The Future Is Here

The Peripheral
by William Gibson
Putnam, 485 pp., $28.95

William Gibson has spent his career in the shadow of his first novel, Neuromancer, which was published in 1984 and greeted as at once a punk revolt against traditional science fiction and a crystallization of the anxieties of the age. The book depicted a future in which identity was dictated by technology, the natural world had been subsumed by cities, and the geographic distinction of borders had given way to a frenetically visual monoculture dominated by the neon ads of multinational corporations.

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Hacker Way

Feito é melhor do que perfeito.

On Wednesday, Facebook filed the prospectus for a $5 billion initial public offering. Here is CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s letter to potential investors.Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission — to make the world more open and connected.

We think it’s important that everyone who invests in Facebook understands what this mission means to us, how we make decisions and why we do the things we do. I will try to outline our approach in this letter.

At Facebook, we’re inspired by technologies that have revolutionized how people spread and consume information. We often talk about inventions like the printing press and the television — by simply making communication more efficient, they led to a complete transformation of many important parts of society. They gave more people a voice. They encouraged progress. They changed the way society was organized. They brought us closer together. Continue lendo “Hacker Way”

Nirvana Live at Reading 1992(full concert)

Nirvana

Nirvana Live at Reading 1992(full concert)
1-the rose (intro) 00:00
2-Breed 01:30
3-Drain You 04:40
4-Aneurysm 08:35
5-School 13:10
6-Sliver 16:22
7-In Bloom 18:37
8-Come As You Are 23:10
9-Lithium 26:45
10-About a Girl 31:57
11-Tourette’s 35:05
12-Polly 37:01
13-Lounge Act 39:50
14-more than feeling (cover) 42:50
15-Smells Like Teen Spirit 43:28
16-On a Plain 48:45
17-Negative Creep 51:44
18-Been a Son 54:40
19-All Apologies 58:00
20-Blew 01:01:30
21-Dumb 01:06:52
22-Stay Away 01:09:37
23-Spank Thru 01:13:08
24-Love Buzz 01:16:14
25-smoke on the water (cover) 01:20:10
26-The Money Will Roll Right In 01:21:11
27-D-7 01:23:25
28-Territorial Pissings 01:27:10
29-the star spangled banner 01:29:28

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Ghosting

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On 5 January 2011, at 8.30 p.m., I was messing about at home when the phone buzzed on the sofa. It was a text from Jamie Byng, the publisher of Canongate. ‘Are you about?’ it said. ‘I have a somewhat left-field idea. It’s potentially very exciting. But I need to discuss urgently.’ Canongate had bought, for £600,000, a memoir by the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. The book had also been bought for a high sum by Sonny Mehta at Knopf in New York and Jamie had sold foreign rights to a slew of big houses. He said he expected it to be published in forty languages. Assange didn’t want to write the book himself but didn’t want the book’s ghostwriter to be anybody who already knew a lot about him. I told Jamie that I’d seen Assange at the Frontline Club the year before, when the first WikiLeaks stories emerged, and that he was really interesting but odd, maybe even a bit autistic. Jamie agreed, but said it was an amazing story. ‘He wants a kind of manifesto, a book that will reflect this great big generational shift.’ He’d been to see Assange in Norfolk and was going again the next day. He said he and the agent Caroline Michel had suggested me for the job and that Assange wanted to meet me. I knew they’d been talking to other writers, and I was at first sceptical. It’s not unusual for published writers to get requests to write things anonymously. How much did Alex Haley protect Malcolm X when he ghosted his autobiography? To what extent did Ted Sorensen create the verbal manner of John F. Kennedy when he wrote Profiles in Courage, a book for which the future president won the Pulitzer Prize? And are the science fiction stories H.P. Lovecraft ghosted for Harry Houdini not the best things he ever wrote? There would be a touch of all this in the strange case of Assange. But there is something else about the genre, a sense that the world might be more ghosted now than at any time in history. Isn’t Wikipedia entirely ghosted? Isn’t half of Facebook? Isn’t the World Wide Web a new ether, in which we are all haunted by ghostwriters? Continue lendo “Ghosting”

Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston

Cassius Clay

Boxing. Championship. Sonny Liston vs Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) (1st meeting). Feb. 25, 1964. Convention Hall, Miami Beach, Florida, United States.

“Clay comes out to meet Liston and Liston starts to retreat, 
If Liston goes back an inch farther he’ll end up in a ringside seat.
Clay swings with a left, 
Clay swings with a right, 
Just look at young Cassius carry the fight. 
Liston keeps backing but there’s not enough room, 
It’s a matter of time until Clay lowers the boom. 
Then Clay lands with a right, what a beautiful swing, 
And the punch raised the bear clear out of the ring. 
Liston still rising and the ref wears a frown, 
But he can’t start counting until Sonny comes down. 
Now Liston disappears from view, the crowd is getting frantic 
But our radar stations have picked him up somewhere over the Atlantic. 
Who on Earth thought, when they came to the fight, 
That they would witness the launching of a human satellite. 
Hence the crowd did not dream, when they laid down their money, 
That they would see a total eclipse of Sonny.”