Links for 29th December 2008

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Notes on Charles Stross’ Glasshouse

    "I will reveal something you might not realize about Stross. His futurism is based off of D&D. No, seriously! His sci-fi seems to involve instant teleportation, frequent resurrection and instantly producing material technology. It's teleport circles, true resurrection and hero's feast on a broad scale – I feel his futurism is basically a really well thought out D&D game, hehe. My tongue is only half in my cheek, there."

    Tagged with: sfsciencefictionwritingstrossRPGcriticism

  2. Young Muslims Build a Subculture on an Underground Book

    "The novel is “The Catcher in the Rye” for young Muslims, said Carl W. Ernst, a professor of Islamic studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Springing from the imagination of Michael Muhammad Knight, it inspired disaffected young Muslims in the United States to form real Muslim punk bands and build their own subculture." Just as you were thinking punk was an utterly bankrupt social movement, a story like this comes along and gives it some meaning again.

    Tagged with: muslimpunksubculturereligionidentity

  3. Mastering Your WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area: Tips and Tricks

    New hacks, tweaks and code. Huzzah!

    Tagged with: wordpresswebdevdesigntutoriallist2.7

  4. No Furnaces but Heat Aplenty in Innovative ‘Passive Houses’

    "The concept of the passive house, pioneered in this city of 140,000 outside Frankfurt, approaches the challenge from a different angle. Using ultrathick insulation and complex doors and windows, the architect engineers a home encased in an airtight shell, so that barely any heat escapes and barely any cold seeps in. That means a passive house can be warmed not only by the sun, but also by the heat from appliances and even from occupants’ bodies. And in Germany, passive houses cost only about 5 to 7 percent more to build than conventional houses."

    Tagged with: housingenergyefficiencyheatingdomesticarchitecturedesign

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