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anachronauts: just awesome

Stefan “Twoflower” Gagne’s latest opus. I’m a big fan of most of his stuff, and this is among his best. The tagline is “a web novel series of broomsticks, semiautomatics, and jetpacks” and it’s not far off. 2f’s spent years honing mashing and twisting genres together and now he’s created a world full of genres to bend, fold, spindle and mutilate for your amusement. It’s full of action, adventure and engaging character arcs.

He’s finished two books and even published them (paper and Kindle), but if you’re a poor grad student like me it’s still all available online for free. He’s recently finished another long side-story and is about to dig into the (final?) full sized novel. Now’s a great time to dig in, and if you have any questions he’s very responsive to fans over on his LiveJournal.

Here’s his welcome page for a more in depth description of what it’s about:

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Science Good, Republicans Bad!

(To be clear, up front, I mean the Republican congressional candidates not everyone who votes for the GOP.)

GAH!

Okay, we'll set aside for the moment "Whoa, Benabik is posting on his LiveJournal" and "Whoa, Benabik is posting politics" (something I tend to avoid just because it just tends to piss off somebody and I don't want to deal with it).

GAH!

So, on one hand we have encouraging news. In Ars Technica's article "How much do people trust scientists? Depends on the topic" I see great quotes like:

  • The survey found that scientists represent a very trusted source of information, ranking 3.98 out of 5 on its scale. When broken down by specific topic, three topics garnered a higher response than the overall score: evolution (4.3), renewable energy (4.08), and the origin of the Universe (4.0).

  • [A] clear consensus among the respondents was which spending should be cut in tough economic times to save scientific funding.

  • This brought the worldwide totals to about 80 percent of the respondents saying that they were sure that "humans are significantly changing global climate," leaving only 10 percent saying no and 10 percent saying that they are unsure.

And that's not even just the US getting lost in a worldwide survey! 72% of US respondents said they trusted scientists about climate change! Awesome!

But then I read the Bad Astronomer's "Every single Republican Senate hopeful is against climate change action" and see:

37 seats are up for grabs in November, and of the 37 Republicans ([...]) running for these seats, not a single one supports taking any action on global warming.

I.. But... GAH! Scientific literacy, people! The world has warmed by nearly a degree in the last century! This is significant and likely caused by the industrial revolution and our carbon output! We're looking at another degree of warming over the next century! This is changing viable cropland, animal habitats, and fresh water reserves! The oceans are 30% more acidic! We're losing our coral reefs and fisheries!

THIS IS ALL REAL AND WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING!

GAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
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Yet Another Blogging Site?

So, yeah. I'm trying out this Tumblr thing. I tend not to post much stuff anyway, but at the very least benabik.tumblr.com should aggregate my Livejournal, Twitter, and Delicious feeds into one place.

Why? Because I'm interested by the variety of post formats (link, image, text, quote), the ability to repost stuff (so vital in twitter), and the ease of aggregation.

Eventually I want to have these things fed from Silver Insanity... Maybe even turn Silver into a community site instead of just my personal playground. But it looks like Tumblr actually has several of the things that I'd try to build into my own little blogging playground, so I'm giving it a shot. And, if nothing else, I can eventually just feed Tumblr from my own site.
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Recent Twitting

  • 11:04 self.muscles = sore #
  • 12:53 BWA-HAHAHAHAHAH!! "After all the hype, the Alien X smoothie was a real disappointment. Kinda tastes like filler." ~~ Ben 10: Ultimate Alien. #
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