Morning Cuppa – 04/12/13 – Space! Extinction! Chuck Wendig!

It’s Friday, and I’m talking about space! And Chuck Wendig! And launching Chuck Wendig into space!

  • DOOOM. At least if you think that Stephen Hawking is a smart enough guy to drop this sort of knowledge on us: humanity will go extinct within this millennium if we don’t start moving into space.bruce-willis-armageddon While the prognosis may seem grim, it’s a great kick in the ass for all of us to start thinking more proactively about space exploration.
  • Also in space news, NASA is floating a plan to ‘shrink wrap’ an asteroid and bring it into lunar orbit. It sounds like an interesting possibility for bringing more resources — AND ALIEN MICROBES — into the planet. Of course, the cretins in congress will probably choke on the price tag, so we’ll see how far this plan goes. Maybe getting Bruce Willis to be the spokesperson will help?
  • If you’re in South Florida, as I most definitely am in a corporeal sense, you may be interested to know that author Chuck Wendig will be in town tomorrow, Saturday the 13th at 11:30 at the Stranahan House in Fort Lauderdale. He’ll be doing a reading, signing, and some pantsless dancing while we throw unripened mangoes at him.

Morning Cuppa – 01/28/13 – Bad news booksellers! Anonymous asteroids! ALA reading list!

The gears grind to life, the wail of the working class echos across the lifeless January landscape, it must be Monday. Hopefully I’ve got some interesting tidbits to power you through a small part of it. Definitely check out the link about Anonymous, I tried it out and it still works.

  • Tired of downloading apps? I’m not quite there but app saturation is catching up with me. PBS’s MediaShift writes an intriguing article about the minimalist design that some publishers are trying out. Basically, you subscribe and get ONLY CONTENT, without a lot of clunky, kinda-works sort of features. It’s so counter to the way everything else is going right now I think it just might work.anonymous-ussc-hacked-7-620x362
  • More bad news for booksellers, B&N’s CEO Mitchell Klipper announced that they’ll likely be closing a third of their stores over the next 10 years.
  • Given that bad news, it’s more important now to support the hell out of your favorite and emerging authors. Chuck Sambuchino shares his thoughts on how to do it. Would you believe the first suggestion is to buy their book? 😉
  • The American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association announced its reading list for 2013. For fantasy: The Rook by Daniel O’Malley, for horror: The Ritual by Adam Nevill, for sci-fi: Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey. Other genres are covered and there are short-list and “read-alike” selections worth checking out.
  • Activist hacker group Anonymous has managed to hack several U.S. government websites in protest of their prosecution of Aaron Swartz. The hack allows users to go to one of the sites, enter the Konami code and then play an Asteroids-like game that blasts away all of the contents of the page and reveals a tribute to him.
  • Satanists rally for Florida governor Rick Scott.