JamesPadraicR

JamesPadraicR

  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    At this present moment in time, an Alfie Award means "George R.R. Martin thinks you are cool". I was just going to say that "Winner of George R.R. Martin's Alfie Award!" on the cover would probably be good for sales,...
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    Or maybe SWAT the ceremony? Wasn't that essentially attempted? I don't remember the name, but some Sad/Rabid supporting writer apparently called the Spokane police to warn about that 'dangerous radical' David Gerrold....
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    Well, Google wasn't help much. Apparently a few have been given posthumously (Leigh Brackett for "The Empire Strikes Back" screenplay, for one), but didn't find a specific list....
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    There's one novel, published a couple of days ago, which I shall nominate... Now I'm wondering how many posthumous Hugos have been awarded. Off to ask Rav Google....
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    Thanks, I'll definitely give it some thought, especially if I'm able to stick with my intended reading for the next few months. Namely "Karen Memory" (finally!) and de Bodard's latest, and trying to pay more attention to shorter work (probably...
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    Even if there's a super-secret mailing list somewhere, the slate's going to leak.... It seems to me that even if there could be a leak proof list, the existence of a slate would be obvious to the organizers counting the...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Here's a somewhat different take from NPR: How The Sad Puppies Won — By Losing...
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    As far as I'm concerned the only good Gamergates are ants. Best part: For the species Dinoponera, "After copulation the female bites through the male's gaster to release herself and pulls out the genital capsule which acts as a temporary...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    That's basically what happened to the political party created by Ross Perot. It gradually blew itself apart as no one could agree on anything. And I'm hoping that if Trumpy Cat runs as an Independent, he'll have a similar effect...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    So yes, it's entirely possible for there to be "organizations that are not organized". Except that they can get together, in say a beer hall, and discuss what sort of hell to raise tonight. Which strictly speaking is organizing. Otherwise...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Gamergate is so anti-authoritarian that anyone who suggests we should have any sort of formal organization or leadership is roundly mocked for it. So, you're an organization that is not organized. You do see the problem there, right? Anyone can...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Electrolytic Process Converts Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide into Valuable Carbon Nanofibers Now imagining growing space elevators 'out of thin air'!...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Well, since we're drifting off onto the SAs, so I'll indulge in a little planespotting story. This morning on my way to Peterson AFB I spotted a 747 with an odd hump taking off that nearly distracted me while driving*....
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    I've got to be a dittohead and say that GRRM giving out other awards was also a very classy act. Yeah, and they're really spiffy looking hood ornaments. Nothing against the Rocket, but gotta love the tail-fins....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    I was going to suggest lyrics from Against Me!'s latest, "Transgender Dysphoria Blues". But perhaps not well enough known....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Hint: I am happy to be described as a feminist, a socialist, and a social justice warrior: I have been all along, I'm just surprised it took you this long to notice. I'm tempted to say ditto, but I nearly...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    I have been a loyal reader since Singularity Sky, never expected this. If that's true, you clearly haven't been paying attention....
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    I watched most of the ceremony last night, and am wondering when the hosts were chosen? I can't help but think it totally intentional (and pretty fantastic) to pick an African-American woman and a Gay Jewish man to host, and...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    But it still means that the ~500 Rabid voters this year get another go at bloc-voting the Hugo nominations next year. So it's not over yet. Here's to hoping they either grow up, or lose interest in the next year....
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Good article So, does TB/VD (both appropriate initials) actually believe the crap he spews? Astounding*. I find it amusing the the Sad/Rabid supporters (I like puppies too much to call them that) keep claiming that the results support their views....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    Leaving this here, since it's thoroughly off the current topics, which I've had nothing to add to. Anyhow FWIW, here in eastern Colorado we are getting haze and smelling the smoke from the wildfires in in Washington state. We know...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    Just shaking my head and attempting to ignore the Shmucks (in a fairly literal sense). It's rather disappointing to see the fragile little egos lashing out, particularly from some of the long-time commenters. And their sense of entitlement/privilege. FWIW, the...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    I was going to reply to myself with: I'm not sure I've encountered the problem you describe about writers not being able to create characters not their gender (so, no, I'm not getting your point there) Okay, I take that...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    If none of an author's characters seem relatable to me I'm probably not going to finish the book. Part of that is that the men don't all have to be Manly He-Men, but they should feel like authentic men. For...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    ...her characters all seemed female, even the straight men. They seemed much too insecure, too concerned with subtle social signals, and not nearly focused enough on the job at hand. Wow. That's just ignorant (first word that comes to mind)....
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Still averting gaze, half-way through (have I mentioned being a slow reader lately?), but doing the iPad equivalent of ctrl+F to see if some things have been mentioned. In case it matters, Fretboard shows up on pg.186 too. No comments...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Certainly, but I think you've missed* something: follow the 'replied to' links. *entirely possible I have too, but so it goes....
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Well, it may not be state of the art, but you can cross the bridge when you get to it. (apologies for mixing things up, and in general.)...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    I haven't read the novel either. But... (thinking aloud) One thing that might need to be taken into account is the cost of producing the treatment. You can assume that the Company is Evil™ and if there's nearly no production...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Joe Haldeman's "The Long Habit of Living" (pub 1990, out of print, no ebook available, dammit). US title is Buying Time....
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