Monthly Archives: June 2007

More People Saying Dumb Things

I don’t know why so many people in literature have got such a hate-on for blogs these days — it must be something in the printer’s ink — but what I do know is when they open their mouths on the subject, some ass-hattery usually belches forth. Over at Ficlets, I document such an atrocity, […]

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Ghlaghghee at Mental Floss

The folks at Mental Floss are having a discussion of bacon on the Internet, and of course no discussion of bacon on the Internet would be complete without noting the time I taped bacon to my cat. So there’s that picture of Ghlaghghee, bacon taped to her side. Truly a classic of Teh IntarWeebs. I […]

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Mainspring’s Out; An Open Pimp Thread

Congratulations to Jay Lake, whose Tor debut Mainspring officially hits stores today. I had a chance to read Mainspring when it was in manuscript and was absolutely caught up in the world Jay created, in which the metaphor of god as the “Universal Watchmaker” is made real and Jay has a ball building a story […]

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Another Good Day for the Rule of Law

Via the New York Times: In a stinging rejection of one of the Bush administration’s central assertions about the scope of executive authority to combat terrorism, a federal appeals court ordered the Pentagon to release a man being held as an enemy combatant. “To sanction such presidential authority to order the military to seize and […]

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The Creation Museum Photoshoppery Continues Unabated

This one’s from Christian DeBaun: In real life, those dinosaurs would be standing in my neighbor’s hay field. I suspect he’d come out in his golf cart to chase them away. That would be funny as hell. I’ve got a few more of these in e-mail, which I’ll post later; and of course if you […]

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My Sole Thought Regarding the End of “The Sopranos”

My main takeaway from The Sopranos‘ final minutes was to note that Journey continues to spread its Escape-era hegemony through our popular culture, and perhaps it is time to acknowledge that it is Steve Perry’s world, we just live in it.

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My Name Is Kiko, I Live on the Second Floor

I have one Los Lobos album, Kiko, which is arguably the band’s weirdest, the sort of album that a band will put out just to show that, yes, in fact, they can get arty and complex if they want to, so there. All I know is that the song “Kiko and the Lavender Moon” to […]

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Yabba Dabba Disturbing

At the very least, my dare to you all to drag my ass to the Creation Museum has begun to generate some delightfully disturbing Photoshoppery: This was made by Jeff Hentosz, who has now ruined the Flintstones for me forever. Also, given a choice, I’d rather be Barney. Because Betty, she was hot. Also, because […]

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All Right, Fine, I Will Go to The Creation Museum… IF…

Joe Hill writes in the previous thread, in which I explain why I won’t go to the Creation Museum: NO! No, no, nonononoNO. Scalzi should not be allowed to get off so easily. The Whatever Community needs to rise up and DEMAND he pay a visit to this important cultural center ASAP. In fact, we […]

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Creation in My Own Backyard

People keep e-mailing me to tell me that the new Creation Museum is just down the road from me. Yes, folks, I know. Oddly enough, we do have newspapers and television stations here to keep me abreast of the local news, and not just when the Museum’s “Adam” turns out to be a fellow who […]

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Look at the Time

I put in my Call of Duty 2 video game at about 3pm. I look up, and it’s midnight. Time flies when you’re killing dirty Nazis.

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The Earmuffs, They Do Nothing

I just heard a cover of “Suffragette City” by Poison. Every rose has its thorn, indeed. This one has been jammed into my ear. If you dare to sample it for yourself, it is here. And may God have mercy on your cochleae.

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There’s Something Inside Your Head

Ooooh, look. One of my favorite Oingo Boingo songs, “Gray Matter.” It encourages people to, you know, think, which is something I always appreciated about Oingo Boingo. Also, how often do you can you rock out to dual xylophones at a rock concert? (Ignore the terrible computer graphics that pop in from time to time.) […]

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Im N Ur Yard, Eetin Ur Ded Rakoon

Yes, indeed, there’s a dead raccoon in the yard (actually right over the property line in my neighbor’s yard; even so), and here’s one of the local turkey vultures, doing that whole “circle of life” thing and getting rid of it for me. You can see the object of its affections in the bottom right […]

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Anything But Failure?

I don’t think it comes as a major shock to anyone at this point that the general consensus on the Dubya presidency is that it’s a monumental sort of failure, the sort of all-round awful presidency you get maybe once a generation or so (excuse me while I go find a forest to knock on […]

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More Idiotic Panic About the Online World

I read this article today on some fellow named Andrew Keen, whose book The Cult of the Amateur: How today’s Internet is killing our culture takes the position that, well, the internet is killing culture, apparently because it lets anyone say anything, and then anyone can listen to them, instead of listening to the experts […]

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I Has A Kookie At The Disco

Adam Rakunas notes in the previous thread he is the proud owner of a Sesame Street disco album. Then perhaps he’ll recall this: Oh, yes. “Scarred for life” are the words to use here.

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The Album I Have That You Don’t

Jesse & the 8th Street Kidz by Jesse Camp. Top that, fools.

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Listen to Wrecking Ball

New music site Lala.com has reached some sort of licensing deal with Warner Music where it streams music and pays Warner a penny every time a song is played (you can also apparently also buy the music to download straight to your iPod). What this agreement means is that I can point you to one […]

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Toby Buckell’s Author Advance Survey

Author Tobias Buckell has been keeping tabs on author advances for the last couple of years, and now he’s asking for authors to contribute more data to the survey, the better to help us all keep tabs on what authors are really getting paid, across publishers and genres. Toby will keep all data in confidence […]

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