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Four short links: 4 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 4, 2014

C# Compiler Open Sourced — bit by the bit, the ship of Microsoft turns. The Web’s Declarative Composable Future — this. For the first time since 1993, I feel like the web platform is taking a step towards being a …

Sentience and Old Code

By Simon St. Laurent
August 16, 2013

Like many private detectives, “I didn’t get into this business on account of my interpersonal skills. I’m not what you would call a people person.” Even in the future, some stereotypes hold. The secretary is now an “indy”, code that …

Four short links: 17 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 17, 2013

Hideout — augmented reality books. (via Hacker News) Patterns and Practices for Open Source Software Success (Stephen Walli) — Successful FOSS projects grow their communities outward to drive contribution to the core project. To build that community, a project needs …

Four short links: 25 February 2013

By Nat Torkington
February 25, 2013

Xenotext — Sci Foo Camper Christian Bök is closer to his goal of “living poetry”: A short stanza enciphered into a string of DNA and injected into an “unkillable” bacterium, Bök’s poem is designed to trigger the micro-organism to create …

Serial fiction: Everything old is new again

By Alice Armitage
December 10, 2012

2012 may be remembered as the year that digital publishing brought serial fiction back to the reading public. Readers in the 19th and early 20th centuries often read fictional stories in installments in newspapers and magazines: books were simply too …

Four short links: 26 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 26, 2012

High Levels of Burnout in US Drone Pilots (NPR) — 17 percent of active duty drone pilots surveyed are thought to be “clinically distressed.” The Air Force says this means the pilots’ stress level has crossed a threshold where it’s …

Fiction is a feminist issue

By bpatrick
November 20, 2012

Yesterday we saw some friends and I gave the female half of the couple a bag stuffed with books. Her husband looked downcast and said “Don’t you have any books for me, Bethanne?” I explained to him that I did …

Four short links: 18 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 18, 2012

The Rapture of the Nerds (Charlie Stoss, Cory Doctorow) — available for download and purchase under a CC-A-NC-ND license. Amazon Maps API — if there is an API layer of general use to developers, Amazon will build it. They want …

Four short links: 19 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 17, 2012

/r/Scholar — Reddit board for tracking down research articles of interest. sweet.js (GitHub) — macros for Javascript. (via Brendan Eich) The Rapture of the Nerds (Charlie Stoss, Cory Doctorow) — this is the HTML version of the book, which is …

Four short links: 7 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 7, 2012

GS-Collections (GitHub) — Goldman Sachs open-sourced (Apache-licensed) their Java collection library, full of lambda goodness. No report on whether it requires a 750G bailout. Learning ZIL — old manual for the interactive fiction programming language that Zork and other Infocom …

The Reading Glove engages senses and objects to tell a story

By Suzanne Axtell
March 28, 2012

What if you mashed up a non-linear narrative, a tangible computing environment and a hint of a haunted house experience? You might get the Reading Glove, a novel way to experience a story.

The Reading Glove engages senses and objects to tell a story

By Suzanne Axtell
March 28, 2012

What if you mashed up a non-linear narrative, a tangible computing environment and a hint of a haunted house experience? You might get the Reading Glove, a novel way to experience a story.

The Reading Glove engages senses and objects to tell a story

The Reading Glove engages senses and objects to tell a story
By Suzanne Axtell
March 28, 2012

What if you mashed up a non-linear narrative, a tangible computing environment and a hint of a haunted house experience? You might get the Reading Glove, a novel way to experience a story.

Four short links: 16 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 16, 2012

The Undue Weight of Truth (Chronicle of Higher Education) -- Wikipedia has become fossilized fiction because the mechanism of self-improvement is broken. Playfic -- Andy Baio's new site that lets you write text adventures in the browser. Great introduction to programming for language-loving kids and adults. Review of Alone Together (Chris McDowall) -- I loved this review, its sentiments,...

Four short links: 15 March 2011

By Nat Torkington
March 15, 2011

Twitter Numbers -- growing at half a million accounts a day (how many are spammers, d'ya think?), over 140M tweets sent each day. Online vs Newspaper News (Mashable) -- The Poynter Institute, a landmark of American journalism research, has determined that as of the end of 2010, more people get their news from the Internet than from newspapers —...

Four short links: 3 February 2011

By Nat Torkington
February 3, 2011

Curveship -- a new interactive fiction system that can tell the same story in many different ways. Check out the examples on the home page. Important because interactive fiction and the command-lines of our lives are inextricably intertwined. Egypt's Revolution: Coming to an Economy Near You (Umair Haque) -- more dystopic prediction, but this phrase rings true: The lesson:...

Writing Beyond Tech: Doamanse and the Magic Lands

By William Stanek
March 25, 2010

A follow up to my previous posts about writing outside of technology. This one focuses on my fantasy novels set in Doamanse, the Magic Lands, which you can learn more about at http://www.themagiclands.com/. If you thought the floating mountains in...

Writing Beyond Tech: Results Unexpected

By William Stanek
March 18, 2010

Last year Microsoft published my 100th book; it was a huge milestone in my professional writing career. When you give yourself to the craft of writing and have spent your life helping others and helping the communities you've lived in,...

The Watering Hole - Songs in the Key of HAL

The Watering Hole - Songs in the Key of HAL
By James Turner
December 31, 2009

2010 is tomorrow, and so little of the predicted future has made it to reality yet...

O'Reilly Week in Review for January 19, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for January 19, 2009
By James Turner
January 21, 2009

This week's podcast has interviews with SF writers William Hunt and Lawrence Watt Evans, commentary on the technological thrust of the new Obama administration, and the weekly quiz....


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