1. Pictures from the Amanda Palmer ninja gig, 16 June 2010.

    02 July 2010

    A couple of weeks ago I had a unique opportunity to attend one of Amanda Palmer's ninja gigs. If you've not heard of them they're rare-ish but growing in notoriety. Basically, she and whomever she's on tour with at the time roll into town and get in touch with a promoter, a theatre, a nightclub, wherever they can to stage a two to four hour rehearsal/mini-concert/bull session with no cover charge. They're often held the night before their full-scale concert though it wouldn't surprise me if there had been an exception or two. Whoever wants to attend …

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  2. Live at Stacy's - Catherine Asaro and Donald Wolcott!

    01 July 2010

    Please boost the signal - link to this post everywhere!

    I realize this is a bit late, I've been laid low by a sinus infection, but thankfully a few of us have been getting flyers put around the DC metroplex.

    Saturday night, on 3 July 2010 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm Nebula Award winning author Catherine Asaro and musician Donald Wolcott will be performing live at Stacy's Coffee Parlor in Falls Church, Virginia to celebrate the release in paperback of Asaro's latest novel of the Skolian Empire series, Diamond Star. For one night only the duo will perform songs from …

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  3. First steps toward programmable matter?

    29 June 2010

    Arguably, since the dawn of the solid state era the human race has been experimenting with the development of computronium, or forms of matter optimized for the processing of information. The doped silicon semiconductors that make up the CPU and much of the supporting circuitry of the computer you're using right now are variants of computronium (albeit very primitive when compared with the above link). Most circuitry as we know it today has a few limitations that we don't often think about, however. First of all, it's on the fragile side. Drop a circuit board when it's not inside a …

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  4. Ouch. That's going to leave a mark.

    29 June 2010

    By some accounts, the Amazon crash that began somewhen around 1600 EST5EDT today is the first downtime they've evidenced in years. On one hand I can't help but chuckle a little bit when I see this because, for once this isn't my fault. I can just sit back and fiddle while somebody else's network burns. On the other hand I've been on the other side of the screen when stuff like this happens and the thought of getting trapped in the data center trying to resuscitate the service of one of my old employers jolts me awake dripping with sweat …

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  5. Sophie Lancaster memorial album released.

    23 June 2010

    I've spent a couple of weeks trying to figure out what I wanted to write about this, partly because it hits so close to home. I quietly followed the murder of Sophie Lancaster in 2007 because what happened to she and her boyfriend hit a little too close to home for me. Because it happened in the United Kingdom it really didn't have much of a media impact in the States, though word can and did get around. In summary, Lancaster and her boyfriend Robert Maltby of Lancashire, both of whom were part of the gothic subculture in the area …

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