April 26th, 2009 | Work
YouTubed at this link, for both of you who have been following along.
April 26th, 2009 | researchmaterial
Tests have confirmed that eight New York City schoolchildren had a type A influenza virus, likely swine flu, city Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden said on Saturday.
A new flu virus suspected of killing at least 60 people in Mexico has the potential to become a pandemic, the World Health Organization’s chief says.
I work as a resident doctor in one of the biggest hospitals in Mexico City and sadly, the situation is far from ’under control’… two of my partners who worked in this hospital (interns) were killed by this new virus in less than six days even though they were vaccinated as all of us were. The official number of deaths is 20, nevertheless, the true number of victims are more than 200…
April 26th, 2009 | Work
The whole thing aired last night in Canada on Teletoon, and airs late tonight in the USA on Adult Swim. Check your listings.
FAQ: a lot of people seemed to think that the "satellites" were in "space," despite the contrary being stated on two or three separate occasions in the series itself. This had led to people calling me names for sending people into space via balloon. I would direct you to Project Manhigh, which was mentioned in the show. Also, the stratosphere — I used the word several times in the show — is not space. And the "satellites" were Stratellites or Stratospheric Airships, a concept I encountered many years ago, one of which has already been successfully flown at an altitude of 74000 feet, or 22 miles. Which puts it well inside the stratosphere, which starts 6 miles up and transitions to the mesosphere at 31 miles up.
paying attention science fun?
April 25th, 2009 | Work
Comics retailers! Please to order the first issue of ANNA MERCURY 2: ULTRASPACIAL DREADNOUGHT VANAHEIM next week or I’ll have mind-controlled slaves burn down your shops!
Of course, if YOU, gentle reader, would like to secure a copy of this work, you can grab the order codes from the ANNA MERCURY microsite and communicate them to your retailer.
A citystate from the strange superdimensional space of The Constellation sends a probe to Earth. To decide whether or not to make contact, the London office of the Constellation Project must send an agent through the fabric of the universe itself to the city of Three Souls Town, apparently populated by an oppressive society made of kidnapped humans. But that’s not how it starts. It starts with Anna Mercury, Earth’s top transuniversal explorer, UNDER RAY-GUN ATTACK IN A CITY BEYOND SPACE ITSELF!
April 24th, 2009 | brainjuice
Unbelievable. I missed a few Closedowns and people actually started missing them and complaining. So here’s Katie West.
My day has mostly been eaten by phone calls, work crap and people walking in and out of my bloody office like it’s Victoria fucking Station outside.
In related news, I need a Tactical Defense Pen.
FAQ: why do so many “important” GI JOE characters have little or no dialogue? Simple. Budget. Voice actors cost money. I originally wrote WAY too many speaking roles, and had to remove a bunch of them in the second draft of RESOLUTE, move some dialogue from excised characters to remaining characters, and so on. We could only support so many speaking roles. So some of your favourites didn’t get a line.
The Incidental is a daily newspaper being published by and for a design event in Milan. This is a wonderful idea that could be transposed to other events.
Matt Jones on the genesis of the thing:
…we came up with the idea of a system for collecting the thoughts, recommendations, pirate maps and sketches of the attendees to republish and redistribute the next day in a printed, pocketable pamphlet, which, would build up over the four days of the event to be a unique palimpsest of the place and people’s interactions with it, in it.
One thing that’s very interesting to me is using this rapidly-produced thing then becomes a ’social object’: creating conversations, collecting scribbles, instigating adventures – which then get collected and redistributed. A feedback loop made out of paper, in a place.
I’m jotting down stuff very fast today — you can tell when I’ve got something close to a fully-formed thought lately by whether or not it’s under the category "shivering sands," as a rough rule of thumb — but I think there are Implications to this.
April 23rd, 2009 | Work
Art by Raulo Caseres. Forthcoming via Avatar Press.
April 23rd, 2009 | brainjuice
April 23rd, 2009 | Work
GI JOE fans should be aware there is much death in these episodes.
Oh, and a FAQ: the Dial Tone character. Originally, she was just Lead Tech or similar. The producers said that, since she was getting so much dialogue, she should be a Joe, with attendant codename. They gave me several to choose from, and I chose Dial Tone, because it amused me. I may drop some more notes after the whole thing’s aired on TV, so’s not to spoil.
April 22nd, 2009 | brainjuice