"Many scientifically-minded people believe the Singularity is a time in the future when human civilization will be completely transformed by technologies, specifically A.I. and machines that can control matter at an atomic level… The problem with this idea is that it’s a completely unrealistic view of how technology changes everyday life."
"…it revealed something important about the limits of rational thinking and that it could teach useful lessons about phenomena as diverse as substance abuse and savings habits. Since his essay was published, the study of procrastination has become a significant field in academia, with philosophers, psychologists, and economists all weighing in."
Good Night, Moon - by Rudy Rucker & Bruce Sterling
“They say the moon’s gone missing,” said Carlo Morse. He set another fabule on the checkered tablecloth at Schwarz’s Deli.
Jimmy Ganzer examined the growing collection of dream nuggets. The fabules were tightly patterned little pastel spheres, pockmarked and seamed, scattered across the tabletop like wads of gum. “Nobody goes for space travel dreams anymore,” said Ganzer. “I don’t want to work on that.”
Age-otori (Japanese) To look worse after a haircut.
Arigata-meiwaku (Japanese) An act someone does for you that you didn’t want to have them do and tried to avoid having them do, but they went ahead anyway, determined to do you a favour, and then things went wrong and caused you a lot of trouble, yet in the end social conventions required you to express gratitude.
So, thanks for blowing all of the Posts I had Queued for today overnight. I thought that timing the Queue not to Publish overnight would stop the Queue from Publishing my Posts overnight. That seem to be rather THE POINT OF THE QUEUE.
Also, it appears that my Tumblr page is showing my Posts in the order in which I wrote them, not the order in which I asked the Queue to Publish them. I mean, I suppose I should be grateful that the Queue Published them at all, but still…
Have you thought about getting an IT department? Just a thought.
“I am a very big believer in the power of trash: trash pop culture, trash literature. I really have a lot of affection and belief in that stuff, because art scares people. Trash, pop culture doesn’t. You can put in all the subversive crazy stuff you want in trash culture that will change people’s perceptions of the world, and they will read it and they will take it in. Whereas in art they are going to run from it. So subvert the world through trash.”—Richard Kadrey, interviewed.
Over on the Electric Sheep movie website, Angry Candy creator Andrew Cheverton has contributed a comic strip review of Charlie Chaplin’s classic City Lights, which you can read here.
The comic strip reviews (previously featuring such artists as Paul Rainey, Karen Rubins, and Chris Doherty, among others) are an interesting and fresh way to review movies - Electric Sheep archives previous entries here.
Tatooine. Part of me has always liked the romantic appeal of a harsh, back-to-basics lifestyle (I also adore Dune, so maybe I have a thing for sand). Also, Tatooine was the first planet seen in the movies, and it was the very first time I’d ever seen something so realistic, being brought up on fifties sci-fi movies and Doctor Who. I love the moment where Artoo and Threepio are struggling through the dunes and walk past the vast dinosaur-like skeleton. They don’t mention it, the camera barely lingers on it - it’s just there, making the planet seem real in such an understated way that you don’t question it.
Her name is Ana Alvarado, and she’s having a bad day. She spent all week preparing for a job interview, the first one in months to reach the videoconference stage, but the recruiter’s face barely appeared onscreen before he told her that the company has decided to hire someone else. So she sits in front of her computer, wearing her good suit for nothing. She makes a halfhearted attempt to send queries to some other companies and immediately receives automated rejections. After an hour of this, Ana decides she needs some diversion: she opens a Next Dimension window to play her current favorite game, Age of Iridium.
Click-through to read on. If you’ve never read Ted Chiang, you’re in for a treat.