Last night, I was lucky enough to attend the announcement for The Arthur C Clarke Award shortlist for best novel of 2013. The six books on the list are Nexus by Ramez Naam; God's War by Kameron Hurley; The Machine by James Smythe; Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie; The Disestablishment of Paradise by Phillip Mann and The Adjacent by Christopher Priest. Of the six, my favorite is Nexus, which I reviewed last year. Congrats to all the nominees! The Clarke winners will be announced on May 1.
I really get a kick out of Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra, a conceptual band out of San Diego with a robot lead singer. So when the band's human, Professor B. Miller, asked me to write the liner notes for their latest laser-etched LP, Balance a Checkbook, I couldn't say no! It's a "financial record," so I've… READ THE REST
Squirrels eating you out of house and home? Make them out house and gnome! Just another big head squirrel feeder from the wonderful weirdos at Archie McPhee ($18.95). THAT GNOME SURE GOES THROUGH A LOT OF NUTS Have you given up on trying to get rid of squirrels? Why not make them part of your… READ THE REST
Not long ago I posted a screenshot of a Teletext-style theme for Boing Boing. Though that was just a HTML mockup, Rhys Jones went right ahead and implemented it on Teefax, the online Teletext emulator. Perhaps we've found the future of the web! The weird compelling joy of simple technology that gets you where you… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Having a clean, uncluttered desk can do wonders for your peace of mind. But, it's rarely convenient and feasible to have a central location to keep the magazines, pens, pencils, newspapers,… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. LED lighting has changed the way we light the world around us. These small diodes are incredibly energy efficient and able to last years without having to be replaced. However, efficiency… READ THE REST
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