A Random Announcement

If you’re viewing this on the Web site, if you look to the right to the “Whatever Select Blend,” you’ll see a new link there called “Random Whatever.” If you click on that link, you’ll be taken to a random entry in the Whatever archives. The current archives go back to early 2002, so that’s a lot of random. And when you’re done, you can click on it again and get another random entry! It’s hours of fun for the whole family!

If you’re viewing this through RSS: YOU GET NOTHING.

Oh, don’t look at me like that, RSS people. I didn’t mean to make you sad. Here, this link will do the same thing. There, happy? Good.

31 Comments on “A Random Announcement”

  1. D. Paul Angel – I am in my 40’s (the new "20" they say!), am originally from California, and now live in Portland, OR, but would eventually like to "retire" to Hawaii. I am, most definitely, a “Nerd’s Nerd.” I can recite huge tracts of Monty Python, can force Star Wars quotes into nearly any conversation, find serenity amongst fireflies, enjoy hitchhiking to the beach with my towel in hand (remember the Hawaii bit), have found precious little to dislike about Tolkien, and find any argument favoring Picard over Kirk to be both fascinating and most illogical. My foundation in Science Fiction began with Asimov, but Heinlein’s wit brought it to the front of my conscious. Although I am still recovering from the amount of time spent wheeling through Jordan and Sanderson’s epic, I have found long series, such as Scalzi’s, no longer make me feel like an old man (The new 20, right!?). I've always had a love of comics, particularly the far side of Bloom County where Calvin lived, often casting pearls before swine whilst doing the foxtrot over the hedge. Even though I already have 2 puppy-dogs I love, Zack and Satia, I can’t help but think how awesome having a magical creature would be; even if I do worry that caring for it would leave me feeling hagrid. I am more comfortable tweeting than facebooking, and I'm not athletic enough to be a tumblr. I'm also an airplane nerd and a licensed, albeit non-current, pilot. I've travelled enough to know I want to travel more, I've read, cover to cover, The Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, Science and Health, and a smattering of Eastern philosophies, and I was one of the early board members of Cerimon House. I can bake bread from scratch, grill, and cook; and I've failed, miserably, in learning at least 4 different programming languages. I write, commit photography, and am learning the ins and out of drawing and illustration. I have long straddled that shady realm between the wholly physical and utterly imaginative, and I'm working towards taking up residence in the latter. I'm an expert in all forms of philosophocating, but find it is best done with open eyes, compassion, and humor; preferably with pleasant company, snacks, and an ample supply of delicious beverages. I have also been known to make the occasional pun.
    D. Paul Angel

    That is awesome! Thanks :-)

  2. Unsurprisingly, the first random post contained a picture of a cat.
    Second random post contained a picture of your house.

  3. Ok, Scalzi, what is it? First you play with your ukelele, then your car, then you play with the website. Are you putting off something you don’t want to do???

  4. Kudos. Now can you do the same for archived pics of Mr. Weiner’s various body parts?

  5. oh wait. I thought you want US to list our favorite random announcements. my bad.

    I clicked and ended up on Wil Wheatons blog reading his brother talk about chickens. its been a surreal kind of day.

  6. Dan – Dan Hartensveld, CDIA is President of The EDI Project, a solution provider specializing in healthcare informatics. He has been working with large health insurers, providers and healthcare technology companies since 1996 involving complex data integration, claims automation, risk adjustment, The Affordable Care Act, HIE, HIX, to name a few. Lately, the company has been successful in developing and putting into production massively scaleable, analytics projects for use in processing "Big Data" sets.
    Dan

    Very Funny! The random button brought me here first try: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2006/04/12/cut-off/

    Article from 2006 about Sprint cut off your neighborhood from the internet.

    The more things change etc.

  7. You mean there’s NOTHING on the RSS feed? What the hell have I been reading all these years?

    Anyway, if I want a Random Scalzi, I flip through Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded.

  8. RSS feeds are for the weak. I just go to every website I want to read in my browser.

  9. On a serious note: I like this feature. I think I would like it even better if it were available from the top of the page (so that, if I get a random article that I’m already familiar with, it’s within easy reach… Damn I’m lazy.)

  10. Neat! I’ve always appreciated the random function on sites I frequent, particularly webcomics, and I often miss it if it’s not there. It makes sense that what might tickle a reader might not occur (or seem important) to a creator, but I still kinda wish I could lazily hop around the Penny Arcade archives, for example. Thanks for this.

  11. Just as punishment for this evil button you created and the countless hours of wasted time it will no doubt cause I am delaying my kindle purchase of The Last Colony by a few days! Try and make that mini cooper car payment now!

  12. The randomizer just sent me to two different articles on gay marriage, and finished off with a picture of San Francisco.

    By which I conclude that even the randomizer knows the gays should be able to put a ring on it.

  13. Easily the greatest commonality in the ones I’ve clicked so far is pictures of Athena. And that doesn’t even count the one at the top of every page!

  14. Hi John! This is my first visit to your blog. I’m enjoying so far. The Random Whatever thingy is an excellent idea. I wish my blog were grown-up enough for a random post button to be worth anyone’s time. Ah well, someday, someday.

    Also, Old Man’s War is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Thank you for writing it. : )

  15. Can I have a shout out for those of us who still don’t really even know what an RSS is or how it works? I’m feeling kind of lonely here in the Bronze Age.

  16. OK, I gotta admit, at first I thought this was a dumb idea, but after clicking the link once, twice, a dozen, ten dozen times, I’m kind of liking it.

  17. Don’t really grasp the Random Archive button. Doesn’t everyone just go to the Archive Archive button, and go in as deep into the past as it lets you, and start reading toward the present.

    (And then get a little worried because now they’re within two years of today, and they might run out of things to read?)

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