I’ve seen this link about how women fare in performance reviews going around, and people have been focusing on the fact that women get tone policed. What I haven’t seen mentioned: women score more negatively in performance reviews in all ways. 58.9% of men’s reviews contained critical feedback, while an overwhelming 87.9% of the reviews […]
A spam comment caught by Akismet: If the previous game is too adventurous for you, simply try flapping a blanket in the air above your ferret as if you were fluttering a bed sheet over a mattress. You don’t say. This particular spam comment ended with: …and ferrets love to cuddle.
I was having coffee with a friend in Ireland the other day, and he talked about someone he knew. He makes a living, well, for being Irish. At one point, I considered emigrating to Ireland. I had all the paperwork, but I didn’t go through with it because other things came through that would require […]
For the last three months, there’s been a loophole on SFWA’s site about who qualifies for membership. Specifically, it’s Rule 3: One paid sale of a work of fiction of under 40,000 words for which the candidate’s income equals or exceeds $2,000.00, such income to include a simple payment or an advance and/or subsequent royalties […]
I wrote this some time ago; it’s been a draft sitting on my computer for quite a while. It’s as true now as it was then, though. Looking at prospective panelists, I’m surprised at how many published writers trying to promote themselves do not or cannot: Have their own domain name, Have an excerpt up […]
Delia Derbyshire wrote some of, and played all of, one of the most famous—and earliest widely-known—pieces of electronic music ever. Not only that, she did so before the advent of the first commercially-available synthesizer. (Brian Hodgson composed the tardis sound.) She was a kid in Coventry during WW2, hearing all the weird and haunting sounds […]
This post, clickbaitingly called Know If a Font Sucks actually has some fascinating tidbits about compensating for our eyes tricking us. Hat tip to Janet Jia-Ee Chui.
tl;dr: Inadvertent double booking due to intermediaries (and missing that there were two bookings) resulted in attempts to overcharge us by £1350 (~$2250) for a five-night stay. On August 30, 2013, I booked a room for Loncon3 through Starwood’s reservation system for the Aloft London Excel (a Starwood hotel) at £279/night (not at the much […]