An introduction

This is a semi-public place to dump text too flimsy to even become a blog post. I wouldn't recommend reading it unless you have a lot of time to waste. You'd be better off at my livejournal. I also have another blog, and write most of the French journal summaries at the Eurozine Review.

Why do I clutter up the internet with this stuff at all? Mainly because I'm trying to get into the habit of displaying as much as possible of what I'm doing in public. Also, Blogger is a decent interface for a notebook

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Rereading the start of Charles Stross' Accelerando. It's exhilerating, because of how familiar it is: each year, the CCC is filled with proto-Macxs -- Stross is just giving the present a shot of narrative adrenaline. And lovingly mocking reality while he's at it -- samba-punk, clothing tics and all.

The later chapters are also good, but I stop caring when it stops becoming recognizably human. Guess I'm a near-future kind of guy, for the same reasons I'm a reformer and not a revolutionary: the utopia that appeals is the one attainable by nudging the present in the right way.

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