A thread of optimistic science/fiction art.
First up, Bryan Larsen's joyful inspiration: https://www.bryanlarsen.com/gallery/
I'd like to express my appreciation of trans guys.
There are a lot of toxic expectations we place on men. And I know that bone-deep need to have our gender recognized by those around us. But the trans men I know are some of the best examples of positive masculinity I've ever met. I hope they can teach us all to expect more.
The latest Storybundle
is The Warp Speed Ahead Adventure SF Bundle, curated by Kevin J. Anderson.
A huge bundle of 14 DRM-free science fiction e-books.
I'm particularly interested in The Refugee by C.A. Hartman and Blue Sky Tomorrows by L.J. Hachmeister. They look awesome!
Each book in multiple formats for all your devices.
(Ah, need to check the dates on these image uploads from @insight_images. These images from the surface of Mars were from -last week-. Please resume being amazed by the things we do on other planets.)
Computery stuff, git
I have a bash script on my Mac that pops up a warning if I'm working on the wrong git branch. I've set it to run every few minutes. It saves me headaches. It's a quick hack, but here's the essence:
OUTPUT=$(git symbolic-ref HEAD | cut -d/ -f3-)
if [ "$OUTPUT" != "dev" ]; then
osascript -e 'tell app "System Events" to display alert "Wrong Git Branch" message "You are not working the the /app/dev branch!"'
There's an article going around complaining about all the "counterfeit" George Orwell books bought via Amazon.
Yes, Amazon is bad. I thought that was settled?
But also American copyright is garbage. Orwell died 69 years ago. His works should have been in the public domain decades ago. (And is in the public domain in countries where many of the "counterfeits" were printed.)
For me, it makes the premise of the article too tenuous to stand and is just invoking Orwell to get clicks.
Hugo awards have been announced. If you need some more reading recommendations, it's a good place to look: http://www.thehugoawards.org/2019/08/2019-hugo-awards-announced/
Here's a 17 minute video about the Buran Russian space shuttle. Lots of stuff I've never seen before. (In Russian. Autotranslated captions are useful for everyone else.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhU4DwzzEKs
@fraggle This… this is somehow even worse than if they'd shown the dictionary entry for 'breakthrough' and listed their company name as the second definition.
Trouble with words. Writing Speculative Fiction, Exploration Non-Fiction. Pragmatic optimism.
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