Stephenson’s Diamond Age Miniseries

George Clooney will executive produce a miniseries of Neal Stephensons’ The Diamond Age for SCI FI Channel.

When a prominent member of society concludes that the futuristic civilization in which he lives is stifling creativity, he commissions an interactive book for his daughter that serves as a guide through a surreal alternate world. Stephenson will adapt his novel for the miniseries, the first time the Hugo and Nebula award winner has written for TV.

A New Sith, or Revenge of the Hope

A funny take on the original Star Wars movies that posits that R2 and Chewbacca are top Rebellion operatives manipulating everything behind the scenes.

20 years earlier, Chewbacca was second in command of the defence of his planet. He’s there in the tactical conferences and there on the front lines and is a personal friend of Yoda’s. When he needed reliable people to join the embryonic Alliance, who else would Yoda turn to but his old friend from Kashykk[sic]? Given his background, there is no way that Chewie would spend the crucial years of the rebellion as the second-in-command to (sorry Han) a low-level smuggler. Unless it’s his cover. In fact, Chewie is a top-line spy and flies what is in many ways the Rebellion’s best ship.

Going Ape

Another take on the Paleolithic diet.

Ms Garton looked for inspiration to the plant-based diet of our closest relatives, the apes, and devised a three-day rotating menu of fruit, vegetables, nuts and honey. The prescribed menu was:

  • safe to eat raw;
  • met adult human daily nutritional requirements; and
  • provided 2,300 calories – between the 2,000 recommended for women and 2,500 for men,

Volunteers could also drink water. In the second week, standard portions of cooked oily fish were introduced – a nod to a more hunter-gatherer lifestyle.

Vi In the News

There have been a couple of interesting articles about [vi](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vi) recently. [This essay](http://blog.ngedit.com/2005/06/03/the-vi-input-model/) describes why the vi input model is great for laptop keyboards. Also, [The Register](http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/09/11/bill_joys_greatest_gift/) has a bit from Bill Joy on the origins of vi.