I've just installed an updated version of WordPress. If y'all notice any (new) strangeness with the site, let me know. I feel so accomplished. In completely bizarre news (which North Americans have probably already heard, but is new to me): Chelsea Clinton is apparently worth 20 cows and 40 goats (link via Pravda).

Mobile SF

The BBC is selling classic episodes of "Doctor Who" and "Red Dwarf" for viewing on mobile phones, anticipating that fans of cult science fiction are often among the first to adopt new technology. Reuters Consumers will have to purchase special multimedia memory cards known as Digital Video Chips, which can be inserted into compatible mobile […]

once, in flight school, i was laconic

Hands up, who remembers Snorgle? She's all of fifteen months old now, and as of a week ago she has a baby brother. I've named him Sproglet. Sprog for short. He doesn't have a bib yet, but maybe he can share his sister's, because allegedly he snorgles more than she ever did. I feel it's […]


Nothing, not love, not greed, not passion or hatred, is stronger than a writer's need to change another writer's copy.— Arthur Evans There was a post on the OWW mailing list yesterday, about writing in omniscient point of view, and the tendency of a writing group to "over-crit". I could respond to the POV part, […]

giant squid

Japanese scientists have captured footage of a live giant squid, by sinking a camera with a bag of bait and a depth-activated switch to 900 metres. They were rewarded with four hours of pictures of the giant squid, and a severed tentacle. (ouch.) National Geographic also has a giant squid photo gallery up online, which […]


Just before New Years, Tobias Buckell linked to Steve Pavlina's article on work space. Which tied in nicely with my urge to restore some order to my own writing area. I used to have a monitor which took up so much of the desk I had to sit sideways to type; ever since I got […]

"they're close to vermin, aren't they?"

Kudos to my grandfather, also affectionately known as Cyberpop, for the subject line. His observation on watching the two kittens slinking and racing through the house for the past couple of days. Arrived home late last night. Due to a mix-up by the airline staff when we booked in, we were waiting for our poor […]

starship dimensions

Because if there's one thing you absolutely must know, it's What's the scale?

why'd you sing hallelujah, if it means nothing to ya?

Before now, I've never really worked in a job that was high-public-contact. Before now, I didn't really know what a fake smile felt like. I've always been one of those "if you don't feel it, you don't smile" types. Which is not to say I was surly and unsmiling, quite the contrary. Just that jobs […]