Wednesday, July 05, 2006

serendipity

I have named my guardian angel Accident. Why? Because 1) my angel has never revealed his/her/its own name and 2) I love serendipity. The dictionary.com definition of "serendipity" is:
ser·en·dip·i·ty ) Pronunciation Key (srn-dp-t) n. pl. ser·en·dip·i·ties

1. The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by Accident [capitalization mine -- Rae].
2. The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.
3. An instance of making such a discovery.
Horace Walpole coined the term, taking the name from a fairy tale of Sri Lanka (old name: Serendip) called The Three Princes of Serendip: as their highnesses traveled, they were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of....

In no particular order, here are some cool sites I discovered by Accident:

T E X T F I L E S D O T C O M, that glorious world of ASCII text communication. Includes a nifty archive of old BBS textfiles, also a link to BBS: The Documentary which, according to Jason Scott its creator, includes:
Four years, thousands of miles of travelling, and over 200 interviews later, "BBS: The Documentary", a mini-series of 8 episodes about the history of the BBS, is now available. Spanning 3 DVDs and totalling five and a half hours, this documentary is actually eight documentaries about different aspects of this important story in the annals of computer history.

Ray Gun Revival, described by its Overlords (yes, it has Overlords) thus (or thusly, I forget which is correct):

The modern world has lost its sense of adventure. In an world that is ever more regulated, legislated, and moderated, people need an outlet from recurring payments, cubicle farms, and restrictions of every kind.

However, the modern world hasn’t lost its capacity for adventure, and it is here that the classic adventure tale delivers its greatest impact. We all need a little escape in ways that we only dimly recognize and can’t begin to measure.

Ray Gun Revival provides just that, a throwback publication that revisits space opera and golden age sci-fi. Our stories focus more on character development than hard science and sail all the wide-open waters between fantasy and harder sci-fi. Think of the original Star Wars stories, Doc Smith's Lensman series, the Warlord of Mars tales from Edgar Rice Burroughs. Think of everything from John Carter and Gully Foyle to Kimball Kinnison and Han Solo.

Ray Gun Revival is about dusting off the pulp adventure stories of old and giving them a fresh spin. We are bringing out the deepest elements of what has traditionally been rather superficial fiction and updating them for a new generation of fiction enthusiasts.

I read the opening story, Flinteye's Duel by Sean T. M. Stiennon, and sighed a sigh of purest reading pleasure. Ahhhhh. Hopefully the rest of the magazine is as good. I really can't say Accident brought me to this site, it was being on the Christian SF-fandom mailing list that did that, and I think Marty Helgesen introduced me to that list years ago. So ultimately it was Marty who was my angel for this one.

Oops. Got to cut it short. Moby the Great White Dog is giving me short, loud barks that mean "Take me out, take me out NOW!!"

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