HOPE X announced, more 2600 archives online

Emmanuel from 2600 Magazine sez, "HOPE X (the tenth Hackers On Planet Earth conference) is set for July 18-20, 2014 at the not-to-be-torn-down Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. More details at http://xxx.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx/ and - for those who have the .xxx domain blocked - http://x.hope.net. Speaker submissions will be opening soon, along with preregistration and other ways to participate."

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Excellent audio history of the Haunted Mansion

In this episode of the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast, there's an absolutely delightful history of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion (MP3). The hosts explain how the company wrangled and wrangled for more than a decade, trying to find the right design for a Disneyland haunted house, and how the project that emerged is the synthesis of three warring styles that converged brilliantly.

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Mel Blanc's radio show: 40+ free, downloadable episodes

Zack writes, "In 1947, Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, the Road Runner and other beloved cartoon characters had his own radio show spinning out of his appearances on Jack Benny's program, where he played a fix-it shop owner. More than 40 episodes are available to legally download for free on this page."

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PRI's Studio 360 on Disney parks


The PRI Show Studio 360 has released a great episode in its "American Icons" series, this one dealing with the Disney themeparks (MP3). I was delighted to be interviewed for it, and they've included our complete, unedited interview with the piece.

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Jonathan Lethem interviewed about his novel Dissident Gardens

Rick Kleffel just posted his interview with Jonathan Lethem (MP3) about Lethem's new novel, Dissident Gardens, his latest New York City novel. It's about a Sunnyside Gardens family whose matriarch, Rose Zimmer, is being drummed out of the Communist Party. What follows is comic, sweet, and thoroughly grounded in New York. Based on Kleffel's review, I can't wait to read it.

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Podcast of CJ Cherryh's award-winning story "Cassandra"

Tony sez, "Hugo winning podcast StarShipSofa has the 1979 Hugo winning short story Cassandra by C.J. Cherryh (MP3, RSS) on this week's show."

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Talking Little Brother on KQED's The Forum

I was privileged to appear on Michael Krasny's Forum on KQED in San Francisco this morning as part of the San Francisco Public Library's One City/One Book celebrations for my novel Little Brother. The KQED people already have the audio (MP3) up on the Internet, which is pretty zippy production-mojo. Cory 3

Librivox gets a new look: 7,000+ free, open audiobooks

Librivox -- the volunteer-driven project to record free, open audiobook versions of public-domain books -- has had a redesign, showcasing its 7,000+ title collection.

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Help seed 2600's massive BitTorrent archive of hacker radio shows

Emmanuel Goldstein from 2600 Magazine sez, "A few weeks ago, 2600 made its entire archive of radio shows available for free on the web in high fidelity. The response to this has been so great that the bandwidth charges have now gone through the roof. So in order to offset this, 2600 is appealing to the file-sharing community to use BitTorrent technology to distribute these files instead of traditional downloading from a single website. This is being done in the spirit of showing the world how file-sharing makes content more accessible, cheaper to manage, and quicker to download - concepts that fly in the face of the mainstream media's interpretation. Defining torrents as nothing more than a tool for piracy is a great way to make people afraid of it. Once its true uses and power become more widely known, the world can benefit in so many ways. Getting these radio shows out to the world will be a small accomplishment, but an inspirational one." Cory 12

Podcast: Ian Tregillis explains the Milkweed novels

Rick Kleffel interviewed Ian Tregillis, author of the amazing alternate history Milkweed books, about Nazi X-Men fighting a secret war against British warlocks. Tregillis describes the process by which he came up with the premise, and especially -- and most interestingly -- how he came up with his brilliant treatment for Gretl, a precognitive villain who is pretty much evil personified (MP3).

Expanded "Welcome to Bordertown" audiobook, with Neil Gaiman, Steven Brust, Ellen Kushner and more

There's a new special-edition audiobook of Welcome to Bordertown, the YA reboot of the amazing, classic urban fantasy shared-world anthologies that practically invented the genre. The special edition includes lots of new material, such as Neil Gaiman's reading of his poem "The Song of the Song" and Steven Brust fronting a musical version of his "Run Back Across the Border" -- there's lots more, and its all available as a DRM-free MP3CD.

I grew up on the Bordertown books and was delighted to be asked to contribute a story: Shannon's Law.

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How to foil NSA sabotage: use a dead man's switch (podcast)

In this week's podcast, I read aloud a recent Guardian column, "How to foil NSA sabotage: use a dead man's switch, which proposes a "dead-man's switch" service that'll tip people off when the NSA serves a secret order demanding that Web operators sabotage their systems.

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25 years of hacker radio online

2600's Emmanuel Goldstein writes, "25 years of hacker radio is now online at full broadcast quality as part of the 2600 website redesign. 'Off The Hook' has aired on WBAI-FM in New York since October 1988 with hacker tales, interviews, and news. The online archives had been stored in mono at 16kbps since their inception. The new 2600 website has far more space, allowing an upgrade to 128kbps and stereo, making this large piece of history a whole lot more listenable." Cory 2

Audio memoir of original Disney Imagineer, with free sex-and-drugs excerpt!

Last week, I blogged about More Cute Stories: Volume 1, an audio memoir of Rolly Crump, one of the Imagineers who help build Disneyland and maintain it in its early years. I've had a chance to listen to it since then and it is fantastic. Crump is a charming raconteur, and he treats us to many fascinating remembrances that shine light on the personalities, engineering, business reality, and weird and wild times that made up the early years of Disneyland.

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Podcast of "Metadata – a wartime drama"


In the current installment of my podcast, I read aloud (MP3) a recent Guardian column, "Metadata – a wartime drama, which imagines a dialog between Alan Turing and Winston Churchill that might have taken place if the UK Home Secretary Theresa May had been Turing's line-manager.

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