Empire State Asshatery

| July 28, 2008

Politicians love child porn. It is the ultimate grandstanding issue. It is an issue with effectively no opposing side, after all, if you come out “against” child porn you’ve implicitly cast any opposition into the role of pedophiles and child molesters. There’s no downside. Enter New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. He loves the children. […]

A plea to parents. . .

| July 24, 2008

Your kids are grown, you own your own house, and you have at least some desire not to inflict upon your children the kind of hell me, my wife, and my in-laws have been going through. I offer 10 tips to keep your house from becoming the 9th circle of hades. If you patronize the […]

Places I will be at

| July 22, 2008

Quick list of my upcoming convention going. July 25-27 (this weekend) I will be attending Confluence in Pittsburgh, PA. August 15-17 I will be at Armadillocon in Austin, Texas. (Thanks to my fellow ex-Hamster and ex-Clevelander Maureen for suggesting I come down.) September 26-28 I will be at Context in Columbus, OH. November 14-16 I […]

Good News and Bad News

| July 18, 2008

The good news is that I got Valentine’s Night polished up, printed out, and sent off to Eleanor today. This is the second spec manuscript I’ve written in as many years, in addition to finishing off Prophets for DAW. Here’s hoping it does as well as Lilly’s Song. This means, now that I got the […]

Assimilated into the social network. . .

| July 17, 2008

Nothing particularly profound, but I just created a Facebook profile. Just as with the blogging, I’m a little late to the scene, I guess after you hit 40 it just takes a lot more frigging effort to be hip. If you want to find me, just look for Steven Swiniarski. (As my friend Maureen pointed […]

Scalzi points out an asshat

| July 11, 2008

Because I haven’t had an asshat for a while, and because this is rich in all senses of the word, I want to share a tidbit I found on Whatever. Meet Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild. Yeah, those Rothschilds. The ones that are, well, kinda well off? Not that she’s any […]

Carnivals of Blogness. . .

| July 10, 2008

This is just to let my readers know of the Blog Carnivals that have recently linked back to my stuff: Dr. Sanity linked to my AP/Media Defender rant on the Carnival of the Insanities. Observations from Missy’s Window linked to my Iron Man review on the Movie Monday Carnival. Good News Film Reviews linked to […]

Dry clean only

| July 9, 2008

More randomness. . . My spur of the moment comment on this thread over at the Smart Bitches blog may not have won the contest, but it did get a mention that probably counts as a runner up. Yeah, pointless. . . but it is fun.

Random thought for the day. . .

| July 7, 2008

I drive a 12-year old Buick Century, a car that leads to certain expectations— most of which involve liver spots and driving 15 mph down the freeway with the left blinker on. Since I’m a chubby bearded guy with a ponytail, my car’s sort of incongruous. (Though cheap as dirt to maintain.) This is how […]

Hancock. . . the movie that’s its own sequel.

| July 6, 2008

Just saw Hancock, the latest in the current explosion of superhero movies, and I am left with the overwhelming sense of a missed opportunity. This is not to say that it’s a bad movie, there are parts that are quite good. Unfortunately, right after the big reveal midway in, the film loses its way, and […]