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Aug 092017
 

The genre of dystopia – the ‘not good place’– has captured the
imaginations of artists and audiences alike for centuries. But why do we
bother with all this pessimism? Alex Gendler explains how dystopias act
as cautionary tales – not about some particular government or
technology, but the very idea that humanity can be molded into an ideal
shape… ed.ted.com Continue reading »

Aug 082017
 

Author Richard Brautigan 1968

I like to think (and

the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammals and computers
live together in mutually
programming harmony
like pure water
touching clear sky.

I like to think
(right now, please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.

I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.

Richard Brautigan Continue reading »

Jul 302017
 

What is a hacker? Unfortunately the term has taken on a negative connotation recently. Most people think of the hacker is a nefarious individual (or individuals) breaking into computer systems, stealing credit cards and/or identities. Hacker originally meant someone who was skilled in understanding technolgy, taking it apart, modifying it and making it perform in new and improved ways. What most people think of hackers are actually “crackers” in the sense they crack into systems maliciously often destroying files. Be aware that some of our most creative, innovative tech pioneers were once hackers. Such as Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Mark Zuckerberg and far too many to mention. Fear not the hacker! Continue reading »

Jul 202017
 

I am a geek and I think I’ve been a geek most of my life. Just didn’t know it. “The word geek is a slang term originally used to describe eccentric or non-mainstream people; in current use, the word typically connotes an expert or enthusiast or a person obsessed with a hobby or intellectual pursuit, with a general pejorative meaning of a “peculiar person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual, unfashionable, or socially awkward”… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geek Continue reading »

Jun 052017
 

About forty years ago a very good friend turned me on to great science fiction novel, Dahlgren by Samuel R. Delany. This 800+ page behemoth of a tome is an exercise in literary visualization that is low on plot but high on imagery. Dahlgren has also been referred to as the “yoga of reading”. And like most classics, they are worth revisiting time to time in search of rediscovered gold. Read On!

Jul 242016
 

At the end of 1938, Barney Josephson, a former shoe salesman, opened what would become one of the most legendary nightspots in jazz history. New York City’s first integrated nightclub, Cafe Society quickly became a gathering place for artists, intellectuals, left-wing political figures, jazz lovers, and, perhaps inevitably, the very Manhattan sophisticates it meant to mock with its satirical murals and ill-dressed doormen… indianapublicmedia.orgCafe Society

Jul 092016
 

The TF-X™ is the practical realization of the dream of countless visions of the future; it is designed to be the flying car for all of us. In order to achieve this long-sought-after vision, Terrafugia will focus the TF-X™ program with clear goals that enhance the safety, simplicity, and convenience of personal transportation.  We believe these goals are achievable today… terrafugia.comTerrafugia TF-X
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