Monthly Archives: April 2006

Purity Balls

Question in e-mail today asking me what I thought of “Purity Balls,” the odd fundamentalist Christian ritual in which daddies take their young daughters to a sort of mini-prom and at the end of it the daughters pledge to remain sexually pure and the daddies pledge to defend that purity. Basically, the reason for the […]

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A YA Thing

Marissa Lingen has some thoughts on my entry yesterday about ambitions, and puts it into the context of YA writing: And I’ve never taught physics grad students, and I’ve never written a doctoral-level monograph in history; but I would bet you good money that at least some of the difficulties in doing those things are […]

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Nuggets, 4/18/06

Various things I’m thinking of today: * Stephen Bainbridge passes along his thoughts about the dust-up between Donald Rumsfeld and the retired generals, which is a story which, aside from the schadenfreudesque fun it affords, is surprising me with its longevity. What makes Baingridge’s perspective interesting is that he’s looking at it from the perspective […]

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Dia de las Krissy

It’s my wife Kristine Blauser Scalzi’s birthday today. In my opinion, meeting her was one of the two best things ever to happen to me (the other being the birth of my daughter, which — as it happens — she was actively involved in as well), and there’s not a day that goes by where […]

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Pointlessly Wasting Money: A Quiz

All right, a question for the crowd. Let’s say I have about $2,500 to spend — (which is not to say that I do have $2.5K spend. It’s to say, let’s say I do) — and that you’re me. Which would you rather spend that chunk of cash on: a) The “Virginia Edition” of the […]

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Taxes

Was reminded today was tax day by reading an article about pizzas selling for $10.40. I’ve been sort of out of the Tax Day loop since we started having an accountant prepare our taxes, and that’s just fine with me; we pay an accountant so we can be out of the loop (well, I can […]

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Taxes

Was reminded today was tax day by reading an article about pizzas selling for $10.40. I’ve been sort of out of the Tax Day loop since we started having an accountant prepare our taxes, and that’s just fine with me; we pay an accountant so we can be out of the loop (well, I can […]

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Two (Well, Four) Reviews; also, Ambitions

Into the clippings file: * A less-than-thrilled review of Old Man’s War over at SFSite, which I find amusing, as SFSite also has an enthusiastic review of OMW from when the book originally came out, in which it was called a “clever, charming and joyously fun story.” Needless to say, should Tor decide to pull […]

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Two (Well, Four) Reviews; also, Ambitions

Into the clippings file: * A less-than-thrilled review of Old Man’s War over at SFSite, which I find amusing, as SFSite also has an enthusiastic review of OMW from when the book originally came out, in which it was called a “clever, charming and joyously fun story.” Needless to say, should Tor decide to pull […]

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And This Is What He Does

In addition to being Easter, it’s my friend Kevin Stampfl’s birthday. The resurrection of Christ and the birth of Kevin, all on the same day! To celebrate: The Number of the Beast video from Iron Maiden, Kevin’s fave band from back in the day. Particularly ironic on Easter, I know. Hoping you’re all having a […]

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A Book Appearance, Not My Own

A little friendpimping on a Saturday afternoon: Tobias Buckell, author of the smokin’ hot novel Crystal Rain, is going to be making an appearance at Dayton’s Books & Co., the city’s premier place for author stop-ins, this Tuesday, April 18, between 7 and 9 pm. I will not be able to attend, alas, as my […]

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Richard Powers and SF Artwork

After commenting a bit about John Picacio’s artwork a few days ago, and also admitting my relative ignorance of the history of science fiction cover art, Picacio suggested via e-mail that I might want to take a look at the work of Richard Powers, who did hundreds of SF covers, primarily in the 50s and […]

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Richard Powers and SF Artwork

After commenting a bit about John Picacio’s artwork a few days ago, and also admitting my relative ignorance of the history of science fiction cover art, Picacio suggested via e-mail that I might want to take a look at the work of Richard Powers, who did hundreds of SF covers, primarily in the 50s and […]

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Cut Off, Continued

Another library post. Someone shoot me. Yes, I’m still without Internet at home. God. It’s like living in 1986 or something. How horrible is that? I’ll update again when I get reattached to the world, or tomorrow when I come to the library, whichever comes first. Gaaaaaaah. Here, have another open thread.

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Cut Off

Someone at Sprint apparently thought it would be an excellent idea to cut the phone cable to my entire neighborhood; as a result, my phone and DSL service is down (I’m writing this from Bradford’s library, in case you’re wondering). The phone/DSL are likely to be down until sometime tomorrow, so don’t expect to see […]

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Cut Off

Someone at Sprint apparently thought it would be an excellent idea to cut the phone cable to my entire neighborhood; as a result, my phone and DSL service is down (I’m writing this from Bradford’s library, in case you’re wondering). The phone/DSL are likely to be down until sometime tomorrow, so don’t expect to see […]

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OMW in Japan

Nice news to wake up to: We have an offer for Old Man’s War in Japanese, and we’re going to take it (I said yes, anyway, which is how these things get done). Naturally, I’m curious how to write “Old Man’s War” in Japanese; the closest I can get to via Google Translate is “老人の戦争,” […]

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