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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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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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Over at my main blog, I posted 'Star Trek: Discovery' debuts today on CBS. I have three videos there. This isn't one of them, but I thought it was worth sharing just the same.


May the series live long and prosper.
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While I was in the hospital, I had access to my wife's tablet. I was able to not only surf the internet and watch shows on Netflix and Hulu (I watched an episode of "The Good Place" when I had it for the Coffee Party Board Retreat a couple weeks earlier), I was able to compose and post short blog entries. Here are links to the three that I managed to write while sitting next to my hospital bed.

September 9 R.I.P. Jerry Pournelle

September 10 Vox on hurricanes, climate change, and storm surge

September 11 Dinosaurs dancing to 'Jurassic Park' theme and more science fiction music on a football field

That's as much as I wish to dwell on my morbidity and eventual mortality today, which happens to be my birthday.
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'Westworld' and 'Stranger Things' lead drama series with five Creative Arts Emmy Awards each
I report on the five Emmy Awards both "Westworld" and "Stranger Things" have already won as well as the three statuettes "The Handmaid's Tale" earned, all of which put them in the lead for drama series, along with all the rest of the live-action speculative fiction winners, including the first Emmy Awards for "Gotham" and "Marvel's Luke Cage."
The five awards "Westworld" won last week were Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series, Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within A Scripted Program, Outstanding Make-up for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic), Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour), and Outstanding Special Visual Effects.
"Stranger Things" also won five awards, Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, Outstanding Main Title Design, Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series.
"The Handmaid's Tale" came in third among drama series with three wins. The dystopian tale won 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).
"Gotham" won Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role, the show's first Emmy.
"Marvel's Luke Cage" won Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series, or Movie, the show's first Emmy.

'The Handmaid's Tale' sweeps last night of Emmys to win five awards
It went very well for "The Handmaid's Tale," as it won all five of the categories in which it was competing last night. In addition to Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, the show won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
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Now, I'm done with saving comments -- at least until I fix the laptop.

I was talking about Trump and the election more than tww years ago! )
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Only two more sets of saved comments from the past to go until I fix my laptop.

Comments from Greer's blog, Kunstler's blog, We Hunted the Mammoth, and Fabius Maximus behind the cut. )
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Happy Labor Day and Happy National Wildlife Day! Click on the link in the salutation for my thoughts on both holidays. Instead of writing about the day here, I'll post something a little more meta. I included three title sequences along with the theme songs at Crazy Eddie's Motie News in 'Westworld' leads drama series with 22 Emmy nominations, followed by 'Stranger Things' with 19 and 'The Handmaid's Tale' with 13 and "House of Cards" leads contemporary American political dramas with six nominations. I'll share them behind the cut. First, here's Opening Credits: How TV's Title Sequences Grew Up | WIRED.



Title sequences for 'Stranger Things,' 'Westworld,' and 'The Good Fight' behind the cut. )
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I said I'd post some saved links today. Are they from November 2015? Hardly. They are from this month.

Links for the Emmy Awards and my various projects in the history of science fiction behind the cut. )
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I stumbled upon this video, which features two of my favorite actresses in two of my favorite speculative fiction television series having a conversation about show business and their craft, and thought it was worth sharing with my readers.


Good luck to both of them at the Emmy Awards next month.

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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 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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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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Yesterday, I wrote "I might post something fannish" today. I am -- the links to and social media summaries of my blog entries at Crazy Eddie's Motie News about the Saturn Awards.  Top posts from June 2017 should return tomorrow.

'Rogue One' and '10 Cloverfield Lane' tie with three 2017 Saturn Awards for film
"Rogue One" won Best Science Fiction Film, Best Direction Film in a Film, and Best Special/Visual Effects. "10 Cloverfield Lane" won Best Thriller Film, Best Actress in a Film for Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Best Supporting Actor in a Film for John Goodman. "Doctor Strange" won Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture and Best Supporting Actress in a Film for Tilda Swinton. Ryan Reynolds won Best Actor in a Film for "Deadpool."

"The Walking Dead" leads 2017 Saturn Awards television winners
"The Walking Dead" won three awards, including Best Horror TV Series. "Westworld," "Stranger Things," "Supergirl," and "Riverdale" each won two awards, including the best shows in each of their genre categories.

"The unstoppable walkers of AMC’s global TV phenomenon “The Walking Dead” proved just as invincible last night, garnering three Saturn Awards for Best Horror TV Series, Best Actor on Television (Andrew Lincoln), and Best Guest Star on Television (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)" -- Critical Blast.

"HBO’s “Westworld” 21st century reboot outdrew the competition for two awards: Best Science Fiction TV Series and Best Supporting Actor on Television (Ed Harris)" -- Critical Blast.

"Stranger Things" earned a tie for Best New Media TV Series with "Marvel's Luke Cage" and Millie Bobbie Brown won Best Younger Actor on Television.

Three superhero shows won four awards. "Supergirl" won Best Superhero Adaptation TV Series and Melissa Benoist won Best Actress on Television, "Marvel's Luke Cage" tied with "Stranger Things" for Best New Media TV Series, and Candace Patton won Best Supporting Actress on Television for her role on "The Flash."

"Outlander" won Best Fantasy TV Series and Producer Toni Graphia was interviewed on the red carpet.

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I ended Driving update for December 2013: My car by postponing making good on a promise.
Also, I made a promise at the end of the last report.
Yes, I bought this car in October 2003. I have a story about that, but I'll save it for the next report, along with why I named my car Yuki. Stay tuned.
I'm going to take a rain check on this promise. These look like the kind of stories I would write to post while I'm traveling, which I might do over the next two weeks.
Instead, I explained the name of my wife's car.
It's late and I'm tired, so I'm not up to it. Besides, this report is about my wife's car, which I call Ruby (my wife doesn't give her cars names). I gave her that name because of the car's color and because my wife and I are fans of "Once Upon a Time," which had a character named Ruby, who is really Red Riding Hood, for the first two seasons.
Well, my car turned over 220,000 miles today, so it's time to tell her story.

My previous car, a Nissan I called Molly, died in October 2003 after she turned over 210,000 miles during a drive back from an anime convention in South Bend, Indiana, although I didn't realize it at the time. I heard the engine knocking, which it did when the oil was low. I put in two quarts of oil (!) and continued driving home. Within a week, I had to put in more oil, and the engine began to sound just horrible. I took it in for service, and found out that all the seals had blown and the engine was getting ready to throw a rod. That was the end of my driving Molly. I had to get a new car.

About this time, one of the local Kia dealerships was advertising its deal. "Got a job? Got $100? Get a new Kia!" I qualified, so I rented a car and drove over to the nearest Kia dealer and got Yuki. It wasn't even the right dealership, but that didn't matter. I picked out a car from the previous model year that had a rebate to entice people to get it off the lot. I was able to roll that rebate into the down payment and was able to drive Yuki home without paying a cent. Ah, the long-gone days of easy credit!

As for Molly, the dealership accepted her as a trade-in worth $50 and had her towed away. At least I was able to get scrap value and free towing. Best of all, Yuki's interior looked exactly like Molly's. From the inside, it was as if I had just gotten a newer version of the same car with an automatic transmission. As I wrote back in 2011 and again in 2012, it was a concession to comfort and age.
When I needed to buy a car, I got a Kia instead. It got 32 miles to the gallon, but it was an automatic. I was willing to sacrifice a few miles to the gallon so that my left foot and right hand could rest. Yeah, I'm a sucker for convenience, too.
At least it wasn't the Aztek my son wanted me to buy. That would have been an environmental and economic disaster.

As for the name, my younger daughter suggested Yuki after Yuki Saiko, a character in the manga and anime "Silent Mobius." The character's image is the one I used at the head of this entry. It's the same one my younger daughter downloaded as a wallpaper on the computer I owned at the time. Why Yuki? In addition to "Silent Mobius" being a mutual favorite of ours, my daughter picked her out as the kind of woman she'd want for me; she was sweet, pretty and owned a coffee shop.* Yes, I love my coffee. Besides, the artist who drew the manga was named Kia Asamiya. My daughter wanted to name a creation of one Kia after the creation of another Kia. It stuck and that's how a Korean car got a Japanese name.

...
Now to celebrate my finally following through on something I've been teasing since March 11, 2010, when I was still posting these updates on my LiveJournal, I present the opening to Silent Mobius. Yuki Saiko appears at 0:45.



*Yuki wasn't my favorite character from the anime. That was Lebia Maverick. Even so, people who know the series would understand why a real person like her would have been a bad match.

**That was the day the renewal of my car registration was due. It was also my ex-wife's 65th birthday. That's as much as I'd like to think about her, thank you very much.

Adapted from Driving update for April 2014: Yuki, a longer entry at Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
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For tonight's season finale of "The Walking Dead," I present the above macro and the following links about the show and zombies.

Norman Reedus AKA Daryl Dixon of 'The Walking Dead' on the Tonight Show and Late Night
The Archdruid and his readers on zombies
More from the Archdruid and his readers on zombies, part 1
Drink and drive with "The Walking Dead"
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Texas A&M: Science Fiction Collection adds Filk as Deeper than Swords Exhibit Closes
January 08, 2014
Fans of Game of Thrones have until February 7, 2014, to visit the George R. R. Martin Deeper than Swords exhibit at Cushing Memorial Library and Archives before it closes. The exhibit showcases objects, editions and manuscripts from the best-selling author’s prolific writing career. The collection forms the capstone of Texas A&M University Libraries’ internationally recognized Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection.

As the exhibit closes, the Libraries will broaden its dimensions by adding “filk” related materials to its science fiction collection. Filk is best described as a musical culture, genre and community among science fiction and fantasy fans, which is a manifestation of fan labor to create a wide-range of musical styles and topics.

Science fiction conventions, as well as designated filk conventions, have various filk programming that includes concerts and late night filk circles, where music is performed and shared, as well as panels about music and fandom. Most filk conventions put out songbooks with songs submitted by members of the community to share with attending members.

The Cushing Library filk collection will showcase examples of these songbooks, as well as audio, video, digital recordings and fanzines and fanvids—which demonstrate the interest and affection for particular aspects of both literary and broadcast science fiction and fantasy media. The collection seeks to preserve the popular legacy of science fiction and fantasy by documenting and acquiring various fanworks.
Originally posted at fandom_lounge on JournalFen.

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