The kick-off event for the Silicon Valley Reads program with Emmi Iteräntä and I was recorded by the Common Wealth Club. If you’re in the Silicon Valley area, it will play tonight at 7pm on KLIV AM 1590
Alternately, you can listen to it at your leisure on the Common Wealth Club’s podcast (a podcast I recommend highly) – January 28 show.
Or on the Common Wealth Club’s website.
Emmi, Sal Pizarro, and I had a really great time doing this show — I hope you enjoy it.
I loved this podcast of two British academics (one of them the mayor of London!) squaring off and arguing about which was better, Greece or Rome, and then putting it to an audience vote. Funny, insightful, and I can’t think of a podcast regarding two, two thousand year old civilizations that has more relevancy to our modern world than this. Recommend!
Intelligence Squared: Greece versus Rome, with Boris Johnson and Mary Beard
Bye for now, Silicon Valley! I had an awesome time at the kick-off and visiting Lynbrook High School (though sadly the record button wasn’t on for the video interview – ah well, we had fun all the same).
If you missed the kick-off it will air on February 11th at 7pm on KLIV 1590 AM – during the Common Wealth Club broadcast… And also possibly on their podcast?
See you again on February 16th
Fermi’s Paradox: If there are so many potentially habitable planets, where are all the aliens?
On Gizmodo today, there’s a new, interesting hypothesis to answer Fermi’s Paradox, called the “Gaian Bottleneck Hypothesis.”
- life takes a long time to develop, from single-celled molecules to complex life.
- It is rare to find a planet’s atmosphere that is stable long enough for this to happen
If true, three things:
1) our planet is a rare, rare anomaly (ie: treasure)
2) this means the ‘Great Filter’ — planetary extinction — is ahead of us yet
3) there’s going to be a booming job market for xenoarchaeologists! Can’t wait to get my degree.
Trapped as a feral cat in Vernonia, and now living the easy life with us.
Novel progress tends to be fairly boring for onlookers. I doubt muralists have these kind of target doodads. All the same, passing up 65k words felt like a big milestone for me.
Scrivener helps me out here.
Looking south, between here and Antarctica is only a ceaseless desert of water.
(tip of Kauai)
I am really excited to reveal this bit of news that I’ve been holding onto. Sherwood Nation will be Silicon Valley’s 2016 community reads book, along with Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta. Hooray!
In all, I’ll be visiting the Silicon Valley (San Jose, Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto, etc!) for a total of between twelve and twenty events in 2016. The first will be the Silicon Valley Reads kick-off on January 26th. Here is info on the kick-off.
There is something so weirdly ironic about posting this news from here, deep in the Oregon desert at a two week writing residency where internet is as scarce as water. I’m researching a book about archaeology, in which the height of technology is the Clovis point. And a fearsome, game-changing technology it was, thirteen thousand years ago. I also find it interesting that after a career in tech, my first visit to the Silicon Valley will be for literature, to talk about a book that, because of the collapse, is essentially devoid of digital technology.
At any rate, I can’t wait, and I look forward to talking about the book with all those new readers.
I’m here for two weeks to get serious on this book. So far it is working, with some scattered anxiousness and various bits of fretting.
Summer Lake is incredible – a seasonal lake. When you’re in the middle of it, you feel like you’re on a different planet.
There’s drought here, of course, like everywhere in the west. And so the lake disappeared a little earlier. In the center of it, there is not a thing alive. No insects, no birds fly over, no other human can be seen. Eerie.
Also I’ve made some friends.
Here’s a 360 I made from the center. http://on.bubb.li/335917amyzwbk3juqiprlmg/
I love this piece on the Thames river by James deCaires Taylor called The Rising Tide that uses the tide to submerge these sculptures.