Monthly Archives: July 2014

Borg Like Me Spawns Fairy Post Office in the Berkeley Hills

It’s amazing how magic can sometimes beget magic. I have a piece in Borg Like Me about Lea Redmond’s “World’s Smallest Postal Service” and a very enchanting experience I had once when I found a little “house” set up inside of a rotted out knot hole in a tree. For the piece, I decided to […]

Borg Like Me Artist Featured on Boing Boing

David Pescovitz has a great piece on Boing Boing today about the iconic 90s Schwa art, including some of the more memorable images and an interview with its creator, William Barker: In the early 1990s, adman/fine artist William Barker’s Schwa became the iconic artwork of the cyberculture underground. Barker’s paranoiac stick figures, faux-corporate undertones, and […]

WINK Review: The Sacrificial Universe

For this week’s WINK review, I take a trip into David Chaim Smith’s The Sacrificial Universe: The Sacrificial Universe contains 45 stunning drawings of mesmerizing complexity and strangeness. Most of them are full-size, with a number as dramatic fold-out diptychs, triptychs, and even a quadriptych. The production is high-quality, art-book level. The text in Sacrificial […]

Sparks of Fire Press Bookplate Being Letterpress Printed

Just got this video of my new Sparks of Fire Press bookplate being printed by the wonderful Fran and Jen of Zeichen Press. Can’t wait to see the plates in person! These plates, inscribed by me, were offered as a premium for the Kickstarter campaign for my book, Borg Like Me. You can still get […]

Cool Tools Podcast: “They Came from My House!”

Last week, I was on the Cool Tools podcast, with Mark Frauenfelder and Kevin Kelly, talking about the awesome, well-used/well-loved tools that came with my house, and that I still use every day. In the course of the conversation we sort of stumbled onto a new tradition we’d like to establish in home ownership (gifting […]

Read the Title Essay to Borg Like Me

Boing Boing posted the title essay to my new book, Borg Like Me. The piece, which original appeared in ArtByte, was written in 2001. The introduction, new for the book, begins: Since the age of thirteen, I’ve had a disease I still can’t spell (and I’m determined to keep it that way). Google tells me […]

Borg Like Me is HERE!

400 copies of Borg Like Me arrived on my doorstep this week! These are the Kickstarter reward copies and copies for the media. The book is now also available from my site here and via Amazon. For the rest of the summer, when you order from Sparks of Fire, you’ll get free shipping and a […]

Gar’s Tips on Sucks-Less Crowdfunding

In mid-July of 2013, I launched a successful 30-day Kickstarter campaign to fund my latest book, Borg Like Me. My project goal was $15,000. I raised $20,776. As a successful author who’s written seven books before, I had access to traditional publishing channels. But I wanted Borg Like Me to be an experiment. I wanted […]

WINK Review: Warhammer 40,000 7th Ed. Boxed Set

With Warhammer 40,000 7th Edition, Games Workshop has made some more dramatic changes. Since this is really a review of the 7th edition boxed set itself, I won’t discuss rules changes. But those changes do suggest that GW is willing to sacrifice parts of the 40K universe backstory in an effort to sell more miniatures. […]

The End of Being Interviews Gareth

I did an interview with the fine feathered freaks at counter-culture ezine, The End of Being: You catalogue so many aspects of the internet’s early history. In “The Electric Cottage: A Flashforward” you cite the experience of your young son, Blake, being totally unaware of the historical newness of the tech he was being raised […]