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Carol

Carol Borden was editor of and a writer for the Toronto International Film Festival’s official Midnight Madness and Vanguard program blogs. She is currently an editor at and evil overlord for The Cultural Gutter, a website dedicated to thoughtful writing about disreputable art. She has written for Mezzanotte, Teleport City, Die Danger Die Die Kill, Popshifter and she has a bunch of short stories published by Fox Spirit Books including: Godzilla detective fiction, femme fatale mermaids, an adventurous translator/poet, and an x-ray tech having a bad day. Read and listen to her other shenanigans at Monstrous Industry. For her particular take on gutter culture, check out, “In the Sewer with the Alligators.”

Scott Adams is a Hydra

This interview with Scott Adams, the text adventure pioneer, has him talking about how he uses several keyboards to set up a Hydra in the multiplayer online world of Everquest II. It’s refreshing to hear oldschool game makers talk about their current game obsessions rather than moan about […]

SciFi and Nonexistent

A surprisingly lucid and yet still impossibly nerdy look at The Top Ten Sci-FI Films That Never Existed: “There was a movie that perfectly captured the Douglas Adams experience, the combination of bitter sarcasm and sharp imagination, the droll British wit and whale-exploding slapstick that infused his novels. […]

Conglomerate News

Book-publishing mega-corps getting on your nerves? They’re changing. Some are selling to European companies: “Publishing, alas for all the authors among us, is a small business in the scheme of things.” And the number-crunching for 2005 says that kid’s books and YA are still the hot thing.

Games, Games, Games

Clive Thompson writes up 6 indie games, all free (my fav: RSVP), saying “If you really want to see innovation, there’s only one place to go: Off the grid.” Peter Butler lists the 10 best free games at Download.com (my pick is Mono). Also making the rounds: the […]

Google Robots FAQ

“Google Robots are our human-like machines that walk the earth to record information. They do no harm, and they do not invade your privacy.” This satiric FAQ from 2030 nails the GoogleTone: reassuring, occasionally witty, and not above the occasional exclamation mark.