Monthly Archives: May 2009

Portrait of a Closet Introvert

I was very recently asked if there was something that I knew about myself that no one else believes when I tell them. I suspect that the question was meant to elicit a confession that I was born with twelve toes, or that I get sexually aroused in the presence of yogurt (neither of which, […]

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All Dressed Up

Two notes regarding this picture I just found of me and Krissy at the Heinlein Centennial a couple of years ago: 1. Wife (who dyed her hair Heinlein Heroine Red for the occasion) = very very pretty. 2. My eyebrows apparently have no natural arch to them whatsoever. I think it makes me look vaguely […]

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Sunday Morning Power Pop

Because what else are Sunday mornings for? It’s these guys, who I’ve noted before. I like the album, and would recommend it if you enjoy power pop in general.

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Somewhere, Someone Needs This Song

Which song? This song: It’s my favorite Bonnie Raitt song, primarily because when I heard it I was just old enough to recognize that, in fact, you can’t make people love you. Which was a bummer to me at the time. Happily I got over it, just in time to meet Krissy. Go, emotional maturity! […]

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Today I Am a Man

Hey, look: I finally have an IMDB entry. I feel so, you know. Hollywood. Have your people call my people, babe. We’ll do lunch.

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The God Engines ARC Contest

First off, let me just say that you are not prepared for the staggering 1970s fantasy art Gor-gasm you’re about to have looking at the cover to my upcoming novella The God Engines. So take a moment to prepare. Ready? Here you go: See? Told you. The artwork is from Tomislav Tikulin, who has clearly studied up […]

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Photographic Evidence

Whilst at ConQuest, I was showing off pictures and in showing off the Scalzi Compound, noted there was at least one picture where the house was framed by a rainbow. This was met with skepticism, so I promised to fish out the picture and repost it for the non-believers. Thus: Totally not Photoshopped. Really happened. […]

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Tech Geeks, Ho

Hey Moveable Type/Wordpress geeks: Patrick Nielsen Hayden, my friend and also generally excellent editor at Tor, is the co-proprietor of the also generally excellent Making Light blog, and is asking for some much-needed technical assistance in migrating the blog. This would likely be classified in the “labor of love” category in terms of payment, but […]

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Time Warner to AOL: It’s Not Me, It’s You

Time Warner appears finally to be quitting the AOL business: Time Warner unveiled plans Thursday to spin off AOL as an independent company, an end to the massive media marriage formed in 2001. “We believe that a separation will be the best outcome for both Time Warner and AOL,” said Time Warner chief executive Jeff […]

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Bummer Weed

Over at Slate, William Saletan points to a new pharmaceutical take on medicinal marijuana that allegedly provides all its medicinal value (relieving pain and spasms, etc) without the not-so-medicinal values (totally getting you high). The makers of the product suggest that their un-stoned version of the stuff — called “Sativex” —  is better for medicinal […]

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Dipping Into the Mailbag

The week at AMC I dip into the mailbag once more, and answer questions about why steampunk isn’t a big hit in movies, why I’m able to tolerate bad science in Star Trek, and why Terminator: Salvation got slapped around by the new Night at the Museum flick at the box office. Trenchant questions all. […]

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Attention Ferris Bueller Fans

Cameron’s house is for sale. Wrecked Ferrari not included.

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Action Cats Are Full of Action!

Zeus attacks Lopsided Cat from above! And then (unpictured) Lopsided Cat whaps the crap out of Zeus, because Lopsided Cat is about twice as big and has a low tolerance for adolescent cats falling from the sky directly on to his cranium. It’s all in good fun, however. They do generally get along.

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Before and During

Before: During: After, it will be too dark to see.

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Reminder: California is a State in Which Same-Sex Marriages Are Legal

Having zoomed through the California Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage recognition, here’s my basic, I’m-so-totally-not-a-lawyer opinion: It seems like the California Supreme Court has upheld the amendment to the California Constitution embodied in Prop 8 to the bare minimum that they could without actually throwing it out (which, I am led to understand by […]

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Prop 8 Ruling In

From the LA Times: The California Supreme Court today upheld Proposition 8’s ban on same-sex marriage but also ruled that gay couples who wed before the election will continue to be married under state law. I’ll likely update with more of my own comments soon. The short form of my thoughts, however, is that I’m […]

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Various & Sundry 5/26/09

What’s going on in my head: 1. First, another quick shoutout to the folks who put together and participated in ConQuest 40, which I have just come back from. It was an excellent con, for several reasons. First, and most directly relating to me, they kept jamming barbeque down my throat all weekend long, and […]

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China Miéville on Crime Novels

China Miéville’s new novel The City & The City hits the stores today, and it’s a novel that simultaneously fulfills Miéville fan expectatation and is something that they never would have seen coming. Fans of the author almost certainly expected a complex and satisfying tale of a fantastic city real enough that you get the […]

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Made it Back

And glad to be home. Now I think I’ll go nap.

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