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!
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.
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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.
The second is Maya Rudolph Struggled Getting into Character as Cartoon Emoji from Late Night with Seth Meyers, which was taped on World Emoji Day. She even mentions that in the video.
As I wrote in the subject line, first-rate voice talent for a second-rate movie. Maybe it will be better than I fear.
There are some holidays I don't plan on blogging at Crazy Eddie's Motie News. World Emoji Day is one of them. Here's what National Day Calendar says about the holiday.
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I'll be back tomorrow with the entries I actually posted at my main blog.
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 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!
Well, I got my ballot done before the deadline. Some of the stuff, I didn't vote on. For example, I don't own a TV, so Drama (short) wasn't in it. I also don't listen to fancasts, or read any fanzines but one. Since "Revenge of Hump Day" didn't get nommed, no vote. Since the only Long Form Editor that I recognized was Theodore Beale aka Vox Day, that's where my only vote for Noah Ward went. For Fan Writer, I of course had to pick Chuck Tingle.
A note, here: Over the past few years, the Puppy-Kickers had accused us of gaming the system, nomming things that we liked by ganging up. Funny thing, that. I noticed LOTS and LOTS of these headers, in the nominated works' PDFs:
A Tor.com Book
Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC
Now, the PKs will tell you that the Pup's calls of "We just want good stories, not crappy message fic" was a dog-whistle (pun intended) for "We hate diversity". When I pointed out to a Tor editor that this year's ballot smacked a LOT of "Tor gaming the system", he just replied, "No, Tor just happens to be publishing most of the Quality Science Fiction(tm)." Yeah, right.
On to the Rest of the Ballot!
For Novel, Death's End was the only one I'd read. None of the excerpts in the package really grabbed me, so my #1 vote was my only. Likewise, for Best Series, Lois Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga was the only one I'd read. #1 and only for that, as well.
In the Novella category, "Dream Quest" was outstanding. I've liked Lois Bujold's stuff since I first read Warrior's Apprentice, and "Penric and the Shaman" measures up. The rest of the category was, quite frankly, meh.
For Novelette, I was tickled to see Ursula Vernon in the mix. I seriously loved her webcomic, "Digger". "Tomato Thief" is right up there. "Touring With The Alien" was also great, but had to give the props to "TD". "The Jewel And Her Lapidary" was pretty good, although it got a bit repetitive in spots. "Stripper" had its interesting points, but went way overboard in trying to beat "Space Raptor Butt Invasion" from last year. The other two, meh.
In the Short Stories, "That Game We Played During the War" was excellent. This is so often true, in war: "All we had to do, was not lose." For the #2 slot, "Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies" was also good -- "Game" edged it out by a slim margin. The others, meh -- incoherent, acid-trippy, more "journey of the mind" than story.
In Related Work, I went for SilverBob and Ursula LeGuin, because Elder Gods of SF.
Dramatic Long is a short ballot, because even a last-place vote is still a vote and would weigh in later rounds of Australian-whatzis voting. Rogue One was the top of my nomination list. Deadpool, great flick. Now why, you may ask, did I not include Hidden Figures? Well, let's see... I saw the flick. It was amazing. Fantastic movie, covers a chunk of history that fascinated me while I was watching it on the news (or in newsreels when I was 2-3,000 miles from the nearest TV). One of the absolute great movies of 2016. So, why did I not vote for it? Because it's not science fiction. It's a docudrama.
For Graphic Story, I went through each selection, and voted as they struck me. Ditto for Pro and Fan Artist. Those three categories, I tend to do quickly -- zap through, and vote my impressions. On Graphic -- Monstress was amazing. I really liked Paper Girls. Saga was ok. The remaining three, meh.
Wrapping up with the Campbell: Gailey's "Haunted" knocked it out of the ballpark. Older's "Black Box" was cool. Mulroney's "Equation" was amusing, the rest were meh.
1. Death's End
1. The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe
2. Penric and the Shaman
3. Every Heart a Doorway
4. A Taste of Honey
5. The Ballad of Black Tom
6. This Census-Taker
1. "The Tomato Thief"
2. "Touring with the Alien"
3. The Jewel and Her Lapidary
4. Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex
5. "The Art of Space Travel"
6. "You'll Surely Drown Here If You Stay"
1. "That Game We Played During the War"
2. "Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies"
3. "Seasons of Glass and Iron"
4. "A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers"
5. "The City Born Great"
6. "An Unimaginable Light"
1. Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg
2. Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016
1. Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening
2. Paper Girls, Volume 1
3. Saga, Volume 6
4. The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man
5. Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet
6. Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous
1. Rogue One
1. No award
1. Sana Takeda
2. Galen Dara
3. Julie Dillon
4. Chris McGrath
5. Victo Ngai
6. John Picacio
1. Chuck Tingle
1. Elizabeth Leggett
2. Spring Schoenhuth
3. Likhain (M. Sereno)
4. Steve Stiles
5. Vesa Lehtimäki
6. Ninni Aalto
1. The Vorkosigan Saga
1. Sarah Gailey
2. Malka Older
3. J. Mulrooney
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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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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Me: @Armata: You were right to point to American popular culture for evidence that people are afraid that progress may be coming to a halt and soon, but the way you used your examples works against you with people who know television. In particular, your statement that "The most popular TV show right now is Game of Thrones, based on George RR Martin’s 'A Song of Fire and Ice' novels" requires closer examination. "Game of Thrones" may be the most award-winning drama on American television today with a record 39 Emmy Awards over its run, but if by "most popular" you meant "most watched," it most assuredly is not. According to Indiewire, it came in 38th among viewers of all ages and sixth among TV watchers aged 18-49 during the 2015-2016 season, the most recent in which the series aired.
The more popular show exemplifying Americans' anxiety about the end of progress is "The Walking Dead," which came in fourth among all viewers and first among those aged 18-49, making it, not "Game of Thrones," the most watched show on cable with nearly twice as many viewers. That's a fast-collapse show, but the series is now in its seventh season and has finally reached the stage where most of the rubble has stopped bouncing, so the conflict driving the drama has become a struggle for power among groups of survivors, including a barbarian warband that ironically (or maybe not) sees itself as the "Saviors of Civilization," instead of a fight for survival against the undead. That written, "Game of Thrones" makes your point that "Winter is coming" and people are aware it may be approaching in the real world as well. It's just not as salient an example as you made it out to be.
On another note, I'm a member of several "liberal prepper" groups on Facebook. I'll ask the members if any of them participate in the SCA and, if so, whether their historical reenacting has given them any survival skills. Coincidentally enough, one of the communities of survivors in "The Walking Dead" grew up around a park where Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century crafts were recreated for visitors. In the series, that was an intentional choice for those survivors, not an accident.
Justin: Pinku-Sensei, agreed about The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. I watched the first episode of the current season of the walking dead, and wow, that was some brutal stuff. If sufficient transcripts survive, no doubt that future historians will study that show. Game of Thrones is interesting too. "Winter is coming" is certainly appropriate. Of course, the whole theme was thought up by GRRM in the 90's - although who knows what GRRM thinks about industrial civilization. He's certainly a smart fellow.
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