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No one cares about your jetpack: on optimism in futurism

No one cares about your jetpack: on optimism in futurism

This review of Disney’s Tomorrowland (and others like it that I have read) got me thinking about something I was asked at the Design In Action summit last week in Edinburgh. I was there participating in the “Once Upon a Future” event, where I read a story called “The Dreams in the Bitch House.” It’s about a tech sorority at a small New England university. And programmable matter. After I did my keynote and read my story, I did a…

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About that new Ghost in the Shell movie

About that new Ghost in the Shell movie

As you may have heard, actress Scarlett Johansson recently signed a deal to star in DreamWorks’ upcoming adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, a Japanese transmedia franchise that began as a cyberpunk manga by Masamune Shirow (the author’s pen name) in 1989. There’s a Ghost in the Shell poster hanging above my desk, in my office. (It hangs next to the Nine Inch Nails poster and the Hollow Ichigo mask from Bleach.) I’m a nerd, and I’m first and foremost…

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No really, this happened:

No really, this happened:

“Two for Coraline, please.” “That’s one adult and one child for a total of $__.__” “Uh…” “Hey! She’s cutting us a deal! Go for it!” “Uh… This is my wife. She’s not a child.” “Okay, sure. Whatever. That’ll be $__.__” Later “I can’t believe you didn’t go for that. We could have saved the money!” “I would have felt weird! Creepy weird! I don’t want people to think I’m a grown man who spends Valentine’s Day with underage girls.” “…Did…

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