April, 2001: 21 posts.
Latest reading: The Big U, by Neal Stephenson. The Big U is a remarkable book, not the least of which for being about the darkest comedy I’ve ever experienced. Savage in some parts, while retaining an odd charm. Apparently the author did not really wish it to come back into print, considering it too much a first novel. My favorite Neal Stephenson remains: The Diamond Age.
We walk a path. We seek wisdom.
I have gained no wisdom today.
Almost beach weather! Water temperature still not high enough for bodysurfing or swimming La Jolla Cove though.
William Gibson, in the new film No Maps For These Territories, describes seeing footage of the Murrah Building on CNN as a pivotal moment. The bar for science fiction had been raised, as the modern world made another leap of incomprehensibility.
I can’t get the phrase “Venice decompressed” out of my head. The phrase is in the book Idoru. I’ve been listening to the audio book version on my short commute.
Many tasks remain undone.
Quite good, and all about the human genome.
So they start talking about cystic fibrosis – a genetic disease which wreaks havoc on the lungs and body of those who have it. Very awful, and something I would occasionally deal with back when I was still a Respiratory Therapist.
Now, the interesting part comes when we hear the a person who has this disease of CF mention that she lost four pounds overnight. my wife hears this and tosses off a “I would love to lose four pounds overnight.”
My reply is, “no you don’t want to lose four pounds with…” and here I think. “CF” but when I say it out loud it is expanded to “Cold Fusion.” Cold Fusion is a web programming language.
This is the moment I realize that inhabiting my skull is no longer the brain of a Respiratory Therapist. It is now occupied full time by a Web Developer.
Other people have things about to happen as well. The new Bruce Sterling interview in Locus indicates a new nonfiction book from him called Tomorrow Now sometime soon. William Gibson is working on a new book, no idea of the release date. David Byrne has a new album due to be released soon. There’s a new biography of Talking Heads out soon.
So much stuff. Meanwhile, visions of new articles for artlung.com are gelling in my head. Stay tuned.