In 2010, science fiction author Neal Stephenson launched The Mongoliad project, a collective of authors who wanted to build a new medieval universe inspired by sword fighting. Stephenson and six other authors released installments as a serial, and readers contributed wiki entries as well as glossaries as it was published via its website and apps on Android and iOS. This ambitious work set a new tone for pushing open source elements into the writing and publishing process, fusing the world of fantasy fiction with wikis and collaborative platforms. We’re excited to announce a live video chat on Thursday, May 17 at 6pm CST (that’s 11pm GMT) with the authors of The Mongoliad: Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, E.D. deBirmingham, Mark Teppo, Joseph Brassey, Erik Bear, and Cooper Moo. Full story
We recently launched our official podcast, we’re excited to bring you episode 2 this week. For those of you who missed the first episode, you can find it on our Ars Technicast page. During each episode, a group of Ars editors delve into topics we have covered at Ars Technica. We publish a new episode every two weeks. You can also find us in the iTunes store or via RSS. In this week’s episode, we take a retrospective look at the Internet and discuss the impact it has made on each of us. We started this as a response to Paul Miller’s current experiment to disconnect himself from the Internet for one year while continuing his work as a journalist. Our host, Senior Apple Editor Jacqui Cheng, is joined by Open Source Editor Ryan Paul, Microsoft Editor Peter Bright, Contributing Writer Casey Johnston, and Social Editor Cesar Torres. We will talk about our various entry points into the Internet and Internet culture, as well as ways in which we are dependent on it today for certain social interactions. What parts of the Internet can we live without? And how has our individual relationship with the Internet changed over the years? Listen to find out.
The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud is becoming increasingly popular for high-performance computing. It’s now capable of running many of the applications that previously required building out a large HPC cluster or renting time from a supercomputing center. But as you might expect, Amazon EC2 can’t do everything a traditional supercomputer can.