Conversation is king. Content is just something to talk about.
I'm 17 years old. I'm not a straight-A student or anything. Even so, I figured out how to make an Internet that they can't wiretap. I figured out how to jam their person-tracking technology. I can turn innocent people into suspects and turn guilty people into innocents in their eyes. I could get met
It's weirder and more surprising than the other books. I think there are more places where it's just more reality bending, deliberately so. I think it's a lot more emotionally raw.
Skipping school isn't a crime. It's an infraction. They're totally different.
Engineers are all basically high-functioning autistics who have no idea how normal people do stuff.
This is why I loved technology: if you used it right, it could give you power and privacy.
Write even when the world is chaotic.
If you've never programmed a computer, you should. There's nothing like it in the whole world. When you program a computer, it does exactly what you tell it to do. It's like designing a machine â€” any machine, like a car, like a faucet, like a gas-hinge for a door â€” using math and instructions. I
Blooks differ from books in several ways
The future's a weirder place than we thought it would be when we were little kids.
But this is just the start of something much bigger.
The United States of America was a pirate nation for the first one hundred years of its existence, ripping off the patents and trademarks of the imperial European powers it had liberated itself from by blood. By keeping their GDP at home, the U.S. revolutionaries were able to bootstrap their nation
It's part of a cycle of stories I'm writing where I deconstruct classic science fiction.
The other one I did was 'I, Robot.' I take apart Isaac Asimov's Robots world.
Abnormal is so common, it's practically normal.
if it's not in my email archive, I don't know it
Everyone wants a definition of creativity that makes what they do into something special and what everyone else does into nothing special. But the fact is, we're all creative. We come up with weird and interesting ideas all the time. The biggest difference between 'creators' isn't their imagination
I had this really great amazing thing happen where I almost finished the book and I really needed to come up with an ending and I decided to go back and re-read the book and see if I could come up with an ending.
If this prinicpal thinks blogging isn't educational, he needs his head examined: he should be seeking out every student blogger in the school and giving them special time to blog more - and giving them extra credit besides.
He hated it when adults told him he only felt the way he did because he was young. As if being young was like being insane or drunk, like the convictions he held were hallucinations caused by a mental illness that could only be cured by waiting five years.
He had them as spellbound as a room full of Ewoks listening to C-3PO.
Finally, in the short term it's really obvious. People need to hear about my book, and if they've found out about it and buy it, I make money. The net cost of eBook distribution from my website is approaching zero. With half a million downloads of Down and Out In The Magic Kingdom , it doesn't matte
[Has it been a success though, I ask.] I don't know, ... I don't have another first novel that wasn't pushed electronically to compare it to. But the book itself is doing very well. Looking at other publishers, a good example is Baen Books , who do a lot of multi volume series of books. From experie
Well, I don't know. It's long, it's longer than both of the other books put together, so it's more ambitious. I think I get under the skin of the people a lot more than in the other books.
This is a fascinating phenomenon that evolved through the unexpected use of technology. It classically illustrates the way people find their own uses for technology.
The real damage from terrorist attacks doesn't come from the explosion. The real damage is done after the explosion, by the victims, who repeatedly and determinedly attack themselves, giving over reason in favor of terror... Terrorism is about magnifying one mediagenic act of violence into one hundr
I'd never been a tall guy, and the girls I'd dated had all been my height--teenaged girls grow faster than guys, which is a cruel trick of nature.
Write even when the world is chaotic. You donâ€™t need a cigarette, silence, music, a comfortable chair, or inner peace to write. You just need ten minutes and a writing implement.
Right, and you point out something important which is that people who donâ€™t want to pay, people who are pirates, donâ€™t get bothered by the DRM, they go out and buy the cracked books or download the cracked books for free. Itâ€™s only people who are foolish enough to pay for them that get locked
The first casualty of any battle is the plan of attack.