Archive: Asides

Automattic Picks Up Gravatar

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Automattic has acquired Gravatar, a service I’ve been using for years but which sadly hasn’t taken off to the degree I’d like. Hopefully that will change. Go read the announcement over at the Gravatar Blog.

Update: Hopefully it’s just a fluke, but it seems my Gravatar is MIA now.

Go Listen: SOLIDARITY! explained

Friday, September 14th, 2007

If you’ve been following me on Twitter or via my Lifefeed you may have seen some recent references to SOLIDARITY! Check out I Should Be Writing #76 in which Mur Lafferty interviews JC Hutchins about the phenomenon. You’ll also hear a rather rushed sounding voicemail from Yours Truly.

Go Listen: Ben Bova and Orson Scott Card: The Audible Interview

Thursday, August 9th, 2007 has an interview with Orson Scott Card and Ben Bova available as a free download. The interview is conducted by Stefan Rudnicki, and touches on the recently mentioned audiobooks vs. print argument (both authors agree that listening to the audiobook does count as reading).

Go Listen: Flight of the Chonchords: The Distant Future

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

I don’t know how long it will be up, but you can currently listen to the new Flight of the Conchords EP for free at Spinner.

Go Listen: Michael A. Stackpole Interview

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Another great author interview. This time J.C. Hutchins interviews Michael A. Stackpole. It covers writing, podcasting, Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons, and more.

Bryce 5.5 available for free

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
Bryce is 3D modeling and animation software with a landscape focus. DAZ has released the software as a free download for Windows or MacOS.

Go Listen: 2007 Hugo Award Nominees

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
Escape Pod has a number of this years short story nominees available: Impossible Dreams by Tim Pratt, The House Beyond Your Sky by Benjamin Rosembaum, Eight Episodes by Robert Reed, and Kin by Bruce McAllister.

Go Listen: James Patrick Kelly Interview

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
Tee Morris posted a great interview with James Patrick Kelly (author of, among other things, the excellent Hugo Award winning novella Burn) on The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy. Jim really goes into his thoughts on podcasting fiction. Now I’m extra bummed I missed him when he was at the library recently.

Go Listen: Octopus

Friday, June 8th, 2007
Jonathan Coulton released a new song. What are you waiting for? Go listen!

Free Debates

Monday, May 7th, 2007
Lawrence Lessing is spearheading an effort to have video of any presidential debates released under Creative Commons license (CC-BY). Barack Obama, John Edwards and Chris Dodd have all publicly supported the idea. So far CNN is on board and Fox News is not.