Oh looky there, a new board all shiny and fresh.
On a horse with no name.
Another lazy summer day.
Apparently the package I sent to ditto is still in transit. I’m glad I sent it early.
I cleaned out my purse this morning. I really should do that more often.
We are busy at work getting ready for WWC on Friday (http://www.whenwordscollide.org/). Some of our authors are already in town so we’re going for lunch on Thursday.
Oh! What will be the WWC highlights this year?
Remind me to tell you about one of our past room parties and the (then) managing editor of Penguin. Most of what happened cannot be said on a public forum.
!!! You have to watch yourself around those penguins.
Fascinating article, btw. http://www.healthyway.com/content/here-are-8-things-that-are-making-people-less-attractive-according-to-science/11471
Well if your face is asymmetrical you are screwed (or not screwed) for life.
Lo has warned me that I will be locked in his basement for two days and maybe let out to see Essbee if I behave.
Don’t forget your collar.
And your safe word
..and it’s goodbye to Glen Campbell:
…and for you birdwatchers out there that was a rare sighting of the lesser spotted double post.
He’d become a DWI punchline around Phoenix for awhile, but it looks like he got his act together before the end. I hope he had some good years before the Alzheimer’s took hold. That’s a terrible way to go.
The more things change. . .
…and the winner for the dumbest article I’ve seen today goes to:
Oh, I’m so relieved now!
A army of mercenaries with their own PRIVATE AIR FORCE, hired by the White House, backed by the US government but with the only actual US control over their actions being if the US fired the contractor (Black Water) who has hired them.
What could possibly go wrong with this ?
According to USPS my package should be delivered to ditto today.
Yep. It just arrived. Do you want me to open it now, or should I wait and put it in your room?
You can open it. It’s just Cdn snacks for the Saturday, like usual
Check your stereotypes at the door.
This is an amazing story. Those girls rock. I think MetalAsylum’s followers need to be informed.
From the latest Ansible:
‘Zachary Mason’s novel Void Star has been praised as cyberpunk in the Gibson vein, but Mason deplored an interviewer’s use of the C-word: ‘Not even remotely. I’m not even exactly sure what it means. Bionic implants and mirrored sunglasses? Yes, the definition eludes me. / I think of it more as literary fiction that uses science fiction and genre elements.’ (KCRW, 29 June) Which makes all the difference. [NA]’
Fuck you Zarchary, I wouldn’t give you the skin off my shit.
The praise sparks my interest, but his douchebag response immediately douses it.
On a serious note, my brother in law is seriously ill in hospital with an infection from a scratch by his pet cat.
They had to operate to see how bad the infection was.
That’s awful Van. Best wishes to him.
An unfortunate reminder to wash the area asafp any time you’re scratched or bitten, even if it’s a domestic animal.
Interesting note from a family member:
“Btw, talking with XXXXXXX’s sister last night – who is a Dr of optometry, she said even with the glasses, LOOK AT THE SUN ONLY BRIEFLY and look away. The infrared can heat and damage the retina even when you don’t feel pain. Staring at the sun causes PERMANENT damage. She is so terrified of this event that she was not going to distribute the glasses, but her patients kept asking and she decided it was better to ensure they had good ones since they were going to do it with or without her blessing.”
Just food for thought.
Does this also apply to the mushroom clouds?
It’s Labor Day at Ground Zero doesn’t have quite the same ring as Christmas
Worth a repost:
If we have a clear day, I’ll make quick glances through a filter, maybe I should make one of those shoe box thingies that show the progression of the eclipse.
….and with this link I will say goodnight:
Watching the weather report for the mmeetup. Van, you might get your thunderstorms
I’m sure he would be game for a good tornado chase but let’s hope for clear skies :/
We need damn clear skies – – for at least 2 minutes on Monday!
Well, it is still 11 days out and we are in one of the most unpredictable weather locations in the country. I think it is far too tell just yet. The weatherman that I trust the most provided this forecast a while ago: “In this yellow area there is still s good 70% chance of it being clear enough for you to have good viewing.”
I’m still waiting on the update.
Well I hope we get clear skies, I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
But that’s a bonus I’m making this trip to see friends.
Then everyone wakes up blind and gets eaten by Triffids.
wait … different story.
Getting ready for WWC. Don’t be surprised if you don’t hear much from me until after the weekend.
Maybe this one will happen.
If it does happen, I hope it’s better that Johnny Mnemonic
Before hitting play, close your eyes and listen for the polar bear:
Kind of a stretch, but fun. :)
Today’s Google doodle for the anniversary of the birth of Hip-Hop is outstanding. Be sure to watch the full opening video with Fab 5 Freddy too.
Who let the tumbleweeds in this feed?
Hope everyone is doing good
Everyone’s earning accomplishments on the Hip-Hop Google doodle.
As I played with that I realized that “Hip-Hop” was actually the rise of the producer.
While you it helps to have good musicians, good singers and good writers … many of the truly epic Albums/singles throughout history, would not have been so without so guy sitting in a studio deciding what sounds to put where and at what volume each of those sounds should be.
“Dark side of the Moon”, “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “Thriller” just to name a few.
Hip-Hop was a chance for people with those talents to step out of the anonymity of the studio and do their thing (in real time no less) in front of a crowd.
So imagine if George Martin or Alan Parsons had set up their equipment, with all of their audio elements in a club and been told to do their thing. A one shot deal that wasn’t being recorded so “mistakes” would be forgotten almost as soon as the next audio rolled. All with the underlying goal being to get people on the dance floor.
How awesome might that have been?
The Hip-Hop Evolution documentary series on Netflix goes way indepth about the NYC originators, and the DJ Kool Herc parties. Great stuff.
In response to a Ed made sometime in the past week or so:
io9 are OK, but really fixated on comics and toys. Fine, OK; it’s the content that works for them and their audience. Me, I get nothing out of their toy obsession, and only rarely get anything out of their comics coverage.
I’ve mangled my name many times with quick typing logins to applications, but today’s ‘jack manbag’ was a first. . .
Not my best AKA name.
I got nothin….
Lo Pan? Save us!
Post-Modern Jukebox and Straight No Chaser co-headlining— and Tiffany scored us random first row tix! Then ice cream doughnut sandwiches afterwards at a place directly under the infamous trump billboard with the dollar signs and mushroom clouds, to the sounds of an all-grrrl punk trio in retro attire. Exciting evening!
I had a dream like that once.
Wait … are you saying this actually happened?
I actually agree with Area Man about Godfather 3.
I cant wait to see you all fine people in 6 days!
Bracing myself (and trying to pack).
I start my 20 hour 3 day drive (well, 40 hours of round-trip driving over 9 days) tomorrow.
It least there is a good chance of seeing you guys next Friday night. Maybe half day on Saturday?
… and of course that whole celestial thing.
The rest of the trip will be a bit of a drag.
Deciding whether to take the iPad this year.
Topping off my iPod.
I’ve been saving up my Escape Artists podcasts for about 2 months now so I would have something to listen to. I am anxious to finally listen to them!
Terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Va. – 1 Dead. At least 19 injured.
Driver plows through crowd of people. Stopping only when he struck a car he couldn’t see because of all the people he was mowing down. Then he speeds off in reverse.
Awful subhuman scum.
I just learned about this site:
Much needed, if done right.
If you can find it, watch the video of the Governor of Virginia giving his statement on the situation. I know nothing about the man but after seeing trumps lame – not going to call out the Nazi’s – response … THIS man came across as Presidential.
Then I read President Obama’s response … which was to quote Nelson Mandela, and it was a painful reminder of just exactly how far from anything resembling “leadership” our country has fallen.
Enjoyed Atomic Blond, that is all.
In other news – packing the car for a road trip.
Packing my bag for plane trip.
Hey KS folks…. how prevalant are the mosquitoes there at this time?
It depends on the humidity. They haven’t been bad this year, but you may find some.
As long as they don’t find us.
Overstimulation weekend continues now with Steve Martin Martin Short!
Was this another of your dreams?
I do often dream of elderly men dancing, singing, and cracking jokes. . .
This was really a blast. Those 2 guys are still really, really funny, and Steve Martin’s Blugrass band, The Steep Canyon Rangers, are just unbelievable. Go see this show!
Don’t worry Pixie they will home in on me first.
The mosquitoes that is and not Steve Martin.
We had to put up netting around our house to keep Steve Martin out.
Ah the joys of cattle class.
May have an US Athlete traveling home in cattle class.
Is he offering to take me back home with him?
Made it through the con in one piece. Although, I think I need to sleep for 24 hours straight.
Next, three days of home, then off to see the peeps.
(I thought I said this earlier)
Woot for surviving the con! Woot for Meetup travel! Some of us are en route already!
I take umbrage of the first paragraph of this article.
True, this does speak to those whose idea of board games extends no further than Parker Bros and Milton Bradley.
Fantastic find. I’ll be listening to this for a while.
There’s a great deal of crackle on most of the tracks, but this led me to a pretty great, pristine version of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
Well a bit of a bugger.
British Airways says my flight from Kansas to Charlotte has been cancelled on my day if return.
It’s an American Airlines flight, but their website doesn’t mentioned it’s been cancelled.
Will have to ring in the morning..grrrr!
Well strange, AA and Iberia confirm flights are on, so goodness knows what is going on.
It was possibly rescheduled to a slightly different time or they changed plane types. Sometimes the notifications get messed up.
Yeah that could be possible, appears to be some discreacny in the times by about 5 minutes.
Sorry – – I certainly hope this article has nothing to do with BA or AA.
We had quite the thunderstorm yesterday. It was close enough that it tripped two of our main breakers.
Coming back from Denver airport there was some dork lightning.
Ok, what is dork lightning?
Pure grain Red Bull?
Autocorrect strikes again, meant to type Fork.
Don’t forget the Vodka….
Or in this case would it be moonshine?
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was a fun rewatch.
OMG you got him to watch it?
Well it was the cheap cinema, which was perfectly nice after Lo had basically described as a rat infested fleapit.
Well done, young man.
I don’t advocate violence – – really ever. But these girls still get points for being on the right side.
Going to check in for the first leg of my flight. I won’t be able to check in for the connecting flight until lunch time.
Well, that was painless. It also let me check in to my connecting flight so I don’t have to do that later.
Exciting! Where are you going? :P
Any last minute requests? I will be going on one final errand run in the morning.
Ummmmm I have to pack tonight!
Ummmmm, Rhettro- are we planning on a Star Wars RPG mission?
Real Life sort of derailed my plans, but if you guys want to continue, I can put something together. :)
If possible and not a huge burden for you, Rhett – – and if weekend timetable allows – – then I’m in!
It’s not a burden, I’ve already done a lot of work behind the scenes to have an idea where things would be heading. Plus the game system allows for some quick planning.
I resemble that remark! :D
Count me in. :D
My med droid needs people to heal.
So I’m in.
Also, do we feel the need to congregate for a Game of Throne viewing on Sunday? Or will we all wait until we get home?
(is this a question for the mail thread?)
Umm…. we don’t have HBO. Sorry.
Do you have a device that plays HBOGO? We could potentially use my HBO Go account.
Other than the first couple of episodes of S1, Tracey & I haven’t watched GoT. If people really need to watch it on Sunday, that would be OK. We can get it set up on the PS4, I believe, with your credentials.
I would have to wait till I got back home so I’m in if enough people want to watch it.
This seems to have been semi-resolved in the other conversation.
I’m fine with what works best for everyone. I can splinter off and watch with other addicts or wait til we get home.
If I watch it before hubby, he would not be a happy camper
CL: What Went Down -Foals
Dig this song
Having some breakfast, then it’s off to the airport for this bunny
Sitting and waiting for my plane. It only took a half hour to go through security, so not too bad
My flight. Is running 15 minutes late. Hopefully that won’t mess with my connecting flight. When I booked my flight I had almost an hour between flights. They changed it a number of times so I now only have half an hour. If this flight is delayed too much, there may be issues
Hmm. The Deadpan website has been blocked through the airport wifi. Naughty Pan
We haven’t boarded yet. The only good thing is my connecting flight is no a half hour later than my ticket says
Safe travels, Bunny!
Safe, happy travels to everyone! Whether by planes, trains, or automobiles. (You may now picture Van and Lo Pan re-enacting the “Those aren’t pillows” scene).
Well, they’ve covered all the vehicles.
If there are any shenanigans in the office, I don’t want to know! ;)
Well Bladerunner was mentioned at least once.
Gas is cheap here.
Religious books for children at a service station freaked me out a bit.
Wish I had though to get a picture of the manned table of free Spanish language religious materials sitting to the side of the line at the latin food place that was converted from a gas station (https://goo.gl/maps/LrvsVcJffxu). Now that’s ‘murican.
My connecting gate was way the frock at the other end of the airport. Made it at a quick jog. Boarding now
Glad you made it!
I think we’re in Kansas, Toto
Holy cow, this is a long taxi to the gate
A long read, but worthwhile. Excellent points made. Feel free to disagree.
Admittedly, it’s a rare thing that I find a Vox article to contain anything remotely approaching intelligent thought. However, that professor pretty much hit the nail on the head.
While we older generations regularly bag on millennials (though, I often find myself cheering all the things they are supposed to be killing off, especially golf), the statistic that such a large fraction of them favor government restrictions on free speech are probably the one thing that most deeply concerns me about them.
So, I find myself fully pretty much fully agreeing with this article.
I already miss ya at this Mmmmmmeetup, Ed!
“At root, we protect freedom of expression — even hateful expression — in order to strengthen democratic legitimacy.”
“Many of the Charlottesville marchers weren’t just shouting hateful slogans; they were carrying weapons. We must thus consider not merely the constitutional rule against viewpoint discrimination, but also the lack of constitutional protection for true threats.”
I like that the author brought up both of these counter intuitive points and I agree with both statements. The freedom to talk about ideas, even hateful and stupid ones, are core to the notion that public discourse is free to consider all things. But also the point were speech becomes threats, it is no longer protected speech.
FYI, it’s frikken hot in Kansas
Yup, 88F 6 miles away from Dittos.
A slight detour and we may be here..possibly.
Obligatory Sausagefest post!
You should drive over this weekend and do in-person promotion!
Oh look, we have a Lo Van
Or Van Lo from a certain point of view.
Look! A random post!
Travel day! Clicking our heels as we speak!
Safe travels! I’m still at work, but will heading home to pack sometime after noon today.
When do u arrive, Rhett?
So you have ruby slippers Jack?
They sparkle in Technicolor. Not as much in black and white.
For those attending tonight, we are going to the Overland Patk location. http://barleyskitchenandtap.com/op/
My apologies to those who cannot attend
Hey, everybody! I am in town, posting from the parking lot of Barley’s Overland Park. See you all when you get here!
I haven’t been following GoT, so I’m not really interested in watching it, but I would absolutely love to continue with Star Wars: Edge of the Empire gameplay if y’all are up for it. :)
You need to take precautions against party crashers.
Morning Pan. The dittos and I have been up for over an hour. The other lazy bums sharing the house are only just starting to stir
Partying is hard work!
We’ll own that proudly.
7:30 and, so far, ditto and I are the only ones moving
..and it’s goodbye to Jerry Lewis:
Two clergy persons are on an airplane, a Catholic priest and a Mormon bishop.
After a while, the priest turns to the bishop and asks, “Is it still a requirement of your faith that you are not to drink coffee?”
The Mormon bishop responds, “Yes that is still one of our beliefs.”
The Catholic priest then asks, “Have you ever had a cup of coffee?”
“Yes,” says the Mormon bishop, “I have to admit on one occasion, I did succumb to temptation and tried a cup of coffee.”
The Catholic priest nods in understanding and goes on with his reading. A while later, the Mormon bishop speaks up and asks, “Father, is it still a requirement of your church that you remain celibate?”
The Catholic priest replies, “Yes, that is still one of our vows.”
The Mormon bishop then asks, “Father, have you ever fallen to the temptations of the flesh?”
The Catholic priest replied, “Yes, Bishop, on one occasion, I was weak and broke my vow.”
The Mormon bishop nodded understandingly for a moment.
A few minutes later he smiled, looked at the Catholic priest and then said, “A lot better than coffee, isn’t it?”
Pixie rolled a 69. Teehee
Execute order 69.
1. Uncool of her to drag this bitter hit piece into the public.
2. He’s always objectified and sexualized women while simultaneously empowering them. From what I’ve seen.
This time it’s t-cat and I the only ones awake. Even ditto is snoozing away
Ditto and T-Cat were up late doing housework — I witnessed it. Give him a break. ;)
..and it’s goodbye to Brian Aldiss:
Awesome extended MMMmmmetup weekend still in progress!
Rain and clouds go away, please, so we can see the eclipse!
Total ecloud of the sun.
Future mmmeeetups have been discussed. More later.
Well, while it was only a 67% eclipse here in Houston, there were thankfully enough breaks in the clouds today that I could see it. Pretty cool through the proper eyewear.
The kids were in school today, but the district they attend bought glasses for all students and staff so they could go outside and safely enjoy the event.
I’m so glad to hear that some schools out there are getting it right. The schools in Central Florida are so concerned about law suits that they literally put the schools on lock down, with outdoor sporting events cancelled and no one allowed to leave the school. They allowed parents to sign kids out early to go home and watch the eclipse. The dumbest part is that we hit out highest eclipse at 85% at 2:51pm and the schools let the kids go to the buses at 3:05pm. As if the eclipse was suddenly over at 2:52. Infuriates me to no end.
That is pretty damn sad. Well, for my part, I wrote a letter to the superintendent and all the members of the school board regarding the fact that with our early start to the school year, the kids would be in class the day of the eclipse. I suggested it would be a great opportunity for the district to get glasses for everyone and take advantage of the opportunity. I was a bit disappointed that I never got a response from anyone, but they sent out an announcement a few days before the start of school that everyone would have the opportunity. They also sent home opt-out forms for parents to fill out if they didn’t want their kids to participate.
So, I can’t claim credit for making it happen. I’m sure several parents in the district expressed concerns about kids missing out since the school start date had been moved up. But I can at least say I did my part. We bought glasses for the four of us months ago and I was going to send them to school with my kids if they didn’t get any provided.
Off to our final lunch in KC.
Made it through security fairly quickly. Now the long wait begins to board my plane
Thanks everyone that made it out here for the KC meetup. You are a cool group of friends and it was a blast hosting you. For those travelling today, I hope you make it home safe and with no hassle.
Thanks, ditto and T-Cat, for the hospitality! I had a wonderful time! :)
Safe travels everyone!! Thanks for a great MMMmmmeetup. We missed all of you who were not in attendance this year.
I’ve decided that my family is going to move permanently into ditto’s office. I hope he and T-Cat don’t mind.
A girl wasn’t meant to run that fast. Got to my gate with time to use the washroom. They are just starting pre boarding
Managed to snag a window seat on both flights so this bunny’s happy
Damnit, I missed the Blood Cauldron.
The Mangans are home safely in Phx. No fires downtown yet…
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