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I loved 's insights into what makes him a sports fan, from his recent travelogue about his visit to the Sochi Winter Olympics. (The whole piece is long, but has many great moments. https://medium.com/p/e83510811c37):
"It’s hard to watch the Olympics on TV in America because of the way they package it for Americans, trying to develop a sense that we are rooting for our country and making a connection to American athletes. So much is fabricated, and I wanted to see beyond that. I didn’t come to root for TeamUSA, although I do care what Americans are doing and how American athletes are competing. But it is not why I came to Sochi.
"What I found special occurred surprisingly not at any of the events we went to, which included ski jumping, ice hockey and ice dancing, but took place two different times before a big screen TV inside the Adler transportation hub. We had just gotten off the train and there was a crowd of people looking up at the TV. All of them had stopped. The Russians were playing the US in curling, and the Americans had their last turn in a tie contest, as the stone went across the ice. It wasn’t clear who won until one member of the Russian team raised his hands in celebration. Another day, the US was playing against Russia in hockey, and in the third period, the Russians scored a goal to tie the game. Both times, the crowd erupted in cheers, and a swelling of emotion that led to chanting “RUS-SI-YA”, “RUS-SI-YA.”
"Something extraordinary was happening, and I realized that I shared their emotion, not because I rooted for the same team or same country, but I could ride the lifting emotion and energy, and its sudden appearance was something we all could enjoy. That was it, I thought at the time. That’s what I came for."
From 's travelogue on the Sochi Olympics:
"On our first night, we didn’t see the crowds that came later in the week. The most obvious thing was not just that there were few Americans in the crowd, but few Europeans as well. The crowd was predominantly Russian tourists. This was an Olympics by and for the Russians. There was very little international character to the event....
"Russia was on the stage, front and center, and even backstage. It was seen inside Russia as a triumph for Putin and the return of Russia to world prominence. It was also colorfully packaged as building the Russian brand for millions in a television audience watching from Europe and the US. Yet, as one American who had been to the Olympics in Vancouver said to me: “This is a somber Olympics.” It was not a party for anyone but the Russians themselves, and they came from remote regions to get their pictures taken here, holding their own flag. Perhaps for them, like us, Sochi was a version of Russia that they had not seen before."
And if you've never read Daemon and Freedom(TM), you have missed two of the great science fiction classics.
All of Daniel's books are thought-provoking page turners, deep in speculation about the shadow governments that actually rule us, ways that individuals can battle the system by harnessing new kinds of human potential, and just out and out "blow my head off" ideas you've never thought of.
*Also, here's a nice review of Influx by , who invited me to this event. Thanks Alex - http://bookbanter.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/influx-by-daniel-suarez-dutton-2014/
You've no doubt read about the healthcare.gov fiasco, and the rescue effort (http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2166770-1,00.html ) Be part of the change that's coming to Washington.
Bringing more people with tech skills into the Federal government can be a big part of making things better for all of us.
On Monday, I visited O'Reilly Media's small development office in Brooklyn, where Rune Madsen, Zach Schwartz, and Steve Klise are working on our Atlas publishing tools (e.g. http://chimera.labs.oreilly.com/). They are holed up on the sixth floor of the old Pfizer Building on Flushing Avenue, with a spectacular view of the NY skyline.
But what is most fun about the building is the way it is being developed. Rather than being a polished office building all ready for new tenants, it is being developed piecemeal in an exciting kind of urban reconstruction. After I had a look at the small office, we went on a tour of the vast undeveloped regions of the sixth floor, where rooms with mysterious purposes still remain, in skeletal form. (Apparently, this was the area used to film the Green Goblin's lair in one of the Spider Man movies.) In some areas, there are cinder block walls with holes knocked in them. (Sadly, I somehow missed pictures of these.)
Up on the eighth floor are a cluster of small food startups - pickles, bakeries, juice companies. They apparently make the building a delight, because they sell lunch on many days.
It struck me that this is a very different kind of redevelopment than I've seen in San Francisco. Grittier, more frontier.
I love it!
I just came across a wonderful definition of literature from Ezra Pound: "News that stays news." It was quoted by Paul Fussell in Samuel Johnson and the Life of Writing to characterize how Johnson transformed his career as a hack writer on London's Grub Street into something much more. I love it! Literature is "News that stays news." That is a definition to conjure with!
I'm loving Cool Tools in the same way I loved each edition of the WEC.
I lived out the back to the land DIY idea in the early 70's; black smithing, beekeeping, building, etc.
Despite my natural fibers/whole grains commitments I learned from WEC and KK that computers could be put to humane uses
This insight led me to a thrilling career using computation to further biotech research.
May be trivial, but I would gladly pay for for an online version of Cool Tools. Age makes in physically hard to hold and the tiny type requires me to use a magnifier..
So grateful to Stewart Brand and KK.
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