Cory Doctorow and his daughter, Posey, have a regular sushi date. “Every week or two, we visit a different sushi restaurant, usually near our place in Burbank, and have a (usually) fantastic meal. We bring along a little notebook and take notes and keep scores on everything we try, and then (usually) we give the restaurant an overall rating.” They call it the Sushi Chronicles. What a cute idea.
The Standard has posted a genre bending list of 30 of the Best Fantasy Novels of All Time. I like the list overall because of its genre bending nature. Are Watership Down & 100 Years of Solitude really fantasy? My inclination is towards “Yes”. Neil Gaiman (whose novels make the list a couple of times) holds a discussion of the list’s weaknesses. All the usual caveats about “best of” internet lists apply.
- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
- The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
- The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien
- Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- The Once and Future King by T.H. White
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
- The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller
- A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini
- Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
- My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Amos Tutuola
- Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
- His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
- Stardust by Neil Gaiman
- Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
- Babel by R.F. Kuang
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
- Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
- Watership Down by Richard Adams
- Impossible Creatures by Katherine Rundell
- The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
“The LightSound device was designed and developed in 2017 as a tool for the Blind and Low Vision (BLV) community to experience a solar eclipse with sound. As the Moon eclipses the Sun during a Solar Eclipse the sunlight begins to dim and the LightSound device will output a change in musical tone.” Brilliant!
With dollars provided through the Climate Protection Fund, Denver will pay you to ride your bike this spring. There are three separate pilot programs with a total of $150,000 toward experimenting with paying Denverites to ride their bike instead of taking a car. Two are currently available to apply to: the West Corridor Program and the Streets Partnership Program.
As a person who has had my own, personal, battles with CSS and as a person who loves clouds – I have a true appreciation for these remarkable CSS3D Clouds.
The Chromatic Typewriter is a modded 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter. It was designed to paint instead of type. Artist Tyree Callahan replaced letters and keys with colored pads and labels, each with a different hue, to create a comceptual painting machine. A synesthetes dream.
Stumbling on the wonderful Blaze Foley this late in life is a damn shame. If you are like I was, you should give him a listen right now. I also found this blurb from wikipedia, about his master tapes, worthy of sharing.
The master tapes from his first studio album were confiscated by the DEA when the album’s executive producer was caught in a drug bust. Another studio album disappeared when the master copies were stolen along with his belongings from a station wagon that Foley had been given and lived in. A third studio album, Wanted More Dead Than Alive, was thought to have disappeared until, many years after Foley died, a friend who was cleaning out his car discovered what sounded like the Bee Creek recording sessions on which he and other musicians had performed. When Foley died, his attorney immediately nullified the recording contract and the master tapes subsequently disappeared, reportedly having been lost in a flood.
So all the master tapes are gone. But if you’d like, you can still pick up The Dawg Years Reissue on 8 track from Sacred Bones Records.
via Derek Erdman
If you ever woke in your dress at 4am ever
closed your legs to someone you loved opened
them for someone you didn’t moved against
a pillow in the dark stood miserably on a beach
seaweed clinging to your ankles paid
good money for a bad haircut backed away
from a mirror that wanted to kill you bled
into the back seat for lack of a tampon
if you swam across a river under rain sang
using a dildo for a microphone stayed up
to watch the moon eat the sun entire
ripped out the stitches in your heart
because why not if you think nothing &
no one can / listen I love you joy is coming
– Kim Addonizio
I thoroughly enjoyed playing a few rounds of Chronophoto. It’s is a game in which you guess the dates of five historical photographs. The more accurate your guess, the higher your score. Each photograph has its own set of clues that give away the era — film quality, subject matter, products, uniforms, fashion, vehicles, and colorization,
My scores are all over the board, but after about 5 rounds I got a high score of 3,315. When I was wrong, I was really wrong. I did get a couple of guesses right on the spot – resulting in 1,000 points each – but being wrong is almost more interesting.