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Jul 3

Just yesterday, I was thinking, “They should really do another Humble eBook Bundle”, and now we got this, finally. More DRM-free books while supporting the EFF. Even though I already own some of the books, this is a bundle I don’t want to miss. I mean, Wil Wheaton!

This has to be one of the coolest genre crossovers in a long time: Far West is a wuxia-western setting. There is fiction. There is music. And there will be a tabletop roleplaying game. What I really want now is a TV series, though.

Source: http://intothefarwest.com/

This has to be one of the coolest genre crossovers in a long time: Far West is a wuxia-western setting. There is fiction. There is music. And there will be a tabletop roleplaying game. What I really want now is a TV series, though.

Source: http://intothefarwest.com/

Amazon’s AutoRip-feature hit Germany today. If you are a German Amazon user and you log into your account you might find a nice surprise: each CD you bought since 1999 which is on the AutoRip catalogue has been added as MP3-rip to your account. In the US AutoRip is already live since January. 
The most interesting dynamic I see in this is that I am not a big CD buyer, so nearly all CDs I bought on Amazon were gifts for friends and family members. So I now own MP3s of CDs which stand in the shelves of other people.

Amazon’s AutoRip-feature hit Germany today. If you are a German Amazon user and you log into your account you might find a nice surprise: each CD you bought since 1999 which is on the AutoRip catalogue has been added as MP3-rip to your account. In the US AutoRip is already live since January.

The most interesting dynamic I see in this is that I am not a big CD buyer, so nearly all CDs I bought on Amazon were gifts for friends and family members. So I now own MP3s of CDs which stand in the shelves of other people.

And more Dear Reader goodness. This video clip of the song “Down Under, Mining” is a piece of stunning simplicity and was created by artist Barbara Steinitz, who produced and puppeteered all the paper cutouts appearing in the video. A perfect visualisation of the similarly minimalistic music and the subject of the song.

Dear Reader - Victory

So I discovered this band (or rather solo project by singer/songwriter Cherilyn MacNeil) a couple of weeks ago, and I guess it was love at first listen. Even now, I have difficulties listening to anything else.

Rooted in Johannesburg, MacNeil now resides in Berlin. Her music is pretty hard to describe and rather distinct. It’s sort of alternative and minimalistic, and it has some slight African folk vibes to it.

This is the trailer to the new album “Rivonia”, the songs on which are all inspired by South African history.

ristul:

sigur rós - brennisteinn

Jun 9

Rest in peace, Iain Banks

This morning, Iain M. Banks passed away, far too young. :( He was one of my favourite SF authors – his Culture novels are modern classics. Rest in peace, Mr. Banks!

Iain M. Banks

Jun 9

TARDIS in space!

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who, some people thought it would be a great idea to put a TARDIS into orbit. Apparently, the TARDIS has already been built, and the Kickstarter project for funding the launch has already received the required 33K dollars.

Jun 4

Book Review: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

I don’t usually read serial killer fiction. Neither do I read time-travelling fiction. The only reason I wanted to read this was, I admit it, the author, whose previous books I enjoyed a lot.

Interestingly, the story of a time-travelling serial killer worked incredibly well for me. Oh the possibilities! If you are a serial killer, you really want to be able to travel in time!

Kirby, is the girl who would not die, and a really cool main character that I could easily identify and sympathize with. A lot of the novel is narrated from Harper’s perspective, though, the serial killer, and I liked this change of perspective a lot. On top of that there is the interesting setting of Chicago from the 1930 to the 1990 with all the fascinating details that are the result of a very thorough research.

There is also a deal for a TV series adaptation of “The Shining Girls”, which has been announced some days ago. I am sure that after reading this book you will agree that it is excellent TV series material!

Hannibal S01 E03, “Portage”, running commentary

When I finished my lengthy post about why I thought “Hannibal” was awesome, I thought new episodes came out Tuesdays. Got it mixed up, they are releases Thursdays! So here’s my first review. Unfortunately it is about the first episode that did not quite so thrill me as the other two did and left me quite confused.

Spoilers follow, so here is a cut

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