Books: The Forever War

The Science Fiction Book Club recently named their "50 Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books of the Last 50 Years". Now, I know as well as you do that these "Best Of!" lists are totally bogus, but I've been in the mood for lighter reading recently, and when I saw Joe Haldeman's novel parked in the top half I recalled

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I’d Like To Mock The Academy

Every year my friends and I gather to watch the Academy Awards and see who among us can make the best, ad lib, smartass comments as the events unfold. Some of last night's contenders:Scene: Steve Martin's opening monologue. Comment: "I'm glad to see that, out of respect for the war effort, they decided not to use funny jokes this year."

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Waiting For Togo

Did you see Bush's speech last night, announcing the start of hostilities? This line, in particular, leapt out at me: "These are opening stages of what will be a broad and concerted campaign. More than 35 countries are giving crucial support." Thirty-five?! Just yesterday Powell said we had 45 nations (but admitted that a third of them "for one reason

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Tip of the Slung

My friend K works with a woman named Bridget. The two are collaborating on a project and intend to get together this Saturday to discuss logistics. Earlier today, K's boss held a conference with all her employees, and asked each how their tasks were going. "Great," K enthused, when it was her turn to provide an update. "I'm breeding with

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Research Day: Hotel California

Two months ago, defective yeti announced a bold new initiative, a monthly feature entitled Research Day where I would Google all the troublesome little questions that had recently occured to me and post my findings. And then, one month ago, defective yeti boldly forgot all about it. Whoops. Anyhow, The Queen and I were tooling around in the car the

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Bush: Time For Pretend Diplomacy Has Passed

In another sign of impending military action, Bush today announced that the US would no longer pretend to work with the United Nations. "The time for pretend diplomacy has passed," warned the President in a televised speech to the nation. "I will therefore spend today pretending to make up my mind about invading." Bush estimated that he would pretend to

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Friday Afternoon Scrachpad

Oscar Tool: Better Late than Never Well, it's a few weeks too late to be of much use, and I've done only the bare minimum of testing, but the Make-Yer-Own Oscar Pool Page is finally up and running. Please report any and all bugs to me. Hog Heaven Our old "Half Pint" microwave was taking upwards of fifteen minutes to

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