I was also an adherent of the propaganda/garbage dichotomy but then after reading tor.com/stories… I realized it had been written by Doctorow and I was hella baffled
Huh, that’s not bad. I’m getting the feeling that Cory got halfway through it before realizing that he was going to have to write an ending, though.
Spoilers: Vs jr jrer fhccbfrq gb oryvrir gung Yrba, nqiregvfvat nppbhag rkrphgvir, jnf nyfb n cunezprhgvpny purzvfg jub znantrq gb trg n cflpuvngevp zrqvpngvba nyy gur jnl vagb pyvavpny gevnyf, gura znantr gb xvyy gur qeht fb rssrpgviryl gung yvgrenyyl abobql ryfr va gur jbeyq rira unq n pbcl bs gur zbyrphyne fgehpgher; gura ur ernyyl arrqrq gb fcraq zber gvzr frggvat gung hc rneyvre va gur fgbel, engure guna fcevatvat vg ba hf ng gur raq.
So, now that I have a smartphone, I’ve been buying and reading ebooks. Thus,
Equoid, The Rhesus Chart, Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross. (2011, 2013, 2014)
I wonder if I’m too familiar with Stross to actually enjoy his books anymore. I subscribe to his blog, so I tend to see ideas for his books being workshopped and ironed out. By the time the book is actually published I’m real, real familiar with the ideas and themes in it. That means the books have to make it based on the merit of the plot, execution and dialogue, areas where Stross has historically been weak, and actively seems to be getting weaker as time passes.
Equoid was okay, but The Rhesus Chart fumbled the climax badly, and Neptune’s Brood suffered from just being Boring As Shit.
The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon. (2007)
I couldn’t figure out why the average score on this book was so low, until I read the ending, at which point I was enlightened.
Spoilers: Gur Funqbj Zra ner fubja gb or nyy-cbjreshy, pna bcrengr bhgfvqr bs gvzr, naq ernyyl ernyyl ungr uhznaf. Vs gurl’er fb onqnff, gura ubj vf vg gung Jbat xrrcf xvpxvat gurve nff?
Nyfb, va gur svefg unys bs gur obbx Jbat zragvbaf ercrngrqyl gung gur anzr bs gur pvgl, “Haqvfpybfrq”, vf haqvfpybfrq orpnhfr vg’f n fuvgubyr shyy bs qrzbaf, naq lbh qba’g jnag gb tb gurer naljurer. Ohg gur frpbaq unys vf nobhg n mbzovr bhgoernx gung xvyyf gubhfnaqf, naq vf rkcyvpvgyl fnvq gb or yrnqvat arjf ba PAA sbe jrrxf. Pnyyvat gur gbja “Haqvfpybfrq” vf yvxr qbvat n obbx nobhg 9/11 naq ershfvat gb zragvba Arj Lbex ol anzr.
Homeland by Cory Doctorow. (2013)
You can divide all of Cory’s works into two groups: Garbage (Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, and Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town) and EFF Propaganda. (Eastern Standard Tribe, Little Brother, For The Win, Makers, etc etc) Homeland is among the latter.
Cory managed to publish a book about Snowden a couple months before Snowden actually leaked anything, which was amazing timing.
The most interesting thing about the book is the juxtaposition of these two passages.
If Cory wants us to take him seriously as an arbiter of coolness, then he needs to pull his mouth off Wil Wheaton’s dick for two seconds.
Screencheat is a two to four player first-person shooter where everyone is invisible and the only way to eliminate your enemy or win the match is by screen cheating - as in looking at your enemies side of the screen to know where they are and hunting them down.
Screencheat is certainly a unique FPS in today’s gaming world where every shooter is almost of the same concept but with a different theme to them. Taking inspirations from classic competitive FPS games like Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, and Halo, it’s looking to be an extremely fun and competitive game with a big (invisible) twist.
When a nanolaser casts a shadow, the grad student gets 6 more weeks of fabrication.
The pillar in the middle is one of the nanolasers our lab makes. It’s supposed to be a single column all by itself, roughly cylindrical with a bit of a funky coke bottle shape, about 1/100 the height of a sheet of printer paper. We etch out the column from a solid block of layered semiconductor, using a bombardment of high-energy plasma from the top. So, how did the nanolaser end up carving its shadow into solid semiconductor?
It seems that when we use the scanning electron microscope (SEM) to look at our nanolasers after various steps in our fabrication process, the microscope’s electron beam changes the properties of the semiconductor it hits, making it more resistant to our etching plasma. Since we’re usually imaging our lasers from the side, the electron beam hits each nanolaser pillar at an angle, and the area hidden behind the nanolaser gets shielded from the beam.
What this means, unfortunately, is that the more we use SEM to look at our fabrication progress, the less predictable the fabrication process becomes. A watched laser never lases.
Zazzle is great place to spot generative bots in action. The online marketplace has an API that allows scripts to upload designs, which has been exploited by those who seek to gain the trickle earnings of the Long-tail demand economy. By generating millions of variants of t-shirts and other products, the bots increase their chances of niche demand sales. To see a bot in action simply sort the items by Newest and refresh every now and again to find more items added to the market. Eventually you’ll spot patterns in the way products are generated, often the bot is going through words from A to Z. Above are some T-shirts generated when it passed through words beginning with ‘Ex’.
In this month’s Harvard Business Review, The Content Marketing Revolution smells like concentrated essence of evil; an unironic paean to the take-over of journalism, and public conversation, by marketeers.
I recommend reading it, if only for shock value; here are a couple of out-takes for flavor.
Brands are no longer merely peddling products; they’re producing, unearthing, and distributing information. And because they do, the corporation becomes not just economically important to society, but intellectually essential as well.
Just a sec, be right back.
Sorry, had to make an unexpected run for the loo there; hate it when that happens. Let’s try again.
Branded content is a brave new world and a brand’s editorial team, regardless of how it’s organized, must learn to live and breathe a company’s bottom line while also being mindful of the kinds of stories that appeal to readers.
Just a sec, be right back.
I guess that’s the new ethos of journalism: the employer’s bottom line plus the kinds of stories that appeal. Author Alexander Jutkowitz is on the board of overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review so I guess this represents mainstream thinking on the profession’s future.
oh my god. tumblr. tumblr. please. there is no “4chan raid”. 4chan is not an organized website and the people who use it have the attention spans of gnats. if there is any “raiding” going on, it is literally a selection of individuals that you could count on one hand who would have been bored of this within hours of beginning if you hadn’t responded with a degree of hysteria that reaches “confused grandma tries to use a computer” levels of gullibility
if you stop making 60,000 note deep reblog chains about how 4chan is engaging in CYBERTERRORISM and that the FBI is going to SHUT DOWN THEIR WEBSITE i fucking guarantee you whatever four nerds are actually doing anything at all on tumblr will stop and you will never hear from them again. the entire substance of this “raid” is making fake posts about what they’re going to do and posting screencaps for you diarrhea dump in your baby diapers and it is working so effectively that i feel embarrassed to be here