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.
The quote in the new header is from Confucius. Much wisdom in the Analects.
We walk a path. We seek wisdom.
I have gained no wisdom today.
Free as Air, Free as Water, Free as Knowledge: is my favorite link to quote people these days. I like especially the references to Ben Franklin. How do we resolve the problem of fair use in a market driven world? Dan Gillmor’s latest column, which calls for people to get active on the issue of fair use, brought the speech once again to mind. I also posted this to MetaFilter.
I think the fact that I sometimes find myself up until 3 in the morning for no really good reason is an indicator that I’m undeniably a night owl. I like staying up late, but this is ridiculous.
Go Christina!. Award Shows are useless. The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards doubly so. But I like Christina, so nyeah.
The weather here in San Diego today is lovely. Not too hot. Sunny. Pleasant.
Almost beach weather! Water temperature still not high enough for bodysurfing or swimming La Jolla Cove though.
From The Memory Lane Dept: TI-99, Amigas, and PowerMacs, OH MY!. I’ve been thinking maybe I should be writing longer pieces for the site. I am such a long-winded person on mailing lists, maybe I should be more long-winded here.
The Fresh Air radio show from Tuesday, April 10, 2001: a remarkable interview with the author of a new biography of Timothy McVeigh.Their book is significant to history, given Mr. McVeigh’s shyness with the press, and yet the authors, both journalists, come across as mild-mannered to a fault. Until I had heard an exerpt on the radio, I had not realized that McVeigh had confessed to the crime.Their book is called American Terrorist and looks to be worth a read.
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.
Another reason why I idolize William Gibson:
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.
Our taxes were done for the 16th.
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.
Keeping a journal is a responsibility, once you start it. But what does one do when there is precious little to share? I’m in transition now. Lots of irons in the fire. Things on my mind.
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.
Voltes V Paper Models by John Paras – added the other day. John Paras does this wonderful otaku thing and makes paper models of the five component craft which make up the giant robot, Voltes V. John was gracious enough to offer the pictures to me to put on this site if I like. Of course I did, but I wanted to mush them together, and give him credit. Let’s Volt In!
EduPoint – a former employer, goes bust. Another interesting idea that missed the mark.