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El Coyote Gordo
25 May 2016 @ 05:54 am
Sex haters notice that Trump’s hates don’t overlap enough with theirs.

Thanx to twistedchick

ETA: And The Rude Pundit says (without using the 7 words), “Show me the money, Donald.”
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
24 May 2016 @ 03:11 pm
There is a meme that attacks scientific ignorance. It says, “52% of the population refutes the Big Bang theory.” At this time, no one can refute the Big Bang theory; 52% of the population denies the Big Bang theory.
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
24 May 2016 @ 11:50 am
I may have first thought of the literature of the past as a kind of science fiction when I saw the The No-Fear Scarlet Letter, with the original and an "easy-to-understand translation" on facing pages (and it is of course half again as old as it was when I read it). Jane Austen’s books read like tales of an alien culture that needs explanation, and of course Jo Walton found the customs detailed in Anthony Trollope’s mimetic works so strange that she ascribed them to cannibal dragons, in Tooth and Claw. Even Henry James is old enough by now to be fantastic: Daisy Miller must die because she spoke to an Italian outdoors after dark. WTF?

This post was inspired by mrissa’s excellent discussion of Too Like the Lightning and nellorat meeting the challenges of making A Room with a View intelligible to her students.
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El Coyote Gordo
24 May 2016 @ 10:18 am
Happy birthday, lydy
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El Coyote Gordo
The UK wages war upon psychoactive substances, which of course does not include alcohol and caffeine.

Thanx to andrewducker
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
24 May 2016 @ 07:31 am
The flags we placed on the moon have all turned white, which is an excellent metaphor for what happened to our effort to escape the ass end of the gravity well.

Thanx to File 770
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El Coyote Gordo
24 May 2016 @ 07:23 am
therabidpuppies.com has been pounded in the butt by Chuck Tingle.

Thanx to File 770
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El Coyote Gordo
24 May 2016 @ 06:38 am
Kameron Hurley says, “Don’t quit.”

ETA: Oh, and her nonfiction book, The Geek Feminist Revolution, is about to be published. Read it.
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
24 May 2016 @ 06:17 am
Listening to Johnny Cash & Jerry Lee Lewis in my teenage years, I never figured my first visit to Music City would be for a two-woman wedding, but it was and we had a great time. Felicitations, Terry & Luisa. We made it back OK despite the incompetence of Orbitz.
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El Coyote Gordo
20 May 2016 @ 06:20 am
Just because Trump focuses on Mexicans and Muslims doesn’t mean he can’t appeal to the older traditions.
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El Coyote Gordo
20 May 2016 @ 05:44 am
There is a Giant Revolving Franz Kafka Head in Prague.

Thanx to Tor.com.
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
Kameron Hurley on the New New Wave
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El Coyote Gordo
18 May 2016 @ 06:55 am
Whenever I get a new version of Word, I have to go through it and disable a number of the automatic things it thinks I want it to do. Here’s something I wrote about that years ago.
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Computers evolve, which is why the word upgrade is so scary, and each new version of Word has new disimprovements to disable. When I want to begin a line with an asterisk followed by a tab, I want to begin a line with an asterisk followed by a tab, rather than starting a bullet list, and I have now gotten that message across. A while back, I tried to type a few hyphens on a new line to indicate a change of subject, and Word insisted on not only turning it into a solid line across the page but making it something that cannot be highlighted and deleted. I have now found out that this documented bug is called a guide line, and I think I have made it stop.
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El Coyote Gordo
17 May 2016 @ 09:57 am
I have suspected that I was trapped in a satirical dystopia ever since I was a small child at Harrison Bergeron Elementary School. I read Catch-22, and the next thing I knew my government was trying to draft me into it, with the additional refinement that at least the original was set in a war it made sense for us to be in. Now I find myself ensnared in the saga of a supervillain named Donald Trump.

At first I thought he was merely Guy Grand, the wealthy sociopath protagonist of Terry Southern’s The Magic Christian, who perpetrates cruel pranks to “make it hot for them,” ending with perhaps overly literalized metaphor as people attempt to dig currency out from under vast quantities of blood, urine, and feces.

Now it seems worse, as if I am trapped in a real-life reality show where the buffoon who played a successful businessman on television is attempting to be promoted to Acting President.

Or maybe it’s The Manchurian Candidate, and one of those Eastern European wives drugged and hypnotized him. It started as a diabolical Commie plot to discredit Capitalism by gaming the system so that someone with neither intelligence nor personal charm could become wealthy. (Or perhaps they didn’t have to.) Now he is poised for even greater destruction.

I always was overly optimistic, like that alleged Barry Malzberg story that was bounced from the Bacigalupi-Watts Depressing SF anthology for being too upbeat. The last dangerous vision is that somehow he is elected and Vladimir Putin hurls a familiar epithet. President Trump steps over to The Button and shows that his finger really is long enough.
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El Coyote Gordo
16 May 2016 @ 04:00 pm
Homeland Security protects us from unethical massages.
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