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Last month, I posted here about the Teen Choice Awards nominees recognizing speculative fiction in movies and television. The awards were given out Sunday, so it's time to post about the winners. Here are the links to entries about the winners at Crazy Eddie's Motie News and the descriptions I used to promote them.

'Beauty and the Beast' the big winner at the Teen Choice Awards as speculative fiction dominates the movie categories
"Beauty and the Beast" won five awards, Choice Fantasy Film, Choice Fantasy Movie Actress for Emma Watson, Choice Movie Villain for Luke Evans, and Choice Movie Ship and Choice Liplock for Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Emma Watson also won Choice Drama Movie Actress for her role in the thriller "The Circle."

'Riverdale' leads television shows with seven Teen Choice Awards
"Riverdale" was the most honored show last Sunday, earning seven surfboards: Choice Drama TV Show, Choice Drama TV Actor for Cole Sprouse, Choice Breakout TV Show, Choice Breakout TV Star for Lili Reinhart, Choice TV Ship for Sprouse and Reinhart, Choice Hissy Fit for Madelaine Petsch, and Choice Scene Stealer for Camila Mendes.





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Hugo Awards successfully fighting off Rabid Puppies
Just looking at the nominees, I could tell that the Rabid Puppies had very little effect on the outcome. Both "Ghostbusters" and "Hidden Figures," which feature female casts, are exactly the kind of works the Puppies slates attempted to keep out of the voting in previous years. It turned out they were hardly trying.

'Arrival' and 'The Expanse' win Best Dramatic Presentation at the Hugo Awards
I thought "Arrival" would win Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) in a walk. It did. Eric Heisserer can put the rocket for Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) next to his Saturn Award for Best Film Screenplay and the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation. On the other hand, I didn't make a prediction for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form), but was happy to find out that "The Expanse" won.


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I'm posting about National Presidential Joke Day both here and at Crazy Eddie's Motie News. There, the post was SNL mocks Trump for Presidential Joke Day. Here, it's Colbert saying Stephen Doesn't Want The Earth To Blow Up.


As a homeowner and inhabitant of the planet, Stephen is really hoping Earth continues to be.
Doomer though I am, I'm with Colbert. I may repost this at Crazy Eddie's Motie News on Tuesday, after I post the worksheet for "Treasures of the Earth: Power" that I promised to post three weeks ago, the winners for Dramatic Presentation at the Hugo Awards, and the winners of the Teen Choice Awards.
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I just finished a series on the speculative fiction and non-fiction nominees at the Television Critics Awards at Crazy Eddie's Motie News. Here are the links and summaries.

'The Handmaid's Tale,' 'Stranger Things,' and 'The Good Place' lead speculative fiction nominees at Television Critics Association Awards
Both "Stranger Things" and "The Handmaid's Tale" are nominated for Program of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Drama, and Outstanding New Program. Elisabeth Moss of "The Handmaid's Tale" is also nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama as was Carrie Coon of "The Leftovers" and "Fargo." "The Good Place" is nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, Outstanding New Program, and Individual Achievement in Comedy for Kristen Bell.

Lots of politics in nonfiction television at the 2017 Television Critics Awards
While I agree that both "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee" and "Last Week Tonight" are excellent sources of information -- in fact, I called "Last Week Tonight" "the best news program on TV today, even if it is considered entertainment" -- both shows are primarly comedy about the news, not the news itself. Still, it says a lot about our times that the comedians do a better job of covering important stories than the actual journalists. Many of today's stories, particularly the political ones, are absurd and deserve nothing better than to be laughed at.

Religion and politics at the 2017 Television Critics Association Awards as 'The Handmaid's Tale' wins two awards
Both "The Handmaid's Tale" and "The Leftovers" are about religion and government's response to it. "The Handmaid's Tale" won two awards, Outstanding Achievement in Drama and Program of the Year. "The Leftovers" shared a win for Carrie Coon's performance in it and "Fargo."
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July 2017 saw 53,291 page views and 22 comments for 31 posts over 31 days.

Most read, liked, and saved posts of July behind the cut. )
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Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson at the Emmy Awards

 

'Wild Yellowstone: The Frozen Frontier' -- last year's Emmy winner for Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form

"The Yellowstone winters are unforgiving and the animals that call the park home have a variety of strategies they employ in order to survive" -- National Geographic Wild on YouTube.

Nature and science at the Primetime Emmy Awards
Three shows nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards examine nature, science, and scientists. "Planet Earth II" and "Genius" each earned ten nominations. "Bill Nye Saves The World" earned two.

Vox on 'Planet Earth II'
In three videos, Vox explains how the BBC makes Planet Earth look like a Hollywood movie, how wildlife films warp time, and how the BBC films the night side of Planet Earth.

More nature and science at the Primetime Emmy Awards
Five more shows about nature, science, and space earned one nomination each at the Primetime Emmy Awards: "Wild New Zealand," "Wild Scotland," and "Year Million" were each nominated for Outstanding Narrator, “StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson” was nominated for Outstanding Informational Series or Special, and “Mission: ISS” was nominated for Outstanding Original Interactive Program, a new category.
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Yesterday, I wrote that I was done with posting the raw statistics from past months at Crazy Eddie's Motie News. That's not yet the case with the saved comments. I plan on posting those through next month with the saved comments from this month interrupting the sequence on or shortly after August 1st. I have up to 15 still to go.

By the way, if one of the comments below looks familiar, it's because I recycled most of it into The Archdruid and I talk drum corps.

Six comments from Greer's and Kunstler's blogs with Kustler's mostly about the election. )
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This is the last post I will make sharing the raw data about the top posts of past months, as I have posted summaries of all the rest at Crazy Eddie's Motie News, ending with Best August so far and other monthly meta. I will continue to post the monthly summaries of future months here, which means the July summary should appear here on or after August 2nd. I plan on resuming my monthly summary posts at Crazy Eddie's Motie News in October, where they will be a by-product of a strategy to increase page views that I suspended last October but will probably need to revive in the fall.

Enough meta. Here are the introduction, which got to the first draft stage, and the data.

September 2016 saw 18,069 page views and 66 comments for 30 posts over 30 days. Those stats translate into 602.3 page views per day and per post and 2.2 comments per post and per day. The total, per day, and per post page view numbers were all records for September, as were the comments per post. In addition, the blog passed 700,000 page views early in the month. Since the blog passed 500,000 page views during September of last year, it's on pace for 200,000 page views per year.

Most read, liked, and shared posts during September 2016 behind the cut. )
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The blog passed 750,000 page views on October 28, 2016. 36,352 page views and 42 comments for the month.

Most read, shared, commented on, and liked for October 2016 behind the cut. )
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A vignette from the footnote to Trailers for 'Stranger Things,' 'Westworld,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Star Trek: Discovery," and more at San Diego Comic Con.

I was at Ronald Reagan's last campaign stop, ever. The Monday evening before the general election, Reagan held a rally at Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California. Since we lived in the same town, my mother and I went. After passing through the metal detectors, we entered the football stadium, which was a familiar site to me; it was the home field for my high school's football games. Instead of sitting in the stands, my mother and I stood on the field. I don't remember much of the speech, except that it was textbook Gipper, rousing platitudes about American greatness. What I do remember were all the college-aged people, my age and younger, yelling "four more years" and "Mondale sucks!" My mom and I looked at each other and shook our heads; we decided that Reagan didn't need our votes. I voted for the Libertarian candidate and my mon told me she voted for Mondale, even though both of us were registered Republicans. Reagan won in landslide anyway. We were right; he didn't need our votes.
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28,417 page views and 50 comments for the month.

Most read, liked, and shared for the month behind the cut. )
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National Junk Food Day
 
 

Just like Emoji Day, National Junk Food Day is a holiday I deem unworthy of mention at Crazy Eddie's Motie News, especially when it's in competition with National Moon Day, which is.  That might change next year, so long as the U.S. has a president who likes junk food.  Stay tuned and Happy National Junk Food Day!


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I'm skipping the saved comments post for December 2016, as I used the entire saved comment from Greer's blog in For Winter Solstice 2016, the Archdruid and I discuss Discordianism and fake holidays. No need to post it here.

The blog passed 800,000 page views about 8 AM on 12/7/16. It published its 3000th post on 12/8/16. The month ended with 37 comments and 36,117 page views, the second most of any month behind only October 2016.

Most read, shared, and liked posts of December 2016 behind the cut. )
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For two days, I've been teasing that I'd post what I was writing about at Crazy Eddie's Motie News instead of World Emoji Day. It was about the Teen Choice Award nominees for Movies and TV.

Here are the links to three posts and the blurbs I used to promote them on social media. )

Voting ends tonight.  Surf here to vote.

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Wombat holiday post card

I've celebrated Wester online since 2007, most recently on Dreamwidth in 2012. I also celebrated Norther, a parody holiday created by John Michael Greer, who journals here as [personal profile] ecosophia, at Crazy Eddie's Motie News in January. Today, I'm celebrating Wombats and ice cream for the first Souther! Here's the blurb about the holiday I wrote for social media promotion of the post.

Today is the first Souther, the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Summer Solstice, a holiday created by John Michael Greer the Archdruid.  Its mascot is the wombat.  It's also National Ice Cream Day, so I'm celebrating with ice cream drink recipes from Tipsy Bartender and a video that's supposed to be a wombat eating ice cream.  It's actually a woodchuck, but who cares?

Come over for the booze and ice cream recipes!

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Santa Clara Vanguard 2013 Les Miserables

Happy Bastille Day! Over at Crazy Eddie's Motie News, I wished my readers a drum corps Bastille Day, just as I did last year. However, I have more material saved up than I used this year at the main blog. As I have written multiple times, most recently in Tipsy Bartender recipes for National Mojito Day, "I'm an environmentalist; not only do I recycle, I conserve my resources." In the meantime, Vive La France!

Boston Crusaders 2011.

From the DCI World Championship the 2011 Boston Crusaders opener. They placed 8th overall.
Flashback Friday - 2011


2013 Santa Clara Vanguard - Les Misérables.


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The month saw 44,123 page views and 125 comments on 31 posts over 31 days. Those translate to 1423.3 page views per day and post, and 4.03 comments per day and post. All of these numbers are records.

Most read, liked, and shared posts of the first month of 2017 behind the cut. )
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Over at Crazy Eddie's Motie News, I'm celebrating two days about Caribbean rum drinks. Join more for six recipes from Tipsy Bartender and other fun.

Tipsy Bartender recipes for National Pina Colada Day
Tipsy Bartender recipes for National Mojito Day

I'll return with January's saved comments and top posts tomorrow and the day after.

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