One of those third culture kids who can't seem to stay in one place for more than a few years - currently on country number five/six/seven, depending on how you count.
- at 20:33 on 10-06-2017 link [skips right past all the recent political... Stuff] Wonder Woman! What did people think?
- at 22:22 on 19-06-2016 link Rest in peace, Anton Yelchin. :(
- at 11:23 on 16-03-2016 link @Jamie: That does look shiny, thanks for sharing! And speaking of shiny things, I've just finished Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice (gender and AI and consciousness, oh my!) and am about to start the sequel, Ancillary Sword. From the number of prizes the first book won, I can only imagine most of you heard of it well before I did, but I'm a fairly haphazard reader of sff, so I've only recently come across it. I enjoyed it a lot, though I definitely take the criticisms expr...
- at 21:57 on 12-03-2016 link Seconding support for the FerretNibble idea! Would the idea be that people submit mini-articles as inspired, and you wait till you have enough to fill out an article slot, Arthur? (i.e. perhaps not anything too topical/time-sensitive?)
- at 22:37 on 22-02-2015 link Wow, you're not wrong about Jim Sterling's aesthetic, Arthur. o_O Definitely a useful overview, though, thanks!
- at 23:03 on 19-02-2015 link I'm not a gamer, so this was my first exposure to the story, and wow. That was... quite something.
- at 12:08 on 01-02-2015 link I don't know who here also reads The Toast, but I suspect Ferretbrainers might enjoy these two pieces from their "how to tell what novel you're in" series: How To Tell If You Are In A Soft Science Fiction Novel How To Tell If You Are In A High Fantasy Novel
at 22:55 on 30-12-2014
So it's not about ethics in games journalism, then? ;) I think my favourite quote from that piece has to be
Even to this day, the opposition to GamerGate has focused on smear tactics, name calling, false equivalencies and a variety of other dirty tricks.though. *gasps, clutches pearls, etc.*
- at 11:29 on 25-12-2014 link Goodness, two new articles in one day, what a Christmas treat!* Hope everyone's having a delightful/festive/restful/survivable (delete as appropriate) holiday season. *this came out about 90% more snarky than it sounded in my head, I promise ;)
- at 07:39 on 06-12-2014 link I've been thinking about literature & translation lately, especially about how you translate the invented terminology in fantasy and sci-fi works. (Or in other genres, I suppose, though I imagine it's most common in sf.) Mostly, it amuses me that one possible translation into German of "The Farseer Trilogy" is actually "The Television Trilogy" ("Die Fernseher Trilogie"). For obvious reasons, they chose "Weitseher" as a translation of "Farseer" instead... Out of idle curiosity: what are...
- at 14:17 on 18-09-2014 link Thanks for the board game recs, James, Arthur, Jules! Ibmiller, I have a copy of Settlers of Catan (which I enjoy a lot), so I'll definitely keep an eye out for that expansion pack.
- at 12:56 on 15-09-2014 link On another unrelated note, I'm looking for board game recs, and thought this would be a good place to ask. A friend just introduced me to Pandemic, which is the first cooperative board game I've ever played, and I really enjoyed it. Basically, I'm too much of a softy to enjoy very competitive games: it's not the "someone has to win" part I mind, it's the "someone has to win by beating everyone else" part (which in my mind is somehow qui...
- at 22:51 on 31-07-2014 link Not that there was anything about Simmons's posts that would allow me to take them at all seriously, but the thing that almost made me headdesk the most was the idea of a time traveler coming back to warn a science fiction writer about the impending obliteration of all that is good and rational by the Evil Islamic Empire -- as if that would in any way make a difference!
- at 21:15 on 10-07-2014 link Or both? ;) I wonder to what extent Rowling's apparent refusal to just leave the Harry Potter phenomenon alone stems from (perceived) fan demand, and how much of it is her genuinely wanting to continue writing in that world. I have no problem with authors continuing to work on their most popular creations in between writing other stuff, but the HP book series is so self-contained/complete that further additions on the part of JKR are beginning to seem just a tad self-indulgen...
- at 13:59 on 25-06-2014 link Oh, dudes in fedoras.... Or, more often, trilbys, I suppose: I rarely see guys in an actual fedora, and then mostly at the airport, because I live near Red Hat's corporate headquarters and apparently you get given one after you've worked for them for a while? So there are regularly guys in red fedoras at the airport bar during business travel hours. The Red Hat guys bug me specifically because they don't take their hats off (you're indoors! Gentlemen remove their hats indoors!) though to be fair ma...
- at 19:56 on 20-06-2014 link I know the name is in reference to the concrete used in construction (béton brut, raw concrete), but in combination with the look of the buildings, why would you then go ahead and name your style something that sounds to close to the English (or French, or German, or -- since the original phrase "nybrutalism" was coined by a Swede -- in Swedish, for that matter) word "brutal"? It just seems like bad PR. (I cannot stand brutalist architecture: it's probably terribly bourgeois of me, but ...