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Build a Pocket Theramin On The Cheap

April 14, 2008

From Popular Science:

Even if you’re not familiar with the Theremin itself, it’s very likely you’ve heard its loopy electronic tones before. Remember those spooky sound tracks from 1950s science fiction movies? Well, chances are pretty good that those oscillating noises were generated by a Theremin.

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Sign on an office door…

April 14, 2008

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Sign on an office door in the SF Armory, April 7, 2008.

Global Warming Gets Personal: The Imminent Global Beer Shortage

April 14, 2008

Schlenkerla Rauchbier straight from the caskFrom Treehugger:

A perfect storm is brewing, coming together with the potential to create a shortage in the world’s beer supply. In addition to an ongoing hops shortage, which we first reported last year, failed barley crops are causing further concern in the beer brewing industry, and we can chalk it up to the effects of global warming.

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High School Senior Fights Flawed Climate Science

April 14, 2008

A color image of Earth as seen from Apollo 17.From Treehugger:

There’s a high school senior named Matthew LaClair seeing red over the flaws in his American Government text, and he’s doing something to make its authors see the error of their ways.

Of course, when one of them holds a prestigious position named after the U.S. President who purportedly took solar panels off of the White House and proclaimed them a sign of weakness one might reasonably suspect the contents are just a little bit skewed when it comes to the basic scientific facts about energy and even global warming.

Image: Wikipedia.

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April 11, 2008

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April 10, 2008

From my Friend M. Christian

April 9, 2008
From my very good friend M. Christian, one of the most brilliant writers I’ve ever had the privilege to work with and a personal hero of mine, comes news of a terrifying and disturbing situation. The world is a dangerous place, more dangerous with every blog post — sometimes I think those are my own footsteps, coming up behind me in the shower. And not in a good way.
I’m writing to inform you about a disturbing situation that has recently come up.  In my ten-plus years as a professional author with more than 250+ short stories, 20 anthologies, four collections, and five published novels to my credit, I have never had someone try and impersonate me and plagiarize my work.Until now.Someone calling himself “M.Christian” has been publicizing a gay horror novel from Alyson Books called Me2.   This person is not me, the real M.Christian, but rather someone trying to capitalize on my name and steal my identity.Sure, the plot of Me2 sure sounds like something I would create.  Agreed, the style is very close to my own.  And yes, I have done a lot of good work with Alyson Books before.  But Me2 is not mine, and this other “M.Christian” is not me.Just take a look at the back cover copy.  Does this sound like a novel I would write?
Do You Know Yourself?
He looks just like you.  He acts exactly like you.  He takes away your job.  He steals your friends.  He seduces your lover.  Every day he becomes more and more like you, pushing you out of your life, taking away what was yours … until there’s nothing left.  Where did he come from?  Robot?  Alien?  Clone?  Doppelganger?  Evil twin?  Long lost brother?A shocking new view of queer identity, Me2 is a groundbreaking and wildly twisted novel that you’ll remember for a long time – no matter who you are, or who you think you may be.
This copy even goes for far as to steal my actual biography and even make fun of the fact that the author is not the real me!  Here’s what he says on the back of the book:
M. Christian’s numerous stories have appeared in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, as well as in the collections Dirty Words, Speaking Parts, The Bachelor Machine, and Filthy.  He is also the author of the novels, Running Dry, The Very Bloody Marys, The Painted Doll, and Brushes.  Some, however, suspect that M.Christian may be more than one person.  The other “M.Christian” adamantly denies this rumor.
What’s even worse is that this copycat hasn’t just managed to trick Alyson Books into publishing this novel, but he’s somehow tricked respectable authors and reviews such as Felice Picano and Michael Thomas Ford into providing blurbs for the book!
Absolutely brilliant. M.Christian explores the meaning of identity and humanity in a generic world where literally everything can be manufactured – a world frighteningly like our own.
– Lisabet Sarai, author of Incognito and Fire
M2 is a unique and always entertaining fable-novel about what exactly identity may entail and how we may or may not decide whether it’s worth the price of keeping it.
– Felice Picano, author of Art & Sex in Greenwich Village
M. Christian has a delightful, marvelously twisted way with words which cause his narratives to crawl beneath your skin and fester there, making you go back for more. He writes with a strong, unique voice which is not only entertaining but also makes you think, makes you ponder the improbable. You’ll think you’ve read this delicious, fast-paced story, but did you? Or was it you?
– Mari Adkins contributing editor, Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest
With delicious slyness , M. Christian creates a world in which the familiar becomes sinister and the comfort of daily routine is replaced by a growing sense of dread. His modern parable lays bare the all-too-real dangers inherent in the sacrifice of individuality in the pursuit of cultural homogenization.
–    Michael Thomas Ford, author of Full Circle and Changing Tides
Please, help me catch this “other” M.Christian and expose him for the plagiarist and fraud that he is.  It’s important to me, as the real M.Christian, to preserve my identity and career as a writer.  For updates on this fraud being perpetuated in my name, please check out my Web site at Luckily I have managed to get my hands on the novel itself.  If you’d like to receive a copy of Me2 — either in its final printed form or as a PDF file — so you can see that while is this is a excellent novel full of humor, horror, suspense and all kinds of devish twists and turns it’s still not a book that I would actually write, please contact me:
The REAL M.Christian
41 Sutter Street, #1012
San Francisco, CA 94194
For your reference, I’m attaching info on the impostor’s book:
Alyson Books
ISBN-10: 1555839630
ISBN-13: 978-1555839635
Thank you for your help and support regarding this frightening situation.

What can I say? M. Christian is a brilliant genius, one of the most inventive minds of his generation, and he kicks ass. Help him ferret out this evil doer!

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April 9, 2008
  • Lawyers for George Lucas’ Lucasfilm Ltd. and a British prop designer faced off in London’s High Court Tuesday over rights to the molded white Stormtrooper uniforms from the “Star Wars” films.
    (tags: scifi)
  • The birthplace of the Web, Cern, which is based near Geneva, is now busy working on “the grid” that boasts speeds nearly 10,000 times faster than a typical Broadband connection, and that may soon render the Web obsolete.
    (tags: tech)
  • Best-selling author Mary Roach made a name for herself by exploring the secret lives of cadavers (in her book Stiff) and science’s fascination with the supernatural (in Spook). Now, she’s turned to the often-wacky researchers who are obsessed by exactly w
    (tags: sex books)
  • An elementary school event in which kids are encouraged to dress as the opposite sex sparks outrage.
  • Think you might escape the aftereffects of a limited nuclear war that happens on the other side of the globe from you? Think again.
    (tags: apocalypse)
  • Corporate Goth is a familiar expression in East Coast cities where people tend to separate their playtime from their workdays.
    (tags: goth)
  • We are not quite sure about juice boxes for wine. It is very popular in Italy, and Three Thieves Bandit wine from California is purported to be better for the environment than bottled wine. Certainly it costs less to transport- “the wine industry is stuck
    (tags: liquor)
  • I’ve written about writer/director/producer Sean Abley’s Socket movie here before, when it first hit the festival circuit. Now the movie is out on DVD and available from TLA Video.
    (tags: movies)
  • Like many things in the greater green sphere, living off the grid — that is, without reliance on public utilities for things like electricity and water — has jumped into national prominence over the past few years; if Daryl Hannah is doing it, we should
    (tags: environment)

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April 7, 2008