OpenWHO has a lot of free short healthcare courses in a bunch of different languages: https://openwho.org/
Useful for language learning, and also perhaps a good teaching resource if you have kids off school.
So, a number of male SFF writers, 4 that I know of, have been accused on Twitter of harassment, misogyny, and various levels of bad behaviour at conferences.
I'm grateful to have never experienced similar at the UK cons I've attended.
These revelations leave me with questions about why I'm so late finding out about this. I've taken some books off my wishlist, and I won't be supporting those authors in future.
FanasyCon 2020 won't go ahead. It's no surprise and it's the right decision, but it's also sad news. The awards and AGM will go ahead online. I hope that in future cons like this will maintain online elements for those who can't attend.
A primary headteacher proposes changing the UK school year to January-December, and extending the current school year to December. https://stevebheadteacher.wordpress.com/2020/06/12/the-way-back-to-school/
Do you agree?
I made my random quiz a bit easier, but it turns out anything over 5 out of 7 is an exceptional score.
No, I don’t enable JS on a first visit to any website. Ever. Only until after I’ve determined your site is safe and I want something you’re offering will I consider enabling it
The modern web is insufferable with JS. It’s like the bad old days of Flash all over again
If you're in the mood for something whimsical, try out my random book quiz. A different set of 7 questions each time. How do you score? http://www.warpcoresf.co.uk/random-book-quiz.php
new BDG just dumpstered like, the entire influencersphere https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPHK494AUxE
#QuaranCon2020 has some interesting panels. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQRTRvUZ1iEYGYgWKPJLVjA
I feel like this could be a really good way of widening out participation of people who can take part in SFF conventions and discussions, because not everyone has the money or time to travel to events every year.
Earworm alert for Dero Goi and Chris Harms as vampires: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwI93zOZSAE
Covid, reading choices
In which I consider how the pandemic has affected how we read:
This explains the lockdown experience so well:
Great post here with the short and long version of why we need to all be wearing masks all the time for the foreseeable future. Think of it as a badge of honor showing how much you care about the people around you.
This boy was sitting in the gift bag, but came out for his photo as soon as I pointed a camera in his direction. #caturday
The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.