Since at Least One Person Has Asked
Posted on January 9, 2009 Posted by John Scalzi 17 Comments
The reason I’m not writing much about politics at the moment is mostly because I’ve decided I’m on a politics vacation until the first of two following things occurs:
1. I finish the novella I’m working on;
2. The new guy gets sworn in.
Mind you, I reserve the right to change my mind about this, like the capricious font of snark and bile that I am. But I suspect I won’t; there’s other stuff to write about, and also, I don’t mind having some time off on the subject. Also, going back to the novella, at the moment what I don’t need is to be distracted by a long, involved comment thread, either in my capacity as a site moderator or my capacity as someone teeing off on someone else’s head because they’re wrong wrong wrong.
I hope this doesn’t come as a major disappointment to you, and if it does, well, you can survive for 11 days, I think. And in the meantime, there’ll be bacon and cats and Wiis and writing stuff and probably some other things to keep you busy and/or amused. Try to keep your enthusiasm to a dull roar.
Do I have to learn LaTeX to use the Snark and Bile fonts?
I forget, does capricious mean with or without the little lines on the end?
Yay cats! We can always use more pictures of cats.
And the dog. Don’t forget the dog too.
I’m concerned that may not have been dull enough. Perhaps if I did the same thing again while talking endlessly about quarterly retrograde interpolated growth in the hubcap market?
(I’m sorry, it’s early here and I’m subject to an unholy desire to make puns…)
I’m much more interested in CES, Wiis, bacon, etc. Speaking of CES, did you see the new Palm Pre phone? I am now in serious WANT. I rolled a 1 on my saving throw vs. shiny.
Snark and Bile fonts for LaTeX? I’m missing out!
Damned Canadian Governor-General. How dare she rob us of political drama by suspending Parliament until February!
It’s just another case of a foreign despot taking advantage of the transition in power in America.
Next thing you know, Isreal and Hamas will start a war while they think Bush is too busy booking a U-Haul truck online.
Oh, wait, they already did that.
Um… Russia will cut off gas supplies to…
Grand Fenwick will announce a mission to Mars. Yeah. That’s it!
There you go, John. Politics to hold you over until the 20th.
I keep trying to dull down my roar, but it’s not working so well.
I just came back from a politics vacation over the holidays. While I found it refreshing, I spent two solid days just catching up. I always knew politics had a soap opera element to it, but I feel like there needs to be a “Previously in Washington…” montage at the beginning of the news to remind us of the characters, their plot lines, and memorable quotes. Soft focus and dramatic music wouldn’t hurt, either.
How come someone isn’t doing this already?!
What’s the novella about?
Stuff. And things.
teeing off on someone else’s head because they’re wrong wrong wrong.
The simple fix to that is only allow me to comment.
I always knew politics had a soap opera element to it, but I feel like there needs to be a “Previously in Washington…” montage at the beginning of the news to remind us of the characters, their plot lines, and memorable quotes.
That is the very last thing politicians want.
They prefer people forget everything that has gone on previously so that their new position on something can be only position they ever had….
That’s okay by me. You write very well on politics, but I come here for the “author-y” stuff. And the bacon.
So I guess it would be less like a soap opera and more like pro wrestling. :)
“capricious font of snark and bile”
This in itself is the reason I come here. That and the cornucopia of fun that is the comment threads.
Maybe it’s the fact the the gang has a large and flexible vocabulary.
Nah, it’s the bacon. 8D
John, I totally understand if you don’t want to have a whole Whatever entry relating to politics, but can I ask if you have any thoughts on Gov. Sarah Palin’s nauseating hypocrisy in her documentary interview?
At about 50 sec in she starts on her rant re. bloggers, then she has the gall to say, “What is it that drives someone to believe the worst and perpetuate the worst in terms of gossip, lies….”
I threw up in my mouth a little hearing her say that
Since I spent a large portion of the holiday hiatus reading previous years of Whatever, I can probably hang on for another week or so. It’s gonna be close, though.
“What’s the novella about?”
“Stuff. And things.”
Too bad you don’t have a printer so you could say “About six ounces.”