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Monday Quick Notes (Plus a Poll) [Feb. 4th, 2013|11:55 am]
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Happy birthday to IWW co-founder "Big" Bill Haywood! You know what that means, right? Yup! "Arbeitskraft" is back online and free to read! Forward to FULL COMMUNISM, comrades!

In a new department I'll be calling LOLtoughguys, check out Theo Beale on John Scalzi. They're having some tiff about something or other. China patterns? Anyway, Beale writes:

Scalzi isn't completely stupid. He knows he can't win. I'm more intelligent, better educated, more experienced in both dialectic and rhetoric, and more socio-sexually dominant than he is. ...But if he wants the beatings to end, he has to submit.


Unfortunately, Scalzi is a "gamma male" which I guess means a loser who thinks he's a winner, so he has no idea how to submit to his clear socio-sexual superiors! So let's help him out with this poll! Pay attention now, John!

Poll #1894529 How should Scalzi submit to Vox Day?

There's only one way to do it, and it's...

write another bestselling novel, while VD toils in bowels of Christian micropublishing
68(56.2%)
bang his hot wife some more, while VD spends his time talking to dudes about being knocked out
21(17.4%)
tape bacon to his own dong and say "I made you a sandwich, Mr Beale" or something
22(18.2%)
run ten more VD-themed Big Idea days on his blog
4(3.3%)
apply for an upgrade to Beta male from the nearest Alpha or Sigma (Scalzi, you have my number)
6(5.0%)


Speaking of gamma males, it's my birthday coming up soon, and if you were looking for a present for me, I'd recommend funding the anthology Glitter and Madness. No fewer than ten different contributors are offering "tuckerizations" in their stories, so if ten of you buy that premium in my name and I show up in every story, the book automatically becomes my memoir. Which is great, because I was going to call my memoir Glitter and Madness anyway, plus I've actually been to a goddamn nightclub.

PS: I finally figured out why I like freestyling so much...



No choruses!

But wait, there's more!

SFRevu reads Bullettime, saying, in part, Mamatas has an excellent grasp of what it is like to be a lonely disillusioned high school student. Furthermore, in these times of increasing gun violence, it is a sympathetic look into what might cause a student to turn to guns and violence to solve his problems.

It is the fantastic element of Eris, the goddess of discord, that turns this story of high school violence into more than that -- a discourse on possibility and what ifs. Especially fascinating is the idea that the real David, the one with agency, has been imprisoned by Eris and forced to live each path of his life, each choice, to its final conclusion.


This is the second recent review of a book that came out last August. Are people ready to start talking about school shootings again? I'm all for stunned silence in the immediate aftermath, especially in these days of Facebook graphics as politics, but it's definitely time to start a discourse.

Also, the Locus poll is up for your voting pleasure. I have stuff on it, especially The Future Is Japanese in the anthology category, which my employers are extremely excited about. Several stories from the book are also just waiting for your delicious click.

Finally, here's a photo of Emily Blunt shooting Tom Cruise!

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It's from the filming of All You Need Is KILL, one of the novels I edited for my dayjob.
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[User Picture]From: squirrel_monkey
2013-02-04 05:02 pm (UTC)

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I'd love to make this happen for you, but at $250 a Tuckerization it's a bit out of my range. Would people be interested in getting together another Kickstarter, called "Tuckerize Mamatas in Glitter and Madness"? We can offer tuckerizations by me for $25 a pop!
[User Picture]From: rachel_swirsky
2013-02-04 05:24 pm (UTC)

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if i can finish a story for G&M (which i aim to do), i will definitely tuckerize you, for free even
[User Picture]From: yendi
2013-02-04 05:36 pm (UTC)

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I think people are vastly underestimating all the creative worldbuilding that Beale has accomplished. I mean, "Gamma male," "rabbit," giving himself a pseudonym whose initials makes everyone think of syphilis? Surely his entire online presence is an attempt to become the next Andy Kaufman, right?

I mean, the alternative is too pathetic to consider.
[User Picture]From: fengi
2013-02-04 08:41 pm (UTC)

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Internet tough guyism often inspire a Poe's Law reaction in me. It has to be satire when you equate sitting by yourself typing stuff on a computer with physical combat.

Then I realize my paycheck involves typing stuff on a computer and I often feel a level of satisfaction when I finish typing as if I just moved a heavy set of boxes.

If Vox is satire, the target is being emotionally (and otherwise) invested in an intangible activity involving little real life exertion. So much so one adopts metaphors of deep physicality to fend off the inherent existential absurdity.
[User Picture]From: alors_indikaze
2013-02-05 12:11 am (UTC)

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"Starring Vox Day, AWCA, Superintelligence, and Rabbit Hunter Extraordinaire"

Lord, I hope you're right.
[User Picture]From: Seth Ellis
2013-02-04 05:36 pm (UTC)

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Gosh. I was going to say something like "he's really turned transference into an art form" but it's such literal, on-the-nose transference it's hardly even interesting. He couldn't be making it any clearer that his mental image of Scalzi has everything Vox Day wants.
[User Picture]From: pantryslut
2013-02-04 05:47 pm (UTC)

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if ten of you buy that premium in my name and I show up in every story, the book automatically becomes my memoir.

Sorry, I already did that for Daphne. No repeats.
[User Picture]From: farklebarkle
2013-02-04 06:17 pm (UTC)

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"Socio-sexually dominant"?
[User Picture]From: st_rev
2013-02-04 06:33 pm (UTC)

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It's what you get when you mistake the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_triad for an ethos.
[User Picture]From: vschanoes
2013-02-04 06:46 pm (UTC)

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How is that measured, I wonder...
[User Picture]From: nihilistic_kid
2013-02-04 07:11 pm (UTC)

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Aw, don't you know? Haven't you experienced it? Looks like somebody married a chubby gamma!
[User Picture]From: stevenkaye
2013-02-05 12:07 am (UTC)

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He doesn't fear women, he merely denies them his essence.
[User Picture]From: al_zorra
2013-02-04 06:52 pm (UTC)

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Clearly the fellow is mentally deranged. There is no other explanation for such -- well, such -- word here, I need a word that describes the depths of stupid displayed in public for all the world to see, point and laugh at.

Sort of like I always laugh (though then in a good way) at this line in Willie Nelson's and Merle Haggard's "Pancho and Lefty:" "He wore his gun outside his pants for all the honest world to feel ...."

You can see a video of a performance here -- though it's not the best one by any means -- there are others on YouTube, but hardly any with Merle, as in the original recording which just breaks you heart every time you hear it. Well, it breaks mine.

Love, C.


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From: (Anonymous)
2013-02-05 08:40 pm (UTC)

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Just a minor note: 'Pancho and Lefty' was written by Townes Van Zandt. The Haggard/Nelson version is merely the best known cover.

[User Picture]From: al_zorra
2013-02-05 11:59 pm (UTC)

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Yeah -- it's even better than Townes doing it himself, which I heard again, not long ago!

Love, C.
From: (Anonymous)
2013-02-06 04:55 am (UTC)

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Well, my mileage varies on that. I love me some Haggard and Nelson, and I like Townes' version best, at least when it comes to Youtube. BUT yah know, it's like arguing whether bourbon is better than rye.
[User Picture]From: dr_memory
2013-02-04 07:13 pm (UTC)

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I feel like there should be a poll option for "write another NY Times bestselling novel while banging his hot wife." Because it's clearly an option for Scalzi.
[User Picture]From: nihilistic_kid
2013-02-04 07:14 pm (UTC)

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That's hot.
[User Picture]From: agrumer
2013-02-04 07:43 pm (UTC)

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“Gamma male”? Doesn’t that means don’t get Scalzi angry, you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry?
[User Picture]From: ryan_howse
2013-02-04 09:38 pm (UTC)

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I'm eagerly waiting for the Christian micropress fiction about whether or not gamma males have souls.
[User Picture]From: nihilistic_kid
2013-02-04 09:38 pm (UTC)

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The have female souls, also known as demi-souls!
[User Picture]From: icecreamempress
2013-02-05 05:25 am (UTC)

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Team Bacon Dong 4 Lyfe!

Scalzi's wife is hot and also really smart. He is a lucky man.
[User Picture]From: icecreamempress
2013-02-05 05:27 am (UTC)

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Of course, same wrt your wife, my husband...I don't know why all these otherwise sane and attractive people decide to marry writers, but for God's sake nobody tip them off!
[User Picture]From: lightning58
2013-02-05 04:55 pm (UTC)

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As for the picture, be still my beating heart!
From: (Anonymous)
2013-02-05 08:43 pm (UTC)

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Re: Vox Day.

I don't know why anyone pays any attention to that blowhard.

It's like somebody concentrated all the available douchebag into one guy.
[User Picture]From: nihilistic_kid
2013-02-05 08:44 pm (UTC)

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That is why. He's like the guy who can fart "Flight of the Bumblebee."
[User Picture]From: Nathan Helfinstine
2013-02-06 03:59 am (UTC)

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Please retract such a scurrilous comparison to Le Pétomane, a man far more welcome at any party than VD.
[User Picture]From: elsewhereangel
2013-02-06 08:57 am (UTC)

And in pointless comments...

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...I like her pants. Tom Cruise, significantly less so.
[User Picture]From: st_rev
2013-02-08 02:05 am (UTC)

Re: And in pointless comments...

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You can't see it, but he isn't actually wearing pants in that photo.