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June 14, 2007

Two Action Items


A reminder that tomorrow is actually a deadline for two things here at Whatever:

1. To get your money in to drag my ass to the Creation Museum. At this point, I am convinced that every one of you is cackling with glee at the idea of me having to go to this place; I'm not necessarily convinced that every one of you wants the two special souvenir items I've promised if I hit a certain fiscal milestone. Come on, people. If you're going to make me schlep my ass to this thing, you might as well get exclusive goodies.

2. For science fiction writers/fans, tomorrow is also the deadline for getting me information for the next edition of the Top 50 Personal SF/F Blogs List and for the first edition of Top 15 (or Maybe 20, We'll See) SF/F News/Group Blogs List. After this I start collating.

Posted by john at June 14, 2007 10:06 AM

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Janiece | June 14, 2007 10:24 AM

Actually, I'm chortling with glee at the thought of you having to witness such drivel. I'm also just beside myself with anticipation of your commentary/observations.

Because, of course, your only reason for existing on teh interweebs is to amuse us.

Steve Buchheit | June 14, 2007 10:44 AM

I'm with Janiece on the chortling instead of cackling.

And it's only fair for the "My Toe Hurts" affair.

Andrés | June 14, 2007 10:44 AM

Puts a smile on my face every time I think of it :) And dang it, I forgot to put in my info for the goodies in the donation.

Andrés | June 14, 2007 10:49 AM

n/m. Turns out I did change my email address already. Love it when a plan comes together...

Dan Bailey | June 14, 2007 10:50 AM

Hahaha...what time tomorrow? Because that's payday. *grin*

Oh, the thought of you listening to someone explain Young Earth Theory. If your eyes roll any harder, I'll bet they fall out of your head and scoot across the floor. :-)

Steve Buchheit | June 14, 2007 10:54 AM

And that monkey better drop those coconuts or peddle faster. Those t-rexii can run pretty fast (at least in the movies)

Janiece | June 14, 2007 10:54 AM

"If your eyes roll any harder, I'll bet they fall out of your head and scoot across the floor. :-)"

To be scooped up by a T-Rex, who mistakes them for coconuts!

John H | June 14, 2007 11:12 AM

Dan Bailey: The original post set the deadline as 11:59PM (I assume EDT) tomorrow. You've still got time...

CaseyL | June 14, 2007 11:17 AM

What, we haven't hit the $1000 milestone yet?

H'mm. Might have to dip into the change jar again...

Ewan | June 14, 2007 12:00 PM

No worries. The hint that the $1k had not been cracked will, I expect, draw in enough folk - like me - to push this way past the needed limit. Of course, like NPR, if we all assume that other people will think this way...

....still: ten-fold evil on the way, and from the email address noted in posting this, just in case PayPal somehow munges me..

hugh57 | June 14, 2007 12:09 PM

Just kicked in another $6.66... Have fun at the museum! [WEG]

marciepooh1976 | June 14, 2007 12:10 PM

Thought I'd add my comment from PayPal for all to enjoy:
I wish I could go and enjoy all the young Earth excellence but my brain won't let me. So, I'll make sure you go. Please debate the curator (or anyone else at the museum), for all of us who can't bring themselves to spend money on crap passing itself off as science. Have fun. Try not to tear down someone's world view to fast.

To which I would add - watch the eye rolling, per Dan Bailey.

hugh57 | June 14, 2007 12:10 PM

In addition to a WEG:



Janiece | June 14, 2007 12:23 PM

I think we should all make helpful suggestions on what Scalzi should wear on his upcoming sojourn. Mine is the T-Shirt from The Dresden Files:

Cancel Easter
They Found the Body

Steve Buchheit | June 14, 2007 12:51 PM

marciepooh1976, tearing down world views should be done like taking off band-aids, just my own thoughts.

And, silly orangutan, you run away from t-rexii in Jeeps, not on bikes.

Janiece | June 14, 2007 01:11 PM

Steve, to which Band-Aid school do you belong? The one that recommends taking it off in one agonizing rip, or the one that recommends a series of little excrutiating jerks?

Steve Buchheit | June 14, 2007 01:30 PM

Depends on the circumstances. While one agonizing rip is my style of choice, if the person is one, a series of little excrutiating jerks is called for.

Pablo Defendini | June 14, 2007 01:31 PM

Hm. I don't know how entertaining/interesting/engaging it would be for John to actually debate someone at the museum. I mean, it's not like it will be a reasoned and objective debate, with evidence to back up claims and refutations.

The only interest I would have in this would be to see John's head explode at the final, debate-ending declaration from the curator: "Because it says so in the bible, that's why!"


But I don't think I'd want to subject Mr. Scalzi to such mind-boggling 'logic'. After all, I'm looking forward to the sequel to The Android's Dream, and I hear it's kinda hard to write with an exploded head. . . .

rick gregory | June 14, 2007 01:34 PM

Yes, this makes me cackle everytime I see a post on it. But you ain't getting off that easy Scalzi! I want my schwag too!

marciepooh | June 14, 2007 02:41 PM

There is a young-earth geologist running around these parts. I have sat through his explanation of how all coals were deposited during the great flood, twice (one was 2x longer than his scheduled slot). It is, however, a lot of fun to listen to him explain things that are nearly impossible under the floating-mat theory of peat/coal deposition. He has (I sure hope it's the same guy) hooked up with a family that owns a cave in NE Alabama - I almost didn't make it through the tour without laughing. The explanations of how caves were formed in a matter of hours is highly entertaining. Maybe, John can provoke similar explanations for geologic and evolutionary phenomenon at the museum. (Warning, do not expect logic or consistency in the answer) I didn't expect actual debate.

John H | June 14, 2007 03:12 PM

The problem with Scalzi engaging in a battle of wits with these IDiots is his opponents would be unarmed...

Blaine | June 14, 2007 04:52 PM

Ok, John. You have now forced me to drain my entire allowance my wonderful, beautiful spouse had given me this pay period.


I want my swag!

Anne C. | June 14, 2007 05:40 PM

Just think, John, of how much material this experience (both the torture from your readers and the torture of going to the museum) will give you for future books.
How can you be a writer if you don't suffer? ;)

Chang, for rizzle. | June 14, 2007 06:09 PM

Them's some big nuts on that there monkey. Heh.

Uh, I'm throwing in some ducats so I can feel safe in the knowledge you will be in their amongst the great unwashed and listening to I.D. twaddle about T-Rex's being big kittens before Adam took a shine to Eve's taste in fruit and lack of clothing.

grhm | June 15, 2007 05:20 AM

Nope, don't need extra goodies, making you go is sufficient for me.

Mfitz | June 15, 2007 02:00 PM

So, when you lose this bet do we have to start another fund to raise gas money for the trek?

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