There Might Be More… Scattered Across the Wilderness…

So I check my mail today and find the following (clicking on the image will make it more readable, promise):

Tumbl tumbler

And my first reaction is: “The wha?”

Then I remember.  I have a Tumblr account.  Not only did I blog about it, but I tweeted the news as well.


Forgot about that.

And I have something called Typeface, too, according to the blog.


Wonder how many forgotten blogs I have, lurking in the darkness, plotting revenge for being abandoned.

Gives me the shivers, it does.

Which reminds me.  Next week (hope against hope) we’ll have a new (that’s right, NEW) review up at Welltun Cares Reviews.  Or rather started, as we’re still trying to do the series thing.


Actually, no.  No she isn’t.

However the Age of the Virtual Girlfriend comes upon us soon, as shown by this demo:

And it’s being made (or at least shown off) on my personal system, the Playstation 4.  All I need is their fancy specs and the game (or demo_ and I can enjoy all the pleasures of interacting with a pretty woman,

Or I can leave my house once in a while.

For me, as good as the graphics are, I’d still never pick up a Virtual Girlfriend or Wife.  The real thing is preferable, thanks.

Right up until they make a Power Girl Virtual Girlfriend game.

Then I’m screwed.

So very.  Very.  Screwed.

I will never be heard from again.


Won’t stop playing.

What a World, What a World

You’d have thought I learned my lesson from last time.  But no.  No, I’m an idiot.  Clearly.  I went off and read another Anti Sad Puppy (from here AP, with SP standing for Sad Puppy) rant about the Hugos.  And surprise surprise, it ticked me off.

Thus this post.  To vent.

In the offending post, the AP writer summarizes the who Hugo kerfuffle past and future as “a yearly smattering of casting ballots against the people who had committed the foul crime of being women and minorities.”  This isn’t the first time this has been done by said writer.  It no doubt won’t be the last.

I find this statement deeply fascinating.  Because according to Entertainment Weekly, who as you may recall from my last ranty post on the matter, there actually are women and minorities on the Sad Puppy slate.  Their comment on the matter, once again, is as follows:

CORRECTION: After misinterpreting reports in other news publications, EW published an unfair and inaccurate depiction of the Sad Puppies voting slate, which does, in fact, include many women and writers of color. As Sad Puppies’ Brad Torgerson explained to EW, the slate includes both women and non-caucasian writers, including Rajnar Vajra, Larry Correia, Annie Bellet, Kary English, Toni Weisskopf, Ann Sowards, Megan Gray, Sheila Gilbert, Jennifer Brozek, Cedar Sanderson, and Amanda Green.

Last week, Tor Books publisher, Tom Doherty found himself doing damage control for another ever so charming AP commentator who referred to all SP supporters as “extreme right wingers and neo-Nazis” while publicizing about  a new Tor book. During the course of this post, Doherty states the following:

The Puppies groups were organized to support a slate of authors for the Hugo Awards, given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. Media coverage of the two groups initially suggested that they were organized simply to promote white men, which was not correct. Each Puppies’ slate of authors and editors included some women and writers of color, including Rajnar Vajra, Annie Bellet, Kary English, Toni Weisskopf, Ann Sowards, Megan Gray, Sheila Gilbert, Jennifer Brozek, Cedar Sanderson and Amanda Green.

Just for giggles, let’s also add to the point that according to SP supporters is the next leader in the “yearly smattering of casting ballots against the people who had committed the foul crime of being women and minorities” happens to be writer Kate Paulk.  Who, just taking a general Google search, happens to be of the female persuasion.

Which means that the AP writer is suggesting that SP is, once again, “casting ballots against the people who had committed the foul crime of being women and minorities” by the cunning plan of putting women and minorities on the fecking ballot and having a woman run the show next year.

Criminal genius, is what that is.

The truth of the matter is, the real problem all too many of the AP people have is that the wrong sort of people got on the ballot.  Not our sort, you know.  One of those people.  The same elitist crap they swear up and down they fight against.

It’s because of people like this that I’m not a Liberal.

It’s because of people like this that I don’t vote Democrat any more.

I have a hard time supporting people who think I’m stupid, or incapable of actually doing the research.

Now I’m not going to tell you that the SP crowd doesn’t have their more than their fair share of no-goodniks.  They do.  On the other side of the aisle, I believe there are plenty of AP who have better reasons for opposing the SP party than the mind bogglingly dumb one given above.

What I am saying, though, is that I’m very tired of reading posts and tweets and everything in-between trying to destroy people simply because they had a different idea about who was to get a Hugo.  And my temper, never even, will no doubt boil over again.

Which means that there’s no doubt more ranting posts like this one in the future.

Because I’m not bright enough not to read posts that I know will cheese me off.

At Least the Blog is Updating, Right? Even If Every Update Deals With Another Blog

I have to rewrite every single review I’ve made on the sister site.

Why do I have toupdate every review on the sister site?  Could I have done it right in the first place?

C.H.U.D needs rewriting.  The Prowler needs rewritting.

Both are films I like.

But rereviewing them?


Why couldn’t I have done it right the first time?

House cleaning, too.  Why couldn’t I keep a cleaner house?  Why?

Spleen vented.  Will try for an actual update in the near future.

(It’s also hot where I live and I have no AC.  Did I mention that?  Woof.)


Okay, for those who keep track of these sort of things, namely me, the main page of the sister site Welltun Cares Reviews looked like this:

WCR before may 12

It had since March 1 or so.  So a whole month without fiddling with it, good on me.

Except yesterday I thought of a better, cleaner way of presenting the main page.  Thus:

WCR after may 12

Instead of four or so tables getting the HTML all over the place, there is only one (on the right side.  Where the posters are.)  The images on the left side are in their own div box and consist simply of their proper HTML links, with some borders added in.

I’m not sure I can explain that last paragraph, so for God’s sake don’t ask.

This looks nice and simple and should hold me for the foreseeable future.  About the only change I can think of is ditching a div box.  There’s two and I think I can do with half that.

Again, don’t ask me what I’m talking about.  It’s Chinatown.  I mean HTML.  so it’ll hurt my head to explain.  Almost as bad as it did doing it.

Anyways.  Change.  Next change: a return to updating the site.

Memo to Self: Gerald Kersh and Men Without Bones

One of the glories of owning a Kindle (and I presume owning a Nook and other such devices) is the access I have to a greater world of books.  Far greater than that given me by any bookstore.  I’ve read Cornell Woolrich, Fredrick Brown, R. Chetwynd-Hayes, Henry Kuttner, names who don’t often pop up in the Science Fiction or Horror sections (at least not during my busiest times frequenting the section), but who have a definite impact not just on the Speculative genres but on fiction itself.

Today I introduced myself to Gerald Kersh.

You’ve heard the expression “big in Japan?”  Well Gerald Kersh is an American writer who’s big in England.  He wrote a novel called Night and the City that became the basis of a couple of films, but where I’m learning about him is his Speculative work.  I’ve finished exactly one story and I want to read more.

Unfortunately cash is short at this juncture.  And as my memory sometimes does weird things, I figured I’d make this note in the hopes a.) writing all this will make the name Gerald Kersh linger a bit better or, failing that b.) I might stumble over this note in the years to come and go, “Oh yeah!  Gerald Kersh!”

This has worked before.  Both letters.

Though there is a good chance that I might not forget, due to his Men Without Bones.  The one story I mentioned earlier

Basically, it’s about these two explorers in the jungle who discover the titular group.  It’s not staggeringly original in concept; it’s the execution where Gerald Kersh nails it.  I finished it and went, “My God, why haven’t I heard of Gerald Kersh before now?”

Now, if for some reason this description makes you curious to read more, you can.  The story’s a part of a collection of Gerald Kersh stories called, surprise surprise, Men Without Bones

I think it’s worth looking at.  I know I enjoyed it.

Any ways, one last time: Gerald Kersh.

There.  Hopefully I can remember his name the same way I can remember… the guy who wrote Night has a Thousand Eyes, and the other guy…  the Come and Go Mad guy.

God, I could have told you a moment ago.  Why am I thinking of Monster Club and Graveyard Rats?  There’s some connection there… I dunno…

Man, that’s going to drive me nuts until I remember it…