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Dharma Initiative Labels

Dharma InitiativeI’ve never watched Lost because hello? I have a toddler. I haven’t had access to a television since he discovered Barney. For those of you who aren’t massively betoddlered and have some idea of what’s going on with the show, the folks at Insanely Great Tees have created downloadable labels so you can have your very own Dharma Initiative party.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Posted in Ephemera February 28th, 2007 by Chip
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2006 Nebula Final Ballot

The 2006 Nebulas will be awarded at the Nebula Awards Banquet at the Marriott, Financial Center in New York City on Saturday, May 12, 2007.


From the Files of the Time Rangers by Richard Bowes

The Girl in the Glass by Jeffrey Ford

The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner

To Crush the Moon by Wil McCarthy

Seeker by Jack McDevitt

Farthing by Jo Walton


“Sanctuary” by Michael A. Burstein (Analog, Sep05)

“Burn” by James Patrick Kelly (Tachyon Publications, Dec05)

“The Walls of the Universe” by Paul Melko (Asimov’s, Apr/May06)

“Inclination” by William Shunn (Asimov’s, Apr/May06)


“The Language of Moths” by Chris Barzak (Realms of Fantasy, Apr05)

“Two Hearts” by Peter S. Beagle (F&SF, Oct/Nov05)

“Little Faces” by Vonda N. McIntyre (SCI FICTION, 23 Feb05)

“Journey into the Kingdom” by M. Rickert (F&SF, May06)

“Walpurgis Afternoon” by Delia Sherman (F&SF, Dec05)

Short Stories

“Helen Remembers the Stork Club” by Esther M. Friesner (F&SF, Nov05)

“Pip and the Fairies” by Theodora Goss (Strange Horizons, 3 Oct05)

“Echo” by Elizabeth Hand (F&SF, Oct/Nov05)

“Henry James, This One’s For You” by Jack McDevitt (Subterranean #2, Nov05)

“The Woman in Schrodinger’s Wave Equations” by Eugene Mirabelli (F&SF, Aug05)

“An End To All Things” by Karina Sumner-Smith (Children of Magic, DAW Books, Jun06)


Batman Begins

“The Girl in the Fireplace” Dr. Who

Howl’s Moving Castle

“Unfinished Business” Battlestar Galactica

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

Devilish by Maureen Johnson

Razorbill Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

Midnighters #2: Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfeld

Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

I just finished reading the Pfeffer book – it is a GREAT juvie!

Posted in Books & Authors, News February 27th, 2007 by Gandalara
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Net Neutrality Video, a Net Neutrality activist group, have just released an excellent video in support of a new law that would make Net Neutrality the law of the land. As Cory Doctorow says, “If the people around you don’t understand Net Neutrality, show them this. Show this to five friends this weekend, sign them up, and Save the Internet.”

Link (via BoingBoing)

Posted in Computers & Internet February 26th, 2007 by Chip
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It’s Toast


(Yaknow, this would have made a great present for Chip’s birthday … )

Posted in Ephemera February 23rd, 2007 by Gandalara
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The Scotsman reports that a Scottish firm has secured £40,000 for a project that amounts to “Macbeth: The Text Message.”

Cameron Taylor, a partner in the firm, said: “You will be able to text Macbeth, the character, and interact with that body of content. It will tell you where to go to get another part of the story.”

Link (via Fark)

Posted in Ephemera February 23rd, 2007 by Chip
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Geekiest. Crossword. Ever.

Kevin Kosbab of Mental_Floss became fluent in several synthetic languages in order to put together this crossword puzzle.

In order to solve this crossword puzzle, you’ll need to know a bit of Klingon, Elvish, Furbish, Esperanto and a handful of other constructed languages. In fact, all of the solutions are in constructed languages.

They helpfully include a “word bank” for those who haven’t mastered all of the tongues. (I mean, sure, everybody knows Klingon, but who ever heard of Esperanto?)

(via BoingBoing)

Posted in Ephemera February 22nd, 2007 by Chip
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Indexed: Hilarious and Geeky Diagram Blog

This marvy little blog features funny and thoughtful musings on life through the medium of graphs and diagrams written on index cards. I especially like these:


Life Sure Does Come At You Fast

Scary Stories


(via Wil Wheaton)

Posted in Humor, Science February 21st, 2007 by Chip
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Textbook Disclaimer Stickers

These printable stickers are great for quietly slipping into textbooks, or just print the whole lot out and use it as a poster.

This book was anonymously donated to your school library to discreetly promote religious alternatives to the theory of evolution. When you are finished with it, please refile the book in the fiction section.

Link (via Digg)

Posted in Humor, Science February 21st, 2007 by Chip
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The Grand List of Overused Science Fiction Cliches

This is a fairly big list, but it looks like the guy is still taking submissions. I’m sure this group could think of a few more….

9. A virtual reality program is activated, and the distinction between reality and the program becomes confused or indistinguishable.
10. People connect their brains directly to computers and get dependent on them.
11. Aliens travel a zillion miles to loot the earth of resources which exist in far greater and much more easily exploitable quantities on the many uninhabited bodies they pass on the way to earth.

Link (sort of via Wil Wheaton, in that he mentions it in the latest ST review he’s doing over at TV Squad, and why aren’t you guys reading these, they’re hilarious, and I already pointed you to them way back here?)

Posted in Humor February 20th, 2007 by Chip
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Public Domain Space Paintings

Some lovely paintings of space colonies and other cosmic scenes, from “a future we forgot to have,” have been granted a Creative Commons license by the artist, Donald Davis. He was commissioned to do these in the 70s by NASA, and is now turning them over to the public domain. There’s some really neat, evocative stuff.

Link (via Paleo-Future)

Posted in Space February 19th, 2007 by Chip
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