Monthly Archives: July 2006

What to Call Me

I seem to have unintentionally caused some confusion in the last entry as to how is the proper way to address me, so in the interest of being helpful, let me attempt to clear things up: My name is John Scalzi (actually, it’s John Michael Scalzi, II, but that’s not important now). I typically answer […]

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How (And How Not) To Market To Me When I’m in Blogger Mode

As I think I’ve mentioned before, I am apparently enough of a high-profile blogger that I get people sending me stuff and wanting to do business with me in my capacity as a blogger. People sending me stuff is always fun (it’s stuff. And it’s free), and that’s why I have my publicist guidelines over […]

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Friendpimping 7/19/06

I kept meaning to mention this earlier but continued to get distracted by shiny bits of foil (and, uh, book writing) pal Deven Desai, who is awfully smart in a lawyerly way (and in other ways as well), is doing a guest spot over at the legal blog Concurring Opinions. Here’s the entry saying a […]

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Die Movable Type 3.3 Die

Gaaaaah. I’m officially giving up on upgrading to Movable Type 3.3 because no matter what I do, I cannot convince the new install that there is, in fact, a bootstrap.pm right where any idiot can see it, and I am not nearly technically accomplished enough to fiddle with the scripts to make it work. Perhaps […]

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Hello, Wisconsin!

The Oshkosh Northwestern did an interview with me that will be published this Saturday, but the reporter Bethany Warner also blogs, and has posted a version of the interview on her site. You can read it here. The telling line, when asked about my writing process: “There’s a writing process? Why didn’t someone tell me […]

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A Telling Sign Things Are Not Going Well in the Marriage

Yeah. It’s subtle, sure. But if you look closely you can see some real tension there. You know, between the lines. This is from here. Note to self: Try not to inspire wife to put up embarrassing billboard. Update: In comments, Nancy Nall thinks it’s viral advertising. Defamer agrees with her. If it is, it’s […]

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Geek Loser

You know, yesterday the latest editions of Official US PlayStation Magazine, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Popular Science and PC Week came to my door, and I thought, look at all this nerdishness! I am a geek god! And then I tried to install Movable Type 3.3 and failed utterly. I am a geek loser, and just […]

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Danger! Danger!

I’m about to attempt an upgrade to Movable Type 3.31. Because I am of only questionable competence in these matters, the site may in fact vaporize. Don’t worry, I’ve downloaded the database.

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The Shit Bounce

Prediction: Bush gets a 1-2 point bounce in the next poll taken after today’s off-guard “shit” moment. The reason: because, among other things, “what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit” sounds amazingly sensible, and using the word “shit” in this context seems like earthy, folky wisdom, […]

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And Now, a Special Sneak Preview of The Last Colony You’ll Talk About For Years to Come!

Because you deserve it. Here it is, a special exclusive sneak preview of The Last Colony! Prepare youself! Take a deep breath! Gird your loins! This is it! “Wow,” said Savitri. “This planet smells like an armpit.” And there it was, your special, exclusive sneak preview! Now I bet you can’t wait to read the […]

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Agent to the Stars on “Unshelved”

As the headline implies — nay, explicitly promises — the fine folks at Unshelved (America’s favorite library-based Web comic!) have done a comic strip featuring my novel Agent to the Stars. It’s pretty funny. That strip, that is. The book is, too. But that’s not important now.

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Discussion Topic

The food that requires the most amount of effort for the least amount of reward: The unshelled sunflower seed. Agree? Disagree? If the latter, can you name an alternative? Why yes, I am eating unshelled sunflower seeds at the moment. Why do you ask?

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Quick Change

Yeah, I decided that purple really wasn’t me. Thus the change in the colors and pictures. Also, for those of you using the search page, the “dark-on-dark” thing should be fixed. If you can’t see the new design, you might need to clear out your Web cache.

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Bits and Pieces 7/15/06

Little things: * A literary notable named Nancy Pearl has plugged Old Man’s War, which I think is awfully nice of her. I regret to say I’m not entirely sure who she is (curse me and my non-listening-to-NPR ways), but I’ve been assured this is a good thing, and she has nice things to say […]

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Black Holes & Revelations

So, for the last couple of days, I’ve been wallowing in Black Holes & Revelations, the new album from Muse, who are apparently stupid huge in the UK, but not so much here. I bought their first album, Showbiz, when it come out in (uh… I think) 1999, but then they fell off my radar. […]

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Black Holes & Revelations

So, for the last couple of days, I’ve been wallowing in Black Holes & Revelations, the new album from Muse, who are apparently stupid huge in the UK, but not so much here. I bought their first album, Showbiz, when it come out in (uh… I think) 1999, but then they fell off my radar. […]

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Black Holes & Revelations

So, for the last couple of days, I’ve been wallowing in Black Holes & Revelations, the new album from Muse, who are apparently stupid huge in the UK, but not so much here. I bought their first album, Showbiz, when it come out in (uh… I think) 1999, but then they fell off my radar. […]

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Note to Worldcon Members: Vote, Damn It

We’re now about three weeks until the close of voting for the Hugo and Campbell Awards, and by and large (and like the other Best Novel and Campbell nominees, at least) I’ve kept quiet about my thoughts on the matter. But if you don’t mind, I’d like to say something about it now, addressed specifically […]

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Athena Mix ’06

Athena was complaining that she was getting bored with the music CDs I had made her earlier, and started hinting that she might want to start listening to those terrifying Kidz BOP CDs if I didn’t do something about it. Thus, the Athena Mix ’06, filled with a combination of music which, hopefully, will turn […]

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The Missus

Krissy offered up the topic for the Weekend Assignment over at By The Way (that’s a topic I offer up to give AOL Journalers something to post over the weekend), so I wanted to put up a picture of her to go with it. The problem is that most of the pictures I have of […]

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