Monthly Archives: October 2011
Your Werewolf Will Attack You Now
Posted on October 31, 2011 12 Comments
“You are here for the 6:00 pm savaging, correct? Because I have a very busy schedule tonight.” Apropos to this year’s Halloween sartorial choices: Have fun out there tonight, kids.
This Is Halloween
Posted on October 31, 2011 6 Comments
And I’m taking the day off. Have a fine All Hallow’s Eve. See you in November.
How I Know There’s Something Just a Little Bit Wrong With Me, #7,212
Posted on October 30, 2011 43 Comments
This zombie? From The Walking Dead? Yeah, I think she’s a little bit hot. I mean, if one of the undead has to eat my brain? This one. Don’t look at me like that. I said there was something a little bit wrong with me.
Why It’s Snowing
Posted on October 30, 2011 17 Comments
Look, people: When the stores kept putting up the Christmas decorations before Halloween, what did you think was going to happen? (Picture from here.)
For All You Children of the 80s Out There
Posted on October 29, 2011 32 Comments
Missilebreak Outvaders. Yes, a mashup of Missile Command, Break Out and Space Invaders. Sorry about the ad that runs first, they have to pay for things, I suppose. But it’ll be worth it. You’re welcome. (Hat tip: Metafilter)
Posted on October 29, 2011 16 Comments
It’s never fun to sleep poorly and be up early because of it, but on the other hand it was a nice sunrise.
Your Friday Afternoon Bit of Amusement
Posted on October 28, 2011 21 Comments
Also, it’s nice to hear that The Postal Service has opened a franchise in Japan.
And Now, the Cover to Redshirts
Posted on October 28, 2011 76 Comments
Irene Gallo, Tor’s art director, tells the story of this cover over at Tor.com, including showing off some alternative covers. Go take a look while I write up my own comments here. This post will be updated with those comments within the hour. Update: Okay. Here’s what I think of this cover: I love love […]
Occupy My Brain
Posted on October 27, 2011 188 Comments
Question today in e-mail: [Today’s] Big Idea got me to noticing that you haven’t weighed in on the Occupy phenom — curious, that. Staying out of it? Not so much staying out of it as recognizing that I have some complicated thoughts about it, and I need to figure out exactly what I’m thinking before […]
Further Proof Bacon Cat Will Never Die
Posted on October 27, 2011 20 Comments
Ghlaghghee is featured in Gene Weingarten’s column in the Washington Post today. Enjoy. Update, 5:08pm: And a rebuttal, also in the Post. Also featuring my cat. It’s a banner news day for Ghlaghghee!
The Big Idea: N.K. Jemisin
Posted on October 27, 2011 13 Comments
I have admiration for writer N.K. Jemisin. Not only because she’s one of the most accomplished and exciting fantasy writers to arrive in the last few years — as the praise and award nominations for the Inheritance Trilogy series of books gives evidence for — but because she looks up from the computer more than […]
Dear Angels: Hire Kim Ng
Posted on October 27, 2011 11 Comments
The Los Angeles Times has a terrific opinion piece by Helene Elliott on why the Angels baseball club (I believe at this point, the team’s full name is The California Angels of Los Angeles in Anaheim Where Disneyland Is, or some such) should hire Kim Ng as their new general manager. Ng has been an […]
Reminder: I’m GoH at SFContario in Toronto, November 18 – 20
Posted on October 26, 2011 25 Comments
That’s right, Canada. You thought you were safe from me. But you are not. I have a passport! YOUR BORDER WILL NOT STOP ME. Uh, unless your border people go, “Dude, turn back, eh?” At which case I will turn back, you big meanies. Barring that, however, I’ll be in Toronto this November 18 – […]
The Big Idea: Lia Habel
Posted on October 26, 2011 3 Comments
Sparkly Zombies: A good idea? It’s a question one might ask of Lia Habel, whose novel Dearly, Departed features both romance and the dead. But as Habel explains in this Big Idea, there’s a fine line between creating the dead that can love and might feel love, and just making them hunkly, glittery dream fodder […]
Shiny Happy Goth Gen-Xers Holding Hands
Posted on October 26, 2011 28 Comments
Two studies I find of some personal interest. The first, from the University of Michigan, notes that Gen-Xers (the generational cohort of which I am a part) is largely pretty damn happy, hardworking but balanced, and optimistic about their lives. The second from an English sociologist who’s been tracking Goth since their teens and early […]
Slave Leia is SO 1983
Posted on October 26, 2011
Over at the FilmCritic.com column this week, I make suggestions for science fiction film-based costumes, of which “Slave Leia” is not only not one, but is in fact specifically forbidden. Why would I do such a rash act, which will almost certainly get me kicked out of the Nerd Male Society? And which costumes do […]
Sunset, October 25, 2011
Posted on October 25, 2011 9 Comments
The sun’s in there somewhere, trust me. Near the bottom. That yellow part. Yeah.
Meet the Library
Posted on October 25, 2011 26 Comments
For those who were curious about the institution I had hoped to help last month with my Redshirts auction, here’s what the Bradford Public Library looks like (from the outside at least). It’s small but mighty, and also very helpfully labeled in large, sans serif letters, just in case one is confused as to what […]
The Big Idea: Lauren McLaughlin
Posted on October 25, 2011 42 Comments
After a small time out coinciding with my trip to Germany, The Big Idea is back, and to get us back into the swing of things, we’ve got an interesting one for you by my friend Lauren McLaughlin, whose new novel Scored imagines a world where monitoring and testing is taken to its final analysis […]
And Now, the Most Interesting Cat in the World
Posted on October 24, 2011 27 Comments
“I do not always sleep on luggage. But when I do, I sleep on Samsonite™.” He’s either saying that or “Dude, really? I totally have bed head and you’re taking a picture of me now? Not cool.” Sorry, Lopsided Cat. It’s a nice portrait anyway.
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