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2001 Apr 12 Writings and Musings
Bob Frankston's articles and essays.»
Journal for data/culture dorks.»
Oct 29 Sentient Computing Project Home Page
``What could we do if computer programs could see a model of the world? By acting within the world, we would be interacting with programs via the model. It would seem to us as though the whole world were a user interface.''»
VNC - Virtual Network Computing from AT&T Laboratories Cambridge
Open-source tool that allows you to view any desktop from another - Mac, Windows, Unix.»
Dec 4 The Moral Life of Geeks
A previously unseen Kendall Clark on the moral questions geeks face in choosing their work.»
Dec 28 WordsEye
WordsEye converts sentences to pictures. Type: “John stands on the floor and gives the tree to Mary.” WordsEye creates an image.»
2002 Sep 2 Research at Microsoft
The sheer number of research projects in play at Microsoft is skull-jarring. The number going on in Beijing is surprising. Lots of linguistics and applied statistics work.»
Nov 17 Sex in a Spreadsheet
A story about the human side of data processing.»
Dec 30 Twisted Matrix Laboratories
Useful-looking framework, in Python, for data sharing across a network inside of various applications.»
2003 Feb 5 Circuits of Change
Great piece of fiction about the total lack of corporate cultural resonsibility.»
Mar 6 Esther Dyson's Vision of 2023
Microchip pills, Steve Ballmer, and Moldovan newspapers.»
Apr 28 A Spell to free oneself from Excessive Computer Enchantment
Majickal rebooting.»
2004 Apr 12 Mark comes around to OpenOffice
Be one of us! Be one of us! I use OpenOffice constantly, and save hundreds of dollars by doing so and am happier in the bargain (some tiny MSWord incompatibilities aside). Don't forget the extraordinarily well-documented XML schema for each document type. Never forget!»
Apr 13 Cyberkinetics, Inc.
“Turning thought into action.”»
Tiny Brain Implants
Once there's an emacs mode and Eclipse plugin for this, I'm down.»


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@20, by Paul Ford. Not any kind of eulogy, thanks. And no header image, either. (October 15)

Recent Offsite Work: Code and Prose. As a hobby I write. (January 14)

Rotary Dial. (August 21)

10 Timeframes. (June 20)

Facebook and Instagram: When Your Favorite App Sells Out. (April 10)

Why I Am Leaving the People of the Red Valley. (April 7)

Welcome to the Company. (September 21)

“Facebook and the Epiphanator: An End to Endings?”. Forgot to tell you about this. (July 20)

“The Age of Mechanical Reproduction”. An essay for (July 11)

Woods+. People call me a lot and say: What is this new thing? You're a nerd. Explain it immediately. (July 10)

Reading Tonight. Reading! (May 25)

Recorded Entertainment #2, by Paul Ford. (May 18)

Recorded Entertainment #1, by Paul Ford. (May 17)

Nanolaw with Daughter. Why privacy mattered. (May 16)

0h30m w/Photoshop, by Paul Ford. It's immediately clear to me now that I'm writing again that I need to come up with some new forms in order to have fun here—so that I can get a rhythm and know what I'm doing. One thing that works for me are time limits; pencils up, pencils down. So: Fridays, write for 30 minutes; edit for 20 minutes max; and go whip up some images if necessary, like the big crappy hand below that's all meaningful and evocative because it's retro and zoomed-in. Post it, and leave it alone. Can I do that every Friday? Yes! Will I? Maybe! But I crave that simple continuity. For today, for absolutely no reason other than that it came unbidden into my brain, the subject will be Photoshop. (Do we have a process? We have a process. It is 11:39 and...) (May 13)

That Shaggy Feeling. Soon, orphans. (May 12)

Antilunchism, by Paul Ford. Snack trams. (May 11)

Tickler File Forever, by Paul Ford. I'll have no one to blame but future me. (May 10)

Time's Inverted Index, by Paul Ford. (1) When robots write history we can get in trouble with our past selves. (2) Search-generated, "false" chrestomathies and the historical fallacy. (May 9)

Bantha Tracks. (May 5)

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