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2002 May 14 Voices From the Gaps: Octavia Butler
Supergenius literary sci-fi. Not to be missed; beats the pants off your average cyberpunk-type. The Parable of the Talents, in particular, is a harrowing book.»
Jun 28 New Rose Hotel (1998)
Somehow it happened that they made a movie of New Rose Hotel and I never, ever found out about it. Damn.»
The Village Voice: Film: Flop House by Amy Taubin
A review of New Rose Hotel, the Movie. “Instead, what's on the screen is so dreadful that it inspires the ontological question 'What are films and why is this not one of them?'”»
William Gibson. New Rose hotel
William Gibson's best short story, I think - transational tech, sex, and the redemptionless hollow ache of those who deserve no better.»
Jul 12 Mission Statement of BLTC Research
Self-conscious project to ensure happiness and well-being engineering for all creation.»
Modafinil ( Provigil )
Stay awake for 40 hours with no bad side-effects. Then sleep 8 hours and do it again.»
Aug 22 Singularity Watch
The singularity is a'comin'! And these people are a-waitin'. The singularity is, well, here's what they say: "some 20 to 140 years from now—depending on which evolutionary or systems theorist, computer scientist, technology studies scholar, or futurist you happen to agree with—the rate of self-catalyzing, self-organizing, ever more autonomous (human-independent) technological change in our local environment will undergo a 'singularity,' becoming effectively instantaneous from the perspective of current biological humanity."»


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@20, by Paul Ford. Not any kind of eulogy, thanks. And no header image, either. (October 15)

Recent Offsite Work: Code and Prose. As a hobby I write. (January 14)

Rotary Dial. (August 21)

10 Timeframes. (June 20)

Facebook and Instagram: When Your Favorite App Sells Out. (April 10)

Why I Am Leaving the People of the Red Valley. (April 7)

Welcome to the Company. (September 21)

“Facebook and the Epiphanator: An End to Endings?”. Forgot to tell you about this. (July 20)

“The Age of Mechanical Reproduction”. An essay for (July 11)

Woods+. People call me a lot and say: What is this new thing? You're a nerd. Explain it immediately. (July 10)

Reading Tonight. Reading! (May 25)

Recorded Entertainment #2, by Paul Ford. (May 18)

Recorded Entertainment #1, by Paul Ford. (May 17)

Nanolaw with Daughter. Why privacy mattered. (May 16)

0h30m w/Photoshop, by Paul Ford. It's immediately clear to me now that I'm writing again that I need to come up with some new forms in order to have fun here—so that I can get a rhythm and know what I'm doing. One thing that works for me are time limits; pencils up, pencils down. So: Fridays, write for 30 minutes; edit for 20 minutes max; and go whip up some images if necessary, like the big crappy hand below that's all meaningful and evocative because it's retro and zoomed-in. Post it, and leave it alone. Can I do that every Friday? Yes! Will I? Maybe! But I crave that simple continuity. For today, for absolutely no reason other than that it came unbidden into my brain, the subject will be Photoshop. (Do we have a process? We have a process. It is 11:39 and...) (May 13)

That Shaggy Feeling. Soon, orphans. (May 12)

Antilunchism, by Paul Ford. Snack trams. (May 11)

Tickler File Forever, by Paul Ford. I'll have no one to blame but future me. (May 10)

Time's Inverted Index, by Paul Ford. (1) When robots write history we can get in trouble with our past selves. (2) Search-generated, "false" chrestomathies and the historical fallacy. (May 9)

Bantha Tracks. (May 5)

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