WWWednesday: April 26, 2017

This week’s word for Wednesday is the noun footstitch, which means a single footstep.

Award Winning Pub sign displays three varieties of Vulcan.

Award Winning Pub sign displays three varieties of Vulcan.


The Hugo ballot has changed in the area of Best Fan Artist, when Alex Garner reported that his published 2016 work was professional art not fan art. Stephen Stiles is now on the ballot.

File770 also keeps track of the impact of the influence of the Rabid Puppies. They have updated their post here to allow for this new information. It’s clear that the RPs have trouble identifying eligible works.

The Hugo ballot packets are available. I got mine on Sunday.

Locus provides the finalists for the Gemmell awards here.

Books and Writing:

Ars Technica really loves this new Image comic called Afar.

Abbi Waxman is just so fun! Here she is talking about her first “memorable” writing experience. I love when she describes England as “a very small island off the coast of France.”

It’s a pack of wolves, a flock of seagulls, an exultation of larks, a murder of crows. What is the collective noun for a bunch of writers? Stubby the Rocket wants to know.  I think “barload” is funny, and “an argument of writers” has a fine ring to it.

Earth Day is past, but it’s not too late to take a look at the best books in the genre that address climate change. (Thanks to Ryan.)

Do linguistics matter? From Star Trek, the Original Show, to Arrival, the answer is “Yes.”

The UK Guardian provides some history on Hogarth Press, started by Virginia Woolf, and her husband Leonard, basically in their living room. This year is the Press’s one hundred-year anniversary.


Did you know about David Charles Hahn, the “radioactive Boy Scout?” I didn’t. This man wanted to build a nuclear breeder reactor in his mother’s backyard. David Hahn’s father states that the FBI came and searched Hahn’s home annually. FBI documents released to Ars Technica show at least three visits from law enforcement. Hahn died at the age of 39. It was originally reported that he died of radiation, but that was not the case. This is just one weird story.

IO9 put together a sampler of awesome cosplay from the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo or C2E2. There are some impressive handmade costumes here. Enjoy!

Movies and TV:

Spoiler Alert; Molly Templeton dissects the second-season finale of The Magicians.

Polygon shares a release date, sort of, for Avatar 2… and Avatar 3, Avatar 4 and Avatar 5. Bring a snack.

Doctor Who and companion Bill take a selfie.

Doctor Who and companion Bill take a selfie.

We are only two episodes into this season of Doctor Who and already theories about the new companion, Bill, are flying. Here is a collection. (I really like Bill because she asks the kinds of questions we would ask, like “Why two hearts?” and “Why are you Scottish?”)

Entertainment Weekly has thoughts about the second episode of the Doctor Who spin-off Class. Warning: Spoilers.

TNT has a new series starting on July 10, based on… well, more like “inspired by” the early career of William Shakespeare. The trailers remind me of both Shakespeare in Love and the Heath Ledger MTV-movie A Knight’s Tale. What do you think?

Science and Tech:

Google Home will now be able to identify up to six different voices after the humans engage in voice recognition training. This isn’t creepy at all.

Ars Technica had a lot of good stuff this week including a collection of the fun and funny signs at Saturday’s national science marches.

Nothing to do with MRSA, but it's an octopus and it's cool. (c) Smithsonian 2017

Nothing to do with MRSA, but it’s an octopus and it’s cool. (c) Smithsonian 2017

Smithsonian reports that a “loathsome, odorous slime” from a nine-hundred-year-old recipe may contain MRSA-killing properties. I hope this is true. I really hope this is true.

I’ve seen the “energy farmer” commercial and I wonder if this is the genesis for it. Fuel from various algae sounds intriguing.


Also from the Smithsonian, here is video of a blue whale, the largest animal on earth, feeding on krill. It’s 2.23 minutes long.


Here is the link to the article about the Vulcan Arms who provided the photo of Mr Spock, a fighter plane and a volcano.


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Marion Deeds, with us since March, 2011, is the author of the fantasy novella ALUMINUM LEAVES. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies BEYOND THE STARS, THE WAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, STRANGE CALIFORNIA, and in Podcastle, The Noyo River Review, Daily Science Fiction and Flash Fiction Online. She’s retired from 35 years in county government, and spends some of her free time volunteering at a second-hand bookstore in her home town. You can read her blog at deedsandwords.com, and follow her on Twitter: @mariond_d.

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