Michael F. Flynn, Eifelheim (Tor)
Naomi Novik, His Majesty’s Dragon (Del Rey)
Charles Stross, Glasshouse (Ace)
Vernor Vinge, Rainbows End (Tor)
Peter Watts, Blindsight (Tor)
“The Walls of the Universe” by Paul Melko (Asimov’s, April/May 2006)
“A Billion Eyes” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s, October/November 2006)
“Inclination” by William Shunn (Asimov’s, April/May 2006)
“Lord Weary’s Empire” by Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s, December 2006)
Julian: A Christmas Story by Robert Charles Wilson (PS Publishing)
“Yellow Card Man” by Paolo Bacigalupi (Asimov’s, December 2006
) “Dawn, and Sunset, and the Colours of the Earth” by Michael F. Flynn (Asimov’s, December 2006)
“The Djinn’s Wife” by Ian McDonald (Analog, July 2006)
“All the Things You Are” by Mike Resnick (Jim Baen’s Universe, October 2006)
“Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter” by Geoff Ryman (F&SF, October/November 2006)
“How to Talk to Girls at Parties” by Neil Gaiman (Fragile Things)
“Kin” by Bruce McAllister (Asimov’s, February 2006)
“Impossible Dreams” by Timothy Pratt (Asimov’s, July 2006)
“Eight Episodes” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s, June 2006)
“The House Beyond Your Sky” by Benjamin Rosenbaum (Strange Horizons, September 2006)
Samuel R. Delany, About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, and Five Interviews (Wesleyan University Press)
Joseph T. Major, Heinlein’s Children: The Juveniles (Advent)
Julie Phillips, James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice Sheldon (St. Martin’s Press)
John Picacio, Cover Story: The Art of John Picacio (MonkeyBrain Books)
Mike Resnick & Joe Siclari, eds., Worldcon Guest of Honor Speeches (ISFiC Press)
Previously on BB:
• MOG: social networking around music Link
"I’d long been fascinated by George Orwell’s work, but I resisted reading 1984 until I finished the manuscript for Stasiland. After that, I devoured it, and I couldn’t believe Orwell’s prescience. When I went into Mielke’s office, I saw it had the number 101, which in 1984 is the number of the torture chamber. 1984 was banned in the G.D.R. but of course, Mielke and Honecker had access to banned material. The guide told me that Mielke wanted this number so much that even though his office was on the 2nd floor, he had the entire first floor renamed the Mezzanine so that he could call his room 101."Link
--Anna Funder, author of Stasiland
It also means that there's no executive privilege for these emails.
A reader who has a security role at a federal agency writes, "On the issue of using outside/unofficial e-mail address from official sites, the CIO at [redacted] has expressly forbade the practice for security reasons as it is all too easy to put sensitive information in an e-mail. ... Needless to say, hearing that the WH does not mandate that practice and lets [Rove] do 95% of his e-mailing from a blackberry, presumably with access to an unofficial address, is quite shocking. Still find it absolutely amazing that his clearance has not been revoked."Link (Thanks, Bill!)
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Katamari Damacy hand-puppet
Official Katamari Damacy shirts
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Tech companies have not taken up this model. We think it needs to scale to everyone. But this has a lot of cost. Facebook is frustrating me – it was a rite of passage: you talk to college kids who wanted the .edu address desperately because college life was all about Facebook.Link (via Wonderland)
Then it opened to high schools. And in the Princetonian we see an article about how he didn’t want to be on a site with his younger brother – that’s why he left home. College kids make posters like a banned sign over a “I facebooked your mom” t-shirt.
Expansion has costs. One of the costs is that you get people angry with you. The common response is lock-in: you have to stay even if you don’t want to, which goes against what people really value. Unhappy users do not make products stick, cf Friendster.
We talk about people and tech companies. When they come together amazing things happen. But you don’t see them in the tech industry. What does it mean for young kids in Iraq o communicate with their families via the web? They create communities of support. People create spaces (like Etsy) where they share the art they create. People find each other in meatspace – knitters, for example. With stage 3 folks it started, and now it is moving into stage 4. My grandfather was all excited over this technology which facilitated real life meetings. They can come together for different actions - - this weekend a rally for teens on politics of immigration, for example.
danah boyd talks social networks - video
danah on Orkut
danah boyd on Facebook's "privacy trainwreck"
Danah boyd's Friendster papers, all in one place
danah boyd on a recent renegade party
Kids happy to lose MySpace passwords and start over
What social networks mean for friendship
Congresscritter wants to ban MySpace and social net sites in schools, libraries
Kuleshov effect: meaning is too contextual for metadata
Revenge of the User: Lessons from Creator/User Battles ETCON talk notes
boyd's social networks talk from ETCON
If people don't care to come to it over and over, then it will fail.Link
It has to involve skill. You need to be able to do it better or worse. Purchasing on eBay is compelling - you figure out tricks! Sniping. Evaluation. In order to learn, you have to feel like you're growing more competent.
Fun comes from a growth in competence.
As you come to accomplish it, there need to be variant challenges. Connecting to a CEO on LinkedIn vs. connecting to the pr dude = different.
What you want is for the game to acknowledge the fact that it's tougher to get on Reed Hoffman’s linkedin rather than someone who sells ads.
Social media is about cooperation, but the core of games is competitive. As soon as you give people a ladder to climb, they'll climb it.
Ratings. Metrics of contribution. Other people need to see it to measure against it.
Koster's amazing "What are the lessons of MMORPGs today?"
Koster's keynote from Game Developers Conference
Areae: online world startup from "Theory of Fun" Koster
Mudflation: inflation in virtual worlds
Destiny of Games: what will become of fun?
Theory of Fun PDF - UPDATED
Theory of Fun: Understanding Comics for games
Civil liberties in gamespace
Star Wars Galaxies economy laid bare
What would an MMORPG about healing be like?
The Computer is an overview of the history of computing, from tabulation sticks which appeared 35,000 years ago straight through to a few years in the future. Mark Frauenfelder has compiled a massive collection of interesting pictures, wonderful historical tidbits and a solid background in what makes computers what they are – from ancient, gear driven devices to the dense microprocessors of today...Link
This book is the kind of book I love to get my hands on. Give me a good technology book or a good history book and I’m happy. Chock it full of amazing and hard to find pictures, bits of trivia and quotes from the great minds featured in the book and I’m in heaven...
I really perked up however once the book hit the early 40’s. Seeing over the course of a few hours reading how technology changed so rapidly over such a short amount of time – pretty much from the day my Dad was born until this moment, it’s amazing. In less than one lifetime we’ve gone from clunky, vacuum tube driven behemoths to the razor sharp, tiny computers of today. If you’ve read any of my previous thoughts on where we’re headed, you’ll know I think that this is just the beginning! To see this all in detailed photos and descriptions. To live through the heady days of Apple, Atari, IBM PCs and Microsoft once again is very cool...
It’s easy to tell that Frauenfelder loves this stuff even more than I do. He’s put a lot of time and effort into crafting a book that I’m eagerly putting on my coffee table. I know that my friends and colleagues will head right for it when they come over!
“I feel like every television show had a blackout, and in the blackout, there’d be multiple stories, one of which was there was a woman is trapped and is pregnant and one of the characters has to help her give birth, and they’re always asking for hot water and I don’t know what the hot water is for, and then it’s a way for a tough, masculine character to show his sensitive side to the love interest?”Link
“And the woman is, like, trapped in an elevator, right?”
“Right. Exactly. You’ve seen the same thing.”
On today’s show, I’m joined by co-founder of Boing Boing and editor in chief of MAKE magazine, Mark Frauenfelder. We discuss fast babies, slow magicians, and mutant mice.
* Associated Press: Wis. Couple Have Baby at Nearly 100 Mph
* Associated Press: Houdini Kin Wants Body Exhumed, Tested
* Scientific American: Now You See It: Expanding the Visible Color
A guy, who works in the department of a Human Resources consultancy company, says they made a selection process in which, among other things, they asked for a person with ample experience in using the internet (navigation, searches, formats...).Link
They received 50 candidacies, from which 30 came from Hotmail-directions, all of them erased as they entered.
The reason: You can't pretend being an internet expert and use a Hotmail account at the same time.
Bao's 28-year-old bride is half his age and hailed from his hometown of Chifeng, even though marriage advertisements were sent around the world, (according to the Beijing News)...Link
Bao was in the news in December after he used his long arms to save two dolphins by pulling out plastic from their stomachs.
Previously on BB:
• World's tallest man saves two dolphins Link
"This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides," said Kevin Baines, atmospheric expert and member of Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "We've never seen anything like this on any other planet. Indeed, Saturn's thick atmosphere, where circularly-shaped waves and convective cells dominate, is perhaps the last place you'd expect to see such a six-sided geometric figure, yet there it is."Link to Space.com, Link to more images and movie at NASA.gov
UPDATE: Thanks to all the readers who pointed me to this relevant News@Nature article about geometric whirlpools Link
Mystery solved! Bill sez, "It's Marcel Duchamp, by Irving Penn!"
See this picture. Is it W.S Burroughs? Strange location, it is a painting or colorized photo hanging in a local supermarket called Treasure Island. It is alongside a wall where they keep the shopping carts, and the only other photo of anyone is one about five or six feet away on same wall, of Elvis!Image link, Message board link (Thanks, Bill!)
This magnificent image, titled Red Anemone, is artist Katinka Matson's latest flower portrait created not with a traditional camera but rather a high-resolution digital scanner. I encourage you to click the image to see a larger version that is so rich with detail and texture you can almost feel it through the screen.
Link (via Edge)
Previously on BB:
• Katinka Matson's Scanner Photography Link
Sculptor Jen Stark makes beautiful, hypnotic statues by precisely cutting patterns out of layers and layers of bright-colored construction paper. Link (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
Link (via MeFi)
We did not foresee that the men would have more problems with sexual performance (maintaining their erection) than the women in the scanner. All the women had a complete sexual response, but they described their orgasm as superficial. Only the first couple was able to perform coitus adequately without sildenafil (experiments 1 and 2). The reason might be that they were the only participants in the real sense: involved in the research right from the beginning because of their scientific curiosity, knowledge of the body, and artistic commitment. And as amateur street acrobats they are trained and used to performing under stress.
See also: Sex in an MRI scanner
Update: Lucas sez, "They won the 2000 Ig-nobel price for medicine!"
If all goes as planned, the convenience store chain plans to refit 11 stores across the U.S. -- Richmond is an unlikely choice -- to resemble the front of the Kwik-E-Mart, the convenience store that Homer and other characters frequent in the classic cartoon TV series.Link (Thanks, JMT!)
Customers also will be able to buy products inspired by the nearly two-decades-old show, including KrustyO's cereal, Buzz Cola and iced Squishees (the cup says Squishee, but the contents will be Slurpee).
The chain also will use pictures of Simpsons characters to promote 7-Eleven's line of fresh foods, such as placing the face of Homer and his classic "Mmmm . . . sandwich" quip on sandwich wrappers.
While in prison, he claims his rivals destroyed his equipment, stole his money and threw his five cars into the Dvina river - a similar fate to that which befell many of Russia's rich in the chaotic years of the 1990s.Link (via Neatorama)
"When I went to prison I was a millionaire," he said. "Now I'm penniless." Sutyagin, 60, lives in four poorly heated rooms at the bottom of his wooden skyscraper with his 32-year-old wife Lena.
What is left of his fantasy is slowly decaying around him. Even so, it remains a remarkable architectural feat - especially given the fact that Sutyagin built much of it himself - that defies easy description.
A whimsical jumble of planking, from a distance it bears a resemblance to a Japanese pagoda, but draw closer and it seems more like a mix between a Brobdignagian tree house and the lair of a wicked fairytale character.
It's important to note that one of the RIAA's functions is to take the heat off its member-companies, and here's an example where it works in spades. The RIAA isn't the worst company in the world: Sony-BMG, Warner Music, EMI and Universal Music are the worst companies in the world. Focusing on the RIAA lets those firms -- who fund and direct the RIAA's efforts -- off the hook.
Link, Wikipedia list of RIAA member labels
Update: Consumerist's Meghann Marco sez, "We thought you might be interested in our follow-up post, Faces of the RIAA. We felt the same way about RIAA winning the contest, so we tried to put a face on each of the major members. Why should Steve Jobs get all the press?"
OW sez, "Jim Marrs's Rule by Secrecy not only has a very similar cover but, it's also textured as well."
The Evidence Code sections are quite clear: settlement negotiations of all kinds may not be used to prove the validity of any claim or defense. Mr. Merchant has and had no more duty to respond to attempts to "sell" him one of your clients' boilerplate, non-negotiable $3750 settlements than he has to return cold calls from pushy life insurance salespeople. If your client (and your law firm?) are seeking probable cause shelter in a settlement negotiations house of straw (as suggested by your March 23 letter), all of you should consider the prevailing winds of the Evidence Code before making yourselves too comfortable. Straw will burn.Link (Thanks, JMT!)
Your client take the position that my middle-aged, conservative clients should speculate regarding the identity of persons your clients' claim used their AOL account to download pornographic-lyric gangsta rap tracks as predicate to possible case resolution. In an age of Wintel-virus created bot-farms, spoofs, and easily cracked WEP encrypted wireless home networks (among other easy hacks), the only tech-savvy response to such a request is, "You've got to be kidding." The extensive press that has been generated over computer security (and the insecurity of Windows XP and its predecessors) underscores the complete absence of facts on which probable cause to sue my clients could be established and your clients' willingness (even insistence) that others be implicated in Big Music's speculative, "driftnet" litigation tactics. Sorry: Mr. Merchant cannot and will not expose himself to still more litigation by speculating.
Vulcan's Hammer - "Just like in the real world it can take 20 to 30 thousand generations before the system finds the perfect design to solve the problem, but this will happen in just a few seconds..."
Sales Pitch - "But there is something incredibly boring and sad about giant companies who constantly chase the fleeing tailcoats of the latest Internet trends."
A Scanner Darkly - "The state tells its people that the cameras are there for their benefit and to prevent crime, but the crime they are preventing is insurrection."
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said - "The way in which the list is being used goes far beyond contexts in which it has a link to national security."
Solar Lottery - "These 3D models would be physical entities, not holograms. You could touch them and interact with them, just as if the originals were in the room with you. "
The Simulacra - "In order to prove to us you are not a robot, select the three hot people..."
"The political ad copies a prior commercial infringement of our copyright," said Gina Rosenblum, president of Rosenblum Productions Inc. "We recognize the legal issues inherent under the First Amendment and the copyright law as to political expression of opinion, but we want the world at large to know that we take our copyright ownership of one of the world's great novels very seriously."Link (Thanks, Micah!)
Rosenblum purchased rights to "1984" from the Orwell Estate and Sonia Orwell in 1981 and the Orwell novel is still under copyright, at least until the year 2044. The company has utilized these exclusive rights to produce a number of products based on the novel. "We produced Richard Burton's last film, '1984', which opened that year to great critical acclaim," Gina Rosenblum said. "We also authorized a number of related products such as videos and soundtracks, and later released the film for television viewing and an '1984' Opera. Currently, we are in discussions with major Hollywood companies to make a new motion picture of the classic novel."
and most recently, Whoosh Boom Splat: The Garage Warrior's Guide to Building Projectile Shooters.
In the interview William talks about how he approaches problem solving, how he escaped from a life of designing pay phones, and how to get free delicious food in almost any city in the country.
Previously on Boing Boing:
• Whoosh Boom Splat video
I wanted to alert you to a new book that just came out from a friend (goes by the art name Someguy) called the 1000 Journals Project.Link (Thanks, Lucas!)
Six years ago, Someguy sent one thousand blank journals out into the world. Those who found them added stories and drawings before passing them along in an ongoing, collaborative art form.
The journals have come to rest in hostels, cafes, and law offices; they've been lost and found, forgotten and remembered. They've been the subject of treasure hunts (#354), brought to remote mountaintops (#323), abandoned at airports (#001), left in the lost-and-found (#300), and stolen at gunpoint (#949). In journal #587, someone wrote a heartfelt apology and then sent the journal to they friend they had wronged. Unfortunately, the apology wasn't accepted.