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Tag: weird


Phillips says it can build a video display that would consist of a piece of fabric covered with fur: Here’s how it works: imagine the fabric is red and the hair is blue. With the hairs lying flat obscuring the fabric beneath, the pixel looks blue. But applying an electrostatic charge causes the hairs to …

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Dickens World: A Charles Dickens Theme Park!

No, really! (Via SFBC.)

You say OVNI, I say UFO

France has unveiled a new web site that ought to be fun to poke around in: France became the first country to open its files on UFOs Thursday when the national space agency unveiled a website documenting more than 1,600 sightings spanning five decades. The online archives, which will be updated as new cases are …

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And the nominees for oddest book title of the year are:

How Green Were the Nazis? Proceedings of the 18th International Seaweed Symposium The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification Tattooed Mountain Woman and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan Di Mascio’s Delicious Ice Cream: Di Mascio of Coventry, an Ice Cream Company of Repute, with an Interesting and Varied Fleet of …

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Cosmic coincidence

The main location for the action in my new SF novel, set on a mostly ocean-covered world circling a distant star, is a town called Hansen’s Harbor, named after Dr. Victor Hansen, who led his genetically modified merpeople to safety. Today I discovered someone had found my blog while searching for Hansen’s Harbor. Turns out …

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Odd search terms and how they found me

Usually I post a list of the top search terms bringing people to This week I thought I’d post some of the strangest search terms bringing people to You sometimes have to wonder what the searchers were really looking for. I’ve left the original search linked to the term. “most famous cows” – …

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This is a favour to Neil Gaiman…

…whom I’ve never met, although I was there when he won his Hugo Award at the World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose with the most direct and to-the-point Hugo Acceptance speech in history (“F**k, I won a Hugo!”): Penn Jillette.


…or lit-up Coke bottles on a kite? Whatever, people are reporting mysterious lights in the skies over Arkansas. (For the record, I went to university in Arkansas…but, alas, never saw any mysterious lights. And I’m the sort of guy who’d really love to see something like that. People like me never see these things.)

Your pocket change isn’t spying on you after all

Turns out that report about tiny transmitters in Canadian coins wasn’t true. Guess I can take the tinfoil out of my pockets now and put it back on my head where it belongs.


Had I known of this personal submarine before I wrote my new novel set on a water planet, I might have used something like it in the story. Then again, now that I’ve gotten a good look at it…maybe not. (Via Gizmodo.)

Sometimes when they say "It’ll never work," they’re wrong…

…but sometimes, they’re right. Behold The Museum of Unworkable Devices.

Yes, it’s a silly way to spend $15,000…

…but if you don’t think this Star Trek-themed home theatre is cool, you have no poetry in your soul. Uh-oh, did I just let my inner geek out in public again? Darn.

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