Month: Nov 2020

  • Susan’s Salon: 2020 November 29/30

    Susan’s Salon: 2020 November 29/30

    The final Salon for November. Please use the comment section to just chat about whatever you want. Susan’s Salon is posted early Monday (Sydney time which is still Sunday in most countries) . It’s fine to be sad, worried, angry or happy (or all of those things at once). Please feel free to post what […]

  • A map for modern times

    People ask me how I find my way around the confusing and hateful sections of the internet. Naturally I have a map.

  • Star Trek Discovery: Unification III (S3E7)

    A slow and thoughtful episode with a cheeky title and overt connections to both The Next Generation and Picard. The risk it runs is playing dangerously close to being dull and/or mawkish but I enjoyed it and the slower pace allows the strong cast to carry the emotional stakes. There are a few surprises, so […]

  • What is it like to be in a world

    Yesterday I was musing at length about a Video Game Hugo. At that point, I think I was still very focused on story and narrative. Looking back at what I wrote yesterday and what I wrote back in 2015, I can see I used two examples of notable games that I have played and which […]

  • No, don’t eat that: thanksgiving edition

    It is (or is close to being) Thanksgiving in America — a holiday non-Americans are aware of through popular culture but our understanding of it is maybe sort of like it’s a way of doing Christmas twice? This year Americans have a lot to celebrate, much of America is celebrating Joe Biden’s election and the […]

  • Video Game Hugo

    DisCon III have decided to use their discretionary power to include a one-off (for the time being) Best Video Game category for the 2021 Hugo Awards. Extensive coverage here http://file770.com/ready-nominator-one-best-video-game-special-hugo-award-category-announced-for-2021/ I wrote a post on the possibility way, way back in 2015 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/a-hugo-for-games/ where I was thinking about ways of focusing the award on the […]

  • Straw Puppy’s POTUS Polls: The Horror-Farce Edition

    It has been three weeks since the election and while we know who won, a section of the US still hasn’t come to terms with it. The good news is that section is getting smaller and the bad news is that section is getting more entrenched and more divorced from reality. The variety of fantasy […]

  • Multiple good news on Covid-19 vaccines

    News from the UK is that the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine appears to be at least 70% effective: “The announcement today takes us another step closer to the time when we can use vaccines to bring an end to the devastation caused by [the virus],” said the vaccine’s architect, Prof Sarah Gilbert.” https://www.bbc.com/news/health-55040635 That is good […]

  • Susan’s Salon: 2020 November 22/23

    Well, that was another week, wasn’t it? Please use the comment section to just chat about whatever you want. Susan’s Salon is posted early Monday (Sydney time which is still Sunday in most countries) . It’s fine to be sad, worried, angry or happy (or all of those things at once). Please feel free to […]

  • Star Trek Discovery: Scavengers (S3E6)

    The core of this episode is a bit weak and cliched but it is surrounded with decent character work. Book’s ship turns up at Star Fleet HQ with only Grudge the cat on board. With Saru keen to prove Discovery’s reliability to Star Fleet he forbids Michael from going on an impromptu rescue mission. Naturally […]