illustration: Dylan Roscover
Tomorrow (Friday, 2/7), I'll be speaking at the Lift Conference
, a digital tech and culture event taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. It was in Switzerland where Albert Hoffman first synthesized LSD in 1938 so I decided to give a talk about the intersection of psychedelic culture and computer technology from the 1960s to the present and beyond! My very short presentation is titled: "Just Say Know: A Cyberdelic History of the Future." I'm speaking at 16:00 CET tomorrow during a session called "Counterculture inspiring industries
." What a great topic for a panel! There are a slew of great speakers at Lift and you can stream the conference here
And if my topic interests you, I highly recommend you check out these two fantastic books about the trippy early daze of computer culture:
• John Markoff's "What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry"
• Fred Turner's "From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism."
My UK publisher, Head of Zeus, has published the official tour schedule for the British tour for Walkaway, with stops in Oxford (with Tim Harford), London (with Laurie Penny), Liverpool (with Chris Pak), Birmingham, and the Hay Literary Festival (with Dr Adam Rutherford). Hope to see you there!
My publicist just found an extra box of the cool promotional Walkaway multitools, and she’s generously offered to give them to the next 100 people to reserve tickets to the May 7th Walkaway event at Chicago’s Royal George Theater, where I’m presenting with CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY creator Max Temkin (current ticket-holders, don’t worry, you get […]
Carol from Cheapass Games writes, “In our continuing quest to bring back the very best classic Cheapass Games, we’re creating a new boxed set of Button Men, our strategy dice combat game. This time around, the characters will appear on cards, rather than pin-back buttons, but since they’re all 1950s era gangsters, the ‘button men’ […]
Bamboo has lots of uses beyond just being panda food. Things like bikes, roads, scaffolding, and musical instruments are made from the fast-growing grass. But unless you are participating in a tropical-themed LARP, you probably wouldn’t want a shirt made from bamboo stalks. So why do bamboo bed sheets make any sense? Because yarn extracted from […]
If you want to work in tech, but don’t have any desire to code web apps to help businesses sell things to other business, you might want to consider a career in cybersecurity. Judging from the apparent complete infiltration of Russian hackers in American cyberspace, it seems fair to speculate that there’s a major shortage of […]
All moms are different. But all moms like getting flowers on Mother’s Day, and that’s a fact (not, however a fact we can document in any fashion.) Instead of getting chewed out for forgetting to call her on the second Sunday of May, you can take care of it ahead of time with Teleflora’s flower […]