@thegibson But this story Sparks Joy (tm) so...

We'll see. If it's meant to be, it'll happen.

@thegibson Yep!

I figure I can maybe figure that out once I get to it, if ever.

But I've got a through-line in my head now.

I am a *very* slow writer. I think it was around 2001 when I wrote my last thing (interactive fiction; it wasn't especially good).

This project began as a Speed-IF contest in, I think, 2012.

I'm maybe finally ready to *begin*. Ugh.

I have a job of writing to do. The core concept and protagonists have finally crystallised for me.

Now to file off the serial numbers (the music) and see what remains. If anything. This may take a while.

"1982: A Cyberspace Opera"

Overture: Tomorrow
(interlude: Ghosts)
Book 1. Radiant Energy
(flashback: The Wire Full Of Light)
Book 2. Solid State Revolution
(interlude: Machines)
(sidebar: Alleys That We Run Through)
Book 3. Now They Are Dreams
(sidebar: Up To An Ivory Tower)

Book 4... ??

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I still dream of the day computing and data storage swings back the other way and The Market builds a reasonable, affordable, high capacity removable storage device, suitable for backup and archival.

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<< Me, starting Internet Law class w/a joke: Guys, the last time this course was taught here the cutting edge case was Napster!

[blank stares]

Me, horrified: Wait. DO YOU KNOW WHAT NAPSTER IS?

[sheepish shaking of heads]


@galaxis It's equally as evil as the first two, and we are going to regret those two HARD.

The third one - if the cloud truly IS 'private', ie, physically local, provably not subject to mass untraceable at-will automated data harvesting by unknown third parties - is much less evil.

Of course 16 years have elapsed since TIA was first proposed and in tech, I guess that's an eternity; an entire generation have probably retired and the new kids don't even know who George W Bush was, the even newer ones probably don't even know about Edward Snowden, the really new ones haven't heard of Donald Trump

I'm so old I remember when the entire tech industry FREAKED THE HECK OUT at the idea of 'Total Information Awareness' and now it's just 'yeah, that's literally our business plan, what's wrong with it'


but seriously, somewhere between 2000 and 2019 the IT industry seamlessly transitioned from

"we provide precision engineering tools, your data is yours, you should not need to trust us or anyone, mathematics is your guarantee, crypto 4 ever. "


"give us your data. all of it. give. no secrets. hold nothing back. in return we will... train AIs on it.. and provide unspecified 'services'... for someone, who may be you... that can change at any time... and we are funded by, uh. Look, a unicorn!"

@ivan I am sure that carefully considering the future cost of their actions is a very high priority for social media companies

(stares at Mark Zuckerberg, then at fourth wall)

STOP PRESS EXCLUSIVE - JANUARY 2019 - AMERICA ONLINE - 10 cents download via fax - 50 cents via cortical jack socket

Shattering her innocent public image, America Online has discovered that freshman United States Representative Alexandria Casio-Cortex does NOT in fact, have a Casio cortex. She has an aftermarket modified Fujitsu-Sendai Cyberbellum.

FS Brand Ambassador Martin 'Rockin' McFly remains unavailable for comment, fuelling speculation that he has been suspended pending irregularities

What I don't get about Slack or any other 'chat as a service' system is why tech companies would willingly backdoor themselves with a surveillance system to harvest all their most private in-house discussions.

All those chat logs must be worth quite a bit to the right buyers.

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OK google:

How do I stop a perpetual motion machine?

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A major influence on fellow New Jerseyite Allen Ginsberg, a close friend of Ezra Pound, and one of the key players in modernism, Williams is a heavyweight of American poetry. But he’s light on his feet, and his poems feel as fresh as ever. Even after his in-ring career faltered, he cannily established his own eponymous regional promotion, and by the 1990s, William Carlos Williams, or WCW for short, would go on to smash TV ratings and generate pay-per-view revenues of tens of millions of dollars.

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@jk not for me because I always confuse them with the Beastie Boys

I mean who doesn't love "Beastie's Back, Alright"

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