April 2nd, 2014


YA Yay!

There currently is no Hugo Award for YA science fiction, though there is some push for such an award. As a result, this year's NASFiC-Because-WorldCon-Is-In-London, Detcon 1, has created the Detcon1 Award for YA and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction.
And the nominees are…

Young Adult
Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press)
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Arthur A Levine Books)

Middle Grade
Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell (HarperCollins)
House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)
Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Eligibility to vote:
You must be a Detcon1 member (attending or supporting) to vote. Visit the registration page for more information or to purchase a membership.

How to vote:
Online voting is now available. You can submit a partial ballot and update/edit/complete the ballot at a later date by returning to the page and re-authenticating. Your previous selections will be reloaded into the form, which you can then alter, delete or leave as is.

A paper ballot for voting by mail will be available in the soon-to-be published Progress Report #2.

All nomination ballots must be received by 11:59 pm CDT on June 22, 2014.
If you're a member of Detcon 1, and why wouldn't you be, you should vote for these awards. Let Loncon have the Hugos. We have Detcon.

Dr. Phil


Okay, this is seriously beautiful and hilarious and awful -- all at the same time: Everything You Hate About Advertising in One Fake Video That's Almost Too Real McSweeney's piece comes to life By Tim Nudd
Stock video provider Dissolve has taken the text of Kendra Eash's brilliant advertising takedown, "This Is a Generic Brand Video," originally published by McSweeney's, and set it to actual stock video clips.

The company explains: "The minute we saw Kendra Eash's brilliant 'This Is a Generic Brand Video' on McSweeney's, we knew it was our moral imperative to make that generic brand video so. No surprise, we had all the footage."

The results, narrated by Dallas McClain, are outstanding. You've seen all of this footage in ads from major brands. It's everywhere. And it's great that a stock video house would so gleefully celebrate the soul-sucking manipulations for which its offerings are generally used.
Even as you know you are being manipulated, the stock footage is so beautiful -- I love the Japanese bullet train speeding past Mount Fuji -- and the people so sincere and endearing. It's kind of like that advertising sausage-making reality show that was on this summer, AMC or A&E or someone like that, where two advertising houses would get the chance to make a bid on a major advertising contract. Except here, the presentation laptop doesn't fail.

You could watch this on TV with one ear half asleep and never know it was fake. And frankly, given its 2:49 length, I would almost rather see commercials like this than those irritating run-twice fifteen second quickies. It is also a frighteningly effective puff piece for the stock video house -- Look what we can do! Imagine what we can do for you with a REAL ad!

All the piece really needed was a discussion of selecting the right font for the message. (snicker)

Just the video is here.

Dr. Phil