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Calendar, Night&Day Paddling Faster

Paddling Faster

Scientific historian George Dyson was a boat-builder in Canada in his young adult years, an expert on kayaks. He lived in a house he built high in a Douglas fir and split his time between boats and observing the natural…
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Calendar, Night&Day What It Really Really Wants

What It Really Really Wants

Kevin Kelly notices things. As a teenager, he noticed his voice and his friends’ voices “being drowned out by the loud conversations technology was having with itself.” Later, as the Internet emerged, he noticed “something unexpectedly organic about these ecosystems…
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Culture, Books

Fall Arts: A few books of local interest

The Eden Hunter (Counterpoint, $16) By Skip Horack Published: Sept. 1 Reason to care: Stanford lecturer Horack's stylish historical novel about a runaway slave is moving in more ways than one: It's a page-turner that really gets to you. Sample…
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Culture, Books Where To?

Where To?

Let's play a game. Close your eyes and picture the house you lived in when you were 5. In your mind, walk through the rooms, paying special attention to the forms of entertainment. What do you see — a television?…
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News, Feature Future Speak

Future Speak

Jim Mason is stout and sturdily built, with a mass of dirty-blond hair that looks like it once hung to his shoulders. On a warm day he wears no shoes around the Long Now Foundation's airy Presidio office. He's an…
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