The official White House response to the petition for America to start construction of a Death Star by 2016
Back in December some enterprising souls submitted a petition for America to start constructing a Death Star and garnered more than 30,000 signatures. And happily, the White House released their official response on Jan. 11, which shows two things:
1) At least one person working in our government is a huge Star Wars nerd.
2) HOLY CRAP do you SEE all the cool science stuff that’s actually happening right now? The potential for human missions to the moon this decade (through a NASA project nicknamed C3P0)? Floating robots? A probe to go into the exterior layers of the sun? A laser-wielding robot science lab on Mars?
We are living in the future and the future is AWESOME.
Sequence a Science Fiction Writer
In April 2008, sci-fi author Jay Lake was diagnosed with colon cancer. His fight is not going well, so his doctors recommended a new, experimental treatment: sequencing Jay’s whole genome, which could lead to a better cancer treatment.
However, genome sequencing is not cheap (starting at $10,000), so a bunch of other SF/F authors have gotten together to do a fundraiser for Lake, offering “Acts of Whimsy” as rewards for hitting certain milestones.
And when I say “a bunch,” we’re talking people like Tobias S. Buckell, Mary Robinette Kowal, Jim C. Hines, John Scalzi, Seanan McGuire, Cherie Priest, Paul Cornell, Scott Lynch, Elizabeth Bear, Patrick Rothfuss, and Neil Gaiman.
Thus far they’ve raised $37,000, which is amazing, and the fundraiser’s still going for another 32 days (as of today). You can read more about the “Acts of Whimsy” and genome sequencing itself at the fundraiser link above.
So if you have a little extra lying around, consider throwing some in to help sequence a science fiction writer and to help Jay Lake kick cancer’s ass.
And on a less serious note:
Life in Publishing and Life of a Dude in Publishing
Two Tumblr blogs filled with amusing .gifs on what it’s like to work in the publishing industry. Although, to be honest, I’ve found more than a few that fit what it’s like to work as a web developer as well. 🙂
Also announced this week: the 2013 Oscar nominees
Nine nominees for Best Picture, not a one of which I’ve seen and two of which I hadn’t even heard of before the nominations were announced (Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild).
It’s doubtful I’ll get a chance to see all of them before the Oscars, but here are the ones I’d be most likely to:
Silver Linings Playbook
I have no words for this.
Wait, yes I do.
See, I’m convinced that what happened here is this guy has a great-aunt who is just the sweetest old lady but she’s also a giant. Like, a literal giant. And she loves to knit.
Since she’s so huge, she’s convinced that her beloved great-nephew is cold ALL the time. And so she makes him stuff like this and gives it to him every Christmas and birthday. And it’s absolutely hideous, but he can’t throw it away because she’s so well-meaning and he KNOWS they’re a labor of love, and so he wears these God-awful sweaters every time she comes to visit.
Because he loves his great aunt.
Go click around on that slideshow and see if you can come up with some ideas for why those guys are dressed like…well, like THIS.
Seriously, guys, the fashion industry is trolling us.