Steampunk from Alchemy to Zeppelins

My reading of Larry Niven’s “Fallen Angels” introduced me to the world of Fandom and Filk Music. eFanzines is a website that hosts many fanzines. I subscribed to the eFanzines stream with twitter and one of the first items I ran into was “One Swell Loop” One Swell Foop is the personalzine of Garth Spencer. […]

  • The Aesthetics and Beauty of Knowledge

    Shih was the opposite of facts and raw information; shih was the elegance of knowledge, the insight and skill to organize knowledge into meaningful patterns. As an artist chooses colours or light to make her pictures, a master of shih chooses textures of knowledge – various ideas, myths, abstractions, and theories – to create a way of seeing the world. The aesthetics and beauty of knowledge – this was shih.

    – David Zindell, The Broken God, 1993

  • Geek Attitude

    The attitude thing is about flexibility, portability, creativity, sociability and jamming (ran out of suitable “ity” words!). It’s about improvising – in the practical and musical senses of the word; not getting tangled in boundaries and the “right” way to do things.
    Definitely the only way to travel.
    Martin Delaney – “Laptop Music”.