I’ve just started blogging on the currently-being-revamped Wired culture blog, Table of Malcontents, which was founded by the excellent Lore SjÃ¶berg. The blog is currently undergoing a transformation, which includes changing the name (so don’t get too attached to “Table of Malcontents,” as cool as it is) and adding the blogging talents of John Brownlee (recently of Gawker) and yours truly. John blogs a lot about weird news and art, while I’m focusing exclusively on science fiction, fanasy, horror, comics, anime, etc. — you know, nerd culture. Lore continues to blog about web cartoons, weird flash movies, strange games, and other oddities of the webowebs.
All these changes are a direct result of Conde Nast, owners of Wired magazine, buying Wired News, the website. Few people realized that Wired News was owned by Lycos for several years, making it rather odd for those of us who write for both the magazine and the website. Now everybody is owned by Conde Nast again, so we’re all part of the same anonymous culture-extruding machine. I couldn’t be having more fun with my blogging life. I’m writing three posts per day, which is honing my “do it fast and well” skillz. Plus, I get to work with John and Lore, who both rule (I’ve been a Lore fan for quite a while). Anyway, surf the blagotubes over to Table of Malcontents — or whatever name we finally decide upon — early and often. I’ll update you when we have our new name.
I’m also continuing my bloggish duties at MeeVee, writing weekly reviews of Battlestar Galactica and Heroes in a column called “Totally Frakked.” I think Heroes is uneven but occasionally flat-out fantastic. If only most of the episodes focused on Claire the unbreakable cheerleader and Hiro the Japanese otaku I’d be a number-one fan, intead of an ambivalent fan. BSG, of course, continues to be the most compelling SF show on TV. This season takes us deep inside Cylon society, which has the drawback of making the mysterious enemy a bit less menacing and occasionally comical. But it has the advantage of giving SF audiences a chance to contemplate the meaning of alien life, which is the main reason why a lot of us love the genre. Now if only Veronica Mars would perk up, I’d be the happiest TV-watcher on Earth.
I’m also writing at the newly-created blog for She’s Such a Geek, the anthology about female nerds that I co-edited with Charlie Anders. The book is due out from Seal Press in mid-December (in time for holiday gifts!) and the book’s contributors are blogging about feminism, women and geekhood in our blog. Stop by and check it out!