At my funeral, I want them to play "Do You Realize?"
- Is your pen a deadly
weapon? What happened to being mightier than the sword?
- Newsweek comments on Ray Kurzweil's mid-life
crisis. Not much new there, but it is kind of funny to hear that
even fellow Singularity U professors think he may be a little crazy.
- Last week, Wikipedia banned Scientology--or, to be more accurate,
they put a blanket ban on IP addresses known to originate with the
Church of Scientology. As satisfying as that might seem, Evgeny Morozov
has a few good reasons why
Wikipedia was wrong to do it.
Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming
Languages: "1972 - Dennis Ritchie invents a powerful gun that shoots
both forward and backward simultaneously. Not satisfied with the number
of deaths and permanent maimings from that invention he invents C and
- Jim Rossignol provides
impressions of the "Thrilling Wonder Stories" panel, discussing
architecture, fiction, and futurism. Guests included Warren Ellis and
the designer of Half-Life 2's cityscapes, Viktor Antonov. There are
elements of a post about gaming's relationship to both science fiction
and futurism gestating as a result of this.
- I think it's really, really important that Harmonix--and not the
Neversoft Guitar Hero team--ended up doing Beatles Rock
Band. Technical issues aside, there was always a feeling that
Harmonix understood the musical side of what they were doing in a way
that their successors didn't, and it shows through in the product. I'm
not even a huge Beatles fan, and I still think this is
phenomenal. The trailer with actual game
footage is also looking really sharp. Belle is very excited.
- Along those lines, Anil Dash comments on the New Yorker and supporting
- As for the rest of E3: Eh. Microsoft's motion-tracking looks
very cool (and apparently actually
works), which would be great if I had a living room with actual
space in it. Likewise, if I wanted to annoy people I guess hooking my
XBox up to my Facebook status would be one way to do it. Nintendo's
being Nintendo with a
million franchise sequels and Wii attachments. Sony continues to
find ways to milk fans for money: more virtual objects for Home! A
download-only portable console that's still way too expensive! And as
nothing for PC.
- I once argued, to a room of conservative think-tank contributors,
that hip-hop (and jazz) were distinctly American forms of music--genres
that prize reinvention, improvisation, and a unique tension between
individual and collective action. Perhaps I should have specified that
it's not right for