…and it comes out fine:
…and it comes out fine:
In case it isn’t obvious, I’m trying to finish up and clean up some stuff that’s been lurking in my hard drive for a while. Way overdue, honestly.
The Ebony Tarn of Alberta
Not every effect of the Serpentfall was supernatural: in Alberta’s case, the mere shifting of tectonic plates was enough to bring its existing vast reserves of oil even closer to the surface. The countryside from wendigo-haunted Edmonton to new-walled Calgary has been transformed to a natural oil seepage, and the stubborn stay-behinds who refused to move after Alberta rang like a bell have discovered that the men in far-off, safe, warm Vancouver will pay good money for the suddenly accessible crude (and largely clean) oil while not asking too many questions. The province now has teams of wildcatters feverishly and roughly exploiting the new oil supplies, with whatever equipment they can find (or steal, or rob). In exchange, back East comes survival goods, luxuries, and new immigrants. (more…)
Yup, that’s a real alligator, from the real state of Florida. Which is to say, very very far away from me and I’m all right with that. I understand that it’s apparently an amiable sort of alligator, seeing as it walked right past a bunch of photographers who seem to have a classic GURPS Horror-style Delusion about how having a camera makes them invulnerable – but what if the alligator changes its mind?
I spent too much time making this pic.twitter.com/Pul0aeIthf
— Florida Man (@_FloridaMan) January 16, 2017
I picked up the Tremors Attack Pack, which includes the first four Tremors movies (at least three of which I actually want to see!) because I was in Best Buy and I said Lo! I wish to purchase that movie, or even a collection of those movies! Alas, Best Buy couldn’t be arsed to keep a copy on stock. Fortunately, Amazon could – and they make it really easy to order from your phone.
…This is, like, symbolic of our entire modern economy, huh? (more…)
Come, I will conceal nothing from you: one major reason why I bought Empire Games was for the amusement of watching Charlie Stross extricate this particular story line from the morass of pseudoscience and conspiracy theory that he originally drove it into. ‘Peak oil.’ ‘Aspartame causes brain damage in children.’ ‘Secret US nukes set up for domestic false-flag operations.’ ‘President Rumsfeld, master manipulator and Destroyer of Worlds*.’ It’s not nearly as bad as David Gerrold’s continuing inability to figure out how to get humanity to win the War Against the Chtorr**, but neither is it trivial. Fortunately, ‘alternate history’ can handle this sort of problem…
Mostly, they involve watching my wife take my kids to the pool, then grabbing my Chromebook and retreating to a Panera Bread or something so that I can get some writing done. I have, like, three short stories that need finishing and this weekend has been not great when it comes to my larger productivity. A couple of hours writing in peace and quiet sounds like a great idea…
“Mission Statement” examines a problem that any group with access to power must address: what do you do to keep down the number of jerks looking for access to that power? This, I feel, is not addressed enough in modern fantasy. And when it is, it typically goes too far in the other direction and just gets rid of the jerks entirely. I feel that this is also not an optimal result.
Short version: I’ve got a spare monitor which I want to hook up with a Roku and maybe a set of speakers so that I can watch Netflix while I’m exercising. Because I need to exercise more. And no, I’m not shelling out a couple of hundred bucks for a new TV; worst comes to worst, I can just prop up an iPad or something. (more…)