Monthly Archives: November 2008

Okay, Now Things Are Officially Getting Silly

Seen on CNN.com just a couple of minutes ago: So, Obama getting on a plane to fly somewhere constitutes actual news now? Really? Doesn’t the actual news value of his trip begin once he lands and goes to the White House? Because, speaking as a former newspaperman, that’s where I would personally start my coverage. […]

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Want Want Want Want

Occasionally I vent on these pages about the things I want in this life but don’t have — generally physical things, mind you, not existential things, like happiness. I’m pretty happy. I just don’t have some things. Here’s the latest edition of things I want: 1. I want one of those teeny netbook computers. Because […]

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That Was the Day We Found Joey “Chew Toy” Pirelli Lying Face Down in the Snow

Dear Nature: Thank you for your submission, “A Light Dusting of Snow on John Scalzi’s Patio, November 10, 2008.” Unfortunately, we feel that it does not suit our needs at this time. We encourage you to submit something similar perhaps six weeks in the future. At the moment, however, we feel it is inappropriate for […]

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Let the National Healing Begin

Because it’s appropriate to earlier conversations here, and serves a higher national purpose, a video for you: I think that whoever we are — Democrat, Republican or independent, black or white, gay or straight, rich or poor, religious or atheist, white collar or blue collar — we can all come together and put aside our […]

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Fighting Bigotry With Snark

This is amusing: The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is encouraging people to donate to invalidate Proposition 8 in the following way: Make a donation, in the name of the president of the Mormon Church, to support the legal organizations working to invalidate Proposition 8 and to fund grass-roots activities in support of full marriage […]

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A Very Random Nomination

The Dallas Morning News thinks I might be a good choice for Chief Technology Officer in the Obama administration. This makes me giggle on many levels, and I rather very strongly suspect I will not actually be a finalist. On the other hand, I wouldn’t mind being asked. It would be an excellent excuse to […]

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Today’s Header

Is a Wordle derived from yesterday’s front page for this site. This guy did it. I thought it would make a nice picture. Maybe I’ll start using Wordles from now on when I’m stuck for pictures for the header. If nothing else, it would keep me from having to think too hard about it.

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What Obama Can Learn from Science Fictional Presidents

Here we see Donald Pleasance, the president of Escape From New York, on the phone. To Obama! Giving him advice! Mainly, “skip Manhattan.” In my column this week at AMC, he and other presidents offer cogent advice and ideas to our upcoming 44th president on matters involving aliens, earth-bound comets and, of course, General Zod. […]

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The Big Idea: Benjamin Parzybok

Now that the election is over, it’s time to turn to really important things: Like books about couches and maybe saving the world. And you ask: does such a book truly exist? And I say, why, yes, it does, since Couch, by Ben Parzybok, has hit the shelves this very week. This quirky and delightful […]

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Dear GOP: Please Do Make Sure That Your Next Vice-Presidential Candidate Can Pass a Fifth-Grade Geography Test

Apparently Sarah Palin didn’t know Africa was a continent. Just… just… oh, hell. I can’t even pretend that I’m surprised. You know, after I watched this, I walked into the other room, where my nine-year-old daughter was watching television. “Athena, what is Africa?” I asked. “It’s a continent,” she said, and then look at me […]

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RIP, Michael Crichton

He died last night, of cancer. I always liked his work, which was eminently readable and always featured interesting ideas, even if he tended to present them in alarmist fashion (because presenting them in alarmist fashion helped to sell books). I met and interviewed him once, during the release of the Jurassic Park movie, and […]

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Random Thoughtery, 11/5/08

Some various thoughts I’m having about the election. Don’t worry, I’ll move on to other things soon. But, hey, I just had another slice of Schadenfreude Pie and now I’ve got a hell of a sugar buzz going. * First, could someone call North Carolina for Obama, already? 100% of the vote is in. He […]

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Reality Check

For those who need it: 1. It was Obama who won, not necessarily the Democrats. Which is why, while the Democrats gained in both the House and the Senate, they don’t appear to be having the blow-out additions to their numbers some folks seemed to think would happen (note that at least a couple of […]

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Not That it Means Anything

But on the other hand if I waited until later to mention it, it might sound like a writerly touch. So: Last night I dreamt about a flood that went all the way up to the second floor windows, which, considering we live on a little hill, is some flood. Big, loud flood which didn’t […]

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Feeling Like a Rock Star, 21st Century Style

Look what’s being promoted on iTunes: It’s all Cover Flow-y and everything. You need to click into the “Audiobook” area to see it, but even so: Damn, that’s cool. I’ve said before that the Metatropolis crew were like a supergroup of science fiction awesomeness. iTunes just confirms it. Now if we only had groupies. Someone […]

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