (particularly Mike Krahulik’s artwork), and of course it’s just a happy, happy thing to have Agent finally in book form. I’ll have more to say about it when August rolls around, but for […]

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Scalzi Mojo Winners

(Posted by Bill Schafer) Winners, get your Scalzi mojo here. It wasn’t easy, not at all, and as I have a decision making disorder, my lovely wife Gretchen made the near-final call on these. By her estimation, and mine, these were the “best” reasons to buy a copy of John’s new limited edition, Agent to […]

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What Prevents Terrorism?

(Posted by Jeff Porten) Jeff Porten here, on Jim’s day, and still recovering from the crap that laid me out for the past few days. So this is a note of apology for the late post, and notice for Patrick and anyone else who wants to know who’s writing. I haven’t been keeping up with […]

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Watch Your Mouth

(Posted by Jim Winter) Having a blog is great. In fact, having two this month has been great. I just now have to figure out how I’m going to finish out this month. Thank God it’s only Sunday. It’s been mentioned by a couple of acquaintances that one must be careful about what one blogs […]

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The AGENT TO THE STARS Contest Apocalypse is Nigh

(Posted by Bill Schafer) Just a quick reminder. Today’s the last day to enter and win a Scalzi-penned alien encounter. Details here.

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Goodies

(Posted by Claire Light) Having nothing political or cultural to exercise me today, what’s a girl to do but show her goodies?

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Safe Travels, James Doohan

(Posted by Eric Magnuson) On a day when London’s all a twitter once again (or maybe just the media is trying to make it appear so in their coverage of another handful of bombing threats), I expect that few people are taking the time to mourn Star Trek’s Montgomery Scott. James Doohan passed away yesterday […]

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One of My Life’s Great Mysteries, Solved!

(Posted by Ron Hogan) I read something when I was seven years old that, even though I didn’t know what it was, stuck with me for the rest of my life. From what I’ve been able to reconstruct of my memories, it must have been in a magazine, probably something like Esquire, which my dad […]

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The Search for Scalzi

(Posted by Laurel Halbany) No, not John Scalzi himself. He’s…he’s over there in Ohio somewhere. I mean his books. I didn’t want to buy Old Man’s War right off Amazon–I generally prefer to buy from independent bookstores when I can, and failing that, it’s an excuse to go into a physical bookstore and browse. Unfortunately, […]

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D’oh! Accidently Deleted Comments

John Scalzi here. While rooting out the spam, I accidentally deleted a small number of actual comments, so if you commented here between about 11am and 3pm today (Eastern time), you might want to come and repost. This is particularly the case with those of you who are taking part in Bill’s book contest. If […]

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Monday Morning Shill

(Posted by Bill Schafer) The trees have been killed, the paper milled, the proofs approved (some doubly so). Later this week, the Signed Limited Edition of John’s protean novel, Agent to the Stars, begins shipping from Subterranean Press. Let me tell you. The demands we had to put up with to get this done. Chocolate […]

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The Sky Is Falling!!! (Not!)

(Posted by Jim Winter) Well, it is if you’re here in Baltimore, like I am for the weekend. The remnants of Dennis blew into town shortly after I did and combined with Chesapeake Bay’s already unpredictable weather. Note to Baltimoreans: I hereby promise not to go to Marley Station to shop anymore. It rains hard […]

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Anonymity

(Posted by Jeff Porten) So, I’m just back from a trip to Boston, where I succumbed to a serious case of municipal puppy love. Damn, what a great town. Yummy food, worthwhile eye candy, and the people were all friendly to a fault. Except this one guy. Long story short, it was a crowded Starbucks, […]

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