In this week's installment of my podcast, I break my long hiatus with the first part of a reading of my novella Lawful Interception, a sequel, of sorts, to Little Brother and Homeland. In addition to the free online read, you can buy this as an ebook single (DRM-free, of course!).
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Zack writes, "In 1957, Nevil Shute's classic anti-nuclear-war novel On The Beach was published -- and the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) put out a heavily-condensed adaptation with art by Ralph Lane that ran in 29 comic strips distributed to newspapers. All 29 strips are collected here -- I found these through a link in an eBay auction that is selling original art to 21 of the 29 strips."
This is one of those novels that brings me to tears no matter how many times I read it -- a powerful and moving piece of minatory fiction that really does the heavy lifting of science fiction with utter brilliance. The comic strip carries some of that freight (as does the 1959 classic film with Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck), but the novel really is the best version by far.
On The Beach
Tim sez, "WindFire Designs Circle Tools are made for beautiful circles. Specifically designed for countless uses, they provide elegant and precise utility. Graceful progressions of sizes in curated sets of circles find a balance of scale between the maker, the studio, and the work. Unlike many products these days, they have zero built-in obsolescence. Instead, like a truly great tool, they are archival objects that will get used by today's makers, and, at least in our imagination, they will be passed down through many generations. In response to the most common request, we are releasing a new larger model, the CTØ11. These are tools that we made because we needed them ourselves. They are hand-finished here in our studio in small batches, and made entirely in the USA."
Circles are hot. Stainless steel is cool
Some people are what I call simplifiers and some are optimizers. A simplifier will prefer the easy way to accomplish a task, while knowing that some amount of extra effort might have produced a better outcome.
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Bob Knetzger says: "The Akihabara Radio Center is closing at the end of November. Sure, there are still maid cafes, gundam shops and other otaku delights in Akihabra, but sadly a little piece of Maker Heaven is shutting down. So cool that the post-war headquarters for black market radio parts has survived for this long (and maybe it will sprout up somewhere else?) ...but where else in Tokyo will you go to geek out at bulk electronic parts, tools, and test equipment?"
I visited the radio center in 2010, and the array of stalls and items for sale was mind bending. I'm sorry it's going to close!
More photos by Bob below:
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For some of you, sites like this one are a welcome distraction from what you really should be doing or, more likely, what someone else thinks you really should be doing. So to go one recursive step further, here are five distractions from this distraction, a short list of fantastic free browser games, from Cookie Clicker to Kingdom of Loathing:
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Recommended if You Like is Boing Boing's weekly podcast of longform conversations with musicians, cartoonists, writers, and other creative types. In this episode, Brian speaks to hacker and musician Travis Morrison, best known as the lead singer of The Dismemberment Plan
, described by Rolling Stone as "indie heroes." The band reunited in 2010 after breaking up in 2003 and released their first album in 12 years, Uncanny Valley
. In the podcast, Travis makes some pretty solid arguments in favor of getting Bob Mould to appear on The Simpsons
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Benjamin sez, "Since the world didn't end on December 21, 2012, humorist John Hodgman has a surplus of Ragnarok Survival Kits.
Designed by Jessica Hische, these kits (which include everything from Hodgmanic cologne to a DVD copy of John's Netflix special Ragnarok) are scheduled to ship by 12/17. Each are signed and numbered by the author."
When the world did not end in 2012, I was left with a small number of surplus RAGNAROK SURVIVAL KITS
(Thanks, Benjamin Wilson!)
This German Shepherd has a soft spot for mid-eighties Europop, specifically Modern Talking's "You're My Heart
," originally released in 1984
. Poor guy, though, all cooped up in that awful cage--that's no way to treat a doggie.
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Adam "Ape Lad" Koford's published a new collection of his wonderful Laugh-Out-Loud Cats comics, Down with the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats. The collection is pure, distilled charm.
The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats are the lineal descendants of strips like Peanuts, which mixed extremely contemporary references (in this case, references to Internet slang) with a timeless, childlike humor, and great character design. Pip and Kitteh are eternal hobos on the backroads of the Internet age, shamelessly mixing puns and sight gags in a way that is purely sweet.
As a bonus, this volume is interspersed with the hobo illustrations Ape Lad did for Hodgman's Areas of My Expertise. If you love cute animals, hobos, and Internet humor, you will love The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats.
See also: Gweek 121: The Return of Ape Lad
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The Ghostbusters Venkman jacket is pretty fab. As the sell-copy says, it's just the thing for when you want to "pick a fight with an ancient, Babylonian god!"
Ghostbusters Venkman Costume Jacket
(via Geeks Are Sexy)
Recently I blogged the Treat Triad, a puzzle my dogs love. Another toy that keeps them focused and busy with something other than me is this crazy treat dispensing purple egg, the Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble.
The dogs bat it around and as it rolls, occasionally pieces of dog food roll out. My dog Pretzel plays football with it (American soccer) while Nemo just picks it up and drops it. He has learned that dropping it from higher altitudes allows the toy to accelerate a bit more, and that the additional kinetic transference dispenses extra treats. No, really.
I left the sound on in this video so you can hear that on hardwood floors, the toy is a bit loud. It does have rubber ribbing to keep it from destroying the floors, but I would not suggest filling the Kibble Nibble and then expecting peace and quiet.
PetSafe Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble Meal Dispensing Dog Toy
Emmanuel from 2600 Magazine sez, "2600 is turning 30 and, to help celebrate, has put out two new t-shirts simultaneously. The first focuses on what has changed over three decades in publishing, with images of a floppy disk, a CD, and a flash drive on the front and 30 headlines - one from each of the hacker magazine's 30 years - displayed on the back. The second shirt focuses squarely on the NSA, with an iconic picture of their headquarters on the front that got 2600 staffers detained immediately after they took it. The red stamp over the top of the picture represents what could be the popular view on what NSA should really stand for: No Such Authority. On the back is part of a leaked NSA document concerning PRISM, along with a call to arms (or, in this case, stronger crypto). Finally, to help celebrate the 30th anniversary, the 2600.XXX domain is now in operation."