Sunday, August 23, 2015
The only Hugo-related thing anybody is talking about anywhere is Sad Puppies. The reason there's no-awards tonight is Sad Puppies. The reason there was a record number of voters is Sad Puppies.
And oh yeah, the reason the winning novel, Three Body Problem was even on the ballot was Sad Puppies.
Looking forward to next year, when Sad Puppies 4 makes life interesting for the CHORFs. I got my $40 all warmed up and ready to spend.
On a personal note I'm a little bummed that the No Award dickheads managed to win so often, but my minor disappointment with that is more than outweighed by the massive victory we Sad Puppies have won this evening.
Dickheads chose to burn it all down rather than let a Sad Puppy win something. That's what this whole thing has been about since the beginning. That's what Larry Correia said waaaaay back at Sad Puppies #1 and 2, and proven again tonight.
Enjoy your no-awards, dickheads. I'm going to see about making you do it again next year. Maybe eight or nine consecutive years of no-award winning almost everything will impart a valuable communication to you.
Monday, August 17, 2015
The guy just had to lie, and say it was about the video. But then he couldn't stand it, and spilled the truth. Media does not give a shit about anybody, they just sell newspapers.
Regarding the level of attention given to Mr. Hammond's death, a search of the Nexis news database showed that in the three weeks after he was killed, including the night of his death, there were 145 mentions of "Zachary Hammond" and "police" or "Zach Hammond" and "police" in United States newspapers and wire services. By comparison, there were 704 mentions of "Samuel DuBose" and "police" or "Sam DuBose" and "police" in the similar period after his death, and 1,593 mentions of "Walter L. Scott" and "police" or "Walter Scott" and "police" in the similar initial period.
The lack of publicly disclosed video of Mr. Hammond's death helps explain much of why it has not drawn more notice, said Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a longtime civil-rights organization based in Montgomery, Ala.
Yet he added: "The reality is that this killing maybe doesn't get quite as much attention because it doesn't fit into the current narrative that's sweeping the country."
Saturday, August 08, 2015
"Fantastic Four," the reboot of Marvel's original superhero gang starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell, should have had a subtitle. I'd suggest "Fantastic Four: Prologue!" or perhaps "Fantastic Four: Failure to Launch." The latest entry into the superhero sweepstakes is a leaden affair that seems to exist only to set up a sequel and doesn't even do a good job at that.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The Army has warned its recruiters to treat the gun-toting civilians gathering at centers across the country in the wake of the Chattanooga, Tenn., shooting as a security threat.
Soldiers should avoid anyone standing outside the recruiting centers attempting to offer protection and report them to local law enforcement and the command if they feel threatened, according to a U.S. Army Recruiting Command policy letter issued Monday....
"I'm sure the citizens mean well, but we cannot assume this in every case and we do not want to advocate this behavior," according to the Army Command Operations Center-Security Division letter, which was authenticated by the service.
Recruiters were ordered not to interact or acknowledge the armed civilians, who have been greeted by a mix of concern, indifference and gratitude by the public.
"If questioned by these alleged concerned citizens, be polite, professional and terminate the conversation immediately and report the incident to local law enforcement …," the command advised.
As the incidents crop up around the country, police could be asked to confront the civilians with guns on the Army's behalf.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Apparently 1993 was ancient history and we should have all forgotten by now.
Thursday, July 09, 2015
IBM said on Thursday that it had made working versions of ultradense computer chips, with roughly four times the capacity of today's most powerful chips.
The announcement, made on behalf of an international consortium led by IBM, the giant computer company, is part of an effort to manufacture the most advanced computer chips in New York's Hudson Valley, where IBM is investing $3 billion in a private-public partnership with New York State, GlobalFoundries, Samsung and equipment vendors.
That's 70 atoms wide, kiddies.