I was six, my brother Carl was ten; what followed was a bizarre amalgam of abuse, neglect, and unsupervised international travel—a wild ride through the already-plenty-wild sixties. A riveting first-person account of growing up alone and strange, Riding the Cyclone careens like the eponymous Coney Island roller coaster from sardonic wisecracks to gut-wrenching brutality as it tells the story of a child’s struggle to grow up in a storm.
—But doesn't everyone deserve a happy childhood? So in '78, education complete, Lauren headed to Portland for nothing less than a full-length, life-sized do-over. Sequel coming!
Digital WoesSmartphones, e-books, GPS navigation, self-driving cars, copyright problems, identity theft, cyberstalking… it was all in the future once.In the early ‘90s, when the Web consisted of two nodes connecting CERN to Stanford and few people had much experience with computers, I noticed some ill-informed and possibly hazardous decisions: keeping sensitive data on wide-open systems, putting cars' brakes under software control, committing huge wads of public money to excessively ambitious software projects. So, thought I, if I explain the problem clearly, accurately, and amusingly, surely some of those decisions might become more well-informed and cautious? The young can be so naïve.Now the music industry's toast; even the NSA knows that network security is an oxymoron; the combination of 3D printers and wikis is about to turn gun control into a sick joke; and Google Glass will soon invade facetime, the last bastion of analog society. I really should write Woes 2.0…
Here's why I think so.
technical pieces of lasting significance:— Designing Object-Oriented Software, with Wirfs-Brock & Wilkerson. In continuous print for 22 years (how many technical books can say that?), it's a straightforward, accessible design guide for what was once the new paradigm.— Concepts you'll need in order to use Anton, an idiosyncratic supercomputer designed especially to model molecular interactions.
Mongrel Music archives.