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Week 72

03.24.03

This must be the coolest piece of hippie-hokum handwaving Situationist antiwar emergent psychogeographic smart-mob cybergoofball blather that I've ever seen.

I can imagine some hardbitten San Francisco street cop popping this baby up on a Google search and just sort of sighing.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/28/29862.html

 

03.25.03

Thank goodness, here's a site that doesn't seem to be chewing the same warblogged media cud over and over.

http://rferl.org/specials/iraqcrisis/

 

03.26.03

I've got a soft spot for these goofy techno-lingo efforts.

http://www.t-mobile.com/mytmobile/
communication/
messaging/shorthand.asp

 

03.27.03

A splendidly well-informed article on the Bollywood industry. I'm not a movie critic, but if I were, I'd like to write stuff this good.

http://www.laweekly.com/ink/03/16/features-chute.php

 

03.28.03

"Technology" generally means "stuff invented since I was born," but here's a prehistory of technology. Since there was woodworking and representational art 1.6 million years ago, technology is much older than Homo sapiens.

http://www.asa3.org/archive/asa/199705/0059.html

I dig this idea of prehumans making windbreak shelters before they were physically capable of speech. How was *that* supposed to work? They're like gorilla nests, only more sophisticated? Yow.

Nice insight here into daily life for the prehuman. You either bring the rocks to the bones, or you bring the bones to the rocks. Bows or spears are uninvented, so they don't hunt; they just roust up the family, and go throw rocks at lions, and take away the lions' food. Yeah, the simple life.

http://www.mc.maricopa.edu/~reffland/anthropology/
learning/origins/koobi/early_behavior.html

 

 


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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