March 20th, 2009


Congratulations Hugo Nominees!!

Just back from a meeting and found that The Hugo ballot is out - 799 Total Ballots cast.

Congratulations to Jonathan Strahan, Ellen Datlow, Aliette de Bodard, Shaun Tan, Chris Garcia, Sean Wallace, Nick Mamatas, Jay Lake and Cheryl Morgan (and to everyone else of course too).

And for a brief analysis ...

I read I think via Cheryl Morgan's blog a reference to another person who mentioned that you can only vote in the Hugo (and I think nominate) if you go to Worldcon. And I've been thinking about that a lot. About how the status quo reinforces the status quo.

Best Novel (639 Ballots Cast) - 5 men, no women
Best Novella (337 Ballots Cast) - 5 men, 1 woman
Best Novelette (373 Ballots Cast) - 4 men, 1 woman
Best Short Story (448 Ballots Cast) - 3 men, 2 women (right?)
Best Related Book (263 Ballots Cast) - 4 men, 3 women (2 of the women are coauthors with men)
Best Editor, Short Form (377 Ballots Cast) - 3 men, 2 women
Best Editor, Long Form (273 Ballots Cast) - 3 men, 2 women
Best Professional Artist (334 Ballots Cast) - 5 men, no women
Best Semiprozine (283 Ballots Cast) - 9 men, 4 women
Best Fan Writer (291 Ballots Cast) - 4 men, 1 women
Best Fanzine (257 Ballots Cast) - 6 men, 1 woman
Best Fan Artist (187 Ballots Cast) - 4 men, 1 woman
The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (288 Ballots Cast) - 4 men, 1 woman

And not a skerrick of Young Adult material written by women either.


Ahh ... America! I love ya!

New Jersey is drawing the line when it comes to bikini waxing.

The state Cosmetology and Hairstyling Board is moving toward a ban on genital waxing altogether after two women reported being injured.

Both women went to hospital for infections following so-called "Brazilian" waxes.

Technically, genital waxing has never been allowed - only the face, neck, abdomen, legs and arms are permitted.

But because the bare-it-all "Brazilian" version wasn't specifically banned, state regulators haven't enforced the law.
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I was up very late last night and then couldn't sleep so I finished watching the BSG episode I was in the middle of.

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And that's what had me thinking - as my last thought before bed last night - heroes come back from the most seemingly lost of situations. They find a way to save themselves and others. That's what makes them heroic.

Which oddly reminded me of one of my favourite bits from Star Trek Generations (yes, I'm a trekkie, what's *your* problem?):

Kirk: I take it the odds are against us, and the situation is grim?
Picard: You could say that.
Kirk: Of course, if Spock were here, he'd say I was being an irrational, illogical human for wanting to go on a mission like that...

Kirk: Sounds like fun.

It's not what happens to you in life. It's not about whether you get down, or feel beaten, or ruined, or lost or destroyed or a failure or without hope.

It's what you do after that.