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El Coyote Gordo
04 September 2015 @ 09:31 am
Happy birthday, mark_argent
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El Coyote Gordo
04 September 2015 @ 07:35 am
Eleanor Rigby: the Horror Version. When the song came out, I thought of cobbling up a fake Spoon River gravestone for her and claiming the Beatles stole it, but I hadn't heard of fandom and didn't have an audience.

Thanx to andrewducker
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El Coyote Gordo
04 September 2015 @ 06:15 am
There were always women reading, writing, and editing sf.

Thanx to Avedon's Sideshow.
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El Coyote Gordo
04 September 2015 @ 05:39 am
George R.R. Martin, who remembers when we needed a Best Not-Locus category, has some suggestions for the Hugos.
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El Coyote Gordo
03 September 2015 @ 09:29 am
Happy birthday, anderyn
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El Coyote Gordo
03 September 2015 @ 07:38 am
Map design improved

Thanx to andrewducker
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El Coyote Gordo
03 September 2015 @ 05:56 am
Diversity panels at cons

Thanx to Geek Feminism
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
02 September 2015 @ 05:53 am
When Lucian wrote the True History, someone must have said it isn't real literature because it isn't about real life. That theme has probably not been repeated quite as often as "The young have no respect, and their music is just noise." but there is always a market for attacks on pop lit, particularly the more imaginative sorts. The latest iteration is an attack on the "ordinary potboilers" of Terry Pratchett, which the critic has not deigned to read. There are also a series of intelligent responses. Her's one from last year.

Thanx to [personal profile] oursin
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El Coyote Gordo
01 September 2015 @ 09:24 am
Happy birthday, rattleback
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El Coyote Gordo
01 September 2015 @ 05:49 am
Why is this person in charge of the Democratic National Committee?

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce.
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El Coyote Gordo
01 September 2015 @ 05:45 am
What happened to the Occupy Wall Street Library

Thanx to Metafilter
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El Coyote Gordo
31 August 2015 @ 03:03 pm
This has been a Year of the Jackpot in fandom: Art Widner, Peggy Rae Sapienza, and now Ned Brooks, stalwart fanzine producer and Southern Fandom Press Alliance member for many many years. All are great losses.

We are informed that although he was in his late seventies, he climbed up on his roof to repair it and suffered a fatal fall. A few years ago Max McGee, star of the first Super Bowl, died the same way at a similar age. I am not getting up on any roofs.

ETA: Local newspaper writeup
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El Coyote Gordo
31 August 2015 @ 05:44 am
Great big list of female f/sf writers

Thanx to Charlie's Diary
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El Coyote Gordo
30 August 2015 @ 09:02 am
Happy birthday, yarndancer53
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El Coyote Gordo
29 August 2015 @ 09:23 am
Happy birthday, carpenter and jipseemoon
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El Coyote Gordo
28 August 2015 @ 09:02 am
Happy birthday, blognak
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El Coyote Gordo
28 August 2015 @ 07:50 am
New book on the irreducible complexity of math.

As it happens, I was there when Greg Chaitin began the quest that led him to this book. In 1962 he was in the Science Honors Program, a Columbia University summer school computer program for bright high school kids. I had been in it three years earlier, programming an IBM 650 in machine language and eventually a seemingly magical advance called Fortran, and I returned as an unpaid lab assistant when Greg was there. One of the issues discussed in the program is the halting problem: How do we know if a program can complete in finite time? Thinking about that leads to the kind of provability problems Godel discussed, and Greg came up with an advance on Godel that I do not pretend to understand.

(Confession: Greg was a nerd, even by the standards of a program for gifted high school kids. I must admit I mocked him for being one. We all know about the guy who really wants to beat up "fags" or at least laugh at them. Same thing. I was a latent nerd in full denial, and I took it out on others.)

Thanx to andrewducker
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