On Being Anti-Reliable

There’s a scene in Tarrantino’s best movie – Jackie Brown – where Louis is telling Ordell that Melanie, after having slept with him, is trying to get him to go in with her on a plot to steal Ordell’s money. In theory, they both work for Ordell, but for Melanie the arrangement is clearly temporary.…

That Kiss

George Takei has a blog post up that I want to complain about, because it distorts, probably without realizing it, an issue that needs to be better understood. The complaint is that so many people reacted with public revulsion to the kiss that Michael Sam and his boyfriend shared on the air when he got…

How To Hugo Vote

Vox Day is once again performing a valuable service to science fiction fandom by handing the fascists enough rope with which to hang themselves. This iteration involves him and Larry Correia getting themselves nominated for a Hugo by the perfectly ordinary means of (a) having a lot of fans and (b) mentioning that they would…

Lateness Sucks

There’s this Greg Savage post making the rounds on the internet about habitual lateness and how much he hates it. It adresses the main point … which is to say that it calls habitually late people rude, selfish, and inconsiderate. And of course they are. Naturally, it also includes the obligatory disclaimer about the inevitability…

Hobgoblins Aren’t What you Think

I’m frequently struck by how many famous quotes are inaccurate by omission, and in meaning-changing ways. “Money is the root of all evil,” for example. The hippies love to bander that one about, because it helps them promote their message that you should just give them free shit. But the original is in fact “the…

Contra Gee Whiz

So the joke’s on me. A couple of days ago, I wrote the inevitable tiresome Ruby vs. Python comparison – coming down in favor of Team Python. Today, I come across another Ruby vs. Python comparison – this one on Team Ruby, but for largely the same reasons I’m on Team Python. His version in…