I’m starting a collaborative blog at http://craftsblog.wordpress.com, so that HRSFANS with an interest in arts and crafts can write about the various projects they’re working on, detailing their travails and displaying their triumphs for the benefit of friends who live far away. So far, we’ve got posts on origami, cabling, two-sided embroidery, crocheted potholders, and a gryphon tapestry.
I know there are lots of HRSFAlums out there who are interested in crafts of various sorts, and you’re all welcome to join in the fun. Whether you’re an expert or a dabbler, whether your particular passion is portraiture, papier-mache, spinning, or smithing… we’d love to have you.
You have to join word-press in order to become a member of the blog (though fortunately, this is quite painless). If you’d like to be added, comment below and I’ll send you an invite.
Kibbitzers are also welcome. We’ve got an RSS feed, and are syndicated on livejournal as “hrsfanscrafts”.No comments
Hack A Day reminds you that “If you don’t have at least one twittering appliance in your household, you’re getting behind.” In case you need help keeping up to date, they show you how to get your washing machine to Twitter. Clever commenters point out that there are many simpler ways to remember your laundry, such as setting a timer. Even cleverer commenters point out that that just wouldn’t be as cool.No comments
I’m a big fan of optical illusions, and I just found a whole bunch of them, including some I hadn’t seen before (and I’ve seen a lot). They’ve come from the blog Look At This… (which I also just found), which seems to be somewhat similar to the HRSFANS blog, in that it links to random stuff on the Internet. Personally, I find it pretty overwhelming, but someone with more patience than I have might find some more nifty stuff there.
(via Ben Goldacre)No comments
Emerson College in Boston runs a great radio station, WERS, which you can listen to online (as well as via honest-to-goodness old-fashioned radio, if you’re in the Boston area). Their programming includes a wide range of genres, but my personal favorites are the weekend programs: Standing Room Only (Saturdays 10am to 2pm and Sundays noon to 2pm) plays a great selection of Broadway music, including lots of recent or lesser-known shows, as well as the classics. All A Capella (Saturdays and Sundays 2pm to 5pm) plays exactly what the name suggests, mostly from college a capella groups. The shows will also keep you up to date on musicals and a capella concerts in the Boston area.No comments
Carrotmob is exactly the sort of thing I think the flash mob community should grow into. It creates a strange scene, but does so in a way that directs resources for positive change. In this case, getting a flash mob of people to show up and buy something from the store committing the most money to becoming greener. I really like the idea of harnessing consumer power (via organized collective action) to encourage companies to do things we want them to do, and I like the company (Virgance; obsf: yes, it’s named after the word Lucas coined in The Phantom Menace) which has since been set up to create more carrotmobs or similar activities. I am really excited to see where this goes.No comments
I just re-read all eleven books of Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ Mars series. I saved the first (and best) for last: A Princess of Mars. I have no idea how many times I have read these books, since I first came across them in my early teens.
If you have read it, you know that this is some of the best pulp adventure fiction ever written. If you haven’t read it, go get it — the Amazon link above is to the Dover paperback, a good deal at four and a half bucks.2 comments
Fans of computer RPGs may be aware that Diablo 3 is currently in the works. Diablofans.com is a great fansite for following the little dribbles of news with which Blizzard routinely torments its fans.1 comment
Or “Who needs pants, anyway?”
I’m sort of torn between posting things that I love and have known about for a long time, and things that are new and topical. Improv Everywhere is both. They’re an amazing…”experience generation collective” is the best phrase I can come up with. They create strange occurrences in the middle of everyday normal life–you may have heard about how they planted 16 agents in a mall food court and performed a Food Court Musical. Or how they got a crowd of people to all dress in blue polo shirts and khaki pants and quietly infiltrate a Best Buy. Or went all out to surprise a little league game with the Best Game Ever, including raving fans, a jumbotron, and the honest-to-god Goodyear blimp. They’re pretty amazing.
This January, they are performing one of their largest missions–The No Pants! Subway Ride–and are extending it to have events not only in New York City, but in cities around the country and around the world. If you’re interested in participating (in this or future missions), drop them a line or find your local group. Even if going publicly pantsless is not your thing, check out Improv Everywhere–it’s bizarreness on a grand scale, and truly amazing.1 comment
So I’ve been instructed to post here with random cool things I’ve found on the Internets.
Random cool thing from the Internets:
It’s a very, very simple browser game. Also very, very pretty, and very, very addictive. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who feels like he isn’t wasting enough time. Also anyone who likes dolphins.
Gameplay hint (that it took me far too long to figure out): You can chain jumps together. So long as you get a “Nice Entry” (and you get out of the water again in a reasonable amount of time), your next jump counts as part of your last jump, and you retain all the speed you’ve gathered. Do this a few times and you can jump *high*.1 comment