neonvincent: For posts about food and cooking (All your bouillabaisse are belong to us)
2017-10-16 09:15 am

Three fake holidays for 10/16

Over at my main blog, I wished my readers a...

Happy National Liqueur Day! I could have also wished my readers a Happy National Dictionary Day or a Happy National Department Store Day when I wanted to take a break from recapping the News and Documentary Emmy winners, but I decided to do something easy and familiar. If my readers wish to celebrate those other days instead, they can go right ahead.

I'll wish my readers here a Happy National Dictionary Day and a Happy Happy National Department Store Day anyway.

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2017-10-15 10:52 am

I created a feed for my other blog

Unfortunately, I didn't really know what I was doing, so I gave it the wrong name.  It's [syndicated profile] neonvincent_feed  instead of Crazy Eddie's Motie News.  Sigh.  I tried to change the name by entering the URL again and it just sent me back to the already existing feed instead of letting me set up a new one.  Live and learn.  At least it exists and any of you can subscribe to it.

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2017-10-14 04:01 pm

Paranoia about my other blog from Facebook

On my blog's Facebook page, I wrote the following a week ago:

Crazy Eddie's Motie News was feeling confused.*

The bot traffic, which stopped August 17th, has returned to the blog. At least I won't have to worry about making my page view goal this month (1173 page views per day for a total of 36,393 page views), but at what cost?**

*I chose confused because perplexed and paranoid weren't available on Facebook. They aren't available here, either, but at least I can write in my own choice, which is "suspicious."

**I made that page view goal on the 11th. The blog currently has 44,616 page views for October with the month less than halfway over and 53,700 for the past 30 days. As for the cost, it's wondering who or what is reading my blog and for what purpose. I can say that it's coming from inside the U.S. The Russians aren't nearly as interested as they were before the election.
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2017-10-13 06:26 pm
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2017-10-12 09:20 am
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2017-10-11 08:05 am

A video about mass extinction from Seeker for National Fossil Day

National Fossil Day

Today is National Fossil Day, exactly the kind of holiday I'd celebrate at Crazy Eddie's Motie News except that I'm in the middle of featuring the News and Documentary Emmy winners in science, space, and medicine. Maybe next year. So, I'm observing it here by sharing a video I'll get around to posting at the main blog eventually, An Asteroid Didn’t Kill the Dinosaurs, Here’s a New Theory About What Did from Seeker.

Actually, the asteroid did kill the dinosaurs, just much more indirectly than originally thought.

neonvincent: For posts about geekery and general fandom (Shadow Play Girl)
2017-10-10 08:12 am

Shannara Chronicles returns

My wife and I watched the first season of "The Shannara Chronicles" when it came out on Netflix a year ago and found it surprisingly enjoyable. We've been looking forward to its return. That's tomorrow. Here's the trailer.

One of the things that the trailer makes clear is that the show takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, something I pointed out in a a comment on The Worlds That Never Were on Greer's Ecosophia blog: "It may not be immediately clear in the books, but in the opening credits and scenes of the TV series, it's explicit that the stories are set in a post-nuclear-war future where the elves, dwarves, and trolls evolved from humans in a radioactive environment and where ruins of our current civilization dot the landscape."

Watch the opening to see.

Here's to the second season being as fun to watch as the first.
neonvincent: For general posts about politics not covered by other icons (Uncle V wants you)
2017-10-09 08:38 am
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2017-10-08 10:31 am

Happy Wester 2017

Silly Squirrels for Happy Wester 2017!
I'm single-handedly keeping alive a fake holiday called Wester, which is the first Sunday following the first Full Moon after the Autumnal Equinox... The holiday has its own animal mascot, the Wester Squirrel, which goes around and gathers goodies to hide instead of hiding goodies to pass out like the Easter Bunny.

Over at the main blog, I have videos of squirrels stealing each others' nuts and squirrels using a tactic from "The Walking Dead" to evade snakes.  Here, I have flying squirrels going for distance from National Geographic.  Hey, it's football season!

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2017-10-07 01:27 pm
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From my Facebook timeline: diabetes and 'Battle of the Sexes'

Diabetes has turned me into a masochistic Pavlov's dog. When presented with food, instead of salivating, I have a conditioned response to stick myself with needles.

Predictions: "Battle of the Sexes" will be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Movie. Emma Stone will be nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Movie. Steve Carell will be nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy Movie. With three months of releases still to go, it's too early to post odds on their winning. It's also too early to make bets on their Oscar prospects.
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2017-10-06 04:18 pm

Posts about science, space, and nature nominees at the News&Documentary Emmys

Nature documentary nominees are well photographed at the 2017 News and Documentary Emmy Awards
"Hummingbirds are amazing creatures to behold. They are the tiniest of birds, yet possess natural born super powers that enable them to fly backwards, upside-down, and float in mid-air. Their wings beat faster than the eye can see and the speed at which they travel makes people wonder if it was indeed a hummingbird they actually saw. They also are only found in the Americas. These attributes have both intrigued scientists and made it challenging to study the species, but with the latest high-speed cameras and other technologies, Super Hummingbirds reveals new scientific breakthroughs about these magical birds" -- Nature on PBS

'Sonic Sea,' a triple nominee, and its competitors
"Sonic Sea ( ) is a 60-minute documentary about the impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. It tells the story of a former U.S. Navy officer who solved a tragic mystery and changed forever the way we understand our impact on the ocean" -- Natural Resources Defense Council.

Space, Ebola, volcanoes, stroke, and human expansion the topics of Science and Technology Documentary nominees
"On March 27, 2015, astronaut Scott Kelly began a historic year in space. Follow Scott and his identical twin Mark Kelly as the two-part program tells the story of what it takes, mentally and physically, to spend a year in space" -- PBS.

Extinction, water, astronomy, and HIV among 2017 Emmy nominees for Outstanding Science, Medical and Environmental Report
"We're entering the Earth's sixth era of extinction -- and it's the first time humans are to blame. CNN introduces you to the species that are already going" -- CNN.

'Body Team 12' and 'Extremis' both nominated for Outstanding Short Documentary plus other science, health, and environment nominees
"Body Team 12 follows a team of Liberian Red Cross workers tasked with collecting the dead during the height of the Ebola outbreak. The story is told on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia, through the eyes of the only female member of the team, who reveals the lifesaving work of removing bodies from family and loved ones in order to halt transmission of the disease" -- RYOT.
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2017-10-03 06:33 am

Top posts at Crazy Eddie's Motie News for September 2017

September 2017 ended the month with 26,691 page views and 21 comments for 29 entries over 30 days. That averaged to 889.7 page views and 0.7 comments per day and 920.4 page views and 0.72 comments per post.

Most read, liked, and saved entries behind the cut. )
neonvincent: For general posts about politics not covered by other icons (Uncle V wants you)
2017-10-02 06:45 pm

Saved comments from September 2017

I may not be posting saved comments from previous months, but I'm still posting them from current months.  Here are the ones from September, most of them from Booman Tribune.

My comment on Lowry, Trump and The Handmaid's Tale

I have two reactions to this article. First, Lowry does not mention any of the other nominees in any of the eight categories "The Handmaid's Tale" won, Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Alexis Bledel as Ofglen/Emily, Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour), and Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More). As someone who actually analyzed all the drama categores, both here and at my personal blog, I find that almost insultingly lazy. Which shows and actors did Lowry think deserved the awards more than "The Handmaid's Tale?" What would have have liked, winners from "The Crown" and "This is Us?" If he had a personal preference, he should have stated it, which would have helped his argument. Then again, he just wants to make a political point, not an artistic one.

That brings me to my second reaction. A lot of what conservatives do seems to liberals to be motivated by spite -- making liberals angry or just opposing us for its own sake (See Cleek's Law). We liberals generally aren't motivated by spiting conservatives; we usually want to make people's lives better. If conservatives get mad, we may accept it, but it's not our primary goal. On the other hand, there are some actions our side takes to show our displeasure. I don't doubt that "The Handmaid's Tale" sweeping its categories on Sunday was a result of the voting members of the Television Academy doing exactly that. If so, then Lowry's reaction showed that it worked. He shouldn't encourage us this way.

My comment on 2016 and the Great Democratic GOTV Shrinking at Booman Tribune.

"[H]er skipping WI and MI" -- Clinton didn't skip Michigan. She appeared in the state three times for the general election. I live in Michigan and followed the election closely, posting about it on my personal blog. I wrote about her first general election visit in August 2016 in Hillary Clinton rebuts Trump in Warren, Michigan. It was the day after Trump being greeted by protestors in Detroit. She made her second appearance in October at Wayne State University. She made her third visit in November, which I commented on at my personal blog in Surrogates galore in Michigan as campaign heats up. In addition, Bill Clinton marched in the Detroit Labor Day Parade and Tim Kaine campaigned in Ann Arbor. She probably should have made more campaign stops in Michigan, but she did not skip the state!

My comment on Midweek Cafe and Lounge, Vol. 31 at Booman Tribune.

More comments from Booman Tribune, mostly about music and drinks, plus a bonus comment from Ecosophia, behind the cut. )
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2017-09-30 05:50 pm

Yet another attempt at a Ringworld movie/miniseries

snowcrash ringworld lazarus amazon

Four years ago, I wrote Finally, a Ringworld movie!
That's the one in which I repeated my twenty-year-old grousing about how I wrote an adventure for Chaosium's Ringworld table-top RPG, but lost all that effort because the movie rights to the book were sold and the movie production company asserted that they had the game rights, too. To add insult to injury, there was no movie. Apparently, that will change, as SyFy announced that they will develop the book into a four-hour miniseries.
The good news was that it became one of the two most read posts of that year. The bad news is that no "Ringworld" movie or miniseries came of it.

Not all is lost, as io9 reported this week Amazon Is Developing a Bonanza of Genre Titles: Ringworld, Snow Crash, and Lazarus.
Amazon just announced a virtual land grab of genre titles that it’s putting into development: Larry Niven’s scifi classic Ringworld; Neal Stephenson’s cult classic Snow Crash; and Greg Rucka’s acclaimed comic Lazarus. In a perfect world, we could be seeing all three made into drama series.

As Deadline reports, the announcement comes as the streaming network is hoping to land a “big-scope genre drama series in the mold of Game Of Thrones and The Walking Dead.” There aren’t too many details yet, but the standout points include: the Ringworld project will likely draw not just from Niven’s 1970 original, but other books in the series; Rucka will be adapting Lazarus himself from page to screen; and Snow Crash will be co-produced by Joe Cornish, who at one time had the project on his own feature-directing slate.
I'm a lot more confident in Amazon pulling off "Ringworld" than I was about SyFy, so I'm looking forward to it. The other project I want to see is "Snow Crash." It may not be the best of Stephenson's novels, but it is the best-known and it's a lot of fun. Here's to both of them reaching the small screen before the decade is out!
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2017-09-29 11:58 am

Happy National Coffee Day!

National Coffee Day from National Day Calendar

From National Day Calendar: NATIONAL COFFEE DAY
Whether getting one to go or lingering over a second cup, on September 29 be sure to observe National Coffee Day!

From USA Today: National Coffee Day: Where to get free and discounted cups of java on Friday

Coffee aficionados, your annual holiday is here.

Friday is National Coffee Day and the best way to celebrate is with free and discounted cups of java.

I posted the USA Today link at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page, hence the icon.

Happy National Coffee Day!

neonvincent: For posts about cats and activities involving uniforms. (Krosp)
2017-09-28 09:12 am
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Radiohead and the USC Band playing '15 Step' at the Grammys

I'm not a fan of the USC Marching Band (I went to UCLA and marched in its band), but I stumbled across this while looking for marching bands playing Radiohead.  I'm posting it here to give the devil his due.

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2017-09-27 08:54 pm
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2017-09-26 11:41 pm
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Today's featured holiday for 9/26

National Voter Registration Day is being observed by the Coffee Party, hence the icon.

neonvincent: For posts about geekery and general fandom (Shadow Play Girl)
2017-09-25 06:12 pm
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