Archive for January, 2011

where were you when…

28 Jan

Folks a little older than me have Lennon’s murder (I was six, living with a family that wasn’t necessarily plugged into that area of pop culture, so I don’t remember that at all), but for me, the definitive “where were you when” question happened 25 years ago today. On January 28, 1986, The space shuttle […]

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the sky, it’s falling

26 Jan

According to the OPM, federal employees in the DC metro got a two hour early release today due to inclement weather. Of course, when the pronouncement was made, there was nothing more inclement than a light rain. Still, we weren’t going to say no to two fewer hours stuck in that dump of a hotel’s […]

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“…such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient”

25 Jan

…those measures, of course, being the shot, the fifth, the case, and the keg… In what’s become a tradition in this space, I shall now provide links to several, shall we say, viewing guides for tonight’s State of the Union Address. Said guides are provided as a service to the public (but not necessarily a […]

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all I ask

24 Jan

As Marvel’s 2011 summer film slate of Thor and Captain America start gathering more attention, pre-production is ramping up on Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon. The result of this, of course, is lots of promotional interviews with cast and crew, such as the interview with Chris “Thor” Hemsworth mentioned in this aicn piece, where we’re […]

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scattered thoughts

24 Jan

While I love the deep sarcastic mediations on relationships in xkcd, I think my all-time favorite comics are, like today’s, the pop song flow charts. Since it’s cookie time, this piece about overbearing cookie moms and the potential harm they might do is particularly apropos, and entertainingly written. Oh, and thanks to Doug for pointing […]

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amen

19 Jan

Scalzi on Facebook, pretty much echoing my feelings on the service, which I have, previously, mentioned a bit here, where, incidentally, you can also find a link to my facebook account.

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the surprisingly long life of the incorrect lesson

18 Jan

Professional writers and typesetters agree, two spaces after a period is wrong, and has been wrong at least since the mid 1970s when typewriter technology finally overcame the scourge of monospaced fonts. Still, however, the “two spaces after the end of a sentence” rule has become ingrained in my head thanks to the incorrect proclamation […]

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back from mars

18 Jan

Got back from Marscon unscathed. I am tired now. That we got there at all was really the story of the con itself, though. Before our original planned departure, I hopped online in order to check the address for our hotel, only to find that the reservations I thought I had made weeks ago didn’t […]

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“Get Your Ass To Mars…”

14 Jan

…Con. That’s where we’ll be heading in a few hours – Marscon, in lovely Williamsburg VA, to rub shoulders with science fiction authors, artists, and fans all weekend, and hopefully have a little fun and a bit of an escape from all that work. So, don’t go looking for me. Don’t worry, I’ll say hello […]

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homebrew pop and oral hygene

12 Jan

Why am I just seeing Molly’s 2010 Halloween video now? And why hadn’t I noticed that “Tik Tok” and “California Gurls” are the same damn song? I’m sure the local top 40 station I occasionally tune in to (to see what the kids are listening to) has played them back to back at some point. […]

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