Friday, 28 July 2017

The Tech World Is Convinced 2021 Is Going to Be the Best Year Ever

Ride-hailing startup Lyft announced last week that it’s making its own self-driving car technology—a move that could help it meet an audacious goal of having autonomous vehicles chauffeur most of its passengers around by 2021.
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Thursday, 27 July 2017

100 Must-Read SFF Short Story Collections

While classic authors like Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells wrote some of the earliest SFF fiction, the popularity of SFF as a genre started with short stories.
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Your Brain Doesn't Contain Memories. It Is Memories


Recall your favorite memory: the big game you won; the moment you first saw your child's face; the day you realized you had fallen in love.
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

MAME devs are cracking open arcade chips to get around DRM


The community behind the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) has gone to great lengths to preserve thousands of arcade games run on hundreds of different chipsets through emulation over the years.
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Zuckerberg and Musk are both wrong about AI


Back in 2015, a group of business leaders and scientists published an "open letter" about how controlling artificial superintelligence might be the most urgent task of the twenty-first century.
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Netflix Announces Matt Groening’s Fantasy Animated Series Disenchantment

Netflix has ordered twenty episodes of Disenchantment, an adult animated comedy fantasy series from the mind of Matt Groening.
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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

From 2001 to Guardians of the Galaxy, Mondo's Comic-Con Offerings Were Out of This World


Every year, I make it a point to stop by the Mondo booth at San Diego Comic-Con as often as possible. No one at the entire convention releases as much exciting, vibrant, and exclusive pop culture art over the course of four days—and 2017 was no exception.
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The Mystery Cars Behind The First Two Lego Car Chassis Sets


We seem to be in a golden age of automotive Lego, with Lego having deals with a number of carmakers, including Porsche, McLaren, Ford, Ferrari—it’s possible Lego has more licenses with automakers than some suppliers that make actual car parts. That wasn’t always the case, though.
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The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here’s why it matters


Imagine you wanted to find books or journal articles on a particular subject. Or find manuscripts by a particular author. Or locate serials, music or maps. You would use a library catalog that includes facts – like title, author, publication date, subject headings and genre.
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Inside The Dark And Twisted Alternate Universe Of Outsider Artist Henry Darger


From the outside, Henry Darger lived a quiet, menial life. He lived for his entire adulthood in a one-and-a-half bedroom apartment. He worked as a dishwasher, a bandage roller and a janitor. He had one close friend, Whilliam Schloeder. He attended mass five times a day.
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The Full Avengers: Infinity War Comic-Con Poster!

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios released three Avengers: Infinity War Comic-Con posters and now the full version has come online! You can download the Avengers: Infinity War Comic-Con poster from our gallery below.
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George R.R. Martin Teases “A Westeros Book” in 2018 That May or May Not Be The Winds of Winter

George R.R. Martin’s most recent blog post, concerning release dates for his various “fake histories” of Westeros, also included an update for The Winds of Winter, the highly anticipated sixth volume in A Song of Ice and Fire.
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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Climate Change Is Here. It’s Time to Talk About Geoengineering


Let's pretend that the US didn't recently pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Let's also pretend that all the other countries that scolded it for withdrawing also met their Paris pledges on deadline.
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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Austen’s appeal: how Jane Austen went from anonymous to acclaimed


Jane Austen transcends time. Her work critiques 18th century England but it remains compelling to contemporary readers. Her terrific characters, realism, and her sense of irony and humour have earned Austen critical acclaim and a wide audience, inspiring countless readers and writers.
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Sleeps With Monsters: Stop Erasing Women’s Presence in SFF


This is going to be an angry column. So, I don’t know if any of you remember that National Review article complaining about the Bechdel Test and comparing the representation of women in movies to cowboys. I won’t link to it.
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Vintage Scifi Mag Galaxy Available For Free Online


Galaxy magazine was a pulpy, science fiction paradise from 1950 to 1980, publishing some of the most important futuristic voices of the 20th century—to say nothing of the amazing cover illustrations. And you can read hundreds of issues from its heyday online, all thanks to Archive.org.
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State Library Victoria – Punk, politics and art on show in new exhibition at State Library Victoria


Self-made: zines and artist books is a new exhibition showcasing the eclectic world of independent publishing, from exquisite handmade artist books to radical low-fi zines, opening at State Library Victoria on 11 August.
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Monday, 17 July 2017

First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit

Last year, a Long March 2D rocket took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert carrying a satellite called Micius, named after an ancient Chinese philosopher who died in 391 B.C.
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1889 Paris World Fair

The telephone, the Ferris Wheel, the first public toilet, the television, the Eiffel Tower, the incubator, the X-ray machine, even the dishwasher - these are just a few of the "firsts" exhibited at world's fairs.
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Why We Still Read The Lord of the Rings

I love J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. I know, I know: it’s not exactly an uncommon opinion. But if I’m being completely honest, it’s a fact I’ve struggled with over the years, and only really come to accept recently.
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