Links for 30th January 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. JWAM reader request no. 25: Pacing

    "Pacing is entirely subjective. […] How that time is spent almost doesn’t count as long as there’s a question in the reader’s mind that needs to be answered. It can be immensely trivial-seeming (”Will she accept the party invitation?”) or huge (”Will they get the serum to the town in time to save her life?”) or personal (”Why on earth did the hero insult her when she seems so nice?”) . . . as long as there’s something I want to know, I’ll keep going. You, the writer, get to decide what it will be."

    Tagged with: writingfictionpacingtipsadvice

  2. UHF power harvesting

    "… they use a UHF antenna designed for digital TV with the same circuit and pointed it at a television tower ~4.1km away. It had an open circuit voltage of 5.0V and 0.7V across an 8KOhm load, which works out to be 60uW of power." Who needs batteries, eh?

    Tagged with: electronicswirelessUHFpower

  3. 2009 Will Be a Year of Panic

    "National currencies. What do these odd numismatic relics have to do with today's roiling global economy? There is no national currency remotely strong enough to resist persecution by speculators. They're all potential bubbles — panics in the making.

    If cash becomes king, what happens when market forces smash the cash? Was that inky paper really, truly supposed to be worth more than real estate, or unreal intellectual property, or shares in productive companies? Why should anyone honestly believe that local treasury departments are somehow more credible than global bankers? What on earth were people thinking? Flee for the hills!" Bruce Sterling spies out the lay of the land. It's a sign of my age that I now have that old Senser single earworming me.

    Tagged with: futurismeconomicsclimatepoliticscopyrightmoneyBruce-Sterling

  4. The True 21st Century Begins

    "The year to come is best approached as a learning opportunity. It offers a golden chance to bury our dead prejudices and learn how to properly feed the living. Once we stop shaking all over and scolding Americans, we will recognize the tremendous potential this new century offers the people of the world. The sun still shines, the grass still grows, we are still human. If we stopped pretending to be puppets of an invisible hand, we would not fret over the loss of the 20th century's strings. We might see that life is sweet." Bruno Argento looks on the bright side.

    Tagged with: futurismeconomicspoliticsenvironmentcopyrightglobaleconomyBruce-Sterlingprecaritysolidarity

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