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Gary Farber
Worked at Amygdala
Attended Midwood High School
Lives in Oakland
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The black comedy isn't just a forbearer to Clueless and Mean Girls—it's one of the most scathing indictments of high-school groupthink ever made.
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...The movie mentions Election as a partial successor, but one that pulls its punches.

The thing that struck me about Election, though, is that it's really not about the kids at all. It's actually about how Matthew Broderick's adult character sabotages his own life through a series of incredibly stupid decisions and blames it on the evil teen girl, who is not really responsible for any of it. Tracy Flick is just trying to succeed in a stupid system, and is pretty good at it.

That also works as a demolition of the kind of sardonic, ultimately triumphant wiseass character, with all the asides to the camera, that Broderick used to play when he was younger. It occurs to me now that, while Christian Slater is obviously doing a Jack Nicholson impression in Heathers, he's also an interesting contrast to the perennial Broderick character: he's got the archness and sarcasm and some degree of higher perception about the phoniness of kids and adults, but instead of being a cute little scamp he's actually dangerous. Maybe the teenage bridge between Nicholson's Joker and Heath Ledger's Joker.
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While I was cruising the show floor here at South by Southwest, I stumbled upon the retro keyboard from Metadot Corporation called the DasKeyboard. If you remember what it was like to type on an old IBM Selectric typewriter, you know about what the experience of typing on the DasKeyboard ($129) is like. The company actually had a couple of old IBM Selectric typewriters at their booth. The DasKeyboard’s keys are large with slightly concave top...
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Ah, the Simpsons. One of Homer's more quotable statements inspired me to write this essay: http://wp.me/p2wzRb-8Y
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The laws on retention of metadata have to be changed in Europe.

At national level, the German constitutional court has ruled that the old law is unconstitutional.
At the European level, the European Court is considering revoking the European directive of 2006.

No one has mentioned yet, whether there should be privileged people, whose data should not be stored. Doctors, lawyers, journalists and members of parliament would be my first suggestions.
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I suck information and write about it. I'm an outside agitator.
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  • Amygdala
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Oakland
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Brooklyn - Manhattan - Bronx - Seattle - Boston - East Lansing - Boulder - Raleigh - Oakland
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+1 to rule them all, +1 to find them, +1 to bring them all & in teh darkness bind them.
Introduction
Ignore the G+ account for gary_farber@yahoo.com.

For reasons too boring to explain, I have a Google account for Blogger under that address (which dates from before Google bought Blogger), but use farber.amygdala@gmail.com for Facebook, and certain other purposes.  Mail to the Yahoo account is forwarded to the gmail account.  

Many past jobs, including: 
  • Jul 1986 to Jan 1988 · Nyc
    Hearst Corporation.
    • Pacific Northwest Review of Books
      In 1978
      Publisher: John D. Berry; Editor: Loren MacGregor; Canadian Editor: Dr. Susan Wood; also Jerry Kaufman; many others as writers
    • Amazing Science Fiction/Fantastic Stories magazines
      1975 to 1977
      uncredited "Editorial Assistant," aka paid slush reader. Directly for Lou Stathis; indirectly for Ted White, and thus Sol Cohen, aka "Ultimate Publications."
    • Teen Beat Magazine
      In 1975
      Assorted misc., some writing, editorial, mostly scutwork.
    • Varied
      Maybe later
  • Editorial Assistant for one month · In 1986 · Brooklyn, New York
    Simultaneously with my various freelance publishing jobs of spring through July 1st, 1986.
Grad School
  • Class of 1986 · 2-3 classes only. · Center for Publishing · Professional Publishing
College
  • Class of 1975 · Cross-disciplinary 3-yr. experimental program, plus grad seminar · Depression · Only 3 months
High School

Amygdala & Obsidian Wings
http://amygdalagf.blogspot.com
http://obsidianwings.blogs.com/obsidian_wings/
http://www.facebook.com/gary.farber
Twitter: @GaryFarberKnows
gary_farber@yahoo.com

I am a riddle, wrapped in a pudding, inside a bundle of thorns. 

Born in Brooklyn, and lived there until age 15, then I briefly lived in Brockport, NY; then the Bronx, then Manhattan, and a brief stay in East Lansing, Michigan in 1977. Seattle in early 1978; back to NYC in 1986, back to Washington Heights, then Brooklyn.

In 1998, Boston, & month England. 

From 2000 until the end of 2001: Long Island. Moved to Boulder, Colorado, in December, 2001. Raleigh, NC in May 2008.

Oakland, California, on November 11th, 2010, in a house-sitting arrangement through August, 2010. 

I look forward to stability in my life.

I started working in science fiction in 1974 as a slush reader for <i>Amazing Stories</i> and </i>Fantastic Stories</i>, via Lou Stathis, in the Ted White era.

I soon started working as a freelance, and reader, proofreader, copyeditor, copywriter, editorial assistant, and dogsbody for various mass market publishers, mostly, but not entirely, in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. After 1978 through 1985 in Seattle, after <i>The Pacific Northwest Review of Books</i> went out of business, NYC, and again freelanced, for publishers including, Ace, Baen, Bluejay, Avon Books, SFBC, Scholastic, Berkeley Books, Tor, Penguin, Dell, and various others.

In 1986 NYC, turned down offers from Jim Frenkel to be Assistant to the Publisher at Bluejay Books, from Tappan King to be Managing Editor of <i>Twilight Zone</i> and <i>Night Cry</i> magazines, and took a job working for John Douglas at Avon Books, working on not just mass market sf, fantasy, and horror, but a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including a Vietnam War line of both nonfiction and fiction (Michael Herr's _Dispatches_ was one of the best known of the line), the Latin American line ("One Hundred Years of Solitude" being the best-known), a military history line, mainstream fiction, mystery fiction, and every kind of fiction but romance and YA, and every kind of mass market nonfiction but cookbooks, business books, and sports books. By 1988 I crashed into major clinical depression, and was fired.

I became active in sf fandom in 1971, age 12, doing fanzines, working on conventions, including as Director of Operations for two Worldcons and retroactive Vice-Chair of the 1978 Worldcon. I institutionalized Worldcon displays on sf fanhistory, and created the fan lounge, in 1977. I was highly active on the rec.arts.sf. hierarchy of Usenet from 1995-2001, and have blogged at Amygdala since 2001. I've also had lifelong Major Chronic Depression, am diagnosed as bipolar, severe Panic & Anxiety Disorders, and more, and believe more people should talk publically about their experiences with emotional and mental illness.

I've been twice a delegate to County Democratic Conventions, once elected to the Colorado State Democratic Assembly, and as alternate to State Convention.

I've been highly active, with repeated breaks, as a blogger on politics, science, technology, culture, weirdness, science fiction, books, history, and anything that interests me, since 2001.

Bio needs redraft, but I can't put it out of its misery save in small, tortured, steps that will never end until I do.
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I write many words.
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  • Midwood High School
    1973 - 1975
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