The personal blog of Jay Garmon: professional geek, Web entrepreneur, and occasional science fiction writer.
Friday, December 27, 2013
Looking back on 2013 in science fiction and fantasy
Fortunately, an actual best-selling genre author (Gail Carriger) and an actual seasoned podcast authority (Jeff Patterson) were on hand to make sure Patrick Hester wasn't trapped with just me on the line to make himself look bad. Gail is worth the price of admission alone, and Jeff is...well...he's spent several decades working the dark underbelly of television. It's done things to his mind...unnatural things...but it makes for good podcasting.
Give a listen.
Per usual, the unending tale of my podcast buffoonery is available here.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Twisdom from ZachWeiner, December 19, 2013 at 08:58AM
@scalzi @warrenellis I think the more general case is "One creator one page" is dead. People will consume you how they like.
— Zach Wintersmith (@ZachWeiner) December 19, 2013
via Twitter https://twitter.com/ZachWeiner
December 19, 2013 at 08:58AM
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Twisdom from 4n6woman, December 04, 2013 at 02:02PM
Q: What is the most used language in programming?
— stace (@4n6woman) December 4, 2013
via Twitter https://twitter.com/4n6woman
December 04, 2013 at 02:02PM
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Wait, so HOW long has Nintendo been making game consoles?
Fortunately the balance of the show was spent discussing more substantive matters, like why -- exactly -- Snapchat thought Facebook's $3 BILLION buyout offer was too chintzy to accept. The parts where I'm not talking are certainly worthwhile, so give a listen.
If you've not suffered enough, the unabridged history of my podcasted buffoonery is listed here.
- Nintendo Thinks This Infographic Will Convince You To Buy A Wii U
- Why Those Million-Console Debuts Don't Assure Success
- Opinion: Mario & Zelda are all The Next-Gen I Need, for Now...
- Innovation or Self Obsoletion? Is Nintendo Too Early to the 8th Gen Console Battle?
- From the PS4 vs Xbox One back to Nintendo vs Sega: Great console battles throughout the decades
Friday, November 22, 2013
Several smart people (also, me) discuss the value of sci-fi/fantasy novel series as opposed to standalone stories
Everywhere you go in genre, series seem to predominate over single novels. How do you read a series differently as compared to singletons? Have you ever given up on a series, or returned to one after a long absence?The lineup of respondents include:, Sally ‘Qwill’ Janin, Lisa Paitz Spindler, Peggy Hailey, Fábio Fernandes, Brent Bowen, Zachary Jernigan, Steven H Silver, Alex Ristea, Stefan Raets, Rob Bedford and, well, me.
The responses are rather intriguing (excepting my own, of course). Worth your time to peruse the spectra of insights.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
The least technical discussion of the SR-71 you've ever heard
If you're an airspeed nerd and/or just hate your cable provider, give a listen.
As usual, my unabridged history of podcast misdeed is available here.
- Successor to record-setting SR-71 Blackbird spy plane revealed, capable of Mach 6 speeds
- Introducing the New Netflix Experience on Roku [VIDEO]
- Roku will start streaming ESPN and Disney Channel content later this month
- 3 Reasons To Keep Your Eyes On Chromecast
- HBO Go prematurely appears on Chromecast support page
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Twisdom from ChuckWendig, November 06, 2013 at 10:46AM
@jchutchins Facebook is like tofu or white rice. It has become a conveyance for other foods, taking on the flavor of other websites.
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) November 6, 2013
via Twitter https://twitter.com/ChuckWendig
November 06, 2013 at 10:46AM
Friday, November 01, 2013
Twisdom from NathanFillion, October 31, 2013 at 11:45PM
Me: Adam! I love your Halloween costume!
@AdamBaldwin: It's Halloween? http://t.co/p2eCuC2y0s
— Nathan Fillion (@NathanFillion) November 1, 2013
via Twitter https://twitter.com/NathanFillion
October 31, 2013 at 11:45PM
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Twisdom from wonderella, October 31, 2013 at 03:04PM
The tenth rule of fight club is don't read the comments.
— Wonderella (@wonderella) October 31, 2013
via Twitter https://twitter.com/wonderella
October 31, 2013 at 03:04PM
Monday, October 28, 2013
"Experts" pick the sci-fi books you gotta read by year's end
If you're building a Christmas list for the sci-fi-o-phile in your life, or just like hearing geek-banter normally reserved for side-chats at the D&D game table, you could spend worse hours than to hear the SF Signal Recommendations for 2013's Remaining Sci-Fi Must-Reads. My segments are imminently mutable.
As always, my tally of past SF Signal podcast audio-crimes is available here.
Twisdom from maureenjohnson, October 28, 2013 at 12:39PM
The thing that makes writing books take so long is that they make you finish them.
— maureenjohnson (@maureenjohnson) October 28, 2013
via Twitter https://twitter.com/maureenjohnson
October 28, 2013 at 12:39PM
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Twisdom from MarcusRomer, October 23, 2013 at 03:18PM
The Creative Process
1. This is awesome
2. This is tricky
3. This is shit
4. I am shit
5. This might be ok
6. This is awesome
— Marcus Romer (@MarcusRomer) October 23, 2013
via Twitter https://twitter.com/MarcusRomer
October 23, 2013 at 03:18PM
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Twisdom from JustinKownacki, October 23, 2013 at 10:03AM
"I wish I had more followers I could market myself to," he sighs, confusing human contact with lead generation.
— Justin Kownacki (@JustinKownacki) October 23, 2013
via Twitter https://twitter.com/JustinKownacki
October 23, 2013 at 10:03AM
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The (nearly) unimaginable future of the American tax code
And it will end, at some point in my lifetime, with the demise of the income tax and the rise of the federally guaranteed basic income. Put another way, the federal government will stop taxing your personal income and will instead underwrite it, for everyone.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Twisdom from MykeCole, October 16, 2013 at 03:15PM
Let me put it a different way: Make every month NaNoWriMo.
— Myke Cole (@MykeCole) October 16, 2013
via Twitter https://twitter.com/MykeCole
October 16, 2013 at 03:15PM
Twisdom from timpratt, October 16, 2013 at 11:37AM
Sticks & stones may break my bones but words will worm their way deep into my subconscious where they will intermittently haunt me for years
— Tim Pratt (@timpratt) October 16, 2013
via Twitter https://twitter.com/timpratt
October 16, 2013 at 11:37AM
Monday, October 07, 2013
Twisdom from damiengwalter, October 05, 2013 at 06:15AM
When I die, the devil is going to show me a pile of all the books I could have written, and a folder of all the tweets I sent instead.
— Damien Walter (@damiengwalter) October 5, 2013
via Twitter https://twitter.com/damiengwalter
October 05, 2013 at 06:15AM
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
The TechTalk episode where I reveal the OG version of Einstein's famous equation
The rest of the show is dedicated to snarky but cogent discussion of deception and identity on Facebook, which is a much better use of your time. Before I leave, I toss a "Google vs. Sci-Fi" grenade over my shoulder. Give a listen; just fast-forward when you hear my voice.
As always, my complete litany of podcast transgressions is available here.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Twisdom for September 30, 2013 at 10:15AM from DRUNKHULK
GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN! BIG DEAL! IT BEEN IN SLEEP MODE FOR YEARS NOW ANYWAY!
— DRUNK HULK (@DRUNKHULK) September 30, 2013
via Twitter https://twitter.com/DRUNKHULK
September 30, 2013 at 10:15AM
Friday, September 27, 2013
Twisdom for September 27, 2013 at 03:36PM from pattonoswalt
Pretty soon Starbucks will stop being coy and offer to just shove a pumpkin & a fistful of nutmeg in your ass for $20.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 27, 2013
via Twitter https://twitter.com/pattonoswalt
September 27, 2013 at 03:36PM
Twisdom for September 27, 2013 at 03:19PM from MaryRobinette
The clerk at @RadioShack had no idea what a rotary dial phone was. When I said it was an antique phone, she said, "like 1st gen iPhone?"
— Mary Robinette Kowal (@MaryRobinette) September 27, 2013
via Twitter https://twitter.com/MaryRobinette
September 27, 2013 at 03:19PM
Twisdom for July 29, 2013 at 02:32PM from techemployee
like steve jobs, i don't ask what a user wants. i ask what a 20-something yuppie would casually throw money away for
— Entitled Tech Worker (@techemployee) July 29, 2013
via Twitter https://twitter.com/techemployee
July 29, 2013 at 02:32PM
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Twisdom for September 26, 2013 at 08:37AM from weatherchannel
Oops...you misspelled "baller." RT @larissat18: I'm sitting here drinking coffee and watching the weather channel...I feel like a granny.
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) September 26, 2013
via Twitter https://twitter.com/weatherchannel
September 26, 2013 at 08:37AM
The TechTalk show where I blather briefly about mobile devices
If you're curious about age-based accessibility for mobile phones, this is actually a very fine episode to give listen -- so long as you mute the parts where I'm talking. You know, the usual.
As always, my complete archive of podcasted misdeeds is available here
Monday, September 16, 2013
The TechTalk episode where I talk about the secret history of Steve Ballmer
Mercifully, we spent much more of the episode discussing Oyster and its "Netflix for ebooks" pitch, as well as the future of the prose-for-pay industry. The parts when I'm not talking are definitely worth a listen.
As always, my complete archive of podcasted misdeeds is available here.