Link Round-Up: December 24

Not a lot of links for you on Christmas Eve. To be honest, one of these I flagged yesterday — and it was the only link I flagged yesterday. Same with today. Chalk it up to trying to stay ahead of the deadlines at the office. Book of the Week, Stephen Fry – The FryContinue reading “Link Round-Up: December 24”

On Douglas Adam’s 60th Birthday

Douglas Adams would have been 60 years old today. Things to do in honor of his memory… Have a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster. Find that moldering copy of The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey that’s gathering dust in your attic. Recite Vogon poetry. Walk around with a towel. Blow a deadline just so you canContinue reading “On Douglas Adam’s 60th Birthday”

On Sherlock the Ratiocinative Android

Today I realized how entirely appropriate it was that Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss cast Martin Freeman as John H. Watson in the BBC’s Sherlock. No, it’s not Freeman’s unbridled everyman-neess nor his stolid Britishness. Rather, it’s the obvious fact that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes is clearly the latest product of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation.Continue reading “On Sherlock the Ratiocinative Android”

On Annivesaries and Convention Panel Ideas

Recently I’ve had anniversaries on the brain. It started with this blog post by Dayton Ward, where he ran through a list of film anniversaries — twentieth, twenty-fifth, right on up — that are being celebrated this year. You look at the list for 1982, the year that many critics consider to be filmed scienceContinue reading “On Annivesaries and Convention Panel Ideas”

On Revisiting the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy

Yesterday a package arrived in the mail. It was a book, Douglas Adams’s Starship Titanic by Terry Jones. Hardcover with dust jacket. A first printing, it looks new, even though it was published nearly fifteen years ago. And with that book I am ready. This year — this month, actually — I intend to rereadContinue reading “On Revisiting the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy”

On the Simplicities of Binary Day 10-10-10

10-10-10. I’ve been calling today “Binary Day.” One-Zero-One-Zero-One-Zero. All ones and zeroes. A binary day. Oh, there have been others this year — in January and in November — but this particular Binary Day is unique. It’s the only Binary Day that is exactly the same on both sides of the Atlantic. Our British cousins,Continue reading “On the Simplicities of Binary Day 10-10-10”

On the Feast Day of St. Cedd

Today, the seventh of January, is celebrated in the Catholic Church as the feast day of Saint Cedd, who was built a number of monasteries and spread the Christian faith throughout Mercia and Essex in the seventh century. (Curiously, Cedd’s feast day is also celebrated on October 26th.) Cedd, of course, is the namesake forContinue reading “On the Feast Day of St. Cedd”

On New Hitchhiker’s

Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl, will be writing a new novel in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. I don’t know what to say. I mean, yes, I’ll be curious. But at the same time, I just don’t know. I mean, I really don’t know. Colfer himself says: My first reaction wasContinue reading “On New Hitchhiker’s”