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Month: April 2010

Wow.

Wow.

When I wrote this post, I had no idea the kind of response it would generate. It was just something I thought to do while we were driving home listening to “Carry On My Wayward Son” for the tenth time. I’m very lucky that the post was pushed through to the top of the Tor.com queue. It’s since been featured at Making Light and BoingBoing, and Peter himself linked to it in his account of Monday’s events. In other words,…

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We're home.

We're home.

From Toronto That sombre-looking fellow is Peter Watts, in case you didn’t know. He’s grimacing because he has a toothache. He’s worried that it’s a giant face-eating abscess, but I suspect it might be five months of nightly teeth-grinding coming home to roost. But the good thing is that he can come to a Canadian emergency dental clinic to be healed, and not a prison doctor, because he’s free. Not free to visit the US, of course. Not free to…

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Inevitable birthday post: 27

Inevitable birthday post: 27

From Toronto This photo was taken recently in the rotating restaurant at the CN Tower, 360°. It was not a birthday or anniversary dinner, but rather an event hosted by Death Ray’s (very generous) employers. That smear of blue behind me is the view of Lake Ontario from over three hundred metres in the air. This year, I: defended a Master’s thesis started design school signed with an agent drafted a novel (and survived the workshop critique!) attended my first…

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In which I talk too much about robots:

In which I talk too much about robots:

Apparently I didn’t wear out my welcome talking about anime, because the folks at SF Signal’s MindMeld column asked me to participate in another round, this one on the coolest robots in science fiction. Snip: I decided that the robots I love best are the ones who aren’t trying to be human. Why should they? What makes humans so special? Unless robots are built with a Shakespeare plugin that requires them to keep Hamlet Act II Scene ii in mind…

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"Kick-Ass" kicks ass

"Kick-Ass" kicks ass

And Peter, who I saw it with, agrees with me. A lot of people are whining about this movie and how morally depraved and empty it is. Here’s why: Kick-Ass Red Band Hit Girl Trailer – Watch more Funny Videos But you see, those people are wrong. Charlie Jane Anders brings up the important point that superhero films create a context for acceptable violence, but I think her argument, that this narrative frame is similar to the frame surrounding consensual…

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InterAccess Studio, Sunday, 7

InterAccess Studio, Sunday, 7

…I think. The time may change, but it will still be Sunday evening. Anyway, show up sometime evening-ish, and I will be there reading stories and answering questions. Here is a map. I’ve visited InterAccess before for this event, ArtSciSalon, and it was a really interesting. We met someone who had made his own fabber, and I got to pick up the pieces and hold them. (The extruder ribs them for your pleasure. It’s great.) I took pictures with DeathRay’s…

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comfort food

comfort food

I had a houseguest all week — an old friend from university who needed some down time before starting a cross-country move and a dissertation. We presented together at a conference, applying Aristotle’s notion of phronesis from the Nicomachean Ethics to science fiction futurism, but most of the week was spent sleeping in, visiting art galleries, and eating. There’s a lot of really great food in Toronto, and we barely scratched the surface. But what really surprised me about this…

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I went to prom with another girl.

I went to prom with another girl.

You might not know this about me, but I went to prom with another girl. She wasn’t my girlfriend. We weren’t dating. I just wanted someone to go with me, and due to pure social fuckery and indecisive bullshit on my part, none of the males in my romantic life were really available (nor was I available for them).* She agreed to go after I blurted out an invite, and we actually had a good time. We ate a nice…

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"What do you want?" "Information!"

"What do you want?" "Information!"

Charles Tan was kind enough to interview me about The Shine Anthology, and you can read it here. Snip: CT: What made you decide to write science fiction? MA: A lot of things. I was raised in a science fiction household. My dad had this copy of “To Sail Beyond the Sunset” under the bed, the one with Maureen doing her Birth of Venus thing on the cover. We also had the Dune and Foundation novels around, and we watched…

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Spring has sprung in Toronto.

Spring has sprung in Toronto.

From Food …And I am testing out a new photographic candidate, which has a food setting. I fully intend on taking this little baby with me outdoors today, so I can really figure out some of those settings. Last night’s photographing of an evening Good Friday parade didn’t go so well (the aperture remained open for a good long time, but all I got were trippy Fear and Loathing in East York shots of dancing lights), but I’ll figure it…

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