Every once in a while I’m struck by an epiphany that, wow, things really have changed thanks to modern technology.
I was sitting on the bus in the morning using my trusty iPhone as an entertainment center, all very casual. And then I realized that I’m sitting there in my half-awake state, on a moving bus, listening to music, reading the New York Times online, and checking my email on a single device that fits in my pocket. And then I watched a video of the previous evening’s news from Sweden. On the bus.
When you think of it, not only is it insane that you can do those things using nothing but consumer-grade hardware and software, but that it’s so easy it’s almost mindless. Click and drool, and there you go, the information of the world in your hand.
It’s really time we started worshipping William Gibson as the messiah he is.
Of course, I’m still waiting for my implants, but what we have isn’t half-bad.
Posted Wednesday, 07 January, 2009 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.