October 15th, 2008

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a baker's dozen of links

I cleaned out my "do something with this" email folder and here's all the links I found. Enjoy!

- Webcast: A Preview of iPhoneLive. A presentation previewing the iPhoneLive conference coming to San Jose in November (recording of presentation should be available soon). I watched the presentation and came away very stoked about the conference and iPhone development!

- The Big Picture - The Sun (at boston.com, via initialdescent). Ooooooooooo. Beautiful.

- Merlin myths and links with Wales. Historical information about the Merlin legend. Interesting, especially for Arthur/Merlin fans.

- The Top 100 Undiscovered Web Sites. Not any more. Something here for everyone.

- 10 Best Unsung Web Comics (article written by egriffith!!). Weird, funny, sweet. I should read more of these. Don't miss the link to "10 Wicked Awesome Webcomics" in the article.

- So Open It Hurts. Living your life on the web, including when it gets really really rough. Long, but very intriguing look at a new way of living a public life.

- Ancient Tablet Ignites Debate on Messiah and Resurrection. Pre-Jesus Jewish writings of a Messiah who rises from the dead after three days. A serious "WTF?" to many a Biblical and religious scholar.

- Scratch Game - Imagine, Program, Share. Interactive multimedia creations, for young and old alike. Looks like a nice way to get kids interesting in storytelling and programming.

- Physics professor (and SF writer) dr_phil_physics on homework and studying. Good advice from the prof. I'm passing this on to kids all around.

- The Deep and Meaningful Winnie-The-Pooh Character Test (at OKCupid.com, might require registration). Which one are you? I bet I end up as Pooh.

- Mars on Earth (at BoingBoing). The Mars Society Desert Research Station tries to create Mars-like scenarios on Earth. For the wannabe Mars-onaut in all of us.

- Google Maps Changing The Way We See The World. Mapping the world, via Google. Remember the iPhoneLive Conference link at the start? Here comes the hyperlocal future, via mobile devices!
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TV Comment: "Heroes" season 3 episode 05

"Heroes"
Season 3, Episode 5
"Angels and Monsters"

Episode Summary: Claire goes looking for an escaped Level 5 special. Daphne and Knox try to convert more specials to their side, whatever their side is. Sylar forgets about a bunch of his powers. Hiro and Ando do ... something. Mohinder continues to be bad. Vortex Guy makes Vortexes.

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Summary: Last week, at Sci-Fi Lunch, I finally realized it: Heroes is a soap opera. Things change at the drop of a hat; character motivations switch like lights going on and off; characters are condemned, and redeemed, and condemned again; there is a giant cast in order to create a near-infinite number of possible interactions; and it's not going to make a lot of sense.

So I'm going to have to enjoy Heroes at the level of a soap opera. I can't worry about the deeper things, but just take pleasure in all the wacky stuff that happens in a given episode. In that sense, this was a fun episode. A whole lot happened, it was weird and funny and sad (in a soap opera way) and in the end things were just as mucked up as they were at the beginning. And when it's all done, I sit back and say "well, that was a lot of .... something."
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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm also "jeffsoesbe")

  • 10:17 @jelundberg. Is qarrtsiluni genre, mainstream literary, or something new? It's a bit hard to tell from the website... #
  • 10:18 @StoneTable Having Tesla in a story automatically makes it cool! Wait, you don't mean the 80s rock group, do you? :-) #
  • 10:20 @gregvaneekhout Too bad. You could have talked to them about John McCain, as per www.mccainfreewhitehouse.org/ #
  • 10:21 work email, lunch, work ASP.NET (!), doctors appt, write, then maybe some TV. #
  • 10:25 @gregvaneekhout I have a similar funding model around putting up an Obama lawn sign in my neighborhood. Cause I'm sure it will get stolen. #
  • 11:12 "Gamelan Invasion" is more like "Gamelan Lazy Meander" #
  • 12:28 Lunchtime poll: Should I have a) Nachos, or b) Nachos? Nachos, it is! #
  • 12:32 Are the refried beans in the fridge, opened Saturday, still good today? I'm betting yes. I live on the dangerous edge! #
  • 13:44 @gregvaneekhout It's time for lots of parenthical asides (you betcha!) and binary representations of numbers like 1025 (100 0000 0001)!!! #
  • 14:14 off to doctor appt #
  • 14:18 @MaryRobinette I liked that first image of lots of Shakespeares (the person) in the Park. An impersonator conference, perhaps? (a la Elvis) #
  • 17:22 @MaryRobinette Dagnabbit! KGB Reading *and* Puppet Kitchen! That's why people live in NYC, not Sacramento, CA... #
  • 17:30 answering work email, listening to Belle and Sebastian, wishing I was at the KGB Fiction Reading tonight in NYC. Better than the debate! #
  • 17:35 @MaryRobinette Horace's Marlowe wasn't worth a damn, but he killed with his Shakespeare. Top 3, four years running, at BardCon in the Park #
  • 19:47 I didn't watch the debate and I'm betting I didn't need to. #
  • 20:15 I like punk music, but not at 8:15 at night while the kids are doing homework. XM Fred, I must pass on this show. #
  • 20:16 @gregvaneekhout Was pie at the debate, or at your relatives' house? Or both? #
  • 20:29 @gregvaneekhout Relatives being entertained with pie, hopefully! PIe solves all world problems. #
  • 20:30 Somehow the XM radio went from Reggae station to Radio Disney station. The 8-year-old is very sneaky. #
  • 21:35 Time to watch Heroes, Term SCC and Fringe. #
  • 21:52 my hands are soooo dry. #
  • 23:08 Made it through Heroes, but I'm really tired. Maybe that's enough for tonight. #
  • 23:12 No Terminator SCC this week! Definitely done with TV for tonight #
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