The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy

A small tortoiseshell butterfly in my garden. And yes, I know it's not a moth. Let me start by saying what this book is not. It is not a polemic about the evils of megacorporations, capitalism and Big Oil. It is not a bludgeon loaded with mind-numbing and soul-deadening eco-facts, figures and data sets designed … Continue reading The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy

“Peter Rabbit” rewritten in the style of a Marvel Comic

Here's a little Easter egg for you: the story of Peter Rabbit rewritten in the style of a Marvel/DC action comic by none other than GEBen. GEBen didn't provide any artwork, so you'll have to make do with the photo above. The research team at CDCAAHFA suspects GEBen was actually writing a screen treatment in … Continue reading “Peter Rabbit” rewritten in the style of a Marvel Comic

Peter Frankopan’s “The Silk Roads”

To describe this book as a history of Central Asia would be a horrible simplification. It does not tell the history of a place, or even a region. It offers, instead, a survey of the enormous wealth, glorious civilizations and marauding hordes that rose and fell in the wake of the caravans, railways and pipelines … Continue reading Peter Frankopan’s “The Silk Roads”

Artificial Intelligence Discovered Keeping Artificial Pets

Image by Martin Thoma CC BY-SA 1.0 Researchers at my favourite institute of higher learning, County Durham College of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fine Arts, have discovered that their resident artificial intelligence, GEBen, is keeping pets. Okay, “pets” is my word for it, not theirs. But you can decide for yourself if I’m right. Programmers … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence Discovered Keeping Artificial Pets

Breaking Google Translate. Again. With the help of Scotland and Star Wars.

I have, of late, been reading the poetry of Kathleen Jamie. I've already reviewed one of her collections, The Treehouse, but today I'm more interested in the fact that some of Ms. Jamie's work includes Scottish words and phrases. Now, now, don't get all snarky with me. I can almost hear a collective shrugging of the … Continue reading Breaking Google Translate. Again. With the help of Scotland and Star Wars.

Douglas Adams’ rewrite of Memoirs of a Geisha

Art by SWing-Art  CC BY-SA 3.0 The newest episode of GEBen’s experiments in fictional fiction is a rewrite of Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha in the style of Douglas Adams. Okay, it might not be as weird (or disturbing) as GEBen’s previous work but, still, putting a story of sexual slavery into the hands … Continue reading Douglas Adams’ rewrite of Memoirs of a Geisha