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Here's a good peek at fandoms, though regrettably brief, courtesy of NPR, based on the author's book, "Who Are You People?" (Congrats to Sunshine Skunk for her appearance on the cover!) You can listen to the eight minute segment as streaming RealAudio or WMA, or a downloadable AAC file here.

"But truth be known, I admired the rock collector. She had something I didn't - passion. A passion so deep she was never at a loss for what to do with her weekends. A passion so consuming, she just had to share it with others. A passion so meaningful and enriching she burned to excite in others her love of droolers, quartz and feldspar.

Me, all I had were three pieces of chipped pottery and some memories of running topless in the woods with a crystal around my neck."

It's well worth listening to, as she's genuinely inquisitive about people's passions; and early on, we get a glimpse into another fandom's supportiveness in a time of need. This isn't shock journalism.

stego_s_aurus pointed out this very strange site with a sort of mascot theme. Requires Flash and any spare psychoactives.

A Beginner's Guide To Faking Your Death On The Internet.

Want free stuff, at the expense of a major gay-bashing organisation? Look here for a healthy source of pocket money. ^_^ (Amongst other items offered is The Chronicles of Narnia on DVD)

Interesting summary of US intelligence claims regarding Iranian weaponry, from the Cato Institute.

drhoz noticed this review of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design, over at The Panda's Thumb.

Here's a well-constructed montage of all the Doctor Who themes and titles, each performing a seamless segue into the next.

Oh, jolly well done, that chap. James Hawes and Steven Moffat just won a Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) for The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. [Edit: apparently followed in second and third places in the voting by Dalek and Father's Day!]

Odd.. any icon I choose is getting forced to 100x100. Anyone else finding this?

Eat them up, yum!
I played The 7th Guest once but not the sequel, I don't believe. *huggle* I wanted to be a games programmer when I left school in 1991 and would spend hours designing games but the careers officer said "That's not a job, it's a hobby". I would have been a rich squirrel now maybe if I'd ignored her. *sighes too* Yes, I could have learned how to program since then but then my life went off in other (chaotic) directions. I was appointed vice-president of a start-up US games studio called Black Wulf earlier this year but me and the Pres had a parting of the ways because he would never respond to any of the ideas and prototype level designs I sent him. I was supposed to just be a good business squizzer, sell his games for him and keep my nose out of the design process. Before we parted I got hold of a software development kit for the cross-platform Torque games engine that once powered Tribes 2 ( http://www.garagegames.com ) but aside from practising 3d landscape construction I haven't really used it much since.

I'm going to the manga bookstore tomorrow before my admin job interview so maybe I'll take a risk on trying a CLAMP book. even if the art is a bit sorry. Thanks dear!