Kotodama

My interactive fiction piece Kotodama is now up at sub-Q. It’s about a robot trying to save Tokyo from a poetry outbreak.

The lobby of the Tokyo Skypoem is filled with panicked humans, their faces scarred by unbridled metaphor. Paramedics carry stretchers bearing limerick-riddled corpses and haiku-exposed skeletons. I push my way through the crowd, towards the two police officers guarding the stairs.

It’s like a mini Choose Your Own Adventure and takes about 5 minutes to play though. It’s written using Twine.

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25 Years of Reading

For the last 25 years I’ve been keeping a record of the books I’ve read. I read 1147 books over 25 years – an average of 45.88 books a year. If you’ve ever been dying to know how many books I read on average in December, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Plus my most read authors. There are even graphs :)

http://aidandoyle.net/misc/reading/reading25.html

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Feeding Memories

Science fiction in general is a genre that does not age particularly well. That makes M.T Anderson’s Feed an even more remarkable book.

From Wikipedia:

Feed (2002) is a young adult dystopian novel of the cyberpunk subgenre written by M. T. Anderson. The novel focuses on issues such as corporate power, consumerism, information technology, data mining, and environmental decay, with a sometimes sardonic, sometimes somber tone. From the first-person perspective of a teenager, the novel presents a near-futuristic American culture completely dominated by advertising and corporate exploitation, corresponding to the enormous popularity of internetworking brain implants.

Facebook Memories

Every time I see Facebook memories I’m reminded of a line from Feed:
“People had been getting nostalgia for fashions that were closer and closer to their own time, until finally people became nostalgic for the moment they were actually living in, and the feedback completely froze them.”

And of course The Onion has a post related to the issue.
http://www.theonion.com/article/new-facebook-notifications-alert-users-when-they-n-37795

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