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Jordan Crane is a ridiculously amazing illustrator. He’s recently released a book of postcards called “Uptight All Night” and it is remarkable. Totally. The angst, wonder and complexity of his drawings are super.
It’s only USD10 for 30 little pieces of diamond. I’ve just bought a copy and your friends and empty walls will thank you later.
Ray did a comic strip called “Hall of Best Knowledge” which was obsessive and silly and award winning. He certainly knows his way around a a brush and ink. He’s got some new work up after he retired his “HoBK” called “Drama Club” which is also excellent. In fact, he has used… a colour or two in his new stuff! He’s also just signed a deal with Fantagraphics and sounds like a fun guy. For a few hours of entertainment you can’t go wrong. (Does this man sleep?)
NewScientistTech reports that South Korea took a page from Isaac Assimov’s famous I, Robot series and began work on a Robot Ethics Charter. The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy claims a five member task force, which includes a science-fiction writer, have been pondering this since November of 2006.
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen anything to worry about from the robot camp. But the robot researchers are creeping me out a bit with comments like these:
“Imagine if some people treat androids as if the machines were their wives,” Park Hye-Young of the ministry’s code of ethics team says. “Others may get addicted to interacting with them just as many internet users get hooked on the cyberworld.”
Uh… what are these rules for again?
Run, don’t walk, to iTunes Canada and download this amazing and FREE audio book by American humourist John Hodgman. The Areas of My Expertise can only be described as fake trivia. You might know Hodgman from The Daily Show, McSweenys, the New York Times Magazine, This American Life, or CBC’s Wiretap. But chances are far greater that you know him simply as ‘PC’ from the ‘Get a Mac’ Advertisements by Apple. Predictably, John ‘PC’ Hodgman uses a Mac.