Orange County Weekly has a piece up about Philip K. Dick’s relationship to Orange County.
Orange County Weekly: A Very PhilDickian Existence
Here’s a fascinating piece on Jim Goad: unrepentant misogynist, editor of ANSWER Me! author of Shit Magnet: One Man’s Miraculous Ability to Absorb the World’s Guilt. He spent time in prison for assault, but now he’s out and telling his side of the story.
Jim Goad may in fact be the bad man his wife, his girlfriend, the State of Oregon and numerous others said he is, but he’s also a man of principle. You may disagree with his ethics, they may even repulse you, but you can’t deny that he’s thought them through, can articulate them with unusual clarity, tries to live by them more faithfully than you live by yours and if you debated him on them he’d probably kick your ass.
New York Press: Jim Goad is a Bad Man
(via Robot Wisdom)
A fax from Hunter S. Thompson to his agent has emerged. Thompson claims Seinfeld has been trying to manipulate him into contributing material for a new sitcom.
Plastic: Short, Sweet, Dripping With Venom, Yet Definitely Gonzo
The government has developed a video game – paid for with US tax payer money – in which players “wield the latest high-tech weapons, engage terrorists in armed combat and rescue kidnapped hostages.”
The Military-Nintendo Complex
Army Launches $50 Million Videogame Push
America’s Army: Free Video Game, Social Engineering Tool, Surveillance Platform
There’s a longish piece on Slate today on why Minority Report isn’t film noir, comparing it to past noir masterpieces. I think the author makes his case, though I’m not sure what the relevance is.
Slate: Steven Spielberg, Noir Criminal
How much do you know about Philip K. Dick? I scored an 8/10.
Guardian: Do you have total Philip K Dick recall?
(via Boing Boing)
Flak, one of my favorite online magazines, has an interesting piece on memes with an accessible explanation of the concept.
I was discussing immortality with a friend of mine a long time ago. At the time, I felt that I never wanted kids. My position, as I related it that night, was this: Kids are an attempt at immortality, a genetic permanence that will resonate after your death. Everyone came from someone, and we are all the standard bearers of our ancestors ? our eyes, our smile, our cancer are all echoes of ancient patterns set a long time ago. This is a way to live forever. Children.
If this is an acceptable assertion, then there are other ways of achieving permanence. Memes. Thought ancestors. Someone thought of the wheel. That person lives forever. Someone painted “Starry Night.” He lives forever. Concepts that propagate, live on in others minds, passing down into new generations, mutating into contact lenses, orthodontics and cancer medicine, all echoes of ancient patterns set a long time ago. This is a way to live forever.
How are you going to live forever?
Philip K. Dick is finally being recognized as a “serious” author by Time Magazine as part of a cover story on Minority Report.
Time: Philip K. Dick: His Dark Vision of the Future Is Now
Patrick Farley is at it again with his latest attempt at an online serial: Delta Thrives, “an anti-dystopian view of the future.” It’s filled with psychedelic imagery and high tech sex toys. Farley’s digital art has come a long way. Most of it is stunning, but there are still some rough spots. Overall, nice art and a stimulating story.
Delta Thrives: Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun (NSFW)
We’re moving from Grey Matter to Movable Type, and re-launching with a new design. At the same time, I’m moving across town to a new apartment. So the site won’t be updated while everything is being transitioned. Keep an eye on great sites like Boing Boing and New World Disorder in the meantime.