Worldcon Thoughts After Sasquan: Next Year in Kansas City

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Next year in Kansas City, we will be hosting Worldcon (“we” meaning we Missourians, not me personally, as I am a minor player at best in this drama). I am thrilled and excited to finally be in a place in my life where I can participate in person instead of through my endless babblings on line. Last night I stayed up way past my bedtime to watch the Hugo Awards 2015, and I have opinions. I started to write them as a Facebook post, then decided to move them here: My more coherent (daylight) thoughts on the Hugos: The puppies got…

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Thank You, Mr. Nimoy: Spock Taught Me It’s Okay to be a Girl

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Goodbye, Leonard Nimoy. This “half alien” geek girl will miss you. I first watched Star Trek (the Original Series) on a small black and white television when I was about eight or nine. We had to hold the rabbit ear antennas just right to get the signal, and it was a revelation to me years later that they all had brightly colored uniforms. A lot of girls identified with Uhura. She was beautiful, intelligent, commanding, and oh, so cool. And she could speak “side eye” code sooooo well. But I didn’t identify with her. I wasn’t cool. I wasn’t beautiful.…

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Anti-Vax: Dangerously Wrong about Autism and Vaccinations

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Sometimes it can be incredibly difficult to tell someone when they are not only wrong, but dangerously wrong. I ran into this recently at a conference on autism. Not only some of the attendees, but some of the presenters had fallen into the dangerous and discredited belief that autism is caused by vaccinations. Putting aside for a moment why a nationally recognized autism advocacy organization would support this position (suffice it to say that I will not be giving this organization any more of my money), I want to deal with why people believe this even though the evidence the…

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Daily Dance (or Dither) Half Year Resolutions

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Today’s daily dance is about the process I go through to keep being organized (in time and space) despite constantly battling chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. One piece of that is making new “resolutions” regularly. On Goal Derailment and Resolutions Depressive episodes can completely derail goals. Pain can derail goals. Significant life events can derail goals. A new, cool video game can derail goals (I’m looking at YOU, Elder Scrolls Online). New book, same deal. So, for me, goal engagement is like juggling or mixing cake batter. I am constantly picking up stuff from the edges and folding it back…

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