I voted Anvil. My goal, after assessing the entire field of GOP and Democrat candidates last year, was that NONE of them were worth a damn. I had some respect for a couple of GOPers (who were of course drummed out early in the process), and otherwise only for Sanders — whose politics are nearly diametrically opposed […]Read more "I Voted Anvil. How’s Your Headache?"
THE BASIC ISSUE Shortly after every nominee for the 2015 Hugo Awards was given an “Asterisk” — each one emblazoned with the Hugo trademark as well as phrases stating they were official nominee awards — red flags began popping up. These weren’t presented as a joke. Instead,they were played completely straight, with a declaration that […]Read more "Hugo “Asterisk Awards”: Legal Analysis Complete"
The Hugo Award footage came out, and several things have been confirmed: 1) That the “Asterisk” was an official award, of which a small facsimile could be purchased by fans for charity. Sasquan Hugo Administrator John Lorentz currently denies this: “They were not awards. They were *gifts* to each and every nominee.” 2) Contrary to […]Read more "Examining the Hugo Awards “Asterisks” – Refunds Aweigh!"
Since #GamerGate was dragged into all this by people claiming it was enlisted to rig the Hugos, an update: http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2015/08/15/gamergate-event-evacuated-after-multiple-bomb-threats/ Don’t let the title fool you: the “GamerGate event” was actually just one two-part panel held at a larger event — the Southeast Regional conference for the SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS. You know, the folks […]Read more "JOURNALISTS TARGETED FOR BOMB THREATS, GAMERGATE TO BLAME?"
My initial reaction: And then: Ever since taking over as Reddit’s “interim CEO” in January, the site’s users have been up in arms over Ellen Pao’s heavy-handed changes to policy, particularly in the area of what amounts to “harassment”. As I reported previously, this strangely-formed policy led to a series of ridiculous events, such as […]Read more "Crosspost: REDDIT REVOLUTION REPLACES ROT – “Chairman Pao” Resigns"
In the news today: 1) Gay marriage ruled Constitutional by the US Supreme Court. #GamerGate members cheer, no one appears to be dissing it in any way. Press takes zero notice. No story here, apparently. 2) A dozen Civil War games are pulled from the Apple store for containing images of the Confederate flag. This […]Read more "“It Ain’t Censorship if We Say it Ain’t”: Killing Games over Flags"
(Previously published to EricFlint.net) So far, I have exactly one work out of the Hugo packet which I would consider voting “No Award” over. On File 770, I was advised that this is actually a Sad Puppy nominee: “Hill 142″ by Jason Cordova. Which changes exactly nothing. I paid no attention to the nominations, and […]Read more "“Morality War”: Fisking Reality"