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As your newest contributor, my status is still probationary.  I don’t have a prayer of drawing an action comic, but at least I can contribute a few news items and hope not to fall too far behind in the Dan races.

Here’s one you may have seen: China to produce Iron Man 3 and Avatar sequels ad infinitum.  You can probably already tell that the films you enjoy are being tweaked to suit Chinese tastes.  Now they’ll be subject to Chinese official censorship as well.  I suppose that means no more hive-mind invader stories or stifling political dystoipias.

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"Nǐhǎo. Have you seen my breechclout?"

Another story from The Economist: Asteroid mining.  The idea is not, as I first thought, to find a copper-gold asteroid, send it hurtling to Earth and hope for the best, but to drag one into near orbit and bring down pieces at leisure.  In the book version of 2010: Odyssey Two, Jupiter is turned into a small star by super-aliens.  The explosion ejects an Earth-sized diamond core, and the economies of several African republics collapse along with the market price for diamonds.  Glenn Beck listeners, you’ve been warned.

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Bam! There goes my retirement portfolio.

This was news to me: the guy who made Braid (a video game) appears to be collaborating on a 4d platformer.

It was when ten Bosch [sic] began explaining his current game project to me that Blow seemed most in his element. Actually, I should amend that to attempting to explain, because in the 20 minutes that ten Bosch spent describing his game, Miegakure, pretty much everything he said slid off my brain like raindrops off Gore-Tex. Miegakure, he said, is a puzzle-based platformer that takes place in four dimensions—four spatial dimensions.

“But there aren’t four spatial dimensions,” I protested.

“Well,” ten Bosch countered, “this is what it would be like if there were.”

Based upon the fragmentary quotes that the journalist provided, it’s clear that they’ve already thought of the obvious applications, like setting the game on the surface of a torus.  Actually that isn’t new; Pac-man is set on a torus as well because you can exit right and reappear left.

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On a torus, coming is the same as going

This last bit stretches the definition of “news” little.  I took Trog’s advice and listened to an HP Podcraft, The Temple.  I thought to return the favor by recommending this month-old podcast of Terry Bisson’s “They’re Made of Meat.”  So far it’s my second-favorite science fiction treatment of the Fermi Paradox, after Stanisław Lem’s.

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