This is What Happens Now

"This week, a prominent woman in games talked about Gamergate. She said she wished things weren't the way they are, that she was afraid and didn't want to be. The attack that followed said it plain as day: You should be afraid. This is what happens now. This is what happens when you speak up."

Felicia Day And Gamergate: This Is What Happens Now
Earlier this week, Felicia Day wrote a blog post. In it, the well-known actor eloquently expressed something that a great number of people in the video game scene have been feeling lately: She said she was afraid.

Excellent, EXCELLENT short science fiction film

As they say, a must-see.

Originally shared by +Friends of NASA

Ambition: The Film [A Must See!]
Ambition is a collaboration between Platige Image and the European Space Agency (ESA). Directed by Tomek Bagiński and starring Aiden Gillen and Aisling Franciosi, Ambition was shot on location in Iceland, and screened on October 24, 2014 during the British Film Institute’s celebration of "Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder", at the Southbank, London.
Excellent work ESA and Platige Image!

Rosetta: The ambition to turn science fiction into science fact:
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Rosetta_the_ambition_to_turn_science_fiction_into_science_fact

Credit & Copyright: ESA/Platige Image
Duration: 6 minutes, 39 seconds
Release Date: 24/10/2014

+European Space Agency, ESA

The Future of the Book

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"In which standards are always in steep decline, and things keep getting better."

I don't worry about the future of stories any more than I worry about the future of travel; people need stories the same way people need to go from Point A to Point B.

See, when it comes to travel, getting to point A to point B is usually the entire point, and if people argued non-stop that switching from horses to cars (or cars to trains, or trains to airplanes) was going to 'destroy travel', they'd been (rightly) seen as idiots.

Yes, switching to a car from a horse profoundly changes the "travel experience." Yes, I know it's just not the same for you without that 'horse smell'. Got it.

But you still got to Point B just fine?

And Point B is where you wanted to go? Yes?

Then shut up.

That's how the ebook versus paper debate strikes me: people debating the vehicle, when it's the thing inside that actually matters.

via +Mark Brueschke

The future of the book

This is Why Zombie Outbreak Scenarios Work

You know, if I was going to write/run a zombie outbreak story (I'm not, but bear with me) and near the beginning of the story, I said "…and then one of the members of the news crew that 'US Patient Zero' was on decides to break quarantine to pick up some food at the local Peachy Keens Buffet," people's fairly legitimate response would be "OH COME ON."

Except this is, as we see, entirely plausible.

Because people are fucking stupid.

You can't count on much, but you can always count on that.

+Mark Brueschke

NBC’s Medical Correspondent Is Quarantined for Ebola, Goes Out Anyway
NBC Chief Medical Correspondent Nancy Snyderman, apparently not a fan of Ebola quarantines, is now under police surveillance after she was spotted out in public in New Jersey last week.