Monthly Archive: August 2009

Aug 31 2009

The Interloper

Every once in a while, you meet a writer who can do something totally insane. I’m talking about things like combining My Three Sons, the meaning of life and the unconscionable burden of original sin to make a point about accommodating religion. And making it work. Of course, as an atheist, I can look at …

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Aug 30 2009

Carnival of the Elitist Bastards XVI

The Carnival of the Elitist Bastards (alternately subtitled “We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Pictures” or “In Which I Kill Everyone”) is up at Quiche Moraine. I hope you enjoy it some small fraction of the amount I did.

Aug 29 2009


In case you were curious, science fiction and fantasy aren’t the only kinds of fiction I write. Homecoming Mollie studied the table one more time, desperate that everything be perfect. She’d been waiting two years for Jeff to get out, and today was finally the day. Her to do list was in the living room, …

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Aug 27 2009

Let’s Talk Pre-existing

I’m grumpy today because I’m not feeling well and haven’t been for…well, far too long. The migraines are getting more frequent again, and more of them hurt instead of just making me stupid (thinking through sand) and hypersensitive. The allergies are taking a different tack this summer. I can breathe through my nose, and I’m …

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Aug 26 2009

Elite Bastardry at Quiche Moraine

Don’t ask me how a decidedly landlocked blog, in name and location, will manage to host the decidedly nautical Carnival of the Elitist Bastards this weekend, but it will. Actually, you can ask, and I even have something cool planned. I’m just not going to tell you what it is. To quote the admiral: Aye, …

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Aug 25 2009

Wouldn’t It Be Good

Posted for a Somebody to remind her she isn’t alone, that far too many of us have those times when we just can’t. This is one of those songs that’s gone back and forth in my memory from poignant to unbearably true to a decent but dated song, and it hasn’t changed a bit. I’d …

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Aug 25 2009

What’s Wrong with the U.S.?

Charlie Stross hits where it hurts: I’ve been suppressing the urge to explode angrily ever since Thursday, when Abdelbaset Al Megrahi was officially released from prison and flown home to Libya. His release — on compassionate grounds, as he is suffering from terminal cancer and has weeks to live. Mr Al Megrahi was serving a …

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Aug 24 2009

District 9

Why are you reading this? Go see District 9 instead. Then come back and we can talk. You want a review? Fine. This movie does what more science fiction should do. It educates you in science. Social science. History, politics, sociology, psychology–they’re all in here. They are aggressively, in-your-face in there. This is the best …

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Aug 23 2009


This is actually a tougher fight than the election was. Corporations far and away recognized that four more years of rule by the monster that the Republican Party had become would be as disastrous for them as it would be for all of us. They were pragmatic in their understand that business cannot flourish anywhere …

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Aug 22 2009

The Issue Isn’t….

This is the full video of the couple who are alleging discrimination. Regardless of gender or sexual orientation, one would expect folks to not be that intimate in a restaurant. When asked to tone it down a bit (it being lots of body contact and burying a face in the other’s breasts), the couple responded …

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