A few tickets left for tonight's event in Seattle! (then Bellingham, Vancouver, Burbank...) (!)

We had a fabulous time last night at Portland's Powell's City of Books and now I'm on the runway to fly up to Seattle for tonight's event at the Neptune Theater with Neal Stephenson (it's not too late to get tickets!) -- then tomorrow I'll be at Bellingham's Village Books before heading to the Vancouver Writers' Festival. Read the rest

Charles Babbage wrote a "cardboard vaporware" app in 1840 and left it in Turin

Bruce Sterling's been playing with a stack of hand-punched cardboard cards created in 1840 by Charles Babbage as a kind of vaporware app for his never-built Analytical Engine; they were intended to placed in a revolving "six-sided prism." Read the rest

See you tonight at Powell's, Portland! (then Seattle, Bellingham, Vancouver...) (!)

Yesterday's Walkaway event at San Diego's Mysterious Galaxy was terrific (there was birthday cake) and now I'm flying to Portland for an event at Powell's City of Books tonight with Andy "Waxy" Baio before heading to Seattle for an event with Neal Stephenson at the Neptune Theater, then a stop in Bellingham's Village Books. Read the rest

See you this afternoon, San Diego! (then Portland, Seattle, Bellingham...) (!)

We had a great Walkaway tour stop last night in Scottsdale, AZ, and now I'm headed to San Diego to help the legendary Mysterious Galaxy store celebrate its birthday, closing out a fantastic day of speakers, readers and signings at 4PM. Read the rest

The glitched-out, large-scale murals of Felipe Pantone

Felipe Pantone, a graffiti artist based in Valencia, Spain, does these amazing, cyberspace-is-everting murals, skinning buildings and even cars all around the world. (via JWZ) Read the rest

Most European millennials would join "a large-scale uprising"

The European Broadcasters' Union polled 500,000 18-25 year olds on the question, "Would you actively participate in a large scale uprising against the generation in power if it happened in the next days or months?" 53% answered yes. Read the rest

Wrapping up the Crooked Timber seminar on Walkaway: Coase's Spectre

Two weeks ago, the excellent Crooked Timbre groupblog kicked off a symposium on my novel Walkaway, inviting ten scholars, practitioners, activists and thinkers to weigh in on the novel with thoughtful, sometimes sharply critical essays. Read the rest

See you tonight in Austin! (then Houston, Scottsdale, San Diego...) (!)

We had a fantastic event last night at Denver's Tattered Cover -- thanks to everyone, especially the Denhack crew, for making it so great -- and now I'm headed to the airport to fly to Austin for an event tonight at Bookpeople with a special guest appearance from EFF-Austin! Read the rest

Thunderbird finds a new home

Thunderbird is one of the last robust email clients, a must-have for people who don't want to use webmail or leave their mail on a server, waiting to be hacked and dumped -- but for years, it has been on deathwatch, as the Mozilla Foundation looked for another organization to take it over. Read the rest

Copycamp is returning to Warsaw, and wants your papers on "How exclusive rights affect real life"

The latest Copycamp call for papers is up, inviting presentations for the excellent Warsaw symposium on copyright, innovation and freedom -- now six years old! Read the rest

Make a quick, cool crystal ball out of a smartphone and a goldfish bowl

Get your phone to loop Madame Leota (or your favorite spooky fortune teller), stick it in a goldfish bowl with strategic black cloth covering everything except the video, and plonk the whole thing on a candle-holder: viola! (via Gameraboy) Read the rest

See you tonight in Denver! (then Austin, Houston, Scottsdale...) (!)

Thanks to all of you who came out to my tour-stop last night for Walkaway at Winnipeg's McNally Robinson bookstore -- what a fine time we had! Now I'm leaving for the airport to fly to Denver, where I'm appearing at Tattered Cover at 7PM. Read the rest

A total eclipse thermochromic stamp that changes when you touch it

The August 21 eclipse is being commemorated by the US Postal Service with a new stamp printed with thermochromic ink; when you rub the stamp the image transforms from an image of the 2006 total eclipse as shot from Jalu, Libya, to a photo of the full moon, both taken by Fred Espenak, aka Mr. Eclipse, of Portal, AZ. Read the rest

Press Play. Music Comes Out.

Stef Magdalinski (previously) (AKA, DJ at my wedding) writes, "I have a new music show 'Press Play. Music Comes Out,' on SF's finest community radio station, BFF.fm. I'm only on the 4th show, and still finding my feet (i.e. how the controls work), but this is my first show with a guest, Mole from old BB faves The Marseille Figs (previously), playing some brand new tunes from his kickstarter-backed double album, The DANGER ISLAND, their first new music in over 5 years... The show goes out on bff.fm 2-4pm on Monday afternoon, archive available shortly after and at your favourite podcast outlets soon thereafter... Read the rest

John Oliver's amazing new Net Neutrality video crashed the FCC's website

It's been three years since John Oliver's amazing Net Neutrality rant brought the term "Cable Company Fuckery" into common usage, crashed the FCC's website, and delivered a neutral internet to a desperate nation. Read the rest

See you tonight in Winnipeg! (then Denver, Austin, Houston...) (!)

Thanks to everyone who's come out for the Walkaway tour so far! Tonight, I'll be appearing at Winnipeg's McNally Robinson bookstore, then it's off to Denver's Tattered Cover, Austin's Book People and Houston's Brazos Bookstore. Read the rest

Matt Furie celebrated yesterday's Free Comic Book Day by killing off Pepe the Frog

Spare a thought for poor Matt Furie, a wonderful indie comics creator whose Boys' Club comics featured a lovable frog called Pepe that was adopted by the neofascist movement (the so-called "alt-right") as a symbol for racism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny. Read the rest

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