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Month: July 2009

"Summer Wars" probably awesome, opens 1 August

"Summer Wars" probably awesome, opens 1 August

This movie has everything: Nosebleeds Onsen Pop-art aliens/toys/avatars/Kami-knows-what TEENAGE RELATIONSHIPS FRAUGHT WITH ANGST Character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto A plot the studio doesn’t want us to know about I can’t think of a better antidote to the summer heat than walking into a chilly movie theatre and watching this with your current crush. Damn it, Tokyo, why you gotta be so far away?

Please hold for unpopular opinions re: Batman

Please hold for unpopular opinions re: Batman

io9 sez that The Dark Knight sequel may feature Miley Cyrus. I’ll wait, while you wash the blood from your eyes. Done? Okay. Moving on. I think this is a good thing. I can wait. Again. Try rolling your abs up into your spine; it helps the vomit come a little faster. Now swish! Okay. Now that’s finished, let me explain. I really love Batman. The character, I mean. I love what he stands for — fucked-up people making the…

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My Worldcon schedule

My Worldcon schedule

With the exception of Squid, everyone I know has put up their Anticipation schedules up, already. So I guess that means it’s my turn: When: Fri 10:00 Location: P-524C Title: How to get what you want out of a local workshop Session ID: 763 All Participants: Alexander Jablokov, Madeline Ashby, Steven Popkes, Eileen Gunn Moderator: Alexander Jablokov Description: Verterans of local workshops talk about what to look for in a local group. Should it be a critique group? A creative…

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As luck would have it…

As luck would have it…

…I’m sitting in a dimly-lit room on Gibraltar Point, polishing my thesis and working on more stories about robots. I lucked into this place — which is beautiful, and spooky, and exactly what I need — because Peter Watts got lucky in Germany and couldn’t take his usual Point position, and offered me the spot. The turnabout happened so quickly, in fact, that his name is still on my key fob. My luck has been good, lately. Through random chance,…

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portrait of the artist as a cultural cosplayer

portrait of the artist as a cultural cosplayer

What you see on my hands is mehndi. I’m going away this weekend to attend an Indian wedding, and was invited by the groom’s family to a mehndi session at their home last night. What you see here is only half the finished product; the palms of my hands are so red with henna that DeathRay blinked awake this morning and started quoting Shakespeare. In retrospect I should have asked for only the tops of my hands to be worked…

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Food: Strawberry soba salad with ginger and mint

Food: Strawberry soba salad with ginger and mint

This one’s for Kayleigh, in lieu of a bento box shipped between Ontario and California. I decided to try it after picking up the various ingredients at various points across the city: organic buckwheat-and-taro noodles from a gourmet food shop on College Street, ume-flavoured “drinking vinegar” from a chain drug store, and strawberries and garlic scapes from my local farmers’ market. As such, it’s the first dish I’ve made that’s built around the ingredients, rather than a style of preparation….

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"SF" stands for "strategic foresight"

"SF" stands for "strategic foresight"

Good news, everybody! I’ve been accepted to the M.Des. program in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at the Ontario College of Art and Design. When I tried explaining the program to my mom, I said: “It’s about designing solutions for future problems on every level — from product to policy.” One of the more contemporary problems being tackled by the Strategic Innovation Lab? Publishing. I mention this because John Scalzi has an absolutely fantastic post on the subject, and Patrick Nielsen…

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