Last night I went down a YouTube rabbit hole watching Douglas Coupland, author of the 1991 novel Generation X. Coupland is the unofficial spokesman for my age cohort. He’s the person who named us and has continued to chronicle our misadventures through life – not least of which his own. His subsequent novels Shampoo Planet, … Continue reading “Hoard Anything You Can’t Download” – Douglas Coupland
Many years ago I remember a television commentator saying more Americans have outhouses than computer connections. This was in the early days of dial up modems. He seemed to suggest that household computers were little more than Japanese video games, which was actually true at the time. Well, thirty years have passed and this afternoon … Continue reading Shovel Ready
Each time I visit freinds in suburbia I’m confronted with the reality that there is no public realm. All space is private – if not legally or physically then certainly culturally. I’m reminded of my transgressions when I don’t follow the rules. The space in front of each house is de facto an extension of … Continue reading Get Off My Lawn You Rotten Kids!
Uber has officially launched its first iteration of autonomous commercial vehicles. There’s a lot going on in this promotional video so it’s worth a look-see. Mark and Larry meet at the California/Arizona border. Mark has arrived from Los Angeles with a load headed east. Larry has a shipment from the Midwest destined for Los Angeles. Mark and … Continue reading Uber Freight: Mark and Larry’s Excellent Adventure
A friend from Kentucky will be visiting soon and she asked if it’s possible to see the Googleplex while she’s in town. Yes and no. Google’s (or more specifically “Alphabet’s“) actual main headquarters in Mountain View, California just south of San Francisco is a marvel of modern security. If you want to get inside you … Continue reading A Visit to Google Land
It’s that time of year again so we sat down with our tax attorney to file our papers with the authorities. We’ve used the same guy for years now, but this year it was slightly different. Instead of going to a physical office we Skyped over the laptop in the kitchen. After a number of … Continue reading Automation, Metadata, Surveillance: Putting All the Pieces Together