September 28, 2005
Can you read Korean? I'm looking for someone to help me get copies of the Korean edition of my book. (My American publisher hasn't been able to get them either.)
September 18, 2005
David Cronenberg is the subject of an insightful profile in today's New York Times Magazine: "If you admit to the possibilities of the most horrific things, then maybe they won't happen."
September 16, 2005
September 11, 2005
Consider the following quotations from a recent magazine article:
"We have entered the era of the amateurs."
"The network is now self-organized from the bottom up and is very decentralized. With local initiative and flexibility, it's very robust."
"Spontaneous groups of friends... who have few links to any central leadership, are generating sometimes very [effective results], notwithstanding their frequent errors and poor training."
More rhetoric from social media hucksters, right? More boosterism about "citizen journalism"? Guess again -- the topic at hand is al-Qaeda in 2005.
Frightening as this idea may be -- that the qualities of distributed social organization so widely championed among tech industry observers are currently being employed to kill innocent people -- it's not even the most terrifying insight to be found in the piece.
September 08, 2005
Two thirtysomething guys try to survive on Xbox Live, with amusing (if perhaps predictable) results.
This quote neatly summarizes my own experience: "I'm right at the fulcrum point of gaming popularity. Almost everyone five years older than me doesn't really "get" video games and has little interest in playing them. Almost everyone five years younger than me can't imagine life without an Xbox (or PS2 or whatever). As for me, I completely understand the appeal of these games -- it's just that I suck at them and I'll never get any better."
I guess I'd place myself just to the gaming side of that fulcrum; I've been gaming more or less continually for... holy crap, 25 years!... but gaming wasn't the cultural force for us Atari kids that it became with the rise of Nintendo, and I'd say I fall squarely into the "sucky and not improving" camp when it comes to modern games.
September 07, 2005
Perhaps tired of eating the same old fish every day, a killer whale in captivity figured out how to use the fish to catch a tastier meal -- then passed the technique on to four other whales.