One of my very favorite scifi authors, Bruce Sterling, has done an interview with a blog I frequent called The Setup. The blog primarily profiles what important tech-minded people use to get stuff done. By golly, Mr. Sterling’s interview is as brief, irreverent, and profound as one would expect from him.
This amazing video could have easily been a CGI short horror movie, but it isn't. Space Replay is the brainchild of Royal College of Art student Francesco Tacchini, with Julinka Ebhardt and Will Yates-Johnson
Thanks to /u/Xenophon1
One of my very favorite stories just popped up on r/books. I grew up reading Isaac Asimov’s books.
My dad had a giant homemade cobbled-together bookshelf that spann the entire wall from ceiling to floor with computer manuals and magazines, mystery novels, non-fiction science books, and loads of scifi.
Carl Sagan, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, so many others, and just about every Isaac Asimov novel ever. It was a humongous nerd library, and I, a young shut-in. I read so, so many books too early. I didn’t understand most of what I was reading.
In my late teens, I re-read many of the books I had read in my tweens. One story stuck out and struck me beyond all others.
“The Last Question,” by Isaac Asimov is incredibly profound. I recommend it. That’s what I’m doing here, I guess. So, take a few minutes and read this. Warning: profundity ahead
Once again, thanks to Reddit for reminding me!
It’s been a rather busy time recently. Opportunities abound! I’m part of a couple of new blogging ventures (I choose not to promote them here for ethical reasons). I am continuing my book on DIY learning online after a short hiatus. Of course, I am still plugging away at UCF and learning new things. People say that college is just a way to escape from the real world and what not, but I will probably be in the college classroom in some capacity. It’s just a comfortable place for me.
I will have more information about other projects soon!
Taking time to be productive and taking time to be constructive: I love to be busy, but I’m finding more time to cultivate my creativity and my family life. It’s so important to fuel the drive, in addition to being driven. This has been a major goal for me. Fostering my enjoyment of life, as well as my success. It sounds like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised how quickly you get caught up.
To that end, I’m going to do a few “check this out!” style posts regarding music, movies, and books I enjoy. Hopefully, you will too!
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Today, we, the citizens of the Open Web, fight back against the NSA and mass surveillance. We stand in solidarity against spying and unlawful, unconstitutional use of technology to gather as much data as possible from innocent individuals, both here in the United States and abroad.
It’s always important to call your representatives when you have an issue so that they know how their constituency wants them to vote in Congress. Today it is incredibly important that we do this. We need them to know that we are not okay with our government operating in secret. We need them to know that we don’t want to live in an Orwellian state that spies on its own citizens and collects and analyzes data on innocent people around the world.
We aren’t revolutionaries here. Technology has made it so that we can peacefully organize and assemble without being hurt or arrested. We need to keep this amazing environment, the Open Web, safe from abuse and in the hands of the people. It is the most powerful tool for democracy humanity has ever had. It also has the most potential for oppression if used improperly as the government and some major corporations have done.
Use these hashtag:
Please take the time to watch this video, sign petitions, and call your congressperson:
Libraries have struggled for a while now to become “relevant” to the American landscape since the Internet came to be the information database that the library once was. I love libraries, frankly. I think they have as much value as they ever did and I think they deserve better treatment by all accounts.
The idea to make libraries technological centers is truly inspirational and it takes care of the relevance issue. Many libraries are now adding 3D printers, music studios, maker labs, crafting areas, and hopefully some will have co-op workshops for building awesome robots and electronics.
My local incarnation of this phenomenon, the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology at the Orlando Public Library, just opened. It is a 26,000 square foot facility that features “audio and video recording studios, a fab lab with 3D printers, and even a flight simulator” according to WMFE. I can’t wait to see it and see how people are using the space.
Education is different now. It's cliché to say that the Internet changed everything, but that doesn't make it any less true. Education is no exception. With information freely available
A lovely little explanation of something called the “Internet.” Have you heard of this thing?
INTERNET by Bruce Sterling from THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION
Extra website for authenticity. Make whatever site you’re looking at look like a geocities site from the mid-90s.: http://wonder-tonic.com/geocitiesizer/index.php