Monthly Archives: June 2006

Melonhead

This is a fairly accurate pictorial representation of how I feel today, thanks to staying up late late late to finish a magazine article (this is part of the whole “other side of my writing life” all y’all don’t know all that much about). It also means that just about the most complex thought I […]

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Before and After

What a difference six months makes. It’s the last day of spring. I hope you enjoy it.

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Some People a Helmet Wouldn’t Help

What happens when a state repeals its motorcycle helmet law? Guess: A Florida Today analysis of federal motorcycle crash statistics found “unhelmeted” deaths in Florida rose from 22 in 1998 and 1999, the years before the helmet law repeal, to 250 in 2004, the most recent year of available data. The article notes motorcycle registrations […]

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Selection Bias

Out here in science fiction land, there been a lot of agitation over the last week concerning gender bias, with the particular focus being Fantasy & Science Fiction, one of the “Big Three” science fiction magazines (the other two being Asimov’s and Analog). The basics of the issue are that it was noted over on […]

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My Progeny, Her Self

Yeah, this picture just about sums it up. Also, contrary to what you might think, owing to this being my child, she is not actually flipping the double bird here in the picture, she’s merely propping up the eyebrows. Really. One of the things you know about fatherhood going in is that you’re going to […]

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Eleven Years

I’ve been married for eleven years today. It’s good to be married. And now, I’m stepping away from the computer for the rest of day.

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A Tiny Tiny Geek Moment

I’m feeling mighty tech competent today: After a couple of weeks of screwy wi-fi and home network issues, I’ve managed to reconnect everything and make it work again. And all it took was many hours of trolling the Internet to learn how! Actually, if I had been tech competent, I probably would have figured out […]

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Friend-pimping Stephen King

Art by Mark Geyer No, I don’t know Stephen King personally. I don’t even know him impersonally. I hear he’s a nice guy. But I do know Bill Schafer, publisher of Subterranean Press, and that’s why I’m letting you know that Subterranean is publishing a special 10th anniversary edition of King’s serial novel The Green […]

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Why I Don’t Argue With My College Girlfriend

Because she could totally kick my ass, that’s why. She’s a second-degree black belt. This is her laying down the smack on some errant boards what got uppity and out of line. Because, you know, those boards would kill you and everyone you know, if they had but a chance. Fortunately between them and world […]

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Jim Baen

Several SF blogs are reporting that Baen Books publisher Jim Baen has had a stroke and is now in the hospital. Most of them have gotten it from Steve Barnes; I’ve seen the general story confirmed elsewhere by someone who would be in a position to know. Apparently there may be a further announcement regarding […]

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Preserve This

Here’s another feather in Bush’s cap, in my humble opinion: Bush creates world’s biggest ocean preserve: President Bush on Thursday created the world’s largest marine protected area — a group of remote Hawaiian islands that cover 84 million acres and are home to 7,000 species of birds, fish and marine mammals, at least a quarter […]

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Nanoarmor!

Dude, I so totally thought of this first for Old Man’s War: A new “liquid armor” could be the solution for protecting the parts of the body that aren’t currently covered by standard-issue ballistic vests – arms and legs, where many of these devastating and life-threatening injuries occur. Co-developed by two research teams – one […]

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Girl on a Swing

And all is well with the world.

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Presidential Oops

To the folks sending the e-mails, yes, I heard about the presidential faux pas today with Dubya joshing a reporter about his sunglasses, not knowing the reporter was legally blind. Yes, it’s an oopsie. No, I don’t particularly care. Nor do I think it’s yet another example of Bush’s inhumanity to man, or whatever. Apparently […]

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Wednesday Author Interview: Pamela Ribon

Over at By The Way I’ve got an interview with Pamela Ribon, author, blogger and the mastermind behind the Dewey Donation System which so many of you have been kind enough to get behind (thanks!). It’s an interesting discussion on how Pamie got involved with book donations, and what libraries mean to her. Check it […]

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Athena on Flag Day

Because Flag Day is every child’s favorite holiday! You can see the entire set o’ pictures here.

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Writing Novels One Novel at a Time

Elizabeth Bear expounds on the oft-quoted idea (most frequently attributed to Gene Wolfe) that when you write a novel, you’re not learning to write novels, you’re learning to write that novel. As she’s on her 15th novel at the moment, you can imagine she has some thoughts on the matter. I think whether writing a […]

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The Dewey Donation System

Since 2003, my friend, fellow author and blogger Pamela Ribon has done an annual charity drive wherein she picks a group of libraries who are in need of some timely donations and encourages all her readers (and others) to make a donation of books or cash to the libraries. This year she had gussied up […]

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Subterranean Magazine To Press

For those of you wondering when Subterranean Magazine issue #4 would go to press: Today is that day. Even as I type these words, the mighty presses are whirring and clanking and making whatever other noises presses make, and then the copies will be sent to subscribers, people who have purchased single copies, and to […]

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Odds/Ends, 06/12/06

Little things that are happening to me and/or I’m thinking about: * Look who’s come crawling back. It’s my cell phone, making its return to me after two weeks of solo adventures about which it apparently chooses not to speak. Fine, be that way, you little clamshelled bastard. I’ll find out, one way or another. […]

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