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Webcomics!

July 10, 2011 Leave a comment

David Brin wrote this post a while ago about his favorite science webcomics available on the web. While he notes that it isn’t anywhere near a comprehensive list, I would argue it is a very good one.

Here are a few examples:

  1. http://xkcd.com/
  2. Strange Quark
  3. Calamities of Nature

I love webcomics, and have been working on compiling a list of my own favorites–or at least the ones I remember to read. There are hundreds–maybe thousands–and it’s incredibly difficult to keep track of all of them. I’m going to put links to them up eventually, but here’s a small sample of some of my favorites:

  1. Ctrl +Alt +Del
  2. Penny Arcade
  3. Blue Milk Special
  4. Crimson Dark
  5. Tun
  6. Pictures of You

Note that the last comic, Pictures of You, is meant for a mature audience (it contains the nudity and other lascivious and debauched things). They’re all pretty great, though.

Now go on and read them!

Encylopedia of Science Fiction

July 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Via Tor, the third edition of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction will be available online, and for free. the first two editions were released only as books, and, obviously, weren’t free.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden writes:

Both previous editions of the Encyclopedia Galactica of SF were outstanding (and immeasurably useful!) works of scholarship, so it’s great to hear that most of the third edition will be available soon, and for free.

Note the reference to the Encyclopedia Galactica of Isaac Asimov’s science fiction masterpiece, Foundation. I love the entire Foundation series, in point of fact. I’ll probably be doing a post about it in the not-so-distant future.

All-in-all, I’d say that this is excellent news. For poor geeks like me who still find themselves trapped in the morass of the education system, a free version of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is awesome. I can’t wait to start reading it.

Acceptance!

July 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Today I was accepted at Washtenaw Community College. Sure, this may not seem like a big deal, what with my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, but it is an important step for my future plans. This is a very exciting time, and in some respects I can’t believe it’s actually going to happen. I’m completely dedicated to this, and these small steps feel like small victories. I’m very hopeful for the future.

Jon Stewart on SCOTUS Video Game Ruling

July 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Jon Stewart tackled the recent Supreme Court ruling on video games in his signature comedic way, highlighting some of the absurdities of the ruling that I hadn’t touched on previously in my article.

I think Jon Stewart made good, salient points which shouldn’t be ignored. I’ve often asked why US culture has such an aversion and taboo against sexuality, and I can only come up with some pseudo-puritanical reason. I don’t really think that encapsulates all of it, but Christianity certainly has had a great deal of influence over our collective cultural consternation about sexuality.

Stewart also goes into the politics of the situation, which, because of the nature of this ruling, is extremely relevant. Like I said previously, I feel that culture-warrior politicians use this as a wedge issue to get credibility for caring about families and all that nonsense. It’s reminiscent of the controversy that started the Comics Code Authority.

Take note, the video contains graphic content of an extremely violent nature. It grossed me out.