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(1) DAMES AND KNIGHTS. The Queen’s birthday honours list is out. The Guardian has the highlights likely to be of interest to Filers (although it does not cite any of the recipients’ genre credits).

The Queen’s birthday honours list, in which actor Emma Thompson was made a dame,…

Thompson, who is one of Britain’s best loved actors, has been made a dame, adding to a long list of awards including Oscars, Baftas, Golden Globes and Emmys.

…The damehood awarded to the classicist Mary Beard is likely to prove more popular. The Cambridge professor, author and TV presenter described it as a “smashing honour” and attributed it to growing interest in her field of work.

“I feel especially pleased that someone working on the ancient classical world gets honoured in this way,” she said. “I’d like to treat it as a bit of a tribute to the Greeks and Romans themselves, as well as to all my wonderful academic colleagues who also do so much for the study of antiquity.”

The actors Keira Knightley and Tom Hardy are awarded an OBE and CBE respectively.

The author Kazuo Ishiguro, whose works include The Remains of the Day, the film adaptation of which starred Thompson, is knighted for his services to literature. He said he was “deeply touched to receive this honour from the nation that welcomed me as a small foreign boy”.

(2) EPISODE HATE. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert concocted a hilarious “’Stars Wars’ Trailer To Piss Off Hateful Fanboys.” Starts around 2:20 of this video.

There’s a special new ‘Star Wars’ movie for all the angry fans whose racist, misogyny led ‘Last Jedi’ actress Kelly Marie Tran to leave Instagram.

 

(3) DRAGON CON TURNOVER. Early this month bloggers Francis Turner and Jon Del Arroz celebrated a Dragon Con staff firing, however, those searching for an objective explanation of what transpired had nowhere to turn until this week when Richard “Fife” Blaylock published two resignation statements on his blog, one by former Dragon Con Fantasy Literature Track director Charlotte Moore, and his own.

Moore committed what she terms “an error in judgment” in telling a ConCarolinas supporter and regular Dragon Con panelist his support of that convention made him “less welcome” by the Fantasy Literature Track. Dragon Con leadership considered that beyond her authority and a misrepresentation of the convention’s commitment to political neutrality. Almost concurrently,  Moore tweeted in support of a friend she saw being harassed in social media. Dragon Con leadership ultimately told Moore the appearance of the con’s neutrality was more important than these acts of conscience, and she was fired.

Moore initially put a farewell post on the Fantasy Literature at Dragon Con Facebook page, which was taken down by Facebook. It has been reposted to Blaylock’s blog. Here is an excerpt:

Hi, everyone. It’s Charlotte.

Effective immediately, I am no longer the Fantasy Literature Fan Track Director.

I apologize for the cryptic nature of what follows. I will, at my discretion and on a person-by-person basis, give details in private, or when plied by sufficient quantities of alcohol.

First:

I would like to thank Rachel Reeves and David Gordon for working with me to find an equitable resolution to some longstanding and, ultimately, insurmountable differences between my priorities and the convention’s.

I deeply regret that, in an effort to defend this community I love so much, I have, in moments of anger, occasionally overstepped my bounds, resorting to tactics that were unbecoming of me. My behavior has not consistently reflected the convention’s values—nor, in my better moments, mine.

While I do not regret, for one second, standing up to any person who, through their stories, statements, or behavior, threatens this community—or who, out of self-preservation, chooses not to see injustice and abuse—there are ways I might have done so without grabbing for low-hanging fruit.

Dragon Con strives to be apolitical. Perhaps that’s admirable (and perhaps it isn’t? I truly don’t know), but it strikes me that the most bombastic champions of this position are the ones most incensed by social justice, a phrase they sneer as a term of derision and ridicule.

I believe that Dragon Con’s heart is in the right place. I really do. They made it clear to me that they have no compunction with the fundamental nature of my values; that they welcome strong opinions among their track directors; and that they share a desire to create a diverse and safe environment.

They want everyone to have a seat at the table. Unfortunately, they also want everyone to have a seat at the table. And a table that seats abusers beside their abused is not, in fact, a table for all: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

So. The convention and I are at an impasse. And perhaps it is best if Dragon Con finds a less vociferous replacement for me, though I regret that this must happen so close to this year’s event….

—Charlotte, who will miss you all very much.

Richard Blaylock, likewise, has quit the convention as he explains in “My Resignation from Dragon Con” (full statement at the link.)

The below is my resignation as Director’s Second of Fantasy Literature at Dragon Con, as I sent it in. For some quick context:

  • The prior director had acted out of line and was due some form of censure, along the lines of public apology and a warning to chill.
  • Instead of a transparent process, she was fired without being allowed to defend herself, and before she was even informed that she was being fired, they were soliciting potential new directors.
  • The “greater crime” for which she was fired was that she was vocally expressing that she would not provide a platform for bigotry and hate in her programming.

So, without further adieu, and with the intent to allow this to be shared easily across social media platforms (I’d already shared it on Facebook), my letter of resignation to Dragon Con:

To: Director, Fantasy Literature
CC: Sr. Director, Fan Track Operations; Dragon Con Board of Directors
Thank you for the opportunity to stay on as Director’s Second for Fantasy Literature. After a long time mulling it over, I regret to inform you that I cannot, in good conscience, continue on in this position.

While I do not agree with all of Prior Director Charlotte Moore’s means and methods, and I do feel she stepped out of line in her interaction with [guest name redacted] in specific, I cannot countenance the actions that have been taken—actions taken both by means of punishing her and of the convention making a political statement in her firing and its choice for her replacement.

I can appreciate that the convention doesn’t want to become accused of being a political entity for both legal and social reasons. But there is a false equivalency and a tone deafness in the convention claiming that bigotry and harassment is “just politics.” It is the paradox of tolerance that those who try to uphold absolute tolerance invite the absolutely intolerant. A political difference is how to provide health care, entitlements, and the size and role of government. It is not debating the fundamental humanness of those who are not white, heteronormative men.

A “Safe Space” is also a paradox. It is a place where those accepting of differences, willing to admit that all people have a fundamental equality, are welcome. It is not, in truth, “safe” for everyone, because it should be absolutely unwelcoming of bigots. By their fundamental nature, bigots make others unsafe. Fantasy Literature has, in the five years I’ve worked for it, always been a Safe Space, and I thought this was not just because of the actions of the director and her volunteers, but because senior convention leadership saw the value in this as well.

However, in its actions, Dragon Con has made the declaration that hate and bigotry are acceptable behaviors, and that the deluge of snide micro-aggressions that people of color, the differently-abled, women, and the LGBT community will suffer is an acceptable price for convention leadership to pay so they don’t have an angry, vocal, and harassing minority emailing them…..

Dragon Con prides itself on “running like a business.” I am sure that the mentality is you don’t care that a few offended attendees won’t come because of this decision; the numbers are still going up overall. On the whole, the masses don’t care.

But the thing is, the masses don’t care. Dragon Con could do the right thing, take a stand against bigotry and refuse to give it a platform, and you will only lose a minor handful of other bigots.

The masses don’t care. So it becomes such a puzzlement when the only action taken is to turn a blind eye and allow the tyranny of one minority over another so you don’t have to make a decision.

I have made my decision. I hope that you and others will come to see that it was correct one day.

Richard “Fife” Blaylock
Formerly Director’s Second, Fantasy Literature, Dragon Con

(4) ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL. Galactic Journey imported Cora Buhlert to 1963 where she discusses “[June 8, 1963] The Future in a Divided Land (An Overview of Science Fiction in East and West Germany) Part 1”.

…I am fortunate enough to live in West Germany and therefore the main focus of this article will be on West German science fiction. However, I will also take a look at what is going on in East Germany.

In the US and UK, science fiction is very much a magazine genre, even if paperback novels are playing an increasingly bigger role. In West Germany, there are a couple of science fiction publishers, such as the Balowa and Pfriem, which specialise in hardcovers aimed at the library market, as well as the paperback science fiction lines of Heyne, Fischer and Goldmann. The three paperback publishers focus mainly on translations, whereas the library publishers offer a mix of translations and works by German authors. Though Goldmann has recently started publishing some German language authors such as the promising new Austrian voice Herbert W. Franke in its science fiction paperback line.

However, the main medium for science fiction and indeed any kind of genre fiction in West Germany is still the so-called “Heftroman:” digest-sized 64-page fiction magazines that are sold at newsstands, gas stations, grocery stories and wherever magazines are sold. Whereas American and British science fiction magazines usually include several stories as well as articles, letter pages, etc…, a “Heftroman” contains only a single novel, technically a novella. “Heftromane” are the direct descendants of the American dime novel and the British penny dreadful – indeed, they are also referred to as “Groschenroman”, which is a literal translation of “dime novel”….

(5) TODAY IN HISTORY

  • June 9, 1790 — The first copyright for a book was given to The Philadelphia Spelling Book by John Barry.
  • June 9, 1934 —  Donald Duck made his debut in the cartoon “The Wise Little Hen”.
  • June 9, 1978 The Cat From Outer Space premiered theatrically
  • June 9, 1989 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier debuted on this day

(6) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS

  • Born June 9, 1930 – Lin Carter
  • Born June 9, 1943 – Joe Haldeman
  • Born June 9, 1963 – David Koepp

(7) HUGO BALLOT PREVIEW. Nicholas Whyte groks “The 2018 Hugo finalists for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form”. At the top of his ballot —

1) Doctor Who: “Twice Upon a Time”

The Moffat era had its low points, but the return of the First Doctor for the Twelfth Doctor’s final story was not one of them. I actually thought that the 2018 season was Capaldi’s best in general, and would have rated a couple of the other episodes higher than this; but this one deserves its place on the ballot and gets my vote. Bonus points for having scenes set in Belgium.

(8) PIXAR PIONEER GOING. Yahoo! Entertainment says “Lasseter, Pixar co-founder, to step down at end of year”.

John Lasseter, the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and the Walt Disney Co.’s animation chief, will step down at the end of the year after acknowledging “missteps” in his behavior with staff members.

Disney announced Friday that Lasseter — one of the most illustrious and powerful figures in animation — will stay on through the end of 2018 as a consultant. After that he will depart Disney permanently.

Lasseter in November took what he called a six-month “sabbatical.” He apologized “to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug” or any other gesture that made them feel “disrespected or uncomfortable.” At the time, Lasseter signaled that he hoped to then return to Disney. Many in Hollywood were skeptical that was possible.

“The last six months have provided an opportunity to reflect on my life, career and personal priorities,” Lasseter said in a statement. “While I remain dedicated to the art of animation and inspired by the creative talent at Pixar and Disney, I have decided the end of this year is the right time to begin focusing on new creative challenges.”

(9) JUNOT DIAZ. Boston Review’s decision to keep Junot Diaz as an editor has driven three other editors to quit reports the Boston Globe “Boston Review editors resigning in protest of decision to retain Junot Diaz”.

The decision by Boston Review to retain Junot Diaz as an editor despite recent sexual misconduct allegations isn’t sitting well with some members of the magazine’s staff.

Three poetry editors have announced they plan to resign effective July 1 because they disagree with the decision of Boston Review editor in chief Deborah Chasman to keep Diaz on as fiction editor, a position he’s held since 2003.

In a statement posted on the magazine’s website this week, Chasman and executive editor Joshua Cohen said they had done a “careful review of the public complaints” about Diaz, as well as their own inquiry, and determined that “the objectionable conduct described in the public reports does not have the kind of severity that animated the #MeToo movement.”

That prompted Boston Review poetry editors Timothy Donnelly, BK Fisher, and Stefania Heim to respond with a statement of their own.

“What most distresses us are the [Boston Review statement’s] apparent arbitration of what constitutes inclusion in the #MeToo movement and its lack of attentiveness to power dynamics in a star-driven media and publishing landscape,” the three editors wrote. “Though we raised these reservations to the executive editors and asked them repeatedly to rethink their position, they went forward as planned.”

The decision-makers explained why they did not remove Dias in “A Letter from Deborah Chasman and Joshua Cohen” at Boston Review.

Junot Díaz has been Boston Review’s fiction editor since 2003. Like many others, we were deeply moved by Junot’s recent essay in the New Yorker  describing his experience as a child victim of rape, and also struck by his acknowledgment in that essay that he had hurt people with his “lies and choices.” Also, like many others, we have been disturbed by recent reports from women who have come forward to describe the ways they were hurt by him. We have read their reports carefully, taken their complaints seriously, and thought hard about how we should respond.

On the basis of what we have learned, we have decided to continue our editorial relationship with Junot. We want to give a few words of explanation.

First, during his 15-year tenure as fiction editor, we have never received any complaints about Junot’s conduct, either from our staff or from writers.

If we were only an employer, that might be the end of the discussion. But issues of gender and race are at the heart of our mission. Because of Junot’s important public role, we cannot narrowly confine our attention to his role as our fiction editor.

Second, then, we do not think that any of the individual actions that have been reported are of the kind that requires us to end the editorial relationship. To be clear: we do not condone the objectionable behavior that they describe. Instead, we asked ourselves whether the conduct they report is of a kind that—given his role and our mission—requires us to end the editorial relationship. We do not think so. The objectionable conduct described in the public reports does not have the kind of severity that animated the #MeToo movement.

Third, we considered whether, as some have suggested, the complaints point to a larger pattern of abusing power—the kind of star power that has attached to Junot as a successful writer, editor, and public intellectual. On the basis of a careful review of the public complaints, we think not. The events they characterize—including several episodes of aggressiveness in public discussion—are dispersed over a long stretch of time, and do not, as we see it, show the characteristics, repetition, and severity required to establish such a pattern….

(10) THE WHO FAMILY. Don’t ask whether Doctor Who is the Doctor’s Daughter’s father or mother now. This isn’t that kind of project. Syfy Wire reports Doctor Who’s “daughter” is back In Universe, this time in a series of audio adventures: “The Doctor’s Daughter finally returns this week but it could have been much sooner”.

It’s been a decade, but the Doctor’s daughter is finally back for a series of new Big Finish audio adventures out this week. However, if it had been up to Georgia Tennant, her Doctor Who character would have returned to the Whoniverse much sooner.

Thing is… she was never asked back.

“I’ve always been aware of what Doctor Who brings to it, and what you then carry on throughout your life,” explained the actress (who happens to be the daughter of Fifth Doctor Peter Davison and the wife of Tenth Doctor David Tennant) to Radio Times. “But because it was just one episode I thought ‘Oh…that’ll just come and go.’ But it hasn’t, and everyone’s so lovely. Everyone’s wanted me to do this, and at conventions everyone’s been like ‘Why don’t you come back and do something?’ And you know, obviously they never asked me on the TV show…”

(11) PREGAME RITUAL. HBO needs to find a way to keep the cash register ringing: “Game of Thrones: HBO orders spinoff prequel pilot”.

Game of Thrones could be getting a prequel series, HBO has announced, one of five potential spin-offs from the series.

Book author George RR Martin has created the new series alongside British screenwriter Jane Goldman.

HBO has ordered a pilot episode for the show, set thousands of years before the battles over the Iron Throne.

Executives say any spin-off will not be broadcast until after Game of Thrones’ final season in 2019.

If picked up, the prequel will chronicle “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour”, HBO said in a statement.

“From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”

Gosh!

(12) LIGHTLY FROSTED. David Pogue, in the Yahoo Entertainment story “How technology brings Broadway’s ‘Frozen’ musical to life”, looks at how the current theatrical adaptation of Frozen is a very high-tech production.

In “Frozen,” technology is behind most of it. Almost none of the effects in the Broadway show would have been technologically possible five years ago.

“I mean, scenery remains scenery, but the video and the lighting equipment is changing so fast. Even by the time we take the show to London, the video technology we use here will almost be obsolete. It moves that rapidly.”

According to stage manager Lisa Dawn Cave, that technology includes an enormous video screen that forms the back wall of the stage. “Our video wall weighs about 8,600 pounds and contains more than 7 million individual LEDs,” she says.

It’s complemented by 19 projectors — six over the stage, and 13 on the ceiling of the theater, on the balcony railing, and on the box seats. “They’re laser projectors — not lasers in the sense like you see laser beams in movies,” says show electrician Asher Robinson, “but they have a laser phosphor source, which means that we’re not changing the lamps in them, and they’re not making a lot of heat.”

(13) PLANTING SEASON. Elon Musk—in the guise of SpaceX—wants a major upgrade to Kennedy Space Center and has provided NASA with a plan laying out their vision. That plan includes a 133,000 sq.ft. hangar to process used SpaceX boosters and a 32,000 sq.ft., 300 ft. tall control tower with a retro-futuristic ovoid top. “NASA Publishes SpaceX Maps and Renderings from Its Proposed “Rocket Garden”Inverse has the story. Quoting the article:

The Kennedy Space Center might be getting a major upgrade and expansion soon if Elon Musk gets his way. NASA published a plan submitted by SpaceXthat dramatically reimagines the company’s presence at KSC in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The plans include everything from a control tower that resembles a flying saucer to a “rocket garden,” showcasing futuristic designs that will expand the space company’s footprint and potential influence within the US agency.

NASA published a draft environmental review for the proposed SpaceX Operations Area, as first reported by Florida Today on Friday. According to the document, SpaceX is seeking permission to build on a 67-acre patch of land about one mile north of KSC’s visitor center complex.

…The proposal justifies the expansion by arguing that the KSC’s current offerings won’t support the 54 launches that SpaceX plans of Falcon 9 or the 10 annual launches planned for Falcon Heavy. By obtaining the space and the green light to build, the proposal says, SpaceX will have the facilities it needs to build, repair, and launch more rockets each year.

SpaceX plans to reach 30 orbital launches in 2018, which is already a record number of missions for the United States. Considering the grandiose proportions presented in the current proposal, it’s clear that the company intends to reach even further with orbital launches in 2019.

[Thanks to Todd, Chip Hitchcock, Martin Morse Wooster, Andrew Porter, Carl Slaughter, JJ, John King Tarpinian, Cat Eldridge, and Mike Kennedy for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Rick Moen.]

84 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 6/9/18 Scroll-The-Pooh Filed In A WordPress All By Himself Under The Name Of Pixel

  1. Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen?

    To go with Orion, you could do Rigel and Betelgeuse. Or Canis Major and Minor, Lepus and Monoceros. But if you have twins, I’d totally want to call them Castor and Pollyx. I’ve always wanted to name cats Castor and Pollyx.

  2. @ James Davis Nicholls

    It did make me wonder how people with shaky hands navigate inputting passwords.

    Might I suggest a password manager? That can help. I use 1Password but there are others.

  3. James Davis Nicholls asks It did make me wonder how people with shaky hands navigate inputting passwords.

    Severe head trauma from a fall which had me dying over and over in hospital also left me with days where muscle control in my hands is, errr, shaky. It’s very luck for me that the iPad I use stores all the passwords so I don’t need to input them as that’d be difficult with my hands many days and that same head trauma cost me much of my ability to remember such things as well

  4. (Cat)Aract
    (Cat)Astrophe
    (Cat)Alogue
    (Cat)Apult
    (Cat)Afalque
    (Cat)Alyst

    I am the Scroll that walks alone, and all Pixels are alike to me

  5. If cats and Godstalk are put together, there’s always the cats from the book: Jorin and (if I recall correctly) Boo, the cat from the tavern.

  6. If cats and Godstalk are put together

    “It keeps leaving them on our doorstep as presents. The local Shinto shrine is getting really annoyed at us.”

  7. @Rev. Bob

    Rev. Bob on June 10, 2018 at 9:57 am said:
    @Bill: “The original Rocket Park is at Marshall Space Flight Center,”

    Right. In Huntsville, near the public-accessible Space and Rocket Center to which I referred. Find the (replica) Saturn V in the skyline, head for it, and you end up at the SRC, not Marshall.

    I was just making the distinction between the two Rocket Parks. The one at the Space and Rocket Center has a bigger collection and is more accessible. But it didn’t exist until the late 1960s (date approximate — before my time). Until then, the Rocket Park was the one I linked to on Redstone Arsenal/MSFC, which still exists. I think, though, that the Mercury Redstone at the SRC is the one that used to be on the Arsenal. Also on Redstone Arsenal is a Pershing 1 on static display, as well as two more Redstone rockets at sites other than the Rocket Park.

    “It is pretty dark in Jackson County at night, but it is not a bad road at all.”

    I didn’t say it was a bad road. I mentioned the lighting conditions, which as you note are pretty dark. I’d much rather drive I-75 back from Atlanta any day.

    My bad — I interpreted your comment about “dicey” as referring to the “stretch of road”.

    (Also, you mention “now” – how recent is that? My most recent visit was a few years back.)

    I moved to Huntsville in 1982; at the time I was in school at UT in Knoxville. My mom was from Whitwell, so I have family in that area. I’ve made the trip from Huntsville to Kimball (and points beyond) many times (as recently as mid-May, for a cousin’s wedding). When I first started, US 72 from Scottsboro to Kimball (where you get on the interstate) was two lane. Throughout the late 1980s and early-mid 1990s it was upgraded, and I suppose they were complete about 1995 or so, but don’t exactly recall when.

    During the two-lane days, the drive didn’t have much to recommend it. Now it’s fine.

  8. @Ray: How about Goble, Jackson, and Vaughan for three of them (from “Hidden Figures” and actual reality)? Okay, last names are a bit odd, but anyway, it’s a thought.

    Or maybe Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde (the Pac-Man ghosts)? 😛

    @P J Evans: “. . . Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-nego, and Cinderella.”

    Hahaha. I still remember a song from some old musical in junior high or grade school, or maybe it was just a song without a musical. “Shadrach, what kind of name is that? Meshach, who has a name like that? Shadrach! Meshach! And Abed-nego! Oh-oh-oh-oh. Oh no!” I even remember the tune. I remember nothing else except the chorus, though. Thanks for putting that back into my head. 😉

    @Hampus Eckerman: “A person I met the other day had named her cats Typhus and Salmonella.”

    ::wince:: Eek! Well, whatever floats their boat. 🙂

    @Rob Thornton: And “Sam” is also a fantasy reference (“The Lord of the Rings”).

  9. Every time I read a comment about Rocket Park, my first thought is of Air Power Park in Hampton, VA, where some of NASA Langley’s old rockets may be seen. I used to drive past it every so often. They were somewhat derelict (as far as I know) in my days there, but perhaps they’ve been polished up a bit since then.

    It kind of reminds me of the ‘Rockethenge’ illo I did for Mimosa, which I was always proud of, particularly after Joe Mayhew praised it. Rather than explain it, I’ll just point youse to the article it’s from, written by some forgotten neo named Glyer, way back in 1993. (’93, as we called it back then. It was the fashion of the day.)

  10. @P J Evans: “. . . Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-nego, and Cinderella.”

    Shadrach, Meshach, and Under-the-bed-we-go.

    Which is appropriate for a credential, come to think of it.

  11. @Kendall: My wife tells me that she performed in the Shadrach (etc.) cantata at Bible Camp some decades back (with those precise lyrics).

  12. @Rev Bob

    I don’t think you want to be looking to H. P. Lovecraft for cat names…..

  13. My SJW credential, Queen, is enjoying reading the Rakusha series by Martha Wells on my kindle, as am I, when she isn’t blocking my view. I’d share pictures but every time I go for the phone/camera she moves. It’s pretty cute.

  14. @Andrew: I found a couple of videos, like this one! 🙂

    @Europeans (some of you): A European Meredith Moment! Aliette de Bodard’s “The Tea Master and the Detective” is on sale for 99 pence or 99 Euro cents at various Amaon site in Europe (UK, DE, FR, ES, NL, and IT). Not in the U.S. – boo. 😉 But FYI, (some) Europeans!

  15. Tasha Turner notes My SJW credential, Queen, is enjoying reading the Rakusha series by Martha Wells on my kindle, as am I, when she isn’t blocking my view. I’d share pictures but every time I go for the phone/camera she moves. It’s pretty cute.

    My SJW creds, Freya and Taliesin, never lower themselves to sleeping on any hard surface such as a book but the latter likes blocking my view when I’m reading books on my iPad. That currently is Caitlin Kittredge’s Bone Gods.

  16. @12: I’ve seen a transform like that, but not with such a spiky costume underneath — and I’m drooling at the other tech in the video.

  17. @Cat

    My SJW creds, Freya and Taliesin, never lower themselves to sleeping on any hard surface such as a book but the latter likes blocking my view when I’m reading books on my iPad. That currently is Caitlin Kittredge’s Bone Gods.

    Cats adopting to new technology. My previous cat used to post to my blog before I was finished. I’m hoping Queen will be too royal to work and see posting to blogs as beneath her dignity when I get back to blogging down the road.

  18. Ray Radlein,
    May I suggest the following?
    Doubt
    Ingratitude
    Suspicion
    Hostility
    Foolishness
    Just the suggestion of a humble Ecological Engineer.

    Bonus points if you recognize the origin and the story.

  19. Just finished watching Bright (the Netflix buddy cop movie with Will Smith and an orc) and I have to admit I was more entertained than I expected to be.

  20. Cora,
    Yup. I love Tuf Voyaging and the Thousand Worlds stories. Pity he doesn’t write in that seeing any more.

  21. And there I was thinking that “Zathras”, “Zathras”, “Zathras”, Zathras” and “Zathras” were well-picked names for credentials (the third one claims that “laser-point-catching is not a Zathras skill”).

  22. Canaveral already has a rocket park. When I worked in Ft Lauderdale, we always used to take our summer interns up there to watch a shuttle launch, and the rocket garden was always a big hit.

  23. (1) Also of genre interest, Timothy Bentinck, best known as playing David Archer in the long running BBC radio soap The Archers, but also a regular supporting player for Big Finish in their Doctor Who and Blakes Seven ranges, made an MBE.
    He is also the 12th Earl of Portland.

  24. My condolences to the Dragon*Con staff that was forced out. Having gone through a similar, albeit less political, situation with Phoenix ComiCon, I definitely know what it feels like to be pushed out of something you’d been working on building up for several years.

    I now return the thread back to the cat convo….

    On that subject, we have adopted an orange tabby that we think was abandoned by someone when they moved. Still haven’t finalized a name choice, but have been thinking of Decibel Jones and variations thereof (although at this point, “Orange Kitty” may end up his default name to respond to).

  25. @Ky:

    (Cat)Aract […]

    My sister once had a cat named Seefer.

    Said out loud as See-fer Cat.

    I’d say my sister has an odd sense of humour, but really, she fits right in with the rest of the family.

  26. Louisa May Allcat? Can’t remember which book I read that.

    A friend once had a cat he called Kitty Karlisle. Made it so easy to call her.

    Kitty Wells would work, too.

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