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Current Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature

Secrets of Scientology: The E-Meter
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 2:08 pm EST, Mar  7, 2005

] Welcome to the Internet's most extensive E-Meter site.
] The device above is a Hubbard electro-psychometer
] (E-meter): a crude lie detector used by Scientology
] auditors (counselors) to examine a person's mental state.
] Scientologists claim the device allows people to "see a
] thought". In the hands of a trained auditor, they believe
] it can uncover "hidden crimes".

Bonus points go to the hacker who brings an e-meter to the con this weekend.

Secrets of Scientology: The E-Meter

Futurismic: Fiction
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 12:01 am EST, Jan  5, 2005

] Reenie's head chip woke her by steadily increasing
] the perceived volume of a song by a British comedy
] troupe. Lots of trippy dreams last night. She
] couldn't remember them all this morning, but she was
] sure they were cool. She rolled out of bed and prepared
] for her "Commute" to the adjoining room. Reenie
] loved her job, well, as much as she could love any job.
] She got to work from home as much as she liked.

If you liked "Ownz0red" by Cory Doctorow, which many of you did, you will definitely like this quick little 10 minute read.

Futurismic: Fiction

RAC:RESEARCH - Research Chemicals (And Bill Joy)
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 6:24 pm EST, Nov 21, 2003

You can now get same day shipping for online orders of 5-MeO-AMT, 5-MeO-DMT, DPT, DiPT, 4-AcO-DiPT, 4-HO-DiPT, 4-AcO-DET, 4-AcO-MiPT, and 2C-I.

The chemists are now creating new drugs faster then the feds can schedule them. Thanks to the Internet, they can be obtained easier then a chipped XBox. Elsewhere online, you can find "trip reports" where people share and rate experiences with various drugs. This isn't a new thing either.

This just reenforces what I've said many times before, we are rapidly approaching a future that closely resembles Gibson novels. Here, look at it. Get comfortable with it. You can by 2C-I online, have it shipped to your house, get wacked out, and share your findings online.

This is all Bill Joy's fault. This site uses Cold Fusion, which uses Java. Ha. Just wait till people can print sheets of acid and pull i-beams out of hats! Chaos.

RAC:RESEARCH - Research Chemicals (And Bill Joy) | Truncat by Cory Doctorow
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 6:55 pm EDT, Aug 31, 2003

] What if you could file-share someone's consciousness?
] Would it be a violation, or the ultimate communication
] therapy?

Good read. | Truncat by Cory Doctorow

Guardian Unlimited | Online | Talk time: William Gibson
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 4:42 am EDT, May  2, 2003

] Is brevity the key to good internet communication? It's
] hard to say whether it actually is brevity when it
] involves a hyperlink. If what you're presenting is a
] customised node, then the node is the message and you
] don't want a lengthy node!

] Do you see the net as becoming more corporate? It
] hasn't seemed to me like the romantic idea of "anything
] goes" on the net has made much sense for quite a while. What
] I see more is an attempt to find a way to make money on the
] net. No one's managed to catch up with the pornographers yet!

Guardian Unlimited | Online | Talk time: William Gibson

Gibson music props
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 8:26 pm EST, Mar  1, 2003

Had to blog this for three reasons: Roky Erickson, Johnny Cash, and Nick Cave.

Gibson music props

The Infinite Matrix | Rudy Rucker and Rudy Rucker, Jr. | Jenna and Me
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 4:00 pm EST, Feb 14, 2003

] George Bush doesn't sound as mean and stupid as I would
] have expected. Or maybe I'm just in a frame of mind to
] cut him slack. There are three armed Secret Service men
] here in my bedroom/Dogyears-World-Headquarters.

I love Rudy Rucker. This is basically Robert Wilsonesque nerdcore. Its fast and fun.

The Infinite Matrix | Rudy Rucker and Rudy Rucker, Jr. | Jenna and Me

Wired: Legomancer
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 9:49 am EST, Feb  7, 2003

] Science fiction has long been William Gibson's electric
] guitar - the instrument he uses to gain perspective, to
] transform life's ditties into anthems of transcendent
] strangeness. In Pattern Recognition (Putnam, $26), he
] goes acoustic, unplugging the overt sci-fi tropes that
] have marked his work and producing a mainstream product.
] He succeeds because our real world has such gnarly tech
] (Web surfing on a laptop with a Wi-Fi connection is
] functionally the same as jacking your brain into a
] cyberspace deck) and because his riffs make such a good
] read.

Rudy Rucker reviews Pattern Recognition for Wired.

Wired: Legomancer

William Gibson: In the Visegrips of Dr. Satan (w/ Vannevar Bush and Google)
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 10:32 pm EST, Jan 29, 2003

] As of next Monday I will be on tour. So, in an effort to
] cut myself some slack from the few precious civilian days
] remaining, I'm opting to post the following talk, which
] I gave last year at the Vancouver Art Gallery. VAG had
] mounted an ambitious if oddly titled (The Uncanny) show
] around the theme of "the cyborg". Since this seemed to be
] "the cyborg" as academics understand "the cyborg", and
] not just a cyborg, or cyborgs, as you or I might
] understand cyborg(s) I took it upon myself to lower the
] tone of the proceedings with the following.

Also, Gibson's take on The Matrix.

William Gibson: In the Visegrips of Dr. Satan (w/ Vannevar Bush and Google)

William Gibson's Blog
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 12:14 pm EST, Jan  7, 2003

] So welcome, and special thanks to those of you who
] arrived early and started colonizing the place before it
] was even completed. That really cheered me up, a couple
] of weeks ago. I don’t have to feel I’m moving into an
] empty (and dishearteningly brand-new) structure. There
] is already some human space here, the start of that
] sense of duration and habitation, and soon there’ll be,
] I hope, more.

] In spite of (or perhaps because of) my reputation as a
] reclusive quasi-Pynchonian luddite shunning the net (or
] word-processors, depending on what you Google) I hope
] to be here on a more or less daily basis.

Its live now!

William Gibson's Blog

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