July 30th, 2007

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Build a galaxy

Posted by Paul DiFi.

Here's an interesting press release I received recently. I checked out the site, and it looks like fun.

Dear friend of science, sci-fi, fantasy or web 2.0,

Galaxiki is a fictional galaxy created, maintained and owned by it's community. Site members can name and edit stars, planets, moons; invent life forms and write stories about them, so that an entire imaginative sci-fi world is being created. Take a look at it here:


Galaxiki was launched a few weeks ago and already got a lot of positive feedback (it was Linux Journal's ".org site of the week" for example) and so we're looking for motivated people willing to help our world to evolve, and we would really appreciate if you could help us too.

Sounds interesting? So here's what you can do:

If you visited Galaxiki, give us some feedback so that we can improve.
If you liked what you've seen, consider writing a few lines about it on your site or blog.
If you're a news writer, then maybe your could consider Galaxiki for a news posting.

We're now also working on german and french translations of the site, and other languages shall follow soon, so that we're looking for people willing to translate texts to german, french, spanish, portuguese or any other language the community would like to see.

If you'd like to help us, sign up on www.galaxiki.org and meet us in the forums.

Thanks for reading this and for your help !!!
Jos Kirps and The Galaxiki Project
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Todd Schorr: Madame Calivera's Corporate Identity Program

The spaceship resembled a giant metallic carrot with three legs sprouting from its narrow end. It touched down on the barren plains of the planet designated by humans as Limpdick III, striking a gout of dry dust from the surface. After a short interval the ship disgorged a land-crawler whose front grille mimicked the grimace of the rock-eating lizards of Why The Fuck Are We Here. The crawler set off across the plain, raising clouds of cinders and soil particulates.

Fifteen minutes of travel brought the crawler to a native village: a collection of mismatched huts flanked by rudimentary benches and fire pits and rubbish heaps. On the benches sat various natives of Limpdick III: repulsive green warty indolent trolls with enormous genitalia. The penises of the males and the labial folds of the females flopped over the edges of the benches and into the dust.

A door in the crawler gull-winged open, and a human woman emerged. Clad in a black and white skintight business suit, the woman exhibited an imperious air. Unhesitatingly, she stalked over to the nearest native, a male.

"Where's Drongo Kaboom?"

The troll used both hands to shift his dick to avoid a line of creeping insects. "I am Drongo Kaboom."

"Did you enroll in the home-study Master of Business Administration program from Harvard University?"

"Yes, that I did."

"And did you realize that your tuition payment was drawn on a non-human bank account that paid Harvard only in the dried skins of puke-cats?"

"The puke-cat is our global currency."

"Furthermore, do you acknowledge that every one of your term papers has been plagiarized off the Interstellar Internet?"

"Why should I strain my delicate brains when stealing is much easier?"

"Lastly, do you admit enticing a female freshman from Brookline, Massachusetts, all the way out to Limpdick III with promises of a 'monster kegger' and then leaving her stranded halfway to the Magellanic Clouds, covered in quarts of your jizm?"

"I have recordings indicating all relations were consensual."

The woman glared at the troll for a moment, then broke into a smile and extended her hand. "Mister Kaboom, you're just the material Harvard Business School is looking for! How's tenure sound to you?"

Her work here is not done

Not yet, anyway. This just in from Billboard ...

Patti Smith writing songs for next album
Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:32PM BST

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Patti Smith is eyeballing a new album sooner rather than later. In the wake of her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in March and the release of her covers album, "Twelve," in April, Smith says "it's time for me to make a record" -- this time of her own material.

"I've been working on a lot of songs," she tells Billboard.com, "so I'd like to record again."

That said, Smith and her band plan to spend most of the rest of 2007 on the road to support "Twelve," and she's putting plans in motion to hold a tribute concert for her late husband, MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith, on his birthday (September 13) in New York.

But Smith has released new albums, some of them politically charged, in each of the last three presidential election years -- "Gone Again" in 1996, "Gung Ho" in 2000 and "Trampin'" in 2004 -- so maybe that climate could exact some pull on her work this time, too?

"I hadn't thought of that," she says with a laugh. "I hadn't factored that in. But I will be more attentive to that. I've just been working so hard, it's like 2008 is creeping up. I will keep that in mind."

Smith, who begins a North American tour on Tuesday in Philadelphia, is still enjoying the afterglow of the Hall of Fame induction, which she says was "a very emotional night." She performed "People Have the Power" next to the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, who she says was Fred Smith's favourite guitarist. The night, she adds, also provided "really deep encouragement" for her future work.

"I don't take it for granted," she explains. "I was proud of (being inducted), but it makes me feel like I have a lot of work to do. I hardly feel that I'm done with my work. I have a million more things to do, so I'm just getting on with that, really."