May
20
2018
3

I like the Weber Rule, and will be incorporating it.

To wit: “Any con which disinvites a guest for any reason other than demonstrated misbehavior on that guest’s part (such misbehavior to include threats of violence but not simply threats to someone else’s complacency) will go on to our list (“Oh, we have a little list! We have a little list!”) of conventions at which we will be forever missed.” Not that nearly as many people would care about my decision to not attend; but I suspect that more than a few con committees might be worried about David Weber’s decision, and you never know. Maybe this stance of mine will be actually meaningful, some day.

But whether or not it ever does become meaningful, this is what I am going to.

May
19
2018
7

An absolutely vital and time-critical announcement!

…Blue is not an optimal color for a margarita.  It is, indeed, very possibly a warning sign.  Learn from my failure!  Do not go down this dark road that I am on!

Moe Lane

PS: Things are going fine. Kids have been hitting the water park, playing the Nintendo Switch between bouts of that and the arcade, and learning that arcades give you tons of tickets that can only be redeemed for absolute crap.  That last is a solid life lesson for them to learn.

May
18
2018
2

We are at the water park!

Two days of not doing a blessed thing, really.  Well, I have a chapter to work on. And sleep to catch on.  And so on, and so forth.  Posting will be ligh — oh, hey, my wife requires food.  Gotta go!

May
17
2018
0

Trip tomorrow!

Water park at a hotel.  Kids are actually looking forward to it, too.  Although that also might be the ‘Yeah, why wouldn’t we be taking the Nintendo Switch?’ Of course, there have already been complications, starting with a rescheduled doctor’s appointment tomorrow and the way that the school kind of forgot to warn everybody that tomorrow was a half day and not the full day off the calendar says*.  But those two complications more or less canceled each other out, so yay!

I’ll have the new Chromebook, so I’ll be posting, but I’m going to a water park.  I should maybe relax a little while I’m there, hey? A radical thought, sure, but an interesting one.

May
16
2018
0

Looks like more eruptions in Hawaii are likely.

I think that I went to Kilauea.

Officials warned residents and airplanes to stay away from part of Hawaii’s Big Island after a plume of ash from the Kilauea volcano rose 12,000 feet into the air… The US Geological Survey issued a red alert Tuesday, which means a major eruption is imminent or underway and ash could affect air traffic. The USGS’ Michelle Coombs described the situation as ” very hazardous for aviation” and said her team isn’t quite sure what caused Tuesday’s slightly more intense ash emissions.

I don’t quite remember, and neither does my wife (which is kind of reassuring, because if my wife doesn’t remember it then it’s obscure). At any rate: this is a very real problem that Hawaii’s having right now, and I hope that everybody there will please stay safe. Which means no lava selfies. …Which I will admit is the sort of stupid [expletive deleted] that I might have done when younger, so I can’t be too cutting about this.

May
14
2018
2

DOOM OF THE DERECHO.

Because God forbid that Dizzy City just have high-wind thunderstorms like everybody else.  No, people have to give it a special name and everything, presumably to excuse why the power will go out for two days when the derecho hits.  The rest of the country manages to handle this stuff, when it happens; but I swear, rain comes down, DC metro area goes insane. (more…)

May
13
2018
1
May
11
2018
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Cancer GoFundMe for GURPS writer Brian Underhill.

Link here or click below.

Brian wrote GURPS Cliffhangers and other works for Steve Jackson Games, and his health wasn’t great before. He’s a good dude. Just saying.

May
11
2018
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‘The Long Way Home.’

This story of a PanAm Clipper airplane that flew from Auckland, New Zealand to NYC the long way around is fascinating stuff.  And why did they take the long way home?  Well, let me put it this way: their original flight back to the USA was scheduled for December, 1941. And the Japanese would have absolutely loved to get their hands on a Boeing 314 long-range flying boat. So the California Clipper (later renamed the Pacific Clipper) maneuvered its way across the globe in a way that absolutely screams for a movie treatment.

Seriously, Hollywood.  This is watchable stuff.  And it’s a WWII historical piece, which means that you could do a bunch of exotic locales and whatnot.  What are you people waiting for?

Anyway, check it out.  I’ve just bought the book that that series of articles in the above link references, too. I’ll let you know how it reads.

[OOPS: Via Stephen Green]

May
07
2018
4

SCIENCE says two spaces. SCIENCE!

[UPDATE: Huh. I thought that I had put this up this morning.]

VINDICATION!

The researchers then clamped each student’s head into place, and used an Eyelink 1000 to record where they looked as they silently read 20 paragraphs. The paragraphs were written in various styles: one-spaced, two-spaced,  and strange combinations like two spaces after commas,  but only one after periods.  And vice versa, too.

And the verdict was: two spaces after the period is better.  It makes reading slightly easier.

Not that it matters: book and story format submissions use fonts that reward two-space use.  So there was nothing stopping me from changing my style, anyway.  Still: VINDICATION.

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