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Almost There–YOU CAN DO IT!

Yeah, go flip some tires and stand precariously on the edge of a building! Sweat a lot or…

Wait, no, that’s not right. Oh yeah, FINISH THAT NOVEL! You’re so close, you can do it! Or maybe you’re not close, but that’s no reason to give up on yourself!

Because finishing something, even if it’s not everything, is sometimes enough. DO IT. Sit down, turn off the internet, and cross that finish line!

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November 26, 2015 · 9:30 am

Happy Thanksgiving! Stuff Your Face

Happy Thanksgiving! Eat like this happy hamster crew!

Now go take a well-deserved nap. (I know I am.)

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November 27, 2014 · 9:01 am

Gift from the Internet: LeVar Burton Reads Profane “Children’s Book”

Never again wonder about the power of reading, darlings, or of the internet: Here’s a video of LeVar Burton, of Star Trek: Next Generation and Reading Rainbow infamy, reading profane classic “Go the F*ck To Sleep” for charity.

Seriously, what could be better than childhood idols who support literacy efforts reading funny books to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network?

He helped raise $240,000. Oh, and he’s wearing a Captain Planet t-shirt. Best. Ever.

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November 1, 2014 · 9:10 am

Awesome Video: Women in Science Fiction

Look at all these inspiring women! It’s so cool to see authors, to hear them speak with video rather than words for a change. I don’t know about you, but I have a few more books to add to my reading list now.

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October 11, 2014 · 9:58 am

Special Video Celebration

 

 

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May 4, 2014 · 4:24 pm

The Shape of Our Stories: By Vonnegut

Well this is just charming. Apparently Kurt Vonnegut, brilliant writer and social commentator extraordinaire, had a theory that all stories could be graphed on a basic happy/sad scale, and that the shapes these stories created said something about our culture.

 

Kurt Vonnegut - The Shapes of Stories

That’s the very pleasant chart version, with more info at this link.

(And do watch the video. Vonnegut seems like a very lovable professor, maybe a bit dusty, but the audience is having a ball and is just eating it all up. It almost sounds like someone had a heavy hand on a laugh track.)

Someone with a deeper knowledge of Vonnegut than me should really go chart Vonnegut’s stories in this way and see what “shape” they make. I feel like “Slaughterhouse-5” may have some twists and turns to it, though “Breakfast of Champions” might be kinda flat.

What do you think? Does this “graphic” interpretation make sense?

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Grammar for Foodies

If you are what you eat, make sure you’ve got a healthy diet of good grammar.

 

Or something like that. …Cookies sound tasty…

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June 8, 2013 · 10:09 am

The Doctor and Zaphod Beeblebrox

Apparently aliens are all about picking up chicks from Earth. Our planet must be like a Greyhound bus station for these weirdos: they just drop in, pick out a lady they fancy, and they’ve got a Companion. Hurray!

It makes for great stories, it really does, but–hell to the no.

 Why I Won’t Be Traveling Around Space/Time With an Alien I Just Met

  1. Seriously? You want to go *anywhere* with this guy?!

    Stranger Danger
    With both the Doctor and Zaphod, you have a sort of good guy who just walks up to a woman he doesn’t really know and is all like “hey, wanna see my spaceship?” Honestly, that’s the best/worst pickup line I’ve ever heard. And yet it seems to work pretty well. But that’s a terrible idea. I mean, really. It’s just a bad idea to board any UFO with someone you don’t know. Because then you end up with someone who has two heads and a split personality. We have anti-psychotic drugs for crap like that. (Despite his dapper ties and whatever, the Doctor isn’t much better; at any point he could have to regenerate and become someone with a completely different personality? Yeahhhh….I’ll pass).

  2. No Way Home
    Alright, so maybe you are a sucker for cheesy pick-up lines and you go with him. Well, then what, honey? When I first started dating, my mom taught me to always have what she called “Mad Money.” Basically, it’s enough money to a) use a payphone to call for a ride (back before folks had cell phones) or b) get a taxi home in case you get stranded somewhere. How are you gonna follow that advice when you’re traveling through space and/or time? Congratulations, you just got taken for a ride by a maniac and you’re now stuck somewhere with no way back. If you’re lucky, you could probably flag one of the Earth-crushing bulldozers for a ride, but that seems like a pretty bad situation all around.
  3. Itty Bitty Living Space

    Hope you enjoy spending ALL of your time in this weirdly-lit room.

    It’s a little hard to tell on the Tardis (with that whole bigger-on-the-inside thing), but both it and the Heart of Gold are a bit tiny. Not only are you going to be stuck with this creep because you didn’t plan far enough ahead to have your Mad Money at the ready, but you’re stuck in a pretty small place. Anybody who has been on a road trip for more than 5 hours can tell you things get cramped when you’re stuck in close quarters for a period of time. And most of the time with these guys, it’ll be just the two of you (and maybe a robot or two). It’s gonna get testy.

  4. They’re Trying to Kill You
    Look, no matter how “neat” these guys seem at first, you should probably eventually realize they don’t have “safety” on the top of their list. Everywhere you go, you’re nearly eaten, blasted to death, turned into a poppet by the improbability drive, or otherwise harmed by creatures bent solely on your destruction. How many near-death situations does it take before it stops being fun? Honey, if you’re sticking around, you’re both an adrenaline junky and a masochist.
  5. More Than One Way to Explore Exotic Locals
    The supposed appeal of these guys is the promise of seeing the galaxy and all its wonders, but if you fall for that, I’m just sorry for you. There’s so much incredible stuff to see here, on earth! Our planet is absolutely amazing, and you can get around it all by yourself. Or, if that’s too expensive or scary or whatever, turn on the TV or, better yet, grab a book. The limits are really in your imagination.

I’ll read about your adventures when you get back. (But you probably won’t make it back anyway.)

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Patrick Stewart on Violence Against Women

I just discovered this video, created in 2009. It features everybody’s esteemed captain* and knight, Sir Patrick Stewart, talking about his childhood, and the effect of his father’s violence against his mother on Patrick and his brother. It is mesmerizing. Please, take a moment to watch.

*We can argue best Trek captain later. But you’ve got to admit he’s not a bad one to follow into the great unknowns of space.

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March 5, 2013 · 10:00 am

Spread the Love to Women Worldwide

Trigger warning: depicts violence, sexual harassment, and rape against women.

Valentine’s Day is conventionally a day of paper-crafted cards, chocolates, and flowers. It’s a day for couples to celebrate their time together and singles to overindulge in a quart of ice cream. But this year, I ask you, consider something a little more.

For 15 years, Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues has been spreading messages about women’s struggles, joys, and questions. This year she has gone a step further. Her One Billion Rising campaign aims to direct more attention to violence against women.

While I think it’s a little silly to encourage people to dance to end violence, I think any effort is a step in the right direction. Women worldwide are locked in a struggle for their basic rights, and those rights are violated, in every way imaginable, by trusted lovers, friends, neighbors, communities, and strangers. Violence against women is not something that just happens to “those other people”–though I certainly hope it does not happen to you or those you love–but, unfortunately, is in every community. (In fact, I’m sad to say, a woman or girl you know probably has suffered at least some kind of violence.)

It’s time for it to end. Join today with people worldwide and step up to say “This is not acceptable anymore,” and let’s begin to remake the world into a better, more equal, safer place.

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February 14, 2013 · 11:00 am