There's really something rather ... odd about being out of the comm loop for even five days. "Soothing" isn't quite right, but -- something like it. Hmm.
Anyway, thanks to all for the continued comments and letters -- my apologies for not getting back to you with my usual alacrity, but I assure you I'll be trowelling through the comments and gmail updates all throughout the weekend. And I think if I give the "Syllabus of sci-fi" post the full week, I'll never be able to wade through it. I'll post the results after the long weekend.
Welcome, all you WIRED folk, hope you enjoyed the GF Updates and Index-fu. I thought the article was rather well-balanced. We'll see how things progress. Also, welcome TELEVISION WITHOUT PITY humans, my usual stomping grounds for a.) LOST spoilers and b.) keeping up with CSI without actually having to watch it. The recaps are infinitely more entertaining than the show itself.
Yes, I am aware of the first print article. Thanks for the heads-up.
Once I'm caught up with work, there will be another post or two next week about the writing life, answering your fevered little questions, and the beginning of an essay-maybe-eventually-a-book on a subject I've roughed out here far, far earlier -- the idea of 4th Generation Media. I was feverishly annotating my copy of The Sling and the Stone on the flight home, and I think I've finally crystallized my ideas enough to contribute in some concrete manner.
And one final thing -- it was a real pleasure to be back in Canada for the day they legalized gay marriage, but now, to see Spain do the same ...
I'm sorry, let me repeat that for emphasis: the home of the Inquisition is cool with gay marriage.
As we say here at Kung Fu Monkey: "Everybody who wants to live in the 21st Century over here. Everybody who wants to live in the 1800's over there. Good, thanks. Good luck with that."