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What's the provenance of the stylized S from school?

Среда, 21 Декабря 2016 г. 20:17 (ссылка)


It's not from Superman. It predates the Stussy logo. Why did schoolchildren around the globe get infatuated with this stylized S? Vice takes a (kinda shallow) dive into the provenance of the stylized S. (more…)


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AxiDraw v3 promises even more machine-drawn delights

Пятница, 16 Декабря 2016 г. 14:45 (ссылка)


AxiDraw is a computer-aided pen plotter that uses any writing instrument inserted in the device.

The latest and greatest demo hints at just some of the possibilities. (more…)


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Sean Williams is going to Antarctica to research a contrafactual War of the Worlds retelling

Пятница, 16 Декабря 2016 г. 04:38 (ссылка)


Australian science fiction author Sean Williams writes, "I first met Kim Stanley Robinson in Hobart, 1995, when he was on his way to the South Pole. Stan suggested I look to the Australian Antarctic Division as a possible means of fulfilling my dream of visiting the great southern land. Over twenty years later, and thanks to the Australian Antarctic Division's Arts Fellowship program, that dream is about to come true."



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Пятница, 09 Декабря 2016 г. 18:54 (ссылка)


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Samuel Wesley Senior (1662–1735)
Richard Gilmore Douglas (b.c.1937)

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Quran hand-lettered in gold on transparent black silk

Четверг, 08 Декабря 2016 г. 15:21 (ссылка)


Azerbaijani artist T"unzale Memmedzade spent three years writing out the Quran in gold ink on transparent black silk, and the effect is just beautiful. (more…)


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Behold, the short-lived, wonderful 19th century Waverley Type-Writer

Среда, 30 Ноября 2016 г. 20:04 (ссылка)


Typewriter historian Martin Howard (previously) writes, "I was able to pick up a rare and exquisite Waverley typewriter (1896) this summer in Scotland and have just the other day posted it to my website all cleaned and ready to show."



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Bad Sex in Fiction Award finalists

Понедельник, 28 Ноября 2016 г. 19:03 (ссылка)


Since 1993, the Literary Review has presented the Bad Sex in Fiction Award to "an author who has produced an outstandingly bad scene of sexual description in an otherwise good novel." The winner will be announced November 30; below are a few of the finalists:

Robert Seethaler’s The Tobacconist

“He closed his eyes and heard himself make a gurgling sound. And as his trousers slipped down his legs all the burdens of his life to date seemed to fall away from him; he tipped back his head and faced up into the darkness beneath the ceiling, and for one blessed moment he felt as if he could understand the things of this world in all their immeasurable beauty. How strange they are, he thought, life and all of these things. Then he felt Anezka slide down before him to the floor, felt her hands grab his naked buttocks and draw him to her. “Come, sonny boy!” he heard her whisper, and with a smile he let go.”

Janet Ellis’ The Butcher’s Hook

“When his hand goes to my breasts, my feet are envious. I slide my hands down his back, all along his spine, rutted with bone like mud ridges in a dry field, to the audacious swell below. His finger is inside me, his thumb circling, and I spill like grain from a bucket. He is panting, still running his race. I laugh at the incongruous size of him, sticking to his stomach and escaping from the springing hair below.”

Erri De Luca’s The Day Before Happiness

“She pushed on my hips, an order that thrust me in. I entered her. Not only my prick, but the whole of me entered her, into her guts, into her darkness, eyes wide open, seeing nothing. My whole body had gone inside her. I went in with her thrusts and stayed still. While I got used to the quiet and the pulsing of my blood in my ears and nose, she pushed me out a little, then in again. She did it again and again, holding me with force and moving me to the rhythm of the surf. She wiggled her breasts beneath my hands and intensified the pushing. I went in up to my groin and came out almost entirely. My body was her gearstick.”

(via EW.com)


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How science fiction can help us survive Trump's America

Четверг, 10 Ноября 2016 г. 17:24 (ссылка)


Tor Books associate publisher Patrick Nielsen Hayden found himself presiding over a "long-planned major meeting" the morning after the election of Donald Trump, and used the chance to explain why, on that day, he was "very grateful that I work in science fiction."


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How pros make gradient calligraphy on iPads

Пятница, 14 Октября 2016 г. 12:50 (ссылка)


Calligraphers continue to explore the possibilities of portable tablets for enhancing their craft, and few are doing more than Ian Barnard. Here's his latest tutorial, turning handwritten script into a neon-like gradient.

Bonus video: just look at this hand-lettered banana:


How to do gradient & shadowed lettering in Procreate on the iPad Pro (YouTube / Ian Barnard)


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Help fund another year for excellent, diverse science fiction with Strange Horizons

Среда, 12 Октября 2016 г. 22:23 (ссылка)


Niall from the online speculative fiction magazine Strange Horizons writes, "Our annual fund drive has just 6 days to run, and we still need to raise at least $3,000! Why should you, the fine readers of Boing Boing, consider donating this year?"



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Diverse fantasy writers of non-European-derived worlds: Tor.com opening for novella submissions

Четверг, 06 Октября 2016 г. 19:48 (ссылка)


Submissions open on Oct 12 for at least three months; they're considering 20,000-40,000 novellas "that fit the epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, high fantasy, or quest fantasy genres, whether set on Earth or on an original fantasy world" but "will only be considering novellas that inhabit worlds that are not modeled on European cultures" and the editors "actively request submissions from writers from underrepresented populations."


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Writer in 29th year of solitary confinement barred from reading his own book

Суббота, 24 Сентября 2016 г. 19:10 (ссылка)


Pteryxx writes, "Writer who has spent 30+ years in solitary has his own published writing censored from reaching him - and his unpublished manuscript was destroyed in moving him to a different facility. "


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Compare Trump and Clinton's debate strengths with this one weird "South Park" trick

Суббота, 24 Сентября 2016 г. 05:16 (ссылка)


This wonderful little video by Randy Olson lays out one argument for why as a public political speaker, Donald Trump is perceived to be such a crowd-pleaser, and Hillary Clinton gets weaker scores. It's all about narrative design. (more…)


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The 2017 Ikea Catalog considered as dystopian urban microapartment futurism

Среда, 24 Августа 2016 г. 20:16 (ссылка)


The new Ikea Catalog is making a big bet on very small living spaces -- the kind of place that costs more than half your monthly salary but is too small for a dinner-table, let alone a separate room for your kids, who are supposed to sleep in a bunk-bed in the living room ("Why would a child on the verge of pubescence need privacy anyway?").


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Report on the dismal state of black sf/f writers in the short fiction markets

Вторник, 26 Июля 2016 г. 19:46 (ссылка)


Pablo Defendini writes, "Fireside Fiction Company has released a report detailing the dismal state
of representation of black writers in the science fiction and fantasy short
fiction market /medium.com/@Cecily_Kane/7e30eff97008#.lufbxwfxm>.
Despite increasing efforts to boost representation of people of color
generally, the prospects for black writers, specifically, have not been
improving. According to the data (which is available in a publicly
accessible Google spreadsheet
out of 2,039 stories published in 2015, only 38 were written by black
authors. The report is accompanied by a series of essays in reaction to the
report by Nisi Shawl /medium.com/@Nisi/a221158841e9#.2d531aqv6>, Troy
L. Wiggins /medium.com/@TroyLWiggins/1d2bebed35f#.qrkbirz9p>, Mikki
Kendall /medium.com/@Karnythia/2046d0ac96ea#.rmvtez7m4>, Justina
Ireland /medium.com/@justinaireland/3b5ca3508c76#.uotoxx81l>,
and Tobias
Buckell /medium.com/@tobiasbuckell/2bb45d103faa#.884mpr84g>; as
well as an interview with N.K. Jemisin
Fireside's editor, Brian White, has also written an editorial
some steps that Fireside is committed to taking to counter our own biases
and help fix this huge problem."


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100 African science fiction writers you should be reading

Четверг, 14 Июля 2016 г. 19:56 (ссылка)


Canadian/British science fiction and fantasy author Geoff Ryman, author of the incredible novel WAS, has begun a series in which he profiles 100 working science fiction and fantasy writers in Africa, place by place, starting with Nairobi.


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Tactical Awareness: 100 100-word stories about the uneasy sense of living in the Uncanny Valley

Суббота, 02 Июля 2016 г. 16:58 (ссылка)


I wrote it to get rid of a mood by condensing it and writing it down: the fascinated, uneasy sense of having relocated into the Uncanny Valley without quite meaning to, and the landscape does listen, and didn't we use to have winters? As catharsis it proved an utter failure, but I think it works as a (partial!) commonplace book of things we're doing we probably, by and large, should not.


I can't tell my son how every rich city first envied, and then bought, the ubiquitous automated gun networks the military developed to make occupations safe for the occupiers.

I could explain that the guns were taught, he has lived all of his life with machines that learn, but how could I explain that they were taught in a place where kids are seen as potential security threats?

All I can do is hold him tight when he mourns his classmates, and tell him his teachers are right, he should never run when there's a security alarm.

The Black Ships

They are painted white to help cool down the containers, but everybody calls them the Black Ships, just like everybody knows their flags are meaningless. The money for the retrofitted container ships is American and European, and the reason they anchor near the coast of every war and disaster is that they will take passengers for free, but not to either place.

Nobody knows where they take them. But they know what they are running from, and when the containers are nearly full they push their children aboard however they can, and remain on the rafts watching them leave.

The Lotus Clause

They didn't take my car; they made it forget my hand. For years it had opened to my touch, and only mine.

I sat on the curb and cried.

One day, months later, the bus ignored my face and demanded cash,. The people behind me looked away, embarrassed.

Now I'm standing at the front door of a house that's asking who I am.

Only the street cameras know me, but they couldn't care less. I take my gun and try to make them.

But the gun lies inert in the unrecognized palm of my hand.

The Gunslingers

The two of you are covering the door, guns steady. Only somebody desperate robs a store in an CrowdCop zone of Austin, but this situation is what you downloaded the app for: be close to a crime, respond quickly, protect lives, make a buck.

Somebody runs through the door, and you almost shoot before seeing it's a fleeing woman, but the other man has already fired. The woman falls. It takes five seconds for your phone to beep: you know what for, but the other man takes one second too long to realize.

This time you shoot first.


They say the last whale wasn't harpooned: when she knew herself the last, she sang one last song and let herself drown. The last whaler sold a single copy of that song.

Having lost them, we still had recordings, and eventually reconstructed their language. Not one of things but of flowing seas and growing fear. Understanding broke our hearts.

The last song was, appropriately, translated last. I had bought and kept it secret, so I would be the first to know its meaning. After I did I destroyed it and told no-one.

It was a command: Hide.


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China's "ultra-unreal" literary movement takes inspiration from breathtaking corruption

Суббота, 02 Июля 2016 г. 16:36 (ссылка)


How can Chinese novelists convey the sense of unreality of living in a country where raids on the homes of civic officials uncover so much cash that it burns out four bill-counting machines when the police try to tot it up, or when it needs to be weighed by the ton to approximate its value?


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I'm a fanatic for Moleskine Cahier Journals

Пятница, 01 Июля 2016 г. 20:26 (ссылка)


See sample pages from this book at Wink.'

Moleskine Cahier Journal (Set of 3, ruled)


2008, 64 pages (each), 3.6 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches (softcover)

$9 Buy a copy on Amazon

Moleskine is a favorite in my family when it comes to notebooks. From their hardbacks to softcovers, lined to plain paper, oversized to pocket-sized, we have them all. In fact, we usually buy more than one of any given Moleskine at a time. Why the Moleskine mania, you ask? Mark and our daughters spend a lot of time doing art, and they love using Moleskines as sketchbooks. And we all write, whether it’s journaling, jotting down ideas, taking notes in class, or scribbling down to-dos for the day.

Although the bulk of our notebook collection is made up of the larger Moleskine Classic Notebooks, we now have a nice heap of these small, 3.5” x 5.5” Cahier Journals as well. We've got them with both lined and plain paper. They are 64 pages (32 paper sheets) each and come in a set of three. Half the sheets are perforated so that you can tear them out, and on the inside back cover you’ll find a little pocket, which, although I haven’t really used, is a cute touch. Their plain cardboard covers just beg to be decorated, which Mark and the girls like to do. Because they’re so light, I always keep one in my purse for notes. My one warning: Buy with caution – it takes only one purchase to become a Moleskine fanatic.


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