Another Mess of Links

At the risk of becoming a bit random, a few more pointers to how I’ve been spending my (increasingly limited) online time in the last week or so.

A handful of feeds I’ve subscribed to recently:

FreakAngels. An online comic written by Warren Ellis, distributed in weekly chunks. The comics industry, like book publishing, is still trying to figure out what the digital age means for it; this is one of the signs of change, I guess. I think it’s got an ‘adult content’ warning, by the way.

Alt.Fiction Day. A blog for the one-day sf/f/h event in Derby this April. The early versions of the programme I’ve seen are full of good stuff. Big names like Charles Stross, Ramsey Campbell, Mike Carey doing their things: well worth a ticket if you’re in that neck of the woods, I should think. I should be there, doing the panel thing and generally milling about, so say hello if you bump into me.

Best of Natural History Radio. I like me some wildlife, so this BBC podcast is overdue as far as I’m concerned: features on all kinds of things that crawl, fly, grow and eat each other.

Stephen Fry’s Podgrams. Stephen Fry is one of those rare people who can talk for 25mins without a script and be conversational, coherent and engaging. (He’s a very well-known and ostentatiously clever UK actor, writer and presenter, for any non-Brit visitors who’ve never heard of him). This is his new podcast, starting off with a report on what it’s like to smash your arm to pieces in the middle of the Amazonian nowhere (answer: not much fun).

And don’t forget you can find a feed for this very blog here, if you’ve got an itchy subscription finger.

A couple of links to stuff I’ve noticed recently:

Neil Graf offers a list of notional Tintin titles fit for the 21st century. My favourites are probably Tintin in Darfur and Tintin Parties at the Everest Base Camp, not because they’re particularly funny but because I can immediately all but see those comics: perfect topics for dark, seriously twisted takes on Tintin’s world. I think someone should write/draw them. Someone unafraid of litigation, probably.

Another minor signpost on the road to the end of liertature as we know it: fiction originally written on, distributed by and read on mobile phones dominates Japan’s bestseller lists. Japan doesn’t always play its tune to the same beat as the rest of the world, so this might not catch on elsewhere, but it’s still a sign of the times. It’s all quite entertaining, the multi-stranded digital Ragnarok that seems to be slowly closing in on the worlds of publishing and writing. God knows where it will all end up, but I expect things’ll come out OK in the end. Majorly different, perhaps, but OK. The world does get destroyed at Ragnarok, I know, but a new one comes along shortly thereafter (albeit with a rather different set of Gods, which undeniably might be a bit worrying if you’re a current God of publishing).

And finally, this, for no good reason other than that I found it curious enough to watch twice. What firefighters get up to when there’re no fires to fight:

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