I love this essay. I'd like to read a dozen stories about the Stanford-adjacent artists/weirdos who found themselves inside the internet revolution at the beginning. Those are the interesting stories that need visibility.
I've updated my presentation on planetracking and discovering a massive, secret, FBI aerial surveillance program. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sowJrQQfgxnLCErb-CvUV8VGXdtca6SWYWWLRPZgaHI/edit?usp=sharing
a large Java conf, 1998
Rich Hickey is onstage demoing a lisp dev setup
his hacking gets more and more intense. he's jacked into a production server; he starts redefining functions on the fly, inspecting data as it flows thru functions
the audience is shocked and horrified but he continues typing, oblivious. an error occurs and he recovers from it in the repl
finally he sees their stunned silence
"guess you aren't ready for that yet" he responds impishly
"but your kids are gonna love it"
Thank goodness for EMAS. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp_xkhjlJ81
Middle-aged dads are always waiting for this kind of opportunity.
One of the greatest books written is now on Github, source, text, you name it it's all there, Norvig's classic Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming can be found https://github.com/norvig/paip-lisp
Scott Watson's karaoke memorial, in the LA Times.
Some of us were there swigging wine on the sidewalk considerably later than 3 a.m., to our detriment. Morrissey's oeuvre was discussed, yes, along with functional programming, visionary patents, and all the weirdness of early and pre-internet computing.
I'm considering reading through all Scott's patents. Maybe as a group...
I always find these photos of rare nuclear weapon-related phenomena to be super spooky.
Persistent sousveiller, Disney R&D Imagineer, developer of speech interfaces and deliberative systems, such a dad. Trying to learn to make better mistakes.
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