May 5th, 2008

vpxi vineyard sculpture spearing fish

need a science fiction plot?

Try the SF Plot Generator, courtesy Jocelyn Paine (link found from Dr. Dobb's Newsletter).

Here's three it gave me:

"Planet 9 of Alpha-Centauri is taken over by a time-travelling loony who returns to his youth and kills himself (I said he was a loony)."

"Earth falls toward the Sun and is visited by evil mutant brewers yeast cells who wish only to serve everyone (fried)."

"Mars is struck by a comet and is visited by evil robots who steal its reserves of asparagus soup and are stopped by a logician who can't remember the Paradox of the Liar and gets killed."

The third one has some legs.
homer happy donut

cinco de mayo at work

For Cinco de Mayo, we're having a "salsa and guacamole" contest at work. So, there's chips and guac and salsa and other multi-layer dips all over the place. Yum. And Ugh (I ate too much).

I did enter the guacamole contest, using four fine avocadoes and a carefully crafted blend of salsas. No, I did not stuff the ballot box. This will be a fair competition!

ETA: I finished second. My late entry didn't help. Should have stuffed...
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[writing] down to six points in The Race

A story came back from F&SF with the "standard no" today, so in the Dean Wesley Smith "Race" game I'm down to six points. In my April summary, I said I had eight points but I'd made a counting mistake. Sigh.

I should be up to nine within a couple days, as I've got submissions to Realms of Fantasy, Asimov's, and Analog planned for Any Day Now.