"In the century since Einstein developed his theory, every conclusion he made has been proven to be correct. But what if his assumption that the speed of light in a vacuum remains constant was faulty from the outset? That’s a question that João Magueijo of Imperial College London raised in 1998.
"Magueijo proposed that to solve one of the biggest physics problems, called the “horizon problem,” we might have to challenge the idea that the speed of light is constant. The problem states that the universe reached a uniform temperature long before energy-carrying photons traveling at constant speed could have had the time to reach all corners of the expanding universe."
Mz. Oliveros may be gone, but her ability to thrill and inspire through pieces of music like this will never end.
The first track on this is pretty much kinda perfect for my current listening needs.
So, one of my scripts was included in the 2000AD Script-Book. (Available here)
In some very fine company there - includes some people that I greatly admire - some of which (Pat Mills, John Wagner, etc) changed the face of UK comics and lay the foundations for what we have now. (What was it Karen Berger said recently? "Without 2000AD there would have been no Vertigo.")
Weirdly, I'm always VERY happy to be included in anything that has John Smith in it. I'm a BIG John Smith fan. John was a huge influence on me when I started (occasionally) writing stuff professionally 20+ years ago - considerably less so now since I've found my own voice(s), but I still always make a bee-line for his work, read it first in an anthology, etc. He's still great, a one-off.
To help promote the book, I was asked to take part in a podcast last week on Comic-book Writing, along with Rob Williams, Pat Mills and Robbie Morrison.
Web Summit is Europe’s largest meeting of arseho-- er, I mean, tech investors and entrepreneurs...
"Similarly, with TrackingDoc, tagline “selling is a game,” which lets you “discover how people engage with your sales documents.” It’s a strange kind of language, all modifiers bleached lifeless by cliché, employing the most grandiose terms (‘discover,’ ‘transformational,’ ‘revolution’) to describe what tends to be a new way of doing paperwork, spinning precariously on the edge of meaninglessness, but it’s still language. But what about the firm calling itself (for unknown and possibly unpleasant reasons) Kwanko, announcing simply that “data is the new performance?” Or Lapa, which claims without any other information to be “transforming the way people search and protect all the things they can’t live without?” Or CrowdT, a “crowdfunding platform using apparel to raise funds?” This isn’t meaning, in any of its usual senses, something that exists to be understood, but the zombie signifier, words building and feeding on each other to form a system terrifyingly self-sustaining and utterly opaque."
There are some great - and wonderfully cynical - lines in this piece, particularly the asides about the increasingly pointlessness of human beings; that robots won't merely replace them, but that humans themselves will become cogs in a different sort of meta-machine whose components could equally be bio-physical, mechanical-physical, digital or (just merely) human; it's a nice sideways critique of the emerging church of transhumanism (in which those without digital protheses are implied to be somehow less 'important', less of 'Now') as much as Sil.Valley's bluejean 'disruptive'-capitalists.
Not only must maximum value be extracted from workers, they must allow augmentation to maximise / acclerate that value.