August 26th, 2007


[links] Link salad goes to the beach, gets sand fleas

Hate groups in New York — Best of the lot: "[Pioneer Fund] president J. Philippe Rushton has provoked widespread debate with his theory that smaller penis size is directly related to increased intelligence." I know it's a trusim that evil is often banal and stupid, but,

Excuse me, I'd like to buy your B-52

Guides 'want advice on safe sex' — Information about safe sex and assembling Ikea furniture top British teen girls' need-to-know list. Living in Century 21, bay-bee!

100 Ways to Improve Your Life

Westbound Freight: 1943 — From Shorpy, this one's really for kevin_standlee and garyomaha.

Cosmic blank spot puzzles astronomers — Apparently they've finally discovered Bush's brain.

25 Worlds Weirdest Animals — (Yes, that really is the name of the site.)

A reader reactsjeffsoesbe talks about Dogs in the Moonlight Powells | Amazon ]

[clockpunk] Steampunk in the Boston Globe

jeffvandermeer points to this Boston Globe article on steampunk. (Registration may be required.) He and I were both interviewed for the article, though neither of us made it into the final draft. Mainspring Powell's | Amazon ] is referenced, however, on page 3 of the online version.

The influence on steampunk literature goes as far back as H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, but those authors can't really be considered steampunk because they were writing about their own era. Michael Moorcock's "The Warlord of the Air" (1971), "Lord Kelvin's Machine" (1992) by James P. Blaylock, "The Difference Engine" (1991) by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, and Di Filippo's "Steampunk Trilogy" (1995) are often cited as the central steampunk novels. In "The Difference Engine," the visionary artist William Blake gives Powerpoint presentations using a kind of magnetic tile device. In a novel released this year, Jay Lake's "Mainspring," the sun revolves around the earth along a system of celestial gears.

If anyone in the Boston area could send me the hardcopy, I'd be much obliged.