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Friday, March 10, 2017

Various and sundry

  1. We have need of a research intern for a one-time job tracking down authors. If you're seriously interested, email with RESEARCH in the subject. DONE
  2. We want to hire someone who is very knowledgeable about a) computer and video games, and b) role-playing games to write questions for our trivia games. We want about 1,000 of the former and 2,500 of the latter. If you're seriously interested in one or the other, email with Q:VG or Q:RPG in the subject. We already have a lot of (a) thanks to the volunteers, but I just don't have the time to finish off the list. For more information, reference this post. A word of warning: it's more work that it looks like, so if you're not borderline OCD, it's probably not for you.
  3. A slightly longer excerpt from THE CORRODING EMPIRE, now on preorder at Amazon, has been posted at Castalia House.
The first number produced by the extrapolated algorithm was off by one-ten billionth. There were nine zeros behind the decimal point. It was a tiny error, all but impossible to detect unless one was looking specifically for it.

The second number was off by twice that. Two in ten billion. Or, rather, one in five billion. One might more reasonably fear being struck by lightning. On a cloudless day. Indoors.

And yet, it didn’t matter. It wasn’t the size of the error that mattered so much as the fact that it existed at all. Somehow, Geist concluded, even though it was impossible, the data set must have become garbled. Garbage in, garbage out. He had run the extrap-algo more than a million times in the past month, using it to check and and re-check Orland’s agro-surveys. But there was no denying it. Somewhere, somehow, something had introduced an unknown variability into the process, but whether it was to be found in the data or the equations, he did not know.

He spoke in the direction of the softly glowing pseudo-door.

“Dr. Orland,” he said, “Got a minute?”

The door evaporated, revealing an attractive young woman in custom blue-green shimmering Chrysoletts, sitting with her feet up on her multi-tiered desk. She was reading something which, judged by the guilty expression that flashed across her face, had nothing to do with biogenics.

On a related note, this Amazon search may amuse you. And on a completely different note:



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37 Comments:

Blogger Rory March 10, 2017 1:13 PM  

So sexy. So smarmy. Whoever this space man is, he fucks!

Anonymous Osprey March 10, 2017 1:19 PM  

I laughed out loud at "evaporated". Not "opened", not "dilated", "evaporated"!

Sadly, my eyes glazed over in the paragraph about her hairband. Was the point of the paragraph to make eyes glaze over?

Blogger James Dixon March 10, 2017 1:25 PM  

> Sadly, my eyes glazed over in the paragraph about her hairband.

I think it was to emphasize the point that her hair was disheveled. Now, why do you suppose that might be?

Blogger Silly But True March 10, 2017 1:28 PM  

Orland's guilty expression comes from her knowledge she is secretly carrying Geist's child, conceived during that one time at Geist's ranch.

Blogger Dave March 10, 2017 1:28 PM  

"Geist had to admit, Lightman did have an excellent head of executive hair."

"If it’s not repeatable, it isn’t science, Dr. Orland."


Hmmm vaguely familiar.

Anonymous Reenay March 10, 2017 1:38 PM  

This Johan Kalsi... he writes like he has a huge lawn! I might buy this.

Blogger Fenris Wulf March 10, 2017 1:41 PM  

I was hired to track down an author who had missed seven deadline extensions. It was a one-time job.

"Mr. Day wants his sequel. He's been more than patient. Did you think he wouldn't find you?"

Blogger Dave March 10, 2017 1:44 PM  

@2 Sadly, my eyes glazed over in the paragraph about her hairband. Was the point of the paragraph to make eyes glaze over?

My gawd, man, it was five sentences. We learned she has blonde hair, slender fingers with long scarlet nails, and in the future they have self-locking hair elastic bands that don't hold up. But they're self-locking!

Blogger Dave March 10, 2017 1:47 PM  

Reenay wrote:This Johan Kalsi... he writes like he has a huge lawn! I might buy this.

You might buy this? Castalia House's mega-hit of the year and you're on the fence?

Blogger bob kek mando ( Death To The Boor-geois, Keks To The Lol-etariat ) March 10, 2017 1:54 PM  

"Tharry"?

weird. i have never considered lisping an 'L' before.

or is this just an example of Scandinavians loving to use thorn in inappropriate places?

https://infogalactic.com/info/Thorn_%28letter%29


4. Silly But True March 10, 2017 1:28 PM
Orland's guilty expression comes from her knowledge she is secretly carrying Geist's child, conceived during that one time at Geist's ranch.



don't be absurd.

it's clear from the excerpt that Orland reports to Geist, but she's fixating on the SVP Lightman ... who Geist is clearly subordinate too.

Geist is the techno-geek engineering type who actually gets shit done, but who isn't socially very high ranked.

give a woman a choice between good hair / upper executive position and a techy who actually does work and she's going to choose the hair every time.


Orland's character actually disappoints me. i'm not sure she's going to be high enough in the corp hierarchy to be able to force interns to sleep with her after "months" of pursuit.

cause, you know, she's going to have built up quite an itch that needs scratching with her unrequited affections for Hair Boy.



3. James Dixon March 10, 2017 1:25 PM
Now, why do you suppose that might be?



hairsnakes can't withstand the Kirlian energy surge of orgasm?

Blogger S1AL March 10, 2017 2:20 PM  

"Are you suggesting we sell it as art?"

Snerk snerk snerk snerk

Anonymous Deplorable Winning March 10, 2017 2:22 PM  

This is not the story we were expecting.

The first sales figure produced by the extrapolated algorithm was off by ten million.

The second number was down by twice that.

And yet, it didn’t matter. It wasn’t the size of the error that mattered so much as the fact that it existed at all. Somehow, Hayden concluded, even though it was impossible, the data set must have become garbled. Scalzi in, garbage out. But there was no denying it. Somewhere, somehow, Castalia had introduced an unknown variability into the process, but whether it was to be found in the data or the equations, he did not know.

He spoke in the direction of the softly glowing double-wide pseudo-door.

"Toadina?"

Anonymous Wraithburn March 10, 2017 3:02 PM  

Checked the amazon search, there's a "sale" price on the hardcover version of Scalzi's book. Since it's not worth $25

Blogger Glenn Phillips March 10, 2017 3:02 PM  

It's a FARGATE

Blogger Ivaneus March 10, 2017 3:05 PM  

@9 No he's still looking for the Fence. To measure it. So he knows how big the yard is!

@12 Better keep Toadina out of direct sight from Jabba or she's sure to end up as a slug snack.

Also, Scalzi in Garbage out is hardly the worst fate imaginable. Imagine how far off they'd be if they'd put Bernath I and gotten Scalzi or Monkress out!

Blogger Dave March 10, 2017 3:27 PM  

On a related note, this Amazon search may amuse you.

Oh, that is priceless. How long before Amazon's search algorithms mysteriously return different results?

Blogger bearspaw March 10, 2017 3:46 PM  

I, for one, will wait until Kalai reveals how much his daughter can bench press.

Blogger Antony March 10, 2017 4:04 PM  

OT - but it looks like Antifa are making false "terrorist" allegations against activists in order to have them investigated ; http://www.libertygb.org.uk/news/how-antifa-falsely-accused-me-terror-fbi-destroy-my-life-jackbuckby

Blogger James Dixon March 10, 2017 4:06 PM  

> ...hairsnakes can't withstand the Kirlian energy surge of orgasm?

Great minds think alike. :)

Blogger SemiSpook37 March 10, 2017 4:10 PM  

OT: Sessions just dropped the hammer on the Obama appointed US Attorneys:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-10/jeff-sessions-asks-all-remaining-obama-appointed-attorneys-resign

For some reason, I couldn't get to CH from where I work. Will have to check when I get home.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright March 10, 2017 4:24 PM  

I am quite curious where Tempest in a Teardrop is going.

And I think it is quite cool that The Supreme Dark Lord and the Dread Ilk have a stargate.

Anonymous Looking Glass March 10, 2017 4:29 PM  

@21 My first thought with a Stargate is to spread the Word of the Lord.

The second thought is, "oh, land to claim and establish a new country". Which brings to light the question: what would said new domain be called?

Blogger Elocutioner March 10, 2017 4:45 PM  

That's an interesting IP address.

Blogger Ivaneus March 10, 2017 4:46 PM  

@22 That depends. If it is a good and fertile land, then we shall call it: This Land.

Anonymous WaterBoy March 10, 2017 5:00 PM  

Elocutioner @23: "That's an interesting IP address."

Yep. I couldn't figure out exactly why they're travelling to Google, though....

Blogger Elocutioner March 10, 2017 5:19 PM  

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Blogger Elocutioner March 10, 2017 5:20 PM  

A reverse lookup shows that IP hosting a bunch of blogspot sites. Wild guess - VP resolved to that for the artist.

(I found the link via a search - w3bin.com/ip_info/ + ip)

Anonymous WaterBoy March 10, 2017 5:34 PM  

nslookup of that address resolves to a server on 1e100.net domain, which is owned by Google (1e100 = 1 googol)\

Tough to go to a hosted site like Blogspot directly, though...good attempt.

Anonymous Looking Glass March 10, 2017 5:48 PM  

OT Some of the Left are starting to attempt to understand why they're stupid: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/02/paleocons-for-porn/

However, zero mention of the 16 Points, Alt-West, acknowledgement that Chan Culture is cross border, actual nationalism or pretty much any understanding beyond "bronies exist". Though it appears that Milo, Cernovich & Richard Spencer are as far as anyone on the Left can currently think about the storm that is coming.

But, in the way we work around these parts, it's best to let our enemies be blind. Makes things so much easier when we can visit in a #BasedStickMan way.

Blogger bob kek mando ( Death To The Boor-geois, Keks To The Lol-etariat ) March 10, 2017 6:27 PM  

"sniggering"


so racist.

Blogger Fitri nur hidayah March 10, 2017 8:11 PM  

waw

Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 10, 2017 8:38 PM  

Looking Glass wrote:However, zero mention of the 16 Points, Alt-West, acknowledgement that Chan Culture is cross border, actual nationalism or pretty much any understanding beyond "bronies exist". Though it appears that Milo, Cernovich & Richard Spencer are as far as anyone on the Left can currently think about the storm that is coming.
What should be an interesting article dissecting the movement is instead a simple smear job which confounds every strain, labels them all "Chan culture" and dismisses it all as schizophrenic Nietzschean porn mongering and retardation.
The Left really doesn't get radical free speech, tolerance of differing views, or the use of rhetoric.

But then, what can you expect from "a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture?" Published quarterly and over 1,000,000 page views per month!
Serious bizness.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright March 10, 2017 9:34 PM  

@22 -- good question.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright March 10, 2017 9:41 PM  

Q says he got the number wrong...he was trying to get the IP address for this blog.

Blogger bob kek mando ( Death To The Boor-geois, Keks To The Lol-etariat ) March 10, 2017 9:49 PM  

well, that makes no sense.

the Ilk are already here.

and Vox is the only one who would drink something faggy like espresso.

Blogger Elocutioner March 10, 2017 10:42 PM  

"Q says he got the number wrong...he was trying to get the IP address for this blog."

He got the right IP. Or at least he got one of them.

This blog doesn't have a dedicated IP so its URL resolves to any number of Google servers (IP's) that could serve up the content. The problem is the servers serve other blogs as well (how many does Blogger host?), so going the reverse direction isn't reliable.

(And so my guess was right.)

Anonymous EH March 11, 2017 7:08 PM  

@12 Well done.

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