|Thursday, October 1st, 2015|
|Wednesday, September 30th, 2015|
|Tuesday, September 29th, 2015|
|Monday, September 28th, 2015|
|Oh hey, the IgNobels are out!
The 2015 Ig Nobel Award Winners!
Some particular highlights:
CHEMISTRY: "Shear-Stress-Mediated Refolding of Proteins from Aggregates and Inclusion Bodies," by which they mean "figured out how to unboil an egg."
LITERATURE: the word "huh?" (or its equivalent) seems to exist in every human language and they're not sure why.
ECONOMICS: Offering police officers cash bonuses if they refuse bribes.
|Sunday, September 27th, 2015|
|Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015|
|Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015|
|Wednesday, September 16th, 2015|
|Monday, September 14th, 2015|
| So I'm reading The Shepherd's Crown, and it's a very sad book in a bunch of ways. First, because it's the last Terry Pratchett. Second, because it simply isn't great on a scale of the earlier books in the series. It's not BAD, it's a perfectly acceptable piece of writing, simply on the low end of quality *for Pratchett*.
And I suspect that unless Rhianna Pratchett turns it down, it's going to get nominated for the Hugo for Best Novel 2015, and win in a landslide. Because it's decent and it's the last Terry Pratchett.
But I've had a thought. A fiendish, funny thought that warms my cockles from several directions: Pratchett declined a nomination for Going Postal. No other Discworld book has ever been nominated. This means The Discworld ITSELF, the entire series, ALL 41 BOOKS, is eligible for the Best Novel Hugo, under the same rules that let The Wheel Of Time and Apollo XI and all the old Asimov serials get nominated.
This thought makes me giggle.
(I think The Kansas People should just create a special non-Hugo award and give it, as is their right. Or create a special Hugo category for, say, "Best longstanding British comedy series whose author's name contained several Ts and which is over now" and open that up for nominations, as is also their right. But submitting *41 books* (several of which are among the best SFF ever written) for "Best Novel", legally, is the kind of thing I find so hilarious I'm not sure I can avoid doing it.)
|Wednesday, September 9th, 2015|
| CPC(non-communist) MP: "GO THE FUCK BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM, BITCHES"
Again, I point out that there seems to be some DEFECT in the CPC(non-communist) structure that they keep always nominating and supporting racist assholes. It's almost as if there's something fundamentally wrong with the party and it's starting to squeeze out around the edges of their notorious message discipline.
Also worth noting: That's the NATIONAL POST pointing this shit out. This is the Canadian equivalent of "Fox News reports that racist candidate is REALLY racist, not just SLIGHTLY racist."
|Chutzpah: An Image.
Take a look at this. Pay close attention to the middle column.
... and tell me how many stars The Guardian gave to Legend?
|Tuesday, September 8th, 2015|
|Monday, September 7th, 2015|
|Friday, September 4th, 2015|
|Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015|
|Sunday, August 30th, 2015|
|Because I love you all so much.
Hey, a neo-nazi wrote an RPG! No, not FATAL, another one. No, not RaHoWa, another one. No, not Hybrid or Kindred Of The Ebony Kingdom, *another one*.
Meet Myfarog, an RPG by white nationalist murderer and arsonist Varg Vikernes.
(Link goes to a review, which is a pretty good read, not to the RPG's site itself.)
Notably, a different article about the book from the same site shows that the "publisher icon" Vikernes put on the book's spine is from "The Temple Of Purification" in his fantasy world. Also notable, he uses a swastika for "the temple of strength"
|Saturday, August 29th, 2015|
I continue to tag things as I find them, so I can find them again in January 2016.
Rick And Morty definitely deserves an award. Let's go with Rick And Morty Season 2 as a whole for Long Form, and S2E05 "Get Schwifty" for short form.
(It's like Doctor Who if The Doctor was a sociopathic alcoholic, except competently written and funny.)
|Friday, August 28th, 2015|
| Sasquan: More terrible and more dipshitty than you might previously have thought possible.
Glenn Glazer appears to have gone way out of his way to gamergate the situation. In particular, he appears to have blamed Meg Frank for Lou Antonelli's harassment, blamed Carrie Cuinn for Lou Antonelli's harassment, blamed David Gerrold for Lou Antonelli's harassment, and then claimed that he can't POSSIBLY act against Lou Antonelli (who harassed people) without publicly blaming Antonelli's victims, and do the people Lou Antonelli harassed REALLY want the fallout from THAT?
What an asshole.
(ping james_nicoll, andrewducker. Seems up your specific alleys.)
"the answer by the way is 'the one who can murder you in broad daylight with no provocation in front of witnesses and recording devices and still get away with it'" - agoodcartoon
|Thursday, August 27th, 2015|
|Wednesday, August 26th, 2015|
|Tuesday, August 25th, 2015|
|Monday, August 24th, 2015|
|Sunday, August 23rd, 2015|
| My hugo predictions are running at 100% so far.
I'm just saying.
|Thursday, August 20th, 2015|
|Wednesday, August 19th, 2015|
|Monday, August 17th, 2015|
|I love living in the future.
The University of Kentucky have managed to read this document:
That's a scroll that was burned sometime around 500CE, found by archaeologists decades ago. It turns out if you x-ray the fuck out of it you can get enough data to have a computer separate out the layers of the scroll and digitally "unroll" it, resulting in output that looks kind of like this:
That's Hebrew, and it begins "The LORD summoned Moses and spoke to him". It's a copy of Leviticus.
But my point is, we can read burned books, by examining the ashes.
I love living in the future.
|Friday, August 14th, 2015|
|Wednesday, August 12th, 2015|