Sigh. It appears we're about to go through another segment of "New Technology is Magic" trope. So long nanotechnology. Welcome gene therapy that continues the long line in SF, starting with the Steam Engine and reached it's frantic pace with the dawn on the nuclear age.
Jay Lake muses on what is more important in story. So, do you like a Ms. Marple mystery, or Columbo? (Yes, I like both, actually)
Pottermore now looks to be like a web analog to some of the ideas surrounding ebook extensions (of what will make ebooks so much better than print books). Or, "we call it riding the gravy train" (while the site will be free, I expect they're looking to continue the sales of the books at the very least - I'm sure some marketing idiot has somewhere said that with the final movie out, interest will fall off). No disrespect meant. JK has a great franchise with Harry, and I expect there will be a lot of business for Pottermore. However authors can get more out of their work, they should try. You should watch the video. I love that animation.
It ain't a jet pack, but I'll take it. A very small electric plane. Wants! (Pointed to by Dan)
The Tea Party Vacation PSA via Vince.
Oh look, the McKinsey study that continues to be cited by conservatives is now thoroughly debunked. Who could have known?
Slactivist with musings on Hell in the modern church. Relevant to the next book, so I don't want to lose the link. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Think Americans ask too much to work menial labor? Think again. We go the lowest in this experiment. I'm sure that will come as some succor to the representatives in Georgia who passed their anti-illegal immigrant law only to find their largest industry suddenly bereft of enough workers to bring in the crop. (Grokked from Catherine Shaffer)
L.E. Modeste with some books written by women that men should read. Damn, I don't have any of those. And a follow up here.