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State of the World 2013: Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky this year's model should be particularly interesting, given the current hyperactive state of the world and the abundance of available conceptual lenses
posted by infini (22 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
And that, kiddies, is why we have editors.
posted by scruss at 6:26 AM on December 28, 2012 [7 favorites]


Sterling sure loves him some Serbia.
posted by leotrotsky at 6:47 AM on December 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


The Mayan's what? The Mayan's what, dammit. I'm visualizing stuff here, and it's not pretty. Lifted off, but not pretty.
posted by sebastienbailard at 7:01 AM on December 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Austin glowed even more brightly on various geographical and concept maps. There were loud and persistent ka-chings.

The new Austin doesn't even speak the same language I speak.

It only makes sense that Austin would have the classed-up, Cosmic
Cowboy version of NASCAR.


Oh, for fuck's sake. You guys killed all that 20 years ago. The new Austin is hyper-agressive self promoters out-jockeying one another for pole position on Lamar blvd. It's fitting that Formula racing will be your legacy when us loud and persistent harrumphers have fled the stage.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:03 AM on December 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


an Internet evangelist and expert, web consultant/developer, social commentator, gonzo futurist, media analyst and critic, and sometimes activist

A confession like this used to merit 10 years' hard labor, but we have grown soft on crime in this fallen world of ours.
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:04 AM on December 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


I couldn't tell if they were actually pontificating on the issues of the day, or simply name-checking all the cool people they hang with and places they visit.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:40 AM on December 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


Oh. I clicked on the link thinking it was going to be about the annual State of the World reports put out by the Worldwatch Institute.
posted by eviemath at 8:03 AM on December 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Mayan's what? The Mayan's what, dammit. I'm visualizing stuff here, and it's not pretty. Lifted off, but not pretty.

Taken, dammit, taken off... grar edit window
posted by infini at 8:13 AM on December 28, 2012


Now, I've noticed  over the years that these Well State of the World encounters commonly develop into a series of eloquent complaints from everybody concerned.

Hey, he's been reading the comments!

Seriously infini, thanks for posting, these are always as awesome as the MeFi comments are grumpy.
posted by Artw at 8:38 AM on December 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hey, he's been reading the comments!

*waves to bruces*

Not too early to link I hope? I noticed previous years were all in early January.
posted by infini at 8:49 AM on December 28, 2012


I dunno, I kind of like to read all the stuff up front and then come back way later to scan though comments for all the Bruce bits, maybe some of the Jon bits.
posted by Artw at 8:59 AM on December 28, 2012


> And that, kiddies, is why we have editors.

They must be on vacation, huh?
posted by davelog at 9:10 AM on December 28, 2012


Dennis Mckenna was on Erik Davis's internet radio program Sunday talking about that old trope about the 2012 "revelation" being transmitted to he and Terence in the Amazon jungle while tripping on psilocybin mushrooms 40 years ago. It is more interesting although no less wacky than anybody else's recent take on it. He just published a book including the above that he funded on kickstarter.
posted by bukvich at 9:21 AM on December 28, 2012


Bruce Sterling on Why It Stopped Making Sense to Talk About 'The Internet' in 2012


can't decide between a straight face and link or a snigger at the frist!
posted by infini at 11:23 AM on December 28, 2012


WELL topics link-drop MetaFilter posts, and MetaFilter posts link-drop WELL posts. Comments on comments on comments.

Bruce's closing talk at SXSW this year or last was largely about stacks. It's a shame the talks aren't online, they're kind of like sermons to the digerati.

The purchase of the WELL by a group of members has sparked a renewed interest in it for me. While the WELL and MetaFilter are more similar than not, there's something about posting in a private space that's different than putting up screeds for all to read. Less pressure to be liked, more pressure to be articulate.

One realization from the State of the World topic, Bruce uses double spaces between sentences. Jon uses single spaces.
posted by jeffkramer at 11:49 AM on December 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


If there was a transcript of that SWSX talk I totally would have FPPed it, it was great stuff.
posted by Artw at 11:51 AM on December 28, 2012


WELL topics link-drop MetaFilter posts, and MetaFilter posts link-drop WELL posts. Comments on comments on comments.

Turtles.

And btw, right now, if you must mention India, it's not Bollywood I'd talk about unless its how they portray the womenfolk.
posted by infini at 12:52 PM on December 28, 2012


The Mayan's Gun's, of course. This title is channeling Tales of Game's.
posted by Apocryphon at 1:08 PM on December 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


After going back to PicoSpan, I wonder if anyone has considered writing a command line interface to MetaFilter. After 7 years of not being active on the WELL, it's amazing how fast the muscle memory comes back. My fingers know how to navigate better than my brain does.
posted by jeffkramer at 1:59 PM on December 28, 2012


Does anybody know of a prominent Warren-Buffet-like investment guru whose #1 tip is "Go as Long as you can on: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook"?
posted by bukvich at 10:11 AM on December 31, 2012


I'll wait for an emerging market disruptor...
posted by infini at 10:24 AM on December 31, 2012




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