Some Links (Begrudging Axolotl Edition)

Smoke everywhere (or at least nearby). The clocks will be the ruin of us all. Delirious, delicious in the sunshine. Small children trying to defenestrate.

I like every other RPG book Zak Smith has worked on. Probably be buying this one too.

Been thinking about joining one of Portland’s Neighborhood Emergency Teams…

The Tip Off. This looks like a pretty good podcast about (or of?) investigative journalism.

The LeVar Burton Reads podcast is really, really good, yall.

This guy, Shuja Haider, is a pretty smart writer. Worth checking out.

Some Links (Canny Axolotl Edition)

Tweedledee and Tweedledum shouted a lot. Just saying. A new coffee pot makes delicious coffee. Driving all over Hell’s half acre. It’s for a good cause! Shooting up aliens.

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). A couple friends swear by this… I don’t know…

“10 Weirdest Science Fiction Novels That You’ve Never Read.” Man, I just can’t resist lists like this. But this does look like a great list of books. All of these books look super bonkers and great.

Standard Ebooks wants to make ebooks great again for the first time, I gather. I wish them well! They’ve got a nice collection of public domain works.

Here’s another Dwarf Fortress thing. It just seems to inspire so much creativity in people.

Bone-Grubber’s Gamble. A fun little writing game for two.

Some Links (Weary Axolotl Edition)

The sun came out. No more tears at the bus stop. All the tiny words just kept looming. Sometimes you hate where you’re from and you want everyone to know. Or maybe you don’t realize, but everyone else does?

I want to get behind this microblog thing, but I’m having a hard time coming up with a use for it…

SHADOWBAHN by Steven Erickson. I love the name of this book. It sounds pretty good too. (nytimes link)

I can get behind this comic , MICHAEL CRAY, where an assassin hunts down evil alternate universe versions of the Justice League.

“Panther’s Rage,” the comic the BLACK PANTHER movie is loosely based on, is pretty good. I’m reading it through the Marvel Unlimited app.

My friend Alex has a radio show on Freeform Portland. He’s put some of his shows up on Mixcloud. Good stuff!

Some Links (Judicious Axolotl Edition)

You know it’s bad, when you’re asking a quasi-stranger at the bus stop for life advice.

Because sometimes you really need to look at some axolotls.

“In the Maze” by Dayna Tortorici. She grapples with what 2016 means for men and women and her personal reaction to it. Feels emotionally honest. Thought-provoking.

Robin Sloan chats with Warren Ellis. (I haven’t read it yet, but it’s bound to be interesting.)

++Speaking of Warren Ellis, his email newsletter is pretty much always worth reading. (Now if only Gmail would stop dumping it in the “Promotions” category.)

It’s a list. But these comics look pretty good. I can vouch for THE GIRL FROM THE OTHER SIDE.

Some Links (Befuddled Aardvark Edition)

Sometimes you’re an aardvark, but you think you’re a wombat.

Boy, it sure is good to see RU Sirius still kicking around.

Chess AIs are getting weird. (It’s YouTube.)

Some new, beautiful editions of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy.

Future Fossils podcast. A pretty inspiring conversation with Jamaica Stevens, a woman I’d never heard of, but who’s thinking some Big Thoughts.

These Australian science fiction movies look pretty great.

Some Links (Tangential Aardvark Edition)

A drop in the vast internet ocean.

Ooooh, cool AR stuff.

Voyages in sentence space. Pretty cool procedurally generated “sentence gradients”.

There’s like three cool things on Twitter. #bowiebookclub is one of them.

I dig the aesthetic in this mystery game set in 1924 San Francisco.

How propagandists undermine scientific research/conclusions. It’s good to be aware of this stuff.

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.

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.