Hugo Awards 2016: Geez, not this shit again

Welp, it happened again: The Rabid Puppies, the folks who want to destroy the Hugo Awards, nearly swept the nominations again this year. Not that anyone expected their defeat last year to discourage them. They seem to revel in the whole “If we can’t have what we want, at least we can ruin it for […]

ESPN’s coddling of Curt Schilling ends badly

Parker Molloy wrote a much better recap of the events surrounding Curt Schilling’s dismissal from ESPN than I ever could, so if you want the long version, I strongly suggest you read the whole thing here. She breaks it down in great detail, but I’ll sum up here for those of you who didn’t follow […]

The derp in here has gone up a couple of degrees

So, some scientists and pro-science types have decided to start using a hashtag, #StandWithScience for their crowd funding campaign. This being the internet, you can probably guess what happened. It took about 10 seconds for the perpetual adolescent crowd to start using it for their own purposes. Nothing new in that. What is fun, though, […]

Vox’s Jason Blum Gets It All Kinds of Wrong

Vox published an odd piece by Jason Blum in which he makes the case that piracy is the primary reason why Hollywood isn’t making art house films, ergo piracy must be stopped in order for Hollywood to continue to make good films. He makes the case, but he doesn’t make it particularly well or at […]

Apparently, NASA has something in common with the Wu Tang Clan

You’re just trolling along, spouting truth-free nonsense about about climate change on Bill Nye’s Facebook, not a care in the world, when suddenly… …NASA shows up to kick the ever-lovin’ shit out of your positions. I can’t stand Facebook, but this has to be one of the most beautiful moments in the history of the […]

Encryption on WordPress?

About damn time. Good things are starting to happen on the encryption front. This is important. The problem with expensive and/or difficult encryption is that it won’t be universally adopted. At the extreme in of the spectrum, that means that anyone using encryption is instantly flagged as a Person of Interest. That kind of defeats […]

False Dichotomy

The BBC link reads: ‘Racist troll’ – or conservative free speech crusader?‘ If you read the post, and it’s worth reading as it’s contributed by the excellent Olivia Crellin, you’ll likely come to the same conclusion as I: “Both.” I mean, Andie Pauly isn’t even trying to be anything but a troll. She’s making statements […]

A Links List I Can Get Behind

There’s a good list of people to follow and interact at an unlikely site: I don’t know all of the names on the list, but the ones I do know are good ones: Laurie Penny, John Scalzi, Chris Kluwe, Alison Bechdel, Randi Lee Harper, Anita Sarkeesian, and Wil Wheaton. They’re all good, decent people […]