There's a kind of circular reasoning behind this: there's so much stuff produced in English that there's no market for foreign works, and no one reads foreign works so why translate any?
Which brings me to a very odd, very wonderful book: ROBOT ARTISTS AND BLACK SWANS, Bruce Sterling's collection of fantascienza stories originally published under his Italian pseudonym, "Bruno Argento."
"Fantascienza" is the Italian word for science fiction, but fantascienza has its own tropes, rhythms and conventions that set it apart in hard-to-summarize ways; these unique characteristics have fired the Italian imagination for generations.
Very little fantascienza (or any other foreign literature) gets translated to English.
Here's a great take on the explosive growth of the "getting creators paid" economy in the next ten years.
In this video, the creator of Patreon predicts "the stigma of the starving artist disappears. It's gone from earth."
greek philosopher zeno of elea, famously frustrated by the apparent impossibility of fully lacing a new pair of doc martin boots, once posited that before the boots are fully laced, first they must be halfway laced, and before that, halfway to halfway laced, and before that, etc. ad infinitum, thus demonstrating that all fully laced boots are an illusion.
this philosophical problem is known as "Zeno's Pair o' Docs"
What is the meaning of an extra-marital affair—or any relationship? A short story illustrates the puzzle of nebulosity.
Thanks to Bruce Webber of the Phase Shift podcast, Shianne Nocerini & Jeremiah Staes of the Daily Detroit podcast, Sofia Syntaxx of the ANGR podcast, Christine Kitchens, and Sarah Elkins.
Let's give a big penguicon.social welcome to @korakisphinx !
The DTE Energy Bridge app is nice but also just hilariously bad. It has an energy budgeting feature that simply doesn't work—the goal page has incorrect values for the budget no matter what you do, and you never hit it, and changing it is fraught with peril even for the main UI to pick it up correctly.
It has an advisor feature that tells me it both needs more information from me to provide advice and that I have filled out 100% of the information it needs.
A new episode of the Fluidity #audiobook #podcast: "A Schematic Overview Of All Stances" At 48 minutes, this episode is longer than most. A complete summary overview of all the dimensions of meaningness, with all the common stances one can take to them. ... https://fluidity.libsyn.com/a-schematic-overview-of-all-stances
A new episode of the Fluidity #audiobook #podcast: "Bonus Metacast: Book Planning" This mid-week bonus episode features a 20-minute excerpt from my interview with David Chapman, in which we discuss his plans for finishing Meaningness. ... https://fluidity.libsyn.com/bonus-metacast-book-planning
Dualism, nihilism, and monism are the three main approaches to fundamental questions of meaning. This book proposes a better, fourth alternative.
This begins the third section of Meaningness, "Doing Meaning Better".
A way to access the Fediverse, for attendees of Penguicon, an annual convention of science fiction, open source software, and all geeky interests, in Southfield, Michigan, USA.
Convention info: https://penguicon.org