Hey, what’s happening on the Stargate front?
Two reviews of the upcoming superhero-themed anthology, Masked, I’d like to direct you toward. One by The Crotchety Old Fan (who struck me as pleasantly uncrotchety in his write-up), written back in May prior to the collection’s re-titling: http://www.rimworlds.com/thecrotchetyoldfan/2010/05/double-review-with-great-power-antho-zombieman-zero-comic/ and another by SFRevu: http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=10576. Also, a brief mention as part of IO9’s July Books round-up: http://io9.com/5580562/pick-your-apocalypse-or-grow-a-baby-ai-in-julys-books.
Uh oh. Looks like World Cup favorite Germany could be in trouble. Paul, the psychic octopus that has thus far correctly predicted the outcome of every one of Germany’s World Cup matches, is going with Spain in tomorrow’s semi-final match: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/europe/10521867.stm
Don’t you hate it when the dinner party conversation turns to gravitational waves and you find you have nothing to add to the discussion? Well, you’re in luck. NewScientist offers up a crash course on General Relativity in the first installment of their Instant Expert series: http://www.newscientist.com/special/instant-expert-general-relativity
Today’s blog entry is dedicated to birthday golden boy Martin Gero! Head on over to his twitter page and harass him with birthday well-wishes: twitter.com/martingero
ilikecakes writes: “Didn’t see the bacon wrapped quail eggs, but did you try the vietnamese dessert drinks?”
Answer: Nope, but I am planning a return visit – once Akemi recovers from the last one.
anneteldy writes: “I’m pleased to announce to all my friends that, after sixteen years, I have reached a personal milestone: as of this evening, Monday, the 5th of July, 2010, I have read 3,000 books!”
Answer: First – welcome back. Second – congratulations. That’s quite an achievement.
gforce writes: “I had the strangest dream last night that I thought would be kind of funny to share with you. In the dream, I was riding home from work on the commuter bus that I usually take and noticed something on the floor. It was a contact lens case and on the bottom of it was a printed label with a name – “CPBinder”. (Carl apparently labels everything, at least in my dream.) I think “What? He’s on this bus??”, and look around and sure enough, in the back row is Carl leaning back and sleeping.
I pass the word back for someone to tell him that he lost something and he comes up the aisle and then thanks me for finding the case for him. Then, it gets weird(er). He proceeds to the front of the bus and begins to make some kind of announcement. He’s speaking English, but with a very thick Acadian accent. The problem is that although the words are intelligible, he’s making no sense at all. They just seem to be random words strung together.”
Answer: Yep, that’s Carl alright. Imagine how we feel having to put up with his eccentric behavior every day in the writers’ room.
steph writes: “As someone who studied English (I am assuming you did in college as a writer…if not please correct me), do you have a preferred literary canon. Recent internet searches have revealed to me that no one seems to be able to agree on which books every educated person really ought to have read.”
Answer: To be honest, I don’t believe in a literary canon. I think it’s hard enough getting people to read nowadays. Why direct them to read books that could well drive them to gaming or watching MMA on pay-per-view instead? I read The Complete Works of William Shakespeare and Dante’s The Divine Comedy while I was still in elementary school and loved them, adored Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre when I read it in high school, and very much enjoyed Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in college. On the other hand, I’ve never read Chekhov or Dostoevsky and have no desire to ever re-read anything by Henry James. Does that make me more or less informed or worldly than the average person? I don’t know. I just know what I like and that long list includes classic literature in addition to contemporary works from the likes of Scalzi, Ford, and Abercrombie.