The Corruption of the Hugo Awards Nominations Process

Monday, 6 April 2015

In short: a bunch of rightwing SF/F writers and fans colluded to stack the Hugo Award nominations with their own candidates, effectively excluding better works — and they invited Gamergaters to join them in their quest.
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After the roast, the cleanup

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

I don’t like cooking. The preparation can be tedious. The smells hang around for days, depending on the configuration of your house and the day’s menu. Worst of all, there’s the washing up.

If you have done a roast on any kind of wire grill/cooking rack arrangement in the oven or a turbo broiler you’ll be familiar with the after-dinner results: a manky thing caked with grease and burnt animal product that needs cleaning.

You’ll spend some (meaning lots of) time with scrubber/brush/steel wool/whatever, plus detergent and hot water, in an effort to make it all good again. When you’re finally done you may have a bit of a mess to clean up after the cleanup. You may also notice some deposits that got missed the first time around.

Now that’s annoying.

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Lane Cove National Park #3: Land creatures

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Australian water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii)

Australian water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii)


 
This final post in the Lane Cove National Park series features the Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami) and the Australian water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii).

 

Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami)

Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami)

[Note for newcomers to this site: click on the pictures to view higher resolution images.]
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Lane Cove National Park #2: Laughing kookaburra

Monday, 24 November 2014
Laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

Laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

 

This mischievous Laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) had good reason for mirth today — a perfectly executed raid on a picnic table at the Lane Cove National Park in Sydney.

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Lane Cove National Park #1: Waterfowl

Sunday, 23 November 2014
Dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

Dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

 

These are photos from a day out at the Lane Cove National Park. It’s a lovely place for a picnic and a bit of wildlife stalking. :)

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Birds at the RBG #4: Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

Saturday, 22 November 2014
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

These are just a few members of a large flock of cockatoos feeding under heavy tree cover next to the boundary fence. Beyond the fence is the main road.

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Birds at the RBG #3: Powerful Owl

Monday, 20 October 2014
Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua)

Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua)

Free walking tours are conducted by volunteers twice a day at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney. They start at the Information booth just outside the shop, more or less in the middle of the Garden, and last between one and a half and two hours. Notable bird sightings are posted on the whiteboard at the booth. On the day of my visit, the presence of a Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) at the RBG was indicated, and in the course of the tour we visited the tree in which the bird roosted.

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