- Programmers At Work: Susan Lammers is making her excellent interviews from the 1984 book Programmers At Work available on the Web via a new blog. I wrote about a 2004 reunion event, in which many of the original interviewees participated, soon after I’d gotten the contract to do Dreaming in Code.
The first interview there is with Charles Simonyi. (I wrote at length about him in Technology Review last year.)
- YouTube – White Rabbit: The Jefferson Airplane oldie paired with images from the original Star Trek series. Loving and hilarious. Ungtold multitudes have already viewed it; but have you?
- Rewind: Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea: Will Sheff’s paean to Neutral Milk Hotel. Though I like the album in question a lot, I have not found it life-changing in the way Sheff describes. On the other hand, what can you do but bow in the direction of such passionate writing:
In a world that constantly seems crass and cheap and mean, where cynicism is the dominant philosophy and sarcasm the dominant conduct, where what matters most is showing off what you can buy, where the most popular television programs encourage us to laugh at ordinary people willingly allowing themselves to be publicly frightened and humiliated for money, this record shows you the world trembling with beauty, transparent, enveloping, able to be redeemed or destroyed by how much love you bring to it, and, ultimately, holy.
Sheff is the singer/songwriter for the band Okkervil River.
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