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12 May 2006 @ 04:32 pm
Census 2006 and crappy stories  
So, I just tried to do our 2006 census online, but it insisted that I install some crap on my machine that I didn't want. I guess I'll be filling it out the hard way and mailing it in.

Funny this should come up today, though*.

This morning, one of the podcasts I listened to was the most recent episode of Escape Pod. I highly recommend this listen to anyone who likes spec-fic; their stories are usually top-notch. (And writers take note: they're a paying market!)

The next few 'casts, they'll be featuring the Hugo-nominated short stories. They have rights to 'cast four of the five, and they're working on the fifth. I was pretty excited about this, because I usually don't hear about the Hugos until after the fact. Today was the first of the nominations: Seventy-Five Years, by Michael A. Burstein.

I thought it was pretty boring.

It's there for you to read, or download the Escape Pod and listen to it and judge for yourself, but... I found it incredibly dull. It started out slow, and then it devolved into two people having a conversation for the rest of the story: all "blah blah blah." Nothing happened, except one character was convinced of something by the other character. Dull, dull, dull. I find it amazing that this story was a) purchased by Analog, and b) nominated for a Hugo.

Am I totally out to lunch? What do you think?

*Oh, and the reason why it was funny was because the story revolves around info collected in an old census.
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Allenshockwave77598 on May 12th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
How can a podcast be a paying market?
Ataraatara on May 13th, 2006 02:36 am (UTC)
He explained it in the last meta-cast. Basically, they receive enough from donations (and may be adding ads at the end) to do semi-pro rates.
KehzaFoxkfops on May 12th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
I filled out the census online and didn't seem to have any problems at all (using FireFox on Windows).

Though... that being said, the site did use a signed Java applet which I had to agree to execute. I s'pose if you didn't have Sun's Java installed on your PC, that may've been the weirdness.

I don't think I've seen that on any other site before.
Ataraatara on May 13th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I tried Firefox and IE. I tried it on my machine and Plonq's. No joy. Weird.