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2021 Dragon Award Winners

I was actually able to attend the Dragon Awards this year! Here are the winners:

Best Science Fiction Novel: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Best Fantasy Novel (including paranormal): Battleground by Jim Butcher
Best Young Adult/Middle-Grade Novel: A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher
Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel: Gun Runner by Larry Correia, John D. Brown
Best Alternate History Novel: 1637: No Peace Beyond the Line by Eric Flint, Charles Gannon
Best Media Tie-in Novel: Firefly: Generations by Tim Lebbon
Best Horror Novel: The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
Best Comic Book: X-Men by Jonathan Hickman, Mahmud Asrar
Best Graphic Novel: The Magicians: New Class by Lev Grossman, Lilah Sturges, Pius Bak
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Series: The Expanse
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie: The Old Guard
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC/Console Game: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game: Harry Potter Puzzles and Spells
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game: Warhammer Age of SIgmar: Soulbound Role-Playing Game Cubicle 7

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Top.Men.

Via Instapundit, we learn that Los Angeles bomb technicians underestimated the weight of confiscated fireworks when they detonated them in a containment chamber. The techs did a guesstimate of the weight instead of actually weighing the fireworks, which they are allowed to do. As a result of this underestimation, there was a catastrophic explosion that was felt blocks away and injured 17 people.

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Except for Trump

So, the ladies at The View the other day were talking about Bill Gates’ alleged infidelity. He was apparently cheating on his soon-to-be ex-wife, Melinda who waited until their youngest was 18-years-old and a legal adult before she filed for divorce.

According to The Wrap

“The hosts of “The View” are not at all surprised by the news that Bill Gates cheated on his soon-to-be ex-wife. And honestly, they don’t particularly care.

The topic came up on Monday’s episode of “The View,” after new reports that in the process of divorcing Melinda Gates, Bill Gates admitted to having an affair with an employee 20 years ago. The question that came next was simply: will Gates’ career and legacy actually be tarnished by this revelation? For the panel of women, the answer was a resounding “no.”

‘You know, this guys[sic] saves countries,” Joy Behar said. “And I don’t think that his personal peccadillos have had any effect, negatively, on what he does for the world with his money. I’m a fan of his.’”

Because he does good and “saves countries” it’s “okay”.

Meghan McCain said, ” Men in power cheat on their wives and water is wet, and there’s gambling in Casablanca. I mean, sorry, it’s not revelatory.”

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Veterans’ Day 2020

Armistice Day, Veterans’ Day, Remembrance Day

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…

In Flanders Fields

poppy

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Written by Lt-Colonel John McRae (1915)

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Journalists and Fact-checking

Earlier today there was a press conference in Las Vegas regarding one or more lawsuits to be filed regarding dead people voting, people who don’t live in Clark County voting in Clark County, and they had an older woman with them who said that when she went to vote she and her roommate were told that they had already voted. She said someone had taken their mail-in ballots and used them. Nevada mailed ballots to everyone whether they asked for one, or not.

After the press conference, David Asman on Fox News was commenting that they were making a lot of allegations but providing no proof at the press conference and that they should have to the journalists. That giving the journalists the proof was necessary. That the journalists were the fact-checkers.

Yes, David. Journalists are fact-checkers. Journalists should go and check the facts as given to them. Not just demand proof at a press conference — which doesn’t seem to happen at all press conferences — but go and independently check the facts as given.

Go and find out if there are instances of the “dead” voting. Go and find out if people who no longer reside in Clark County are recorded as having voted in Clark County. Go and find out if people were turned away at the polls as having already voted when they hadn’t.

THAT is fact-checking, not just getting something from the people who are holding the press conference.

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It’s Time To “Fall Back” Again

We really do need to get rid of Daylight Saving Time. OR keep it. Just stop switching the times up already.

Arizona doesn’t do it. Puerto Rico doesn’t do it. Hawaii doesn’t do it. They all stick with Standard Time all year long. So should the rest of the country.

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New Fridge Install

We got the new fridge but weren’t able to install it right away because it wouldn’t fit through the doorway into the kitchen from the family room. It was just a titch too wide. 

So we had the delivery guys take it to the basement and we took the doorway casing off the weekend after the delivery and we were able to bring the fridge up and bring it through into the kitchen!

The basement has a big double door at ground level and there is a paved walkway all the way around from the driveway and then a paved walkway to the front door, which is also a big double door, so there were only the two steps at the front door to deal with.

crossposted from At Sadie’s House

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New Fridge 2

The new fridge is finally coming today and we took out the cabinet above the old fridge last weekend in preparation. The new fridge is taller and would come up above the bottom of the doors of the cabinet that was there (you can see it in the photos in the previous post). At some point in the future, we’ll be replacing the cabinets completely and we’ll take out the soffit too.
Edit: Well, the new fridge came today but the opening between the family room and the kitchen is too narrow for the new fridge. SO… we have to remove the casing around the opening this weekend to be able to move the fridge from the basement where it is currently residing in its box to its rightful place in the kitchen.

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New Fridge



This is a photo from the album that the original owners left us. It’s the fridge they installed when they built the house in 1987. You can see the trash compactor and the dishwasher as well.

This is a photo I took recently. Same fridge, same trash compactor. Different flooring, different wallpaper. Old Bessie here is still plugging away, but she’s on her last legs. Her compressor makes a lot of noise and she’ll spit out an ice crescent now and then. Right onto the floor. Without being asked for one.

I saw this baby before we’d even seen the houses we had picked out to look at in Tennessee. We knew the houses we wanted to look at but didn’t know if any of them would even turn out to be what we really wanted.

We’d had top freezer models and bottom-freezer models and our last fridge was a dutch door fridge with a bottom-freezer drawer by LG. It worked, but I didn’t like the drawer very much (I didn’t like it with the previous fridge either and that one had one door on top.) We used our upright freezer more than the drawer in the fridge/freezer combo.

Now with this side-by-side. I hate it. I don’t want one ever again. I love the dutch door top. I love the water and ice in the door. That was one of the reasons we changed from the first bottom-freezer fridge we had to the LG dutch door (it had water and ice in the door), the other reason was the old fridge was freezing the lettuce in the vegetable bin and it was freezing things at the back of the fridge above the vegetable bin.

This new fridge doesn’t have the drawer freezer and it does have a flex side so if I need more room for fridge stuff I can use the lower right for it. But I can also use it as a freezer space if I need it. Since I have an upright freezer using only half the freezer space can be just fine.

I’ve done a lot of research looking at the fridges with two drawers and some of the newer side-by-sides, but this style is the one that is going to work for us.

This new fridge is taller and we’ll have to remove the cabinet above the fridge for it to fit. More pictures once it’s in.

Cross -posted from At Sadie’s House

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Heinlein on Poverty

“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck.”

― Robert Heinlein

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