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November 04, 2006

Status Report

Should be writing. Am mostly sleeping. Think I may be sick. Further updates as events warrant.

Don't expect much here this weekend. Saving strength for elections.

Open thread.

Posted by john at November 4, 2006 04:38 PM

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Dr. Phil | November 4, 2006 05:05 PM

Hmm, powerfailure at livejournal's datacenter. Can't blog about cats and Thai peanut curry. Check out Whatever. Nice write-up from U of C for alum Scalzi -- way to go. Wander around. Ooh, nice clean empty Open Thread room. Wanders around some more. Oops, left muddy footprints in clean empty Open Thread room. Maybe I better post something.

It's open thread, but not specifically designated as self-pimpage... however for once I have something to pimp:

My fourth published SF story: Dead Forever took 2nd place in Ralan's 2006 Grabber Contest. (You can read all the prize winners here.)

And what's up with car rental prices? Went to rent a car over the holidays same as in 2004 and 2005, and the price jumped from $197.18 to $400.74.

Careful stuffing that lung back in, John. If you put it in backwards then it sucks instead of inflates...

Dr. Phil

Patty Cryan | November 4, 2006 05:16 PM

Sorry to hear of your sickness. I share it, alas, and am too ill to think of open thread topics.

Bobby K | November 4, 2006 05:24 PM

Well, there's always comparing notes on our favorite quotes from The Android's Dream?

Nathan | November 4, 2006 06:02 PM

"Two men walk into a bar"

I love that one.

Steve Buchheit | November 4, 2006 08:17 PM

Dealing with my own intestinal crud, so I feel you're pain. Hope you feel better soon. Say, don't they spread viruses (virii?) in this here intraweebie? Sorry to infect everybody. Somebody got me too, and I'm a gonna find ya.

Don't have AD, yet, so I'm out.

Chang, sick of frigging driving | November 4, 2006 08:24 PM

I drove hours to see The Doodlebops live. I should be sick.

I drove so far North in Maine the signs began to be EN FRANCAIS!

Merde Alors. 2 Stella Artois and I feel better.

Chang, sick of frigging driving | November 4, 2006 08:27 PM

I too am saving strength for erections.

Shoot. Read that wrong.

Dean | November 4, 2006 09:01 PM

Damn, Chang beat me to it.

Lee | November 4, 2006 09:04 PM

Sixty hours to go before the election madness is over. The following is hilarious!


Can we ask the people behind this campaign if it is possible to modify it to include:

"Slap Foley Silly"

"Kick Foley in the Nuts"

"Stick Foley with a Dildo"

Dean | November 4, 2006 09:05 PM

Of course, Chang also went to see the Doodlebops, so Chang deserves to have miles of Slack.

Dean | November 4, 2006 09:06 PM

I have had nightmares featuring the Blue Doodlebop.

AliceB | November 4, 2006 09:17 PM

Get well, John.

Jeff Hentosz | November 4, 2006 09:38 PM

Yup, always getting something at 4:01 pm on Friday, after the doctor's office has folded itself into the Off Duty dimension. HOT baths, Scalzi. And lots of tea. Clear it right out.

Favorite TAD line, from Judge Sn: "Very innovative, counselor. Amoral and repugnant, but innovative." Funnier in context, when you have a mental image of the speaker.

I keep wanting to ask or mention something about a plot point, but I know a lot of people haven't read it. So, what's the typical moratorium on even alluding to possible (minor) spoilers in a new book or movie? Especially among a population where it's a good bet just about everyone's going to read/see it.

MWT | November 4, 2006 10:00 PM

Are there any prevailing opinions in here about National Novel Writing Month?

John Scalzi | November 4, 2006 10:12 PM

Jeff, if you have a plot point question, mail it to me. I'd rather not have any spoilers around here yet. The book hasn't even been out a week.

Jeff Hentosz | November 4, 2006 11:29 PM

Understood. Sorry, that part of my comment was poorly phrased. In lieu of making a veiled remark about something that doesn't happen to someone in TAD, I wondered what folks felt generally was a decent interval of time before publicly discussing interesting things that happen (or don't) in any story. I should have added a prompt: "A month? Three? A year?" Like that.

Mary | November 4, 2006 11:53 PM

If you could discover/uncover/unlock/open the secret to anything in the known universe, what would it be?

Feel better John.

Mike G. | November 5, 2006 06:34 AM

If it helps you feel better, I finished reading _The Android Dream_ yesterday, and it was GREAT!

Chang who is naturally defoliating | November 5, 2006 08:58 AM

3rd or 4th here on the just finished TAD express. Love it. Will email comments and questions later.

Also will expound on the hell of The Doodlebops on a later entry on my blog. Like anyone reads that thing.

MatGB | November 5, 2006 03:38 PM

Jeff, I personally care not. Nick Gibbons did a poll on LJ a few weeks back on that very subject, one of the commenters made a very good point. Spoilers only really matter if the book/film doesn't work if you know.

For many it's irrelevent; I can re-watch Citizen Kane repeatedly despite knowing what Rosebud is, for example. In others, the mystery is part of it. But if the book or film is good, you can watch it knowing the ending/whodunnit and enjoy it regardless. It tends to be poor quality product that suffers from being spoiled.

But then, I'm a cynical git, and am following a few spoilers without a chance of knowing/seeing stuff for ages, I like to know what happens. Maybe I'm just weird?

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