General Reading for 08/14/2017

The Obelisk Gate, The Expanse, Arrival lead the 75th annual Hugo Awards | Announcing the 75th annual Hugo Award winners “The 75th annual Hugo Awards—the award for science fiction fans and the books and shows they love—have recently been announced. The big-ticket winner, for Best Novel, was The Obelisk Gate by N.K.…

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General Reading for 12/30/2015

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MACHINES THAT THINK? | Edge.org “Is AI becoming increasingly real? Are we now in a new era of the “AIs”? To consider this issue, it’s time to grow up. Enough already with the science fiction and the movies, Star Maker, Blade Runner, 2001, Her, The Matrix, “The Borg”.  Also, 80…

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General Reading for 12/29/2015

7 Real-Life Urban Farming Chores – Urban Farm “The picture of urban farming life usually involves dreamy days of harvesting beautiful produce from the ground. While it’s true that the rewards of fresh vegetables and homegrown eggs outshine the counterparts found in grocery stores, they come at a price: time,…

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General Reading for 11/16/2015

Californium: A game about the many (sur)realities of Philip K. Dick | Ars Technica UK “Reality is mutable, vulnerable to interpretation and interference. It’s an idea that permeates through Philip K. Dick’s writing, one of the most influential forces in pop culture. Even if you don’t recognise his work by…

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What I’m Reading on 04/17/2015

Some comments on the Hugos and other SF awards | The official home page of author Eric Flint “First, on the Hugo and Nebula (and all other) awards given out in science fiction. Do they have problems? Yes, they all do. For a variety of reasons, the awards no longer…

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What I’m Reading on 01/26/2015

The Strangely Competitive World of Sci-Fi Writing Workshops | WIRED “Each summer budding authors flock to writing workshops like Clarion, Clarion West, and Odyssey, which help prepare students for a career in fantasy and science fiction by offering them the chance to work closely with established pros in the field.…

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What I’m Reading on 11/13/2014

Ballmer says machine learning will be the next era of computer science | Computerworld “Ballmer, who stepped down from Microsoft’s board of directors in August, spoke about the future of computer science as he announced a donation to Harvard University that will enable the school to expand its computer science…

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What I’m Reading on 11/12/2014

Liu Cixin’s ‘The Three-Body Problem’ Is Published in U.S. – NYTimes.com “With a state-owned power plant in nearby Shanxi Province temporarily shut down to reduce air pollution, one of its engineers, Liu Cixin, is using the free time to work on his hobby: reigning as China’s best-selling science-fiction author.” tags:…

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What I’m Reading on 04/04/2014

96 Stocks APIs: Bloomberg, NASDAQ and E*TRADE “Our API directory now includes 96 stocks APIs. The newest is the Eurex VALUES API. The most popular, in terms of directory page views, is the Bloomberg API. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of stocks…

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What I’m Reading on 12/31/2013

Once science fiction, it’ll be reality in 2014 | Cutting Edge – CNET News “As we prepare for a new year, we’re excited about gear that brings to life for the first time ideas that have long been only future tense.” tags: science fiction reality Connected Home Invasion: You’ve Seen…

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