Technorati Cosmos

August 27th, 2006 | admin

Is Technorati fucked again? How do you get to be the ninth most-linked blog and yet also drop 350 points in Technorati ranking in the same week? I suspect I’m not getting useful returns from Technorati (again), and so have stripped the Cosmos link from the bottom of entries. It’s professionally useful to know who’s linking to me, but I think it’s time to give up on the idea of tracking such by blog entry.

So if you were looking for the Cosmos link on the end of entries — that’s why it’s not there anymore.

(And, no, I’m still not done with site design fiddling.)

links for 2006-08-27

August 27th, 2006 | researchmaterial

  • “A couple left my first show and said, “We’re coming back for your next one.” I’m trying to write a whole new hour in fifteen minutes. Or maybe I could just poison them.”
    (tags: people)
  • The Scythian warrior was found in June at a height of 2,600 meters (8,500 feet) in the Altay Mountains in an intact burial mound or kurgan; if global warming trends continue, in 20 to 30 years there will be no more ice kurgans.
    (tags: history eco)
  • Law also includes a list of acts that it defines as obscene, including certain sex acts as well as sex toys. Raised after Georgia’s obscenity law found unconstitutional, forcing local governments to operate without one unless passing an obscenity law of their own.
    (tags: sex pol)
  • “You could imagine using this stuff as an emergency spray on soldiers injured by shell blasts or on burns victims. It could provide immediate protection for the wound and stop infections spreading.”
    (tags: med)
  • As we yawn and open our eyes in the morning, the brain stem sends little puffs of nitric oxide to another part of the brain, the thalamus, which then directs it elsewhere. Like a computer booting up its operating system…
    (tags: med neuro)
  • Skeletons found at an unearthed site in Mexico show Aztecs captured, ritually sacrificed and partially ate several hundred people traveling with invading Spanish forces in 1520. Experts say the discovery proves some Aztecs did resist the conquistadors.
    (tags: history)
  • “The urge to be sitting in the front row at (the Hugo sf book) awards ceremony — even though I know I’m not going to win one this time round — is to me much as the eternal search for brains must feel to a zombie.” His ACCELERANDO changed sf and no-one noticed. Bah.
    (tags: people sf)
  • A single track for download, “Put The Knife Down,” is Sheffield electronic music that seems to straddle about 25 years’ worth of local music history in four minutes. Stoned by time. Found via
    (tags: mp3)

Saturday Night Open Mic

August 27th, 2006 | comics talk

On at THE ENGINE tonight, thread found right here. If you’re new, just generate yourself an account and make sure your real name’s in the username or nickname fields. All are welcome.

– W

links for 2006-08-26

August 26th, 2006 | Uncategorized


August 25th, 2006 | about warren ellis/contact

Well, falling ill almost immediately after I made the call for submissions has slowed things down a bit.  As did getting vastly more submissions than I expected (and I’m still sorting through them).  Also, I’m giving a few people the time they need to get set.  And I have to stab someone with a sharpened robot, too.

So right now I’m looking at launching the site in mid-September, with everyone in the first wave in place.

It’s going to be a massive thing.  The equivalent of a fat anthology.  I don’t expect you to like everything there.  That’s not how anthologies work, after all.  I do, however, figure that most people will find something to love in there, and that the association of the work will lead you to try something new.

And, frankly, I’m amused by the idea of MICKEY DEATH, Molly Crabapple, Rachel Nabors and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey in the same place once a week.

So it’s getting there.  The work is being assembled.  I think there’ll be a surprise or two in the final thing.

And ROCKET PIRATES t-shirts are being arranged.

Spread far and wide as you see fit.

– W