Monthly Archives: December 2015

Happy Athenamas to All

Yet again, the planet has swung around to the day wherein my wife and I burst into our daughter’s room while she is still sleeping, shout “Happy Birthday!” at her and shove a flaming pastry at her while she’s still groggy. We love it. Well, Krissy and I do. I suspect the kid tolerates it […]

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Note: Today Is My Last Productive Day of the Year

Which is to say that if you have any outstanding business with me for 2015, you’ll want to let me know about it today, because starting tomorrow and through to Monday, January 4, I am off the business clock and any outstanding business will be unceremoniously punted into 2016. With that said: People still waiting […]

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The Scamperbeasts Pose, 12/21/15

First the serious one. And now the “fun” one! Oh, Scamperbeasts. Never change.

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Interview With Santa’s Reindeer Wrangler

  Q: Your name and occupation, please. A: I’m Naseem Copely, and I’m the Reindeer Corps Manager for Santa Claus. Q: What does that title mean? A: Basically I’m responsible for recruiting, outfitting and caring for the reindeer who pull Santa’s sleigh on Christmas. If it has anything to do with the reindeer, I’m the […]

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Seeing The Academy Is

I’ve been a fan of The Academy Is… for a while now, basically since I discovered their last album Fast Times at Barrington High, and over the last couple of years I’ve become friends with William Beckett, the band’s lead singer, who also has a solo career and who many of you know I commissioned […]

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Dad Punk Christmas Carols

Yeah, this is about where I am with Christmas this year. And that’s good!

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My Non-Spoilery Review of The Force Awakens

Super-short version: It’s not bad! Best since the original trilogy and arguably better than at least one of those. You’ll probably have a whole lot of fun with this film. Non-super-short version: Star Wars is that friend of yours who you haven’t seen in a while, who was in a long-term relationship where everything was […]

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My World is Awesome

From dream to reality in no time flat! Got my most appropriate hand of #Superfight last night. John Scalzi, in a flaming tutu, with a kitten cannon. — Zachariah (@echthroi) December 17, 2015 I NEED FAN ART OF THIS, STAT https://t.co/vaGtn8VLla — John Scalzi (@scalzi) December 17, 2015 @MysteryCr8tve @scalzi @echthroi Scalzi. Check. Flame tutu. […]

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Cat/Kitten Integration Update

Folks have been asking how Sugar and Spice are getting along these days with Zeus, and vice versa. I’m happy to say at this point it looks like integration is fairly complete. Zeus stopped automatically hissing every time he saw the kitten some time back, and now the kittens go up to him on a […]

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Off With Their Comments

The Toronto Star newspaper has decided to nix comments on its Web site. The reason: We have passionate, opinionated readers who are eager to get involved in conversations about politics, education, municipal issues, sports and more. You’re talking about the news on thestar.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, LinkedIn and more — and we want […]

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I Was Gonna Write Some Things About Stuff But Then I Didn’t, So: Look! Kitten!

Specificially I was gonna write something about politics, but then a large wave of ennui swept over me and the next thing I knew it was, like, 5pm. So, here, have a kitten. Maybe I’ll write about politics later. If not, there are always more kitten pictures to take.

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In My Copious Spare Time I Make Fake Album Covers for My Kittens’ Fake Band

This is the cover to their underrated fourth album. And before anyone asks, their band name predates their “Scamperbeast” nickname. You have to keep the gags consistent, folks. Admit it. You’d buy this album.

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A Personal Top 10 of Things That Are Not Titles to Christmas Songs and/or Lifetime Holiday Movies and Honestly I Don’t Understand Why

10. A Colonoscopy For Christmas 9. If Reindeer Can Fly Then How Did Daddy Hit One With His Truck 8. Christmas on Reddit 7. I’ve Got the “My Family Has Left Me and All I’ve Got to Get Me Through the Holidays is Coors Light and a DVD of Die Hard Set to Repeat” Blues Again, Mama 6. Jingle! Jangle! Gerbils! 5. […]

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This is What December 14, 2015 Looks Like in Ohio

My part of Ohio, anyway. And yes, it’s a little ridiculous. What’s really cool is that I almost never see north-facing rainbows. Much more likely to see them to the east or west generally, and when the sun is low enough in the south to allow them in the north (i.e., in December and January), […]

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The Best Thing Ever, December 13 2015 Edition

Earlier this month, my daughter and I had the following exchange on Twitter: Note the last comment from me, it’ll be relevant in a bit. I was deeply amused by the exchange, and posted it to my private Facebook wall, which precipitated this comment, and my response: For those of you who don’t know, Tom […]

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A Saturday Evening Blast From the Past

Look, it’s me (in the pink denim shirt) on the first day of second grade. My sister is about the start the fourth grade. My mother, if memory serves, is 27 in this picture, and can be excused for what she is wearing because it was the 70s and everyone alive in that era did […]

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On the Asking of Special Holiday Favors From Me

Folks: This week I’ve gotten no less than five requests from fans (or family/friends of fans) asking if I could do some particular special thing or another that would mean a lot to the fan for the holidays. Since there are several of these this week, and these sorts of requests are something I’ve had […]

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New Books and ARCs, 12/11/15

It’s beginning to look a lot like the weekend, so here is this week’s collection of new books and ARCs that have come to the Scalzi Compound. What looks good to you? Tell me in the comments!

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I Was There. This Is How It Was

A K-Mart in-store holiday music tape from 1974.  There’s a K-Mart company song at the very beginning and a couple of store announcements along the way; otherwise old old old school commercial Christmas music. Just for verisimilitude! Enjoy. (Hat tip to Saladin Ahmed for linking to it on Twitter.)

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