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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    It’s always hard when someone you love is ill, especially when you can’t explain to them what’s going on. My sympathies.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Okay, no direct links, cuz commercial, but if you go to redbubble-dot-com and go to slash-people-slash-achronalart that's me and you can see the pen-and-ink drawing I was talking about. It's called "Fae Riders."
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Yeah, I decided to go with "yes" as probably the more ethical route. I also disabled the "children's shirts" for this one.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Err. If I'm posting a picture (not here, on a print-on-demand t-shirt site) and it includes an elf riding a horse and neither of them is wearing a stitch but due to angles and stuff nothing is showing either, should I label it "adult material"? I feel like people looking for pinups with their bits hanging out would be disappointed in my staid ol' piece of classicism.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    He’s a total sweetheart irl and he’s super supportive. Have you read “Terminal Alliance,” the first book in his Janitors of the Apocalypse series? It’s hilarious.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    About thirty years ago, interestingly enough, was when I gave up on science fiction fandom and conventions because the groping culture made me so uncomfortable. ... Only to come back a few years later when PingosHusband’s book won some awards and garnered attention. Attending cons as a pro, or at least as the family of a pro, was a lot safer.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Ehhh, just that Asimov was part of that merry band of gropers, assaulters, and jokesters who made the science fiction profession and fandom so miserable for women and girls for so long. His vouching for someone’s character counts for less than nothing. To quote Jim C. Hines,
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    If it’s the 90s doesn’t that mean he should stick to grunge?
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Asimov’s endorsement of character is not a plus, in my estimation.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Ohhhh my gosh, there is SO MUCH whackdoodle nonsense about Sumer online. I am actually grateful to Wikipedia for sticking pretty firmly to archeological fact in its articles.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Cool! (Phoenician is closely related to Hebrew. I’ve learned the alphabet but I’ve been too lazy to learn any of the language beyond a few names.)
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Everyone I met in New York was really nice.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    People who talk online about Mesopotamian culture would do better to not keep cribbing off each other, especially when the major sources of online information about the foods they ate list all sorts of farm crops (including apples, which didn't show up until 2000 years after many of these places were founded) and somehow all forget that people also eat wild game and birds and the entire land is between two massive rivers and on the Persian gulf so maybe they'll eat a little fish now and then. Fortunately I've been basing my research on translated cuneiform tablets rather than random internet speculation, but it's still a little annoying that there's so much not-quite-right information out there. Never mind that I keep having to wipe Bible offa my History, so far as online talk about Mesopotamia is concerned.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    The ones I've seen have been small enough to hold in the palm of the hand. The first one is clearly bigger. And nope, they are pretty definitely eye idols. The city specialized in them, and they still exist In large numbers.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Yes, she is. It was unpleasant how the sf community split on that one.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    To me Harlan Ellison will always be the @$$ who grabbed Connie Willis’ breast onstage at the 2006 World Science Fiction Convention in front of pretty much the entire literary sf world.
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    Games Workshop Namarti Reavers

    Ooooh, scary wood elves! It’s a good color scheme.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Ancient Mesopotamians in the city of Nagar (now Tell Brak) worshipped Muppets: Popular types include what archeologoists call the "Doo doo doo doo doo pair" from the "Mah-nah-mah-nah" sequence: And the grouping known as "I've Got You Under My Skin":
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I think I just learned the forum won’t allow your post if it includes cuneiform.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    There’s a few explanations of how that may have happened. Seen through fog (of which there occasionally is some at sea), pinnipeds (which include seals and sea lions) lounging on rock outcroppings at a distance can look an awful lot like languorous ladies lounging about on their elbows. It’s said that European sailors’ descriptions of nude women swimming near their ships in the New World may have been manatee sightings. Frankly, I think a lot can be laid at the feet of stressed out heterosexual men who have been trapped on a unisex vessel for god knows how long. Dolphins, despite their reputations, are violent and aggressive. The males tend to be sexually aggressive, banding together in gangs to isolate and group assault unwilling lone females of their own species. Many of them seem willing to have a go with anything of roughly the correct size and shape they can catch in the water.
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    Little Fuzzy Book Series

    I quite liked Killashandra’s name.
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    Little Fuzzy Book Series

    Killashandra (more properly Killeshandra, or even more properly Cill na Seanrátha, “the church of the old ring-fort”), is a place that’s been famous for its butter since the nineteenth century. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killeshandra
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    Little Fuzzy Book Series

    Darrell K. Sweet was a terrible artist but a lovely person. And his horses really were amazingly good. (I can’t think of a D&D illustrator of the 1980s or 1990s who did horses really well. Good horses are tricky.)
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    Little Fuzzy Book Series

    I realize I was rude to Darrell K. Sweet. He wasn’t just fast. He was also, by reports, one of the sweetest guys you’d ever meet.. And nobody did horses as well as he did. Nobody.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Wha just happened? I was in the middle of a conversation about Michael Whelan’s art and suddenly my post is on a page with people yelling at each other last weekend about Nazis and someone waving a modbat.
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