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.
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.