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Ever had a dream that skirts the boundaries of nightmare, wants to become a nightmare, but teases at skirting the boundary, just going on and on, with one of those really unpleasant antagonists who’s right out of some suspense thriller movie, the kind of antagonist who’s a menace in the dream, keeping you on edge, making you think you may wind up in self-defense hand-to-hand-combat in the very next moment?

I had that kind of dream two nights ago and I’m still thinking about it. The antagonist in the dream? Get this: Mark Zuckerberg. Yes, I know. Weird. Zuckerberg has broken into our home in a home invasion situation. And he’s bothering me and my wife. And he’s poking around looking at all our stuff, asking questions, like a snake, slithering into each room, picking stuff up, examining it with disgust, moving on to something else, always making you feel he’s going to break something, or hurt you.

Like I said, weird. Never had a dream like this before. Never had a Mark Zuckerberg dream before. Hopefully this was the last one.

The dream ended like these dreams often end: at some point my sleeping mind said, WTF, BASTA, enough of this nonsense. Out with you, Mark Zuckerberg! For dreams like this, there are only two ways out. You either command it to effing end, the way Captain Picard would suddenly command the Holodeck to shut down, or you wind up in some kind of scary situation where you suddenly wake up and go, geez, what was all that about. For this one, I pulled a Picard.

Imagine a media organization that only reports what the President of the United States and his administration does, and ignores what he and his administration says.

The news would be completely different.

Let's extend this to Congress as well. Only cover what actions they've taken, not what they have said, especially to reporters or in front of cameras.We would learn far more things about what the government is doing. Minus all the talk, we would get such a different view, it would be eye-opening.

For example:
Today the President go on Air Force One and flew to Florida. Then he went straight to his golf course and played a round of golf with ________, _______, ________, and ________. After that he met and spoke to a social club at Mar-a-Lago. He held no other public meetings or events. Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency changed their ruling on _______. The Food and Drug Administration began ______________. The Centers for Disease Control has started _______________. The Department of Defense began issuing _____________. The State Department fired ______________. The FBI opened a new investigation into ____________. Meanwhile, the House introduced four new bills ____, _____, ____, and ____, and voted on these bills ____ and ____. The Senate introduced no bills but voted on ______.

And so on. Just what happened, not what was said.

What goes unsaid in this excellent Jaron Lanier interview about the pernicious state of the Internet is the role the curation of angels, VCs, limited partners, and boards have had in setting the direction of--guiding the evolution of--the Net and personal computing. Their choices of what technologies, and more importantly, what business models, to fund, and what not to fund, have had profound consequences that maybe we're finally waking up to. But maybe it's too late.

http://nymag.com/selectall/2018/04/jaron-lanier-interview-on-what-went-wrong-with-the-internet.html

Hard to believe this track has only 113 listens on YouTube. Let's fix that. This is a great Flamenco guitar duo taking on Led Zeppelin's "Achilles Last Stand."

Have a listen.

Whenever I see a movie, and I typically see about 100 per year in cinemas, I make a note of it and jot down a "score" from 0 to 100 based on what I thought of the movie.

Based on that list, here are the top 15 movies of 2017 for me personally. I love how most of them will not be recognizable, and they don't include any big Hollywood films. These top fifteen, in no particular order, just were the most interesting/moving/profound/worthwhile/fun/deep/whatever:

  • I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
  • PERSONAL SHOPPER
  • CITIZEN JANE
  • THE UNKNOWN GIRL
  • EX LIBRIS
  • I CALLED HIM MORGAN
  • LETTER FROM BAGHDAD
  • GET OUT
  • COLUMBUS
  • MARSHALL
  • MOLLY'S GAME
  • WORMWOOD
  • SLAVA (GLORY)
  • SOUL ON A STRING
  • THE DEATH OF KING LOUIS XIV

Only in Seattle: Downtown railroad crossing stops traffic as wingless brand new Boeing jet airplane fuselages roll by…

Yesterday the book tour began. The Friendly Orange Glow releases on November 14th, but the tour starts sooner. The full national schedule is online and will be updated as needed.

The radio and media interviews have already begun and will continue throughout the month. Each time I talk to a media person about the book, the explanation gets better and easier. It reminds me of the movie Groundhog Day. You keep getting a renewed chance to explain the book more concisely, interestingly, briefly. You get to experience the evolution of a long blathering explanation into a crisp soundbite. I'm still a long way from crisp soundbites but I can see them on the horizon.

It would be nice if a few people enjoy it.

Here is the Amazon order page if you'd like to purchase a copy.

capybara code red

Smartphone app that knows when you are accessing the phone for the first time in the morning, and has already checked Twitter and the news wires and depending on how bad a day it already is, thanks to the nut in the WH etc, it shows you pics of puppies. The more puppies, the worse the news is. If it's really bad, it shows cats and cute little bug-eyed goldfish. If it's CODE RED, it shows capybara pics.

If you're a VC feel free to just wire me money to my bank, thank you, and I'll get started on it right away.

I've been saying this for years: as the tools get better and more widespread, soon anyone will be able to plunder the movies and music and literature and art and the rest of the output of the 20th century and mix and mash it up into new art in the 21st century. We've barely scratched the surface of what's possible. Here's a new example, which while amazing, is still just the bare beginnings. I expect full feature films with 60s Kirk, Spock, and maybe Columbo, and Lawrence of Arabia, and maybe Monty Python, all in some new feature film, with the exact, faithful voice and likeness renderings of the original actors, but new dialogue, new scenes, and nobody (Hollywood lawyers take note) will be able to stop it.

"DARTH BY DARTHWEST"-"VADOR AUX TROUSSES". Short Film. from Fabrice Mathieu on Vimeo.