If you've ever wanted to see sf author David Brin's study (and after reading Startide Rising or any of his other books, you probably do) here's your chance. The 360 panorama is a bit flawed, but you get a good look at his setup -- beautiful windows, a great-looking desk, two excellent wooden bookshelves, a big window for natural lighting and a handy clone for all that time consuming research.
Reuters will have journalists reporting and writing financial and cultural stories within and about Second Life as part of the London-based company's strategy to reach new audiences with the latest digital technologies.
"In 'Second Life,' we're making Reuters part of a new generation," Reuters Chief Executive Tom Glocer said in a statement. "We're playing an active role in this community by bringing the outside world into 'Second Life' and vice versa."
The gaming world has GenCon. My gaming group has Nuke(m)Con. Radio Active #39 starts with a look at our home grown convention and then takes a look at a couple of new geeky media outlets in the form of the Geek Gazette newsletter and Geek Label podcast as well as an exceedingly useful anti-repetitive stress injury software tool for the Mac. Finally, in the category of "movies we watch so that you don't have to", there's a review of the video-game inspired horror flick Doom.
And lo, a great many spammers visit the forums of Nuketown and The Griffin's Crier, descending like a plague of locusts upon the land. They come seeking page rankings from their great link god Google, and thus, offer endless sacrifices of strange herbs, impossible enhancements and the vast riches of Nigeria.
Yet from this plague would come some good. All of the names which follow belong to spammers. And all must die. To that end, we, the Dungeon Masters of the Blackrazor Guild, shall name the henchmen and disposable minions of our most terrible villains using the monikers of these vile scum. What had been an anonymous, meaningless death at the hands of dungeon-delving adventurers will now be steeped in meaning -- the meaning that comes from knowing that you just drove a sword through the guts of some weasley spammer.
Slow and steady wins the race, or so they tell me. I'm at 212 lbs now, down from a starting weight of 224. The promised land of wearing pants 36 waist has been reached, though my old 36 jeans remain a little tight. I expect they'll be just fine once I hit 208.
With the election season now in full force (I know this because I've started to receive phone calls from the myriad political groups and candidates) I'm going to spending more time blogging about politics, mostly in my home state of Pennsylvania, but occasionally on the national level as well. Politics and scifi don't often mesh, and I know many of the folks coming to Nuketown aren't here for that reason.
Fear not gentle readers -- the home page will not be turned into an endless stream of political diatribes. I intend to keep those posts confined to my personal Nuketown blog, with only the occasional scifi-related post percolating to the home page. Those of you who receive notifications will get updates about these posts, but even then, you shouldn't be expecting a blizzard of content. If you are interested in my political rantings, you can find them by going to the new "Politics" category.
Political commentary web site Slate has released a graphic novel version of The 9/11 Report. I haven't read beyond the first few pages yet, but I find it a fascinating experiment. It takes a government report, typically dry and uninspiring affairs (though I think the 9/11 Report is better than most) and gives it visual impact.
With the exception to LOST, broadcast TV hasn't been kind to speculative fiction. Science fiction series died by the bunch last year, with only Invasion surviving long enough to have a full season run … and not being renewed. Before LOST, Fox killed off Firefly, the most promising SF series in years without even trying to find it an audience.
And now we have Heroes, a superhero series that inherits almost a decades worth of superhero momentum, and tries to do something amazing with it. There are two big questions: is it any good … and will NBC let it survive long enough to thrive?
Snopes.com debunks the rumor that Willie Nelson quipped "It's a good thing I had a bag of marijuana instead of a bag of spinach. I'd be dead by now" after his tour bus was raided for drugs, and in the wake of hundreds being sickened by E. coli-contaminated spinich.
L. Neil Smith's science fiction novel The Probability Broach is now available as a graphic novel published by Big Head Press. Illustrated by Scott Biesr, the book tells the tale of Win, a detective in a dystopian America who's unexpectedly blasted into an alternative reality where utopian libertarian ideals hold sway. Unfortunately for the good-willed porcupines, the agents of dystopia are trying to infiltrate and -- with the help of local dissidents -- overthrow their reality.