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Raging in the Dark

The intellect of man is forced to choose Perfection of the life, or of the work, And if it take the second must refuse A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark. William Butler Yeats

Bringing a War Home

Brian Turner, Iraqi war veteran, on coming home from war: Maybe it isn’t that it’s so difficult coming home, but that home isn’t a big enough space for all that I must bring to it. America, vast and laid out from one ocean to another, is not a large enough space to contain the war […]

Merry Christmas, All

From an “electronic Christmas card”, by Sierra-Online, circa 1986

iWonder Redesign

The proprietor of iWonder Designs — programmer extraordinaire, accomplished artist, and my brother — just redid his site, and it’s drop-dead gorgeous. Not standard Web 2.0 gorgeous, with the giant buttons and the rounded corners and the pastel palettes — no. Idiosyncratically, oddly gorgeous, a lovely-strange melange of wanted poster and tea-stained tablecloth and ancient […]

BeagleBlogging: A Dog and His Cowhide

Here’s a picture of Beauregard carrying around his comfort cowhide, the remains of an old Halloween costume. Beau has a love hate relationship with toys like this. Whenever he’s stressed about something he likes to put large fluffly things in his mouth and run around the house with them, mewling pitiably. The first thing he […]


When Lapsed Cannibal was five years old, he was kidnapped by a band of gypsies and raised as a wolf cub. At age ten, he escaped and joined a traveling flea circus, where he remains to this day. He enjoys needlework, phrenology, and conquering small island nations.

Transcendence vs Wii

Philip K Dick sez: But I think you show know this — specifically, in case you are, say, in your twenties and rather poor and perhaps becoming filled with despair, whether you are an SF writer or not, whatever you want to make of your life. There can be a lot of fear, and often […]

Why Software Sucks

Bjarne Stroustrup, progenitor of C++, has lots of smart things to say about the current state of the software industry (recently upgraded from “screwed” to “fucked” by the watchdog group Concerned Geeks for Endangered Software): I think the real problem is that “we” (that is, we software developers) are in a permanent state of emergency, […]

Behind the Scenes at the Microsoft Zune Design Laboratory

Lead Designer: [Holding up an iPod] Ok, so we want to make one of these. Associate Designer: Embrace and extend one of these, you mean. LD: Right, right. [Nods] Right. So are we done? AD: Well, no. We have to design it. LD: I thought we were embracing their design. AD: No, Jobs has good […]

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