My laptop arrived this morning. I’ve been struggling to keep the kitten away from the power cord–yesterday he chewed through a speaker cable (stupid cheap wire is hard to splice back together), and a few minutes ago I had to chase him away from a mini-DVI adapter (at least the plug will still work even if the casing has teeth marks). I don’t know what the deal is. Do I need to get him one of those chew toys they make for hamsters?
To continue on from yesterday… One of the sf/real-life tech crossovers I’ve been thinking about is the “fast folk” in some of Ken MacLeod’s work (other people have used this idea too, but it first caught my attention in one of his books). It refers to people who’ve been uploaded into computers, and with that augmented processing power rapidly diverge from the rest of humanity, creating things that sometimes impact everyone else (usually not in a positive way).
As far as I know, no such augmented folk are actually out there, but the interaction he describes makes me think of how technology creators and promoters relate to the general public. So often we spew out all this stuff, programs and blog posts and trends and controversies, and little pieces trickle out into schools and workplaces and the mainstream media… but most doesn’t. It isn’t relevant or useful or interesting. I’ve been trying to figure out what that means for the work I do.
Last… This kind of intimidation is not okay. Mean kids? Do they miss what it was like to be 13? (I sure as hell don’t.) Hand in hand with the discussions of blogging, and Twitter, and all of this tech that can give strangers a window into our lives, people ask “is it safe? will something bad happen if I expose myself in this way?” I’ve been sitting around talking about the subtle ways the tech industry discourages women, but nothing says “fuck off” more than seeing Valleywag reprint an image of a prominent female blogger with lingerie Photoshopped over her face, while spinning the story of said photo’s origins as a petty feud. Wow.