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Month: November 2012

Whining isn’t Sexy: Rage about Nerd Rage

Whining isn’t Sexy: Rage about Nerd Rage

So, in response to reading this Buzzfeed piece about how comics pro Tony Harris hates female cosplayers — only some of them, though, which we’ll get to in a moment — I tweeted Pro tip: geeks of all genders who are confident in their geekery and their sexuality get laid more often. Confidence is sexy. Whining isn’t. That tweet has since been retweeted over a hundred times. It’s been favourited 20-something times. I consider that license to write a longer…

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Identity politics: or why demographic sticker shock is no excuse.

Identity politics: or why demographic sticker shock is no excuse.

I really wasn’t going to write about the election. It’s been covered quite well elsewhere already. I think Dan Hodges’ piece on the subject in The Telegraph nails it: For years the GOP has been sitting on a ticking demographic time bomb. And this was the election it finally detonated. The Democrats already went into the 2012 campaign with a lock on big electoral vote states like California, Pennsylvania and New York. On current trends they will soon be able…

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My SFContario schedule:

My SFContario schedule:

It’s that time again: time for Toronto’s SF crowd to join together in the avoidance of solicitation and the enjoyment of alienation. SFContario is this weekend, November 9-12. Barring any last-minute changes, this is my schedule.

I wouldn’t be a writer without Ursula K. LeGuin.

I wouldn’t be a writer without Ursula K. LeGuin.

A while back, my Twitter pal Damien G. Walter wrote a Guardian column on Ursula K. LeGuin’s upcoming short story collections. He takes a very specific perspective on LeGuin’s stories in context, situating LeGuin within the speculative literary canon as a disquieting moralist, a shit-disturber of the highest order who tricks the brain into thinking by first twisting the heart into feeling. I agree with that sentiment, but I don’t think that’s the whole of LeGuin’s genius or her technique….

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My World Fantasy 2012 schedule

My World Fantasy 2012 schedule

Friday, 2:30 pm: Reading, Aurora …And that’s it. It’s my first World Fantasy, and since the focus is admirably narrow and laser-like on Northern Gothic, I don’t really have a lot to contribute. That’s fine, because Dave hits the Northern Gothic pretty hard, and he’ll be doing a panel and a reading. But basically, I’m just glad to be home. I returned to Canada a month ago, and promptly wrote a whole feature on my experiences in SF and LA…

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