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Girl Genius is an excellent steampunk mad science comic.

It's absolutely brilliant in it's own right, but I love some of the small touches. Check out the the birds in this last panel, and these fantastic sneaky shout outs to a few other webcomics.

In today's comic the music is provided by the P.D.Q Bach engine.

I heard a radio show about him a while ago. He's the creation of a musical satirist in the States. The name coming from the fact that Johann Sebastian Bach had many children who are generally referred to by their three initials. He performs with a full orchestra, or just a kazoo. I don't know enough about classical music to get all the jokes, but if you know your Baroque from your Romantic, he's probably worth tracking down. And absolutely perfect for a the Mad Science Pantomime Ball.
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Explosives are booby trapped. Now that's just excessive.

Othar Tryggvassen is a spark (or mad genius) from the Girl Genius comics. He's an occasional visitor to the comic, but is a hero in his own mind. Battling against the tyrants of Europe.

You can see what he's up to when off panel, as Othar has a twitter. Every day he updates us on his latest adventures. It's quite a fun way to read a story.

Plus, he's battling the sort of person who's booby trap the explosives, and deploy other mokey based defence mechanisms.
iBon ran across this rather surreal corner of Wikipedia the other day:

The comprehensive list of usernames editors have expressed concern over.

It's a source of much puerile humour :)

Mykidsareplayinginthetoilet
Killyoureditor
Jimbo3000
Lolvandalisms
Yer Momma
Butt face999
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Neil Gaiman interviews Terry Pratchett.
seen at Ducker's Delicious Dump
I don't what amuses me more. Victorian ladies sewing tiny pants* onto their copy of the Bayeux Tapestry or that they were called the Leek Embroidery Society.

*middle of the three small images.

Seen in an old Cloud Chamber
M.P.A.A. send takedown letters accusing printers of downloading movies. One frame at a time presumably.
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Following an earlier post on visualising social networks. Here's the sky at Dave's.

Nexus of friends

The galaxy on the top left is work. The few underneath that are fandom. To the left of them is the AAW posters. Above that is the RaW hacks. My old room mates to their left.
The large cluster in the centre is people from school days, with Drama at the top, and family friends to the left.
Lurking at the bottom are the Joinees.

Seen at Andrew Drucker's
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Gorgeous photos of astronauts in orbit.
I love these images so much.
The eighth one has a lovely brassy dohicky that is so steampunk.

Why writers groups are a a good idea.

Alcohol Linkdump
DIY flavoured vodkas, mead by mail, and the discovery that people who binge drink , hang out with people who go out and get drunk.

“The unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible”: Oscar Wildeon fox hunting.
I thought it was "The incomprehensible pursuit of the inedible".

The good ship Righteous Indignation. Brilliant name for a rebel frigate.
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Useful addition to a hosts file to prevent anything from and ads server from being accessed. General info if you want to figure out what I'm talking about.

from Charles Stross's braindump.


World’s oldest social network reconstructed from medieval land records.

May be of interest to medieval and social network scholars on my flist :)


I just saw this snippet about MS:
Some populations, such as the Roma, Inuit, and Bantus, rarely if ever develop MS. The indigenous peoples of the Americas and Asians have very low incidence rates.


And immediately thought about the European mutation, that confers HIV resistance, and the way that a lot of stories end up with Natives catching diseases from the colonists rather than the other way round.

Could these three things be related?
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Amusing bit of flash fiction. What if wiki fiddlers had use of time machine?.

seen at Neil's single editor wiki.

Particularly appropriate give the edit-fest going on at <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Arthur_C._Clarke#Date_of_Death>Arthur C. Clarke</a>'s entry today.
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Charlie Stross is a Guest of Honour at this year's Eastercon, so I thought I'd better catch up on the month or so of his blogged I missed since I went on holiday. The man sure do generate some ideas.

The singularity is a theme often explored in his work. One definition of which is the point at which graphs for technoglogical growth reach infinity. So his post on the time for worldwide technological addoption dropping from 125 to 16 years caught my imagination.
Say you want to set a story 30 years out... Back in 1900 to 1950 you could do so with a fair degree of accuracy... But today, that 30-year window is inaccessible. Even a 15-year horizon is pushing it. Something new could come along tomorrow and overrun the entire developed world before 2023.


Here's Charlie's take on the future, after Moore's law craps out.

Also from his blog was a link to this tale of how ATM's could have brought down the UK banks in the '90s. Poor internal security lead to one bank going seriously rogue.

Eastercon LiveJournal exchange, regarding email notification of programme participants ... Autopope: 'I haven't heard hide nor hair from you.' Committee Person: 'Who are you?' Autopope: 'I'm Charlie Stross, one of your GoH's.' CP: 'Ah, it's you ...'

Seen over at the, invaluable to UK fen, ansible newsletter.

Finally here's a Audio version of Trunk and Disorderly, a Stross novella.
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Given that I seem to be the Modal Average age for a Ravelry knitter, I've just requested an account.

I've currently got a couple of small swatchy projects on the go, mostly to just to practice with. I've just bought some black wool for my first real project. I liked the idea of a computer terminal green on black scarf, but couldn't find the right shade of green. Then I realised I have a little yellow wool, so I'm tempted to do a Portal scarf. With an Aperture Science logo on one end and a slice of cake on the other. Maybe I'll end up on the Portal fan site.

I think GLaDOS would like these potentially fatal works of art more though.
seen at starslip crisis's temporal log.

Note to self: Smallest and Largest possible Aperture logo references.
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"I'm a big believer in the have-a-donut school of management."

Why corporate wikis work, or fail.

"We live in a universe where life is meaningless, oblivion is just around the corner and God is confirmed to be dead"

One of the best explanations of Gödel's incompleteness theorem I've seen. And it's only there to explain a "Citation Needed" visual gag.

Both quotes from today's Goats.

Bonus points to anyone who can spot the mangled pop culture reference in the title
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"since aged fourteen everyone my age typed like they'd fallen face first onto a keyboard."

My old blog had a set of posts titled "Nice Turn of Phrase". I think I'll try and resurrect that. This one goes out to anyone who has to deal with children's writing.
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Come my child, flip Jesus's switch.


Then Repent to iGod.
I think he's related to Alice, and Eliza.

Forwarded by the sibling


Agnostics are just atheists without the courage of their convictions: A rebuttal..

I consider myself to be a strong agnostic. I believe that there's no way to dis-prove a gods' existence. Therefore Atheism, as a belief that there is no such thing, simply isn't justified. But at the same time I cannot envision a set of circumstances that would lead me to beleive in a god. Essentially I think religion's are pretty much a moot point.

Having said that I can accept that others have had experiences that lead them to have a different belief structure to my own. I've just yet to hear one that's come anywhere near impacting me.
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A little while ago[1] I ran into the list of Geek Social Fallacies. The things that some geeks think, that taken to extremes, make their social lives harder.
How do they apply to me )
Now to explain how those affect me I'll have to talk about the circles I move in.



The Friend Wheel application from Facebook puts all your friends as points around the outside, and draws lines between them if they know each other. In this example most of the user's friends know each other. My wheel looks slightly different.



Starting from the top, and going anticlockwise, the Joinees, Alt.Alumni.Warwick users, the ex-Radio Warwick presenters, people from my school days, colleagues from my last job, and smattering of others including: SF fandom, webcomic artists, and friend of a friends.

I'm not so far into GSF #4 that I take liberties with my friends' friends. What happens is that I think everyone is really lovely and would get on with everyone else, so try to encourage my different groups to merge. I've been doing this since school days, when I dragged kids from my neighborhood and school to drama.

One side effect of GSF #4 is that I've been responsible for introducing a few couples to each other. I only ever see this in retrospect. I never mean to play cupid, but it is nice.

[1] GSF seen at the Nice Guy article, via Mango's offensive grocery.

Oh and as an aside, if you got this far;
How do you pronounce clique: click or cleek?
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aka Linkdump.


"DRESSING MY CAT TO LOOK LIKE YOU JUST ISN'T THE SAME."
Best response to stalking accusation ever.


I was particularly tickled by Martin Rowson's surreal cartoon on the EU constitution earlier in the week.


A simple guide that can be used to hide messages in knitting. They can't be seen from the front. Here's an example a friend knitted.


Pointed to by Susie


Fear the impossible quiz, as it's quite tricky. Flash game.
Sent by Eleri


Surliminal has just posted a nifty map showing travel time by public transport to the Department for Transport. Re-enforces the idea that south east London is impossible to commute from.
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Just spotted a really useful clipboard feature in the text editor I use.

I supports: Cut, Copy, Paste, and Swap.

Swap the highlighted text with the clipboard text. Genius!

--

What would Richard Feynman do?

“You know, the most amazing thing happened to me tonight. I was coming here, on the way to the lecture, and I came in through the parking lot. And you won’t believe what happened. I saw a car with the license plate ARW 357. Can you imagine? Of all the millions of license plates in the state, what was the chance that I would see that particular one tonight? Amazing…”

“The gravitational force is weak,” he said at one conference, introducing his work on quantizing gravity. “In fact, it’s *damned* weak.” At that instant a loudspeaker demonically broke loose from the ceiling and crashed to the floor. Feynman barely hesitated: “Weak — but not negligible.”

Seen at Bad Science.

The two biographies about him are great. Essentially a series of anecdotes about him, told by one his mates.

--

The XO is the "lowest power laptop ever made, its the greenest laptop ever-made, it's the only sunlight readable laptop on the market, it's more rugged than a Toughbook, it's in the Museum of Modern Art for it's look ... 15 times lower [in power consumption] than any other laptop on the market. The Mesh networking extends the reach of a single access point as the wifi signals can hop from laptop to laptop to reach the children living the farthest from the school. ... we can run off of solar during the day and handcrank at night for an additional $25 or so per student – this is one-time expense – the solar panel and the crank will last 10 or perhaps 20 years. ... The XO batteries last for 5 years and cost less than $10 to replace. Finally, the XO is the greenest laptop ever made.

From Groklaw's interview with the founding Chief Technology Officer of One Laptop Per Child project.

This thing sounds seriously nifty. I hope they do the Give One, Get One scheme in Europe at some point.
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Woah, Joss Whedon wrote a webcomic starting in July, and I've only just heard of it!

It's a rather surreal funny SF comic following a band called Sugershock.

That's not the official site but the "Dark Horse Presents" Myspace page it's from has really crappy navigation.

There's three issues out so far, and may be more to follow.

seen via a webcomic 2007 top ten.

Cross posted to Snarkoleptics.

Linkdump!

Dec. 19th, 2007 05:15 pm
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I've missed the first day of Agnostica, "the only truly secular winter celebration". but I'm not too late to participate in the global Random Bag of fun. I missed last year, but I've participated in the previous two. It's great. Slightly geeky gifts for all!

Macroeconomic effects (such as recession, and recoveries) in a 1970's babysitter's co-op.
seen at [livejournal.com profile] major_clanger's moonbase.

Teach your geeklet to read with Cthulhu.
Illustrated by Erica Hhenderson

And finally a rather nifty recipe for Lemonade. I wonder if it works mulled?
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A new comic book shop opened in Finsbury Park about 2 months ago, right by the station, and I only just noticed.
That's probably because while I read a lot of webcomics (and by their books) I don't tend to read too many trade paperbacks. I've started getting into it and, there's three series I'm reading at the moment.

The 99 - Teshkeel Comics. Described as "the world's first superheroes based on Islamic culture and society." So far each of the issues centres around introducing one more of the cast, each of whom based on the 99 Attributes of God. It looks like it'll be an X-men style team effort. It's set in America, but so far most of the cast come from the rest of the world. All in all, it's a basic superhero team story but from a slightly different view point.

Necessary Evil - Desperado. A high school for super villains, "in the tradition of Harry Potter and Sky High". At points it feels like a lame magic high school drama: The "treasure hunt" they are sent on as their first piece of homework. However these moments are somewhat offset by the deliciously amoral moments in there: A girl who kills a teacher, in retaliation for a slapped wrist.

Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now - IDW. Basically 6 of his short stories are being turned into comics. You can read, or listen to, the stories online first. I like the stories, and the comics are going well. In particular, the layouts of "When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth" are great. Some clever panel sizing and ordering really helps the timing and enhances the chaos.
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Quick Meme I just made up.

How often do you use upper class, and middle class words?

My score: 16/30. Slightly Posh.

I was particularly amused by Cheers / Good Health, as I almost always make people drink to good health for the first drink with a meal :)
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The British Museum is in the middle of a Late night anime to manga film season. The tickets are cheap or free. I'm tempted to go to all of the remaining ones. I'm definatly going to Barefoot Gen and Akira, and am thinking about going to Ghost in the Shell.

It seems that the The British Museum hosts a lot of interesting looking events. This film festival seem to part of a whole range of events on Japanese culture. Also, since the Terracotta Army has just arrived, there seems to a lot of Chinese events too. So it's a very Eastern schedule at the moment.

Credit to Floo for finding this one

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