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When your guidelines exclude a Hugo nominee, there’s a problem.

When your guidelines exclude a Hugo nominee, there’s a problem.

These are the guidelines for Tesseracts 15, a Canadian anthology of genre fiction that is focusing on YA stories this year. I was really excited about submitting to this anthology, until I read the guidelines. (They’re available as a PDF on the website linked above.) Snip: If yours doesn’t fit, please don’t submit it. Whatever other definitions of a story suited to a 13 and older reader you may encounter or hold, the only ones that matter to this anthology…

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Haxx0rd

Haxx0rd

I got hacked this weekend. My pal René Walling let me know about it in an email Sunday morning, and I immediately phoned up my host to ask for help. I’m hosted through Superb, a company recommended to me by the late, great Emru Townsend (through whom I met René). When Emru made this recommendation, I had no concept of the scope of his illness, or how very dearly it would cost him and his family. If I had known,…

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How is right not like a particle?

How is right not like a particle?

So glad you asked. Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion about modifying Miranda warnings, or the warnings suspects are given upon arrest in the United States that inform them about their rights to silence, an attorney, termination of questioning, and possible contact with a consular authority. Current Attorney General Eric Holder is pushing Congress to modify the rules for terror suspects, specifically to change when Miranda warnings can be read, and to whom they apply.

The crossroads.

The crossroads.

Peter Watts has been convicted of a felony. Since Tuesday morning when the trial started, my week has felt like the moment between feeling the pain of cutting yourself, and looking down to see how bad the bleeding is. Well, now we know. Sort of. Sentencing isn’t until late April. I haven’t felt this same anxious ache since my immigration experience — the waiting, the wondering, the knowledge that I might not see my family for years. Even after obtaining…

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How NOT to read manga online

How NOT to read manga online

Okay, so you want to read some manga online. Good on you. It’s a rewarding pursuit, engaged in by millions of readers globally, of all types. You’re sure to find something that suits you: manga about flying, manga about fighting, manga about fucking. Different brushstrokes for different folks. You’ll love it. Wait. What’s that you say? You want to read licensed manga online? From commercial distributors? Well, that’s very noble of you. Let’s give that a shot. Let’s pick a…

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Nick Simmons is lucky Kenpachi Zoraki's not real

Nick Simmons is lucky Kenpachi Zoraki's not real

Nick Simmons, son of Gene Simmons, apparently writes comics. And apparently, those comics flagrantly plagiarize panels, character designs and dialogue from Tite Kubo’s manga Bleach. The parallels are so close, Simmons’ publisher has halted production on his comic, pending an investigation. Pro-tip: if you plagiarize (jackass), make sure you go after small fry, and not, say, one of the top-selling manga in Japan and North America. And not copy the design of, say, one of the most popular cosplay characters…

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Deathray Weighs in on Squidgate, a.k.a. "There Are FOUR Lights!"

Deathray Weighs in on Squidgate, a.k.a. "There Are FOUR Lights!"

Yup. This is why I married him. *** Over the past several years, I have avoided blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and the like for one very simple reason:  I am very sure that there just is not a sufficient number of people in the world who actually care about what I am thinking or doing on a daily basis to justify the effort.  When I was much younger than I am today, my brother described the internet as follows:  “It’s just…

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The zone takes care of its own: Peter Watts in trouble

The zone takes care of its own: Peter Watts in trouble

Tuesday night, my friend Peter Watts was beaten, pepper sprayed, and detained by US border security. Peter, a Canadian citizen, was on his way back to Canada after helping a friend move house to Nebraska over the weekend. He was stopped at the border crossing at Port Huron, Michigan by U.S. border police for a search of his rental vehicle. When Peter got out of the car and questioned the nature of the search, the gang of border guards subjected…

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Get your kids their #[email protected]*%&^ shots.

Get your kids their #[email protected]*%&^ shots.

Via BB, we have this article from Wired about the anti-vaccine movement (specifically the movement which blames childhood vaccinations for autism). As a consequence of my time at OCAD, I’ve spent the past few weeks thinking about H1N1 and when I’ll be queuing up for my vaccine. At the same time, I’ve been utterly agog and aghast at the sheer number of people phoning the CBC or other news outlets with questions about the vaccine that are based solely on…

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Why we should teach evolution:

Why we should teach evolution:

“We are evolving every year, every decade. That’s a fact, whether it is to the intensity of the sun, whether it is to, as a chiropractor, walking on cement versus anything else, whether it is running shoes or high heels, of course we are evolving to our environment….” —Canadian Science Minister Gary Goodyear, responding to criticism about his refusal to answer whether he believed in evolution It would be easy to criticise Minister Goodyear for not “believing” in evolution despite…

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