show #248: confessions of … rai fargis [rerun]

this show [minus the brandnew editorial in/out] first aired in june 2017 when i visited vienna austria. great conversation with a longtime second lifer & activist in various areas. great broadcaster too! rai fargis is a cool dude! topics? trolling vs mischief, virtual embodiment, choice over it = really nutritious food for thought indeed! enjoy,…

show 247: lurking … [are we all just users?]

joanne mcneil is a gifted writer and journalist with a long personal history in social media. her book “lurking” illuminates the “good ol’ days” of bbs and usenet, fairly obscure regional and niche-specific networks like echo and to friendster, myspace and into the current domination of facebook and twitter. and the book examines what engaging…

show 246: ken liu & the hidden girl

ken liu is a writer of wonderful short and epic fiction, a translator of fine chinese sci-fi, a trained lawyer, a programmer and he also owns a vr headset. since he met all the pre-requisites for being on the show – ok let’s be honest, he actually exceeded them –  drax read his new collection…

show 245: matt ruff enters virtual reality

matt ruff has written a book about mmos and virtual worlds and it is awesome: “88 names” is going right next to “snow crash” and “ready player one” [among others in the vr genre] in the drax shelf. enter a wide-ranging conversation about matt’s body of work which includes wacky ideas such as ayn rand…