The Twitter Report: The Secret Purpose of Twitter

I probably shouldn't have said this in public, but now that the cat's out of the bag, I might as well tell you all as well.It all started a few days ago with a question about what the median number of Twitter followers is among active accounts. It turns out to be surprisingly low - less than 100 - and people with just 1000 followers are in the 96th percentile. This prompted me to make the following observation:I'd always assumed you'd need to be pushing 5 digits to qualify for … [Read more...]

Announcing: Broken Ring

Last autumn, I published my first novel, DARK HEART, an epic fantasy in a world where mortals rebelled against the gods. Today I'm happy to announce that the sequel, BROKEN RING, is now out!If you liked the first book, I'm confident that this one is even better. Here's the synopsis:One month out of every year, the constellation of the Ring rises in the night sky above the world of Caliel.But one year out of every ten, the brightest star is missing, and the Ring becomes... the … [Read more...]

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Friday Night Music: The Temper Trap

Here's a little something for your Valentine's Day from the Temper Trap, a band that I just recently came across though they've been around for a while. This is from their 2009 debut, Conditions, which is another of the rare albums I can easily listen to all the way through. It's a minimalist video, but a damn good song:What music has been running through your head lately? … [Read more...]

Ragnarok Is Upon Us

Ragnarok

You'd think that a news story this big would be impossible to miss, but somehow I overlooked it until just now. I hope you'll forgive my tardiness, readers, because I have urgent information to impart: the Jorvik Viking Center has predicted that Ragnarok, the Norse apocalypse foretold in the ancient texts called the Eddas, is due to occur on February 22, 2014 - less than two weeks away!As you doubtless know, Ragnarok is the world-shattering war in which the gods will be slain in battle with … [Read more...]

SF/F Saturday: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

"Can a magician kill a man by magic?" Lord Wellington asked Strange.Strange frowned. He seemed to dislike the question. "I suppose a magician might," he admitted, "but a gentleman never would."Since I've just heard the welcome news that it will soon be a TV miniseries, this SF/F Saturday presents a good opportunity to write about one of my favorite modern novels.Published in 2004, Susanna Clarke's debut novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is an alternate-history fantasy set in … [Read more...]

Chain Bookstores Are Doomed

Books

In the week between Christmas and New Year's, I went book shopping to use some of the gift cards I got as presents. I went to a Barnes & Noble in Queens, one of the big ones with the built-in coffee shops and a huge display near the front of the store for their e-reader. It's not as good as supporting an independent bookstore, I realize, but there are fewer and fewer of those where I live, and I still think it's better than Amazon (whose labor practices I'm greatly concerned about).I had a … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Chvrches

Welcome, 2014! It's a new year, so let's ring it in with some new music from Chvrches, a synthpop trio from Scotland with a name that's hard to type.I came across this band late last year and downloaded their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, which I've had on heavy rotation ever since. I can listen to it all the way through - no duds or filler tracks - which is pretty rare, even for bands I like. (It doesn't hurt that their lead singer, Lauren Mayberry, has written a bracing … [Read more...]

SF/F Saturday: His Dark Materials

There's a lot of fantasy fiction that I enjoy in spite of its religious themes - C.S. Lewis' Narnia series, or Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. But sometimes I'm in the mood for fiction that takes an explicitly atheist and humanist point of view, which is why I've lately been rereading one of my favorite series, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.The first book in the series, The Golden Compass (published as Northern Lights outside the USA), is set on an alternate Earth that … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Shelley Segal

In my previous Friday Night Music posts, I've just been sharing artists I like, with no overarching theme. But this is Daylight Atheism, after all, and it's about time I featured an explicitly atheist musician!I'll be the first to say that I don't usually like what you might call "message music", but Shelley Segal is the exception. I heard her sing on Freethought Radio earlier this year, and I was instantly a devotee. I bought her 2011 record An Atheist Album right away, and I've been … [Read more...]


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