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    Re: Keith is a Grandmaster! O_O

    Postby Hunchback Jack » 05 Jul 2013 12:34

    In KJAs blog a few weeks ago, he was talking about the evacuating his house during the forest fires in Colorado. It was the usual mix of self promotion and whiny bitching, but then he ended it with this:
    All told, the fire burned more than 15,000 acres, completely destroyed over 500 homes.  38,000 people were evacuated; two people died.  The worst fire in Colorado history…but I’ve heard that before.


    I'm honestly not sure what to make of that last sentence. He *cant* have meant to be that much of an asshole, can he? I'm guessing he really meant to convey that he'd seen this sort of thing before, but dear Christ it came across as callous.

    This is a professional writer, remember.

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    Re: Keith is a Grandmaster! O_O

    Postby Freakzilla » 05 Jul 2013 13:46

    I don't think he means to be an asshole, he just can't help it.
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    Re: Keith is a Grandmaster! O_O

    Postby Omphalos » 05 Jul 2013 23:54

    Hunchback Jack wrote:In KJAs blog a few weeks ago, he was talking about the evacuating his house during the forest fires in Colorado. It was the usual mix of self promotion and whiny bitching, but then he ended it with this:
    All told, the fire burned more than 15,000 acres, completely destroyed over 500 homes.  38,000 people were evacuated; two people died.  The worst fire in Colorado history…but I’ve heard that before.


    I'm honestly not sure what to make of that last sentence. He *cant* have meant to be that much of an asshole, can he? I'm guessing he really meant to convey that he'd seen this sort of thing before, but dear Christ it came across as callous.

    This is a professional writer, remember.

    HBJ


    He is a crappy wordsmith, that much is for sure. Who knows what he meant? Not like any one can tell what KJA means by the words KJA uses.
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    Re: Keith is a Grandmaster! O_O

    Postby Naïve mind » 06 Jul 2013 13:52

    Hunchback Jack wrote:
    All told, the fire burned more than 15,000 acres, completely destroyed over 500 homes.  38,000 people were evacuated; two people died.  The worst fire in Colorado history…but I’ve heard that before.


    I'm honestly not sure what to make of that last sentence. He *cant* have meant to be that much of an asshole, can he? I'm guessing he really meant to convey that he'd seen this sort of thing before, but dear Christ it came across as callous.


    Searching for context on wikipedia, it's not hard to find.

    2012, High Park Fire, is the third largest wildfire in Colorado state history by area. It killed one person and destroyed at least 248 homes making it the most destructive fire in state history until Waldo Canyon Fire a few days later.

    2012, Waldo Canyon Fire, Destroyed 346 homes, formally the most destructive fire until the Black Forest Fire of 2013. Two fatalities.

    2013, Black Forest Fire, The most destructive fire in Colorado state history. The 14,280 acre fire destroyed 511 homes and left 28 homes partially damaged.

    2013, West Fork Fire Complex, The second largest fire in Colorado history by area. Started June 20, 2013; forced evacuation of entire town of South Fork, Colorado.


    Using the most obvious interpretation of his words: he literally heard it before.

    I suppose a different author might have bemoaned the tendency of the news media to grab a headline by naming it the biggest fire EVER, rather than summarizing why these fires increase in magnitude and frequency, and outline what things could be done to prevent them.
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    Re: Keith is a Grandmaster! O_O

    Postby Serkanner » 06 Jul 2013 18:06

    Funny thing about worst events ever. Every time the previous one is surpassed we have a new worst event ever. It simply never stops.
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    Re: Keith is a Grandmaster! O_O

    Postby Robspierre » 06 Jul 2013 18:36

    He also has not been up close and personal with wildfires. He's evacuated and what not, but he's never had to look the beast directly in the face. He's an insensitive cunt who likes to open his fucking mouth.

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    Re: Keith is a Grandmaster! O_O

    Postby Hunchback Jack » 07 Jul 2013 00:17

    Naïve mind wrote:Searching for context on wikipedia, it's not hard to find.

    [snip]

    Using the most obvious interpretation of his words: he literally heard it before.


    Okay, that confirms what I suspected. Even so, to follow the list of damages and loss of life with this statement (ie. "nothing special", or even "nothing new") comes across as pretty insensitive, I think. I was stunned when I read it, actually.

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    Re: Keith is a Grandmaster! O_O

    Postby Robspierre » 07 Jul 2013 01:33

    He's trying to be clever and make a comment about the media and once again looks like an ass.

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    Re: Keith is a Grandmaster! O_O

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    Re: Keith is a Grandmaster! O_O

    Postby lotek » 09 Jul 2013 10:48

    KJA, the stone burner of sensitivity.
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    Re: Keith is a Grandmaster! O_O

    Postby Mr. Teg » 20 Jul 2013 21:39

    The following weekend, I drove to Aspen, Colorado because my novel CLOCKWORK ANGELS was nominated for the Colorado Book Award, a prestigious literary award. I had a lovely drive over Independence Pass, through spectacular scenery.

    The ceremonies were held on Friday afternoon, a nice reception, and a hang-out and book signing with other Colorado authors. CLOCKWORK ANGELS was one of three finalists in its category—I didn’t win . . . BUT it was still a wonderful excuse to spend some time up in Aspen, one of the most scenic areas of Colorado.


    1) Mr. Anderson's book was nominated in his home state.
    2) Mr. Anderson's book didn't win.
    3) A wilderness fire erupts in the same area.

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    "How dare you snub the Grandmaster!"
    "Burn you f*ckers!"
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    Re: Keith is a Grandmaster! O_O

    Postby Serkanner » 20 Apr 2014 06:03

    2014 Hugo's announced:

    http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-histo ... go-awards/

    Nope, and again no sign of Pinky or The Hack
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    Re: Keith is a Grandmaster! O_O

    Postby Omphalos » 20 Apr 2014 12:44

    Serkanner wrote:2014 Hugo's announced:

    http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-histo ... go-awards/

    Nope, and again no sign of Pinky or The Hack


    I remember a time when I would have read at least half of those entries before the Hugo announcement. I haven't even heard of any this time around.
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