Cory Doctorow at Red Emma's Bookstore, 27 June 2010.

Late last month, Cory Doctorow stopped by a bookstore in Baltimore called Red Emma's as the last stop on his book signing tour for his new YA novel For the Win. So, Hasufin, Mika, and I piled into the car and headed for the fringes of Charm City and a tiny bookstore slightly below street level but surprisingly difficult to miss while either on foot or on wheels. We got there about an hour into Doctorow's presentation just as the line reached the front door and Doctorow answered a question about Squidgate, then a question about the message that the …


ASCAP raising money to fight the new culture.

One of the cornerstones of the Internet is making information available to whomever wants it for low or no cost. Case in point, the TCP/IP stack within the operating system you're now running to read this post was probably originally posted to the Internet better than twenty years ago under the BSD license. In fact, if you dig around inside the "About.." panes of Windows chances are you'll find that little block of text (at least, everything up to Windows 2000 had it, it's been a couple of years). The fan cultures that many of us partake of grew …


Eclipse Phase: The Brown Jenkin

Biomorph: Brown Jenkin
Concept: Horde of malevolent ferrets with distributed intelligence. Optimized for havoc, mass extermination, and piecewise theft.

Aptitude Maxima: 20
Durability: 20
Wound Threshold: 4

  • Limber (level 2)
  • COO +5
  • SOM +5
  • Climbing +5
  • Fray +5
  • Freerunning +10
  • Infiltration +5
  • Palming +5
  • Tactical Network software (designed to coordinate swarms of semi-autonomous units)
  • Small, nimble targets (-20 to hit)
  • Low Pain Threshold (small mammal)
  • Neural Damage (dysfunction) (hyperactivity)
  • Basic Biomods
  • Basic Mesh Inserts
  • Cortical Stack
  • Cyberbrain (puppet sock)
  • Cyberclaws
  • Enhanced Senses
    • Direction Sense
    • Electrical Sense
    • Enhanced Hearing
    • Enhanced Smell
  • Grip Pads
  • Multitasking
  • Poison Gland (BTX)
  • Prehensile …


Eclipse Phase: Bitenic squid

One of the possible characters can be played in the RPG Eclipse Phase is an uplifted octopus; of course, when you bring tentacles into the equation I go off in weird (and safe for work) directions. In the shared universe Orion's Arm there is an uplifted species called the bitenic squid, originally written by the gifted and talented Anders Sandberg.

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Morph: Bitenic Squid
Implants: Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Bioweave Armor (light), Cortical Stack, Chameleon Skin, Claws, Grip Pads, Skin Pocket, Vacuum …


Archive: 20070112

It's just about the middle of January, and just now has winter come to DC. I don't want to say that it's cold or anything but we've gone from wearing t-shirts and shorts outside to frost on the windows and multiple layers of clothing because the temperature has been below freezing for much of the day. As if that weren't enough, the wind's been cold enough to feel like it's cutting right through you, and the pressure waves of cold air coming off of the Metro trains when they arrive at the station are enough to deaden one's sense of …