April 16th, 2008


[links] Link salad for a Wednesday

Don't forget yesterday's open questions thread

Wuxiapedia — Translated Chinese epic fiction. Interesting stuff. (Thanks to Jacques B.)

Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals — An historian looks at AH. Sort of.

Review of Why Think? Evolution and the Rational Mind — "When enough people share a delusion, it loses its status as a psychosis and gets a religious tax exemption instead." Hahahahahaha.

Retropolis — I am there. T-shirts for yesterday's tomorrows, baby!

io9 on galactic habitable zones — Some very cool stuff here.

APOD with a stunning shot of the night sky over Flagstaff, AZ

Should We Shout Into the Darkness? — The (supposed) perils of METI.

German schoolboy, 13, corrects NASA's asteroid figures — Must have forgotten to convert English to metric again...

Red Baron tribute car — I remember the original of this thing.

The Official Village Voice Election-Season Guide to the Right-Wing Blogosphere

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Currently reading: Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon Powell's | Amazon ]


[books] Sometimes you're the lightning, sometimes you're the bug

criada hath just pointed out to me a serious (albeit trivial to the plot) error in Escapement Amazon ]. I refer a number of times to the island of Java as being north of the Equatorial Wall, when in fact I meant Sumatra. I simply flipped them in my head.

This little detail — which was entirely and solely my doing (it's my book, after all) — escaped all the readers who looked over the book in various official and unofficial capacities. It's far too late to fix the hardback now. So when you buy your copies of Escapement (as you all are planning to do, right?), please take a blue pencil, and wherever you see the word "Java", gently cross it out and write in "Sumatra".

Ah, the bliss of geographical ignorance. I am so damned embarrassed.