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Thoughts from around the net

I’m spending the day puttering and organizing, and have a backlog of links to share so I can get them off my list.

 Jay Lake.

 A 19th century lock expert. This could be impetus for all kinds of fascinating stories.

 More fascinating ideas: how Vermeer’s paintings might have as much to do with optics as art. 

 I don’t know how people come up with lists like “25 Books Every Writer Should Read.” I’ve read exactly none of them. If I put together such a list, it would be heavily weighted toward SFF since that’s what I write, but with some books from other genres because it’s important to diversify. What would you include?

Laura sent me this story about MRI scans of fruits and veggies, thus reminding me I hadn’t posted it. These are fascinating and slightly bizarre.

Following along botanical lines, Open Source Seeds. I like the idea, though I’m not sure how they differ from heirloom seeds.

 And Open Source and do-it-yourself scientific instruments: make-it-yourself spectrometers, and foldable microscopes. I have a spectrometer kit, but haven’t put it together yet.


  1. valerio says:

    Hasn’t come in my mail yet, but Netflix dvd has Tim’s Vermeer available. Looks great in trailer.

    later pretty lady

  2. I read James Baldwin at a rather young age (13 or 14 maybe) and I remember both enjoying what he wrote and being rather scandalized (what with the boy-boy boinking, which I could NOT for the life of me figure out HOW it worked, and I was NOT going to ask anyone, because then they might tell me I shouldn’t be reading it… as I said, I was young.)

    Anyway, I really liked James Baldwin, and he was ground breaking for when he was writing, but I’d have to go back and read him as an adult I think before I could say whether he was writing in a way that should be emulated by other writers.

    Most of the other books looked Literature, which I tend to shy away from, what with having been forced to read Literature which I Did Not Enjoy One Bit.


    Honestly, I think writers are served by reading outside of the genre in which they write.