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by Stevo Darkly
26 Nov 2015, 00:43
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Eating Football & Watching Turkey ...
Replies: 10
Views: 277

Re: Eating Football & Watching Turkey ...

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I'm grateful to know you.
by Stevo Darkly
26 Nov 2015, 00:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Words I Happen to Dislike
Replies: 434
Views: 13664

Re: Words I Happen to Dislike

We have probably talked about this before, but I hate "ask" when used as a noun by people who are too corporate to use the words "question" or "request." Example: "Does Assmunch Corporation refer to their employees as 'employees' or 'associates'?" "When we have our conference call with the Assmunch...
by Stevo Darkly
26 Nov 2015, 00:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Words I Happen to Dislike
Replies: 434
Views: 13664

Re: Words I Happen to Dislike

We have probably talked about this before, but I hate "ask" when used as a noun. By people who are too corporate to use the words "question" or "request." Example: "Does Assmunch Corporation refer to their employees as 'employees' or 'associates'?" "When we have our conference call with the Assmunch...
by Stevo Darkly
25 Nov 2015, 23:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 8985
Views: 289547

Re: Petty annoyances

For clarification camera once the want to living room So -- what was this actually supposed to say? We were having a text conversation about some security webcams that my brother had placed in our late father's house, to help us keep an eye on the place. (One of several security measures we are emp...
by Stevo Darkly
25 Nov 2015, 17:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 8985
Views: 289547

Re: Petty annoyances

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by Stevo Darkly
25 Nov 2015, 17:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 8985
Views: 289547

Re: Petty annoyances

Or it would be easier to just respond to every unclear text with "Whut?" until he sends me something that's crystal clear. To be a bit more brief, I think the reason this annoys me so much is this: 1) He sends me a garbled dictated message. 2) I respond by laboriously typing back: "Is this what you ...
by Stevo Darkly
25 Nov 2015, 17:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 8985
Views: 289547

Re: Petty annoyances

OK. Fuck the current state-of-the-art of "talk to text" via Siri, which supposedly lets you dictate a message to your phone and then supposedly renders into a text message for you. Or, if it's not Siri "talk to text" itself that's to blame, it's my brother's inability to speak to it clearly. Yet he ...
by Stevo Darkly
25 Nov 2015, 16:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 8985
Views: 289547

Re: Petty annoyances

Want to like that "there's a new app that tells you which friends are racist - Facebook" meme, but I can't because it's from that "I love when I wake up and Obama is president" thing. I want it to mean "anyone who is currently shitting on Syrian refugees", but to them it means "anyone who ever crit...
by Stevo Darkly
12 Nov 2015, 16:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Grylliversary!!!
Replies: 73
Views: 1830

Re: Grylliversary!!!

Warren wrote:
Stevo Darkly wrote:Happy Grylliversary!

Still feels like home.
Would it kill you to maybe write sometime?
I've been one poor correspondent. And I'm too too hard to find.

But that doesn't mean y'all ain't been on my mind.
by Stevo Darkly
12 Nov 2015, 04:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Grylliversary!!!
Replies: 73
Views: 1830

Re: Grylliversary!!!

Happy Grylliversary!

Still feels like home.
by Stevo Darkly
21 Apr 2015, 19:09
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Worth a Thousand Lulz
Replies: 760
Views: 42953

Re: Worth a Thousand Lulz

And now we have a Moebius thread!

Or we did until now.
by Stevo Darkly
21 Apr 2015, 02:49
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Hugos, Hugos, fight fight fight
Replies: 259
Views: 9107

Re: Hugos, Hugos, fight fight fight

It's nice that you think I shouldn't get mad when someone, in almost complete ignorance of the subject, starts slandering people I know as racist and sexist. It's nice that I've got a dear friend who's gay, female, and nonwhite, and who sees the Puppies as a remarkably popular effort to chase peopl...
by Stevo Darkly
21 Apr 2015, 02:41
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Hugos, Hugos, fight fight fight
Replies: 259
Views: 9107

Re: Hugos, Hugos, fight fight fight

Various clarifications (not aimed at Eric): - I was wrong when I said that "If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love" was a Hugo winner. It was only nominated to be a Hugo. In my opinion, that's still more attention than it deserved in the SF realm, but that's only my opinion. (It did win a Nebula, which pro...
by Stevo Darkly
21 Apr 2015, 02:18
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Hugos, Hugos, fight fight fight
Replies: 259
Views: 9107

Re: Hugos, Hugos, fight fight fight

A tally of the Puppy slates' nomination successes . For all the attempts to separate the Sad and Rabid Puppies and blow off Vox Day as an inconvenient outlier, the Puppy groups shared most of their slates' successes. When it came to differences between the two, the Rabid Puppies actually had more i...
by Stevo Darkly
15 Apr 2015, 17:47
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Hugos, Hugos, fight fight fight
Replies: 259
Views: 9107

Re: Hugos, Hugos, fight fight fight

dbcooper wrote:FTL or GTFO.
My fervent and optimistic hope that someday humans will master the technology of high-speed interstellar travel is tempered by the fact that most humans haven't yet mastered the turn signal.
by Stevo Darkly
15 Apr 2015, 17:44
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Hugos, Hugos, fight fight fight
Replies: 259
Views: 9107

Re: Hugos, Hugos, fight fight fight

Stevo is what we now call a Western supremacist. Sort of. I do think that certain cultures are better fit at dealing with their environment, and expanding, and benefiting their members, and overcoming their competitors, than others. And the West seems to be pretty good at that. I think maybe I pref...
by Stevo Darkly
15 Apr 2015, 17:38
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Hugos, Hugos, fight fight fight
Replies: 259
Views: 9107

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

I think overreaction is a thing. Mayhap you are right. Quality of this vs. quality of that: I'm not sure enough about anything to offer an opinion right now, and I'm aware of the huge subjective component involved in judging quality. I did like the Wright "Yes, Virginia" at the time I read it. I tr...
by Stevo Darkly
14 Apr 2015, 16:46
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Hugos, Hugos, fight fight fight
Replies: 259
Views: 9107

Re: Hugos, Hugos, fight fight fight

PS: Eric, incidentally, you make an interesting point about Heinlein (and some of my other favorite old-timey SF writers). It's true that even when Heinlein reveals -- "AHA!" -- that a character is a Filipino or a Zulu or whatever, he basically still writes that character as pretty much an American,...
by Stevo Darkly
14 Apr 2015, 16:22
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Hugos, Hugos, fight fight fight
Replies: 259
Views: 9107

Re: Hugos, Hugos, fight fight fight

Eric -- I just wanted to say that read your longish response to my two over-long (and rambling) posts, and I think I actually agree with 95% of what you say. I just differ a little bit in my reaction to my perceived politicization of SF fandom (and publishing and criticism and writing). Maybe I'm ov...
by Stevo Darkly
14 Apr 2015, 16:09
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Hugos, Hugos, fight fight fight
Replies: 259
Views: 9107

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

Rather, what has some people riled up is that the focus of science fiction criticism seems to be drifting away from the story , and focusing more on who wrote the story , and what their politics are. To which they responded by ... promoting an entire slate exclusively based on who wrote the stories...
by Stevo Darkly
14 Apr 2015, 15:47
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 794
Views: 53979

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

Reposting this because it got moved to the Hugos thread and specifically wasn't related to that: This review of Star Wars by Samuel Delaney is utterly glorious. All of it is wonderful. But perhaps the best bit from a dramatic irony perspective: This is perhaps the place to mention that – to get the...
by Stevo Darkly
13 Apr 2015, 05:24
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Hugos, Hugos, fight fight fight
Replies: 259
Views: 9107

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

Continued ... For example, over at the SF Signal site, I see discussions of -- for example -- "best of" SF anthologies and there's almost always a bit of angst if too many of the authors in the collection are male and too few are female. Or too many are white and not enough non-white. Bias is a poss...
by Stevo Darkly
13 Apr 2015, 04:55
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Hugos, Hugos, fight fight fight
Replies: 259
Views: 9107

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

The Sad and Rabid Puppies, apparently. But, as I said earlier, they're yearning for a lost golden age that never actually existed -- the age where "if you saw a lovely spaceship on a book cover, with a gorgeous planet in the background, you could be pretty sure you were going to get a rousing space...
by Stevo Darkly
24 Feb 2015, 04:33
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 1467
Views: 50614

Re: Twitter!

Saw on Twitter. Posted by a guy who said he was going to quit his job so he could spend more time watching this.

It is, in fact, the best thing produced by the Internet so far.

MORE COWBELL! Don't fear the retriever.

by Stevo Darkly
15 Jan 2015, 16:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Mapgasm
Replies: 465
Views: 18642

Re: Mapgasm

I guess I had a 1950ish range. I really had no incentive to travel alone more than a mile from my home, because most of my day-to-day childish needs were much closer than that. Our street had sufficient kids to play with. No need to go further than a third of a mile if I wanted to play soldiers or e...