Friday, April 17, 2015

Shoes That Grow: Guy Invents Sandals That’ll Grow 5 Sizes In 5 Years To Help Millions Of Poor...

Some comments on the Hugos and other SF awards | The official home page of author Eric Flint

"What you get with literature, including any and all forms of genre fiction, is the following division: What the mass audience wants, first and foremost—and this has been true and invariant since the Sumerians and the epic of Gilgamesh—is a good story. Period. “Tell me a good story.” Thazzit. But, sooner or later, that stops being sufficient for the in-crowds. At first, they want more than just a good story. Which, in and of itself, is fair enough. The problem is that as time goes by “more than just a good story” often starts sliding into “I really don’t care how good the story is, it’s the other stuff that really matters.” Eventually, form gets increasingly elevated over content. “Originality” for its own sake, something which the mass audience cares very little about—and neither did Homer or Shakespeare—becomes elevated to a preposterous status. And what withers away, at least to some degree, is a good sense of what skills are involved in forging a story in the first place."

Some comments on the Hugos and other SF awards | The official home page of author Eric Flint

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Doctor Who must decide whether to murder a child in new series opener

It's good to see they're going for a lighter tone this season.

Doctor Who must decide whether to murder a child in new series opener

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xkcd: Code Quality

Code Quality

xkcd: Code Quality

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

BB-8 on the stage at Star Wars Celebration 2015

Wow. It's a practical effect. No CGI here.

BB-8 on the stage at Star Wars Celebration 2015

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2

Seven Reasons We Hate Free-Range Parenting

We have lost something important and I'm not sure it will return.

Seven Reasons We Hate Free-Range Parenting

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Tactical Laser Weapon Module Can Laserify Almost Anything - IEEE Spectrum

Wow, if they've broken the 100kw output barrier, that is big.

Tactical Laser Weapon Module Can Laserify Almost Anything - IEEE Spectrum

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SpaceX CRS-6 First Stage Landing

So close. Better video this time.

SpaceX CRS-6 First Stage Landing

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Monday, April 13, 2015