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[Comments] (1) Infernokrusher!: Sumana reports that she was talking at WisCon to Jed Hartman about the story I sold to Strange Horizons (to be published in just a couple months). At one point Jed said "Ah! It's infernokrusher!" I thought this would be obvious from the title alone, but when I went searching for other infernokrusher stories online, I couldn't find any. Only jokes about hypothetical works. So you might reasonably not recognize a submitted infernokrusher story as such.

Is mine the first infernokrusher story to be sold? That can't be right. Prove me wrong. Examples predating the invention of infernokrusher grudgingly accepted. By browsing LibraryThing tags I've determined that John Varley's "Steel Beach" may be genuine infernokrusher, but most other things given that tag look like regular slipstream. Hey, if I don't have the expertise to slice music into sub-subgenres, I'll settle for fiction.

PS: I know infernokrusher is just a joke. Jokes are meant to be told.

[Comments] (2) Radio Download: I didn't post last week because I was at a Canonical all-hands meeting. We listened to a lot of talks and then they gave us Chumbies. While I was there I learned something really cool I wanted to share with you. I know you'll be interested because I already talked about East German computers at length and you're still reading this weblog.

I met a guy, I'm pretty sure it was Mirco Müller, who grew up in East Germany. He'd never heard of the PolyPlay (which I'd forgotten the name of at the time), but he was conversant with the home computers of the time, and he mentioned that radio stations would broadcast programs for kids to record. They'd count down and then send a game or some other program over the air. You'd record it on a cassette tape and then use it in your computer's tape reader.

This is such an awesome idea and I'd never thought of it because it's so damn socialist. At the point on the technology curve where computer cassette drives make sense, you need to have private ownership of computers, but government ownership of radio stations and a government policy encouraging kids to mess around with computers (see previous entry for contrasting policies).

Otherwise the people who run the radio station won't want to make a timeslot to broadcast data, and the people who wrote the software will want to sell it instead of broadcasting it. You could have this scenario in a world with very primitive but very cheap computers, where such a show could be popular, but that brings us into the realm of science fiction--where I intend to milk this idea for all it's worth.


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