Garth’s birthday wishes to the venerable British comics institution that made us what we are, at Bleeding Cool:
Thank you for two Tyrannosaurs fighting to the death on the rim of a volcano; Bofors gunners shooting it out with UFOs; Old One Eye’s last and greatest kill; the only Bear on the CIA death list; “Quack-quack, Volg!”; the truly unstoppable Artie Gruber; Dan Dare at the battle of Jupiter; Conclusion: MACH One terminated. Now closing down transmission; the Space Fort’s final battle with the Starslayer Empire; I came into the apartment blasting. I’ve been at this game for forty years and there’s one thing I’ve learned- never give a robot an even break…
….you’re watching a film one night down at the cinema when you realize that there is no light coming through from the projector room behind you – because you are actually looking at bacteria, changing their colors, like living pixels, as they display the film for all to see.
Or: that’s not an iPod screen you’re watching, it’s a petri dish hooked up to YouTube.
Something I need to finish reading, as it seems related to the linkposts about Buddhism in Sri Lanka: Robert Kaplan on "Buddha’s Savage Peace":
President Rajapaksa came to Kandy a few days later, on May 23, to receive the blessings of the chief Buddhist monks at the Temple of the Tooth for winning the war. He expressed no apologies or remorse for the victims of the war, and he promised the monks, “Our motherland will never be divided [again].” He told them that there were only two types of Sri Lankans, those who love the motherland and those who don’t. Because he conceives of the motherland as primarily Buddhist, his words carried too little magnanimity.
Apparently Russian authorities were warned in 1998 that the place was falling apart. It’s going to take two to four years to effect repairs, presuming the money can be found. Terrible quote:
Regional emergency official Dmitry Kudryavtsev told The Associated Press that nine workers remained missing after the latest bodies were found Saturday. "I am almost sure that the remaining missing will be found," he said
Authorities in West Africa have in the recent past fought running battles with cult members. On August 6, cult members shot and killed a policeman in Nigeria who was considered a threat to the cult’s activities in Adigbe area.
In the same country, 13 students were killed in clashes between cults calling themselves the Black Axe and the Black Eye, all said to be practising black magic. Some of their activities include killing, rape, extortion and theft.
Nigeria Police also clashed with the Boko Haram cult, killing 700 people and arresting hundreds of members of the group.
“We are investigating a cult which makes them [followers] take human blood periodically. It is a devil cult,” Binoga says of the Kampala cult.
“It is an open secret everyone is talking about it, they say if you don’t take blood, the wealth will go,” Binoga says.
According to James Ongom, an investigating officer, 40 children have lost their lives to ritual killings this year alone. Out of these cases, 15 have so far been investigated, but no one has been convicted.
And, tying bottom to top, Bruce Sterling’s fairly giddy and joyful talk to Layar about augmented reality and basically how not to get fucked up by what is coming next:
There is much to do and to see in the next several days, so broadcasts will be few and far between. I probably won’t be on Twitter that much either. I have an animation project, a screenplay, a treatment and a few books to puzzle out.
People have been sending me this all week. Now I have to post it just to stop people sending it to me. There is apparently a thing on the webs called Fandom Secrets. And this week the following image was found on it.
Thank you, Fandom Secrets person, for making me laugh, and for making all my friends retch.
WARREN ELLIS is a graphic novelist, author and columnist. His new novel, GUN MACHINE, available now from Mulholland Books, is being developed for television by Chernin Entertainment and FOX. His first non-fiction book, from FSG, is due in 2014. RED 2, the sequel to the Bruce Willis-Helen Mirren film RED based on his book of the same name, will be released in August 2013.