Veerryyy Interesting…

Has SCOTUS had its first leak???

It appears ‘someone’ has leaked an upcoming opinion, for the first time ever.

The moment many of us have been praying for over the last several decades appears to be at hand. According to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito, it appears the Supreme Court has voted to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion on demand legal in all 50 states.

Full article, HERE.

Now the question is, WHO leaked it and WHY? Is this an attempt to undermine SCOTUS?

Is this going to be the ‘October Surprise’ this year? A way for the left to rally their base? Or to initiate another round of ‘court packing’?

Or is this a poke in the eye with a sharp stick version, designed to let the left know they’ve lost yet again?

Or is this a red herring???

YMMV, IANAL, and I don’t stay at Holiday Inns…

What do y’all think?

Tulkon AAR…

Made it back last night. I was whupped…

Friday noon to three on Sunday is a workout. We lost a few panels due to some scheduling and room issues, but for a fairly new con, it was well run!

First of all, KUDOS to Jonna and Kortnee for the great booth set up they did in the dealer’s room!

Prepping and signing books for the display-

And the finished product!

We had books for everybody in the North Texas Troublemakers, plus stabby things Bjorn’s Blades! And classic books, courtesy of Tully!

They also had a gaming area, the local SCA folks did an exhibit outside, including sword fighting, and there were cosplayers! So a little something for everyone.

Pretty much everyone in the group ended up on at least one panel, either writing, con history, history of fandom, cooking, and of course we did a panel on the Ghosts of Malta Anthology! (Guess who was hung over)… And it wasn’t me!

And there was a ‘Big ass book launch party”! But 50+ people crammed into one of the suites as a ‘bit’ overwhelming!!! 🙂 I left early, so I apparently missed getting dragged into another anthology… LOL

Moderating panels is always interesting, but I got a ‘special’ panel, apparently after some other folks backed out!

As a moderator, you always want to have a few questions ‘preloaded’ and discussed with the other panelists. I had four questions prepped…

The panelists were David Weber, Sarah Hoyt, and David Carrico talking about Science Fiction and Fantasy as sandboxes for ideas on politics and society! They were gentle with me, and let me get a question in edgewise occasionally, ‘usually’ after they had already answered it!  Sigh… And we did get through THREE of the questions, which was much better than I figured we’d do (Honestly, I thought I might get the first question in and the three of them would be off and running)!

It was great to see old friends, and have a chance to talk to readers and other authors, usually between panels for one or the other of us. The hotel staff and Tulkon staff were both excellent, going out of their way to get things done as needed. The only negative was the hotel is still recovering from the whole WuFlu things and the restaurant was really only open for breakfast, but there were other places to eat within walking distance.

I never cease to be amazed by the quality of questions and comments during panels, and I heard one comment that I’ve never heard before! That was in a discussion on Indie writing, and a lady in the audience said words to the effect that “You need to be careful about what your book’s title is. It could be embarrassing if somebody like me happened to be reading it in public and others could see the title/cover, especially if it could be misconstrued.”

I had never even thought of that, but I could see her point in certain genres…

I’d give Tulkon an 8 out of 10. Worth it, and sure to improve next year! Also it is reasonably priced to attend, and they do get ‘con blocks’ at the host hotel, which does save the attendees $$$!

 

 

And…we’re off and running…

You can go HERE for the website and see the programming and the panels. We’ve already done a couple of panels each yesterday, with more to come over the next two days.

We did a virtual panel via Zoom with Gordon and Nancy Frye, along with Ian and myself on Cowboys, what Hollywood got right and wrong. That one was recorded and we will be putting it up on the NTT YouTube channel as soon as we get a copy.

It’s also great to see old friends, have time to chat, and the usual scramble for food, liquid refreshment, and figuring out who is supposed to be where… LOL

The tribe is gathering…

Or is a troublemakers, are or whatever you wanna call us… 🙂

The ladies are working hard on the ‘booth’ set up, and they really deserve all the credit!!!

This is just the back half of the booth, and it’s nice to see what happens when a professional marketer gets her hands on our stuff! More to come tomorrow, there’s a Contacts off starting tomorrow at noon.

Reality…

Is jumping up and smacking folks in the face as far as food costs are going…

Kat sent this one out yesterday…

Eight months ago- $5

Six weeks ago- $8.58

Yesterday-

Yep, you read that right- $13.56!!!

And there was this one in our little rural town yesterday…

And Peter ‘might’ have said something about firing up the grill… Sadly I was down at the Post working, otherwise… Sigh…

Off to Tulkon for a couple of days up in Tulsa. Blogging will be light and commenting lighter. Go read the folks on the sidebar.

Last but not least, say a prayer for New Jovian Thunderbolt’s family. He succumbed to cancer a couple of days ago.

And now it begins…

Elon Musk is officially buying Twitter!

And of course the left is coming after him, first and foremost Jeff Bezos…

Amazon founder and former CEO Jeff Bezos on Monday mulled whether China has gained leverage over what happens on Twitter now that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has secured a $44 billion deal with the social media company. 

Full article, HERE from Fox News.

And there was this…

Twitter explodes over plenty of news, but perhaps never to the degree it did Monday over the news of its stunning $44 billion sale to Elon Musk, the world’s richest man.

The tech wizard, entrepreneur, and self-described free-speech absolutist is set to take the company private after the board accepted his monumental offer, and the takes came flying in left and right, from fear of the idiosyncratic billionaire’s coming changes to anticipation over certain deleted accounts returning to shrugs at Twitter making a bigger deal out of itself than it really is.

Full article, HERE.

I’m going to go pop more popcorn and just sit back and watch… LOL

Rut Roh…

About that ‘smart home’ you…had…

The smart home company Insteon has vanished.

The entire company seems to have abruptly shut down just before the weekend, breaking users’ cloud-dependent smart-home setups without warning. Users say the service has been down for three days now despite the company status page saying, “All Services Online.” The company forums are down, and no one is replying to users on social media.

Full article, HERE from ArsTechnica.

I know I’m a dinosaur, but I just flat don’t want a ‘smart’ house. I don’t want someone to have the ability to hack my house and make it do things ‘I’ don’t want it to do, much less open the house to robbery, etc.

I do have an alarm system, not by choice, but required to get a low interest mortgage. But I also back it up with plain old smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers, along with other ‘home’ safety measures.

There are plenty of reports, or were, of hackers using ‘smart’ tech including electric meters, water usage, etc. to figure out when homeowners were gone and using that information (or selling it) to allow the house to be robbed.

YMMV, but those are ‘my’ thoughts.

h/t Stretch

Hmmm…

This is…odd, to put it mildly…

Two Russian oligarchs, their wives, and their children were found dead just a day apart, prompting police investigations into whether the incidents were suicides or a result of foul play.

Full article, HERE from the Washington Examiner.

I’d think there is a ‘backstory’ there somewhere, this is just a ‘bit’ too ‘convenient’ for lack of a better term.

It’s a question of who knew what, and when. Putin is already lashing out at FSB and the generals, is this the ‘next’ step? Taking out those who might be a threat to him? The sad part is the wives/children are also dead.

What did they do/know? Or was this plainly vindictive/a lesson to ‘encourage’ others?

We can haz…

An anthology live!!!

Click on the cover for the Amazon link!!!

The blurb-

Help feed us starving writers! 🙂