A Pair of Diversions and A Pair of Plugs

A little bit of light diversion for a Friday afternoon. There are two ongoing series online that I’ve really been enjoying:

  1. Lifehacker’s How I Work series. Lifehacker’s main site is down right now, courtesy of Sandy, but their update site is running on Tumblr. Every Wednesday, Lifehacker comes out with a featuer called How I Work, in which they do a kind of interview with someone about the apps and gadgets they use to get their jobs done. I look forward to this every Wednesday. The most recent, on Halloween, features Zach Anner, host of Riding Shotgun.
  2. Tor.com’s The Great Stephen King Reread. Over at Tor.com, Grady Hendrix is doing a “reread” of the first decade of Stephen King’s output. And his reread is a great read for everyone else. Hendrix goes in depth into the stories and novels, often with some stories behind the stories, and some valuable insights into the writer and the work itself.  There have been four installments so far, including the introduction, and I’ve had a blast reading them.

I also wanted to plug a couple of fundraisers going on in the SF/F world:

  1. Strange Horizons Annual Fund Drive. There is just about 2-1/2 days left in Strange Horizons annual fund drive. Strange Horizons is a pioneer SF/F magazine, having been available online longer than most. They publish great fiction, articles, and reviews. Check them out, if you haven’t seen them before, and consider making a donation.
  2. The 2013 John Picacio Calendar Kickstarter. Hugo Award-winning artist John Picacio is holding a Kickstarter to raise money for his gorgeous science fiction art calendar. It is definitely worth backing, if you enjoy quality artwork. (I am so looking forward to my signed copy of the calendar!)

That’s all I’ve got. Resume your regularly scheduled Friday afternoon.