Way Past Sunset

Two long-exposure pictures of tonight’s approaching thunderstorm:

It’ll be somewhat darker when it hits.

This Will Never Hold Night Ranger OR Air Supply Songs. EVER

How cool is this — someone sent me this:

Yes, the Journey MP3 player, which comes preloaded with their latest album Revelation. Showed up in the mail yesterday, and I’ve been terrifying the pets with it ever since. The thing is tiny — basically the size of the disposable lighters one would hold up during “Open Arms” or “Faithfully” — and while the little screen does not have the sort of iPod mini-monitor look, it does scroll the lyrics to the songs, so you can karaoke along if you like. The thing also has a wee little external speaker if (heh) you want to share, and also a microphone for voice recording, which is actually kind of useful. In all, a very cool and thoughtful little gift. I’m definitely bringing it to Denvention and ArmadilloCon, just to spook the squares. My “Scarab of Rock” mp3 player will own you, man!

To the folks who sent it to me: Expect a return gift in the mail at some near point in the future. And thanks. Made my day, it did.

The Converse of Obama’s Problem

You know what: When the Wall Street Journal has a column about the Republican nominee for the president with the headline “Is John McCain Stupid?“, it suggests to me that one of the presidential candidates has an image problem with the people he actually needs to have elect him, and it’s not the one currently being being castigated for being “too popular.”

I can’t wait to read the spin on this: “The Wall Street Journal is just another organ of the liberal mainstream media!” Yes, that’s it.

Whateveresque Registration Open Until 10pm

Whateveresque, the message board that lets you have a conversation with other Whatever readers without having to wait for me to name the topic (because, honestly, sometimes I never talk about what you want to talk about) is now open for registration through 10pm. If you haven’t signed up yet, now is good.

As always, please do take a quick glance at the primer on how to register so I don’t accidentally confuse your registration request for a spambot. Thanks!

Scalzi/Doctorow Mashup Part II: The Quickening

Hey, remember when I posted that video of me and Cory Doctorow talking about our upcoming books Zoe’s Tale and Little Brother? Good times, good times. Well, now we’re doing it again! I know! I can hardly believe it either! Plus I talk about bacon again, because apparently it’s expected at this point.