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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Gathering of the Shoggoths

I'm a little sorry to miss the spectacular gathering of the science fiction SJWs now taking place in Kansas City. The lumbering of these majestic beasts, their euphonious cries for MORE DIVERSITY and MORE PEOPLE OF COLOR, and the distinctive odors they give off as a part of their annual mating ritual simply cannot be truly appreciated at a distance. Although I do detect just a whiff of Eau de Zoloft from the grinning larval one in the front row.


What do you think the over/under on psychotropic drug prescriptions is in that bunch there, 45? By the way, when we talked in the past about the shoggoths known to inhabit File 770, the photo above is to whom we are referring. The best part is that these are the lesser SF-SJWs, they are the mere fans. The greater SF-SJWs, the writers, really need to be seen to be believed.

No, upon further reflection, that's not the best part. The best part is all of that very important diversity on display.

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142 Comments:

Anonymous Hezekiah Garrett August 17, 2016 1:43 PM  

Who's more hilarious, neck beard on the left, or ORCA on the right?

Blogger Brian S August 17, 2016 1:44 PM  

Hezekiah Garrett wrote:Who's more hilarious, neck beard on the left, or ORCA on the right? lol, was gonna comment on the literal neck beard, beat me to it!

Anonymous Hezekiah Garrett August 17, 2016 1:44 PM  

Actually, on second thought, it has to be the dementia patient in the blue sweater, center left.

Blogger VoodooJock August 17, 2016 1:47 PM  

Screaming Fanny Pack, the candy-apple redhead whom pigeons mistook for a statue.

Blogger Sam Lively August 17, 2016 1:49 PM  

ORCA wins going away.

Blogger CarpeOro August 17, 2016 1:50 PM  

Hey, they may just have all 6 or so genders covered. Just not in every flavor.

Blogger Ben Cohen August 17, 2016 1:51 PM  

Can you answer this question: Why do people that are into science fiction and fantasy tend (not all - have friends that are conservative) to be fat, ugly, glasses wearing, liberal feminist SJWs? Is it something about that genre's escapism in which they imagine that they're the secret kings and queens?

Blogger Dave August 17, 2016 1:54 PM  

My gawd; Viewer Discretion Advised!

Blogger Salt August 17, 2016 1:55 PM  

Looks like they're ready for the buffet.

Blogger 4499 August 17, 2016 1:59 PM  

Little Ed Gein, seated in front there, has more than once feasted upon that delicacy known as long pig.

Blogger Orville August 17, 2016 2:01 PM  

I just walked by there an hour ago. Not much to see yet since it just was starting at noon, but I did see a Trigglypuff sitting on a bench near the food trucks.

I probably only saw 50 max, but that picture is representative. Fat old neckbeards, cat ladies, and only a few that were under 40. Very unhealthy looking bunch, but then again G. Rape Rape Martin fits right in. I'd be ashamed to be seen with them.

The agenda is a hoot too. Quidditch matches, classes on how to make quidditch brooms and light sabers. The even have a "Friends of Bill W." meeting. Looking at the customer base, it's no wonder sci-fi is in such bad shape.

I'll do a walk by again tomorrow when there are more people there.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents August 17, 2016 2:03 PM  

The person seated or squatting in front should be kept far away from children in my opinion. Any space he is in is not a "safe space".

Anonymous Coal Fired Brisket August 17, 2016 2:03 PM  

I live in Kansas City and I was originally planning to attend to troll them, but I have a hard time justifying giving up time I would be spending playing Dark Souls.

Blogger Aeoli Pera August 17, 2016 2:03 PM  

A wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Anonymous Broken Arrow August 17, 2016 2:04 PM  

It's a diabetes support group meetup.

Blogger Dave August 17, 2016 2:05 PM  

"The lumbering of these majestic beasts"

"their euphonious cries"

"a whiff of Eau de Zoloft"

"these are the lesser SF-SJWs"


You, sir, are on fire. Is it related to the satirical novels you've been editing?

Blogger James Dixon August 17, 2016 2:06 PM  

> If Hillary becomes president, will she have an affair with a male intern of about 18-20 years old? Just to back at Bill?

Well, the two guys standing beside ORCA do look vaguely oriental.

Blogger Orville August 17, 2016 2:06 PM  

@14 Not worth it. I was considering forking over the $40 entry fee to see the specimens up close, but the view from the sidewalk is fine.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents August 17, 2016 2:09 PM  

If ID is required to enter this gathering, I'm assuming an AARP card would be acceptable?

Blogger Whisker biscuit August 17, 2016 2:10 PM  

Could also double as a modern college faculty or Bernie Sanders fan club.

Or Pedo supporters.

Or all three.

Blogger Orville August 17, 2016 2:13 PM  

A joint NAMBLA-GLADD meetup?

Blogger Joe Doakes August 17, 2016 2:18 PM  

Come on, Vox, lighten up. They have a Right-handed SJW, an Atheist SJW, several Female SJWs, an Asian SJW . . . how much more diversity does one group of SJWs need?

Blogger Anchorman August 17, 2016 2:20 PM  

If you put an all you can eat buffet at the top of the staircase, you'd wipe half of them out before they got to the top.

Blogger ghostfromplanetspook August 17, 2016 2:20 PM  

That's not a neckbeard that's a hair-Dicky man

Anonymous Slammer64 August 17, 2016 2:21 PM  

Funny, for all the SJW shrieking these clowns do, no "People Of Color" in the pic, just goes to show who the real racists are, ya know?

Blogger Undocumented Pharmacist August 17, 2016 2:22 PM  

Why do people that are into science fiction and fantasy tend (not all - have friends that are conservative) to be fat, ugly, glasses wearing, liberal feminist SJWs?

There are people who are fans of SF & F who enjoy the speculative nature of hard SF or the heroic escapism of Fantasy, and then there are the mentally ill who try to hide from reality and their illness by immersing themselves into worlds that don't actually exist where they can be the special snowflake princesses and secret kings that reality refuses to recognize them as. See picture above as definitive illustration of second group. (sorry for horrible grammar)

Blogger Anchorman August 17, 2016 2:22 PM  

I bet half of them still couldn't beat Vox to the second light post.

Blogger frigger611 August 17, 2016 2:23 PM  

Good lord. Now where did I put the eye bleach?...

Blogger EasyCompany August 17, 2016 2:31 PM  

I can smell the confunk from here!

Blogger Bard August 17, 2016 2:34 PM  

Where da dindus?

Blogger Dave Narby August 17, 2016 2:38 PM  

I'm guessing the lifetime number of sexual partners for that group is no more than nine.

Blogger Anchorman August 17, 2016 2:40 PM  

I'm guessing the lifetime number of sexual partners for that group is no more than nine.

Only counting humans?

Blogger Orville August 17, 2016 2:43 PM  

That includes furries and tribbles.

Blogger Dave August 17, 2016 2:43 PM  

the view from the sidewalk is fine

That's not what I would call it.

Anonymous fred August 17, 2016 2:44 PM  

"Where da dindus?"

Busy breaking into the cramped studio apartments of all these zombies while they're away, and then running out in fear, horrified by the smell of cat shit.

I agree, the ancient crazy-looking zombie in the pale blue sweater is the scariest. Then again, Margaret Hamilton looks pretty darn good for someone who's been dug up from the grave.

Blogger VoodooJock August 17, 2016 2:46 PM  

Unless a buffet was under the lightpost.

Blogger Happy Housewife August 17, 2016 2:48 PM  

This is why everyone needs to read SJWs Always Lie. This is the enemy. They are nothing to be afraid of. Unless they're in a position to sit on you, of course.

Anonymous kfg August 17, 2016 2:48 PM  

"the view from the sidewalk is fine"

Needs more train.

Anonymous Godfrey August 17, 2016 2:50 PM  

Is there any doubt why these people hate so much?

Blogger seeingsights August 17, 2016 2:50 PM  

That picture shows why the Hugo and the World Science FIction Convention has no future. If you go to Dragoncon you will see young hot women in costumes. I rest my case.

Blogger Eric Hanson August 17, 2016 2:52 PM  

Apparently no waistline under 40 allowed. Diversity my ass.

Blogger Noah B August 17, 2016 2:52 PM  

After the invention of Photoshop, future generations will never believe that this was real. Let's hope that a chocolate fondue pot spill engulfs them all, leaving them perfectly preserved for posterity.

Blogger VFM #7634 August 17, 2016 2:57 PM  

Why do people that are into science fiction and fantasy tend (not all - have friends that are conservative) to be fat, ugly, glasses wearing, liberal feminist SJWs?

@7 Ben Cohen
It's an interesting question. I've wondered the same thing about subjects like art and classical music, and why conservatives and/or high-status men are not in the least bit interested in these subjects for the most part, leaving them completely open to the liberals, fags, and low-status males.

Is it just because it's difficult to make a living in these areas, and so high-status conservative men avoid these fields? Do they have no imagination, so they don't even do them as a hobby? Or is there some other reason?

Anonymous fred August 17, 2016 2:59 PM  

Not all of them are bitter Secret Kings. I've never been too enthusiastic about the SFF/comic book/video games/anime scene, but the few fanboyz I knew were not horrible people. They just had the bad luck of being born physically unattractive (most of them were not terribly overweight, and certainly not grotesquely so, they just weren't good-looking people), they were introverted, socially inept, shy, and unable to like the same things normies liked. They probably could have made themselves better-looking with a little effort, but I think the other complexes kept them from doing so. They were also usually quite smart, and I think what they liked about this material was the intellectual/conceptual nature of it, the same sort of thing that drives chess players and crossword-puzzle solvers. But if you got them to open up a bit, they were generally sweet, witty, decent people. They didn't have the awful smug mugs of these creatures.

But this was a long time ago, before SFF became converged (I've never read the converged stuff, I stopped at Dune as a lad once I got a look at who else was reading it, and took one last look at Neuromancer before sailing away, so I've never read the Love Me I'm a Dinosaur stuff, and neither did these nerds. Well, maybe they do now, I've long since lost touch, but God I hope not.)

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 17, 2016 3:01 PM  

At least none those women are so delusional as to be wearing a Princess Leia Slave bikini.

That's a thing and we should be grateful for it.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 17, 2016 3:10 PM  

Honestly I felt seriously chumped by it. Larry Niven, had been going on and on for years about how it was one long fantastic party from beginning to end.

Let us say my results varied.

Finally I discovered the truth of the matter from someone who had mentioned the matter to Jerry Pournelle's son.

His reply? "Oh, that was before Dad and Larry stopped drinking."

Blogger Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus August 17, 2016 3:16 PM  

More colour, less blubber?

Blogger Ron August 17, 2016 3:16 PM  

@fred

Game. MMA. Weights. Prayer. Reading.

Your five step solution for being born unlucky.

The one good thing about the Shoggoth infestation is that it now forces all the shy nerds to get out of the hobbit hole and work on themselves... Thats my take on it anyway.

Blogger Ben Cohen August 17, 2016 3:16 PM  

I hear you Fred. Being into SF/F was fun growing up when it was mostly about having fun and there wasn't much of a political agenda. Today most movies/shows/games have to have a SJW message inserted.

Blogger Dave August 17, 2016 3:17 PM  

NASJWsALT

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 August 17, 2016 3:19 PM  

A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents wrote:The person seated or squatting in front should be kept far away from children in my opinion. Any space he is in is not a "safe space".

Hey Jared!

Blogger Ron August 17, 2016 3:19 PM  

@Ben Cohen

Because most of them are not socially or physically adept. Sp instead of getting their aggressive and social needs met by playing ball and going out with friends, they play strategy board games and D&D.

And the reason most of them are like this because they did not get good guidance from a father figure. Hence the feminism whcih itself is a result of their emasculation and sense of inferiority to other males.

Anonymous ZhukovG August 17, 2016 3:20 PM  

@46 You had to say it! You just f'ing had to say it!! That image!!

Get out of my mind!!!

Blogger Demonic Professor El August 17, 2016 3:21 PM  

Hezekiah Garrett wrote:Who's more hilarious, neck beard on the left, or ORCA on the right?

I find it hilarious at how...literal it all is...

Blogger Demonic Professor El August 17, 2016 3:22 PM  

I will also add my dark optimism: wait 5-10 years for the Type 2 Diabetes to really keel them over.

Anonymous VFM #6306 August 17, 2016 3:23 PM  

Hezekiah Garrett wrote:Actually, on second thought, it has to be the dementia patient in the blue sweater, center left.

Be more specific. To which blue-sweatered dementia patient on the center left were you referring?

Nickname time:

Hairy Goiter
Bison Bicep
Impression Quest
FurryFail
Rape-free Cosby Sweater
Meemaw
Buck Owens Supernova
(center front weirdo) - Johnny Doe #2
Army Tent
Lurchette
Peter Lorre
Oppressed Token
ORCA!!!!

Match 'em all!

Blogger SirHamster August 17, 2016 3:29 PM  

Cataline Sergius wrote:At least none those women are so delusional as to be wearing a Princess Leia Slave bikini.

That's a thing and we should be grateful for it.


I pity the visualizers.

Blogger Giraffe August 17, 2016 3:29 PM  

The one on the left will not get within 100 feet of my daughters.

Blogger Sheila4g August 17, 2016 3:33 PM  

@25 ghostfromplanetspook: "That's not a neckbeard that's a hair-Dicky man."

I'll admit it; I snorted. I'm gonna use that.

Anonymous Jason M August 17, 2016 3:33 PM  

I didn't know Jerry Pournelle was going this year; I would've gone just to have coffee with him. Probably my last chance, considering his health. Damn.

Anonymous VFM #6306 August 17, 2016 3:34 PM  

The red-haired dude on the front left has some serious guns.

Well, gun.

Blogger J A Baker August 17, 2016 3:35 PM  

All You Can Eat Buffets are just so diverse.

Anonymous VFM #6306 August 17, 2016 3:39 PM  

I think "Sfwa???" should be categorized grammatically as an exclamation.

As in:

"Sfwa??? Those aren't white people?"

Anonymous Pig Man Big Man August 17, 2016 3:47 PM  

Couple of those SJWs have gravitational lensing going on.

Blogger Jim August 17, 2016 3:48 PM  

I wonder if the guest of honor at the first MidAmericon, Robert A Heinlein, would even be welcome at this one.

Blogger Jim August 17, 2016 3:48 PM  

I wonder if the guest of honor at the first MidAmericon, Robert A Heinlein, would even be welcome at this one.

Anonymous Pig Man Big Man August 17, 2016 3:48 PM  

Is that Biden's sister up front?

Blogger Snidely Whiplash August 17, 2016 3:49 PM  

Dave Narby wrote:I'm guessing the lifetime number of sexual partners for that group is no more than nine.

You'd think that, but this is the pre-orgy meetup and buffet stop.

Seriously, have you ever been to a con?

Blogger Pseudotsuga August 17, 2016 3:57 PM  

I bet some of those folks might even be pleasant and merely eccentric when not part of the crowd.
But critical mass takes over and the chain reaction builds...

Anonymous 5343 August 17, 2016 3:58 PM  

The best part is all of that very important diversity on display.

Don't see the diversity problem myself. There's all kinds of ugly there ...

Blogger Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus August 17, 2016 4:00 PM  

Not altogether off-topic since we're talking about shoggoths, but...

Abused 4-year old Arkansas girl zip-tied to bed believed her name was 'idiot.'

How is that before I even clicked the link to see the parents' pictures that I knew they were a black guy/fat white women combo?

Blogger GracieLou August 17, 2016 4:03 PM  

Does anyone else get auditory impressions from such a sight? Like: ffwitt-ffwitt, ffwit-ffwitt, ffwitt-ffwitt, the friction swish of polyestered Thunder-thighs. Two words: butt sweat.

So anyway (puts down barf-bag) I'll be fasting for the rest of the day...for the Christians in the Middle East.

Anonymous fred August 17, 2016 4:09 PM  

"it now forces all the shy nerds to get out of the hobbit hole and work on themselves.."

Well, if they're lucky enough to be able to. Many of them have such crippling psych complexes and self-esteem issues that it's hard to convince them to try. I was lucky, because I was a shy nerd but I grew up in a large boisterous household in a rough-and-tumble working class area, and my father was a street-smart kind of guy who forced me to go outside and play street sports, even if I wasn't any good. Which I did, and I wasn't, but he was right, it did me a great deal of good, and it didn't stop me from sitting in the laundry room late at night reading poetry (I was already scared to death of the SF and comic book worlds based on who and what I saw was reading that stuff.)

But here's what I mean by psych complexes. And this is a simple example. I was fairly terrible at team sports (played 'em anyway, and got my ass kicked), but then I discovered one-on-one return-the-ball sports, like tennis and handball, and suddenly I discovered I was quite good, and had better speed and hand-eye coordination than I'd thought. What made me so bad at team sports was that I was terrified of letting everyone down, of not catching the pass or striking out in the ninth and losing the game. With the one-on-one sports I was only responsible to myself, and it was liberating. And made me slightly demonic on the court.

I will say I am grateful to hockey, because I wasn't good (decent skater, terrible stick-handling, near-zero shot ability), but I got a couple of good scars from high sticking, and chicks dig scars.

Anonymous Longtime Lurker August 17, 2016 4:13 PM  

Picture taken moments before the 13 realized that the promise of cookies was a lie.

Blogger Dave August 17, 2016 4:14 PM  

I bet some of those folks might even be pleasant and merely eccentric when not part of the crowd.

Yeah, nobody in that group would ever vote to no award a Hugo nominee. How the hell did all those no awards happen last year?

Anonymous Frankenstein McBadperson August 17, 2016 4:18 PM  

If you've never seen the brilliant "Harden the Fuck Up, Australia" sketch, well, now is your chance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EY7lYRneHc

Blogger Snidely Whiplash August 17, 2016 4:20 PM  

Dave wrote:Yeah, nobody in that group would ever vote to no award a Hugo nominee. How the hell did all those no awards happen last year?

What part of "...when not part of the crowd" was unclear?

Blogger Dave August 17, 2016 4:24 PM  

So it was as a crowd they all voted no award for wrongthink.

Blogger EscapeVelocity August 17, 2016 5:03 PM  

Get those people some Geritol!

Blogger EscapeVelocity August 17, 2016 5:03 PM  

Get those people some Geritol!

Blogger Pseudotsuga August 17, 2016 5:08 PM  

Dave, I never claimed they wouldn't be jerks or vote "no award." They do tend to seek approval and validation from their small group of RightFans, so naturally they will follow the herd.
But separate them from their group, and either they'll go all overboard to get back into the herd, or else they MIGHT be halfway okay to talk to, one on one. MIGHT be...some of them...

Anonymous Ain August 17, 2016 5:13 PM  

They don't look any different from any gathering of 40+ people. Almost everybody lets themselves go and stops giving a shit (which is unfortunate).

Then again, it's not unusual for unhealthy people to look at least 10 years older than their biological age. They literally age faster, physically.

Blogger Were-Puppy August 17, 2016 5:15 PM  

@14 Coal Fired Brisket
I live in Kansas City and I was originally planning to attend to troll them, but I have a hard time justifying giving up time I would be spending playing Dark Souls.
---
Praise the Sun!

Blogger mushroom August 17, 2016 5:23 PM  

As Gimli pointed out, Dwarf women look so much like Dwarf men that some have said there are no Dwarf women.

Only in the case of SJWs, I'm pretty sure it's that there are no SJW men -- beards notwithstanding.

Blogger Were-Puppy August 17, 2016 5:27 PM  

The one character on the left is impressive, in that I dunno how you can be both bald, and have long hair at the same time like that. And this is beside the neckbeard.

Blogger VD August 17, 2016 5:30 PM  

They don't look any different from any gathering of 40+ people.

You quite clearly haven't seen my veteran's soccer league. Absolutely none of the 300 or so guys looks anything like that.

Blogger Were-Puppy August 17, 2016 5:31 PM  

@32 Dave Narby
I'm guessing the lifetime number of sexual partners for that group is no more than nine.
---

Does that include themselves?

Blogger Were-Puppy August 17, 2016 5:32 PM  

@34 Orville
That includes furries and tribbles.
--

I believe there might be a panel on how to be raped by a Pokemon this year.

Blogger Were-Puppy August 17, 2016 5:34 PM  

@41 seeingsights

If you go to Dragoncon you will see young hot women in costumes. I rest my case.
---

One year I saw a girl dressed as Tigra that I'm not sure she even had on a costume, it might have been paint

Blogger Were-Puppy August 17, 2016 5:41 PM  

One of them kind of like a gender fluid Chief Wahoo McDaniels

Blogger Dave August 17, 2016 5:42 PM  

But separate them from their group, and either they'll go all overboard to get back into the herd, or else they MIGHT be halfway okay to talk to, one on one. MIGHT be...some of them...

Separate some African-Americans from the hood and they MIGHT be halfway good neighbors when they move in next door. Separate some illegals from south of the border and they MIGHT be halfway respectable when dating your daughter.

How long have you been reading this blog? Thousands and thousands of those people voted no award for wrongthink last year and will do so again this year but you think it's important we know that one or two of them MIGHT be pleasant to talk to one-on-one. So they're not all like that is your point?

Blogger mushroom August 17, 2016 5:42 PM  

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Blogger Dave August 17, 2016 5:45 PM  

I believe there might be a panel on how to be raped by a Pokemon this year.

Is that Russian chick gonna be there?

Blogger Were-Puppy August 17, 2016 5:46 PM  

@73 GracieLou
Does anyone else get auditory impressions from such a sight? Like: ffwitt-ffwitt, ffwit-ffwitt, ffwitt-ffwitt, the friction swish of polyestered Thunder-thighs. Two words: butt sweat.
---

There is something at work here far worse than that. Two more words for ya: Body Cheese

Blogger Whisker biscuit August 17, 2016 5:53 PM  

This is why you should exercise, eat decent, and get laid.

Blogger Lanrick August 17, 2016 6:04 PM  

The fugly is strong with these ones.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents August 17, 2016 6:06 PM  

@69

You'd think that, but this is the pre-orgy meetup and buffet stop.


Ugh.

Like an educational nature video recording the mating habits of manatees in slow motion detail, that is Too Much Information.

Anonymous BGKB August 17, 2016 6:09 PM  

Who's more hilarious, neck beard on the left, or ORCA on the right?

That's a TRANS-whale

Looks like they're ready for the buffet.

But is the buffet ready for them, maybe they knew the date and closed the restaurant, like black bike week.

I'm guessing the lifetime number of sexual partners for that group is no more than nine.

You must not be counting prostitutes or the homeless.

Not all of them are bitter Secret Kings. Obviously some are queens

Then again, it's not unusual for unhealthy people to look at least 10 years older than their biological age. Th

Lack of Vit D plays a big roll in many diseases.

Blogger Dave August 17, 2016 6:23 PM  

I dunno how you can be both bald, and have long hair at the same time like that.

Were-Puppy it's called a skullet (like a mullet for partially bald dudes)

Blogger Bard August 17, 2016 6:36 PM  

That is one mystical neck beard.

Blogger Bard August 17, 2016 6:38 PM  

I am bald and am totally growing a skullet when I retire from the Army just so I can ask people what they are staring at. May add a pubic beard.

Blogger Azimus August 17, 2016 6:39 PM  

75.Longtime Lurker August 17, 2016 4:13 PM
Picture taken moments before the 13 realized that the promise of cookies was a lie.


If you look closely you can see the Bridge Club Lady in the middle of the group form the "b-" of "bull-crap there were free cookies!"

Blogger Bard August 17, 2016 6:40 PM  

Or a horizontal Mohawk across the back.

Blogger Azimus August 17, 2016 6:40 PM  

62.VFM #6306 August 17, 2016 3:34 PM
The red-haired dude on the front left has some serious guns. Well, gun.


Xhe has Popeye guns!

Blogger Bard August 17, 2016 6:42 PM  

And I am going to tuck in my Hawaiian floral shirt and wear black sock with my sandals.

Blogger Lovekraft August 17, 2016 6:48 PM  

The only real good movie/tv adaptation that I can think of is "Dagon", a Spanish production from the early 2000s (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0264508/).

But looking at that photo, I imagine filming these lardbuckets with spooky music would substitute quite well.

Someone who attempts to re-create Lovecraft go about it the wrong way. First they have to go very, very close to the edge and back away slowly to a typewriter. You don't get there by eating a ton of twinkies.

Anonymous Gen. Kong August 17, 2016 6:55 PM  

Looks like they're ready for the buffet.

(heard as they approach)…. no more for you, fat boy. You eat like killer whale!

Blogger Pseudotsuga August 17, 2016 6:55 PM  

Dave wrote:

Separate some African-Americans from the hood and they MIGHT be halfway good neighbors when they move in next door. Separate some illegals from south of the border and they MIGHT be halfway respectable when dating your daughter.
How long have you been reading this blog? Thousands and thousands of those people voted no award for wrongthink last year and will do so again this year but you think it's important we know that one or two of them MIGHT be pleasant to talk to one-on-one. So they're not all like that is your point?


Actually, Dave, I am on your side. They MIGHT be okay...but probably not, as you point out. Most of them will indeed turn out to be that way--
I have close relatives who are major, major anime fans and cosplayers, and they are this way (although they claim they are Christians, they are really Churchians, as Vox names it). I have close relatives who are in the publishing biz, and they lean this way (although it's not hard with all that mass and the gravitational pull).
They all felt the Bern pretty hard.
So, a few might be okay, but I'm not holding my breath (nor would I be happy if my daughter dated one of them.)

Anonymous #1037 August 17, 2016 6:56 PM  

Ugh. Social Justice Warthogs.

Blogger Doom August 17, 2016 6:56 PM  

You do realize, as with feminists, these are dead-enders? Is that all there is for these people, the fantasy of equality? Love for those who even mothers might well have cringed away from? Maybe it really is all they have. Which, while sad, would be fine. If they would keep it to themselves. There is a place for non and under achievers. Well, heck, I'm an underachiever, I just don't think that means the world owes me. And I don't think having a bad heart should be ignored so I can be a pilot or somesuch. And, yet, strangely, the world is caring for me. How odd how that can work out.

Oh, I'm that ugly, now. But I'm nearly dead. I have some excuse, if even then I fight it with every tooth and nail I can bring to bear on the problem.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash August 17, 2016 7:14 PM  

Dave wrote:So they're not all like that is your point?

Not All Shoggoths Are Like That.

Blogger buwaya August 17, 2016 7:29 PM  

The second and third from the right look like just about everyone at TRW or Aerojet or Lockheed back in the 80's-90's. Merge them together and they look like me.

The rest, YMMV. Middle guy in the back with the loud shirt looks like a Berkeley astrophysicist fellow who worked on curve fitting algorithms (orbits you know) for a machine tool outfit we were writing code for.

Fat guy on the far right looks like a Puerto Rican foreman I recall in a Martin Marietta parts inspection department.

With the rest, you have a point.

Anonymous Bz August 17, 2016 7:30 PM  

Wright has a comparison with DragonCon at his site: http://www.scifiwright.com/2016/08/dragoncon-and-worldcon/

There's a difference, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

Blogger J A Baker August 17, 2016 7:31 PM  

Addam's family reunion.

Blogger frigger611 August 17, 2016 7:33 PM  

@72 TQC

I saw the same story and thought the same thing!

Shoggoths abound in modern America.

Fat stupid white women who hook up with dregs just because they're lonely only end up endangering their children. They are a scourge.

The story from Cincinnati last week of a woman who got addicted to heroin then "paid" her dealer by allowing him to have sex with her 11 year old daughter (for months?) was truly the last sick nail in the coffin for me. Same situation. Strung out white woman. Black dealer.

Blogger buwaya August 17, 2016 7:34 PM  

The sort of engineer-schlubs who worked in the original iterations of Silicon Valley weren't very prepossessing to tell the truth. We were engineers, and therefore schlubs.

Anonymous Ain August 17, 2016 7:52 PM  

VD: "You quite clearly haven't seen my veteran's soccer league. Absolutely none of the 300 or so guys looks anything like that."

I'm speaking of the average Americans that one sees everywhere they go. People that pursue athletics beyond their 30's are exceptional when compared to the norm. Or at least they are here.

Is your veteran's soccer league a reflection of average Europeans? I don't know to what degree obesity has spread to the rest of the world.

Blogger rcocean August 17, 2016 7:54 PM  

I love the guy in the back row on the far left. Lots of SJW's look like him, only worse.

Blogger VD August 17, 2016 8:07 PM  

Is your veteran's soccer league a reflection of average Europeans?

The average guys our age tend to be scrawnier, and with paunches, but not that different. There aren't a lot of big, obese people around.

Blogger Latigo3 August 17, 2016 8:36 PM  

Beached whales in Kansas City. How did that happen?

Blogger Abyssus Invocat August 17, 2016 8:45 PM  

I am so stealing that line.

Blogger Kristophr August 17, 2016 8:57 PM  

Only the less overweight female SJWs can breed. The rest have to recruit through orwellian mind control.

Blogger John Wright August 17, 2016 9:01 PM  

@40
Done!
@113
Credit where credit is due: Seeingsights came up with the idea. See his post, above.

Man, even the photos that are not of half-clad babes (if you are pessimist. The optimist sees the babe as half-naked) you can see guys who put thought, creativity, gumption and elbow grease into their costumes.

I saw nothing like that at World Con.

Well, there was a cute Star Trek midshipman girl who gave me a hug, which must have been unpleasant for her, because I could fit into the worldcon picture without any predator sighting me against the background.

And her man did not punch me!

Writing is a great profession! All you have to do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until your eyes bleed, and write a story -- compared to lumberjack, ditch-digger, farmhand, truckdriver, mafia hitman, or any honest labor requiring skill and effort, being a bard is the bomb!

The muse does all the hard parts, and you work for bosses, the readers, who by definition can never be wrong.

How many jobs are there were the worker loves his boss? I love my readers.

They take money that could be used for finer and nobler things, beer or poker, first-person-shooter games or renting DEADPOOL, and give it to you instead.

Wow. What a racket.

All you have to do is play play-pretend like you did when you were a kid.

And think through the implications of both factual and counterfactual science and history and human and alien institutions, laws, customs, habits, psychology, art forms.

And make engaging yet three dimensional characters locked in a heart-wrenching struggle with both personal and public happiness at stake, and tell the same in a well-paced, properly grounded, utterly fantastic, and thoughtfully articulate series of plot events using word that are both clear and poetical, memorable yet unobtrusive.

And then do that all without allowing the reader to perceive the tropes and tricks being played on him to mesmerize his imagination.

And write engaging descriptions of scenery that are not too intrusive (which is harder than it seems).

While added necessary exposition and backstory indirectly and engagingly while seemingly writing about something else happening in the foreground for another reason.

Throw in some action and wise observations about the human condition that only you and a few sages have ever put into words.

Throw in some humor.

And voila! It is as easy as baking a cake.

A cake of gunpowder. With a flamethrower. On a unicycle. On a highwire. With a unicorn. Above a tank full of radioactive sea bass with lasers in their skulls. While solving three Rubrik's cubes. That you are juggling. While on fire. Blindfolded. Before deadline.

Still, it beats honest labor.

Blogger Scott C August 17, 2016 9:15 PM  

SJWs definitely have a certain phenotype.

Anonymous kfg August 17, 2016 9:17 PM  

"A cake of gunpowder. With a flamethrower. . .Still, it beats honest labor."

But at least the pay isn't very good, so you've got that going for your, which is nice.

Blogger Mountain Man August 17, 2016 9:32 PM  

Looks like Town Meeting Day in Vermont.

The "real" Vermonters don't bother coming anymore, they just know their pleas for lower taxes will be ignored

Blogger Mountain Man August 17, 2016 9:35 PM  

The weirdo redhead ( up front) looks like she had her head rubbed against the side of a rolling tire.
Come to think of it, the guy in back might be able to lend her enough to cover the bare patch

Blogger Thucydides August 17, 2016 9:37 PM  

Gahhh, my eyes!

Anonymous JAG August 17, 2016 9:37 PM  

I think that the pic as well as the general state of our society shows why you should not have rooted for the Tri-lambs in Revenge of the Nerds. No, the world is better off with the Alpha Betas as the BMOC.

Blogger Jon M August 17, 2016 9:55 PM  

Just out of sheer curiosity, I ran a quick google image search for a couple of other sedentary conventions. You know, to see if other conventions feature the same sort of evidence that 'physiognomy' is real. I looked at video games, wargames, RPGs, and knitting, and not a one of them featured the same collection of outliers as this one does.

Anonymous Hapax Legomenon August 17, 2016 10:28 PM  

Standard issue readers' and writers' meat-bodies ... big bottoms (evolved for optimal comfort in seated position) being the giveaway. The only other people I've seen with similar builds are taxi drivers, who also spend a lot of time sitting on their derriere.

Anonymous The Lurker in Darkness August 17, 2016 11:19 PM  

Can't tell for sure, but the guy in the back center in the flower print shirt looks a lot like the guy who used to wear a Playboy bunny costume at a few cons I attended years ago.

The Lurker in Darkness

Anonymous Alsos August 17, 2016 11:23 PM  

SyFy needs to do an "Extreme Makeover: Fandom Edition" or "Normie Eye for the Fen Guy/Gal/Other" reality series.

Imagine what this motley group might look like reunited at next year's WorldCon after twelve months of diet, exercise, proper grooming, charm/socialization lessons, intensive psychotherapy, and guidance in dressing themselves properly.

Blogger Lazarus August 17, 2016 11:33 PM  

For people who are dedicated to the destruction of Western Civilization, they look rather ordinary and harmless.

Show me the masterminds.

Blogger Mountain Man August 18, 2016 12:00 AM  

Soros comes to mind

Blogger Unknown August 18, 2016 1:55 AM  

>The greater SF-SJWs, the writers, really need to be seen to be believed.

The correlation between IQ and obesity is so strong that I doubt either of those two woman would have written anything interesting even if I didn't know that they are SJWs.

Anonymous Shut up rabbit August 18, 2016 2:32 AM  

Only such lilleywhite, closeted, dare I say privileged Whitey McWhitebread, reality avoiding cucks could call for more diversity - its because they've never witnessed any diversity (or adversity) at first hand. They've just spent their whole lives eating and haranguing normal people.

Anonymous VFM #6306 August 18, 2016 10:53 AM  

Portrait title: Skippy in Front, at the Ready Position.

Blogger Were-Puppy August 18, 2016 7:22 PM  

@101 Bard

I am bald and am totally growing a skullet when I retire from the Army just so I can ask people what they are staring at. May add a pubic beard.
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I think Hulk Hogan started that Skullet, but he kept his bald part of his head under a doo rag so you didn't realize it.

Blogger Were-Puppy August 18, 2016 7:33 PM  

@123 John Wright

And write engaging descriptions of scenery that are not too intrusive (which is harder than it seems).
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As a common reader, you know who I think is really good at that? E.E. Knight. Not sure what it is but at least in the Vampire Earth novels, I remember the descriptions vividly matching places I have actually been quite well.

OpenID tmdfos August 18, 2016 9:48 PM  

Interesting first day at the Con. Went to a Heinlein panel chaired by a Dr. Lyau and Jo Walton (a hugo winner in 2012). Progressives to the core; who spoke about Heinlein’s schizophrenia in regards to his progressivism and yet how he often came back to his (small c)onservative KC roots with characters or situations. Yet they stayed away from his more (controversial?) books such as Farmham’s Freehold or Starship Troopers.
Lots of freaks there, many colors of hair, tattoos, men (?) in skirts, etc. I need to remember the camera tomorrow to capture some of the local color.

Oh and then the best part to cap off the day... went down to Jack Stacks BBQ for dinner and who should come in? The handmaiden of our new Empress, Tim Kaine. TV cameras, SS and police galore. That really put a capper on the SJW day.

Today was more of the same except that it actually seems there are quite a few good looking gals walking about for eye candy. Many with no or few tattoos. Jerry Pournelle's panel was quite interesting. He directly challenged the subject of the panel. That was good for a big grin.

Blogger MrNiceguy August 24, 2016 1:13 PM  

But is the buffet ready for them?

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