Monthly Archives: July 2006

A political analysis of “Pirates of the Carribean”

I used to love the Pirates of the Carribean ride at Disneyland when I was a kid. I grew up about 15 miles away from Disneyland, and when I was in elementary school my dad would sometimes tell my teacher …

Reading from my new book at City Lights 7/27

Yes! It’s a release party for my book Pretend We’re Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture. WHERE: City Lights Bookstore (261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco) WHEN: Thursday, July 27, 7 PM COST: Free WHY: Capitalism is the monster under …

Hackers and Harry Potter fans go wild

I had a blast at HOPE, and my presentation on implanted RFIDs went quite well. In between learning to pick locks and listening to Sellam Ismail describe the thousands of vintage computers he has in his collection, I managed to …

RFID madness at HOPE in New York 7/21

This Friday at noon, I’ll be giving a presentation at the HOPE conference in New York. I’m talking about why I turned my body into a security vulnerability by getting a VeriChip RFID implant in my right arm (yes, I …

It’s a truck . . . it’s a tube . . . it’s the internet!

What self-respecting geek could possibly resist the urge to make fun of Sen. Ted Stevens from Alaska, who will now go down in history (at least internet history) as the guy who told the Senate Commerce Committee that the internet …

Are we Neanderthals?

Wired has posted my latest feature for the magazine online now, so you can read all about whether homo sapiens carries Neanderthal DNA in its genome. (In other words: did Neanderthals and early humans make babies?) A group of genomics …

Let’s pretend to make fun of John Updike

My column last week pretended to be about why John Updike’s rant against digital books in the New York Times Book Review was absurd. But it was secretly a column about why bloggers who compare the Internet to the printing …

Reading a tale of high seas adventure 7/8

This weekend I will be reading a piece of historical fiction that I wrote — out loud, in public, and (hopefully) to the amusement of all. It’s for an event put on by the lovely Charlie Anders called “Writers in …

Ranting about Brookers in print and on TV

It’s all Elly‘s fault. A couple of weeks ago, I was going nuts trying to figure out what to write in my column. I didn’t want to do another rant about network neutrality, and I was also leery of giving …