Until a couple of days ago I regarded myself as having no tolerance for discordant-jazz-like pieces of music; until today, I regarded myself as largely disinterested in graphic novels and science fiction, but this blog entry purportedly from April Fools' Day, 2054 is both beautiful and brilliant. (Caution: 3.5 MB, forty thousand pixels wide, needs Flash, heavily themed about sexuality.) I have a suspicion that it's not new, but I'm glad that I found out about it. More, please - recommendations very welome.
Simon also mentions that BBC Radio 4 are broadcasting the His Dark Materials trilogy (more respectable than Harry Potter and touches on more essential issues, though less fun) on January 4, 11 and 18. Unfortunately the final reading clashes with cassieclairecon in Oxford (and day two of the MIT Mystery Hunt) which is inconvenient, though I suppose we could all go and meet up in one of the significant places in Oxford to go and listen to it. I would link to the BBC article except that it contains a chunking rotten spoiler.
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Aaron Swartz, one of those envy-inspiringly talented young people who have found their age no barrier to doing things which put the achievements of their elders to shame, writes in his weblog that his family have borrowed a real live Segway and are all squabbling over using it. (Before and after. If it's a spoof, it's a good one.) Segway might just be the real thing after all. Feel my lusty inanimate object envy.