I’m going to do something a little different today (which has nothing to do with the tax deadline being midnight tonight and me not being done 8^)…
Do you follow any web comics? A long time ago, when I used to get my news from an actual newspaper, I always looked forward to the comics page. A good laugh is a great way to start the day.
Now I have a list of web comics I follow in my RSS reader. It’s grown and shrunk over time, but there’s a core set that I’ve been reading for quite a while. I still enjoy starting my day with these. So without further ado, here are my favourite web comics (in alphabetical order): Continue reading →
Publishing is not evolving. Publishing is going away. Because the word “publishing” means a cadre of professionals who are taking on the incredible difficulty and complexity and expense of making something public. That’s not a job anymore. That’s a button. There’s a button that says “publish,” and when you press it, it’s done.
A picture about the spring. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I have a new short story available. I’ve submitted it to the Show Off Writing Contest: Spring Edition, so I can’t post it here (at least not until I find out whether I’ve won—if I lose I’ll post it here). In the meantime, you can read it here.
If you enjoyed it, please consider liking it or leaving a comment on the contest page. It might not count for much in the judging, but it doesn’t hurt 8^)
Update: I lost. Not particularly surprising since I’m so new at this. The announcement is here. Now I can post the story here . Continue reading →
I’ve been keeping an eye on the augmented reality field since I first read about Steve Mann‘s work on wearable computing and computer-mediated reality in the 1980s (now there’s a true geek, walking around in public looking like one of the Borg). It’s been a steady progression since then, and Google’s is one of the most advanced yet. Continue reading →
I don’t think I’ve mentioned before, but science fiction is my favourite genre (also thrillers, and particularly techno-thrillers), so this caught my attention.
In short, the article asserts that SF has gone from the optimism and big science of the Golden Age to a darker, more skeptical, dystopian tone, and that this mirrors a change in the general public’s view of science, which in turn has led to a decline in actual technological development. Engineers are going to work for web start-ups or investment firms instead of building space colonies and such. On the other hand, science is now far ahead of what is being written about in SF, rather than SF leading science.
It’s an interesting hypothesis. I can see SF inspiring (or not) young people to go into science and technology fields to a certain extent. But it’s no doubt a complex issue. Continue reading →