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Back From Chicago

Where I was in town for the Worldcon, at which I did panels, hung out with friends, and DJ’d a dance. Aside from the fact I gave myself a sore ankle from walking so much, it was a lovely time. And no, I didn’t win any Hugos; you have to be a finalist first for […]

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“Travel By Bullet,” the Third Installment of The Dispatcher Series, Is Out!

I’m running around Chicago at Worldcon right now, so allow me to copy and paste the Twitter thread I used to announce it: Happy September! “Travel By Bullet” the 3rd installment of the “Dispatcher” series, is now live on @audible_com, read as always by the incomparable @ZacharyQuinto. I’m so excited you can hear this story […]

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My Chicon 8 Schedule

I’ll be at Chicon 8, this year’s Worldcon, starting tomorrow, and if you’re there, you’ll be seeing me doing public events at these times and places: Friday, September 2, 20221:00 PM CDT: 45 Panels in 60 MinutesGrand Hall LDuration: 60 mins 4:00 PM CDT: Autographing – John ScalziAutographing areaDuration: 60 mins Saturday, September 3, 20221:30 […]

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The World’s Biggest Pooper Scooper

Because we live in the country and are not hooked up to the village of Bradford water supply, we have a septic tank, and because we have a septic tank, every five years or so the county comes by to check on it and make sure it’s in working order. The last time, everything was […]

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Church Update, 8/28/22

As summer begins to wind down, so too does the first phase of the church renovation. Things done since the last time I checked in here: Railing added to the balcony: Sanctuary floor and chancel finished (the pews, while out, are not in their final positions), new basement-level floors laid, one restroom refurbished and another […]

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GeForce Now: A Review

In my writeup the other day about not getting a new computer (or, more accurately, about ordering one and then cancelling the order because of supply chain issues), I mentioned that in lieu of getting a ginchy new computer with a top-of-the-line graphics card, I got a subscription to the GeForce Now streaming service, which […]

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More New Music: “8/22/22 (Perseus Galaxy Cluster)”

NASA’s Exoplanets Twitter account posted this yesterday: And I was all, huh, I wonder if I can make some music out of that. The answer is: Apparently! Although I didn’t end up using the original audio file. What I did was make a MIDI file out of the original audio, quantize it for time and […]

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(Not) Getting a New Computer

My desktop computer has been slowing down a bit recently, and my graphics card is now several years old and questionable for a number of new games I wanted to play, and my C drive recently informed me it had only 5GB of space left on it. So I made the decision a couple of […]

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Oh, Right, Governance

I’ve noted before that I am posting less about politics these days, primarily because I find it largely enervating, and there are only so many ways to say “The current GOP is a white supremacist authoritarian cult who threw away any pretense at seriousness to grovel at the feet of an actual seditious criminal” before […]

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Why I Like Making Music

Mostly, it’s because I’m not good at it. This is not me fishing for compliments. I am aware I can fiddle about and get something out of my equipment that is musical, and that it isn’t completely awful. What I mean is that my level of technical competence with the programs and instruments I own […]

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Your Weekend Cat

I had the Midjourney AI art generator give me a few pictures of a cat in a library, in the style of Gustav Klimt. This was my favorite, both for the absolutely unimpressed expression but also because in the cat’s “fur” you can see hints of books and bookshelves, which is actually quite clever for […]

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Love Death + Robots Renewed For Season 4

Netflix announced it on its Twitter feed (and presumably elsewhere): Of course I’m thrilled about that and for the whole team at Blur, the production company who makes LD+R for Netflix. Before anyone asks, at this particular point there’s very little I know and even less that I could tell you about the status of […]

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The Kaiju Preservation Society a Finalist for the Dragon Award

And, well, that’s pretty damn cool. Here’s the whole ballot of finalists, and at the bottom of that I’ll put in a link so you can go vote for whomever you like. 1. Best Science Fiction NovelLeviathan Falls by James S.A. CoreyThe Kaiju Preservation Society by John ScalziGoliath: A Novel by Tochi OnyebuchiYou Sexy Thing by Cat RamboShards of […]

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Some Thoughts on AI Art

First, this one is called “Deep in your heart there is a sunlight so hot that it makes you love people. That’s why you love people,” and its inspiration is a little poem my daughter wrote on her sixth birthday. I gave the whole poem to the AI art generator Midjourney as a prompt, and […]

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Thoughts on “The Sandman” Series

I’ve now watched all ten episodes of the first season of The Sandman on Netflix, and while I absolutely cannot be unbiased in my opinions about the series in any way, because a) Neil Gaiman is a friend of mine, b) Netflix is the service where I have been extensively involved in a series (Love […]

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