Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Weird Movie of the Week
Last time on Weird Movie of the Week
, we covered a movie that revolved around a secret formula for growing hair using peanut butter. This time, we've got two weird movies for the price of one! Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez!
is a remake of Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1973 film The Holy Mountain
(itself one of the weirdest movies of all time, along with the rest of Jodorowsky's oeuvre) that is composed entirely of salvaged clips from old dog movies and VHS tapes. Naturally, the film was made by the Everything is Terrible crew, a group of people that wallow in the detritus of old VHS wastelands and the like (usually to hilarious effect). It makes the Kaedrin watchlist sheerly for the audacity of attempting a remake of a Jodorowsky film and coming up with a premise that actually makes it seem like they might pull it off. Having watched The Holy Mountain
, I can tell you that it's a miracle that someone could even come close to thinking of something that might rival that film's weirdness. Can they actually fulfill that potential? Only one way to find out!
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Link Dump: Hugo Reactions
It's been about a week since the Hugo finalists were announced... and there's been way too much commentary to comb through. I'm going to post a few links here, but know that there are others who are doing a far better job summarizing the commentary, and to be quite honest, I'm already burnt out on the politics of the thing. This will most likely be my last post on the subject, though I suspect I'll get pulled back in depending on how recklessly No Award is deployed in the final tally. For the record, I think Sad Puppies 3 was far more successful than anyone thought (which includes them) and as such, I'm going to be somewhat leery of slates in the future (my preference would be for Sad Puppies 4 to simply encourage participation and maybe include an open post about eligible books as opposed to a straight slate). I have a hard time believing most of the conspiracies being thrown around, and am emphatically against the abuse that's been generated (which goes both ways). I don't like guilt by association and generally assume good faith in participants. Many nominees are being thrown under a bus for petty reasons, and that seems silly to me. As always, I plan to read and vote accordingly. Anywho, here are some other folks commenting on the slate.
- File 770 has been all over this thing, with daily updates and link roundups that are well worth checking out. If you're the type who wants to continue devouring commentary, this is the place to go.
- Chaos Horizon has been doing some excellent statistical analyses based on available data. It seems likely that there are at least some voters who nominated the straight puppy slate, though there's not enough information to say for sure. Honestly, I don't know that there ever will, though when the full numbers are released in August, we'll be able to speculate on a maximum impact (but even that won't prove anything). My anecdotal experience in looking at puppy nominators is that they are people who only voted for things they read and liked (and thus did not nominate the full ballot).
- A Note About the Hugo Nominations This Year - Like last year, John Scalzi's reaction has been eminently reasonable:
2. I'm very pleased for the several friends and/or writers who are on the ballot this year. This includes everyone in the Best Novel category, all of whom I consider friends, and any of whom I would be happy to see take home a rocket this year. And as always, I congratulate all the nominees for the Hugo and the Campbell. It's fun to be nominated, and nice to get recognition. I'll be voting.
3. This year I'll do what I always do when voting for the Hugos, which is to rank the nominees every category according to how I think they (and/or their particular works in question) deserve to ranked. Preferential balloting is a useful thing. I will be reading quite a lot.
...In sum: I think it's possible for voters to thread the needle and give creators fair consideration while also expressing displeasure (if indeed one is displeased) at the idea of slates, or people trolling the award. This might take a little work, but then voting on the Hugos should be a little bit of work, don’t you think. This is a good year to do that.
- Thoughts on the 2015 Hugo Award Nominees - Joe Sherry has reasonable things to say, and unlike 99.9% of other commentary, he also posted some thoughts on the actual ballot. I'm more or less in line with this approach:
At this point I have read far too many articles written on both sides of the debate, and while I'm not willing to say "I hate everyone equally", I can say that I'm fairly well annoyed by most people. I am not on the side of the Sad Puppies because generally, the sort of book and the sort of story I enjoy reading is already what is frequently represented by the Hugos (though there are certain authors I am very, very confused by how frequently they are nominated for stuff - but I've always chalked it up to different and divergent tastes and nothing more). But, I do agree with one of their stated aims: which is that more people should be involved in the Hugo awards. Heck, the people who nominated and vote are only a small fraction of the people who actually attend Worldcon. Get them involved, too, somehow. Everything might look different if that happened.
Again, reasonable stuff.
So, what am I going to do?
I'm going to read everything on the ballot and hope that the Hugo voter packet is inclusive of everything on it (minus the dramatic presentations), and then I'm going to vote accordingly. I look forward to the Hugo Awards every year and enjoy thinking about them, talking about them, occasionally writing way too many words about them. Before I knew anything about the awards, I believed that they were the premier award in science fiction and fantasy. The best of the best. The Oscar of the genre. Later I learned that the Hugos were nothing more than an award given out by a particular community, and only nominated and voted on by a very small subset of that same community. The Hugos are reflective of a particular group of people, just as the Nebulas are, and the World Fantasy Awards are (the three I awards I care most about) - but the Hugos is the one I can participate in, which makes it special even knowing what I do about it. So, I respect the process of the award and will treat all the nominees fairly and at face value - and I think it is disappointing that I felt the need to write that sentence.
- The Disavowal - A Sad Puppy nominee disavows stuff.
- Mary Anne Mohanraj also has reasonable things to say. She leads with a Bujold reference and takes Miles' wisdom to heart, assuming good faith and providing some reasonable suggestions for the future.
- If you're bitching about the Hugo Awards, you're part of the problem. A more cynical approach here, but worth noting.
- Please stop with the death threats and the hate mail. Very nice to see Mary Robinette Kowal's reasonable comments:
Folks. Do not send death threats to Larry Correia, Brad Torgersen or anyone else on the Sad Puppies slate. That is a shitty thing to do. Stop it.
Hey, look, another person has actually looked at the ballot. And she also took the rather noble step of sponsoring 10 supporting memberships for folks who want to vote but can't afford it... an effort that has caught on with other folks to the point where there are now 75 sponsored memberships. Well done.
I, too, am angry about how things went down with the Hugos, but am also realistic about the fact that much of the work — not all of it — but a lot of it is on there because people are legitimately excited about it. Yes, there are some things from Rabid Puppies that seem to be there purely for shock value. But others? Sheila Gilbert does damn good work. Jim Butcher is a serious writer.
- George R.R. Martin has been pretty active this week, and this post on Hatespeech is just one of them:
And now there's Puppygate, and I have been posting about that, and in the course of which I have had some exchanges with Larry Correia, the founder of Sad Puppies, and Brad Torgensen, who ran the SP3 slate. And both of them tell similar tales: of anonymous phone calls, libel and slander, vicious emails, death threats... death threats! All of these, presumably, coming from "my side" of fandom, those who oppose the Puppies. Do I believe them? I don't want to believe them. I would rather cling to the belief that my side is better than that. That's hard to do these days, As strongly as I disagree with Torgensen and Correia about the Hugo Awards, and probably a hundred other issues, I have no reason to think them liars. I think they are telling the truth, just as Quinn and Sarkeesian and Wu were. On the internet, it seems, abuse trumps debate every time.
Death threats. Really? Really???
- ...to my people, don't blame Tor - Larry Correia also jumps on the "stop being jerks" bandwagon:
Don't threaten to boycott anybody because of their business associations, because that's exactly the kind of boorish behavior that’s been done to us.
Tor seems to be a major boogeyman for some people, for some reason.
Don’t post links to a torrent site and suggest that people pirate stuff instead of giving a publishing house money. Do you have any idea how offensive it is to do that on a professional author's feed?
- Vox plays chicken with Worldcon - Brad Torgersen (organizer of the Sad Puppy 3 campaign) has some choice words for No Award voters (i.e. folks who vow to vote No Award above everything on the Puppy slates), including Vox Day's thread to No Award 2016:
Frankly, I think everybody should just do what Mary Robinette Kowal and Dan Wells and Scalzi and Correia and Jason Sanford and myself have been recommending you do, and read your voter packet and vote like the stories and books are just stories and books.
This is getting ridiculous. For the record, I think voting No Award above (or in place of) something just because it appears on a puppy slate is a bad idea. It is actually allowed technically if you read the rules closely, but it's a pretty crappy thing to do. I don't think slates are a great thing either, but the No Award approach is worse. Two wrongs don't make a right. Or something like that.
If Vox borks the Hugos in 2016, he is the biggest asshole SF/F has ever seen in its history.
Vox, please don't be an asshole.
If the people who hate Vox bork the Hugos in 2015, they are the biggest assholes SF/F has ever seen in its history.
Vox-haters, please don't be assholes.
Alright, so there's some sampling of stuff. Like I said, I can't really keep up and at this point, I'm ready to just move on and start reading the actual work (because why spend that time reading vitriol and disingenuous arguments?) Care to join me? Oh, and by the way, comments are working again! Huzzah!
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
So the comments on here have been broken for a few months and I haven't been able to figure it out. I'm finally taking some measures to get this stuff fixed. All of which is to say that things may get a little wonky around here for the next couple of days, but we'll hopefully be upgraded to the newest version of Movable Type and comments should work too. Fingers crossed!
The upgrade is complete, but I'm still dealing with some issues. Comments are working on my generalist blog, but not on the beer blog (no idea why), and I'm having trouble publishing new entries now. Super duper. Not even sure if this update will make it out there... In any case, bear with me. We'll be back and running soon enough.
Huzzah! I think all issues have been resolved. Comments are working again, and I'm able to actually publish updates. And the world rejoiced! Or, well, I am rejoicing.
Sunday, April 05, 2015
The 2015 Hugo Awards: Initial Thoughts
The nominees for the 2015 Hugo Awards were announced yesterday
, and the entire world is losing their shit because the Sad Puppy campaign
has pretty much run away with the slate. Assorted thoughts below:
Comments are still borked right now
- My ballot faired quite poorly indeed! Not counting the Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form category (because it's a pretty mainstream category, though I'll have some additional thoughts on this below), only one nominee made it to the official ballot, and that was a (mostly accidental) overlap with the Sad Puppy campaign. In fairness, Ken Burnside's The Hot Equations (in Best Related Work) is a worthy nominee with an endearing nod to SF right in its title. I find my lack of success here mildly amusing in that this is what the majority of Sad Puppy nominators must have felt in years past, but what most of the Sad Puppy opposition is feeling right now (even if I don't particularly subscribe to either side in the battle).
- When I first saw the Sad Puppy slate (and Rabid Puppy slate), I thought the dramatic increase in suggested works would result in a decrease in concentration amongst the choices, thus spreading out the voting and yielding relatively few successes. I was incredibly wrong in this prediction. It appears that the Puppy campaigns were remarkably effective this year, with 61 nominees appearing on at least one of the lists (only 24 of the nominees did not appear on either list, and many of those were in categories that the Puppies did not bother to include in their ballots). I predict widespread panic, bleating, and protest voting ("No Award" will be deployed with reckless abandon). Then again, I've been pretty wrong about everything else, so who knows?
- Personally, while I don't really identify as a Sad Puppy, I never bore them ill will and their notion of emphasizing fun storytelling over boring literary fiction conventions was attractive to me (my nominations for the fiction categories had no overlap with the Puppy ballots, but I suspect many Puppies would enjoy them). That being said, I can't help but feel like the pendulum has swung too far in their direction. If I were running Sad Puppies next year, I would focus on encouraging participation rather than posting a list of approved works. I don't expect this to happen, but as I've amply demonstrated, I'm the worst and am often wrong.
- The whole kerfluffle comes down to assumptions of bad faith. The Puppies assume that people nominate things according to political merit rather than quality and rebel against that notion, the anti-puppies assume that the puppies are just blindly nominating the suggested slates (without having read the stories, etc...), again for political reasons. This is why people decry the inclusion of politics in previously non-political arenas. My assumption is of good faith, and as with last year, I'm just going to read the nominated works and vote accordingly. I'm already pretty sick of all the digital ink being spilled about the politics of all this stuff, and don't expect to have much more to say about it.
- Let's take a closer look at the Novel category:
This is actually a pretty good mix of sub-genres here. Two space operas (one trending more literary than the other), one mil-SF, one straight-up fantasy, and one urban fantasy. Obviously, I still have to read 4 of the nominees, but I actually think this slate is more attractive to me than last year's...
- Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie - Sequel to last year's unstoppable winner, Ancillary Justice, this is one of the few non-puppy nominees to become a finalist and the only nominee that I've already read. Alas, I was not as big a fan of this one as the first book in the series.
- The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson - A puppy nominee, this looks to be a standalone (or start of a trilogy) set in the context of a larger setting. My only experience with Anderson was his not-so-great Star Wars Jedi Academy trilogy. Timothy Zahn basically reignited Star Wars fever in the early 90s with his Thrawn Trilogy (the first and to my knowledge, best of the modern expanded universe stories) and Anderson quickly doused it with his trilogy (at least, for me). But it's been, like, 20 years, and this book seems like it could work well enough, so there is that. I actually have a modest amount of hope for this one.
- The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison - The other non-puppy nominee, a well regarded fantasy novel that seems like it could be a lot of fun. Looking forward to this one.
- Lines of Departure by Marko Kloos - Appears to be a military SF story, the second in a series. The whole series this is always kinda annoying, but these do seem up my alley and they appear to be short page turners. Definitely looking forward to this one.
- Skin Game by Jim Butcher - Of the Sad Puppy nominees, I was most expecting this one to win. Butcher's Desden Files series is immensely popular. I suspect the reason that none of the previous books were nominated is that urban fantasy is just not something that normally does well with Hugo voters. I'm decidedly mixed on the Dresden Files books. I've read the first three, enjoyed two of them and hated one (the second one, with the werewolves). That being said, it's not really one of my favorite series. This being the 15th book in the long-running series, I also find myself wondering how standalone it would be (but I'm not going to read the intervening 11 books just to come up to speed).
- The Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form list is decent enough, I guess, but I always find it odd that the Hugo for best movie always seems to be mostly mainstream blockbusters and not the little indie SF movies (which are often much better at capturing the sensawunda of written SF). For instance, I was really hoping that Coherence and The One I Love would get some love and heck, even the dreaded Vox Day included Coherence in his Rabid Puppies list, but alas, we get 5 blockbusters. But they are actually very good blockbusters, so there is that. Update: There is speculation that Coherence was left off because IMDB marks it as a 2013 release and thus would not be eligible for a 2014 award. Dooks.
, so if you have any comments, feel free to email me at mciocco at gmail
or hit me up on twitter @mciocco
if you're a lush). Apologies, I am the worst. Will have to make a more concerted effort to fix the problems with comments in the near future.
So there you have it. I don't think I'll be spending much time on the whole political war going on with this stuff, but I suspect it will be unavoidable in some places. Expect some link roundups in the near future, followed by reviews. I will still try my best to let the works speak for themselves though. It may be a few weeks before I finish off my current reading, so I probably won't get to any reviews until May-ish.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Adventures in Brewing - DIPA Updates
My Crom-approved, Conan yeast DIPA
(tentatively titled The Enigma of Steel) has been happily fermenting away for about two weeks now, and it's been dry hopped for the past week or so. In previous batches, I only dry hopped with 1 or 2 ounces, but this time, I went with two additions of 2 ounces, because why not? Can't have enough aroma, I say. So here's what I used:
1 oz. Citra (first addition, about 8 days)
1 oz. Galaxy (first addition, about 8 days)
1 oz. Citra (second addition, about 3 days)
1 oz. Amarillo (second addition, about 3 days)
That Galaxy smelled absolutely fantastic, and makes me want to do a down under IPA of some sort (incorporating stuff like Motueka and Riwaka, maybe Nelson Sauvin). Anywho, kegging will commence in the next couple days, and I'm really looking forward to this sucker. The fermenter itself smells rather awesome. Cannot wait.
And it's in the keg! It smells absolutely amazing. All sorts of juicy tropical fruits, just a little floral character, pretty much exactly what I was going for. Now I just need to force carbonate it. This is going to be so great. The little sample in the picture below is a bit on the turbid side because all the sediment is coming out of the keg right now, but it has a nice light color and will look great once the yeast settles and gets expelled...
9 Bx, which translates to 1.012 and about 8.1% ABV. This is definitely a higher attenuation than I was expecting (somewhere around 83%), but it seems to be working out well enough. The bitterness in what I sampled seemed pretty light (exactly what I wanted), so the high attenuation actually matches my strategy well.
Trying to decide what my next batch will be. I was originally thinking about some sort of summer saison, but I might be able to squeeze something in before it gets warmer out...
It appears that my zeal in dry hopping and lack of vigilance in transferring the beef from the fermenter to the keg means that too much hop sediment made its way into the keg and have now clogged up the dip tube (i.e. the tube thingy that the beer goes through on its way to the tap). This is most distressing! I tried letting it sit a couple of days, I tried agitating the keg a bit, and I even tried throwing the CO2 line in through the out connector (i.e. shooting CO2 down the dip tube), but it's still clogged. I was really hoping to get this resolved without having to crack open the keg, but that seems unlikely at this point. I'm pretty sure I'm going to lose some aroma when I release the pressure, and I want to avoid doing that as much as possible. I actually grabbed another keg, and will be racking the beer from the clogged keg to the new one, being extra careful while transferring to ensure no sediment makes its way through (will probably use one of those mesh strainer bags over the end of the racking cane to minimize debris). Lesson learned!
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Weird Book of the Week
Last time on Weird Book of the Week
, we pondered a sorta recursive centaur-thing. This time, we've got a mystery on our hands. Behold!
There are many things to marvel at in this illustration, most notably to my mind, the unconventional yet still quite effective choice to portray the laser beams emanating from the giant, pink space bunny's nostrils as opposed to the more traditional eye-beam. This is an illustration that just begs to be explained. Why is the mustachioed man attempting to silence the bald guy, can the Galactic Bunny hear things in space? What is it eating, a moon? Are those other moons floating around out there? What planet is this? What are those lasers actually pointed at?
I found this on Twitter a while back, on the Pulp Librarian's feed
(which is just chock full of awesome pulpy book covers), but there is no title on the artwork, and no one mentions it in the responses (one person does ask, but there did not appear to be a response). I would really love to read the book this was created for. Barring that, I'd settle for a high quality print, because wow, just look at that thing. Sheer brilliance.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
More interesting stuff from the depths of the internets.
- Notes on watching ALIENS for the first time again, with a bunch of kids - Whippersnappers gonna whippersnap.
They liked Ripley, Hicks, Frost, Apone, Bishop the android, and even Hudson, whose defeatism irritated them so much that I think they would've hated him if he weren't so funny. "Somebody shoot that guy," one said. Frost insisting that "it doesn't matter" when the "poontang" is Arcturian confused a couple of kids. "It means he's bisexual," one explained.
Nice. Some of these kids are certainly more astute than I was at that age... Also of note, the updated response to apparent outrage that I guess everyone needs to write anytime they write an article that people read these days.
The cigar-chewing Sgt. Apone's oddly musical phrase "assholes and elbows" got the biggest laugh of the evening; two hours and twenty minutes later, the kids were quoting it as they brushed their teeth. Frost's quip, "What are we supposed to use, man, harsh language?" made my son laugh for nearly a full minute.
- Spaceprob.es - This website tracks the active probes in operation in and around our solar system, and has lots of fascinating info on each. Also of note: The complete recording that appears on the golden record of Voyager 1...
- Bank of Canada Urges Star Trek Fans to Stop "Spocking" their Fivers - Awesome trend in Canada where folks draw on 5 dollar bills to make an old prime minister look like Spock (which has become very popular in the wake of Leonard Nimoy's passing).
- Freakiest Friday - Appreciating Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning - Contrarians gonna contrarian, and since this past Friday was the third Friday the 13th this year, I'm betting horror sites are running out of schtick to post about, so we end up with stuff like this. For what it's worth, I've always liked the idea behind this installment, and there's a bunch of things to like about it, but it does fall down on execution pretty hard (but then, so do most of the movies in the series, so there's that).
- Cuil Theory - From my ever popular delicious tag idontknowwhatthefuckisgoingoninthisvideo (also, isn't it quaint that I still use delicious? No? Ok, fine.)
That's all for now. Busy week, probably no entry on Wednesday. Enjoy the respite.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
My 2015 Hugo Award Nominations
The Hugo Award Nomination Period ended last night, and miracle of miracles, I managed to get my ballot in on time. I suppose the value of posting this list after
the deadline is questionable, but we're that kind of timely here at Kaedrin (meaning, not timely at all). But I suppose if you're looking to see what I enjoyed from last year's spate of Science Fiction, this is a pretty good place to start. For the most part, this is just an expanded version of the list I posted in January
, and that commentary is generally just as relevant here (most of the comments here will be about the additions and possibly some general expectations). Additions are noted with an asterisk (*)
My initial three picks were all longshots. A Darkling Sea
has a very outside chance (but I'm guessing it unlikely, and its buzz factor seems to be waning), The Martian
suffers from an eligibility question (more on why I'm still including it here
, though at this point, I think everyone's fears mean that even if is eligible, it won't get nominated because everyone is leaving it off their list), and A Sword Into Darkness
is self-published mil-SF that the literati probably would hate. The two additions are considerably more likely to be nominated. Annihilation
is a near certain shoe-in for a nomination (it's already got a Nebula nom) and pretty good odds on taking the prize. I just finished The Three-Body Problem
myself and will probably write a full post about it at some point, but it's been steadily picking up steam since it's release in November. Unfortunately, a lot of mainstream buzz (like this New Yorker article
) appear to be hitting a little too late to really influence the nomination process. On the other hand, it did garner a Nebula nomination and it ticks a bunch of typical Hugo checkboxes, so it's got a good chance. While I wasn't a huge fan, I would also predict Leckie's Ancillary Sword
will grab a nomination because of the runaway success of Ancillary Justice
(last year's winner) and generally positive reviews. Scalzi's Lock In
has a decent chance, but I wouldn't be surprised if it gets left out either. I'm betting Correia will be one of the few beneficiaries of the Sad Puppy campaign, and possibly Butcher's Skin Game
while we're at it. There's usually some sort of fantasy novel in contention as well, but I'm not too familiar with those...
Still not sure if the first two are actually Novelettes, but hey, I'm putting them there. Wanna fight about it? The addition is The Bonedrake's Penance
, which I guess has some mild buzz, and Yoon Ha Lee seems like a rising star type (I'm certainly a new fan). No idea what else would tickle fandom for these short fiction categories.
Best Short Story:
- Periapsis by James L. Cambias (from Hieroglyph)
- Covenant by Elizabeth Bear (from Hieroglyph)
- The Day It All Ended by Charlie Jane Anders (from Hieroglyph)
- Passage of Earth by Michael Swanwick (from Clarkesworld)*
- The Knight of Chains, the Deuce of Stars by Yoon Ha Lee (from Space Opera)*
Note that Tuesdays With Molakesh the Destroyer
by Megan Grey is not eligible for this year's awards (something about the magazine being a January 2015 edition that just happened to be available in December). It will, however, be eligible next year (at which point, I genuinely expect it to be nominated). Covenant
seems to have buzz and Hieroglyph
was a popular anthology, so it has that going for it. Passage of Earth
also feels like it has some buzz. However, the short story category is infamously fickle, with votes spread out amongst the widest range of stories (many stories which could potentially be nominated aren't because they fall short of getting 5% of the overall vote). It's always something of a crapshoot. All I know is that I liked just about all of the short stories I read this year much better than any of the nominees from last year.
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form:
and The One I Love
are far and above my favorites of the year and I'm pretty sure they won't even come close to being nominated (both recommended though!). I swapped out The Lego Movie
(though I think both of those will end up making the cut) I also wouldn't be surprised if movies I didn't care for do well, notably Snowpiercer
Best Related Work:
This is a weird, catch-all category, but I actually think these two things have a good chance of winning (gasp, I aligned with the Sad Puppies on one of these). One thing I feel bad about is not nominating A Report on Damage Done by One Individual Under Several Names
by Laura Mixon. It's placement in terms of categories is unclear though. George R.R. Martin apparently recommended her for Best Fan Writer, which didn't seem quite right, and I just plain forgot to add it to my ballot last night. Which is a shame, because that is some tour-de-force shit that Mixon put together there.
Best Professional Artist:
- Stephan Martiniere for covers like The Immortality Game and Shield and Crocus*
Yeah, I guess I fell for Ted Cross's push for Stephan (who provided the art for Cross's book), but this artist is genuinely talented and I kinda love his covers.
Best Fan Writer:
I don't have a lot here, but Nussbaum is a regular read and I think she should have won last year, so here we are again.
And that just about covers it. Official nominations will be announced, as usual, during the inexplicable Easter day timeframe, so look for some comments on the subject then.