META Augmented Reality Glasses: The Age of Flat Devices is Over
A venture emerging from columbia university, META, founded by meron gribets (a computer and neuro…
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(Source: techcircle, via emergentfutures)
One of the formative experiences of my teenage years was watching The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension. The story of a neurosurgeon-rock star-physicist-test pilot who accidentally starts a battle for our world with interdimensional aliens, it is 80s geek culture synthesized. It also stars John Lithgow in a scenery chewing performance as Dr. Emilio Lizardo that had me saying “Laugh while you can, monkey boy!” for many decades thereafter.
FYI, the movie did not age well, so if you watch it today prepare to be disappointed.
But that isn’t the important thing for my pointless reminiscence of the day: the movie was, in many critical ways, the inspiration for how I’ve tried to live my life: to approach the world as though everything was possible.
Now, no one (especially me!) is a renaissance man like the aforementioned Mr. Banzai. But - and this is the main thing - you really need to try. There is no reason to place artificial limits on yourself before you even begin.
So, I became a lawyer. And a musician. And a music journalist. And a novelist. And a painter. And a blogger on social media, popular culture and the law. And a parent. And…
And my life would be infinitely less rich and interesting if I stopped trying new things. Sure, I may not be saving the world, and I’m hardly the best at any of these things (except for being a lawyer! And maybe a time travel novelist…) but I am (a) working in the most engaging area of the law where creative people try to find their muse, (b) playing music in front of audiences who dance, (c) writing books that people enjoy (and by the way, have you read The Secret Root yet? It’s on sale on Amazon for kindle for $0.99 ($12.95 paperback), and (d) talking to people about the crazy ways that the future is coming to their doorstep. I’m not Neil Gaiman or Joe Hill or John Scalzi (at least not yet!) but I’m trying!
And I hope Buckaroo Banzai would be proud!
I read a lot, and it is not uncommon for me to find myself reading more than one book at the same time (sometimes I’m not in the mood to read about, say, the history of cancer, no matter how good the book might be…) But right now, I’m in the middle of a pile up. I’m currently reading 6 books. This is too many, by any measure. I need to buckle down and get them done!
So what are these books that are tormenting me? Railsea, by China Mieville, The Lion, by Nelson DeMille, Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith, Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig, City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare and Under the Dome by Stephen King. Must. Read. More. Quickly.
I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (via i-mbrium)
Anonymous asked: You just seem to like mediocore bestsellers
Ouch! Actually, I like all sorts of books - but these were books designed to introduce people who aren’t necessarily used to either YA or more edgy adult works into this place. To give you a sense of my personal favorites, my favorite books of all time are (1) 2666 by Roberto Bolano, (2) V., by Thomas Pynchon, (3) American Gods, Neil Gaiman, (4), Dune, by Frank Herbert, (5) Anathem, By Neal Stephenson, (6) Neuromancer, by William Gibson, (7) What’s Bred in the Bone, by Robertson Davies, (8) Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov, (9) Chimera, by John Barth, and (10) Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace. My favorite YA books (defined broadly) are (1) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, (2) The Fault in Our Stars, (3) Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman, (4) The Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathan Stroud, (5) Maze Runner, by James Dashner, (6) The Secret Root by D.S. Cahr (biased!), (7) The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, (8) The Name of the Star, by Maureen Johnson, (9) Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo, and (10) Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.
Here’s the list of books I recommended to a friend yesterday who enjoys YA, plus some dream-like adult. It isn’t comprehensive, of course (she’s read Divergent, she’s read Beautiful Creatures, etc.) but it has some good ones that everyone should check out. Also, this is in no particular order:
(1) Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo
(2) The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
(3) Graceling, Kristin Cashore
(4) NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
(5) Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Rachel Cohen and David Levithan
(6) Enclave, Ann Aguirre
(7) American Gods, Neil Gaiman
(8) Pure, Julianna Baggott
(9) The Foresaken, Lisa Stasse
(10) Old Man’s War, John Scalzi
(11) The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson
(12) Incarceron, Catherine Fisher
(13) The 5th Wave, Rick Yancy
(14) Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card (just read a used copy if you’re boycotting)
(15) Insignia, SJ Kincaid
(16) The Amulet of Samarkand, Jonathan Stroud
(17) Legend, Marie Lu
(18) Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
(19) Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
(20) An Abundance of Katherines, John Green
(21) Maze Runner, James Dashner
(22) The Expats, Chris Pavone
(23) The Tourist, Olen Steinhauer
(24) Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
(25) The Leftovers, Tom Perrotta
(26) The Magician, Lev Grossman
(27) Ready Player One, Ernie Cline
(28) Turn of Mind, Alice LaPlante
(29) Angelmaker, Nick Harkaway
(30) Wool, Hugh Howey
The Official Dogs of The Secret Root want you to buy the book, now! And it is on sale on Kindle for only $0.99!
I know it’s somewhat of an unpopular opinion, but I think it’s unrealistic to expect that you can support yourself solely as a writer in this economy. Most of the writers I know teach, or have other day jobs to support themselves, so the best way to avoid eating ramen noodles is to not rely completely on your book advance to pay your bills.
In the end, the better you make the book, the better the chances that you’ll get a healthy advance, and the harder you work with your publisher to promote the book by publishing stories or nonfiction essays to raise your profile, by blogging and keeping your website active, by thinking outside of the box in terms of marketing and publicity, the better your book will do. But at the end of the day it’s the quality of the work that matters the most. — literary agent Julie Barer (via gracebello)
This is one the the unfortunate truths of publishing - almost no one actually makes a living as a novelist. I suspect that the number of Americans who are full time “novelists” and who live above the poverty line is in the four figures. Most do something else, too, which of course detracts a bit from the whole “writing” thing. But as the Stones once sang, “but if you try sometimes, you might find…”
(Source: mediabistro.com, via thedancingwriter)
Faster Than the Speed of Light? -
A NASA team is experimenting with photons to see if warp drive — traveling faster than light — might one day be possible.
Let’s be honest - this needs to happen immediately.
…that same reviewer (a teen who reviews a ton of YA) gave 3 stars to THE HUNGER GAMES. Admittedly this is pretty hilarious, but SOMEONE GAVE MY BOOK THE SAME 3 STAR RATING THAT THEY GAVE TO THE HUNGER GAMES. I probably can die now.
Why Frank Herbert's 'Dune' Still Matters : The New Yorker -
Yes, you should read Dune. Immediately. It is the greatest work of science fiction ever - and that isnt even hyperbole. It starts slow (the first 70 pages are difficult because he just drops you in the world without explanation) but you will want to read it again the moment you are done. Trust me on this one.
The Name Game: J.K. Rowling and the Power of Brand | TIME.com -
An excellent take from Lev Grossman (one of my favorite writers and no slouch as a novelist himself) on how the publishing industry misses out on talent, and readers miss out on good books, because of branding (and since I’m a trademark/branding lawyer in my “real” life I guess that’s my fault…)
I might have been first in line to see this panel:
Enders Game and Divergent
Summit Entertainment presents a special sneak peek at the highly anticipated film adaptation of the beloved, award-winning novel Enders Game. This is a must-see for fans, who will be shown all-new, exclusive footage and treated to a Q&A with stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Abigail Breslin, along with producer Roberto Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness) and director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine). The panel will also feature the first footage ever seen of the futuristic thriller based on the #1 New York Times best-selling novel, Divergent. Cast and filmmakers will complete a Q&A sharing details of the project’s transition from book to film. Panelists will include novelist Veronica Roth, director Neil Burger, and cast members Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lamb, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Christian Madsen.
Thursday July 18, 2013 3:50pm – 4:50pm
1: Programs, Movies, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Writers & Writing
My spouse and I have spent the past several weeks watching Battlestar Galactica on DVD, culminating in a 20 hour marathon over July 4th weekend. Let me be clear - this is the best sustained piece of genre television I’ve ever seen, and probably only exceeded by a handful of traditional dramas in the pantheon of “beat shows ever made.” The quality of the writing, the conceptualization, the acting, the effects and art design, and the sheer magnitude of the thing is astonishing. If you haven’t seen it, don’t delay a minute longer.
I’m now traumatized by the fact that it is done, and I may go all Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen (see, Portlandia) and start trying to figure out how to convince Ron Moore to make new episodes.
"He stared at me and I felt a change: time meant nothing and never would again." - Edie Boyd
While working on book 2 of the Mesh Chronicles, I’ve been struck by the number of times the characters almost seem to be quoting my favorite songs. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence…