The Man of a Thousand Faces

Rook's room is dark, lit only by a pale blue, diffuse light and several golden will'o'wisps that float around him. They fan out, rising above his shoulders before wrapping around in soft arcs as he kneels. The box he opens is lacquered, dark wood. The fabric is yellow and worn…

Over the Border

Very cool news. Particularly cool because some really big names (Cory Doctorow, Naomi Novak, David Drake, John Scalzi... I haven't had time to hunt through the whole list) contributed, which really warms my heart. I sort of wonder if people just contributed in their name (Brian Williams? Maybe a coincidence…

The Joy of Running

I just went for a six mile run - not the furthest I've run and, goodness me, definitely not the fastest. My body was, I think, objecting to a week of punishment: work, exercise, gaming all had particular and acute demands this week and I not only felt like I…

Best Readings for Computer Science, and Life

It's not completely true that things that teach you important stuff about CS also teach you important stuff about life, but if you squint a little it's true enough. (Thankfully, 'true enough' is not a concept machines grasp yet. I leave it as an exercise to the reader as to…

Children Should Vote

Every time I assert this simple idea, that children should have the right to vote, there is an immediate and negative reaction: Of course children shouldn't vote! That children shouldn't vote is held universally - or close enough as to make no difference. Yet it is not founded in any…

The Lies of Locke Lamora

There is a much-loved bookstore in the Mission called Borderlands. Due to the economic situation in San Francisco, and in particular the rising water of minimum wage, they are very near to closing. However, they've worked out a new plan with the neighbors to stay open. I like it because…