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A Short Chain of Lives

It was a beautiful summer* night here in San Francisco, so what better to do now than ponder the shape of history?

Here is a hint: It is something like a dime sitting on top of the Empire State Building.

And here is a treat: There is a commenter on Daily Kos who was born in 1929! Oh, how I pledge to prowl the holo-grid when I’m 78…

*I know, weird, right?

March 12, 2007 / Uncategorized


“If patterns of ones and zeros were ‘like’ patterns of human lives and death, if everything about an individual could be represented in a computer record by a long string of ones and zeros, then what kind of creature would be represented by a long string of lives and deaths?”

—Thomas Pynchon

… or whatever shape the holo-grid takes when you’re 79! That’s what you need to pledge, actually — to roll with the punches. (Which may be what you’re saying, above, in which case, I need my afternoon coffee, and now.)

Yes, definitely meant roll with the punches. And of course it will be something crazy — not just a super-internet but some almost unimaginable othernet.

Then again, maybe there’s something to be said for rocking it like Donald Knuth and giving up on email. Er, holo-mail. Whatever.

Mark Kohut says…

Where did pynchon say what he did in your quote? Was it him in one of his few remarks or one of his characters?

You’re kidding, right? I’ve *never* read Pynchon coherently enough to remember the context. I feel proud and amazed that I am ableto glean any lasting effect at all.

But I think this was Pynchon, writing the inner thoughts of a character in Vineland, which amazed me but which I didn’t finish.

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