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Month: December 2008

Rec: "Lazy dystopias"

Rec: "Lazy dystopias"

I advise everyone to check out this post by Alex Steffen. Steffen always manages to inspire me in some way or another, and this time was no different (as you can tell by my double commenting). My brain is now champing at the bit with ideas. It’s a wonderful, frustrating feeling, sort of like standing at the seashore and knowing you just can’t wiggle out of your jeans fast enough. Also, there’s this glorious bit of animation, which Steffen criticizes…

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I'm doing sci-fi and I'm still alive…

I'm doing sci-fi and I'm still alive…

It’s official. I have been sick for over a month. Despite this, I have managed to: Apply for an internship Tell Futurismic about this story (and get a very sweet email in response) Design a graphic for Squiddance 08 (and attend it) Spend time with Ben Read Fledgling, The Claus Effect, and much of The Spirit Write an outline for The Von Neumann Wives Despite this, I’m still woefully behind on some things. I have roughly twenty days to learn…

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Food: Chocolate Gingerbread Cylons with Spiced Rum Icing

Food: Chocolate Gingerbread Cylons with Spiced Rum Icing

I have to confess. I don’t watch Galactica the way that I should. What episodes I do watch I always enjoy, and I recognize it as one of the few shows on television that’s genuinely empowers its female characters. My friends, however, adore the show, so when I mentioned an interest in baking up some Cylons, there was no going back.

Build your own supercomputer! With PS3's!

Build your own supercomputer! With PS3's!

DIY guide now available! Mr. Ashby IM’d me frantically this afternoon to let me know about this little development, and I sent it along to BoingBoing with equal haste: Last year, Khanna’s construction of a small supercomputer using eight Sony-donated Playstation 3 gaming consoles made headlines nationwide in the scientific community. On the consoles, he is solving complex equations designed to predict the properties of gravitational waves generated by the black holes located at the center of the galaxies. “Science…

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Procrastination: Hawaiian Carols edition

Procrastination: Hawaiian Carols edition

Willie K. is a native Hawaiian performer of no small popularity, and he is also my favourite carol singer (next to Frank Sinatra). Please to enjoy his rendition of “O Holy Night,” which I look forward to all year: Willie K’s version is also called Po Hemolele, and I probably know it better than I do the actual version (which, coincidentally, was my maternal grandmother’s favourite).

New story up!

New story up!

?oyfriend I need a tutorial in how to do special characters on WordPress. That “B” is supposed to be a beta. (Don’t worry, I asked Watts first. He laughed at me.) Anyway, to quote my email to my workshop: Mark Tovey at WorldChanging Canada asked me to write this story after I told him about a draft I’d never finished. It’s called “Boyfriend,” and it’s about a slowly-awakening “partner app” downloaded into our heroine’s phone, who takes it upon himself…

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And now, a descent into immaturity:

And now, a descent into immaturity:

I CALLED IT! Panels that generate energy from vibrations have been laid by ticket gates through which up to 80,000 passengers pass every day at Tokyo station. In theory, the system consisting of slates, rubber sheets and ceramics can generate enough energy to power automatic ticket gates or electric billboards at the station. In Fitting A New Suit, the main character (a Japanese man) keeps a “treadpad” inside his room and is obligated to generate energy with it as part…

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Yes…

Yes…

Sometimes, an article pops up online that is exactly what I need. A team of researchers led by Princeton University scientists has found for the first time that tropical rainforests, a vital part of the Earth’s ecosystem, rely on the rare trace element molybdenum to capture the nitrogen fertilizer needed to support their wildly productive growth. Most of the nitrogen that supports the rapid, lush growth of rainforests comes from tiny bacteria that can turn nitrogen in the air into…

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In memoriam:

In memoriam:

Today, BoingBoing reminded me that John Lennon died 28 years ago today. Since my first national sale was a story involving Mr. Lennon, I thought I would excerpt some here: He turned to face me, and it felt like being cut off at the knees. Suddenly, I understood my mother’s Beatlemania in a completely new way. She had once confessed a high school crush on John Lennon, and I had thought it silly. But in the flesh, John Lennon was…

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Female Who?

Female Who?

British female scientists want a female Doctor, ostensibly to raise the profile of female scientists in general. Me, I’m just excited about the possibility of Dawkins (himself a guest star on the show and married to a former Time Lady) explain to us the evolutionary biology of a species which gender-morphs male-to-female close to the end of its life cycle.