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John E. Branch Jr.
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Attended Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
Lives in New York, NY, USA
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Setting up a whipsaw: watching episodes of The West Wing before the 1st presidential debate.
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I'm watching "Gotham City; " think it's more realistic!
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Having adventures with Yahoo access to Verizon email. Anyone who knows me should use my other email, which friends can get via FB.
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A few days ago, the online publication Dallas Innovates posted a write-up about my recent essay on Dallas, computers, and Halt and Catch Fire. Was I pleased? You bet.
Halt and Catch Fire tells the story of the beginnings of the computer industry, with Dallas in a starring role.
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Cool that you were mentioned in this review; even quoted! Read your review and found it most impressive display of your accumulated knowledge. What came to mind more than once, as I perused your review, was that you probably could fill a book with your knowledge and wise projections on the development of the PC. Uf you take on the book project, maybe you could date it back to the time the Dewey Decimal System was replaced by the computerized Library of Congress, and Mom's part in it.
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Something to chew on after lunch, from last week's Economist:

In 1990 the top three carmakers in Detroit between them had nominal revenues of $250 billion, a market capitalisation of $36 billion and 1.2m employees. In 2014 the top three companies in Silicon Valley had revenues of $247 billion and a market capitalisation of over $1 trillion but just 137,000 employees.

(From the first article in a special report on giant companies, at http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21707048-small-group-giant-companiessome-old-some-neware-once-again-dominating-global)
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AM counts (2 line from Atlantic Ave to Park Place): 7 books (including 1 hardcover), 0 e-readers, 0 tablets.
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If the election were held tomorrow, I would…be immensely relieved.
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Though the ability to play multiple roles is essential to the art of acting, there’s something uncanny about seeing the switch happen before us. Even when we know there’s some presentational tricke…
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I just coined "RT SVP" to mean "retweet s'il vous plaît."
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If you have an interest in New York (or American) theatrical history, consider supporting this film about playwright Maria Irene Fornes: http://kck.st/2cmhsc8
This intimate, joyful, haunting portrait of playwright Maria Irene Fornes shows art and friendship enduring in the face of forgetting.
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The stage adaptation of It Can't Happen Here that opens tonight at Berkeley Rep may be the most timely theatrical production in the country. http://www.berkeleyrep.org/season/1617/10650.asp
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It's that time again: MacArthur Fellowships aren't for being a genius or anything else; they're for doing things.
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AM counts (3 line from Atlantic Ave to Park Place): 2 books (including 1 by Annie Proulx), 0 e-readers, 2 tablets.
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copy editor, etc.
Employment
  • Vanity Fair
    copy editor, 1999 - present
  • Lee Hunt Associates
  • Personal Computer Support Group, aka Lucid
    technical writer
  • Stage #1
    co–general manager
  • Dallas Observer
    senior editor
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Currently
New York, NY, USA
Previously
Dallas, Texas - Irving, Texas - Houston, Texas
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Sixth-generation Texan into tech & culture, now living in the great state of New York City.
Introduction
Mostly right-handed but sometimes modestly ambidextrous. Once had breakfast with Charlton Heston (not alone, though). Would like to have Anderson Cooper's hair but not to be him. Learned my favorite drink (tequila slammer) in a kitchen from playwright Beth Henley.

You weren't expecting anything serious here, were you?
Education
  • Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
    1972 - 1977
  • Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
    engineering, English, theater, broadcast-film
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Why Does the Media Think Dancers Are Stupid? - Dance Magazine
dancemagazine.com

Usually, we love when dance makes headlines. But unfortunately, the art form is often stereotyped by the media—sometimes in offensive and da

The Physics of Fouettés
pointemagazine.com

Let science guide your fouettés

Anna Ziegler on the Blinding Power of Love, Gender Reassignment, Parenti...
www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org

On March 10 of this week, the world premiere of Anna Ziegler's new play, BOY, opens as a co-production betwween Keen Company and The Ensembl

The aliens are silent because they're dead
phys.org

Life on other planets would likely be brief and become extinct very quickly, say astrobiologists from The Australian National University (AN

Onwards and upwards
www.economist.com

Why George Ingle Finch, an Australian climber from the 1920s, deserves to be far better known than he is

Williwaw : a sudden violent wind
www.merriam-webster.com

November 05, 2015 | noun | \WILL-ih-waw\ | Learn more...

James Dean, death-cult idol
www.economist.com

IN SPRING 1955 a 26-year-old photographer named Dennis Stock went to a party at the Los Angeles bungalow of Nicholas Ray, a film director, a

Super Mario turns 30
www.economist.com

IF BEETHOVEN's Fifth begins, as has been said, with the sound of Fate knocking, the opening notes of the “Super Mario Bros” theme—“Da-da-dum

Is artificial intelligence really an existential threat to humanity?
thebulletin.org

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies is an astonishing book with an alarming thesis: Intelligent machines are “quite possibly the m

New Scientist Presents
sci-fi-london.com

NEW SCIENTIST in association with SCI-FI-LONDON hosts a series of short films and discussions about why stories, games and falsehoods may be

Obama’s Drone War
www.newyorker.com

Steve Coll reports from Pakistan on what “surgical strikes” leave behind.

When the Cold War Made Georgetown Hot
www.newyorker.com

Louis Menand on Gregg Herken’s “The Georgetown Set,” which tells the stories of Joseph Alsop, Frank Wisner, and other postwar liberal hawks.

Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons | Recomposed by Max...
www.deutschegrammophon.com

Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons | Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons | Shadow 5

Feminist games critic cancels talk after terror threat
www.theguardian.com

Anita Sarkeesian has cancelled a talk at Utah State University over threats of ‘the deadliest school shooting’ in US history

Overkill
www.economist.com

NEARLY every night, Felicia Pope’s house fills with smoke and tear gas. Her four-month-old granddaughter has no idea why the air stings her

The Scourge of "Relatability" - The New Yorker
www.newyorker.com

Relatability has become widely and unthinkingly accepted as a criterion of value. Where did this start?

Smoke in Space Station Russian Module Clears Quickly | On Space
aviationweek.com

Smoke flowed briefly from the ventilation system of the International Space Station's Russian service module on Tuesday, but the apparent so

USC Will Offer A Google Glass Journalism Class This Fall
www.fastcompany.com

Students will be asked to think about the future of news gathering, as well as develop new apps to aid their storytelling.

Stalin's Boots by Lisa Lieberman
www.nowandthenreader.com

Stalin’s death in 1953 and Khrushchev’s denunciation of the Soviet Union's repressive policies opened the door to unrest in Eastern Europe.

One of my friends doesn’t believe in talking to waiters and other service people—“the help,” he calls them. I do, and there have been plenty of days when I’ve learned things from the barbers here. I’ve learned about driving for Uber. I’ve learned some of the ins and outs of the Apple Watch. I seem to remember chatting about Ukraine, but perhaps I’m wrong, and yesterday I learned about Russia, or at least the views of one man who used to live there. “It was bad then, and it’s still bad now” was the gist of it, although he granted that President Putin had helped the economy early on. Along the way, I’ve been reminded—though this often happens in New York—of the role that immigrants play in America’s economy; I don’t think everyone who works here came from another country, but many of them did. And now and then, when I haven’t felt much like talking, I haven’t learned much. These are, after all, the kind of barbers whose people skills match their trimmer and scissors skills—they talk if you want to, and don’t if you don’t. Oh yes—I also receive excellent haircuts here. There’s a poster on the wall showing 15 or 20 pictures of various lengths and styles, so you can order by number—probably the smartest innovation I’ve ever seen in a barbershop. (Somebody else made the poster, so this feature must be available elsewhere, but George’s 2 is where I discovered it.) I love the heated foam they use for razoring the back of my neck. I love the care these barbers take and the way they check their work with me as they proceed—more off the top, or okay? And I love the low cost—$16 yesterday for a basic cut. I’ve paid twice that and more for the same results elsewhere. The price and the convenience (this shop is right around the corner from where I live) are major factors, but it’s the friendliness and the attention to detail that keep me going back.
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