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Paul and Dan on Deep Work (2/4)

Paul and Dan on Deep Work (by Cal Newport). We discuss Books of Hours and manga, the law librarian, being part of a community, Dan’s communication class, hitting your thumb with a hammer, and horses in New York.

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Video: Deep Work by Cal Newport

Paul and Dan on Deep Work (by Cal Newport). We discuss negative reviews, St. Augustine’s “Tolle Lege” moment, Ric Furrer’s Viking sword forging, the Monastic Practice, and solitude. Stay tuned for Dan’s rebuttal next week.

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Flights of Foundry Specbio panel

This is the video of the specbio panel I moderated last year at Flights of Foundry. I’m a little slow getting started, but my guests had some excellent things to say, so  please skip ahead a few minutes and hear … Continue reading

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Interview with Sea Lion Press

Gary Oswald of alternate history publisher Sea Lion Press asked me some very good interview questions, and I think I answered them well. We talk about the “difference problem,” the “reality doesn’t have to make sense” problem and the joy … Continue reading

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Giant Mouse

I made a challenge for the participants in the Build a Better Monster workshop: make a mouse the size of an elephant. In my original sketch I gave it a long mobile tail (moving the elephant’s trunk onto its bottom), … Continue reading

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Fishes out of Water

Some experiments with walking fishes. Start with a fish (0) – this one is a teleost. Note the pectoral fins are right above (dorsal of) the pelvic fins. The first tetrapods (1) evolved from lobe-finned fishes with the pelvic fins … Continue reading

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The City of Nuvil-La

What you’re looking at is the Saint Laurence river after a 60m rise in sea level, just south-west of Quebec city, where the Pierre-Laporte Bridge crosses the river. The old Bequa city is north of the river, centered on the … Continue reading

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Announcement: Speculative Biology workshop

If you’re interested in specbio, you’re welcome at my workshop this Saturday “Making a Better Monster” hosted by @amber_royer and Saturday Night Write. If you don’t have access to facebook, it’s SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2021 AT 8 PM – 10 … Continue reading

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Scifi, Horror, and Fear

Some other Flame Tree authors and I discuss horror and scifi. The conversation started going in a direction I didn’t like, but I shared an honest story, so I think mission accomplished. What I did not do is figure out … Continue reading

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Podcast: What if No Horses?

Rohan, Nick, and I discuss the very rich alternate history scenario on their Back to the Past podcast: What if horses had never been domesticated? We barely scratched the surface. What does Eurasia look like with no cavalry, no steppe … Continue reading

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