Analog triggers are better

As I had mentioned, here are some photos I took by seaside last week. Notice the darkening of the corners (a couple of the photos were cropped), as I 'hacked' my Minolta SLR with my Yashica Electro35's wide angle lens, which has the same diameter but was obviously not meant to be screwed in the front of a modern SLR's zoom lens. I like the effect still.

Sci-fi writer John Shirley interviews six other colleagues — Cory Doctorow, Pat Murphy, Kim Stanley Robinson, Norman Spinrad, Bruce Sterling and Ken Wharton provide extrapolations about the social future. I don't know the writing of them all, but it seems to be an impressive panel — I'm becoming a fan of Cory Doctorow, Kim Stanley Robinson's Three Colors Mars trilogy blew me away earlier this summer, and Bruce Sterling is a cyberpunk legend. Their answers are rather bleak though, that's how much the world has changed since the beginning of the decade. KSR seems the most optimistic of the lot — predicting a victory for Kerry and the possibility of a benign world government —, while Bruce Sterling seems to be closer to my opinion that the US no longer matters as (my words follow, Sterling doesn't say it explicitly) it is taking political choices that lead to a Soviet-like breakdown, and the others are all aware that neofascism is a major political force at work nowdays in the West and most strongly in the US, under the guise of religious groups, repressive laws suited to corporations (such as intellectual property laws, as Cory Doctorow always inevitably rants about), and Big Media which saturates citizens with such a great amount of propaganda they may keep certain amounts of self-expression, as the sheer volume makes it harmless to the power structure (not a new situation though, as philosophers such as Theodor Adorno have pointed out this long ago). Indeed, I rather take Sterling's advice and look at China for inspiration. Not that it is a lovely democratic country, but at least its trend in development at all levels is reverse to what I see across the Atlantic.