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post rec: Coilhouse vs. the Matrix

post rec: Coilhouse vs. the Matrix

I can’t help but second most of what’s in this post about The Matrix ten years later, especially this bit: The movie also tapped into the anger a lot of people feel but never quite express, the pent-up resentments of our world that lead a packed theatre in the rural South to cheer a fetish-clad woman pounding the police into pulp. It fed the part in all of us that not only felt there was something deeply wrong with the…

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"..in form and moving how express and admirable!"

"..in form and moving how express and admirable!"

(Via Bruce Sterling, who I have wanted to email all week but have been too shy.) This is A-Pod. She’s been described elsewhere as both a robotic ant, and a harbinger of our eventual demise. While both descriptions may be factually true (the latter requires more time to bear out), neither grasps at her beauty. When I watch A-Pod’s video, I feel like a relative staring at a fetal ultrasound and anticipating what new life will someday emerge from that…

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On letting it go:

On letting it go:

Today while writing about my VN, I realised I would have to dismiss a cool-but-unlikely feature. It’s the kind of feature that would have looked great on film but bad on paper — the sort of thing one of my workshop members calls “The Refrigerator Problem”: namely, a plot device whose problematic elements don’t occur to the reader until she opens the fridge for a beer but bother her perniciously thereafter, causing her to question the theoretical underpinnings of the…

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My morning with Yudkowsky: or, why I should eat breakfast.

My morning with Yudkowsky: or, why I should eat breakfast.

This post started it all. While drinking my tea and blinking blearily at the screen, I realized that I didn’t know very much at all about these alleged “three schools” of Singular theory. Given that ?oyfriend was reviewed (and enjoyed) by a Singularitarian, I figured I ought to rectify this. Which, naturally, let to Yudkowsky’s explanation of the subject, which clarifies matters quite nicely. I spent a good amount of time at the website, tempted by The Twelve Virtues of…

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Why you should love Bruce Sterling:

Why you should love Bruce Sterling:

He gets it, that whole “unfair representation of women in power” thing. (Obviously, the man’s a genius — everybody knows that. I visit Beyond the Beyond when I’m feeling too clever by half and want to be reminded how comparatively insignificant my intellect and imagination are. But I find that the posts I enjoy most aren’t about spimes or NOTworks or architecture fiction, they’re the ones that remind me that fetishizing what a woman wears in relationship to her abilities…

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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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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.

What is the "Watchmen" of manga?

What is the "Watchmen" of manga?

For American Thanksgiving, I visited Texas and read Watchmen. (It’s surprisingly pertinent Thanksgiving reading; there are a lot of very clever, very painful observations about family dynamics throughout.) I’ve been holding back on posting about it, mostly because I haven’t entirely digested it yet. This post at MangaBlog, however, made me wonder: …what’s the equivalent of Watchmen in manga? What title made artists and readers re-consider the medium? Is there any manga title that simultaneously uplifts and undermines a whole…

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How it works for me:

How it works for me:

I’m up late and I start wondering about Vampira. (No, really.) And I start feeling nostalgic for a time I never lived in, and I see an ad about how analog television is going the way of the black swan, and I think about how tv and radio used to be local, really, how there were once broadcasts that only natives could receive or understand. (We call those broadcasts “fandoms,” now, and they’re like night markets that spread thin and…

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indecision 08: the bridge choice

indecision 08: the bridge choice

Tonight a thought blossomed in my head whose seed was planted the Saturday afternoon that I saw The Dark Knight. And if you couldn’t infer it from the title, that thought is this: This whole election is The Bridge Choice. The Bridge Choice has a long history in comics. It starts with Spider-Man and Gwen Stacey, but TDK gave it a new spin: participatory justice. The Joker offers two very different sections of Gothamites the opportunity to eliminate one another,…

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