And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Likee-poo was killed by a cellular phone explosion

Jim Wright reminds us of the good ol' days just a century ago. When I hear talk about all this "regulation" stifling industry, and all these social programs soaking up all our money, yeah, I remember those good ol' days. Sad thing is, the people touting less regulation and ending social programs also remember, they just think it was better.

Catherine Schaffer is looking for writers willing to share their shame. And you know you have some. And you know who you are.

Singularity & Co bringing back out-of-print SF/F titles on ebook at a time. And it looks like they're doing it the right way, by getting the proper permissions. (Pointed to by John)

"The point is, our ability to broadcast was entirely dependent on poorly-programmed bots. And once those bots had made their incorrect decision, there was absolutely nothing we could do to restart the signal… In case anyone still believes that copyright rules can't stop free speech or snuff out a community, the automated censorship of the Hugo Awards is a case in point." There's something perversely poetical about bots shutting down the live feed of an award for SF authors. Blue screens of death as far as the eye can see. What's strange is I started watching the feed just before it was shut down. Also, speaking of the Hugos, the inevitable inside baseball breakdown. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Bernie Krause, nature sounds recorder, has been noticing a great silence spreading in the natural world. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

During a recent overheard conversation two guys, who were "movers and shakers" within their companies (young turks full of themselves is more like it, but I'm pretty sure one if not both held MBAs), were mystified by how companies like Facebook and Instagram made money. Well, Cat Rambo knows, she she's debating hacking the hive mind. As someone who used his library card to embed subversive messages in his lending history and likes to zoom the Google search histories, I fully support this kind of hacking. More power to you, Cat.

While the conservatives argue if there is any Climate Change at all, the rest of the world has already gone past the "is it anthropomorphically caused" question to well, just how bad will it get? (Grokked from Jay Lake)

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