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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Vile Minion pride

Dear Evil Legion of Evil,

It has come to my attention that our vile faceless minions, in their abject loyalty to Our Evilness, crave more than the mere lash of our whips, the daily sustenance of SJW blood, and the occasional bones of an SJW on which to gnaw. Such is their pride in the growing spread of the dark shadow over lands hitherto unengulfed that they have begged for badges of recognition with which they can strike yet more fear into our craven and cowardly foes.

It is, of course, exceedingly risible to imagine that we should raise them up to the extent of providing them with names. Or, as one minion, who is unfortunately no longer with us after an accident that involved six Hellhounds and the untimely ringing of a dinner bell, once had the temerity to suggest, pay them wages. But it occurred to me, in a stroke of Indubitably Evil Genius, that it might be useful to be able to tell the difference between these otherwise indistinguishable, and indeed, faceless, creatures. Therefore, in my Tender yet Sinister Mercy, I have graciously acceded to their pleas.

An example of the first said badge is provided, one which has already been awarded to the first and most ruthlessly loyal of our minions. Should any of these vile and faceless minions wish to boast their own number in the Evil Legion of Evil, they have merely to humbly bring themselves to Our Superlatively Evil Attention via the word MINION. My Inventively Evil and Aggressively Breasted Executive Assistant, Malwyn, she who is also known as the Whore-Mistress of the Spiked Six-Whip, will subsequently send them a uniquely numbered badge, which they can display to the public with all the unseemly pride and haughty arrogance they will no doubt feel, filling SJW hearts with fear and horror thereby.

In Supreme Confidence of the Coming Day in which Darkness Shall Cover All the Land,

Vox Day
Supreme Dark Lord
Evil Legion of Evil


And in other news, I answer a few questions about my intentions at File 770:

"I don’t care about awards at all.”

None the less, your nomination of yourself has been noted. Also, your nomination of people who work for you."


Yes, that's obvious. And the statement is nevertheless true.

"Well, who cares how many page views he gets?"

Scalzi and everyone who claims how popular and influential he is. It was all self-puffery all along. When he claimed to have 2 million pageviews monthly in a 2010 interview with Lightspeed and everyone bought it, he actually had 305k.

"No-one’s conspiring to keep you from your just rewards, we just individually don’t like you."


Yes, I know. I still don't care. Why is it that you feel the need to keep pointing out the obvious? Do you find it that hard to accept that I place no value on your precious opinion? And yes, I will keep coming after PNH, but no I would not go after Stross, Valente, or anyone else unless they give me reason to do so. Leave me alone, I'll leave you alone. And unlike Scalzi, I have respect for Stross's writing. I was one of the few people who used to nominate him for Nebulas back when he most deserved them.

"What is your ultimate objective regarding the Hugos this year? Is it to win a few for your writers?"


To see how the SF establishment responds. This was just recon. No, winning awards was never an objective. I do think John deserves to win a few, as with Stephenson and Mieville he is one of the best SF/F writers writing today. And if WorldCon prefers No Award to honoring Wright for works much superior to past winners, that will confirm what I suspected from the start. And what I expected.

See, I've never been interested in much more than convincing a large number of people that the SJWs in SF are, in fact, the cultural enemy. You've collectively played your part wonderfully well in that regard. Based on his recent piece, I think Jim Hines is one of the first to belatedly figured out what's actually going on. But it's far too late. The mask has not only slipped, it's been ripped off.

"And what will your response be next year if SP/RP nominees are No Awarded this year, as some have threatened?"


I haven't given the matter much thought, other than to point out the one obvious option. It's no secret that a fair number of RP want me to declare No Award for everyone and everything THIS year. The idea had some appeal, but the SP asked me not to do that and I agreed to give WorldCon a chance to play ball. If they'd rather play war, well, I am a wargamer. That's fine too.

"And what is the plan about getting yourself nominated as editor?"


I am the sharpest stick. And I am the best short-form editor this year, as it happens. Not that it is likely to matter with regards to the vote, but then, that's sort of the point.

"In conclusion, if you don’t care about awards (and I believe you), why go through the exercise? Do you intend to advise your supporters how to cast their final ballot? Will you be actively coordinating the final ballot with Larry Corriea, Brad Torgersen, Jim Butcher, etc.? Will you be suggesting anything for No Award?"


To get a better grasp on what the other side can bring to the battlefield when motivated. Yes. No. I will either suggest everything or nothing for No Award, but I have not made a final decision. Out of respect for the opinions of SP and neutrals, I am leaning towards nothing but it is possible their opinions will change, given the behavior of the SJWs.

With regards to the vote, although Sasquan's ballot is now open, I will not be posting my list of recommendations until several weeks after the Hugo packet is released. I have no idea when that will be, as I have not yet been contacted in that regard. However, those interested in reading the nominated works of John C. Wright can download them for free here.

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Blogger Michael Maier April 28, 2015 8:09 AM  

Minionmail sent.

Blogger Salt April 28, 2015 8:19 AM  

Minionmail sent

Blogger Shimshon April 28, 2015 8:19 AM  

Vox, what do you think of a slate for the 2017 venue?

I wouldn't mind seeing it in Tel Aviv, for example. SJWs and Israel are like oil and water.

Blogger Matt April 28, 2015 8:20 AM  

I havent slept in 2 days. Am I emailing you the word minion?

I want elios pizza.

Blogger Matt April 28, 2015 8:21 AM  

SJ (e)W

Anonymous Alexander April 28, 2015 8:21 AM  

Minion mail sent.

Blogger The Original Hermit April 28, 2015 8:21 AM  

Minionmail sent. I sent it to the address at the top left, I hope that's right.

Anonymous NateM April 28, 2015 8:22 AM  

Waiting for the fighting over Triple ought Seven

Blogger Matt April 28, 2015 8:23 AM  

Castalia house doesnt work in mobile. On my phone.

Blogger Shimshon April 28, 2015 8:24 AM  

Helsinki would be a logical choice.

Blogger Shimshon April 28, 2015 8:29 AM  

Ah, it requires an actual proposal. Makes sense.

Blogger Shimshon April 28, 2015 8:32 AM  

And Helsinki is an option! I endorse Helsinki for 2017 Worldcon.

Anonymous MendoScot April 28, 2015 8:33 AM  

My Inventively Evil and Aggressively Breasted Executive Assistant, Malwyn, she who is also known as the Whore-Mistress of the Spiked Six-Whip...

Pics or it didn't happen.

OpenID bc64a9f8-765e-11e3-8683-000bcdcb2996 April 28, 2015 8:35 AM  

Consider this my official application for the next available official minion registration number.
Will this logo be available in window decals, stickers, fender flags, wallet sized membership cards, and of course, certificates suitable for framing?
CaptDMO

Blogger wrf3 April 28, 2015 8:37 AM  

Can a special number be requested? I've always been partial to 6655321.

OpenID UnderwaterOperative April 28, 2015 8:38 AM  

Outstanding. ELoE Minion 13

Anonymous Strange Aeons April 28, 2015 8:38 AM  

Minion-mail sent.

Blogger The Original Hermit April 28, 2015 8:39 AM  

Apparently we're not allowed to request numbers.

Blogger Vox April 28, 2015 8:42 AM  

Can a special number be requested? I've always been partial to 6655321.

Let me explain the concept of minion-numbering to you: the Supreme Dark Lord issues you a number. The End.

Blogger The King's Man April 28, 2015 8:48 AM  

That one fell to me -- a longtime reader, but extremely infrequent commenter.

Anonymous RedJack April 28, 2015 8:50 AM  

Minon mail sent.

But please, do not let BGS pick out the costumes for the next meeting. I will not carry a Glock.

Blogger CSAFarmer April 28, 2015 8:55 AM  

There's a line from BBC's 'Sherlock' wherein OUR HERO says to Moriarty (following a truly Machiavellian series of events perpetrated by the BAD GUY) "Moriarty, you're insane"!

Moriarty replies "Oh, you're just getting that NOW"?

"So, it's not about the Hugos"?

VD - "Oh, you're just getting that NOW"?

Anonymous Minion #0010, formerly known as Alexander April 28, 2015 9:01 AM  

Glory to the ELoE

Blogger Bodichi April 28, 2015 9:03 AM  

Minion Mail sent.

Please sell t-shirts, or give us the CDR file so we can print them.

Blogger M. Bibliophile April 28, 2015 9:06 AM  

Minion mail sent. Does this gig come with dental? Or would that just be Malwyn sending someone around with rusty pliers?

Blogger Buddy E. April 28, 2015 9:07 AM  

Yes. We need t-shirts. I plan on being at midamericon and we need minions with t-shirts. Lots of minions with t-shirts.

Anonymous Daniel April 28, 2015 9:09 AM  

Hey! All you other Slim Shadys are just imitating!

Blogger Hd Hammer April 28, 2015 9:10 AM  

@Matt - "Castalia house doesnt work in mobile. On my phone."

I order on my laptop, mail the e-mail with the download links to my phone and then download the books.

Blogger Markku April 28, 2015 9:11 AM  

Getting the layout to play well with small resolution is somewhere in my order of priorities, but not very high right now.

Blogger Clint April 28, 2015 9:12 AM  

minion mail sent. Yes, T-shirts would be awesome.

Anonymous physics geek April 28, 2015 9:13 AM  

Vox, do I have permission to use the image for a t-shirt? I don't plan to sell them. Instead, I plan sit in the front row of panels hosted by SJWs at cons. Because I enjoy being a dick at times.

Anonymous Steve April 28, 2015 9:13 AM  

CSAFarmer - yes, though BBC Moriarty is camp as a row of tents. Vox is more dignified in his grandiose malevolence, like Emperor Palpatine.

SJW: *pouts, stops foot* "I'm just gonna NO AWARD everything!"

Vox: "Good! Good! Let the hate flow through you!"

Anonymous MrGreenMan April 28, 2015 9:14 AM  

You should randomly issue a few to the SJWs and ask them to come claim them - maybe two of them - it will be like when playing a zombie game and you tag one of the zombies and make it attack the others.

Blogger Bodichi April 28, 2015 9:16 AM  

I print T shirts, willing to make them.

Blogger Crimson Possum April 28, 2015 9:16 AM  

I thought this video went well with this subject.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nRYSPdeSu0

Blogger Matt April 28, 2015 9:20 AM  

Its ok i just turned my phone so the picture rotates and viewed widescreen

Anonymous Lulabelle April 28, 2015 9:25 AM  

" Vox April 28, 2015 8:42 AM

Can a special number be requested? I've always been partial to 6655321.

Let me explain the concept of minion-numbering to you: the Supreme Dark Lord issues you a number. The End."

I'm wondering who will end up with 867-5309.

Blogger Nate April 28, 2015 9:28 AM  

"I'm wondering who will end up with 867-5309."

I have no idea... but I will wager 666 is reserved for... someone.

Blogger Nate April 28, 2015 9:29 AM  

I actually already went so far as to create a cafepress store. I bought one myself and to be honest... the quality is terrible. So that idea got nixed.

Blogger Jay Lucas April 28, 2015 9:33 AM  

You know one is reserved for Scalzi when he confronts his inner minion and embraces it.

Anonymous MrGreenMan April 28, 2015 9:34 AM  

Spreadshirt usually has better quality than Cafe Press. If it is good enough for Vivian James, it is probably good enough for the legion of the faceless.

Anonymous Lulabelle April 28, 2015 9:36 AM  

"I have no idea... but I will wager 666 is reserved for... someone."

Do tell.
Markku?
It's always the quiet ones. You've got to watch the quiet ones.

Blogger Matt April 28, 2015 9:37 AM  

I vote Bane receive an honorary 666 sticker. Displayed here like a retired jersey. He'd have ridiculed us all for it, and for the entire idea in the first place.

Anonymous Steve April 28, 2015 9:39 AM  

I'm hoping for 667... the neighbour of the Beast.

Anonymous Minion #0010, formerly known as Alexander April 28, 2015 9:41 AM  

I am please at the four digit cap. Clearly, those who declare themselves minions before the revolution shall be have a distinct patch from the minions who fall in line afterwards.

And all really evil legions of evil distinguish the Old Guards.

Anonymous Lulabelle April 28, 2015 9:44 AM  

" Matt April 28, 2015 9:37 AM

I vote Bane receive an honorary 666 sticker. Displayed here like a retired jersey. He'd have ridiculed us all for it, and for the entire idea in the first place."

Love this idea. Unfortunately, I fear the Dark Lord can not be swayed by opinion.

Anonymous Tommy T April 28, 2015 9:45 AM  

I'm wondering who will end up with 867-5309.

It better be Jenny.

Blogger Vox April 28, 2015 9:49 AM  

I vote Bane receive an honorary 666 sticker. Displayed here like a retired jersey. He'd have ridiculed us all for it, and for the entire idea in the first place."

That has already been decreed.

Blogger Clint April 28, 2015 9:49 AM  

Someone might want a Minion Letter. Maybe Minion XXX or something.

Anonymous Steve April 28, 2015 9:50 AM  

I'm wondering who will end up with 867-5309

Blogger James Dixon April 28, 2015 9:53 AM  

> Unfortunately, I fear the Dark Lord can not be swayed by opinion.

No, but he is susceptible to inexorable pull of logic. And logically, who deserves 666 more than Bane?

Well, maybe Josh. I doubt Spacebunny is in the market. And I doubt Darby Mills is interested.

Anonymous Lulabelle April 28, 2015 9:53 AM  

I kept telling myself......"I will not click Steve's link........I will not click Steve's link......"

Then I clicked the link.

Thank you very little.

Blogger bob k. mando April 28, 2015 9:54 AM  

i get #13 or i get nothing at all.

*shakes fist at sky*

Anonymous Vile Faceless Minion #0023 April 28, 2015 9:55 AM  

I haven't had this much fun in a long time.

Anonymous Lulabelle April 28, 2015 9:55 AM  

"No, but he is susceptible to inexorable pull of logic. And logically, who deserves 666 more than Bane?"

I agree Bane is the most logical choice. Other than Vox himself, of course.

Blogger James Dixon April 28, 2015 9:57 AM  

For those who don't get the Darby Mills reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxU9o6CXBiw

Anonymous Lulabelle April 28, 2015 9:57 AM  

"bob k. mando April 28, 2015 9:54 AM

i get #13 or i get nothing at all.

*shakes fist at sky*"

Actually, maybe Bob needs #666. He seems pretty cranky.

Blogger Matt April 28, 2015 9:59 AM  

@steve what the hell is that thing? Is it male? SB was arguing with it on twitter.

For anyone wondering why shes never here, I think she gets any soul crushing "..dears" that might be leftover from the days events, out of her system on there.

Blogger wrf3 April 28, 2015 9:59 AM  

What number should Scalzi get? If 666 is the number of the Beast, what's the number of the Rabbit?

Blogger Student in Blue April 28, 2015 10:00 AM  

Minion #21 here.

Figures that the student would need to be 21 just to get by in his studies...

Blogger wrf3 April 28, 2015 10:03 AM  

Vox wrote: Let me explain the concept of minion-numbering to you: the Supreme Dark Lord issues you a number. The End.

That's not fair!!! (* shakes tiny impotent fist * stomps tiny impotent feet * helicopters huge not impotent ... ahem. Anyway.. *). Since you don't conform to my idea of evilness, you obviously don't exist.

I didn't want stupid number, anyway.

Blogger Matt April 28, 2015 10:04 AM  

Why would losers, trolls and scalzi get a number? Theyre sjws. They most definitely care. Its their M.O.

Blogger Guitar Man April 28, 2015 10:05 AM  

A buddy of mine does quality silk screening for a living, if anyone is interested. He's based in NJ.

Blogger Nate April 28, 2015 10:05 AM  

" He'd have ridiculed us all for it, and for the entire idea in the first place."

and he'd have cried like a girl while doing it.

Anonymous Stilicho April 28, 2015 10:07 AM  

Why would losers, trolls and scalzi get a number? Theyre sjws. They most definitely care. Its their M.O.

Some of them, like Scalzi, dance to the tune called by the ELoE so predictably that they deserve recognition for their efforts on behalf of the ELOE.

Anonymous Steve April 28, 2015 10:12 AM  

Lulabelle - Thank you very little.

Muahahahaha!

Matt - what the hell is that thing?

I'm not sure, but...

Blogger CSAFarmer April 28, 2015 10:14 AM  

Steve - Moriarty is camp as a row of tents

Hah! Yeah, not sure what comes after self-parody, but he was getting there. That was actually part of the appeal of the character to me.

Here's my take:

1 - I'm smarter than (just about) anyone in the room
2 - I'm not hiding my beliefs, in fact I revel in the fact they freak out my opponents
3 - I ignore most potential targets, they just aren't a challenge
4 - The exception to Point 3 being if you have brought yourself to my attention by an egregious attack on me or mine
5 - I respect only competence (whether in friend or foe)
6 - My sometimes-outrageous words/actions/demeanor are in fact a diversion and a trap; it's in my best interest for my enemies to pigeonhole me and therefore dismiss me as a serous threat
7 - At the end of the day, the battle is the thing; if I also upset (or, umm, NUKE) the applecart that would be a happy side-benefit as well.

Sound like any Supreme Dark Lord of our acquaintance?

Anonymous Nebo April 28, 2015 10:16 AM  

Minion male sent

Blogger Mint April 28, 2015 10:21 AM  

I have questions. I am not a Dread Ilk, just a regular reader. I have not participated and commented on the Hugo/SF posts because I have nothing to contribute as this culture war thingy is a world a part...so far away I have a hard time to accept that there are really people who think and speak like SJW. I think they are uniqely American problem. So this census/ numbering of minion, what is the purpose? To number your readers? To access the strength of your troops as to count your ammunition in the voting process? If so, do a regular reader like me who do not join Sasquan need not to apply? If I want to support by displaying the badge on social media, will it be okay? No number, if number must be assigned by the Supreme Dark Lord himself.

Anonymous The other robot April 28, 2015 10:26 AM  

I wouldn't mind seeing it in Tel Aviv, for example. SJWs and Israel are like oil and water.

That's a brilliant suggestion. There would be much rending of clothes and gnashing of teeth.

Anonymous Alexander April 28, 2015 10:30 AM  

Helsinki. I want to visit this magically country where the people are pathologically shy and all guns point to Russia.

Anonymous Wiccapundit April 28, 2015 10:34 AM  

I would like 2x4x666 - The Lumber of the Beast.

Actually, I'll get whatever number is assigned, AND I'LL LIKE IT!

Blogger Remo April 28, 2015 10:36 AM  

I just sent the minion email... and suddenly the walls are dripping blood, there are millions of flies on the windows, and glowing pentagrams have appeared on the backs of my hands. Do I have to pay extra for that or is it included in the package?

Blogger James Dixon April 28, 2015 10:38 AM  

> So this census/ numbering of minion, what is the purpose?

To have fun. We've been accused of being featureless sycophants so many times we figure we may as well have fun with the concept.

Blogger Shimshon April 28, 2015 10:40 AM  

http://sasquan.org/site-selection/

There are four locations on the ballot for Worldcon 2017:

Washington, DC (blech!)

Japan

Montreal

Helsinki

The ballot is already set. You can write in a candidate but must include a proposal too.

Blogger jaericho April 28, 2015 10:41 AM  

The day one is counted and numbered in the Army of the Evil Legion of Evil is truly a day to be remembered and celebrated.

Minionmail sent.

Anonymous Steve April 28, 2015 10:45 AM  

CSAFarmer - now that you mention it, that is spooky.

Do you have pantomimes in America? I think the guy who plays Moriarty came from that school of acting.

Remo - I just sent the minion email... and suddenly the walls are dripping blood, there are millions of flies on the windows, and glowing pentagrams have appeared on the backs of my hands.

You accidentally emailed Ozzy Osbourne. Vox is a man of wealth AND taste. He would never insanguinate the wallpaper.

All I got on sending my email was a dapper gentleman - who looked strikingly similar to Lloyd, the bartender from the Overlook Hotel - appear in a puff of sulphur.

He politely asked me to sign a strange leather scroll in my own blood, then informed me that I've always been a minion.

Blogger Bobo April 28, 2015 10:49 AM  

I've been a minion so long, it's refreshing to my minion batteries to finally be recognized with a number...if I could cry, I would...

Anonymous Roy Batty April 28, 2015 10:51 AM  

@Steve

I have a bone to pick with Lloyd...

Anonymous The other robot April 28, 2015 10:51 AM  

Meanwhile, SJWs are purchasing voting rights for their side, but only 100 so far.

I wonder how large the collection of voters for Sasquan will get?

Blogger Russell April 28, 2015 10:52 AM  

"So this census/ numbering of minion, what is the purpose?"

To agree and amplify.

I'm the Vile Faceless Minion, and so can you!

Anonymous Donn April 28, 2015 10:53 AM  

Space Bunny has her own monicker. She's probably 'Doctor Space Bunny' in the tradition of 'Doctor Girlfriend' or something.

Anonymous The other robot April 28, 2015 10:56 AM  

Here is the member info aas of a few days ago: Sasquan members

Clearly, there are not enough members from Alabama. And what's up with North and South Dakota? All drilling for oil and too busy to read?

Don't forget, it is only $40 to have lots of fun.

Blogger bob k. mando April 28, 2015 10:58 AM  

Mint April 28, 2015 10:21 AM
If so, do a regular reader like me who do not join Sasquan need not to apply? If I want to support by displaying the badge on social media, will it be okay? No number, if number must be assigned by the Supreme Dark Lord himself.



*musses Mint's hair*

girlfriend, you're taking this WAY too seriously. way more seriously than Vox is.

i mean, come on. just look at that insignia. they didn't even bother to center "VILE FACELESS MINION#xxxxx" in the loop.

i could do better than that in AutoCad 12 freehanding it.

as a former drafter ... this makes me cringe.

*cringe*

Anonymous Donn April 28, 2015 10:59 AM  

I misread the whole announcement. I thought the chick had a whip and six tits.

Anonymous Stilicho April 28, 2015 11:01 AM  

I thought the chick had a whip and six tits.

Nah, that's Taylor and she's banned.

Blogger Danby April 28, 2015 11:02 AM  

A Link to the fie 770 discussion

Blogger Noah B April 28, 2015 11:02 AM  

And for a chick with six tits to get banned... that takes some doing.

Anonymous Jack Amok April 28, 2015 11:02 AM  

Some of them, like Scalzi, dance to the tune called by the ELoE so predictably that they deserve recognition for their efforts on behalf of the ELOE.

The ELoE, Unwitting Minions Brigade.. I think in their case, they all get #1 because they're all special.

Hey, does this minion badge come with a decoder ring?

Blogger Feather Blade April 28, 2015 11:04 AM  

Washington, DC (blech!)

Japan

Montreal

Helsinki


What, they couldn't even be bothered to pick a specific city in Japan?

Anonymous Stilicho April 28, 2015 11:05 AM  

Here is the member info aas of a few days ago: Sasquan members

Interesting number of attendees. Seems high. SJW's trying to stack the deck to change the rules?

Blogger Noah B April 28, 2015 11:05 AM  

Minion mail sent. (My name comes across as "n c" on that email account).

Anonymous Alexander April 28, 2015 11:05 AM  

Here is the member info aas of a few days ago: Sasquan members...

Wow, Finland. Is that an effort by Castalia that we haven't heard about, or do long winter nights and a desire to not talk to anybody, ever cultivate a large science-fiction readership?

Anonymous The other robot April 28, 2015 11:06 AM  

Jason Sanford says:

But if my take on these numbers is correct, then it appears the Puppies are mostly all bark and no bite. Which give me hope that, in the long run, John Scalzi might be correct and the Puppies will turn out to be a "rear-guard action" with very little lasting influence in the SF/F genre.

How about a frontal assault?

Anonymous Stilicho April 28, 2015 11:06 AM  


Hey, does this minion badge come with a decoder ring?


Sure, but the decoded message always reads "Drink more bourbon"

Anonymous Zion's Paladin April 28, 2015 11:07 AM  

Minion mail sent.

Anonymous Alexander April 28, 2015 11:10 AM  

The ELoE, Unwitting Minions Brigade.. I think in their case, they all get #1 because they're all special.


The Special Snowflakes Brigade, Rabbit Battalion, Gamma Company.

Warren S.S. for short.

Blogger Vox April 28, 2015 11:10 AM  

The ELoE, Unwitting Minions Brigade.. I think in their case, they all get #1 because they're all special.

And the badge is a yellow snowflake.

Blogger Student in Blue April 28, 2015 11:12 AM  

And for a chick with six tits to get banned... that takes some doing.

At the risk of being gauche, do separate fat rolls count as "tits"?

Anonymous Steve April 28, 2015 11:14 AM  

Jason Sanford, trying to rig the 2014 Hugo Awards:

My picks for this year's Hugo Awards continue with the Best Novel category. My vote for Best Novel, and my suggestion to others, is Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.

The novel is one of the best SF stories I've read in years and a perfect rejuvenation of the space opera subgenre, which has long needed a strong reset. Ancillary Justice is also wondrously well-written, and presents a fresh look at both human culture and gender issues.

[...]


The final novel on the ballot is Warbound, Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia, who waged a vote campaign on behalf of himself and others to become a Hugo finalist. I knew very little about Correia and his writing prior to his campaign. Putting aside his in-your-face political screaming and desire to promote one of the worst haters in the SF/F genre, I tried reading Warbound but found it to be simply cranked out and predictable, one of the numerous genre novels which are read for a while then forgotten. While I can't say if this novel is typical of his writing, if you're going to urge people to vote for a book make damn sure they vote for a good one.

Anonymous The other robot April 28, 2015 11:14 AM  

Info on the ballot: http://sasquan.org/hugo-awards/voting/

This Ballot must be received by Friday July 31, 2015, 11:59 PM PDT (Saturday August 1, 2015, 2:59 AM EDT; 7:59 AM BST; 4:59 PM AEST)

However, the packet does not seem to be available as yet.

Blogger D. Lane April 28, 2015 11:16 AM  

At the risk of being gauche, do separate fat rolls count as "tits"?

Revoke this man's badge.

Blogger Mint April 28, 2015 11:17 AM  

@bob. k. mando
I am not saying I like the badge's design. I prefer if Jartstar redesign it.
Stop musing my hair, you bad man.

Blogger Nate April 28, 2015 11:18 AM  

"Spreadshirt usually has better quality than Cafe Press. If it is good enough for Vivian James, it is probably good enough for the legion of the faceless."

Spreadshirt it is.

Be patient. this shit takes time.

Blogger Shimshon April 28, 2015 11:18 AM  

Feather Blade, I wondered about Japan too.

As far as Helsinki, no idea if it's a Castalia House initiative. If not, it's really fortuitous that it's on the shortlist, if the Supreme Dark Lord himself were to endorse the choice. Consider that some SJWs have taken to smearing Finland, solely for Castalia House being domiciled there! Imagine the apoplexy that would ensure were Helsinki to win after Vox's mustering the ELoE to vote for it.

Blogger Student in Blue April 28, 2015 11:18 AM  

Revoke this man's badge.

Oh? Wouldn't sending you into retching be a suitably evil activity to do?

I feel a promotion in the works.

Blogger Noah B April 28, 2015 11:19 AM  

At the risk of being gauche, do separate fat rolls count as "tits"?

They only count if they have nipples.

Blogger D. Lane April 28, 2015 11:20 AM  

Wouldn't sending you into retching be a suitably evil activity to do?

This is a fair point. Complaint withdrawn.

Anonymous Banjo April 28, 2015 11:24 AM  

Wait, so we have to send the Dark Lord a steak?

Blogger Student in Blue April 28, 2015 11:25 AM  

@Noah B

...Then what in the world was this Taylor thing? Some sort of... crazy cat?

Blogger Chris Scena April 28, 2015 11:26 AM  

Minion mail sent. Any idea how long before my badge arrives?

Blogger Noah B April 28, 2015 11:27 AM  

Student in Blue, I don't claim to have seen them, so you'd have to ask Stilicho about that. I suspect that bourbon may have been involved.

Blogger Student in Blue April 28, 2015 11:33 AM  

Maybe she was a crazy cat lady... literally.

Blogger D. Lane April 28, 2015 11:36 AM  

Any idea how long before my badge arrives?

I've been waiting for almost 2 hrs.

There is a reasonable probably, given his propensity for evil, that Vox has pulled this stunt simply to make (most of) us wait indefinitely in a queue.

Anonymous Steve April 28, 2015 11:38 AM  

This is my Vile Faceless Minion Badge. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

Blogger Noah B April 28, 2015 11:43 AM  

I guess most of you have heard about Iran seizing a ship.

Remember the Maine!

OpenID jeffro April 28, 2015 11:48 AM  

I would sign up for one of this, but I'm hoping to someday achieve acceptance into the Evil Legion of Substitute Evil-doers.

Hey... a guy can dream, right?

Anonymous Alexander April 28, 2015 11:49 AM  

Yeah, but at least back then, when you planted the false flag, you didn't charge San Juan Hill in your Saturday night fuck-me pumps.

Anonymous The other robot April 28, 2015 11:51 AM  

Which other authors and novels have tried to go the gender-neutral route with pronouns?

I have started reading Ancillary Justice to get a feel for Lecke and she seems to have missed the point already.

I say that because I know quite a bit about Mandarin and Cantonese, and they do not use the female pronoun as the default pronoun. Non-gendered languages simply lack gender in their pronouns and their nouns are not gendered either. So Mandarin simply uses ta for he, she and it.

It seems, at this stage like Lecke is simply uninformed an is using a cheap trick to make a political point, but maybe it is in line with what other authors have done in this regard before as well.

PS, any allegations that my view is that "If it's not Kratman it's not worth reading" are just not true at all.

Blogger Buddy E. April 28, 2015 11:52 AM  

Minion #0037 reporting. May the faceless find faces.

Anonymous Culture War Draftee April 28, 2015 11:56 AM  

I was at the Helsinki bid party at LoneStarCon in '13. The Finns know how to have a good time.

Anonymous Huckleberry -- est. 1977 April 28, 2015 11:57 AM  

If this all ends in a Zyklon B shower room, let it be known that my final words will not be safe for work.
The waiting is interminable.
That's a kind of evil all in itself.
Also, assigning Bane the number 666 will irk Ghost Bane to no good end.
This is a man who routinely banned folks from his blog for using "Hell" colloquially.
I wouldn't taunt Ghost Bane, is all I'm saying.

OpenID cailcorishev April 28, 2015 11:59 AM  

I haven't given the matter much thought, other than to point out the one obvious option.

People (on either side) who think you have next year planned out must not have read your posts about what kind of wargamer you are.

Blogger Rabbi B April 28, 2015 12:02 PM  

My badge came with a guillotine cigar cutter, which also doubles as a circumcision tool. Bonus!

http://cigarcaptain.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Guillotine-cutter-step-5.jpg

Blogger Nate April 28, 2015 12:02 PM  

"I wouldn't taunt Ghost Bane, is all I'm saying."

I know you wouldn't.

But we would.

Anonymous Difranco April 28, 2015 12:03 PM  

Minion Badge request sent

Blogger bob k. mando April 28, 2015 12:05 PM  

Student in Blue April 28, 2015 11:25 AM
...Then what in the world was this Taylor thing? Some sort of... crazy cat?



newb.

http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/11/troll-ban-anonagain.html

and anyways, of all the things that Taylor is, fat isn't one of them.



Mint April 28, 2015 11:17 AM
Stop musing my hair, you bad man.



this response, of course, means that there will be many more hair mussings in your future.

Anonymous Steve April 28, 2015 12:05 PM  

The other robot - It seems, at this stage like Lecke is simply uninformed an is using a cheap trick to make a political point

Surely not.

Why I’m Voting for Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice - Justin Landon, Tor.com

But, what has made Ancillary Justice a sensation, what has made it a Clarke and Nebula Award Winner and Hugo Nominee, is the simplest idea you can imagine. It’s a book that can speak to everyone. Because Breq speaks to everyone.

Search the web for reviews of Ancillary Justice and odds are that all of them comment on pronouns.
[...]
For the purposes of the novel, Breq’s gender is completely opaque. It’s assumed Breq is female because of the nature of the pronouns, but it’s merely an assumption, one bred by decades of living in the modern social construct

Published in the middle of a cultural revolution within the science fiction and fantasy community, Ancillary Justice has become something of a clarion call for women and other underrepresented populations fed up with the kyriarchy. A novel that erases that dominance, that makes the feminine default and portrays a character that lacks discernible gender, resonates in that environment. [...]

Science fiction and fantasy hasn’t been particularly good at representing its wide and diverse readership. It’s a genre predicated on white cis men doing hero stuff. [...]

Ancillary Justice rejects that notion outright. [...]

the actual story is often glossed over in discussing Leckie’s novel, favoring the meatier issues of self and gender mentioned above.


Blogger James Dixon April 28, 2015 12:06 PM  

> Wait, so we have to send the Dark Lord a steak?

Well, offerings are always appreciated, but remember that only the best is suitable for the Dark Lord. If you're going to offer stake, I'd recommend this: http://www.allenbrothers.com/allen-brothers-japanese-tenderloin-medallions.html

Anything less might have, uhm, undesirable results.

Blogger Luke (alias "Lines With Chrome") April 28, 2015 12:07 PM  

Minion mail sent from my .mil address.

Anonymous Discard April 28, 2015 12:10 PM  

I, Discard, wish to be numbered. T-shirts would be fun.

Blogger Nate April 28, 2015 12:17 PM  

"the actual story is often glossed over in discussing Leckie’s novel, favoring the meatier issues of self and gender mentioned above."

Ladies and Gentlemen... I give you... the whole reason for Sad Puppies

Blogger Mint April 28, 2015 12:20 PM  

@the other robot
Bahasa Indonesia also does not recognized gendered pronouns. I have difficulties translating VD's Broken Magic because of this, as VD often uses compound long sentences where 2 characters with different sex take turn to do actions, translating all the she, he, her, his, him into one pronoun can be very confusing for the readers. The sentences must be adjusted and changed for Indonesian to understand who did what to whom. Sometimes the English structure VD used must be thrown away, chopped up and broken down so to mold the words into different structure to fit Indonesian genderless pronoun.

Anonymous Jack Amok April 28, 2015 12:24 PM  

Sure, but the decoded message always reads "Drink more bourbon"

Huh. You must've put the wrong key in. Mine says "Drink more rum."


Be patient. this shit takes time.

Good thing Bonaparte isn't part of the ELoE.

Blogger JartStar April 28, 2015 12:25 PM  

I am not saying I like the badge's design. I prefer if Jartstar redesign it.

Be careful what you wish for little one.

Blogger Buddy E. April 28, 2015 12:32 PM  

Next you're gonna tell me we have challenge coins and a secret handshake.

Anonymous Curious but not an SJW April 28, 2015 12:34 PM  

Bahasa Indonesia also does not recognized gendered pronouns.

I know some native Chinese speakers who have great difficulty with pronouns. Often, in complex sentences their mothers turn into their fathers or a sentence that starts out being about a heterosexual couple ends up being about a homosexual couple.

Anonymous Joel P. April 28, 2015 12:35 PM  

Minion mail sent.

This is fun stuff.

Blogger John April 28, 2015 12:38 PM  

MINION

Blogger John April 28, 2015 12:38 PM  

MINION

Anonymous Lulabelle April 28, 2015 12:46 PM  

" Buddy E. April 28, 2015 12:32 PM

Next you're gonna tell me we have challenge coins and a secret handshake."

Pretty sure the ELoE will have a decoder ring that is fancier than Nate's championship VPFL ring.

Anonymous JustAnotherGuyWitha1911 April 28, 2015 12:51 PM  

Ave. Hail Vox.

This Minion has just signed up as a Sasquan supporting member.

Said membership was paid for by the sale of various gun related items, such as "ammunition clips" on E-Bay. BWahahahahah..

This Minion is good at tactics, but poor at strategy. He, however, looks forward to the continuation of the Dark Lord's campaign and awaits further orders.

This Minion is motivated by salty SJW tears engendered by the Ilk and its glorious leader; this Minion enjoys half pints of SJW tears mixed with Monster energy drinks!

Request for badge inbound, Sir. Every minion numbered, sir - like every grain of sand.

Anonymous Lulabelle April 28, 2015 12:52 PM  

" Buddy E. April 28, 2015 12:32 PM

Next you're gonna tell me we have challenge coins and a secret handshake."

Maybe a decoder ring. Fancier than Nate's VPFL championship ring.

Blogger CarpeOro April 28, 2015 12:53 PM  

Badges? We don't need no stinking badges. I was looking for decals or cards with out titles (Memeber of Dread Ilk since 2003, Vile Minion, destroyer of SJWs, etc).

Blogger Nate April 28, 2015 12:59 PM  

"Maybe a decoder ring. Fancier than Nate's VPFL championship ring."


***insert death glare here***

Anonymous physics geek April 28, 2015 1:04 PM  

Vile Faceless Minion #0045 here. I must say, this image really brightens up the place here at work: it's now my desktop image.

Anonymous Lulabelle April 28, 2015 1:05 PM  

lol. Yes, fancy decoder ring it is.

Anonymous BoysMom April 28, 2015 1:06 PM  

The other robot,
I liked what Pam Uphoff did with gender in Fancy Free. The AI starts out as it and shifts to using a gendered pronoun as it becomes self-aware.

Blogger Rabbi B April 28, 2015 1:07 PM  

"Yes, fancy decoder ring it is."

BE.SURE.TO.DRINK.YOUR.OVALTINE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdA__2tKoIU

Blogger Cluttermonkey April 28, 2015 1:11 PM  

Bahasa Indonesia also does not recognized gendered pronouns.

I know some native Chinese speakers who have great difficulty with pronouns. Often, in complex sentences their mothers turn into their fathers or a sentence that starts out being about a heterosexual couple ends up being about a homosexual couple.


That's only because Chinese doesn't differentiate between he/she/it in pronunciation. They do differ in written Chinese. It's not that they're confused or change about the sexes in their minds, but that they have a difficulty grasping that our pronouns sound different.

Saying they change their mothers to fathers or normal to homos in a sentce is demonstrably false. They only translate the word 他/她/它 wrong or can't keep track of it. So they might end up saying he for their mother in the next sentence.

Blogger Bluntobj Winz April 28, 2015 1:11 PM  

Minionmail sent

Anonymous physics geek April 28, 2015 1:12 PM  

Spreadshirts seems to actively dislike when I upload the Minion image. Has anyone else had a similar problem?

Blogger bob k. mando April 28, 2015 1:14 PM  

i will not have a number, no

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1kEmEVk60g

Blogger Nate April 28, 2015 1:14 PM  

yes.

I suspect its a resolution issue. Working on getting a bigger one.

Anonymous physics geek April 28, 2015 1:16 PM  

Ah, thanks. That explains it. I had a similar issue at Cafepress. The maximum size it allowed me to make the t-shirt image was pretty darned small.

Anonymous Stilicho April 28, 2015 1:19 PM  

Sure, but the decoded message always reads "Drink more bourbon"

Huh. You must've put the wrong key in. Mine says "Drink more rum."

Philistine.

Anonymous Vile Minion #0008 - a/k/a salt April 28, 2015 1:24 PM  

Sure, but the decoded message always reads "Drink more bourbon"

Huh. You must've put the wrong key in. Mine says "Drink more rum."


Mine says, "Why do you care? Has alcohol, doesn't it?"

Anonymous Curious but not an SJW April 28, 2015 1:29 PM  

Saying they change their mothers to fathers or normal to homos in a sentce is demonstrably false. They only translate the word 他/她/它 wrong or can't keep track of it. So they might end up saying he for their mother in the next sentence.

Wow, just wow. So now you are telling me what I heard.

Firstly, the comment was a light-hearted take on my conversations with such people and the mistakes they make with pronouns in speaking English.

Secondly, I am fully aware of the characters used in modern Chinese for pronouns, and the fact that in their minds pronouns do not have gender and that if the sentence needs to indicate the sex of the person referred to they will be explicit about it or context will be used (for example, men cannot get pregnant.)

Lighten up already.

Anonymous JustAnotherGuyWitha1911 April 28, 2015 1:31 PM  

Vox, hey, looks like a previous comment I made was consigned to the ether - or failed the Captcha. If the former - apologies for any perceived insult or inappropriate comment. Seriously, it is war (albeit in the early stages) and you make a damn good general.

Blogger Nate April 28, 2015 1:32 PM  

oh great... linguistic nerd fight...

Blogger Student in Blue April 28, 2015 1:34 PM  

@salt
Mine says, "Why do you care? Has alcohol, doesn't it?"

First thing I thought of:
http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrotclassics/2014/08/19
http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrotclassics/2014/08/20

Anonymous Harsh April 28, 2015 1:36 PM  

Wow, just wow.

You are fined one internet for using that phrase.

Anonymous BGS April 28, 2015 1:40 PM  

" So this census/ numbering of minion, what is the purpose?"

You have to buy books from the Castalia House site to get on the secrete e-mail list which explains these things. Only confirmed buyers get it that way SJWs can't figure things out by reading the blog.

"Huh. You must've put the wrong key in. Mine says "Drink more rum."

I must have put the wrong key in also, mine says "Riker was offered his own ship"

Blogger Tallawampus April 28, 2015 1:41 PM  

"Clearly, there are not enough members from Alabama. And what's up with North and South Dakota? All drilling for oil and too busy to read?"

As one of the 7 registered South Dakota Sasquan voters I assure you we have time to read through our long dark winters. We just don't usually do silly things like Waldo's. I started voting 3 years ago with Sad Puppies 1 - which is also when I started reading here. I've been laughing maniacally ever since.

Any concerns that Minion registration is the first step to Minion confiscation?

Blogger Tallawampus April 28, 2015 1:42 PM  

Waldo's = Worldcons with autocorrect. Interseting autocorrect though.

Blogger Nate April 28, 2015 1:44 PM  

"I must have put the wrong key in also, mine says "Riker was offered his own ship""

WHAT?

When???

Blogger James Dixon April 28, 2015 1:49 PM  

> Any concerns that Minion registration is the first step to Minion confiscation?

Vox burns any minion records in his wood fired oven within days of receiving them. Less evidence that way.

Blogger Student in Blue April 28, 2015 1:49 PM  

@BGS

Some people don't get the email list due to aggressive spam filters. So in my next post, I'm going to explain the gist of what's going on.

Blogger Student in Blue April 28, 2015 1:50 PM  

[Only VPGold members can see this post. Log in now with your Vox Popoli Gold account or sign up today for only $9.99!]

Blogger IM2L844 April 28, 2015 1:51 PM  

Too late. I already absconded with #4906 and started using it. There's no going back.

Je suis 4906!

Blogger Student in Blue April 28, 2015 1:52 PM  

@Tallawampus

Where's Worldcon?

Anonymous # 34 April 28, 2015 1:57 PM  

" Any concerns that Minion registration is the first step to Minion confiscation?"

We are nameless and faceless. This isn't registration. He's only keeping a counter; apart from #1 and a couple other specifics, he doesn't care who we are, just that the number has been assigned.

Blogger Rabbi B April 28, 2015 1:59 PM  

The queue must be out the door and around the block.

Wait Time: 2 hrs. 7 min.

Blogger Rabbi B April 28, 2015 2:00 PM  

So far . . .

Blogger Rabbi B April 28, 2015 2:03 PM  

I know how it works around here. Jews at the back of the line.

Blogger Rabbi B April 28, 2015 2:03 PM  

The number will probably be tattooed on my right arm.

Anonymous Stilicho April 28, 2015 2:05 PM  

Any concerns that Minion registration is the first step to Minion confiscation?

Nah, I'm still waiting for my Vile Faceless Minion number to be issued, so I don't think the ELoE is organized to that level of evil. Yet. Right now it's an evil meritocracy. If they start electing members, though, all bets are off.

Blogger 223366 April 28, 2015 2:05 PM  

Minionmail sent.

Feeling extremely jealous of the Evil Legion of Evil members who have already received their Evil Legion of Evil evil serial numbers.

Blogger Danby April 28, 2015 2:08 PM  

I'm pretty sure the idea is to actually get a head count. How many Rabid Puppies are there actually? Planning for contingencies starts with information. Of course, a great many people who have been inspired to participate in the Hugos will never even see this post, and even those who do will not necessarily participate in the count. I'm still not sure I'll bother.

But some number is better than no number, and a solid floor is great for standing on.

Anonymous Stilicho April 28, 2015 2:09 PM  

I know how it works around here. Jews at the back of the line.

BRIAN: I'm not a Roman, Mum, and I never will be! I'm a Kike! A Yid! A Hebe! A Hook-nose! I'm Kosher, Mum! I'm a Red Sea Pedestrian, and proud of it! [slam]

Blogger Tallawampus April 28, 2015 2:11 PM  

@student in Blue

HAH! Maybe in Helsinki with those dastardly Finns!

I'm sure Vox will only give up his Minions when they pry his cold dead fingers off of them. Which actually sounds odd in this context.

Anonymous Alexander April 28, 2015 2:12 PM  

Rabbi B,

Your number will be 7000000000000000000005

Blogger Danby April 28, 2015 2:13 PM  

" Right now it's an evil meritocracy. If they start electing members, though, all bets are off. "

How do you have elections in a faceless horde? We are all interchangeable, right? So how is voting for Bob different from voting for Kevin?

I am the vile faceless minion of the the Evil League of Evil, and you can too!

Blogger IM2L844 April 28, 2015 2:13 PM  

Speaking of T-Shirts, it looks like Vox has a side job.

Anonymous Alexander April 28, 2015 2:14 PM  

I'm pretty sure the idea is to actually get a head count. How many Rabid Puppies are there actually?

I doubt it. Vox already has metrics for both blogs, plus Castalia sales and visits, plus Amazon sales, plus Hugo results. Somehow I suspect his ballpark figures are not relying on 'email me if you're a rabid puppy'.

Blogger Chiva April 28, 2015 2:14 PM  

"The number will probably be tattooed on my right arm."

Or the forehead. Just saying.

Anonymous Stilicho April 28, 2015 2:15 PM  

How do you have elections in a faceless horde?

Some well-meaning idiot will find a way.

Blogger Rabbi B April 28, 2015 2:17 PM  

"Your number will be 7000000000000000000005"

**sigh** I knew it.

Blogger luagha April 28, 2015 2:17 PM  

I will be pushed, stamped, filed, indexed, briefed, debriefed, and numbered!

(Minionmail sent.)

Anonymous Banjo April 28, 2015 2:25 PM  

Why am I reminded of another group of faceless minions

Boosh!

Blogger Ken April 28, 2015 2:26 PM  

I am not a number! I am a free man!

And I shall use that freedom to lay down my name, take up a number, and hurl myself at the guns of the enemy, that I might soak up as many bullets as possible, so one brave minion might take the beachhead.

Blogger Nate April 28, 2015 2:31 PM  

"Some well-meaning idiot will find a way."

its not the elections that really signal doom... its the formation of committees.

No organization can tolerate the formation of committees.

Anonymous Stilicho April 28, 2015 2:32 PM  


No organization can tolerate the formation of committees.


Well, it is the only known life form with at least six legs and no brain...

Anonymous Alexander April 28, 2015 2:35 PM  

No organization can tolerate the formation of committees

To that end, might I suggest the creation and operation of The Committee of Committee Investigation, Prevention, and Dissolution?

Or perhaps it would be better to have a sub-committee for each of the three, with a Committee of Sub-Committee Administration to coordinate them? I'd like to call a Committee for Establishing the committee of Committee Investigation, Prevention, and Dissolution to discuss the matter.

Blogger Rabbi B April 28, 2015 2:37 PM  

"To that end, might I suggest the creation and operation of The Committee of Committee Investigation, Prevention, and Dissolution?"

Will there be snacks?

Anonymous # 34 April 28, 2015 2:43 PM  

"To that end, might I suggest the creation and operation of The Committee of Committee Investigation, Prevention, and Dissolution?"

One committee:

The Committee for the Expedient Termination of Other Committees

Somebody's got to make a joke about one volk, one nation, one number, one committee...

Anonymous Stilicho April 28, 2015 2:44 PM  

Will there be snacks?

Does lesbian Doritos night count?

Otherwise, it's "bring your own chili"

Blogger Student in Blue April 28, 2015 2:45 PM  

There can only be one... committee?

Anonymous Stilicho April 28, 2015 2:46 PM  

Can't believe I missed this the firs time:

Will there be snacks?


BRIAN: Larks' tongues. Wrens' livers. Chaffinch brains. Jaguars' earlobes. Wolf nipple chips. Get 'em while they're hot. They're lovely. Dromedary pretzels, only half a denar. Tuscany fried bats.

Anonymous My Take April 28, 2015 3:11 PM  

Minion mail sent

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