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Thursday, July 31, 2008
AWOB
posted
10:24 PM
That's what Warren Ellis calls it. "Absent WithOut Bloggery".

I am *so* there. And for not entirely dissimilar reasons.

Meanwhile, of course, in Minnesota ...

Saturday, July 12, 2008
BEING [COOL]HUNTED
posted
12:45 AM
"In Adidas’ latest 'Clean' theme, they’ve taken a new inspiration to select models which are devoid largely of any branding including the trademark adidas 3-Stripes. The BW Army Clean is seen here in both a high-top and low-top version. The Army model itself in inspired by the GSG9, a model seen on the feet of numerous special armed forces around the world and heralded as a great piece of footwear that embodied both the characteristics of a boot and sneaker."

--Hypebeast

Thursday, July 10, 2008
DOWN AT THE LIDO, THEY WELCOME YOU WITH SAUSAGE AND BEER
posted
5:46 PM
Or so sang Steely Dan, at the very start of their careers, though not having one of Vancouver's psychogeographical landmarks in mind. I've driven past this place for decades, never without a slight twitch at how singularly wan and Deco-creepy it was. (I knew someone who used to buy *very* inexpensive canned goods there, twenty-some years ago. Eugh.)

Today, finally and rather magnificently, The Lido made it to the front page .

Tuesday, July 08, 2008
AMEND
posted
2:00 PM
I regret that my own weirdness made me a fascist about people who were not weird.

--Lynda Barry, interviewed in Giant Robot #54

Sunday, July 06, 2008
THOMAS M. DISCH
posted
10:27 PM
His review of The Difference Engine, in the New York Times, was perhaps the high point, for me, of the book's publication. He was a difficult critic to get anything past, but not in the least afraid of a difficult book. One learns to take reviews (particularly the positive ones) with a grain of salt, but the pleasure he took in our (as he put it) "immense, all-conquering parenthesis" delighted me deeply.

On Wings Of Song, as I've said elsewhere, and more than once, is one of the great neglected masterpieces of late 20th-century science fiction.

THANKS!
posted
2:01 PM
'Due to the swift and generous response of the SF community, Clarion West has now received nearly enough money to replace the four student laptops stolen July 4 from rooms at the workshop residence. Clarion West staff, volunteers, and students all express their thanks for your very timely help. They especially want to thank BoingBoing, Cory Doctorow, Jay Lake, and many more for their generosity and for alerting others to the need for money and laptops. Donations began coming in from around the world just hours after the theft.

"If we collect funds that are much in excess of the cost of replacing the stolen computers, we will return them proportionally to the donors," said workshop administrator Leslie Howle. "The use of PayPal makes this relatively easy to do." She added, "We are all overwhelmed, and the students are immensely grateful. They were devastated by this theft, and it's been amazing to see the community rally to support them."'

--via BoingBoing

Saturday, July 05, 2008
HELP REPLACE STOLEN CLARION WEST LAPTOPS
posted
8:34 PM
When I was down getting inducted into the SF Hall of Fame, I had a very enjoyable conversation with a few of this year's Clarion West students. I hate to think of them having their workshop ruined by a laptop thief, so I just donated something toward laptop replacement. Anything will help.

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