August 30th, 2010 | daybook
The rain’s finally died off enough for me to be able to sit in my own back garden with the netbook on the garden furniture I purchased about four weeks ago. The rain started a day later. Ha ha.
National holiday here today. Lili’s off having her annual photos taken by our photographer friend Paula, who’s been shooting her once a year since she was born. I’ve got a WIRED UK column to file by the 3rd, and a large and pressing job to get on an editor’s desk before then that’ll determine much of what I’m doing between now and New Year’s Day.
And I’d really like to be developing a new comics project or two, as well.
So, of course, I’m writing a blog entry.
August 29th, 2010 | brainjuice
This week’s art challenge at Whitechapel was envisioning a new cover and style for WEIRD TALES. Which is a bit cheeky, as WEIRD TALES’ outgoing editor Stephen Segal hangs out there.
But this week’s entries were a bit good. Here’s Raid’s, go and see the rest.
(Also worth noting that Paul Sizer, a Whitechapel regular, was hired to illustrate a story for WEIRD TALES on the strength of his entries in previous versions of the remake/remodel artist challenges at Whitechapel.)
August 28th, 2010 | researchmaterial
Notes on the back of a 400-year-old letter have revealed a previously unknown language once spoken by indigenous peoples of northern Peru, an archaeologist says.
Penned by an unknown Spanish author and lost for four centuries, the battered piece of paper was pulled from the ruins of an ancient Spanish colonial church in 2008.
But a team of scientists and linguists has only recently revealed the importance of the words written on the flip side of the letter.
The early 17th-century author had translated Spanish numbers-uno, dos, tres-and Arabic numerals into a mysterious language never seen by modern scholars…