Saturday, August 25, 2007

What I need to do is run to the post office and put my laundry in. What I want to do is is read this webcomic i just googled upon. http://www.tailsteak.com/archive.php?num=1
This isn't quite a webcomic. It's more like a 'blog, only it's actually worth reading.
This one, "how I like my coffee" was the first one I found, so now I want to read the archives, but it can wait.

What I'm reading:
32: Snuff, Sin and the Senate. Gilded age corruption stories, a little dated, a little dull, but good to know the details of of a history of rule by plutocracy.
Next up: 33: The Seduction of Hillary Rodham.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Went to gencon, but all i got was this picture.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Vance DeGeneris, brother of Ellen, cute, interesting art, via boingboing.

quote from website: And if nudity offends you, I’d advise you to go somewhere else. I mean, we don’t have any actual nudity here, but I just don’t appreciate that uptight attitude.
Anyway, feel free to come on in and make yourself comfortable, but please, no rough-housing.

31: Rainbow's End, Vernor Vinge. wiki
I was in Evansville and needed to have my car looked before trying to drive home, and the car place was closed, so I bought a book and coffee at borders and got a hotel room for the night. I am slowly adjusting to the idea that I have disposable income again.
Got home and came down with the flu so it was nice to have a good book handy.
The book was good, but not amazingly so. It doesn't compare to his "deepness in the sky" or "fire in the deep". Still, from the guy who invented cyberspace (in the story "true names", back in the day, it's a rollicking yarn about how things look in 2025,
extrapolating trends about connectivity, wearable computing, crowd-sourcing,and invisible 6-foot rabbit pukas. (See Harvey, Donnie Darko.)
The book is an unfolding of his Hugo-winning novella Fast Times At Fairmont High.
On one level, it's the story of a new kid in high school, who struggles to make friends, complete his big class assignment, and go through some character development.
But it's also about his ex-wife and his grandkid and her parents, Alice and Bob, who you may have heard of, and their efforts to avert world catastrophe.
All in all it was the good read I was expecting; it delivered.
Vinge is in that core group of extropian visionaries, people like Varley and Stross and Neal Stevenson and Corey Doctorow, who write about a future that is wildly different from today, but is our best guess about what the future will actually be like. comic
While at an Evansville library I look a second look at Stevenson's system of the world trilogy and liked it this time, didn't before, so I will plan to read those when I find a copy handy.
wow, here is a free online copy of the book i spent $8 for. It was still worth the $8; I read it while offline in a hotel room and later in bed with the flu, cheap medicine at $8.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Faqs on Yaks.
Ran into a restaurant in Madison which had Yak. Might need to send this to my ex-boss who runs the Snow Lion Tibetan restaurant.

Man I've just twice now lost posts I worked hard at. Grr.
Was a review of Robert Helms' Guinea Pig Zero anthology, and a mention of Mykel Board's blog.

This was the intro paragraph of the second try:
Oh heck I hit a key wrong and my blog post disappeared.
I had been writing a short review of Guinea Pig Zero (Amazon), book 30 that i just finished,
but the real point of the post was to throw up a link to Mikel Board's blog - he and the guinea pig share a publisher. Mykel is infamous in punk rock journalism circles, and we were on a mailing list together back in the day, 1992-1993.
Wired article that mentions Helms.
7 minute video with Helms cameo.
Buzzfeed has some links on being a lab rat.

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