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November 5th, 2014

04:00 pm - Experiment 242: Rabbit
My parents live... a ways out in the country. They actually live outside the same town where I was raised and lived for about 18 years. They have a vegetable garden and that means wildlife comes to eat things in their garden. Including rabbits... If you are a softhearted person who gets weepy over the thought of poor innocent bunnies, look away from this post.

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Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/606346.html.

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October 25th, 2014

11:37 am - And Christmas
My family is going to be out of town on Christmas so I am, for only the second time in my life, going to have to figure out what to do with myself for the holiday without them. The previous time I had plans that came to naught when I became ill and thus spent Christmas alone with a cold in a chilly basement room. I trust there will be no repeat of that disaster, at least.

My very good friend L— thinks that she will do a Christmas eve dinner and I can contribute some dishes and help her cook so I think that determines what I shall do on the eve. I should inquire of her if she likes chestnuts. If so I could lay in a supply. But there shall certainly be plum pudding this year as I like it and so I should get ready to make one very soon.

The day itself will still be open. My family never did much of anything on Christmas day except for church and I am not one for that. Perhaps I should organize some sort of jolly Wassail party where we drink homebrewed Christmas ale or mulled hard cider.

Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/606179.html.

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September 22nd, 2014

12:11 pm
It turns out that the ants of the world do not outweigh the humans. Apparently the origional estimate used far too high a number for the weight of ants, 60 mg as opposed to the closer to average 4 mg. Source BBC.

Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/605505.html.

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09:52 am
I think I am possibly not a science fiction fan. I like reading fantasy and I love socializing (the heavens know how I love to talk), but I think I am done with organized fandom. I am just not suited to clubs and conventions because of the personalities they bring in. I am going to stay friends with my friends, but I am done with going to mass events.

The unfortunate way it came out was bad, but it was true. I no longer wish to be part of the Denver Area SF Assocition.

Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/605356.html.

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September 20th, 2014

11:06 pm
Well, shoot. I need to figure out a better way to extract myself from uninteresting conversations. I, unfortunately, hit the eject button rather hard while in a conversation... well, not exactly a conversation. More being talked to against my will by a member of the science fiction club. Someone I do not know very well. I do not even know his name. I had retreated to my TV room during a party at my house to escape him and he followed me in there and started talking to me about the military industrial complex. And I ejected from the conversation by saying I was done with the science fiction club and for him to get out of my house. That was... yeah. I really do not know where to go from here.

Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/604938.html.

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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.


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