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August 20th, 2014

04:13 pm - 10,000!
A completely pointless milestone! I have more than 11,500 songs in my computer library currently. Late last year I decided to listen to all of them again (or for the first time). I passed 10,000 today. That is about 576 hours of music listened to with 81 hours to go (more or less).

And then I will probably start adding albums to my library again.

Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/604291.html.


06:38 am - Is this dream from a movie or a book?
I dreamed of a person who was a holodeck type hard hologram where he could be touched, I do not know his name but for this let us call him Randal. He was a companion to the person in the house and he started being having an existential crisis and a technician was called in. Contrary to the usual robot or AI technician in stories this guy was reluctant to go along with Randal’s request to be reset to his factory original settings to eliminate his emotional turmoil. Instead the technician said, “I hate to do that, to erase everything you have become. Can we just try to make you feel better instead of going all the way to a reset?” Randal agreed and the tech set to working on Randal’s brain, which was something like a parlor organ with a covered/locked keyboard. It was interesting that the tech wanted to negotiate with the hologram instead of just doing what he thought right.

The thing is that I know how often dreams are made up of parts or whole of works of fiction so I am wondering if I have seen this friendly to the AIs under his care tech elsewhere.

Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/604017.html.


August 17th, 2014

08:40 pm
I am absolutely delighted to not only be wrong, but to be massively wrong. Not only did Vox Day fail the get a Hugo he came in last among the Novelletes nominated and when rankings were compared “No Award” would have come in ahead of him had it come to that 1232 to 855. The SF community is not nearly as sick as I had assumed and so I will happily eat some crow this evening. Literal crow if you wish.

Warbound, the Correia Novel, did much better. It also came in last place when all the preferences were sorted, but it would have won against "No Award" 1161 to 1052 with 924 ballot not bothering to express an opinion.

This also means that the slightly lower supporting membership cost this year must be largely responsible for the jump in memberships.

Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/603832.html.

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August 12th, 2014

04:11 pm - The Right Wing and the Hugo Award
The membership for the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention is more than 10,000 in total. More than any other previous Worldcon according to File 770. Loncon has also reported that a record 3,587 valid ballots were received. For perspective that is 1,400 than the next highest total, at least 50% more than 'normal'. Given that there is a huge push by the right wing of fandom to get Larry Correia and Vox Day Hugos and the unusually high number of supporting memberships even for a European Worldcon (the last one in Glassgo had 1,087 in total where the current has 2,207 from the United States alone) I am going to predict that they have won this. If I am wrong I will eat crow on Saturday, but I cannot imagine what would have otherwise motivated so many people to vote for the Hugo this year.* The question is if the 'normal' voters for the Hugo that 2,000-ish number contains more than about 600 people who value politics over good writing.

*Seriously, is there some other voter drive going on that I am unaware of? It is not like The Hugoes are terribly famous. I do not know many SF fans under 30 who have heard of them. So, any other theories as to what might be happening?

Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/603609.html.

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July 28th, 2014

09:18 am - Eating in the Garden
My tomatoes are not yet producing a lot of fruit, but the occasional treat is very welcome. Yesterday I picked one and on impulse I photographed it before I ate. I do like the Juliet variety. I may have to order another packet of seeds next year as I am almost out.

Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/602716.html.


July 24th, 2014

06:37 pm - Mishalak Day 1100
Massive amounts of weeding happened today near dawn and nearly every time clouds went over. I am still trying to get the *&^% bindweed under something like control. Also I had to cut about a third of the branches off my apple tree. I look out my window and am somewhat morose, but it had to happen due to fire blight. If I am lucky that will have stopped it. We will see.

The kale is getting quite large in my garden so I went out and cut off about a pound of leaves and cooked them today. It was pretty tasty and went well with fish, though the fish (being a freezer burned gift from a friend emptying a freezer) was not great. Still I was able to make the fish acceptable with lots of herbs.

Now I am having and ale and then I will weed while drunk and then read a book. Possibly The Similarion.

And I am one month from shutting down my Livejournal account at long, long last. I have finally become too annoyed by the interface there.

Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/602509.html.

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July 11th, 2014

07:41 am - Well That Was Good
I got a free ticket to Wait Wait Don't Tell me at Red Rocks. All of us NPR nerds like an older whiter bunch of rock and roll fans. Though come to think of it given the age of baby boomers I ought to revise my mental image of rock and roll fans to older people in north face wind breakers and sensible pants.

Like lit-fandom conventions I felt positively young in this crowd. Jokes were made before taping by Peter Sagal about the climb from the parking lot voiding replacement hip warranties. And then after taping he got us to hold up our phones like a rock concert. NPR famous must be the best famous.

Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/602117.html.


July 10th, 2014

02:23 pm - Storage Unit Thing Found
I have a great big old metal ammo box that I found in an alley and it seems to me that I ought to store something it it. But what? Should I build a weird surprise for whoever goes through my stuff after I have died? Use it for something halfway practical? Load it with random magical looking apparatus? Croquet balls? Twenty pounds of pennies? Several thousand cherry pits? Terrible darkness? Paperback books?

Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/601925.html.


July 7th, 2014

10:51 pm - Better to Rule a 4th World Planet than Serve...
This might be verging on "a wizard did it", but I have been toying with the idea that deviants from a really advanced civilization (verging on post-scarcity from our point of view) might go off to play great man among the primitives. As a slightly more sane reason for an alien invasion. Why invade earth? To have people look up to you as powerful and important instead of near-janitor in status. And they would mostly invade British East India Company style. Say they are here for trade and actually start inserting themselves into the economy so as to make themselves monopolists and/or monopsonists in certain sectors of the economy and then taking political power from that.

Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/601646.html.

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July 4th, 2014

07:09 pm - American Independence Day
I am hella American today. Okay, I am American every day of the year (Except Canada Day because I happen to love Canada), but particularly today due to the fact that I painted my parents' house (home ownership!), ate ribs (mmm, outdoor home cooking), and now I am going to have a homebrewed ale and listen to the Musical 1776. America! (And I will not even complain about the firecrackers being set off continuously in my neighborhood... today. And I do mean continuously.)

Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/601360.html.


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