I love it when devices coin new forms of language.
I don't even mind when the guys who are compiling
the glossary seem to be making up a lot of it
out of whole cloth.
OhmiGod it's the *cutest thing I've ever seen!*
It's a *baby* H. P. Lovecraft!
You wanna read a good H. P. Lovecraft story? This
one about the guy with the mind-shattering electrical
Virtual Reality circus, the one HPL wrote in 1920, man,
that one is tops.
While ECHELON watches you, why not join the fun
and watch ECHELON? You know that scene in
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK when they nail the
Ark of the Covenant into a pine crate and lose
it inside a giant warehouse? You get the impression
that the NSA does that with whole banks of Cray
They used to hate James Bamford
for writing his tell-all NSA book, and then they
figured out that Bamford knew more about the NSA
than the guys and gals who are working there. Now
he's kinda like their poet laureate.
It kills me that all this ECHELON hardware has been
sitting around in embassies and on weird islands
and such for nigh on forty years. Whatever the
hell they've been up to, they've been doing it
for decades on end.
You see, vato, I'm doing a kind of Woodie Guthrie
Grapes of Wrath thing with my acoustic guitar,
only it's all about gun-toting Mexican dope smugglers.
Here in Sinaloa, us narco-corrida guys are like
the People's Poets, compadre. Or, as Google
Translator would put it, "Putting itself to work hard, Chalino horro enough
money to record, dedicating it to it to its brother, who had killed it in a
hotel of Tijuana. After to him to have recorded to its brother its running,
Chalino began to compose in excess for several narcotics traffickers,
alphabets receiving to them up to $2000." And then he got shot dead
after a gig.
These classy Jules Verne illos must be in the public
domain by now. Thank goodness he's even older
than Mickey Mouse.
I especially like this one. Lads out for a stroll,
a little manly hunting and fishing... actually it's
hunting that *is* fishing.
Jules LIVES! You can't keep a good man down!
Bruce Sterling is a science-fiction writer who lives in Texas. The sun is a G-type star out towards the edge of the Milky Way.