Thursday, February 14, 2013

Why I'll never be as cool as io9


Good thing I'm not even trying to beat them.

Because it just wouldn't work.  In my insatiable quest of cool/weird hunting, I have a stable of web pages that I check on a daily basis.  One of those is io9.   They put me to shame.

Always at the forefront, surfing far ahead of the zeitgeist, even ahead of Boing Boing I might add,  io9's bread and butter is science fiction.  Obviously that covers a wide area of ground but somehow they get it done.  In spectacular fashion.  Pop culture "sci-fi" is often featured, but never at the expense of literature or "hard" science fiction.  There are feature articles and "top ten lists" regarding authors like Philip K. Dick and Ursula K. LeGuin.  Then there's a bit on a man fighting the Battle of Hoth in his living room. 

This is what I mean.  Not fluffy enough to be brushed off.  Also not so stuffy that you can't have fun.  The categories do not begin and end with SF, however.

Here's an example.  The current headline at the site is "The Worst Lies That Mainstream Nutrition Has Told You."   Science, pop culture, weirdness, it's all fair game at io9.

It really makes me wonder why I bother sometimes.  That sensation creeps up, starting at the nuque and working its way up into the cerebral cortex.  "You're not good enough."
I suppose if I had a worldwide staff like io9, I could be on the cusp of each and every new development, whether it be artsy or transhuman.  Oh well, just like me to make myself feel bad via a comparison to others. 

Then again, I've probably got them beat when it comes to UFO weirdness.
Or not.


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