April 6th, 2006

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Wandering Star now available online!

There are a fairly modest number of comic book authors who I follow religiously, who are consistently good enough that I'm willing to buy anything they write. High on this list is the_resa. Ever since her start doing a column called simply The Cartoonist in Amazing Heroes magazine, I've been a fan of hers. And when she went pro, she did it with a bang, producing a medium-length (21 issue) story called Wandering Star that, for a couple of years there, was the book I would look forward to. It's a science fiction story told on a very human level, giving a taste of what's it's like to be a hero in a war, and why it's not all it's cracked up to be. The best adjective to describe the story is probably "melancholy" -- it has its fun parts and its dark parts, but overall it's the tale of a world that is changing, not entirely for the better.

Teri's life has been in flux for a long time, and it's been a very, very long wait for her next story, Darklight. But that is apparently finally on the way out the door, and in honor of the occasion, Teri is putting Wandering Star online, on The ChallenderWood. She'll be putting up one issue a month there, so new readers can finally see this long-out-of-print tale. She's putting it up in Flash format, which has its pros and cons, and it does lose something at web resolution, but it's still a story well worth reading. So check it out, and keep an eye open for Darklight...
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Precise enough to be a little disturbing

Thanks to marysdress, who pointed out that Microsoft now has its own version of Google Maps. It has its flaws, but I'm taken a bit aback by the precision of the pictures. At the finest resolution, Google Maps shows a blurry outline the shape of our house. But the Microsoft version not only shows the house crisply, I can even see the bird feeder in the back yard, and can tell that the picture was taken before we bought the house, because that isn't our car in the driveway. Speculation at work is that they must be doing their pictures by airplane rather than satellite, based on the resolution.

Useful in its way, but I do wonder how long it's going to be before someone comes out with the first murder mystery that hinges on being able to see a snapshot of time with such high precision...