"The grand irony of our times is that the era of computers is over. All
the major consequences of stand-alone computers have already taken
place... In contrast, all the most promising technologies making their
debut now are chiefly due to communication between computers - that is,
to connections rather than to computations."
Kevin Kelly, "New Rules for the New Economy," Wired 5.09, Sept. 1997
The hotel dial tone is incommunicado to my modem, but I find another that's
more obliging. Standing at the information desk while checking my
email, museum visitors ask me questions until I put the words together - or
to send them elsewhere. I feel very conspicuous in my digital consumption.
Gran Canaria belongs to Spain, and by plane it's a half-hour from Morocco.
Cristobal Colon - Christopher Columbus - slept here. Las Palmas
was his departure port, with orange seeds, disease, and imminent disaster
Spanglish, Italnol, and Franglais
drive our private conversations, leaving verb
conjugation and vocabulary like wreckage all over the
African grasses and cactus line these twisting passes, while flower,
tomato, and banana
plantations spread across the flatter hills. Tourist farms
encircle the best beaches and there are towns where you need only speak
German. That is, if you can.
by Vivian Selbo
Vivian Selbo is an artist who
spent a good three and a half years behind the screen at
If you want to stalk her now, just click on
over to Cavil. She's bound
to turn up
sooner or later.
back to the junk drawer
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