Random thoughts on most things from A. M. Craig.

Friday, August 21, 2009

My time spent reading

We all have 24 hours in a day. That's it. No more, no less. I really should be spending my time figuring out how to preserve as much of it as I can.

Frequently, though, I spend that time reading. Books include the Omnivore's Dilemna, I am half-way through it. I read the screenplay to Being John Malkovich. Lunatic, that wonderful Charlie Kauffman. And I read a lot of blogs. Technology and society and politics and art and film. It takes in a broad swath of what we call culture.

Here is a sampling.

I, like everybody else who bought one, am disappointed with the lack of progression with the G1. A girl asked me recently when my phone was slow in taking numbers, why I would buy anything but the iPhone. In the past, I would have defended my phone. Not anymore. I'm just praying it'll handle the load of newer tech.

I know the clamour has died down, but I still think WolframAlpha will do some amazing things. You'll see.

I don't know what this is all about, but I'm excited for it.

Someday, the cameras on our phones will take gigapixel snapshots.

This may be the best wedding announcement I've ever seen.

I like to download music from the web, but I like to do it legally.

I have a very hard time trusting the methods, motivations, and integrity of government institutions anymore.

I'm really glad I found blogger.

I hope to someday build something of inherent value rather than chatter and hype.

Effective multimedia is all about production, the deliberate, careful synthesis of disparate many layered elements. That goes for movies, music, anything.

I've been proclaiming the advent of augmented reality for years, and now it looks like we might be gearing up for a rise in it's visibility. Bruce Sterling, whom I've mentioned before, says so. I'm afraid this might just be the Peak of Inflated Expectations of the Hype Cycle, though.

Right up there with Bruce Sterling is Kevin Kelly in my opinion. The man is a genius.

Telecoms are the biggest racket in the world. American's are paying through the nose, and Apple is making a killing. I hope to some day make enough money to turn that industry on it's head.

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