Archive for August, 2016

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Puppies, Politics, and Gay Dinosaur Sex in Space

August 25, 2016

So … this is still going on:

The Hugo Award℠ logo.Watching Hugo voters choose “no award” instead of their nominees did not teach the Puppies Catholic virtues like humility or grace, however. Instead, many became consumed with rage. If they couldn’t take over the Hugos, the next step was to destroy them.

(Marcotte)

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Not Now, Martin

August 21, 2016

Detail of xkcd #1722, by Randall Munroe, 18 August 2016.Sometimes this comes up with my sense of humor and the necessity of explaining a joke derived from the stories of Steven Brust. Randall Munroe presents his own version of the question: Just how many novels must I read in order to receive the joke at its intended value?

To wit, I can’t explain the not/now joke properly insofar as it seems difficult to decide just what, between five hundred and, oh, say, two thousand pages is required in order to receive the full punch, and in truth, by the time it gets to twenty-four novels with no guarantee that the final tally won’t get larger, is it really worth it just to know why “not now” is one of the funniest jokes in literature?

Meanwhile, yeah, good luck with the sword.

-bd

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Image note: Detail of xkcd #1722, by Randall Munroe, 18 August 2016.

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Timeless Artless: The Plot Twist

August 18, 2016

It’s not quite a mystery of the Universe, but still:

Huh?• In order to accomplish a task one must forget the fact of being about it.

And that’s the thing: I cannot actually tell you what that means at the stake of paradoxical nullification.

Okay, okay, that last might be at least a shade toward the superstitious.

Zen pollution.

Fresh nothing.

-bd