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World Fantasy Convention

I’m off to the World Fantasy Convention in Calgary!  I’ll blog about my experience when I get back.

I’m pretty sure I said I’d blog about my Africa/Ghana trip as well.  I will, it’s just taking some time.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Trailer

I just saw the trailer for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.  I figured the link wouldn’t wait untill my weekly updates.  Here it is, in different resolutions.

Weekly Links 20081026

Writing

Seriously, I didn’t even know these books were still being written:
“What man, in his deepest heart,” asks John Norman, “does not want to own a female, to have her for his own, utterly, as a devoted, passionate, vulnerable, mastered slave, and what woman, in her deepest heart, does not want to be so intensely desired, so unqualifiedly and fiercely desired, that nothing less than her absolute ownership will satisfy a male, her master?”

Apparently, Science Fiction hates itself.  Here we find out why.

Science

An organism that was discovered in a South African gold mine, nearly 3km beneath the Earth’s surface, has scientists “buzzing with excitement” because it offers fascinating evidence that life could exist on other planets, say reports.

Misc

Natalie Portman and Rashida Jones present a solution to the global economic crisis.

I’m a meat eater.  Being a vegetarian just isn’t something I could do.  When I saw this, I just had to laugh.

The British team that claimed the land speed record in 1997, taking a car through the sound barrier for the first time, is planning to go even faster.  The video is quite well done.

Botanicalls opens a new channel of communication between plants and humans, in an effort to promote successful inter-species understanding.  This product uses an open source hardware design, which is cool.

Computers

The differences between a Mac and a WIndows PC can sometimes be quite striking.  This picture sums up a couple of differences.

Weekly Links 20081019

Miscellaneous

The US National Debt ‘clock’ had to be revamped recently.  The device wasn’t built to handle the numbers it’s currently showing.

Some people just have way too much time on their hands.  This guy modified his computer case to make it look like Battlestar Galactica

And what can I say about this one.  It’s a comic, and it just tickled me the right way… I laughed.

Software

OpenOffice released version 3.0 of their free Office suite.  It’s looking pretty good.

Writing

Paul Citlik has 8 things you need to remember when writing science fiction.

Fox 2000 has acquired rights to Joe Haldeman’s 1974 novel “The Forever War,” and Ridley Scott is planning to make it into his first science fiction film since he delivered back-to-back classics with “Blade Runner” and “Alien.”

John Joseph Adams lists 21 blogs writers should be reading.

Weekly Links 20081012

I follow a lot of links in a week.  Some of the links are just too good to not pass along because they are interesting, unique, or solve a problem I’ve recently had.  This is this weeks set of links that rose to the top.

Writing

Most people can’t get their minds around just how big the universe is. So it should come as no surprise that most Speculative Fiction writers can’t either.

Canadian Science Fiction writers are amongst the best in the world. Teacher-librarians can bring a rich selection of exciting, interesting, and challenging Science Fiction material to their students and staff through the excellent works of a number of authors. Homegrown talent, through the genre of Science Fiction, using Canadian settings and cultural perspectives, can help us to learn things about ourselves and our country.

When author Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with dementia, he was shocked to discover doctors could do little to help. For despite the fact that the condition affects more than 700,000 Britons (a million by 2025), research into its causes and treatment has been chronically under-funded.

What does it take to get out of the slush pile and into the table of contents? To find out, I interviewed the editors of three of the top markets in short science fiction–Gordon Van Gelder, editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction; Sheila Williams, editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction, and Susan Marie Groppi, editor of Strange Horizons.

Alien zoo sex, vulgar language, and the horrors of war have earned this novel (which shall remain nameless) a place on many a banned books list. And it’s hardly alone. Even in just the last decade, parents have tried to remove their least favorite titles from school libraries, and works of science fiction have been among the casualties. So, grab a flashlight, hide under a sheet, and read (or re-read) science fiction’s most suppressed books of the 21st century.

Computers

Hibernating a Linux laptop has always been a problem for me, except for my Acer Aspire One.  This article talks about how to hibernate cleanly.

Misc

Call it part of my sick sense of humor, but when I saw this image, I laughed out loud.