Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age
an age and see a list of accomplishments performed at that age.
"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
translation I knew nothing about.
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An unpublished story about dreaming and networks.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.
Ten Bible verses to think about when selecting a president
Hate My Life" Project
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.
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