Mega Girl on power and problem-solving

Mega Girl confesses to her fallen enemy Cleaver how super heroics and super villainy, rather than being at opposite ends of a spectrum, are separated by inches. And the desire to use brute force to solve problems (even at the cost of millions of lives) is always a temptation.

Read more of this brilliant webcomic Strong Female Protagonist.  Written by Brennan Lee Mulligan and drawn by Molly Ostertag. Selected by MarySue as one of the “40 Webcomics You Need to Read”. I put it in the top ten.


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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Doctor Who Conversations with Matt, Jenna and Moffat

The conversation begins at 2:11. The first two minutes are unedited silence with a placeholder photo reminding you the Nerdcast is coming. Nathan Fillion is the host. Spoiler alert: there are no spoilers. Not for lack of fan efforts to get details about the Christmas Special, the impending death of the 11th Doctor, and who will replace Matt Smith.

streamed live on July 20 2013

Conversation for a Cause – Nerd HQ 2013
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“Doctor Who” Conversation with the Cast & Creators – Nerd HQ (2013) HD – Matt Smith

A Conversation with the Cast & Creators of the TV show “Doctor Who” – Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, and Steven Moffat.

Nerd Machine TV is the official YouTube channel for Nerd Machine original videos and exclusive Nerd HQ coverage. The channel hosts all of the “Conversations for a Cause” panels from Nerd HQ’s 2011, 2012, and is the home of Nerd HQ 2013. We will also be offering highlight videos from each panel shortly after they are concluded. Previous panels include shows like Psych, DOCTOR WHO, CHUCK, Robot Chicken, and movies like Twilight, The Expendables 2, The Man with the Iron Fists, and more. Panels with Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, and Nathan Fillion are also featured here. This channel is also the home of Nerd Machine’s original three part video,Trailer Park Heroes.

Stay tuned for more original interviews, shorts, and more in the next few months, we have a lot in store for the Nerd Army.

-Viva La Nerdolution

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

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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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