chronicling these, uh, performances.
You know the science fiction writer Wil McCarthy? Aerospace engineer, Wired contributing editor, Sci-Fi Channel Web columnist? He's got a mind-blowing programmable matter FAQ on his site that describes the forthcoming "new alchemy" of quantum dots. Yet another existence-disrupting technology on the horizon.
The Memory Hole -- "rescuing knowledge, freeing information"
Names names my god names
Police log from the weekly Arcata Eye (Humboldt county, northern California) -- you will thank me for this
Mirrorshades and the Viridian design movement
Boing Boing and Memepool -- why surf when they'll do it for you?
Intriguing Web toys:
Lost in Translation,
Hyperspace Polytope Slicer,
Through the Center of the Earth
Flash amusements: an engaging build-your-own kaleidoscope and Hero Machine
My tribe, the Texas Juggling Society
Internet Juggling Database
My sometime collaborator, Aaron Allston. Aaron is making his first movie, Deadbacks, a low-budget "zombie chick flick" in which I myself was a nonspeaking backround zombie.
Some of my favorite writers:
Greg Egan, and
Tor Books editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden, always a voice of sanity
Danny Kaye patter song lyrics
The amazing composer Raymond Scott, whose music powered many Warner Brothers cartoons
The Harry Stephen Keeler Society, honoring "the Ed Wood of American mystery novels"
More brilliant badness from two defenestrators of the poetic muse: Julia A. Moore, the Sweet Singer of Michigan and Scottish poet William McGonagall, "Dundee's best-remembered nobody"
In the same vein, if you're not familiar with the unique science fiction of R. Lionel Fanthorpe, most prolific author in the history of SF -- well, read excerpts and "stand trembling, like a bladder of lard."
The German film director Lotte Reiniger made remarkable "silhouette films" in the days before sound. Her Adventures of Prince Ahmed (1926) is the oldest surviving feature-length animated film -- though not, as is frequently stated, the first ever made (that is apparently "El Apostol," a 1917 Argentine feature, now lost, by Quirino Cristiani)
Pelgrane Press, publisher of the Dying Earth roleplaying game; I laid out the rulebook and the first supplement
The Forge is a Burgess Shale of independent roleplaying innovation, well worth a long look around. Forge designers are taking small-press RPGs in fascinating new directions. See, for example, the much-praised My Life With Master (and check Steve Darlington's informative MLWM review on RPGNet), Little Fears, Universalis, The Riddle of Steel, and Sorcerer, as well as curiosities like Bedlam, Courts & Corsets, octaNe, and Nicotine Girls.
The RussCon gaming group, which meets each Wednesday night here in Austin, TX to play great German board and card games (and if you don't know "German games," check About.com's Designer Games 101)
Tribute pages honoring the great game designers Sid Sackson (R.I.P.) and Reiner Knizia. Knizia's excellent tabletop boardgame Samurai has been literally translated into a fine shareware computer game from Klear Games LLC; check this Game Tunnel review.
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