I'm going to try to blog more (famous last blog words) so this site is a little more than just old announcement posts. Rather than try to write about anything too heady, here's some media I've consumed lately that I've liked. (The next Meta book is being announced this week or next, sign up for my newsletter if you wanna hear about it first.) Book: The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold (Amazon or Your Local Library)
One of those short novels that is exactly as long as it needs to be (144 pages). It's a time travel story, but an incredibly personal one. Gerrold does a great job laying out the complex rules it sets up for how time travel works within the story and uses that to arrive at some very unexpected places dealing with the nature of free will and causality. Definitely not a kid's time travel story though, be warned.
One of the best, terrible-looking movies I've ever seen. The special effects look like something you could make yourself in iMovie and there's some very shaky acting, but the story itself is fascinating if you love conspiracy theory stuff. It's like Going Clear meets Blair Witch Project, with 1/1000th the budget of either.
TV: The Americans (Free on Prime Instant)
Not sure why this one took me so long to dive into, but I'm glad there were already three seasons in the can when I did. Somehow they've managed to pack the best spy stories you've ever seen into a show that is really mostly about how hard marriage is, even when it's arranged by the KGB.
Podcast: The Late Show Podcast (Free on iTunes)
Last week I was lucky enough to attend the first test show for the new Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The show itself was great and I can't wait for it to start, but in the meantime these podcasts are the next best thing. Colbert is a big process guy, so hearing his, as well as his co-workers, insights into putting together a whole new show that respects but doesn't rip off the two shows that preceded it (Late Show with David Letterman and Colbert Report) is fascinating. I don't think they're planning on keeping the podcast running once the show itself starts but I hope they change their mind about that. One of the rare instances where you want to hear how the sausage is made.