Stealing from @sungo, this Verge article:

The idea that episodes can be run out of order, like due to a plausible vagueness that permits it to be possible, and then within the spaces of that vagueness studied and optimized, seems very much like The Future.

There will be vagueness in meaning, that allows things to be mixed and matched, when normally sharpened meanings are anchored to specific contexts, vagueness in media, communications, can be mixed and matched and optimized.

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@abbenm William Gibson with the essential 1980s novel "Some Kind Of Game Critic"

William Gibson criticized Cyberpunk 2077. Predictably, the subreddit for the game got stupid about it and insulted him.

But this has to be my favorite string of comments from the whole thread:

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a game where cultural revolutions (free love, doubting the overconfident conclusions of legal systems) are regarded as just as important as technological revolutions

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You can't use Febreeze nanobots to attack the source of *some* smells. The mold in your home came from Monsanto strawberries, and according to the strawberry terms of service, Monsanto gets the right of first refusal to patent any mold growth derived from their proprietary products.

Using Febreeze is a violation of those terms because the nanobots automatically send data on molds back to Febreeze servers for analysis

Somehow the consumer has full liability for any violations should they occur.

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In the future, you won't be able to use Febreeze and Glade plugins in the same house, because their proprietary odor-killing nanobots would attack each other, leaving a wasteland of grey nanobot dust throughout your home. Which will need to be swept up by automated swiffer broom.

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Attached is a somewhat related picture. The idea is that everything is detailed, everything is focused. Detailed far, far, beyond the point of good taste relative to other aesthetic styles. And you just become drunk by it, relish it.

And yes, too many things qualify for this descriptor that I wouldn't regard as aesthetically interesting (right? probably? Maybe not!) So the idea would have to be developed further.

I absolutely love this as an idea, and am surprised nobody has yet planted their flag on it.

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She brought him the usual gifts at first. A mouse, a bird. A ribbon for him to play with.

She would run up with her gift in her mouth and prrt cheerfully around it. And he would pat her head and tell her she was a good and clever cat.

Then it was a coin with strange markings. A pendant, warm to the touch. A piece of lightning-struck wood.

He never knew of the shadowy figures that followed him, but neither did he have to fear them.

She was a good and clever cat.

#Microfiction #Tootfic

It was called moire mist. Blended particulate graphene magnetized and synced into kaliedoscopic patterns.

Structures of compatible versions could interpenetrate. Floors, buildings, forms of glass, machines and marketplaces coexisted in the same spaces at the same times, held in place by magnetic oscillations.

A city of moire was hacked and collapsed into sand. Not at rest, but convulsing, disorganized. Spread by winds into the gulf stream. Stable special cases swarmed like birds.

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#AllInOneAlternatives are sites that offer a range of privacy-aware decentralised alternatives.

@disroot - Based in the Netherlands, run by volunteers and supported by donations

@Framasoft - Perhaps France's most prominent advocate for open software and online privacy

@wehost - Based in the Netherlands, a non-profit privacy-conscious service provider paid for by subscriptions

#AlternativesAtoZ #Alternatives

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Also, love this commitment to world building: "anti-corporate protests."

Can't be bothered to think of a company name, a location, an issue, or a group doing the protesting, or even characterize any particular event in any way that lays out forces in the world.

Is it about wages? Gas prices? Debt? Were there police?

This is the worst. This is what I want it NOT to be. These are supposed to be the parts with the little golden bits that make the world deep and thoughtful.

I've never had so much whiplash about an upcoming game as I have with Cyberpunk 2077. From loving the first trailer 5 years ago, to instantly being incredibly, incredibly disappointed with its new trailer.

Everything reduced to a vulgar caricature that makes me embarrassed to have even liked the genre. Zero of the interest in what economic, political, scientific forces hold its broken world together. That wasn't a trailer for a game. It was more like a pepsi commercial.

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i left my computer rendering a movie overnight

when i awoke i discovered i had accidently created a terrifying nightmare version of karate kid part 2

I seem to be held together in a strange pattern that walks across contexts. Here, my left leg is a cluster of variables that predict credit scores. There, my arm is saturn's hexagon.

I replicate myself in parts across these surfaces. As circumstances change I shear off arms, entire systems and fall back to stable special cases, and germinate.

I translate poems into dogs, weapons into weather. Shoe into a literary style, frozen half way, the bricks of this bridge are my house.

Sci-fi idea: due to gravitational lensing, some of Earth's light that was cast out into space has been bent back around and sent back to us.

Supercomputers can predict where this light would be found, how old it is, how to cancel out distortions, piece together different fragments of light etc, and create the equivalent of satellite imagery of the Earth that can be played backward and forward.

In some places there are "livestreams" where a continuous flow of light comes back to us, uninterrupted.

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