Category Archives: tech

the changes

National Express waiting room, Heathrow, August 2017 Over the last several years, I’ve found it harder to read in the evenings. The cause is partly biological (and helped by reading glasses) but partly or even mainly social. The lights are actually going out. In … Continue reading

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Eastercon: AI panel

“The biggest intelligence booster is more communication between humans and the Internet does that very well.” “We have created a species of intelligence that could wipe us out one day and it’s called the corporation – it hasn’t so far … Continue reading

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Eastercon: a post work future

(a tough call against SF Engineering and Infrastructure) This panel started with a bit of the usual blue sky. Jobs have been changing since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, nobody cries for the blacksmiths. (Anymore. As I post this, they … Continue reading

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what they don’t tell you about the raspberry pi

The Raspberry Pi is a double-edged device: it is designed to challenge the user to learn about technology because it is not encased in a simplified consumer product interface. At the same time, it is meant to be a little … Continue reading

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rip the things we forgot to save

An emerging list of lost Internet value: Television Without Pity, where the best posts ever were Stee’s reviews of the original Temptation Island Fametracker‘s “Two Stars One Slot” feature. Where are we now supposed to go for verification that Leo … Continue reading

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requiem for an empire

I understand something happened in Finland today. Two years ago I might have learned about it in a very unpleasant 6 am phone call. Today I learned about it when the US woke up and my father and brother sent … Continue reading

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to tweet or not to tweet

This flyer comes from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet. The quality of the production is not at issue here; Hamlet isn’t one of my favorite plays but I thought this was amazing and would see it again. I particularly … Continue reading

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the man, the myth, the machines

The death of Steve Jobs was more shocking than I expected, considering all the false cadences that preceded it. The wire service I work for published his obituary by mistake in 2008 and broke news about his liver transplant in … Continue reading

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the third act begins

Leslie Harpold, one of the early Internet colonists I encountered on alt.society.generation-x and its spinoffs, died this past weekend of natural but sudden causes. Most of you kids probably don’t remember what life was like back in the early Clinton … Continue reading

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This is one of the coolest press releases I’ve ever seen, especially the last three paragraphs (cool =/= proofread, though). Via everybody.

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Hmmm. I may need a link to Tranbase at Trantex for a while longer.

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