Eastgate’s Tekka has relaunched, with a science fiction short story about a kid going to the shelter to adopt a pet. Which gets interesting when the pets talk: The big orange guy stritches gain and yawnies. “Call me Maximus,” he intros. “I’m a genius. I make trouble for fun. What do you do, Sally?” Eliza [...]
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Dai means big, as in the Daibutsu. Con is short for “convention,” as in science fiction conventions. That’s why the gentleman in the photo has a giant radish on the back of his tunic. In 1983, at Daicon 4, a group of animators premiered a fan video. The over the top sequence introduced several visual [...]
Scott Reynen’s post on RAS Syndrome reminded me of another problem in my jargon-rich life. At my job we’re: Working on a Course Management System Going to integrate a (Job) Candidate Management System into existing systems Looking for a replacement Content Management System Now, I need a Context Management System to remind me which CMS [...]
Many of the people I encountered in Montreal started conversations with strangers like me by saying “Hello/Bon jour!” It signaled they were prepared to use either language. That reduced my anxiety. It left the choice of language to me. And if my pidgin French failed me, I knew I could try again in English.
I’m at Extreme Markup Languages all this week. Elliot Rusty Harold and Simon St Laurent have been blogging the conference in full. Here’s the presentations that grabbed me so far. ERH showed us a tool, written in Java, for ofuscating an instance of XML so you can send it to someone as a test case [...]
Following-up on documenting one’s mistakes. Patrick Nielsen Hayden found a entry in Peter Flaschner’s blog about overcoming paralysis by giving yourself permission to make mistakes. Your brainstem really does equate missing an important deadline with danger. And when it detects danger, it changes your behavior. Run! Hide! … I’ve found the best way to side-step [...]
From a mailing list: Anyone know of someone knowledgeable about Klingon? It is a wondrous age we live in when someone can ask this with a straight face.
From some notes at Psuedopodium on Cheney feeling better. Given a newspaper or a cable network, Cthulu’d be an American hero.
So here’s a story: John Francis, disturbed by an oil spill caused by a tanker collision, stops using cars, buses, trains, and planes. He tires of arguing to justify his decision. So he stops talking, for 17 years. Now you’d think that a guy who does that would end up, at best, being a colorful [...]
[ via W6 Daily ] The list of lists for 2003.
Lexicon is a parlor game, where a group of ‘scholars’ take turns writing entries for an imaginary historical encyclopedia. This would be a great exercise for creating the background in games like Shadows in the Fog. [ via Ginger Stampley ] She’s part of the new collaborative weblog on role playing games:
Random Chaos has a daily lesson in Japanese. Oh, and it’s using PHP, so if you think you need .Net or Java to write an international web application, you’re BAKA.
In response to Mike Champion’s repeating of the eternal question: “who’s going to markup all the data for the semantic web?”, Simon St. Laurent suggests: On the bright side, it could be a great employment program that would last a long long time. Maybe that’s not enough benefit? Note for distopian SF writers: since any [...]