Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age
an age and see a list of accomplishments performed at that age.
New: "A Dollar for Your Soul" and "The Vision
Vine" have just been released as an audio book, available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/EarlVickers and on iTunes.
Dollar for Your Soul"
A good introduction to
Ponzi™ schemes and the madness of crowds. Based
on a true story about a high-school soul-selling pyramid
this story originally appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy
Magazine. A Russian
translation was done by Andrei
Novikov and published in December
1993 in Yesly ("If") magazine, which has been voted Europe's best
science fiction magazine. Since its circulation in 1993 eclipsed
that of MZBFM,
it appears that far more people have read this story in a Russian
A short story about virtual
reality and entheogens, originally published in Whole Earth
It's also about tribal cultures in conflict with modern civilization. The magazine Transdimension
Vista published a Japanese
translation without my knowledge
or permission, so
I'm using this graphic without their permission. (Also see Google's translation of
the Japanese version back to English.) The story
was then translated
into Russian (from the English version, of course) and published
in the May 2002 issue of Yesly magazine.
A very short, allegedly true,
Stories: An Anthology for Insomniacs
A collection of stories
designed to be as uninteresting as possible — your contributions
Girl Scout Cookie Project"
happens when your local scout troop goes on strike and refuses
cookies containing trans fatty acids (TFAs)?
An unpublished story about dreaming and networks. No one has bothered
Paul Hawken's Commencement Address to the Class of 2009
Direct, naked, taut,
honest, passionate, lean, shivering, startling, and graceful.
I've been trying to understand what makes this guy tick. While some people underestimate him or dismiss him as a
celebrity, he's an effective speaker, good at feeding off the energy of his audiences. He stirs up the crowd by
peppering his speeches with coarse phrases and put-downs. Even as he cultivates chaos by playing to peoples' fears
and resentments, he offers himself as the visionary leader who can restore law and order. He paints the present
day as a time of decline and decay and promises to make the country great again, but is vague about his actual plans.
He has been described as an egomaniac who only loves himself; a self-obsessed clown with a strangely scattershot,
impulsive style; a narcissist with a flair for self-dramatization and a "characteristic fondness for superlatives."
His manic speeches raise questions about his capacity for self-control, but he's a shrewd politician, with a
keen eye for the strengths and weaknesses of other people and an ability to instantly analyze and exploit situations.
He's been called "so thoroughly untruthful that he can no longer tell the difference between truth and lies."
He believes in appealing to the emotions - not the reasoning power - of the crowd, with repeated slogans consisting
of accusations, vows of revenge, and promises for the future.
His supporters feel the country needs a strong man who can shake things up. "Why not give the National
Socialists a chance?" a prominent banker said of the Nazis. "They seem pretty gutsy to me."
- Based on
Kakutani's review of "Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939" by Volker Ullric.
Who We Might Be If We Weren't Us
Based on a
Google search of visually similar images.
Hate My Life" Project
This is a hybrid image in which Mona Lisa is smiling when you're up close
and frowning when you're far away (or looking at a thumbnail).
online diary of what I was doing and thinking
each time a random timer beeped
Dogs into Art
distributed dozens of dollar bills rubber-stamped with messages asking
for return of the dollar or information as to its whereabouts
Review of Don't Think Twice
Mike Birbiglia's excellent movie about an improv comedy troupe.
Apparently the White House has decided
to outsource their Secret Service protection.
Photos of recently
discovered Crap Circles,
strange circular feces formations.
Photos of Fort
Ord and the Impossible City
Found in a Rat
A Bunch of Song
Demos, including You
Do the Math and You
Hate Me and I Don't Know Why
brief excerpt from a deposition, wherein I give testimony
regarding a road kill possum.
Dreams and False Awakenings
Commentaries on the Human Condition
A hypertext version of
a dream about dreaming,
in which a telephone symbolized a dream. The over-reaching
interpretation is included at no extra charge
THE ATTITUDINALLY CHALLENGED
technologies for coping with chronic negativity
"You could be happy right now"
Might as well.
Regarding "Experimental Nonlocal and Surreal Bohmian Trajectories"
I encountered an unexpected passage in an otherwise serious paper on quantum physics.
"The Loudness War:
Background, Speculation and Recommendations"
Video based on a presentation I gave at the recent Audio Engineering Society convention in San
Francisco. The presentation looks at the Loudness War in terms of game theory and questions the idea
that louder recordings sell better.
long out-of-print recording "It's
a Jungle in There: Sounds of the Tropical Rainforest in 3D" is
finally available from
short essays on tropical bird
sounds, along with samples I recorded
in Costa Rica.
essay on Mockingbird Song
Unusual Ideas for Science Fair
Using Information Technology to Save
My local water district responded to this idea, and they may implement it next year. Update:
Quiz from the "Awesome
Possum" video game.
Historical note: I
think the bass part of the Awesome
Possum theme song was sung by the late Elmer "Len" Dresslar,
Jr., famous for being the voice of the Jolly Green Giant.
It Like a Penguin
Chapter 7 from Do It Like an Animal: Spice up Your Love Life with Erotic Advice
from the Animal Kingdom
report on Things Found Growing in My
Concerning the Speed of Light
Randomness, Consciousness, and the Mind/Body Problem
Escape from Tech Support Hell
automated tech support system is indistinguishable from torture."
My new website, AudioEffects.com, is an authorized reseller
for two of the most distinguished brands in audio processing: Zynaptiq (makers of Morph,
OrangeVocoder, UNVEIL, and UNFILTER), and Sound Radix (makers of Auto-Align and the 32 Lives Audio
Unit plug-in adapter).
Make your music shine
with Turd Polisher Pro, the ultimate song improvement
program! Check out the 'before' and 'after' sound samples.
a new software program that uses digital audio technology to neutralize
unwanted conversations so you can focus on your work, not your coworkers.
Meditation is now available from the iTunes
Detector lighted cat collar glows whenever your cat purrs.
Card Number Despacing" problem has been solved. This discovery
untangles one of computer science's most difficult mysteries.
Helper is a Photoshop plug-in for fixing a variety of common
artistic blunders, such as Monet's blurry images and Escher's mistakes
with perspective. See all the 5-star awards this program has won!
which I resolve to just be happy
Secrets of the Universe
story within a true story
Purpose of a Man
on evolutionary biology and love
Letter to Comcast
about a long series of
to a beard
to a Letter Concerning Post Alpha-Bits
was written in crayon
Regarding a Software Upgrade
from a Fast Food Company
those beeping sounds
TiVo Essay Contest Entry
OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE
people are searching for
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