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We'll be joined by Nebula finalist and Bram Stoker award winner Usman T. Malik and talk about his worldbuilding inspirations and plans.
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Off-topic, but tell Usman T. Malik that I read his essay, "Rockets, robots, and reckless imagination" [ http://herald.dawn.com/news/1153167/rockets-robots-and-reckless-imagination ] and it was a great read.
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Death and Funerals: a Dive into Worldbuilding hangout summary
We talk about quite a few subjects here at Dive into Worldbuilding that involve cultural taboos. As it turned out, death was a topic that took us a bit of time to warm up to - but became incredibly rich and interesting once we got rolling. I remarked that b...
We talk about quite a few subjects here at Dive into Worldbuilding that involve cultural taboos. As it turned out, death was a topic that took us a bit of time to warm up to - but became incredibly rich and interesting once we got rolling. I remarked that before germ theory was widely accepted, ...
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We'll discuss the work of guest author Silvia Moreno-Garcia, in particular her new novel Signal to Noise.
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Natural disasters: a Dive into Worldbuilding hangout summary with lots of disaster videos!
Natural disasters made for a great hour's chat! We started out talking about how different regions are susceptible to different kinds of disasters. California is known for its earthquakes. Oklahoma is known for tornadoes, and Florida for hurricanes (less we...
Natural disasters made for a great hour's chat! We started out talking about how different regions are susceptible to different kinds of disasters. California is known for its earthquakes. Oklahoma is known for tornadoes, and Florida for hurricanes (less well for sinkholes!).
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OMG only 6 hours left to make The Scary Ham into a movie! Ellen Klages told this story at the Nebulas last year and I laughed so hard. What's more, she was telling it off the top of her head! Seriously, consider clicking through and supporting the project.
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Really good points. It's not fair that PoC are pressured only to write stories about PoC, when they can write about anything!
Sunil Patel describes implicit and explicit pressures on authoring and representation
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Let's talk about Natural Disasters - what kinds are there, where might they occur, and how do people respond? How could you use one in your world?
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Silvia Moreno-Garcia: a Dive into Worldbuilding! hangout summary
It was wonderful to feature the fantastic Silvia Moreno-Garcia on the
show! She came by to talk to us about her novel, Signal to Noise, a story featuring friends in Mexico City who cast spells with vinyl records. Part of the novel takes place in 1988 and p...
It was wonderful to feature the fantastic Silvia Moreno-Garcia on the show! She came by to talk to us about her novel, Signal to Noise, a story featuring friends in Mexico City who cast spells with vinyl records. Part of the novel takes place in 1988 and part in 2009, with very interesting ...
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Yay, Tez! Juliette, Tez is a classmate of mine from MRK's workshop. :) I'll be so glad to see you both! 
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There's a lot of talk about "realism" in science fiction and fantasy. But what does it mean? What is its role, and how should it be defined?
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I remember these sounds!
 
The sound of two modems connecting was the sound of the Internet for many years. For those who don't remember this, when you used a phone and a modem to dial in, the modem would play the sounds of the connection through the speaker until the connection was fully established. Weird as this may sound, with a bit of experience you got to know the sounds well, and could quickly tell if something was wrong by listening.

This beautiful illustration by +Oona Räisänen walks you through the entire dialogue that the two modems are having: in this case, a pair of 19,200 baud modems* talking to each other and establishing how they can talk.

* One baud is one line level transition per second -- that is, the signal flips from 0 to 1 or vice-versa. That's almost but not quite the same as bits per second, because some of those transitions are used to ensure that the data made it across the (noisy) phone lines clearly. The most common configuration was "8-N-1," meaning that it would send eight bits of data, no parity bits, and one "stop" bit to indicate the end of a byte. (A parity bit is a type of checksum that the receiver can use to make sure no data was corrupted during transmission) So nine level transitions would be used to send eight bits of data, and so a 19,200-baud modem would send about 17,000 bits per second.

Compare that to your cable modem, whose speed is measured in megabits per second, and you realize how much has changed. But 19,200 was shockingly fast in its day: it meant that you could download a jpg in half a minute. 

(Side note: When people use "mega" and "giga" for network speeds, they mean decimal mega and giga, i.e. one million and one billion. When they use it for RAM amounts, they mean binary mega and giga, i.e. 2^20 (1,048,576) and 2^30 (1,073,741,824). And when they use it for hard disk sizes, they mean "somewhere roughly in this region, because hard disk manufacturers lie like dogs about their capacities anyway." Confusion between these things has led to some pretty spectacular engineering problems over the years.)

h/t to +Ilya Grigorik, +Lauren Weinstein, and the various other people that have pointed me at this figure over the years.
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We'll talk about humor and pranks as cultural phenomena and look at the logic behind them, and try to apply those principles to fictional worlds.
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We'll talk about the cultural significance of death, about funeral practices, and how these vary across cultures. This will lead us into talking about how to handle death practices in a fictional world.
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I'm an author of SF and Fantasy who loves language (linguistics) and culture (anthropology).
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SF/F writer, linguist and anthropologist. I blog about writing, worldbuilding, culture and languages (real and fictional) at TalkToYoUniverse; my author site and updates are at JulietteWade.com. My work has appeared in Clarkesworld and Analog magazines, and in several anthologies.
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