Thursday update

May 12, 2016

A couple of links for you:

My Lightspeed review of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny is now live.  Short version:  I think it’s worth a look, especially if you like medieval-fantasy action type movies.

George has posted an excerpt from the next Wild Cards book, High Stakes, which is due out later this year.  I’m not in this one, but you can bet I’m reading it.  I hear he also posted a chapter from the next Ice and Fire book, but I know you all are really interested in Wild Cards, right?

Also, I’m planning on a thing this weekend.  eBird’s Global Big Day.  You might have heard of a birding Big Year because of the movie that came out a few years ago — hardcore birders try to log as many different species as they can in a year.  (I finally saw the movie last week — the book is way better, and I’m thinking of writing a review of both soon.)  A Big Year is huge, but a Big Day?  I think I can do that.  This Saturday.  For Science!

In a twist, eBird’s pro team is targeting Colorado, and I think they’re aiming for something like 200+ species.  Me?  50.  I think I can log 50.  Mainly because I’m not going from midnight to midnight, and I’m really not that good a birder.  But I have a plan, and I’m super excited to try.

It also occurs to me that this is the birding version of NaNoWriMo, which is kind of hilarious.

(If you think the Big Day sounds awesome and want to support bird research and conservation, you might think of donating.)

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