Itchers, death lamps, rattling napkins, Witches' jelly, exploding rainbows and the Golden Sphere are a few of the prizes that await those brave enough to risk the Visitation Zone in Boris and Arkady Strugatsky's Roadside Picnic.
An incredible tale. For two days aliens visited 6 small zones on the face of the planet earth. Then they left. No one saw them. No one understands why they came. All we know is they left behind a lot of potentially dangerous, potentially awesome stuff and we've got to have it.
People's lives, their bodies, and human culture as a whole are changed irreversibly by this alien visit. Instead of hope for a better future, augmented by these incredible new technologies, it appears most of the characters we meet are lost, struggling to understand their place in a universe where humanity may be nothing more than ants carrying away the crumbs of an alien roadside picnic.
This is a fantastic book. One of my favorite recommendations of the year, and I'm thrilled to share it with you!
Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky
Thanks, Mouse Reeve!
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
It’s time for a power upgrade — throw out that tired-out power strip and swap in this family-size USB charger, packed with 6 high-speed ports. With a built-in control chip, Kinkoo optimizes each port to ensure the fastest charging possible for all your devices. The Kinkoo is made from high-grade and durable materials so you […]
Watching Netflix, Hulu or other streaming services can unfortunately be difficult while traveling outside the US. Rather than bypass these restrictions with the help of a complex and slow VPN, choose a faster and simpler solution with Getflix. Instead of rerouting all your Internet traffic through a different server, this handy service only routes the […]
Shake, stir, and muddle your way to delicious homemade cocktails with this must-have bar set. Expect only the finest quality tools from MakersKit — enabling you to unleash your inner mixologist.Top 12 Favorite Things of 2014, Sunset MagazineQuart-size vintage-style Mason jar shakerRetro double jigger for accurate measurementsStrainer & spouts for a mixologist-style smooth pourHardwood muddler […]