So you want to be an air traffic controller

I’ve been getting more involved in the training program at my work.

For those who don’t know, my primary income-earning job is as an air traffic controller. It is, I must say, a pretty good job.

We are currently seeing an upswing in candidates for the job. And I was pondering what qualifications I, personally, think make a good ATC candidate.

The official requirements are here.

However, I have a further suggestion for a successful metric.

Are you a good restaurant server? Bartender? Short-order cook? If you are, you will probably be a good air traffic controller.

It’s much of the same skill-set — ability to remember complex things and prioritize the order of accomplishing them. Spatial recognition and manipulation skills. Extremely quick decision-making.

So if you are a good waiter and you meet the other requirements, and you want to make six figures a year, BY ALL MEANS apply to the FAA Academy and become an air traffic controller.


All Wiscon Parties

The past few years, I have run a party at Wiscon. First with the Thomas’s and Mad Norwegian for Chicks Dig Comics, then for Queers Dig Time Lords, and last year for Apex Magazine.

I won’t be running a party this year — I’m not editing Apex anymore, and the various editorial projects I have are small and scattered and not really supporting of a room party.

So one of y’all should throw a Wiscon party!

If you’ve liked the parties I’ve been a part of in the past, and want to run one, hit me up on email and I can tell you how it’s gone for me — things like attendance and carding and alcohol control and party games.

I look forward to going to your parties this year!


Thank you, all. Queers Destroy Kickstarter success!

The Queers Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter is closed. It was an incredible success!

We finished with 2,250 backer. We raised $54,523, unlocking ALL of the stretch goals.

This is really, really fantastic, y’all. I thank you for your contributions and support. With your help we continue to demonstrate the diversity of fandom. With actions, with stories, with magazines and anthologies and work we make queer representation a priority.

Thanks again.

I look forward to reading your submissions!


Queers Destroy NEARLY EVERYTHING, and it’s about damn time

The Queers Destroy Science Fiction project is rocketing onwards!

So far we have unlocked Queers Destroy Horror, Queers Destroy Filk, and Queers Destroy Fantasy.

Also, we have unlocked add-on rewards for backers! You should go check those out!

With hours to go, we are nearly unlocking the entire project structure.

I am so very pleased, and honored, to be a part of this.

I am so pleased and grateful for your support.

Thank you.


Yeah, I knew that

Got the official results from the Mayo on the last round of testing.

Everything came back negative. I have no meaningful diagnosis. The next round of testing at the end of the month is grasping at straws.

The ENT has started conversationally throwing in words like “management” and “long-term.”

It’s still lovely that this is not life-threatening. That, I think, will not stop being lovely until I stop having bad dreams about the radiation therapy I was going to undergo if it had, in fact, been throat cancer.

But it’s not lovely to look ahead to forty-plus more years of difficulty talking and swallowing. Kinda uncool, that.


February 11 2015

My mom is visiting for K’s TWELFTH birthday. I just filled out some paperwork for K for Circus Juventas, and oh my goodness, my kids are growing up. Yeesh.

In the meantime, I got a new mug from RedBubble.


New mug! Homemade chai in Marvelous mug!

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Jupiter Ascending, a few thoughts

I remember when Alien Resurrection was in theaters. I saw that movie in the theater! On paper, A:R was amazing. Great director, great writers, amazing cast, good SFX, good concept — it should have been a good movie.

It’s not.

I’ve watched Alien Resurrection five or six times on dvd, trying to figure out what the hell went WRONG. I still can’t put my finger on it.

I saw Jupiter Ascending this weekend in the theater. When it ended I told Cavorter that I though the film would have benefited from being directed by either Baz Luhrman or Luc Besson. Or possibly Peter Jackson.

If Jackson had directed it, I would have CARED during those amazingly filmed but totally soulless fight scenes. If Luhrman had filmed it I would have been so entranced by the spectacle that the asinine plot wouldn’t have mattered. If Besson had directed this movie I would have found the inexplicable worldbuilding charming and over-the-top instead of haphazardly executed.

Jupiter Ascending has everything going for it on paper. Great cast, great directors, good budget, nice concept, good SFX.

Yet …

Yet Tatum and Kunis, who have great chemistry with their co-stars in almost every project ever, have no chemistry with each other. Yet the worldbuilding is nonsense AND vitally important to our caring. Yet the SFX are brilliant but totally divorced from any character moments to give them meaning.

I’m not sure what happened, here. On paper this film is brilliant. On the screen …

… not so much.


This is the story of a regular girl who finds out she is a princess, who gains an empire, who falls in love with a Manic Pixie Wolf Boy. The entire story revolves around her, she saves her own life in hand-to-hand combat, she is tested and doesn’t falter. At the end of the story she returns to her world, having learned the truth about her heritage and the value of the life she leads. She gets everything she wants, and is happy.

And there are really cool gravity-rocket-skate-boots.

I’m not really seeing the downside, here.



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