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Inaugural/social media linkdump!

Now that Barack Obama is President, I feel like I can finally share these links freely… Joss Whedon’s ten screenwriting tips (many are good for other sorts of writing too) Why Twitter is doomed to fail (hint: because it’s not “for” anything — yet another Twitter-hater piece UPDATED IN THE COMMENTS) WhiteHouse.gov — the new [...]

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The luckiest guitar player in the world

I don’t talk much about it on this blog, but I’ve played guitar since I was about 16 or so. I started playing to impress a girl and when that didn’t work out, I delved into the instrument anyway. I’ve always been mostly a solo player (I’ve never been in a band) and it’s only [...]

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KHAAAA … AAAAAN!

This clever netizen chose to mark the event of Ricardo Moltalban’s death by determining just how many “A”s there typically are in “KHAAAAAA … AAAAN!” Google search results for “KH(Ax)N” for x=1 to 100: via Boing Boing

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Closing some FF tabs

Here is a list of interesting items haunting my Firefox tabs today… Apparently the Japanese government has found it necessary to ban used teen panty vending machines. Make sure you watch the accompanying public service announcement. The listed credits for The Perfect Goodnight Kiss on IMDb are all effed up. There is a line in [...]

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BSG and politics – Variety piece by Steve Benen!

My Poli-Sci-Fi Radio co-host, Steve Benen, wrote a short piece for Variety that’s out today (coinciding with the beginning of BSG season 4.5) about the fact that Battlestar Galactica is the most overtly political TV show since The West Wing.  He writes… no program in recent memory has covered such explicitly political ground. It features [...]

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New Media and the Changing World

I’m having one of those “whoa” days with new media. It started because not 30 minutes after having a long conversation with a co-worker about the astounding relative safeness of air travel (a conversation that was engendered by this Steven Johnson Boing Boing post), I (ironically) followed the drama of the US Air jet crash [...]

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Best thing I’ve seen this week

It’s late and I’m really effing tired but I just had to post this because it had me ROFLMAO so much. It’s Star Wars, as told by someone who’s only ever seen little bits of the movies… Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn’t seen it) from Joe Nicolosi on Vimeo. via Boing Boing

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Bruce Sterling is my copilot.

He writes… I’m a bohemian type, so I could scarcely be bothered to do anything “financially sound” in my entire adult life. Last year was the first year when I’ve felt genuinely sorry for responsible, well-to-do people. Suddenly they’ve got the precariousness of creatives, of the underclass, without that gleeful experience of decades spent living-it-up. [...]

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I saw it written and I saw it say…

Here are the full Moon names for 2009 according to Space.com… Jan. 10, 10:27 p.m. EST – Full Wolf Moon. Amid the zero cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages.  It was also known as the Old Moon or the moon after Yule.  In some tribes this was [...]

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Trill & Padawan at home

This beautiful image is from a series called “Land of the Free” by photographer Steve Schofield. Via RCS.

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