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Week 39


Here's some pic of me and Cory "Dr. Doctorow" Doctorow arguing about the "death of scarcity" in Austin. At least there's no scarcity of beer and bourbon.

And hip Austin newspapers, too.

I may not agree with everything Dr. Cory tells me, but if you're not reading boingboing blog, you ought to. Because Cory Doctorow is the king-hell blogger of the universe.



People probably think I get all upset when daffy German academics put up Teutonically-thorough websites that conflate cyberpunk, Hollywood movies, and Fredric Jameson. And they're in German.

Heck no, man. I am so far beyond that now that I can't stop laughing. Dr. Ingrid can "map" my "cognition" any time she wants.



BLACK PLUTO'S DOOR. "In such a cosmic phantasmagoria, a new world war is nothing… this daily dose of spectral anarchy and pandemonium… an antique Underworld of theocratic absolutes and paranoid finality"… Hey, I never heard of this Tom Nairn guy, but that's some hot-dog political writing.



"This is a conference about a business missing in the USA. It is a business that is constructed of ideas such as: *computer graphics & imaging of the human body *micro lozenges that record their journey through the body *various wearable monitoring devices *visualization of blood, urine, DNA & genomics *robotics & nanotechnology *interactive information describing various risks, opportunities & economics in the planning of a healthy life."

Wow, they sure are cyborging-out over at TEDMED. If that's a "business", do you die in posthuman agony whenever your stocks crash?



It's a little hard to tell exactly what the heck they think they're up to over at openflows. Spy stuff… hardware… Linux… vaguely globalist political sentiment… it just sort of opens up and flows.

But for people who like this sort of stuff (and I'm one of them) openflows has pretty much exactly the sort of stuff you will like.


Bruce Sterling writes books like Darwin watched animals. Find out more about him, and read tattered electronic copies of Cheap Truth, at the Bruce Sterling Online Index. He lives with his wife Nancy and their two daughters in Austin, Texas.

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