Gerry Canavan

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Sci-Fi Links for a Thursday without Joy

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Sci-Fi links for a Thursday without joy.

* AskMetaFilter on slammin’ science fiction-themed hip-hop.

* Where I Write: Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors in Their Creative Spaces.

* Just Another Post-Apocalypse Story.

* Fox is promising not to ruin Dollhouse this time around.

* Terry Gilliam is hoping to adapt a Philip K. Dick novel, The World Jones Made. Will it be the first PKD movie since Blade Runner to be actually good? (Sorry Arnold.)

* And Warren Ellis says the future is small.

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August 6, 2009 at 11:23 pm

More Warning Signs of the Future

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A helpless fan of warning signs, I’m very glad to see new Doktor Sleepless covers on Flickr.

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December 29, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Warning Signs of the Future Revisited

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The blog icon for this week is of course shamelessly stolen from the Warning Signs of the Future Flickr group, one of my absolute favorite things on the Internet. That’s why I’m so glad I ran across the Doktor Sleepless wiki this afternoon, which has a similar aesthetic from the minds of Warren Ellis and Ivan Rodriguez. (Information on the series here. Originally via grinding.be.)

In the end I found it necessary to troll the site for every Warning Sign image I could find, which I now happily share with you. So cool.

Most of these originate in a series of variant “warning sign” covers done for issues of the series, which I will now absolutely have to check out, if only because of stuff like this.

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December 16, 2008 at 7:30 pm

More on Linkblogs

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Candleblog hits back at Warren Ellis following his call for an end to linkblogs. I am mentioned, as is the sorely missed Gravity Lens. Meanwhile, Quark Soup is fed up with blogs altogether:

Stop and consider this in detail: someone afraid to even use their real name asks for an analysis of an extremely complex situation, decades in development, merely because Yglesias spent a few days in the west — and in airy Aspen, at that.

RoboticGhost doesn’t ask any journalist in the southwest who covers the water beat 40 hours a week, or any of a half-dozen writers who have written detailed and thoughtful books about the west and its water, or a thousand administrators whose job it is to ensure as smooth a water flow in the sw as possible. He asks a casual traveler.
And this casual traveler, who has spent his entire life living in apartments on the eastern seaboard, actually thinks he has something valuable to say, because a year ago he spent a few days in a Best Western somewhere in the southwestern US.

With no evident local knowledge whatsoever — even admitting as much — Yglesias nevertheless offers a solution to this enormous, complex problem, a solution based purely on some political theory he read in a magazine somewhere last year and which has absolutely no naunced understanding of the complexity of the true situation on the group or its many years worth of layered complexity or what privatizing water supplies would mean for hundreds of thousands of southwestern ranchers or the million living there facing ever rising water bills.

For what it’s worth, Yglesias concedes the point:

The only thing I have to say to defend myself from those charges is that I don’t think the post was really about why I suck, it was about why the punditsphere as a whole sucks with me just as a prominent example. And he’s right. To gain any worthwhile information about any topic whatsoever, you need to be reading the work of someone with real expertise. To develop real expertise requires years of study, research, etc. And years of study, research, etc. can’t be adequately condensed into a blog post. Thus, blog reading is a completely worthless exercise and nobody should really engage in it. I started writing this blog as a hobby; I thought it would be a fun thing to do. And I not only continue to enjoy writing it, but people pay me to write it. But the mere fact that I’m writing it doesn’t make it a worthwhile thing to read, which is why the overwhelming majority of Americans have never read this blog and never will.

Frankly, this is exactly why I tend to restrict myself to linkblogging. Nobody should expect themselves to be able to come up with The Big Answers after ten minutes of shallow speculation; hell, it’s taken me at least a decade and a half of trying to even start to get a handle on what the questions are.

Curiosity, generosity, honesty, and humility: these are the four pillars for all intellectual labor, and they’re the keys for blogging too.

The world does not need another linkblog

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Warren Ellis calls for an end to linkblogs. So thanks a lot, y’all, it’s been fun. I’ll see you later.

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July 9, 2008 at 1:44 am

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