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While I debate on whether to start working on my Festivids assignment or the treat I want to make, it just occurred to me that I hadn't ever posted on my stint as a podcast guest. A few weeks we were contacted at the Eisenhower Presidential Library by Tatiana is Everyone, an Orphan Black podcast, to talk to someone about Eisenhower's Farewell Address. My boss and I are both big fans of the show, and I have also done a lot of work with key documents to that speech, so I was happy to do it, but a bit curious why. It turns out that last season all of the episode titles were taken from this speech.

It was a lot of fun and the podcast was released this month.

Tatiana is Everyone

And if you are at all curious about the Farewell Address here is the video of the speech and the full text of the Farewell Address
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This year's Hugo ceremony was a fantastic production last night. David Gerrold and Tanarive Due were fantastic hosts and the results clearly showed that the attempt by certain parties to hijack the awards was thwarted by fans who voted for quality, not ideology. I was particularly happy to see Orphan Black win best short dramatic work for the Clone Dance Party episode.

What is a bit sad is the long list of great nominated works in the short fiction categories who were squeezed out in the nominating process by block voting slates. For an idea of what the slate would have looked like without the block votes go to this post by Tobias Bucknell here.

This is based on this data released by the Hugo administrators details of the ballots cast and top nominated works.

For me this has solidified by resolve to be more than just a passive member of Worldcon and fandom in the future. I actually attended WSFS business meetings this year to help in shaping policy for future Worldcons. And I'm going to keep a tally of great stuff throughout the year and nominate in all categories for the Hugos next year.

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