June 4th, 2009

chronic rift

The Chronic Rift Roundtable: Technology in the Classroom

The Summer of the Rift continues with the latest weekly episode of The Chronic Rift podcast, which went live earlier this week. This one's a Roundtable episode entitled "Technology in the Classroom." Hosts John S. Drew (drewshi) and Judy Furnari (both high school teachers in civilian life) are joined by New York City public school assistant principal Steve Bennett to discuss the use of technology in the 21st-century classroom.

This very educational episode is available on iTunes and also directly from the Rift web site or the Rift page on podOmatic.
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Schott's Miscellany 3 June 2009

Andy Warhol was shot three times by actress Valerie Solanas (1968)


Fifty-two-year-old Slovenian Martin Strel broke a world record in 2007 by swimming the entire length of the Amazon. At an average of 52 miles a day, it took Strel 66 days to swim the 3,272-mile river. He wore only a wetsuit for the perilous attempt, during which he dodged piranhas, tackled crocodiles, and overcame nausea, diarrhea, and sunstroke. a seasoned marathon swimmer, Strel had previously conquered the Danube in 2000 (1,776 miles), the Mississippi in 2001 (2,348 miles), and the Yangtze in 2004 (3,900 miles). He completed the Amazon swim to raise awareness of the plight of the rain forest, saying, "I hope people remember this rain forest is our friend and stop destroying it. Most importantly, remember that it is never too late."

We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.
Samuel Johnson (1709-84)
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wee krad, South Park Keith, South Park Keith #2

Adam-Troy Castro on a podcast!

The podcast Starship Sofa's latest episode is up, and its main feature is a reading of Adam-Troy Castro's "Of a Sweet Slow Dance in the Wake of Temporary Dogs," which I mention because I'm the one who bought the story for my 2003 novelette anthology Imaginings. Adam himself describes it as the best story he's ever done, and I'm not about to argue with him. *grin*

Anyhow, do check it out. It's a really great story, and I'm glad to see it still getting attention.
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mere anarchy

Mere Anarchy reviewed!

steve_mollmann writes an in-depth review of Star Trek: Mere Anarchy, the omnibus of six TOS eBook novellas that I edited in 2006, and which was recently collected into book form.

Money quote:
I think the biggest tribute I could make to this book is that I don't want to know what's happened to Mestiko by the 24th century. My knee-jerk reaction was to wonder how the planet had ended up a century later, but then I realized that any such followup would be hollow. So much of this excellent book is defined by the planet's relationship with the original Enterprise crew, as embodied in Kirk and Raya, that a story about the planet without any of those characters would just be disappointing; Keith DeCandido and his crack team of writers just did their jobs too well here. I was excited about this project from the moment it was first announced back in 2006, and I'm pleased that upon finally reading it, it took advantage of its unique situation to tell a magnificent story that only a project like this really could.

I'm inordinately proud of MA, and I'm glad to see it continuing to get good press.
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I never could get the hang of Thursdays....

Had my weekly shrink appointment, which went very well (she helped me clarify stuff in my head, which is always good), then I had lunch with one of the black belts at the dojo who's also a very good friend, then came home and (finally!) moved the litter box from my room to the library. Then I did some final adjustments to Farscape: Gone and Back #3's script to make it ready to go to Henson for final approval. Now I'm off to the Starbucks (likely to be joined by suricattus) to work on Blizzard's revisions to Chapter 5 of StarCraft: Ghost Academy Volume 1.

Tonight is karate, then home to do some research for a pitch I was invited to make.

Cha cha cha....
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strange detractors

Strange Detractors #3 reviews

Two new reviews of Farscape: Strange Detractors #3:

Summer Suzuki of Fandomania seems to like it just fine. *grin*

Money quote:
Aw, Science! Your good intentions always turn around and bite you in the rear!

So does Michael Roberts of Project Fanboy.

Money quote:
I think that fans of this TV series as well as Star Trek and Stargate will really enjoy this. This series plays a lot on good-natured humor and extravagant aliens and their cultures, and it’s done well. The art displays all of the variety of the alien terrain as well as the colorful fashions of the species. The humor flows naturally out of the characters, and it keeps the book on a lighthearted level.
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ask away, ask away, ask away, onward....

I have arbitrarily decided that it's time for another Ask Me A Question post.

So go ahead and ask me anything you want in the comments. I will endeavor to answer as best I can, but I reserve the right not to answer a question because -- well, because it's my blog and I feel like it. But I've done this dozens of times now, and I've hardly ever invoked that particular clause.

So go! Ask!
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