Shrinkage

March 22, 2018

So I’m halfway through reading this novel when I realize that the author has been through therapy. There’s nothing good or bad about this, and it doesn’t affect whether or not it’s a successful story, but while reading I realized that therapy can be apparent in the toolkit that the author brings to the work. […]

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Facebookery

March 21, 2018

Via Bruce Sterling and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, here’s how to alter your Facebook settings to opt out of platform sharing. Facebook has allowed third parties to violate user privacy on an unprecedented scale, and, while legislators and regulators scramble to understand the implications and put limits in place, users are left with the responsibility […]

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Standup

March 16, 2018

So in last night’s dream I enrolled in a workshop in standup comedy.  Which, I should mention, I have never had any ambitions whatsoever to do. The workshop took place in a barnlike hotel in a place like the Berkshires, with snow and winter sports, and the woman who ran the place kept telling us […]

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Review Too Late: Nordic Noir

March 9, 2018

 Over our long winter months, I’ve been watching TV set in brooding northern climes.  How depressing can it get in northern Europe? Very, apparently. Bordertown.  Netflix kept trying to get me to watch this, but I assumed it was set on the US-Mexican border, and I’m all too familiar with that.  But then Netflix played me […]

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The Muffin Conundrum

March 8, 2018

I have an important scientific question here.  The answer may save the world, or at least my breakfast. I am fond of English muffins.  (Or, as I believe they are known in England, “muffins.”) Yet these muffins have one peculiarity that I can neither understand nor condone. When I take a muffin out of the […]

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Slammed

March 4, 2018

I haven’t been posting here much, or posting anywhere really.  I’ve been just a little bit slammed. I’m writing Quillifer the Knight.  I’m working on Taos Toolbox.  I’m doing my taxes, and going cross-eyed looking at all the little receipts that made sense months ago, but don’t now, and looking for the little receipts that I […]

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“Searching For Plob Day Smores”

February 27, 2018

Back in the Sixties, I’m sure it seemed plausible to Arthur Clarke that by 2001, we’d have HAL 9000. Instead, by 2017, we got Alexa.

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Sorry, Canada

February 25, 2018

So John Shuster and his buddies went on to win gold in the Greatest Ever Winter Sport, which is to say curling. The US has never won gold in curling before, but taking 5 points in a single end pretty well speaks for itself. On the other hand, Canada has never lost a medal in […]

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Samurai Hat

February 22, 2018

Over the weekend I went to Boskone, which was such a pleasant scene that I spent no time whatsoever thinking of ways to amuse anyone other than myself.  And then I flew back and was ill by the time I got home.  (Note to self, and to the rest of you: don’t ever order the […]

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Boskone

February 14, 2018

I will be spending the weekend in Boston, attending their excellent science fiction convention, Boskone.  Since the convention is a very fine one, and it’s a large regional convention that is still about books, I urge those of you who can be there to attend. Here’s my schedule, for anyone who would care to connect with […]

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