For those who are interested, I just published a new episode of my online web-novel, The Data Yodeler. I write two new episodes every week, and appreciate your insight and support as I work my way through this massive, multi-year project.
Below is an excerpt from Episode 27 / Mandelbrot Nick
When the mail came there was a package delivered for Nick that was roughly the shape and size of the box in which a board game might be stored — long, rectangular, and flat. It was not a board game. Rather, when he sliced the packing tape and slipped it open, prying back the multiple layers of bubble-pack, it surprised none of us to see a rainbow\’s worth of neatly arrayed packages of polymer sculpting clay, Fimo, and Nick wearing an exaggerated expression of childish joy.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Nick works here at the Data Yodeler headquarters and if you\’ve been following us I can almost guarantee you\’ve read some of his work on the blog.Ã¢â‚¬Â I said into the microphone. After nearly three weeks I\’d found that my podcasting voice had matured and was taking on an acutely announcer-like quality. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We here at HQ have certainly been wondering, and I thought it might be appropriate — considering that you just received a bulk quantity of the stuff via the post today — to have you explain your fascination with polymer modeling clay, Nick.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Yeah. Well, actually it\’s not so much the Fimo, Russ that I\’m fascinated with. I wouldn\’t want you to confuse the medium with the message.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Alright, then what\’s the message?Ã¢â‚¬Â
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