Holdfast magazine: free speculative fiction mag's debut issue is "Speculating about Speculative Women"

Laurel sends us "Holdfast Magazine, a new free online speculative fiction magazine that I co-edit.Each issue revolves around a central theme, examining genre fiction through focussed articles, fiction and reviews. Linked to this is each issue's interview with a featured author, whose writing connects to the issue's topic. Regular features include The Unbelievers, in which our two heroic editors attempt to convert self-confessed fantasy haters, a themed playlist that gives readers a suitable atmosphere in which to browse, and A Letter To... tells an author how influential and inspiring they are. Issue#1 is out now, Speculating about Speculative Women." Read the rest

Open Source Beehives: sensor-enhanced hive design

Tristan from OpenPixel sez, "You might have heard that bees are dropping like flies.

When we realised the implications of this (which everyone should look into, because it's serious) we borrowed some ideas from the WikiHouse project and applied them to bees - ie. low cost, distributed, open source manufacturing." Read the rest

Fragmentary evidence of the lost ancient art of librarian miniaturization

(via Retronaut) Read the rest

Video of the Maui Space Surveillance Complex

From the US Air Force's Airman magazine:

The Maui Space Surveillance Complex is located on Mount Haleakala, a dormant volcano on the island of Maui in Hawaii. It’s one of three sites Air Force Space Command operates that makes up the Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep-Space Surveillance network, which tracks man-made objects orbiting the Earth.

"Capturing Space" Read the rest

88 nonillion imaginary artworks for the Tate

Shardcore writes, "The Tate recently released a 'big data' set of the 70k artworks in their collection. I've been playing with it and finding all sorts of fun to be had. The latest experiment uses the Tate data as a springboard to algorithmically imagine new artworks - 88,577,208,667,721,179,117,706,090,119,168 to be precise." Read the rest

Jack Kirby's Eternals vs. Ridley Scott's Alien

Peter Bebergal points out the uncanny similarity between this panel from Jack Kirby's The Eternals #1 (1976) and the fossilized "space jockey" in Ridley Scott's Alien (1979). I have a feeling Kirby was inspired by the Mayan space jockey image that Erich von Däniken touted as proof of alien visitation in his crackpot science classic, Chariots of the Gods (1968) Read the rest

Tweeting Grandpa's diaries of trapping in the Northwest Territories in 1929

Derryl Murphy writes, "Several years after my grandfather, Bud Murphy, passed away, I'm going through boxes of stuff I was given after his funeral and found some - not all, sadly - of his old diaries from when he trapped in the Northwest Territories from 1929 (when he was 18) and on with his father. I'm tweeting his diary entries in chronological order and accompanying those with photos he took from back then, as well as notes about where he was. I'm not reading ahead, and hope the entries about murder, suicide, and mayhem that I turned into the ghost story "Northwest Passage" (first appeared in Realms of Fantasy, and then in my Sunburst Award-nominated collection Over the Darkened Landscape) will appear. Follow his adventures on Twitter @TrapperBud! Read the rest

Denver holds first public hearing for recreational marijuana store

No one spoke in opposition at a hearing in Denver, Colorado to open the first recreational marijuana store in the United States. It was the first of 16 hearings scheduled this month.

The 9 a.m. hearing — for a store called The Grove, at First Avenue and Federal Boulevard — lasted less than an hour, said Larry Stevenson with Denver's Department of Excise and Licenses. The store's owner and a handful of employees spoke in favor of the store's application. No one spoke in opposition, said Mike Elliott, the executive director of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, who attended the hearing.

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Much-loved webseries Internets Celebrities returns, with NYC eats-focused episodes, 'Food Warriors'

Casimir Nozkowski, Dallas Penn, and Rafi Kam, collectively known as the Internets Celebrities, have a new web series: THE FOOD WARRIORS.

"We're riding the A Train from top to bottom and finding out the best place to eat at key stops along the way," Casimir explains. Read the rest


Redditor DJDanaK got this photo of frozen McRibs in situ, marking confluence of pork futures and sandwich-making.

My buddy works at McDonald's and sent me this photo of raw McRib meat. Read the rest

Buy a toy, help out a toy-store owner who was robbed on her birthday

Heather writes, "All around amazing lady, Kristen Rask, who owns and operates the delightful Schmancy toy store in downtown Seattle was robbed on her birthday- literally. Thieves broke into her shop, breaking the glass door and stole her computer, Ipad and cash- ON HER BIRTHDAY. Kristen is a great friend to plush artists, hosting one of the only handmade plush toy art shows in the country, Plush You, and works tirelessly on her store and the numerous books she's published. She's also an amazing lady, taking time out her busy schedule to mentor people in her field (myself included). Luckily, her inventory was left intact- and since the holidays are right around the corner, the best way to help her out is by shopping at her store." Read the rest

Hawaii legalizes gay marriage

The aloha state just said "I do" to marriage between same-sex partners. Above, a photo from Tim Sakahara of Hawaii News Now: Marriage equality supporters rejoice as the Senate passes SB1HD1. Said US President Barack Obama, "I’ve always been proud to have been born in Hawaii, and today’s vote makes me even prouder." Read the rest

Photographs from the Philippines, after Typhoon Haiyan (aka Yolanda)

At Al Jazeera America, an eyewitness account from some of the worst-hit areas of the Philippines, where thousands are believed to have died in one of the worst typhoons ever recorded. ‘There are bodies on the streets, you are hit with the stench of death.’ Read the rest

Mispronouncing TV guests' names, with Dr. Steve Brule from Channel 5 News

Video Link. Dr. Steven Brule, brutchering purple's names. Check it out. This is a supercut of notable moments in his Adult Swim show, which you can buy on Amazon. Rumor has it there'll be a Season 3. Can't wait. [Thanks, Timothy!] Read the rest

Kisai Console Wood watch: futuristic LED face and sandalwood bracelet

TokyoFlash's new Kisai Console Wood watch has a gorgeous sandalwood bracelet and a groovy LED-lit display that nestles directly in the sweet-spot between functional and ornamental. It comes with your choice of blue or green LEDs and red or dark sandalwood, and charges over USB. I'm partial (very, very partial) to the dark wood. Wow. Read the rest

A white supremacist makes an interesting discovery

Matthew says: "Craig Cobb, a white supremacist trying to establish a 'whites-only' enclave in North Dakota, appeared on NCBU's The Trisha Show and agreed to take a test to determine his genetic ancestry. The test results were aired at the taping. Cobb’s genetic makeup is 86% European, and 14% sub-Saharan African." Here's the video. Read the rest

Little Brother in the Canada Reads Top Ten

Holy. Cats. My novel Little Brother has made it into the CBC's Canada Reads Top Ten. It is in astoundingly great and humbling company, including Margaret Atwood's Year of the Flood and Joseph Boyden's The Orenda. I'm so, so pleased by this -- thank you to everyone who supported the book. And I hope you check out the whole top ten, which is quite a list of wonderfulness. Read the rest

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