Kickstarter Update: 5 Days and Counting

I was absolutely delighted to discover this geek tribute cookbook (kickstarter). It promises to be a playful, laughable edition to gamer parties with recipes that are hopefully as tasty as they are enjoyable.


A Capella Science: Bohemian Gravity

Big shout out to who saw this first! (And who provides us geeks and nerds with much web-surf-worthy material.) Not so cool is they forgot to mention the name of the mind-blowing grad student. It’s Tim Blais.  Connect with him. Read his master thesis. Though I doubt it’s as much fun as his youtube channel “A Capella Science” and this brilliant send-off called “Bohemian Gravity”.

I’m not quantum theory educated enough to critique what he’s saying… or follow it completely (but the lyrics are on the youtube page if you want to sing along or google the references)… but WHO CARES? It’s hilarious, engaging, well executed, and includes a falsetto-singing Einstein sock puppet.

Anyway… how much of Queen’s version of Bohemian Rhapsody did you understand in the first place? Right. Just enough to sing along -at the top of your lungs.

Tim Blais info below:

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Other projects by Timblais:
Timblais Music:
Cabin 9:

Professional inquiries: acapellascience [at] snamanagement [dot] com

Doctor Who: Risk

Musings of a Mild Mannered Man

I found this article quite interesting and am sharing it here for you to muse over. I take no credit for the content of this article.

Forbidden Planet have announced an EXCLUSIVE Doctor Who version of the popular board gameRisk. It’s available for pre-orderHERE and due for release at the end of October, details below.

Earth. Early 20th century. The planet has faced many invasions in the past, but never has mankind faced an assault like this, as multiple Dalek armies descend from the skies, seeking to destroy one another and conquer the world.

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Your 2013 Best Novel Hugo Nominees, In All Their Quiet Dignity


This was before the ceremony, I’ll note. I believe we all survived the night.

Participants, from left: Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon), Kim Stanley Robinson (2312), Seanan McGuire (Blackout, writing as Mira Grant), Lois McMaster Bujold (Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance) and me.

I got this from a tweet by Saladin; the photographer is not named but I imagine it was John O’Halloran, who was the official photographer for the evening. If I am incorrect, someone let me know, please. Credit where credit is due is always nice. (Update: The photographer may have been Philip Peterson.) (Update update:Definitely Philip Peterson.)

Seriously, though. This is the best Hugo nominee picture ever.

Update 5:45 pm:See more Philip Peterson pictures from Hugo Night!

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Math Experts Split the Check

Math with Bad Drawings

Engineer: Remember to tip 18%, everybody.

Mathematician: Is that 18% of the pre-tax total, or of the total with tax?

Physicist: You know, it’s simpler if we assume the system doesn’t have tax.

Computer Scientist: But it does have tax.

Physicist: Sure, but the numbers work out more cleanly if we don’t pay tax and tip. It’s a pretty small error term. Let’s not complicate things unnecessarily.

Engineer: What you call a “small error,” I call a “collapsed bridge.”

Economist: Forget it. Taxes are inefficient, anyway. They create deadweight loss.

Mathematician: There you go again…

Economist: I mean it! If there were no taxes, I would have ordered a second soda.

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Short Film: The Final Moments of Karl Brant

Set in the near future where experimental technology allows two detectives to bring a murder victim back to life in a digital state in order to question him about his final moments.

Written and directed by M. Francis Wilson
Starring Paul Reubens, Janina Gavankar, Fay Masterson, Jon Sklaroff and Pete Chekvala

For more Final Moments of Karl Brant head to:

Convention Harassment Policy Follow-Up


Interesting responses and questions out there to me announcing my new personal policy of requiring the cons who want me as a guest to have (and actually be willing to enforce) harassment policies. No harassment policy, no John Scalzi as a guest (nor am I likely to attend as a fan).

One very positive response, in my opinion: As of me writing this, nearly 500 other creators, fans and humans have co-signed onto this policy, including but not limited to writers, editors, publishers, con-runners and con staff (update, 7/6, 11:00pm: Now it’s well over 700). This is encouraging, especially because many of these folks signed on during a holiday here in the US. We’ll see where it goes from here. If you are one of the people who have co-signed: Thank you. I’m glad to have written something worth your participation.

Apropos to this policy, I was…

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My New Convention Harassment Policy


So, I’ve decided something. I am often asked to be a Guest of Honor or a participant at conventions, which is nice. I also have a number of friends and fans who go to conventions, which is nice too. When my friends and fans go to conventions, I would like them not to have to worry, if they are skeeved on by some creep at the convention, that the convention will take the problem seriously. I would also like them to be able to know how to report the problem, should such a situation occur. 

That being the case, moving forward from this very instant, the following will be a hard requirement for my being a panelist, participant or Guest of Honor at a convention:

1. That the convention has a harassment policy, and that the harassment policy is clear on what is unacceptable behavior, as well as to whom…

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Doctor Who: Nominations News

Musings of a Mild Mannered Man

Matt Smith & Jenna-Louise Coleman on Location

The final shortlist has been
announced for this year’s TV Choice Awards and Doctor Who has nominations in
three categories.

Matt Smith has been nominated in
the Best Actor category for his portrayal of the Doctor and Jenna Coleman is up
for Best Actress for her role of Clara, the ‘impossible girl’. Doctor Who
itself has been nominated in the Best Drama Series category. The show has done
well in previous TV Choice Awards but this year the competition is particularly

You have until Friday, 12 July to
vote for your favourites at the website for the TV Choice Awards.

The winners will be revealed at an
awards ceremony hosted by actor Ben Miller on the night of Monday, 9 September.

via Doctor Who feed

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