July 2010

Toronto Live Interviews: Karl Schroeder

by Joey deVilla on July 20, 2010

karl schroeder

If you’re looking for some good science fiction writing, I recommend the works of Karl Schroeder, my friend and former co-worker (we worked together at OpenCola during “The Bubble”). Karl’s a technologist and a deep thinker, and it shows in his novels, which have that philosophical, “big ideas” bent that is the hallmark of the best sci-fi.

You can catch him tonight in a conversation with local “Science 2.0” figure Jen Dodd at the Centre for Social Innovation (215 Spadina Avenue, at the corner of Spadina and Sullivan – that’s between Dundas and Queen). The event is free, but tickets are limited, so sign up!

Here’s a description of tonight’s event:


Tuesday July 20, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Centre for Social Innovation, Room 120 (215 Spadina Ave)
Tickets are free, but please register as space is limited
Information and registration: http://guestlistapp.com/events/25203

Karl Schroeder is an award-winning science fiction author. He’s a world-builder able to convincingly juxtapose high and low tech. He goes beyond Arthur C Clarke’s idea that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" to understand the worldview, philosophy and economy of people living in these magical possible futures. In his work as a foresight consultant and environmental blogger, he flips these perspectives around to understand how we can make a future we want to live in.

Karl will be interviewed by Jen Dodd. Jen is a physicist, designer of public science events including SciBarCamp and Perimeter Institute’s Quantum to Cosmos Festival, and is now managing director of Subtle Technologies, Toronto’s annual festival of art and science.

Location instructions: on arriving at 215 Spadina, go through the Dark Horse cafe to the lobby, go up the stairs to the left of the elevator, and room 120 is through the glass doors straight ahead.


We All Need a Button Like This

by Joey deVilla on July 15, 2010

stop time

Found via TopCultured.com.


The Album of the Summer

by Joey deVilla on July 14, 2010

2-disc album of "Vuvuzela Hits" fetauring "Toot", "Peep", "Bzzzz" and more

Found via The Whoa.


Why Cruise Around Chicago Like a Chump?

by Joey deVilla on July 14, 2010

…when you can cruise in style with this guy?

ferrari for hire

When this computer fad blows over, I’ll probably take a page from his book and drive people around Toronto in my Honda with the accordion.

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Do You Know the Way?

by Joey deVilla on July 13, 2010

Chart of songs with destinations and how to get there

Found via Certified Bullshit Technician.


Comic: The 24 Types of Authoritarian

You didn’t think they’d take The 24 Types of Libertarian lying down, did you? Davi Barker pointed me to his comic response, shown above above.

If “White Sheep” (bottom left-hand corner) looks familiar, that’s because it isthat’s Mayor Miller, thinks-he’s-already-mayor Rob Ford and the rest of Toronto City Council.

Flamewar in the comments in 3… 2… 1…


Burger King’s Soft Drink Pairings

by Joey deVilla on July 11, 2010

Stickers showing Burger King's suggested food-soft drink pairings: Coke with the Whoppers, Diet Coke with Tendergrill Salad, Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich and BK Veggie Burger and Sprite with BK Chicken Fries, Tendercrisp Chicken Sandwich and The Angus

I’ve seen wine pairings and even beer pairings, but pop (or “soda” or “coke”, depending on where you’re from) pairings are new to me. This photo comes from a Burger King in Vallejo, California.