Various imaginary tales.

Heat Effect
It looked as if it would be hot forever.
Saturday, June 30, 2001
The McKee Recursion
An academic curiosity, prepared by the author immediately after sending out his graduate school application.
Thursday, January 16, 2003
Selections from My Name is Blanket, © 2046 Blanket Jackson
Pop star Michael Jackson's son Blanket has already made headlines because of the bidding war for his story, with //300 million new credits paid by Sony House for audio, film, 3v, interactive, game, expert system, and prose rights. While the book won't be released until next month (except for privilege copies for the Masters), we were able to secure several tantalizing preview sections. Read on!
Monday, February 10, 2003
The Inevitable Essay
I used to live in New York. No more. I moved to LA, where the post-nuclear plague is even worse, in some ways
Monday, May 3, 1999
Thenar Crease
A poorly realized science fiction idea.
Friday, January 7, 2000
Voice of the Future
Thinking 'puters!
Tuesday, February 1, 2000
Speculation: ReichOS
In which I rip off Phil K. Dick, and ask, indirectly: if the Nazis had won, would we have Linux?
Thursday, December 14, 2000
Real Empires Ship

The quality of heaviness.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Moving Backwards
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Google Narratives
For some reason, Google continues to obsess me, occasionally, and I've written about it several times, enough to create a container.
Thursday, March 15, 2001
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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 TheMorningNews.org. (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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