- Loving the Anousheh Ansari space blog.
- Ben Rosenbaum stirs the machine consciousness pot.
- Sanitize everything in your hotel room. Or, the other reason you always get sick when you come home from a trip.
- Clarkesworld Magazine debuts with stories by Sarah Monette and Lavie Tidhar, both amazing writers.
- Maureen Johnson on the prom, continuing her series of posts on school daze hijinx.
- Marta Randall, the writer who has expressed irritation at being referred to as "Robert Silverberg’s girlfriend" in Julie Phillips’ Tiptree bio, has a very entertaining Web site. Especially check out The Gallery of Hideous Covers, in which she offers direct critiques of some of her novel covers.
- Scalzi was undeniably on a streak last week, but wanted to nod my head in agreement to his post on blogging and popularity:
I also think that personal bloggers probably shouldn’t try to crack the Top 100. Personal blogs may have inherently fewer links and possibly fewer readers (which is not the same, incidentally, as I know for a fact that I more readers than some blogs on the Technorati Top 100), but this doesn’t make those blogs any less interesting. Speaking as a reader, I prefer reading blogs where a person goes all over the board on subjects, because as it turns out I read for the voice of blogger, not the topic.
I would be very sad to see the diversity of personal blogs thin out because people thought they weren’t popular enough. The world really does have enough purely political blogs and tech blogs; there are never enough blogs that see the world from a personal point of view.
- To whet your appetite for the new Veronica Mars season: the transcript of a Rob Thomas and Tina Majorino (Mac) teleconference with bloggers. I’ve been avoiding TWoP and have seen nothing but the largest, most mainstream of spoilers. We’ll see how long that lasts.
- Winda Benedetti (what a great name) asks whether being obsessed with dead people is weird and goes to see one of those shellacked human form exhibits.
- Graham Sleight with some Geoff Ryman minutia. I am all about Ryman minutia.