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My first consulting gig

I had a really interesting meeting today. I talked with Justin Ferrato, a student of the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab, about a project that he and his fellow Media Lab students are working on for Nuit Blanche 2010. I don’t want to give away the content of the project, but it sounds really interesting and I’m excited to see…

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ready, steady, go!

I’m going away to finish this book. I have a lot of work to do. Luckily, as of this morning I feel energized to do it. For too long I had been languishing, fretting, freaking. Then I spent yesterday with a rather large cephalopod watching Fullmetal Alchemist. (Because that’s our life: we write and read all day and then break…

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"While you were reading Tolkien, I was watching Evangelion."

A while ago, I Tweeted this message in reply to Adam Rakunas: “While you were reading Tolkien, I was watching Evangelion.” The initial conversation was about contemporary science fiction fandom, readership, and our influences as writers. During my teenage years, when I was “supposed” to be reading Tolkien, I was watching Evangelion. Adam pronounced this statement a big fat “WIN,”…

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Even robots got more game than me

This super-fast robot hand dribbles, throws, and tweezes more effectively than I do. If you could observe the current state of my eyebrows, you would know this to be true. You’ve probably already seen this footage, so I thought I’d show you some eventual applications for super-fast robot hands. (Oh, shut up. That would chafe and you know it.) Warning:…

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Why AMV's are great:

They totally revitalize pop songs that were overplayed in their first week by enmeshing them with meaningful content. Of course, it helps that this vid is probably the best editing job I’ve seen in quite some time. Coming from me that means something; I probably watch at least a vid or two a day on average, with frequent binge sessions…

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Speaking of cities

Somebody cut a square out of a shopping bag just so that they could smuggle this footage out of China in 1990. It depicts the Kowloon Walled City. The Walled City was an act of spontaneous, collaborative architecture in response to political and social upheaval — a spatial harbinger of what the internet would eventually look like. Naturally, China destroyed…

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Optimism in SF anime

The talented Jetse de Vries asked me to share my thoughts on optimistic science fiction in the anime medium, and I contributed as best I could. Overwhelmingly, anime creates an optimistic sentiment not by depicting a utopian future, but by locating the reason for hope in humanity’s ability to make the right decision — to sacrifice, to embrace, to re-build.…

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