Archive for the ‘The Calliope of Dread’ Category

Presidential Appointees (In No Particular Order)

Jeff Sessions: Looks like Alfred E. Neuman, thinks like John C. Calhoun. Steve Bannon: What stupid people think a smart person ought to sound like. Betsy DeVos: A government-run education system will never be able to produce the amount of ignorance this country needs. Jared Kushner: Once you grab the right one, hang on. Mike […]

Sorry, Tim

The future is not apps, the future is functionality. The sooner you guys get done fighting over the money, the sooner Siri, Alexa, Cortana, etc., can be addressed as fully rational creatures, and we guinea pigs consumers can get on with sorting out the blessings and curses of this new symbiosis you’ve been threatening us with promising us.

From 1994: The Future of Our Discontents

This essay appeared here and there on the Web in the mid-Nineties in slightly different versions — at one point it was even published in translation by an Italian Blade Runner fan site. There are things in it that I’d change if I were writing it today, but since the only point in re-jiggering the parts that […]

Machine of Loving Grace?

The iPad. I remember dreaming about tools like this. I never expected them to be appendages of gigantic, electricity-chewing server farms spied on by the secret police, though, or imagined them being assembled by slave labor in Chinese factories. Since I was a weird kid, who somehow managed to read a bit of Orwell and Marx between Star Trek episodes, I probably should […]

The Layman’s Guide to Economics, Appendix 1

When I first published the Layman’s Guide, I omitted any reference to economists as such, mostly because it seemed to me at the time that not even God himself, let alone an untutored blogger, could make anything either succinct or coherent out of their work. Since then, I’ve read more widely, if not more deeply, and, by George, I think I’ve […]

The Layman’s Guide to Economics

The Brothers Koch: You can’t have any. Ted Cruz: You don’t deserve any. Goldman Sachs: You can’t have any until we’ve got ours, and most of yours as well. Larry Summers: Once I’ve got mine, I’ll try really, really hard to get you some. President Obama: Everybody should have some. Somebody should see to it.