Sunday, May 29, 2016

Awww yeah, new John Scalzi book next year

So Tor.com posted the cover to John Scalzi's next book the other day and I am hyped as dicks for this. Scalzi is one of my favorite, if not most favorite science fiction writer and the man has yet to let me down when it comes to dropping good reads. Seriously, read Old Man's War, Lock-In, or any of his other books and you'll be a convert for sure. Here's the summary:
Our universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible -- until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport us to other worlds, around other stars.

Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war -- and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

The Flow is eternal -- but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster than light travel forever, three individuals -- a scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency -- are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.
I cannot wait until March 21 or next year. I mean that literally. I can't wait almost a year!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

Marvel's Most Wanted canceled...again


Seriously, what is it with ABC and this show? This is the second time the network has canned Most Wanted, with the first time being not long after it was announced last year. In fact, I think it was originally scrapped in May or June 2015. Well, if anything, that means the show will be revived later this year...then canceled again the following Summer.

I guess on the bright side, if Most Wanted really is dead (and I'll doubt it until they cut off its head, burn the body and bury the ashes at a crossroads), then that means Bobbi and Lance will somehow be finding their way back to the team.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

This is why we can't have nice things: Agent Carter canceled

WELL SHIT. But sure ABC, renew Grey's Anatomy instead. It's not like that shows been on TV for a thousand years and is about as stale as the opening monologue of a late night talk show.

Agent Carter was too good for this world, too pure.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Russian invasion

I was checking the stats on my fantasy blog, Sword, Dragons, and Nerds this morning and noted that I had 105 hits yesterday and over 230 today. Now, I know that blog doesn't get anywhere near that many hits in normal circumstances and out of curiosity, checked this and my scifi blog, Rayguns and Space Suits and sure enough, they're also registering higher than normal hits. Some more snooping and I figured out the source of these abundant pageviews: Russia. According to the "Audience" section of Blogger's stats page, Russia is well ahead of even the United States in terms of visits to my blogs.

I also know that the hits are total BS. The other stats aren't showing any particular website that these "visitors" are coming over from, so I'm obviously not being slashdotted and they're not finding my blogs via search engines, so that leaves only one possibility: bots.

This is one of those things that Blogger needs to address. They need to implement a way of keeping hits from bots from showing up as pageviews.

A good Tumblr ad

Tumblr is starting to develop a reputation among its userbase for having truly terrible and irrelevant ads, but I finally had one come across my dash that isn't so bad.

I mean, it didn't make me want to click on it since I have an inherent distrust of internet ads, but at least this one wasn't about mortgages or medicare.

And really, all of Harrison Ford's movies are must-see, even the crappy ones.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Nerd Trash Icon of the Month: Deanna Troi

Well, we had a bit of a stumble with the Icon of the Month series last month. Somehow, I forgot to post one for April and by the time I remembered, it was just too late. It didn't seem quite fair to post one halfway into the month, so I opted to skip it. Fortunately, I did remember this month, so let's get on with it.



Friday, April 29, 2016

Recent book hauls

I got a good number of books recently and so I thought I'd show them off.

First up is a nice collection I bought at the library's twice annual sale. Normally, I wait until the bag sale on the weekend before buying any books in bulk, but I also like visiting at the beginning just to see what they have and if there's anything I might want to buy on the spot.

I only paid $7 for the whole lot, which isn't bad at all. I didn't realize until after I got home and checked the Honorverse Wiki that I had almost all of the main Honor Harrington and the spinoff Saganami Island series. I'm missing two for the former and one for the latter. I did feel some guilt for buying so many books by one author and depriving them of money, but then realized that I'm going to have to purchase new copies of all of the paperbacks in that picture because of their poor condition. And that's in addition to the missing books I'm going to buy and all of the other books in the franchise. No, no, David Weber is still going to be making a pretty penny from me in the end. :P

As for The Once and Future King, it replaces the paperback copy that I rather stupidly got rid of in last year's book purge.

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