Yes, Virginia, There Is Still A Goddamn Global Pandemic: “We’re not sitting in the dark, aroused by our own isolation. It’s just, we remember Jurassic Park. There were just dinosaurs eating people like, ten minutes ago. We’re not so eager to re-open the park just because you say it’s safe.”
Since today (finally) starts the reconstruction work on our basement, and we have some sheetrock to be replaced, I picked up a silly little plastic skeleton to entomb behind the wall, and added a little (empty) wine bottle with a label I printed.
Who knows how many years it will be before it’s uncovered, and I hope it gives whoever finds it a laugh.
How Pfizer Makes Its Covid-19 Vaccine: “Inside this facility in Chesterfield, Missouri, trillions of bacteria are producing tiny loops of DNA containing coronavirus genes — the raw material for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.”
📚 17/2021: To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer ⭐️⭐️ 1972 Hugo Best Novel
What sounded like an interesting premise was actually an incredibly unpleasant journey with unpleasant people that killed any interest in the purported mystery of what’s actually going on.
📚 16/2021: The Ringworld Throne by Larry Niven ⭐️⭐️
After the excellent first Ringworld book and a good sequel, this third entry takes a sudden detour into drudge and mediocrity. Boring sludge—large portions are essentially people describing what they see on monitors.
Quotebacks – Quote the web: “Quotebacks makes it easy to reference content and create dialogue with other sites by turning snippets of text into elegant, self-contained blockquote components.”
sfadb : Philip K Dick Award: The PKD Award page at the SFADB, or Science Fiction Award Database, a reference site I just found. Linking to the PKD page because the CSS on the SFADB home page isn’t loading for me right now.
Markdown Service Tools: “The Markdown Service Tools are a collection of OS X Services designed to make writing Markdown text that much easier.”
So, when serving on the Norwescon Executive Team, team members can serve in any one position
for a maximum of four years before turning the position over to someone else (Norwescon bylaws, Article 3, § 5).
It’s been pointed out to me that I slightly misread the bylaws, and only elected positions are term limited; invited positions do not have that limitation. Even so, I’ll plan to stick to the four year term for this round, and I can come back later if invited. Now, back to the original post….
I’ve been thinking over the past few days that as weird as all of this has been over the past couple years, I’m glad my term of service as Secretary is covering the four years that it is (and this is making a bit of an assumption that I’ll be asked back as Secretary for NWC44; it’s not a given, but I’m hopeful).
- Year one: NWC42. A normal year.
- Year two: NWC43 (2020). We had to deal with canceling the convention due to a global pandemic.
- Year three: NWC43 (2021). We had to figure out how to run an all virtual convention, with everyone involved, from Execs to guests/pros/exhibitors to members, doing all planning and eventual participating from their homes. And we did one heck of a job of it, if I do say so myself.
- Year four (presumptive): NWC44. We hope and expect to be back in person at the hotel (🤞), and I’m absolutely fascinated by the possibilities and am looking forward to seeing how we adapt what we’ve learned this year into our plans for an in-person convention.
I’m sure there will lots to figure out. We’ll do our best. We won’t completely satisfy everyone, but we’ll come as close as we can, as we always do. But I’m really looking forward to NWC44, not just because of how much will be “like it used to be/should be”, but how much will have changed based on this year’s experiences, learning, and growth.
And in writing terms, that’s a far more satisfying story arc than if my term had ended at another point (so, please, next Exec Team, bring me back!).
Birds of Prey: If all of DC’s movies were more like this, I’d have a higher opinion of the franchise.