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  1. Dude, you broke the Future!

    We’re living in yesterday’s future, and it’s nothing like the speculations of our authors and film/TV producers. As a working science fiction novelist, I take a professional interest in how we get predictions about the future wrong, and why, so that I can avoid repeating the same mistakes. Science fiction is written by people embedded within a society with expectations and political assumptions that bias us towards looking at the shiny surface of new technologies rather than asking how human beings will use them, and to taking narratives of progress at face value rather than asking what hidden agenda they serve.

    In this talk, author Charles Stross will give a rambling, discursive, and angry tour of what went wrong with the 21st century, why we didn’t see it coming, where we can expect it to go next, and a few suggestions for what to do about it if we don’t like it.

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    Original video: https://media.ccc.de/v/34c3-9270-dude_you_broke_the_future
    Downloaded by http://huffduff-video.snarfed.org/ on Fri, 29 Dec 2017 22:45:31 GMT Available for 30 days after download

    —Huffduffed by samuelhansen

  2. What Happened When The Gunshots Started : NPR

    Over the past week, NPR has talked to survivors and first responders, piecing together the events of the massacre in Las Vegas one week ago.

    https://www.npr.org/2017/10/08/556465486/what-happened-when-the-gunshots-started&mc_cid=a00f555fa6&mc_eid=dd67251071

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    Tagged with las vegas

    —Huffduffed by samuelhansen

  3. ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’ | Modern Love 75 | Modern Love

    Alex Karpovsky of HBO’s "Girls" tells the story of one man’s quest to turn his love life into a cinematic event.

    http://www.wbur.org/modernlove/2017/07/26/manic-pixie-dream-girl-modern-love

    —Huffduffed by samuelhansen

  4. ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’ | Modern Love 75 | Modern Love

    Alex Karpovsky of HBO’s "Girls" tells the story of one man’s quest to turn his love life into a cinematic event.

    http://www.wbur.org/modernlove/2017/07/26/manic-pixie-dream-girl-modern-love

    —Huffduffed by samuelhansen

  5. Michael O’Hare on Art Museums | EconTalk | Library of Economics and Liberty

    http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2015/05/michael_ohare_o.html?mc_cid=f03dfa5a8c&mc_eid=01da154381

    —Huffduffed by samuelhansen

  6. William Gibson & Timothy Leary Discuss Neuromancer Game That Never Was (Audio) – Mondo 2000

     

    cover photo by Morgan Russell

    We were working on our first Mondo 2000 issue. It was going to be the cyberpunk theme issue and we’d gotten interviews with the major cyberpunk SF writers, except William Gibson. Gibson’s management wouldn’t put us in touch with him. And then we heard that he was coming to the Bay Area and we turned up the heat, but his press agent had him set up for interviews with major outlets only and we were nobody and it was just a brick wall. So somehow, publisher Queen Mu wound up on the phone with Timothy Leary complaining about this and Leary offered to let us transcribe a tape of him and Gibson in conversation about ideas for the game spinoff that would accompany the release of the film of Neuromancer — all of this being planned then — back in 1989 (actually, plans began in ’86). Leary was going to lead the development of the game… at least conceptually. (Well, it was all conceptual, ultimately.)

    So, the next day, we all showed up at a Gibson appearance in Berkeley radiating some kind of weird intense energy and Gibson was drinking warm beers and glancing nervously over at us while he signed books. We probably looked to him like some weird cult preparing a kidnapping. And after the line of autograph seekers cleared out, MONDO Domineditrix Queen Mu strolled up with this insane bezoomny rictus grin that she has and told him that we were running this interview that Leary had done with him. And he literally held the side of the desk like waves were making him seasick and shouted, “That was no interview! That was a drunken business meeting!”

    The article ran and Gibson eventually became friendly. This edit from the tape features Leary and Gibson talking about the characteristics of Case (from Neuromancer) and then they go on to talk about William Burroughs.  I recommend listening through headphones.  Some of the voices are very quiet.  There is also at least one other male voice that you’ll hear and that would be someone from Cabana Boy, the production company that had the rights to the Neuromancer film at the time.  If you hear a female voice, that would be Barbara Leary, who was Timothy’s wife at that time.

     

    I interviewed Gibson a few years ago for the MONDO 2000 History Project and he had this to say about his vague recollection: “I dimly remember being annoyed that that was going to be published. Mainly because I hadn’t been asked, I imagine.”

     

    Gibson/Leary audio

    http://www.acceler8or.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/learyGibsonMP3_cleaned.mp3 

     

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    http://www.mondo2000.com/2017/08/05/william-gibson-timothy-leary-discuss-neuromancer-game-that-never-was-audio/

    —Huffduffed by samuelhansen

  7. William Gibson & Timothy Leary Discuss Neuromancer Game That Never Was (Audio) – Mondo 2000

     

    cover photo by Morgan Russell

    We were working on our first Mondo 2000 issue. It was going to be the cyberpunk theme issue and we’d gotten interviews with the major cyberpunk SF writers, except William Gibson. Gibson’s management wouldn’t put us in touch with him. And then we heard that he was coming to the Bay Area and we turned up the heat, but his press agent had him set up for interviews with major outlets only and we were nobody and it was just a brick wall. So somehow, publisher Queen Mu wound up on the phone with Timothy Leary complaining about this and Leary offered to let us transcribe a tape of him and Gibson in conversation about ideas for the game spinoff that would accompany the release of the film of Neuromancer — all of this being planned then — back in 1989 (actually, plans began in ’86). Leary was going to lead the development of the game… at least conceptually. (Well, it was all conceptual, ultimately.)

    So, the next day, we all showed up at a Gibson appearance in Berkeley radiating some kind of weird intense energy and Gibson was drinking warm beers and glancing nervously over at us while he signed books. We probably looked to him like some weird cult preparing a kidnapping. And after the line of autograph seekers cleared out, MONDO Domineditrix Queen Mu strolled up with this insane bezoomny rictus grin that she has and told him that we were running this interview that Leary had done with him. And he literally held the side of the desk like waves were making him seasick and shouted, “That was no interview! That was a drunken business meeting!”

    The article ran and Gibson eventually became friendly. This edit from the tape features Leary and Gibson talking about the characteristics of Case (from Neuromancer) and then they go on to talk about William Burroughs.  I recommend listening through headphones.  Some of the voices are very quiet.  There is also at least one other male voice that you’ll hear and that would be someone from Cabana Boy, the production company that had the rights to the Neuromancer film at the time.  If you hear a female voice, that would be Barbara Leary, who was Timothy’s wife at that time.

     

    I interviewed Gibson a few years ago for the MONDO 2000 History Project and he had this to say about his vague recollection: “I dimly remember being annoyed that that was going to be published. Mainly because I hadn’t been asked, I imagine.”

     

    Gibson/Leary audio

    http://www.acceler8or.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/learyGibsonMP3_cleaned.mp3 

     

    Post Views:

    546

    http://www.mondo2000.com/2017/08/05/william-gibson-timothy-leary-discuss-neuromancer-game-that-never-was-audio/

    —Huffduffed by samuelhansen

  8. What’s It Like to See a Democracy Destroyed? - POLITICO Magazine

    Hannah Dreier spent years covering the implosion of Venezuela. Her takeaway is a sobering one: There’s no rule that says that a miserable situation has to end, just because it’s too miserable.

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/07/democracy-die-venezuela-implosion-hannah-dreier-215467?mc_cid=77281577dd&mc_eid=01da154381

    —Huffduffed by samuelhansen

  9. David Sedaris On The Life-Altering And Mundane Pages Of His Old Diaries : NPR

    Sedaris’ Theft by Finding is a collection of excerpts from those diaries. In it, he revisits major turning points, like how he met his longtime boyfriend and his decision to stop drinking.

    http://www.npr.org/2017/05/31/530810011/david-sedaris-on-the-life-altering-and-mundane-pages-of-his-old-diaries&mc_cid=ef519eb379&mc_eid=dd67251071

    —Huffduffed by samuelhansen

  10. The Party Planners — Neighbors

    Eddie and Mary Helen live in Chattanooga, Tenn. — a city, like many in the

    country, that still feels the effects of segregation. They started by

    examining their hometown through the lens of race and ended up throwing a

    party.

    http://neighborspodcast.com/blog/the-party-planners530

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    Tagged with mary helen

    —Huffduffed by samuelhansen

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