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December 23, 2005

Whatever Best of 2005

Athena's birthday today, followed by Christmas, followed by a week where I catch up on pay copy that I've promised people by the end of the year, equals a pretty good chance I'll be scarce here through the end of the year. Of course I said that last year and then wrote two entries a day for the last week of the year. But, you know. Humor me.

Should I actually not post in any significant fashion through the end of the year, I bid you sustain yourself with this list of notable Whatever entries for 2005, arranged chronologically:

Athena's First Story
Covenant Marriage is Stupid
The Problem With Parents
Laurence McMillin, 1923 - 2005
What Publishing Is
What My Jesus Would Do
Writing in the Age of Piracy
Revenge of the Sith: The Long Form Review
Oh My God! They Look Just Like Us!
Cracking the Flag-Burning Amendment
Being Poor
Things to Know About Clones
A Note on the Day of the Passing of Rosa Parks
The Document No One Knows About
Useless Atheism
The Editorial Process, Revealed, Kinda
How Not to Plagiarize
Standing Up for Dubya, Such As It Is
Christopher Robin is Out There in the Woods
Science Fiction Outreach

That should keep y'all busy.

If this is the last you see of me in 2005, have a festive seasonal celebration of your preference and a felicitous new year. And if I pop in again, well, actually, all that still stands. Because. You know. I'm not going to repeat myself.

Posted by john at December 23, 2005 12:00 AM

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David McNelis | December 22, 2005 11:47 PM

Happy Birthday to the little one. My wife's birthday is the 24th, and I don't know how her parents, or you, pull off the giving of gifts for the birthday and seperate from Christmas (or whatever holiday you may happen to celebrate). This is our first Christmas and I already told her, I'm probably going to mess this up the first couple of years.

marrije | December 23, 2005 04:33 AM

Happy birthday, Athena! It's a joy to see you grow up around here. Which reminds me that I still have to show my sons your fabulous cola/mentos experiment.

Colin F | December 23, 2005 06:02 AM

Also my son's (first) birthday today. Anyone bringing a birthday present in Christmas wrapping paper will have to pay a forfeit during the party games!

Happy birthday to everyone who's celebrating today. Hope you have a great time.

Essi | December 23, 2005 07:37 AM

A complete sidetrack... Just saw this comic and instantly thought about those recent posts of yours about plagiarism and such...

Harry Connolly | December 23, 2005 11:42 AM

Happy Birthday to Athena.

My son's birthday is the day after Christmas. I once thought, rather naively, that I would save cash by combining gifts. Foolish me.

John Scalzi | December 23, 2005 11:51 AM

Yes, foolish you, indeed!

Steve Brady | December 23, 2005 02:46 PM

Happy Birthday, Athena! And Happy Festivus to everyone else.

sylvia | December 23, 2005 03:38 PM

Hey, couldn't Athena post instead while you are busy?


JonathanMoeller | December 23, 2005 08:59 PM

S'right. My sister's birthday is the 27th, and if you have gauche temerity to combine gifts, then woe, woe, woe unto you.

charlie | January 4, 2006 09:10 AM

hah. my daughter's b-day is also the 23rd. she just turned 8 and she's every bit as wacky as athena.

how lucky we are.

23dec is a bummer of a b-day if you do christmas. we've been in finland for the past 5 years and it's a bigger bummer since they celebrate on christmas-eve. ho, many stories there.

best of luck in 2006 to you and the family.

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