Monthly Archives: July 2011

New Laptop Update

People have been asking what I think of the MacBook Air I got the other day. Well, now that I lived with it for two whole days, some thoughts: * From an industrial design standpoint, it’s hard to find much fault with the physical build of the computer. The whole seamless aluminum unibody construction is […]

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The Last Day to Vote for the Hugos

It is today. You have until midnight, Pacific Time. You have to be a member of Renovation, this year’s WorldCon. You’ll have to vote online. Get to it, people.

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A Girl and Her Horse

Athena’s time at horse camp is now ended, but before they sent her off they had all the girls at the camp put on a little show for their parents, so we could see what the girls learned in their week there. Here is Athena with her horse, named Storm, with whom she got along […]

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What I Was Waiting For All Day Long

Meet my new toy, one of the new 13-inch Macbook Airs. I bought it because I needed a fully-functional laptop, and the two that I have aren’t cutting it for me anymore. The netbook, while really handy, is ultimately just too small to do anything other than answer e-mail on; the CR-48, with the Chrome […]

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Sunset 7/28/11

Cell phone cameras are getting better, aren’t they?

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My Spot Spotify Review

I got myself an invite to Spotify via Klout a week or so ago (maybe two weeks ago, I can’t remember, it’s all a haze of drugs and sex now), and have been fiddling about with it since then and am now prepared to give you my official thoughts on it. Briefly: It’s okay but […]

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The Big Idea: Steven R. Boyett

Here at Whatever, I’ve already gone into detail about the enthusiasm I have for Mortality Bridge, the new novel from Steven Boyett, which can be summed up thusly: Fantastic reader journey, one of the best reads of 2011, go buy now or live in regret. So it’s my pleasure to have Steve here to tell […]

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Dear People Who Bought a Worldcon Membership

A poll especially for you! Remember, you can vote until 11:59pm (Pacific Time) this Sunday, July 31. And you can do it online, even! SO GO DO IT. Now. Don’t make me come over there.

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Done Deal

“Bush, Obama pollsters see ‘dramatic’ shift toward same-sex marriage”: In a new polling memo intended to shape politicians’ decisions on the question of same-sex marriage, the top pollsters for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama jointly argue that support for same-sex marriage is increasingly safe political ground and will in future years begin to […]

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Panels: They Are Not About You

Author and all-around decent person Michelle Sagara has a long post about how not to be a jerk on a science fiction convention panel (particularly if one is a new and/or self-published author), which I suggest you read if you a) ever desire to be on a science fiction convention panel and b) not be […]

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Being Boehner

Pretty much every day is a day I wake up glad not to be John Boehner, but today is one of those days I am especially so. The man has to attempt to reason with the ignorant nihilists that comprise his Tea Party wing, go up against the President of the United States in terms […]

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Comic Con Thoughts

For this week’s FilmCritic.com, I look at some of the movies that were touted at this year’s San Diego Comic Con and let you know whether I felt they were awesome or… well, not awesome. How awesome is that? Pretty damn awesome. And now I’ve used my quota of the word “awesome” for the day. […]

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A Sunset, Hot and Fresh

Better enjoy it now. They don’t keep.

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What It’s Like to Have Me For a Dad

My daughter is at ranch camp this week — which is not a camp where everything has been covered in delicious ranch dressing but rather a camp where the campers take care of their own horse for a week — and while the camp does not allow the campers to bring electronic equipment with them, […]

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Announcing Books Sent to Scalzi/NewBookIn Twitter Feed

So, as I have traveled and had deadlines recently, I am behind in noting which new books have arrived at my house — and with the volume of the books that are sent to me and the amount I travel, it seems unlikely that how I have been noting new book arrivals is going to […]

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The Big Idea: Chesya Burke

Titles: They can be simple. They can be difficult. They can be complex. They can be direct or mysterious. Sometimes they can be the hardest thing in an entire book to get right. But the right title can make a difference in how people see the book. When Chesya Burke decided on a title for […]

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Dogs and Cats Living Together: The Continuing Saga

There’s a lot of love in that picture. Also, a lot of napping.

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SFBC Video Interview of Yours Truly

Done while I was at BEA. I talk about Fuzzy Nation and upcoming projects, including the OMW movie. You know you want to watch. Also, before anyone gives me crap about it, that Pepsi One can was there because apparently the Javits Center outlawed Coca Cola products. I had to make do. The Science Fiction […]

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This is Supposed to be a HAPPY Occasion

Yes, I could rant at you today about the debt mess or the Norway bombings or Amy Winehouse not going to rehab, but you know what? Today I feel like not talking about any of that. So here, have some pictures of people getting married in New York yesterday. It makes me feel better about […]

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