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William Gibson knows what time it is [06 Jul 2005|11:10pm]

Wired has a cool article by William Gibson about sampling, cut-ups, and authorship. I didn't know that he had these attitudes --- very pleased to find out.

I'm plucking some things out of this one for the quotes file. For example, "Today's audience isn't listening at all - it's participating. Indeed, audience is as antique a term as record, the one archaically passive, the other archaically physical."

A taste:

Some 20 years later, when our paths finally crossed, I asked Burroughs whether he was writing on a computer yet. "What would I want a computer for?" he asked, with evident distaste. "I have a typewriter."

But I already knew that word processing was another of God's little toys, and that the scissors and paste pot were always there for me, on the desktop of my Apple IIc. Burroughs' methods, which had also worked for Picasso, Duchamp, and Godard, were built into the technology through which I now composed my own narratives. Everything I wrote, I believed instinctively, was to some extent collage. Meaning, ultimately, seemed a matter of adjacent data.

(found via Boing Boing.)

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Happy Birthday [06 Jul 2005|11:14pm]

The Dalai Lama turns 70 today.

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How far do you walk to work? [06 Jul 2005|11:15pm]

I think this is my favorite use of Google Maps yet.

You can measure walking distances with Google Maps now.

I learned that I walk about 0.3 miles to work each day, from the train station to my office. That's a pretty nice commute.

This is a great service for people to manage carless lives. The MBTA trip planning site does offer some rudimentary walking directions for Boston, but I've been wishing for some better tools in the world of the Internets for pedestrians and cyclists. Directions that don't assume you have to follow one-way street signs, for example. This tool is a nice step toward that, because you can do things like measure out a route that takes you on foot across a park.

Found via Lifehacker.

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