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New Books and ARCs, 10/23/20

As we ease into the weekend, here’s a nice hefty stack of new books and ARCs that have come into the Scalzi Compound in the last couple of weeks. See anything here that makes your fingers twitch in desire? Share in the comments! — JS

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Foliage Photo Album + Quick Thoughts on Photoshop 2021

First off: Hey, you like fall foliage? I happen to have a lot of it around my house, and I’ve collected some photos of this year’s foliage in a Flickr album. My plan is to add to it, not only this year but also in subsequent years, so it’s just becomes this amazing album of […]

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Political (Dis)Engagement

Here’s a piece I’m thinking about today, in the New York Times: The Real Divide in America Is Between Political Junkies and Everyone Else. The opening grafs from the article: The common view of American politics today is of a clamorous divide between Democrats and Republicans, an unyielding, inevitable clash of harsh partisan polarization. But […]

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Sunrise, Fog and Trees

Not a bad combination, I have to say. Hello, world. Let’s get to it, shall we? — JS

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Fake Young Scalzis

A new edition of Photoshop dropped today and one of it’s new feature sets is “neural filters” which can, among other things, make one’s face look younger or older. So for fun I took pictures of me and Krissy from the last month and ran them at the “-25” age setting, which may or may […]

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A Bit of Disclosure, Re: Sneak Previews and Special Events

In the last couple of months, I’ve — quite mysteriously! — been added to a number of PR lists inviting me to virtual sneak previews of upcoming shows and other related media events. The way it works is you’re invited to an online “red carpet” event, with either sneak previews of the show/movie or some […]

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And Now, Some General Thoughts About the Election

And to do it, I’m bringing back the “talking to myself” format. Hello, me! Hello, you! Who, uhhhh, is also me.  Indeed. So, what are your questions for me about this year’s election? Well, since you’ve already detailed how you think Trump will do in your own county, any thoughts on how you think he’ll […]

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October in Ohio

You know what, it’s not too bad.  Hope you’re having a pleasant Sunday, folks. — JS

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Reporting in From Trump Country, 2020

Four years ago (almost exactly), I wrote about Darke County, the place in Ohio where I live, and how I expected it would vote in the 2016 presidential election. Darke County is a small rural county, and like most small rural counties in the United States, it skews pretty seriously conservative and Republican. As part […]

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Today In “I’m Occasionally Reminded I Live the Life of a Hermit, Even Without COVID As an Excuse”

I went into a bank for literally the first time in years.  Why would I do such a thing? Because Krissy, who usually does our banking, is currently laid up recuperating from her foot surgery (she’s doing great, thanks for asking, but she’s not up to doing errands out of the house yet) and I […]

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Once Again, My Annual Unsolicited Appreciation Post, Regarding WordPress

Every year around this time I take a moment out of my day to express my unsolicited appreciation for WordPress, which, in October 2008 and after a particularly rough year keeping my site up and running due to surging traffic, helped me transfer Whatever over to their tender care (specifically via their VIP service). In […]

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This Just In: I Shaved

Why? Because, one, I was bored of my face as it previously was, and two, it’s been a couple of years since I saw my chin, and I was wondering how it was holding up. Turns out, it’s holding up okay! Also, the last time I was clean-shaven I was about 30 pounds heavier, and […]

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Mars Through the Trees, 10/13/20

Tonight we’re as close to Mars as we’re going to be for a few decades. I thought I’d go out and get a picture of it. You can see it just barely clearing the trees here. It’s bright and beautiful and I’m glad I got to see it tonight. If you have time and a […]

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I Totally Forgot to Update the Site Today, So Here, Enjoy This Obscure Yet Tuneful Song

“Celebrity Sanctum,” by a profoundly unknown group with the unfortunate name of Dogs Die in Hot Cars. The song’s pretty nifty, however, the sort of tune XTC could bat out over lunch, because, well, XTC was like that. Enjoy.

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The Last Tomato of 2020

To be clear, not the last tomato anywhere in the world, here in 2020. Merely the final tomato from our tomato plants, this year. Krissy has pulled up and cleared out the vines as part of her autumn overhaul of the plants and gardens. It was picked green and is ripening on our counter. At […]

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Smudge Meets Buckley

Buckley being the neighbor’s pup, whom they acquired a few months ago. He’s friendly and decided to come for a visit. Smudge was not impressed. Ported over from Twitter because once again Flickr seems to be having issues. Come on, Flickr. Click on the tweet to see the whole photo. It’s pretty much a tableau. […]

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New Books and ARCs, 10/9/20

Flickr, which I usually use to host my photos, is having some technical issues, so I’m going to post my tweet about this week’s new books and ARCs instead. Tell us what here interests you down in the comments! This week's stack of new books and ARCs that have come to the Scalzi Compound. What […]

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I Feel You, Julie Nolke

The third time-traveling installment. The other two have been posted here before, but in case you missed them, here they are, and in reverse chronological order: Looking forward to/vaguely dreading what I assume will be the final installment, sometime in December. — JS

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Quick Krissy Surgery Update

I noted yesterday that Krissy was going in for a minor surgery today, which I know prompted some curiosity and concern. Here’s the scoop: She had a bunion that needed attending to, and this morning she went in and they did whatever they needed to do to fix it. It was done in a couple […]

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RIP, Eddie Van Halen

The news, from the Los Angeles Times. He could do things with a guitar that literally nobody else could do, and possibly no one else will do again. As they say, there goes part of my youth. May he rest in peace. — JS

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