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Son of Spengler: The depression of the office is only intensified when I go to make my morning tea and realize I have to drink it out of a paper cup. Gentlemen, the game’s Office Gothic. We all know deep down where we don’t even admit it to Ask Amelia that modern life really is […]

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Who Exactly is the Establishment?

 
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It’s hard to tell from the avatar but I believe the lady in the middle is Western Chauvinist

Let’s have it out. I’m sick of listening to people talk past each other because they’re using wildly different definitions of “establishment.” I’m sick of everyone having their own personal definition which doesn’t ever match anyone else’s. So, let’s settle this: Does the Establishment exist?

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When I got to that point in the Ricochet sign-up I had to stop and think. You see, I know how the Internet works. Every single employer I get from now to forever will google my name and see it associated with right wing ravings. Never mind that I don’t actually rave often; employers are […]

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I hate ’em. Somehow we feel compelled to write them. We’re gonna spend the next four to eight with one of these hoodlums in the news 24/7. Expect to hear a million terrible puns based on their names, wringing any last possible iota of humor out. Completely ignoring any sensible criteria for selecting a president, […]

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Power too Cheap to Meter

 

fire2fusionReading Churchill’s 1931 essay about the technology of the coming half-century, I was struck once again by the failed promise of the Atomic Age. Churchill speaks of bringing Newton to a contemporary undergraduate physical society, and the reaction he would have had to Churchill’s world. If one had whisked Churchill ahead to 1981 he would have been astonished — not at our taming the atom, but at how little we’d done with it.

Churchill predicted we would harness nuclear energy like this:

The discovery and control of such sources of power would cause changes in human affairs incomparably greater than those produced by the steam-engine four generations ago. Schemes of cosmic magnitude would become feasible.

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I’ve finally finished Fallout 4. For certain values of “finished”. I tend to put off the main quest line in games like this because actually following through prevents you from exploring other sections of the game. So I did this and that, and finally pushed through the rest of the story. True to form it […]

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After college and before embarking on my current job I spent time designing board games with the intent to sell them. Here are some lessons I learned from that process: 1) People play games for different reasons. Some are less concerned with winning than they are with having fun, and some people, if you tell […]

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No Award at the Hugos

 

hugo-award-logoWell, if you’ve been following the Sad Puppies story, the votes are in. Rather than swallowing their pride and liking something on the merits, the Social Justice Warriors out of spite voted for no awards to be given in several categories.

Before the Hugos were a proxy for politics, they were about good science fiction. I’ve got a book on my shelf, or in a box, or maybe my brother has it, that is a compilation of Hugo winning stories from the ’50s and ’60s. Some of the stories are fantastic, amongst the greatest things I’ve ever read. Some aren’t all that great in my estimation, but they got the award because other people disagreed with me. It’s about the science fiction, not about the politics, right?

Even if it isn’t about the politics on the surface, it usually is in the end. It seems a group of people realized that A) it’s a major career boost to have that “Hugo Award Winning” on your dust jacket, and B) A relatively small group of people could swing the voting one way or another. And so the Hugos in recent years have gone to a small, poorly written, and overwhelmingly leftist set of stories.