S. Worthen (owlfish) wrote,
S. Worthen

Non fiction SF awards, wine tastes, and Jonathan Coulton

fjm has just started a community for discussing non-fiction about science fiction: nonficawards. If you're at all interesting in the subject, go and participate.

Via fs_appetizers, I read of Tim Hanni, a major wine advisor to restaurants in the states. He's an advocate of an unusual system, which suggests wines based on peoples' sensitivity to taste. As someone who comes out as borderline sensitive/hyper-sensitive to tastes and prefers sweeter wines, I thought this an idea worth pursuing. Click a few boxes and tell me how accurate the Budometer was for you?

Thanks to j_bluestocking, I have encountered Jonathan Coulton, a musician whose career is based around his online success in self-promotion, including blogging. He gives away his songs, or sells them for a US dollar each. I recommend especially "Re: Your Brains" and "Skullcrusher Mountain". (I've linked to videos made by fans with these songs, but you can listen without the distraction of images from the composer's site.) But the song of his actually stuck in my head is the one j_bluestocking linked to in the first place: the closing theme to the game Portal, "Still Alive".
Tags: advertising, books, music, science fiction, taste buds

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