September 28th, 2007
I have 4 laptops and 3 LCD monitors arrayed around me like an operator in the Matrix.
- Total screen real-estate - 895.875 square inches of LCD staring me down (not counting three phones and a cell phone). I'd have 4 more laptops up but for the bottleneck of desk surface area.
- Total data transfered so far today (9:30am), well into the 10's of gigabytes, probably hundreds.
- Total disk space represented on my desks, nearly 2 terabytes. (ed. odd that firefox's dictionary doesn't have Terabyte in it.)
William Gibson was recently asked why his new book (Spook Country, excellent btw) was set in the recent past instead of the cyberpunk future that he's known for, with the implication that the present has caught up with his future.
"[the present is so weird that] I don't know if I'll be able to make up an imaginary future in the same way."
I'm surrounded by and immersed in the hyperpresent, and it's taking it's toll.
I need out for awhile.
Current Location: work
|Date:||September 28th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)|| |
Amen, Mr. Gibson.
and you, *hugs*.
I hear there's this happening party on the 7th...some friends getting married or something. You should go, it might be a good way to unwind.
Pattern Recognition totally rocked my world. In a funny way it restored my sense of optimism. It's impossible to look around at all the weird shit going on politically and say "This is going to lead to that..." when you also have your eye on all the weirder shit going on socio-technologically. He has a character who says that we no longer *have* a future, not like our grandparents did. Our grandparents could look at us and hope for education, marriage, whatever made a "good life" in their mind, and at least imagine how our future might be. There's no way we could look at even kids an age to be our own children (let alone grandkids) and even fathom what their lives might be like. It's tabula rasa, which could be scary, but for me was also uplifting, as I stopped thinking I *knew* what the outcome of any current policy or social current might be.
I haven't picked up Spook Country yet, because I'm edging up on a HUGE deadline and I can't afford to get hooked into a book and sit up all night in bed reading until after it's past.
For the toll of the hyperpresent, I recommend taking off all electronic devices and going for a walk alone in the Fells. Even 20 minutes can make a difference.
well I'm taking two weeks off after today and getting married in the middle of it, so that was kind of a rhetorical request. ;-)
and I think I prefered spook to pattern. haven't reread pattern yet though, so I'll have to give it a second chance.
I'm surrounded by and immersed in the hyperpresent, and it's taking its toll.
The future is here, it's just not distributed evenly.
(A 1TB disk is like, SO cheap nowadays, it's kind of insane.
what really scares me are the 2GB microSD cards.
They're smaller than my pinky nail. Literally.
and they're $20 at newegg.