Artist Hugos

At this morning’s WSFS Business Meeting, there turned out to be some strong opinions about how to revise (or not revise) the Fan Artist and Pro Artist Hugo Award categories. In the end, the Business Meeting decided to refer the issue to a committee, which will report back at next year’s Business Meeting in Dublin. […]

My Worldcon schedule

I’ll be attending Worldcon in San José this coming weekend. My only specifically scheduled plan is to attend the Hugo ceremony on Sunday evening. Other than that, I’ll be wandering around, attending panels, maybe attending some parts of the WSFS Business Meetings (though probably not the whole thing this time), hanging out with friends, etc. […]

Tech writer interviewing: basic algorithms

When you’re interviewing for a technically oriented tech-writing job in the software industry, chances are fairly good that at some point in the process, you’ll be asked to read some code and explain what it does. So before you apply, I strongly recommend familiarizing yourself with some common simple things that a brief code sample […]

Terraforming Mars and atmospheric pressure

When I described the boardgame Terraforming Mars to someone a couple months back (I forget who, sorry), the first thing they asked was “What about atmospheric pressure?” I hadn’t thought of that question, but it seemed like an excellent question after they raised it. Presumably you would need to significantly increase atmospheric pressure to make […]

Smog check

The bad news: I needed to get a smog check this year for my 2005 Prius. The good news: I went and got one a couple of months before my registration renewal was due, back in late March. The bad news: I apparently then forgot to actually pay my registration renewal. The good news: The […]

Refrigeration, or lack thereof

A month or so ago, a carton of milk in my fridge went bad a couple of days before the sell-by date. A couple weeks later, the same thing happened again, this time with an unopened carton. Around the same time, half of an avocado went moldy in my fridge. That had never happened before, […]

Repeated lines

From a 1997 novel: She puts away her notebook. [10 sentences elided here—about half a page. No mention of her notebook anywhere in here.] [Character name] puts away her notebook. [Yes, I understand that it would be possible to construct a rationale for why this made sense or was a clever hint toward something or […]

Turing Tumble update

I’ve been continuing intermittently to work on the puzzles provided in the Turing Tumble book. I think last time I mentioned Turing Tumble, several of y’all said that yours hadn’t arrived yet; have they arrived? Have you been doing the puzzles? I’m getting near the end, but some of the later ones are really hard. […]

Assorted insights

A day of interesting-to-me insights and thoughts. But no time/energy to write them up in any detail, so a couple of notes-to-self as reminders (each of these could be a full entry in itself if I had time and if I were more awake): This morning, it suddenly occurred to me while I was driving […]

Big books

The completist in me loves single-volume “complete works of [author]” books. The bargain hunter in me loves anthologies that include dozens of stories and hundreds of pages. The reader in me gets exhausted even looking at books that thick, and goes off to read something else, or play video games. This dynamic has been true […]