Monthly Archives: September 2008

Whatever X, Day VIII

This entry is as true as when I wrote it, eight years ago. OCTOBER 2, 2000: The New Muppets Suck This makes me feel like something of a heel, but damn it, someone has to say it: All those “new” Muppets on Sesame Street really and truly suck. Being a stay-at-home parent, I’m exposed to […]

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Whatever X, Day VII

In this look back, we remember just how much I like to anthropomorphize my books. JANUARY 9, 2007: Broken-Hearted Books Michael Berry, who reviewed Old Man’s War and The Ghost Brigades for the San Francisco Chronicle (and who put TGB on his holiday recommendations list), explains on his blog why he’s not reviewing The Android’s […]

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TLC in the UK

The Last Colony had its official UK release yesterday (it had been available before that as an import but is now out via Tor UK), and today saw a nice review of it in the Guardian, which called it “a fast-paced political thriller laced with observant characterisation, great dialogue, and some genuinely original science.” Can’t […]

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Whatever X, Day VI

Let’s go back a couple of years and admire some artistry: JANUARY 19, 2006: Selected Creatures from the Athena Collection, With Artist Commentary “He’s just a mixed up monster. Because he has crab arms, and an oval body and he has two ears that are, like, from an animal, I think? Is that right? Yeah. […]

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Mind the Foamyness

Just a reminder to folks: Just because we’re at an interesting point in the political cycle for both sides is not an excuse for you folks to start losing your shit at each other in the comment threads. If I wanted to watch people lose their shit in comment threads, I could go to Little […]

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Whatever X, Day V

Rather than post a previous entry today, I thought I would do a little fan service for the cat crowd and take you back to 2003, and the first appearances of one of The Intarweeb’s most famous felines. Yes, people, it’s time for: Ghlaghghee, The Early Years The very first picture of Ghlaghghee, taken the […]

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The Thing About “Rock Stars”

For all the Republicans who are exulting that there’s now a “rock star” on the GOP ticket (and all the Democrats who are freaking out about it), there is one minor detail that’s worth considering in the days and months ahead. And that is that the “rock star” on the Democratic ticket is actually the […]

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Oh, SNAP

Spotted in various places on the Internet, in response to Governor Palin’s “community organizer” jab at Obama: “Jesus was a community organizer. Pontius Pilate was a governor.” And oddly enough, Palin’s GOP role is to try to do to Obama what Pontius Pilate did to Jesus. Mind you, look how that eventually turned out for […]

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The Big Idea: Julie Czerneda

How do a graduate student’s observations of fish in a laboratory wind up fueling not one but two science fiction series? Well, first, it helps to have that graduate student be Julie Czerneda, who would become the Prix Aurora-winning author of In the Company of Others (also a Nebula Award nominee), and whose latest novel, […]

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Bacon Beans: More Detail

People are curious about the bacon-flavored jelly beans that made an appearance in this entry (they’re actually interested in the whole described event, actually, but I think some things are more amusing left unexplained), so here they are, naturally posed with Ghlaghghee, i.e., Bacon Cat, who as before looks somewhat less than impressed with the […]

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Whatever X, Day IV

I’m happy to say that up to this point, the concern in this following archived entry has not been realized. JULY 15, 2003: Strippers With Swords All right, I’m officially a science fiction writer (I’ve got the SFWA membership to prove it) so let me just say this: Please God, never let me have a […]

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Summer SF/F Movie Wrap-up

Did this cinematic summer of dark knights and iron men and Chaplinesque droids teach us anything about the state of the industry? Sure it did. And I wrote about what those things might be in my AMC movie column this week. Go and bathe in summery wisdom (or, at least, me cranking out 800 words […]

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Shave Secret

I despise shaving, first because it’s damn annoying and second because there are certain specific spots on my face and neck which, regardless of how much care I take or what razor or shaving cream I use, scrape raw every single time I shave. Because of this if I try to shave more than once […]

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Why I Like to Publish Short Stories Online

This is why: 5:06pm, September 3, 2008: Complete short story entitled “Denise Jones, Super Booker.” 5:09pm: Submit it to Bill Schafer at Subterranean Press. 5:15pm: Bill Schafer buys the story. 5:16pm: Payment for story arrives in my Paypal account. 5:19pm: Story is posted at Subterranean Online. Total elapsed time from completion to publication (including payment): […]

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Whatever X, Day III

As an FYI, the novel I was writing in this 2001 Whatever entry was Old Man’s War. JULY 16, 2001: “Working on the Novel” What a wonderful phrase: “Working on the novel.” Writers know exactly what the means: Not a damn thing. Everyone who is a writer, was a writer, or wants to be a […]

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Playing With Chrome

Which is to say I’ve downloaded the new Google browser and have been playing with it today. Early thoughts: Meh. It’s okay so far. It doesn’t compel me to switch my default browser from Firefox, but it’s not bad. I’ll play with it some more and let you know what I think.

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