Educator, writer and documentarian based out of central China. Catch the full story at www.findthefabulist.com.
Information is Treachery
A computer can not read - that's simply not one of its gifts. It can't see a picture, either, or listen to a song or watch a film. What a computer sees - insofar as it can be said to "see" anything - is an endless world of switches, some on, some off. Yet within those switches are patterns, some of which correspond to stories, pictures, songs or films. At command, a computer can take those switches and perfectly recreate these things, telling stories it hasn't the means to understand.
Distance is a Fallacy
TRANSMISSION 53 We've finally done it. After months of sitting alone in this tiny remote outpost - has it just been months? It truly feels like it's been five years since I was sent to this isolated shed on the frontiers of oblivion - I finally have something substantive to report. I have received communication from a non-terrestrial source and, after many rounds of analysis, I can confirm with a <0.01% margin of error that the transmission was from an intelligent source. I have already broadcast the preplanned welcome message and am eagerly awaiting the response, which I will of course pass along to headquarters promptly as I receive it.
Eight Moments, Played Off Beat
When we were finally graced with a decent internet connection back in my rural Kansas town, one of the first things I did was find an MP3 site and start looking up tracks. I didn't get too far, instead spending the better part of an hour listening to the same two songs over and over again: "Points of Authority" by Linkin Park and "Running Away" by Hoobastank.
Seek Not Conflict, Cause No Harm
So Henry Kissinger has emerged from his perch in the deeper shadows of history to remark upon our current situation with China:
EXTERRAN FEDERATION OFF-WORLD LAB B-0102 DATALOG LOCATION: Agolga Exploratory Space, Agolga Prime-A PURPOSE: Xenobiology TECHNICIAN: Annelise Hyde (deceased) BRIEF SUMMARY: Analysis of unidentified live organism X-0E
A Beginner's Guide to Baijiu
In recent decades, Westerners have become well-acquainted with the concept of rice wine, particularly sake, a key component of our cultural obsession with Japan. But the Chinese variety - baijiu, literally "white wine" - is far less known. Baijiu is, in some ways, an oddity: By volume it's the best-selling spirit in the world by a wide margin, yet the export market is all but nonexistent, leaving it little known outside of the country.
Dissolving Night: A True-Enough Tale
The day of the art walk was an odd pleasant one, and I strolled with abandon beneath the swirly painting of the Midwestern sky, a heart full of beauty and a head full of acid. I can't recommend the psychedelic addendum enough, as it complements the experience magnificently - as you browse the exhibits you'll find that you understand everything, even things that perhaps weren't intentional parts of said exhibits. You'll even be positioned to understand the patrons, those amateur art critics massaging their chins and tossing out the odd remark about contrast or symbolism in an effort to justify all the free wine and snacks they've been cadging. Consciousness being an illusion that the artist manipulates, those people are more a part of the exhibit than an audience, and you can appreciate them as the artist intended.
No One Wants to Steal Your Book
The 1987 film Throw Momma from the Train follows author Larry Donner (played by Billy Crystal) who is drawn into a Hitchcockian revenge plot. Donner has an ugly grudge against his ex-wife, who stole a manuscript from him and published it under her own name. The book goes on to be a bestseller, granting the ex fame and fortune - and making Donner a prime suspect when she vanishes.