Things That Have Caught My Attention

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Tag: Neal Stephenson

s3e22: Things That Have Caught My Attention 

0.0 Station Ident Friday, June 17 2016, 10.3km up in the sky with a ground speed of 798 km/h, listening to Cigarettes After Sex’s cover of Keep on Loving You. I’m somewhere in the air between Atlanta, Georgia, on the way home to Portland. So, how’ve you been? I’ve been away for a bit, and […]

s2e11: Bob Rife Is Real; Digital Secure Confusion 

0.0 Sitrep Wednesday, July 29, 2015 and it is hot in Portland again. Cut it out, Portland. 1.0 Bob Rife Is Real So in Snow Crash (spoilers, but at this point, *really*), L. Bob Rife is a sort of fictional Ted-Turner-slash-Bill-Gates (ie: regular 20th century broadcast communications magnate who commands the media through which the majority […]

Episode Two Hundred and One: The System Of The World; Hard Takeoff 

0.0 Sitrep 8:14pm on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The new process/practice/habit/general writing thing is in the evening: after family dinner with the toddler, after we’ve put him to bed, after I’ve cleaned up the dining room and the kitchen and put everything away. And then, some time to write. I said before that I didn’t […]

Episode One Hundred and Eighty Seven: Snow Crashing (10); How The Web Works Now

0.0 Sitrep 4:18pm, Central Standard Time on 29 November on the way to London Heathrow, from Kansas City via Mineapolis St-Paul, leading a Code for America expedition to the UK’s Government Digital Service. I’ll be meeting up in London with five of my colleagues trying not so much to find out what makes GDS tick […]

Episode One Hundred and Forty Three: Email; Snow Crashing (10); 2014 (4)

0.0 Station Ident I’m in Branson, Missouri, on an extended family road-trip, visiting in-laws and newborn cousins. Family is milling around me, grilling chicken and corn, and a ten year old is showing me Lego Marvel Super Heroes.  Branson is in Southern Missouri, about a four-hour drive from Ferguson, Missouri, which you might have heard of. […]