You have no idea how disturbed I feel to utter these words, but: Go, Rand Paul! 1

I’m actually happy about a thing Rand Paul is doing – he’s doing a talking filibuster on the nominee for CIA director on the basis that he wants to know more about drone strike policy, and if drone strikes will be used against American citizens. And I… agree with him. Rachel Maddow just covered this ...

Thesis Defense (oh my god it’s actually happening)(and you’re invited!) 4

The announcement went out today, so I guess it’s official! A thesis defense is an event open to the public, so if my research sounds interesting to you and you’d like to come by, you’re welcome to do so! I sure do have a powerpoint presentation and everything, all ready to go. Date:            Thursday, March ...

Strange Horizons and Hugos oh my!

Strange Horizons is doing its 2012 Readers’ Poll. And I’m one of the choices! Or rather my story, Comes the Huntsman is! The story is incredibly important to me in a lot of ways (some of them intensely dorky since it was my 2012 Hiddlestory and that’s apparently going to be a thing for me now) but even just ...

Never attack Russia in the winter. 1

Or try to move in the winter either, apparently. If you try to move to Russia in the winter, I think they just set your furniture on fire and let wolves tear apart your collection of paperbacks. We had a plan. It was an excellent plan. There were plane tickets and hotel reservations and timing. So ...

A Good Day to Die Hard 2

How could I be this excited about a new Die Hard movie when I didn’t actually bother to see the last one? I’m not sure. But this actually motivates me to want to see Live Free or Die Hard if I can catch it on Netflix or something. So it’s been about eight years since my last ...

Now in Wichita Falls

My discovery for today: Wichita Falls, Texas, has a good Greek restaurant (run by a Greek family), called the Hibiscus Cafe. Go there, have an order of spanokopita, and thank me later. And tell Mary I said “hi.” Anyway, other than that it was an uneventful drive from Santa Fe to Wichita Falls. Seven hours ...

An unexpected journey 2

Well, not complete surprise. We were planning to leave for Houston tomorrow. But the weather had other ideas – there was a winter storm warning coming up, so in less than an hour we packed everything, threw it into the car, and headed south. I’m hoping that by cutting down to New Mexico and then ...

Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Happy Chinese New Year!) 2

Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Happy Chinese New Year!)
A little late, and I’m sorry about that (though Chinese New Year is still going… it’s not a one day thing). This week has been crazy with thesis stuff and getting moved stuff. And then actual Chinese New Year weekend (2/2-3), I was busy. Doing what you ask? Let me show you.

And by the way, this is how the finale of Downton season 3 should actually have ended. (SPOILERS)

Did I mention spoilers?

If I keep following Kevin Bacon, it’ll end in a restraining order.

Because Downton Abbey sucker punched me right in the heart, I decided a serial killer soap opera chaser was an awesome idea. So Kevin Bacon is a drunken maverick and some shit with his sister and he sort of but not really bonds with Mike the adorably scruffy FBI kid but… I actually don’t even ...