You’ve seen these 3D printed guns? Sort of neat slash worrying. People are freaked about the potential to make guns at home on an $8,000 printer instead of walk 100 yards to the gun store and buy it with $100 cash. Of course, there are worries about the whole metal detector thing. Here’s a short documentary about the guy at the forefront of the movement, Cody R Wilson, who, like most people who develop and espouse the power of “disruptive technology” can see no downside whatsoever to printing gun components at home. Certainly not in a country where adults and children accidentally shoot each other on a weekly basis. Countdown to one of these exploding in someone’s hand begins now.
If you’ll permit me some more self-promotion, my friend and colleague Erika Moen posted about my new book on Tumblr this week.
Life Begins at Incorporation, a collection of political cartoons and essays by Matt Bors, is my favorite book Ive read this year. Both his comics and writings are hilarious and brutal (brutally hilarious? Is that stupid to say?), cutting through American politics with laser-like precision. I honest-to-god laughed out loud while reading this and had to stop every other page to lean over to my husband and say, This one! Read this one!
Or as another Tumblr user put it, “I have this book and it gives me all the boners.”
What are you waiting for?!
Hey, I’m going to be tabling at VanCAF this weekend (A5), as well as showing up on two panels. One on political cartooning and one on being a freelancer. If you are in Vancouver tomorrow, come to the book launch party, which is at Displace Hashery and involves my new book and a few other new books and beer.
Back from my excursion on the road, Brian McFadden and I are starting our internet show againnow with fancy name things under our faces like on tee vee. (What are those called?) This week we discuss the IRS and AP phone records scandals, as well as Portland voting against fluoridating its water supply and Obama making that tornado happen with his weather weapon. I also lay out the a clear case for pronouncing “Gif” with a hard G, because we should and that makes the most sense.
So the 9/11 museum will charge a whopping $20-$25 for admission when it opens. So much for taking the whole family. They have to charge a lot, they say, having spent close to a billion dollars on it and an estimated $60 million operating budget. No one really asked for anything that extravagant, that expensive, but we’re going to have the largest most expensive museum for a tragedy in the history of earth and you’re going to pay for it. Bin Laden once said his strategy was to bleed America dry of its financial resources. He could only dream of the victims families being gouged like this.