I did not see the new Behind the Music: Lil'Wayne this week. I'm deeply concerned because, as we all know, VH-1 only shows things once and then they're gone forever.
Scribblenauts comes out for the DS on Tuesday. You write words to complete levels! If a level is a cat is in a tree, you can write "chainsaw" and you get a chainsaw to chop down the tree. Or you could write "catnip" and lure the cat out of the tree. The game has a vocabulary of words that's in the tens of thousands. Watch God (on a skateboard) fight Cthulhu in Scribblenauts here.
A very in depth look at Google Street View.
I'm writing longer work lately. Like, 2.5 to 5k. Last week was all 70s, and I've never done historical fiction before. I cannot get the soundtrack out of my head.
Matt's right. Everyday Genius is having a great month…or five weeks..or six.
Justin and Laura make me wish I was 19 years old in 2009.
I'm out of Pepsi. This is bad.
As if I wasn't going to link this: Life size LEGO house. Also: LEGO Dune.
The bait and switch of contemporary Christianity.
Ravi needs to start this mag.
I am way, way too introverted.
Guy sneaks Xbox into NYPL, only busted after making a lot of noise while playing.
Confessions of a TA, Director's Cut.
I think I'm introverted because I'm afraid of boring the hell out of people.
I like this prompt very much.
I like this one, too.
I read Dan Chaon's Await Your Reply. Holy hell, what a good novel. My local independent bookstore had it. My local Borders did not. Seeing how much the selection has tanked at that Borders over the last year has been a sort of national barometer. Also: Borders is next door to a Circuit City grayfield. So there you go.
Finally, a review of Castle that references Lost.
Don't screw with Sean Lovelace and/or flash fiction: Part 1 and Part 2. (Bonus: Ed's dramatic rendition.) I want Sean's book but I already spent my meager allowance this week on Artifice.
Revisiting Star Wars, now that the series is complete.
I like reading about writer residencies because I don't get to do many. Sierra Nelson recaps Centrum.
A pen that is permanently damaged if you don't use it for 3 weeks.
Well-known writers who do not Twitter.
I'm sure you can do this with any band, but I'm glad someone did it to Nickelback.
I'm playing the open beta of Aion. I have a mage and a gladiator. I made the gladiator so that you really cannot tell if it's male or female — petite and makeupped, but a strong neck and totally boobless. I named it Ambiguous. When the game starts officially and I have to make permanent characters, I will probably make Ambiguous again, but I might make her/him a cleric instead.
I've never heard this attributed to Vonnegut before.
Two alternate endings for Twilight.
My fourth grade student came home from school today and they'd talked about 9/11. She wanted to see the news footage that we'd watched when she'd just turned 1, so we watched some of it. I had to explain a few things to her. I remember thinking in 2001 that eventually she and I would end up talking about it.
Critiques are valuable, and not the way you think they're valuable.
I need to find a job for many reasons (see above re: being unable to afford more than one item of literature at a time), but another one is so I can commute again and listen to podcasts. Like Mixtape, the forthcoming one from Barrelhouse.