Still here

For whatever reason, I’m keeping this friendly little blog around. I have another one, which is updated somewhat more often (although not nearly as often as is healthy for a blog) but I’ve found my time taken up by other things. Can’t do much about it: tastes like chicken.

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No, not a war. A hooley!

“Anger is uneasiness or discomposure of the mind upon the receipt of any injury, with a present purpose of revenge.”  — John Locke, “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding”

“The insolence and brutality of anger, in the same manner, when we indulge its fury without check or restraint, is, of all objects, the most detestable. But we admire that noble and generous resentment which governs its pursuit of the greatest injuries, not by the rage which they are apt to excite in the breast of the sufferer, but by the indignation which they naturally call forth in that of the impartial spectator; which allows no word, no gesture, to escape it beyond what this more equitable sentiment would dictate; which never, even in thought, attempts any greater vengeance, nor desires to inflict any greater punishment, than what every indifferent person would rejoice to see executed.” — Adam Smith, “The Theory of Moral Sentiments”

Listening to Mr. Locke and Mr. Smith, and observing the theory that “living well is the best revenge,” I dispense with my anger regarding the 2015 Hugo debacle.  (wipes hands, makes throwing-away motion a la countless people in the Honor Harrington novels.)

The Puppies have kicked off Sad Puppies 4:  The Embiggening (The Bitches Are Back).  It’s fascinating, isn’t it, how a movement with the basic tenet of “read what you like, nominate what you really, really like” draws so much vitriol and spittle-flecked hatred, isn’t it?

Well, you just can’t please some people.  But like they say, haters gotta hate.

Anyway, I’m taking the sour grapes of the haters and making lemonade and other fruit-based drinks, and beginning to organize a get-together of like-minded Huns and Morons, somewhere in or around Kansas City, somewhen in the August 16-21 time frame.

This hooley is tentatively known as the KCHunMoMee:  The Kansas City Hun/Moron Meetup.

It’ll likely be in a restaurant, tavern, or public house, somewhere in the KC metro area, details to be worked out.  Who knows, we might wind up in or near a gun range.

Specifically invited are Huns from Sarah Hoyt’s According to Hoyt site and SF-tolerant Morons from Ace of Spades HQ.  Others of like Oddness or moronity (and if so, why aren’t you on AtH or the HQ already?) will likewise be welcome.

Bring your own carp.  Crossbow and longbow enthusiasts will be asked to unstring their weapons before entering.

I have set up an electronic messaging thingie for communicating about this festive event.  It is: Huns and Morons at-sign gmail.

Oh.  Yeah.

Put that address together, discard extraneous spaces, punctuation and obfuscating wordage, and pop me a note if you are interested.

(Cross-posted at Gemütlich Blog’s evil twin,

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A Declaration of War

So, the SJW’s (1), CHORFs (2), or whatever . . . the Powers That Be that think that they “control” science fiction think that they have defeated the insurgency which is the “Sad Puppies” movement.

Not so fast, my friend.

You see, Gemütlich reigns here.  That means, in English, something approximating “comfortable, cozy, homelike, friendly, genial, pleasant.’

Your humble host here has aspirations, one day, to grow up and be an author of science fiction stories.  But there’s a bit of a problem there.  Science fiction seems to be infested with a particular cabal of intolerant busybodies who don’t take kindly to those that they see as their social inferiors (that would be you and me, mainly) having any input into the most “prestigious” of the awards in science fiction:  the Hugo Awards.  Your host suspects with a great degree of certainty that the cabal would not approve of his overall outlook on life, the universe, and everything.

This, to your humble and obsequious host, seems to be a problem in need of a solution.

The Hugos are awarded at the World Science Fiction Convention each year.  In 2015, that’s in Spokane, Washington (for reasons better left unexplained).

In 2013, science fiction/fantasy writer Larry Correia started a campaign of sorts which he termed “Sad Puppies.”   It really wasn’t much of a campaign, really.  It was as much a tongue-in-cheek prodding of the Sci-Fi Powers That Be than anything else.  But it was, in Correia’s mind, to prove a point:  that the Hugo Awards was dominated by a politically-obsessed cabal who would not allow any “unapproved” work to win approval by what was, ostensibly, a “fan-voted” award.

Well.  Mission accomplished, Larry Correia.

After three years of progressively (irony in using that particular word very, very, very much intended) greater impact on the Hugos, the Sad Puppies campaign, in 2014/15 spearheaded by the aggressively affable Brad R. Torgerson, so discomfited the rabidly leftist cabal in control of the Hugo Awards that they were forced to “No Award” a total of five of the seventeen award categories, rather than to award a Hugo to a “Sad Puppy”-nominated candidate.

The cabal crows that “No-Awarding” five of seventeen possible categories is a victory.  Only four categories in the previous 50+ years of Hugo Awards ever received a “No Award.”  So 2015, in one year, more than doubled the “No Award” output of the entire previous history of the Hugo Awards.

Yeah.  Okay.  Right.  Message, received, Hugo Awards Powers-That-Be.

You’d rather not give out an award at all, than to give an award to someone not in your cabal. And after that “victory” you all are jumping around like you won the World Series or something.  Oooo-kay.  Yeah, I’ve got bad news for you, Cabal:

That’s not a victory.  That’s corruption.

And I don’t like corruption.  It’s bad.  It holds back good people, and gives power to bad people.  This is a sub-optimal condition.  It rubs me the wrong way. Actually, it kinda pisses me off.

The next World Science Fiction Convention, in 2016, happens to be in Kansas City.  I happen to live in metro Kansas City.

We shall see what we shall see.

(1) Social Justice Warrior

(2) Cliquish, Holier-than-thou, Obnoxious, Reactionary, Fanatics.

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Song Anatomy

Found on the Ace of Spades HQ Overnight Thread:



Original source:

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It’s alive! So am I!

Well, well, I think I will try to resurrect the gemütlichkeit, and return to this blog. It’s a good time of the year to do it, as the allergy drugs are kicking in nicely at the moment. We’re home from yet another world-spanning trip (details coming sometime this century to this blog’s evil twin,

Now, to see if I remember how to use this WordPress thing . . . uh, let’s try THIS button . . .

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I say pop, you say soda

Via Ace of Spades HQ, boingboing examines the perennial question: what do you call that fizzy soft drink, anyway?

The Pop vs. Soda Page.

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The Big Mac Index

From The Economist, a story about how McDonald’s Big Mac is a good indicator of how “correctly” a country’s currency is valued.

From The Economist

The Economist's Big Mac Image

(Image used under U.S. Fair Use for purposes of discussion and comment–readers are asked and encouraged to go to the linked source site, The Economist, to read the entire article.)

Not much gemütlich feelings going on in the world lately–we grab it where we can . . .

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Terry Pratchett’s Women (Characters)

My favorite author has to be Terry Pratchett.  Here’s a post discussing the evolution of his female characters over the course of his Discworld series.  (A few spoilers for the series, but don’t worry–they’re all worth reading and re-reading, because you’ll never get all of the detail, let alone the jokes, the first time through.)

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The Maze that is Frankfurt Airport

I realize that I owe everyone a few posts on our recent European river cruise trip. Until then, see this Cranky Flyer article on the Frankfurt Airport. We can testify from first-hand experience of its veracity.

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Future histories, and whips

John DeNardo begins a brief survey of science fiction’s most important “future histories.”

Elsewhere, I’ve put up a Whip over at Medary. (A Whip is an irregularly scheduled feature of Gemütlich’s Evil Twin Blog, wherein I post a variety of articles I see, and comment (generally curmudgeonly, sardonically, occasionally bitterly ironically and even less occasionally humorously) upon the passing of events around us all. Not gemütlich, but somewhat cathartic. For me, at least.

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