This Week In Miscellanea: “Going Cyanobacterial”

1. How long has it been since the last “Miscellanea” post? Ages, but like a long dormant virus, Miscellanea keeps coming back. Want to know how? Play Phage Wars 2. Imagine you’re a biochemist, recently hired by the Betz Biosystems metanational. Your objective? The creation of the most lethal virus imaginable. While soothing and vaguely eerie background music plays, test your virus against those created by the geniuses who came before you. Discover new proteins by analyzing your creation’s performance, and carefully re-sequence those genes into your virus to meet the threats presented by advanced testing environments. Can you make a virus strong enough to thrive in a living system?

2. William Gibson, one of my absolutely favorite writers, has concluded the Bigend Trilogy with the recently released Zero History. Check out Gibson’s site for review blurbs, a synopsis, and a quick video that includes the author reading from his work. Now you all know what to buy Rusty for his birthday.

3. Soundgarden are getting back together. I’m not sure how much I care, but having a new video directed by Brendon Small doesn’t hurt.

4. updated: this animated movie is really awesome.

Details On Your OpSat

Fluffy Gets Tactical

quote: “Drivers or pilots could see a vehicle’s speed
projected onto the windshield. Video-game companies
could use the contact lenses to completely immerse
players in a virtual world without restricting their
range of motion. And for communications, people on the
go could surf the Internet on a midair virtual display
screen that only they would be able to see.”

For those of us still still phrasing questions in the Future Tense, this is very ineteresting.

Update – quote: “let’s face it: once people can get online without even having to get out of bed, they’ll NEVER log off.”

Is Tanith on the money? That’s up to you to decide, but William Gibson agrees.