NEWS NEWSLETTER: APRIL 2010Digital Papyrus newsletter
"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: April 2010
Issue No. 72
in which we are bound to the land, and the land is bound to us
I'm recovering HP and mana today by constructing a Vampire/Artifact deck for Magic: The Gathering. While opening boosters earlier, I came across a card in Zendikar called Landbind Ritual. It's a sorcery card that gives you two life for each plains card you control, and it has one of the most beautiful flavor texts I've ever read:
"Honor this place, for our children's children will stand here and speak these same words again." - Ayli, Kamsa cleric.
I would love it if this card was handed out to every person who visited a national park or unspoiled wilderness area. I would love it even more if people would speak these words to their children ... and truly mean them.
"From his James Patterson Pageturner Awards (which rewarded groups and individuals for creative and effective ways to spread the joy of reading) to his website ReadKiddoRead.com (which helps adults find books that kids are sure to love) to his regular donations of thousands of books to troops overseas, Patterson is a lifelong champion of books and reading. His first foray into books for all ages was the critically acclaimed Maximum Ride series, which debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list at #1 and remained there for twelve straight weeks. The series has so far made appearances on The New York Times bestsellers lists ninety-four cumulative times, proving that kids of all ages love page turners. He captured the attention of boy readers with The Dangerous Days of Daniel X and its follow-up, Daniel X: Watch the Skies. And, his third series for readers of all ages, the highly anticipated Witch & Wizard, is coming in December, 2009."
"VSS Enterprise" takes flight and "space for the rest of us" moves a step forward, the Martian Rite of Spring commences while the folks at JPL prep a "rover on steroids" for departure for the Red Planet, the Wizard Nebula is ready for its close-up, Roller Derby on Saturn's rings, Discovery is "go" for launch, orbital Olympics, the crew of STS-134 prepares to go where no one has gone before, and Buzz "Twinkle-Toes" Aldrin wows the judges on "Dancing with the Stars" - or (ahem!) not.
Countdown clocks begin ticking for Discovery launch
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD, STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE"
With good weather expected, the shuttle Discovery's countdown began early Friday, setting the stage for a pre-dawn Monday launch to kick off a space station science and resupply mission.
The countdown began at 3 a.m. EDT, three hours after the successful launch of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from Kazakhstan carrying a crew of three to the station. NASA Test Director Steve Payne said preparations for Discovery's launching "are going extremely well, there are no issues to report."
Liftoff is targeted for 6:21:23 a.m. Monday, roughly the moment Earth's rotation carries launch complex 39A into the plane of the International Space Station's orbit.
We humans devote a huge amount of our brain power to thinking of all the ways the world could suck less. Almost all of our entertainment is based on letting us escape to some other world where people can do magic and even the hardships look like fun.
What is interesting, though, is how terrible our fictional fantasy worlds really are. They look like fun for two hours at a time, but with a little thought you see why living there would make you want to drink yourself into a stupor.
The funny thing about facing imminent death is that it snaps everything else into perspective. Take right now, for instance.
Run! Come on, run! You know you can do it.
I gulped deep lungfuls of air. My brain was on hyperdrive; I was racing for my life. My one goal was to escape. Nothing else mattered.
Maximum Ride James Patterson
Mag+, a concept video on the future of digital magazines
I’ve got something I want to share with you.
We’ve been working with our friends at Bonnier R&D exploring the future of digital magazines. Bonnier publish Popular Science and many other titles.
Magazines have articles you can curl up with and lose yourself in, and luscious photography that draws the eye. And they’re so easy and enjoyable to read. Can we marry what’s best about magazines with the always connected, portable tablet e-readers sure to arrive in 2010?