Reluctant Habits

Looks Like Rudy Rucker Wasn’t That Far Off

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I somehow missed it, but Justin TV is a 24-hour vlog, very similar to what Rudy Rucker included in his most recent novel, Mathematicians in Love. Audio and video of one man’s life. It even got written up in the Chron, with fulminating quotes from Andrew Keen. I couldn’t possibly imagine undergoing such 24-7 public exposure. For example, if Justin gets laid or takes a shower, does he still keep the camera on?

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They Forgot to Supply the Kleenex

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“We make computers work for you.”

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Human Frogger

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Roundup

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If you thought that Matthew Sharpe’s take on Jamestown was the first, Garth Hallberg reveals the history of Jamestown in contemporary fiction, citing not only one of my favorite contemporary authors, but The Sot-Weed Factor, one of my favorite novels of the past fifty years. The San Antonio Express-News interviews Jodi Picoult, only the third woman to have written for Wonder Woman. And if that little tidbit isn’t enough to disturb you, consider Wonder Woman’s origins: William Marston, one of the men who innovated on the polygraph, created the character…read more

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Finally, A Film That Reflects the Truth of Relationships

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Now If Only They Could Take the Piss Out of Frank Deford’s Forced Enthusiasm

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Irrational Public Radio. Fun stuff. The patois is often dead-on. (via MeFi)

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Permanent Age

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“What’s your permanent age?” asks someone who I do not care to name, as located by Maxine. Well, let me try to answer this question. This morning, when I woke up, I had a permanent age of six years old as I giggled over a few juvenile things. This escalated to a permanent age of 42, because I had to do actual work, and then dipped down to about 22 or so when I headed into work and finished a nonfiction book that was written at an undergraduate’s level, but…read more

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Death Threats Against Kathy Sierra

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Several people have forwarded me this post, which has been picked up by the Chronicle, suspecting that I might have something intelligent to say on the whole mess. You’re probably not going to like what you’re going to hear from me, but since nobody is stepping in, I’m afraid I’m going to have to speak up soon.

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If the Judge Awards to Chooseco, LLC, Go to Page 42; If the Judge Awards to Daimler Chrysler, Go to Page 56

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Publishers Weekly reports that Chrysler is in hot water. Chooseco, LLC, the publishers of the Choose Your Own Adventure series has sued Chrysler over a Jeep Patriot ad campaign. But perhaps some car advertising isn’t really meant to be interactive.

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Roundup

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The New York Sun has more news on the forthcoming statue devoted to George Plimpton. As previously reported here, and, yes, this is actually serious, there’s been some controversy on whether to portray Plimpton atop a horse, with his bicycle, or carrying literature and boxing gloves. What the Sun uncovers is that a mere $4,000 of the required $200,000 cost has been raised. It’s clear that Toby Barlow, the man organizing this project, is going to have to do better. Maybe the only way to foot the bill is to…read more

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Something to Consider

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I haven’t seen anyone point this out yet, but consider this: Cormac McCarthy will go on television for an Oprah interview, but Jonathan Franzen won’t?

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Hobbits

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I’ve wondered why hobbits always seem to be employed in the service sector. You never really hear of hobbit attorneys, hobbit investment bankers, hobbit doctors, hobbit teachers, or hobbit intellectuals. Really, a hobbit’s only apparent purpose is to run around like an asshole and accompany humans and elves on their quests. Which makes them sidekicks. Thus, hobbits are there to provide nothing more than comic relief. But life isn’t just about providing comic relief. Even in the role of servant, one must take some responsibility for one’s actions. So what…read more

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Norman Spinrad Reveals What Happened With the “Bug Jack Barron” Film

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It was to be written by Harlan Ellison and directed by Costa-Garvas. But more importantly, this is a fascinating story about behind-the-scenes shenanigans at Universal. (via Warren Ellis)

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Gray Lady Slams San Franciscans with Base Generalization

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New York Times: “Most plastic grocery bags are made from polyethylene, which is derived from oil, which is considered by many San Franciscans to be the root of most of the world’s problems, from $4 gallons of gasoline to the war in Iraq.” Actually, not this San Franciscan. I believe that most of this world’s problems stem from peanut butter that you can’t lick from the roof of your mouth, poorly performed cunnilingus, clip-on ties, bad toupees, and, of course, money.

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The Late Baby, Late Baby, Late Baby Roundup

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Jeff Bryant takes me to task about my thoughts on the Typepad Virtual Book Tour. Contrary to our disagreement (and don’t worry: we’ve kissed and made up; it only took five comments, as well as several naughty haikus and illicit JPEGs sent by email), I think Jeff does raise some valid points. I have been in contact with Typepad and will collect all of my thoughts in a future post, which is better reasoned. Give me a few days to do the legwork. I meant to mention it last month,…read more

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Kermit is Hurt

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Inbox Backlog

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I’m now only twenty days of email behind: the best it’s been in some time. Bear with me. I’m replying as fast as I can.

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Best American Fantasy 2006

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The entries for this year’s Best American Fantasy have been announced. To whet everybody’s appetites for this interesting and variegated collection, I’ve provided links to all of the stories that are online: “A Hard Truth About Waste Management” by Sumanth Prabhaker from Identity Theory “The Stolen Father” by Eric Roe from Redivider “The Saffron Gatherer” by Elizabeth Hand from Saffron & Brimstone (M Press) “The Whipping” by Julia Elliott from The Georgia Review “A Better Angel” by Chris Adrian from The New Yorker “Draco Campestris” by Sarah Monette from Strange…read more

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Roundup

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First off, there are two stories pertaining to the Los Angeles Times. After the Martinez fiasco, the Times has decided not to rely upon guest editors. This is a pity, because I was really looking forward to Uwe Boll guest editing the opinion section, offering his thoughts on why film critics are more evil than investment bankers and why violence (specifically boxing) is the only possible response to detractors. And the LATBR has, as previously reported, merged its section with the Sunday opinion section. That’s Sunday instead of Saturday, which…read more

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A Tribute to Those Daring and Possibly Insane Bike Messengers

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On Twitter

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I have attempted Twitter and I can’t say that I’m happy. It might help if there was more of a payoff. You see, I had thought this was some kind of social networking application, but aside from a kind friend invite from someone named “hephatitssundae,” who seems, based on her user profile, to be a pleasant pink-haired individual who I will likely never meet, my online ramblings, as far as I know, have been received by deaf ears. Perhaps I’m not meant to communicate in shorthand. Perhaps I’m simply too…read more

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For Those Tired of Three Handed Analog Devices

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A dot for every second in the day.

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Walter Tetley, Pet Boy?

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Credits Castrate: The Voice of Walter Tetley (via Messr. Brownlee)

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His Undersides Are Like Sharp Potsherds?

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Mainichi Daily News: “Once the basic basin service has finished, the genitals are swathed in a chunk of mud supposed to cleanse the skin. Once they are completely covered, the woman (or women) providing the service, then show their handiwork, so to speak, until the client reaches climax, or what Spa! calls the ‘ascent to Heaven.’”

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From the Folks Who Gave Us the Judaswiege

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Scientific American: “A new German study, however, has found that, when practiced correctly, a method of periodic abstinence known as the sympto-thermal method (STM) leads to an unintended pregnancy rate of only 0.6 percent annually. This rate is comparable with that of unintended pregnancies in women who use birth control pills, the most popular method of contraception in the U.S.”

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Three Identities? Small Potatoes. I Have 452 Identities in a Spreadsheet

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Guardian: “It is said that we are all three different people: the person we think we are (the one we have invented), the person other people think we are (the impression we make) and the person we think other people think we are (the one we fret about). You could say it would be a lifetime’s quest to reconcile this battling trinity into a seamless whole. Maybe, but for the time being I am convinced that, in Kurt Vonnegut’s words (there I go, quoting again): you are what you pretend…read more

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More Lethem, More Copyright

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New interview with Amy Benfer.

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C-C-Catch the Wave

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So let me get this straight. Max Headroom, a major cyberpunk cultural item that aired for two seasons on ABC in the mid-1980s, is unavailable on DVD. Yet a handful of episodes are available for free on AOL? I don’t understand the logic behind this, but I know what I’ll be downloading very soon. There is also the V television series (as opposed to the more interesting miniseries), a smattering of Wonder Woman episodes, and even Freddy’s Nightmares, which I’m confident is an unintentional laugh riot. (via Fimoculous) [UPDATE: Actually,…read more

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Lydia Millet 2.0

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Lydia Millet has relaunched her website. If you haven’t read Oh Pure and Radiant Heart or Everyone’s Pretty, there are now excerpts of these books for your enjoyment — as well as an assortment of other writings. And coming in September 2007 from Soft Skull Press: How the Dead Dream. You can also listen to a conversation with her, when I was still pretty green at this interviewing thing, at The Bat Segundo Show #12.

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Worst Video Game Ever?

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