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Posted on: Mar 4, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Democratic communication has its downside. You get to hear exactly what people are really thinking, and sometimes that's way more information than you wanted.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Blogs -- sites published constantly by anyone and everyone -- have turned me into a nervous person. Reading them makes me want to run around in circles squeaking like a beaver.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2002, Source: AlterNet

When I was a student, I never questioned the idea that basic science education was for other people, the ones who were destined to be engineers or lab geeks.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2002, Source: AlterNet

You know those emails with URGENT BUSINESS PROPOSITION in the subject line and weirdly translated details of shady "fund transfers" and the like? I just got a very strange one.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Bioinformaticians, people decoding the human genome, are to genetic engineering as a peacenik named Einstein was to the atomic bomb -- they seem to not understand the social ramifications of their pure research.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Diesel is currently advertising its clothes with sexy robot zombie models: beautiful young things dressed in Diesel, their eyes glassy, faces made up to look like soft plastic.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2002, Source: AlterNet

What we want out of people these days is the same thing we want from our computer accessories: no installation required, no introductions or context necessary to interact with them.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Erotic artist Barbara Nitke has filed a legal complaint againt the Communications Decency Act, claiming that its anti-obscenity clauses violate the First Amendment.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2002, Source: AlterNet

A geek has the power to bootstrap, to escape, to become something other than somebody's wife, a soccer mom, a maid, or a smudge on the payroll of a dying industry.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2001, Source: AlterNet

It is black, muscular, alien. I've seen pictures of it in motion on TV -- its skin opens up into two wound-slits and leaks green light in the shape of an X.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The world-renowned MIT Media Lab has just unveiled its latest project, the Erotic Computation Group, studying everything from digital erotica to sex robots. Well, at least, they would like to...

Posted on: Dec 3, 2001, Source: AlterNet

People need real anonymity, especially now that what you do online can get you thrown in jail and branded a terrorist.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Hagrid was just about to rescue Harry Potter when the film stopped rolling and the PA announced, "An emergency has been reported. Please walk out of the nearest exit." We all thought the same thing -- oh God, another attack.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2001, Source: AlterNet

All of the glamour and intrigue that came with the job of being a network administrator died along with the dot-coms.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The open source operating system that was supposed to take over the world has been creeping back underground amid news that Microsoft would retain monopolistic power.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The real glory of personal Web pages is that no matter how stupid they are, you just can't look away. Nothing is more interesting than someone else's private details.

Posted on: Oct 28, 2001, Source: AlterNet

If you've broken into and "damaged" any Net-connected computer within the last eight years, you are now deemed a terrorist. Well, I am officially a terrorist.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2001, Source: AlterNet

For the "Bert is Evil" Web site that featured pictures of Osama bin Laden, patriotism has meant self-censorship. After all, it's what the big media outlets are doing.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Late last week, some friends and I plunged headlong into the digital social scene and found a major schism between political hackers and dot-com bubbleheads.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2001, Source: AlterNet

A brief guide to digital anarchy.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The mantra, "Don't believe everything you read online," is even more important now that war-time propaganda is circulating through all media.

Posted on: Sep 24, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Ursula Le Guin's utopian and social-protest science fiction has shown alternative perspectives on everything from religion and death to war and terrorism.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Authorities say terrorists' plans may have been carried out through the Internet, prompting the government to clamp down on the World Wide Web.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2001, Source: AlterNet

During my summer vacation I met a Cylon, had sex with Wonder Woman, and uncovered a vast conspiracy to destroy geek culture as we know it. Yes, I went to DragonCon.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2001, Source: AlterNet

For an annual fee of just 59 bucks, you can own a domain name with .sex at the end of it, says, and get yourself tons and tons of traffic. Is it a bogus offer?

Posted on: Aug 27, 2001, Source: AlterNet

I was plunged into geek space, a familiar social location where we could talk to our heart's content about drivers and free software and visualization programs for cell biologists.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2001, Source: AlterNet

For people who suffer from acute video game nostalgia or who revel in arcane historical knowledge, there is almost no mystery greater than what exactly happened to the game Ms. Gorf.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2001, Source: Metro Silicon Valley

The geeky, sexy world of author Cecilia Tan comes to light in her latest sci-fi/erotica novel, "The Velderet."

Posted on: Aug 5, 2001, Source: Metro Silicon Valley

Patents on protiens and genes that make up the human genome have biopunks up in arms as corporations and public interestes vie for our genetic future.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2001, Source: Metro Silicon Valley

Despite escalating protests, Russian techie Dmitry Sklyarov is still in jail, arrested by the FBI because he criticized the corporate control of books.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2001, Source: Metro Silicon Valley

When I got my electric sex toy kit from, I turned into the porn version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, becoming my own depraved experimental subject.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2001, Source: Salon

Cellphone pornography is set to be the next wave of adult techno-entertainment. Too bad its creators haven't learned from history.

Posted on: Jun 22, 2000, Source: Metro Silicon Valley

There's a glamorous new website called, which offers what it calls "the dotcom dead pool." Users can wager on what dotcom companies are about to die, and each time you're right, you get a higher score.

Posted on: May 30, 2000, Source: Salon

If code is free, why not me? Some open-source geeks are as open-minded about sex as they are about hacking.

Posted on: May 15, 2000, Source: Metro Silicon Valley

Government "sexperts" have approved a goofy new gadget in female orgasm technology. Real women will tell you that there are hundreds of better products out there.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source: deleted

"Normally, I don't like to complain about gender crap, because then I become 'a woman' who 'has issues' or something retro-1970s like that. See, I'd rather be a geek than a girl. But I hate having to make that choice."

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source: Metro Silicon Valley

"I don't want to be a slave to Wall Street's distractions. If the market is going to go crazy, then it needs to be locked up; it shouldn't be running the world and breaking our collective hearts."