Month: Aug 2015

  • Hugo stats: Best Fan Writer

    Phew! If I do this one I can get ahead of Chaos Horizon who are doing are far better job of this than I am. So why look at Best Fan Writer? Well of all the categories this was the one that had a different dynamic than the others. The winner was the non-Puppy nominated […]

  • Sunday Beer: Twelve Days

  • Unfeasible Tales of Social Justice Fantasy Science: Oona and the Whales

    [“Are you asleep yet little cat?” – “Nearly, one more story, with pirates…” – “I only have one with vegan pirates…”]

  • Fascism, Australia, Refugees and other things

    Yesterday an extraordinary thing happened in Australia. For reasons that aren’t entirely clear the Australian Border Force announced that it would, in conjunction with Victorian* police, would be roaming the center of Melbourne and checking whether people ‘who crossed their path’ where in Australia legitimately. Now to make matters more like exactly what they sound […]


  • JCW’s Joe Doakes Challenge

    Our occasional blog-muse, John C Wright has offered a challenge. After listing Hugo Award winners for Best Novel in two time periods he says this: Here is the Joe Doakes Challenge, for those bold enough to take it. Get out a pencil and make a not, for both lists, these three things: (1) Which works […]

  • Crunching

    [UPDATE: there is better number-crunching here but I think my numbers are coming out similar. Oh and I lost a whole chunk from the bottom – do scroll past the table in the middle!] Dave Freer asked me a question over at Mad Genius while we were arguing about Brad Torgersen’s poor behaviour. Just […]

  • OK that is actually funny

    Vox Day sort of replied to my answer to Dave Freer (just to make that whole exchange even more weird). His plan is otters! Also I get a promotion! “The real burning question is, ‘what will Vox Day attack next?’” – Charles Stross “What will happen in 2016. We both know the question is […]

  • Still reading: The Last Superstition-A refutation of the new atheism

    Still going with this book by conservative philosopher Edward Feser. It has continued in much the same way as the introduction. Mix in the middle chapters is an OK treatment of Plato’s theory of forms, an outline of Aristotle’s metaphysics and a moderate chunk of Thomas Aquinas. Still lots of carping about Richard Dawkins et […]

  • Dave and Me have a Chat

    Over at Mad Genius: camestrosfelapton August 24, 2015 at 3:25 pm //julieapascal August 24, 2015 at 3:02 pm About the quotes for if glyer or minions show up. Even full quotes can deliberately mislead.// That is true but linking to the actual posts so people can read what was read in full is important. Much […]

  • The True History of the Great Puppy Kerfuffle of 2015 CE

    [Most recent version is here: ] As with the earlier versions… caveats apply. This is literally a narrative as it is a story shown over time with a plot and complications but it is also a subjective mapping of headspace. It looks more serious than my map but the same caveats apply – it […]