Some Links (Mobile Aardvark Edition)

Yeah, I also have a ton of things open on my phone’s browser too…

Samuel R Delany is an amazing science fiction writer. Check out this review of his book NOVA.

A very mysterious game about a boat! What’s not to love.

James Baldwin’s really bubbling up all over the place these days. That’s all to the good. A brilliant writer, his work still vital and relevant today.

Ta-Nahesi Coates is one of our best contemporary writers. Based on the two books I’ve read in this list, I’d say they’re probably all worth reading.

Ishmael Reed’s MUMBO JUMBO has some fierce, unrelenting language. Amazing stuff.

Some Links (Moody Aardvark Edition)

Click, clicky, click. (Or tap, tappy, tap.)

Abigail Nussbaum writes some pretty great stuff about movies, tv, games, and etc. Check it out.

The Internet Speculative Fiction Database: If you ever want to know about some old (or new) SF or fantasy writer. (I thought this book by David Bunch looked interesting, but I have no recollection about where I heard about it.)

A brief post about Pynchon that get a little bit at why I really enjoy his stuff. Entropy, cybernetics, Norbert Wiener.

I’ve been reading Steven Shaviro’s blog for a long time. He’s always got fascinating things to say about science fiction books and movies. I’ve had this tab open for a while, as you can see from the post title (“Favorite SF of 2016”). (Sadly, he left UW right before I got there.)

A great anecdote about a kid meeting their favorite author. If you need to restore your faith in humanity a little, this is a good one.


Some Links (Lustrous Wombat Edition)

There are always more things.

David Bowie’s son started a bookclub of his dad’s favorite books. All on Twitter, basically.

STAND STILL STAY SILENT: I dig the style on this post-apocalyptic webcomic.

Nothing needs piracy more than the academic publishing racket. RIP, Aaron Swartz.

I dig the style on Gareth Damian Martin’s website. Lot of cool game, art, design stuff.

An interactive game book thing. Combines a book with internet content. Basically, riddles and puzzles. Looks pretty cool.

Who Knows More than the Muffin Man?

(No, not that one. The other one. We’re talking huckleberries, not raspberries.)

Stoov Rumpkin thought hard about the choice. It had even gone so far as charts, graphs, and spreadsheets. Not that that had added much clarity to the whole deal, but still, there was something satisfying about filling up little unreal boxes with cold, hard numbers. Not to mention all the delightful stylings that could be applied: borders, colors, angles, arrows, muffins, and crosshatching. Some of those numbers even related to real things! Like how many stuffed weasels lived in Aunt Augustina’s gold filigreed hatbox. Really, a surprising number.

It wasn’t every day that Rumpkin had to make a decision like this. There was a lot riding on it. The whole day might go pear-shaped if he made the wrong decision here.

Suddenly a hobgoblin writing on a scroll and riding a warthog leapt over the ottoman and presented Stoov with a bill for damages. He reluctantly accepted the bill ($4,372 for bent and broken cutlery; $572 for scorched linens; and, $17 to replace a nice set of gardening gloves that, inexplicably, were missing three fingers between them) and the hobgoblin rode off, ululating all the while.

Stoov stewed for a bit. Crumpled up the bill and tossed it on the pile. Of other bills. For damages. To things. So many things.

Some Links (Feelings Wombat Edition)

Man, I forgot how much fun old school web logging is.

You can take some tests to figure out how “authentically happy” you are. Neat idea. I don’t feel “authentically happy” when taking tests, so I haven’t done any of these yet…

“A Culture That’s Sick About Sex Will Never Be Able to Stop Harassment and Abuse” Tough to argue with the points in this article. If you asked me what “healthy sexuality” means to me, I’m not sure I could give you a good answer.

A good summary of the Stoic philosophy. If I have any guiding principles, these are probably them.

I love this URL. I also love this idea for a publication. Free to print yourself, but you can buy a limited print edition.

Dwarf Fortress is the most awesome game I can never quite figure out how to play. The world generation is a thing of beauty.