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Week 46


You know, it probably takes a Romanian literary critic to point out that family life in cyberpunk novels is awfully complicated.



Boy, times are tough when even wimpy leftist human-rights nonviolent peaceniks start coming across like they are engaged in information-warfare to the death.



The "Design Within Reach" paper catalog arrived today. Every time it shows up I cogitate at length over the lamps and chairs and buy nothing.

Got an Aeron though. A nice green one.

And I want one of those Go chairs, bad. To me the Lovegrove Go epitomizes the Clinton Golden Age, that shiny, blissful, pre-Market Capitulation look. I sat in a Go Chair once. They're a lot cozier than they look.



Spammers are evil, and viruses are worse, but imagine spammers spewing viruses.

As James Boyle of Duke University recently quipped, "We need to start by amalgamating these into a single service — 'Let your Viagra enhanced senses thrill to the feel of exotic oils, as our replacement cartridges spray you with a fine mist of Sapphic lubricant, while our carefully chosen portfolio of Nigerian oil stocks makes sure that 'inflation' occurs only when you want it…'" James Boyle is a remarkably funny guy, given that he's an intellectual-property law expert.



Holy macaroni, I just hit the Teutonic radioactive elephant-graveyard of all possible

And this… why, this is the scariest roll-call of virtual intelligentsia I ever saw.

And these characters… wait a minute, I know almost every one these people! Hold me, I'm shivering…


Bruce Sterling writes books like Darwin watched animals. Find out more about him, and read tattered electronic copies of Cheap Truth, at the Bruce Sterling Online Index. He lives with his wife Nancy and their two daughters in Austin, Texas.

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