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Comment on “Welcome to Your Cyberpunk Future” by Fernando

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:56:04 +0000

Hi Rudy. I'm trying to write a little novel / experiment kind of cyberpunk topic. Your work looks really complete around the genre, and maybe you could help me, gime me some advise. That would very kind. Thanks and regards.

Comment on Ballula, Mt. Um, Louisville, Mammoth Cave by Tom Fool

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:47:35 +0000

Caves - they take us to Hades, if we are not careful! Plus, don't go there if you are claustrophobic like me! But the wide open ones are fun. Once again, great photos. You have such a wide ranging background that keeps me coming back for more. Kentucky, Wyoming, San-Ho (as you put it), cellular automata, and of course, all of your various and sundry writings. Keep on keeping on!

Comment on “Welcome to Your Cyberpunk Future” by Tom Fool

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:40:25 +0000

Wow. Just fugging wow. I don't even know where to start. You and Embry on the hog; you just jump off the page --- 'that's Rudy!' And the shot of your kids - it should be on your living room wall! And the 'Riviera', I just shouted out 'I bet that's Sylvia' then look at the caption: yup, it is. You could have stopped 20 years ago and would still be a master of your art! Keep it coming, dude, keep it coming. Love to all of you and yours.

Comment on “Welcome to Your Cyberpunk Future” by Teena Maddox

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:01:37 +0000

Hi Rudy - This topic is fascinating. (The understatement of the year.) I am going to attend your talk at IdeaFestival tomorrow and I'd love to do a short video interview with you to accompany the article on TechRepublic. Please email me if you're interested. (I'm also a Louisville native who eventually moved to California. So at least we have that in common.)

Comment on Free Books by Rudy Rucker by Lee

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 19:18:34 +0000

Thank you for the cc books. I've not yet read 'The Big Aha' or 'Postsingular' and am looking forward to reading them.

Comment on Road Trip to Wyoming by Rudy

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 23:53:00 +0000

Don, yes it's hard to grasp how big the U.S. is till you get out there and drive around. Feels good, all that space and air. David, yes, we should move there! :) And walker, I agree that it would be great to just camp every night on the ground, and I dream of doing this, but...when we're driving a lot every day it feels impractical, especially since our camping technique is anything but finely honed. Someday! Maybe when I'm younger... Anyway, as you suspect, there is a certain charm to seeing the small towns close up.

Comment on Road Trip to Wyoming by walker

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 04:09:56 +0000

Motels instead of campsites? You're missing the nighttime wildlife, the starry dome, the fresh weather. But maybe you prefer the truckstop/Main Street ambience. ~shrug~ Thanks for the tour though!

Comment on Road Trip to Wyoming by David Dye

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:55:26 +0000

Thanks for sharing. I know too well the "we should move here" urge as well as the wifely "no." Great gnarly photos.

Comment on Road Trip to Wyoming by Donald Marritz

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:03:24 +0000

thanks for the travelogue, Roo....we just did a 2-week trip out West was life-changing...

Comment on Cory Doctorow’s WALKAWAY by superkuh

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:56:34 +0000

To me "Walkaway" seemed like Doctorow's attempt to distance himself from and refute the core ideas of his earlier books which glorified meritocracies and reputation systems. As an aside, git is the name of the revision control system. Github is a commercial platform and social network based around providing git+bug tracking as a service. Another author that does actual computing practices really well is Daniel Suarez in his "Daemon" books.

Comment on Christopher Brown THE TROPIC OF KANSAS. Radical SF. by Roy Whelden

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:13:17 +0000

Great review. Reading Rucker is like playing Bach; you feel really smart when you're doing it.

Comment on Cory Doctorow’s WALKAWAY by Bruce McRae Campbell

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:27:58 +0000

I started the quest to read this about a month or two before the official release, then couldn't wait until Cory's tour to buy and begin reading. Already slightly sweaty and mildly scuffed by the time I handed it to Cory to be signed, I found it one of those books I race to finish, while at the same time dreading it's completion, as then what? Realizing it as the chronological bridging novel between Makers and Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (something Cory brought up during his Q&A in Vancouver in May) brings some interesting possibilities for a Makerverse extended world to continue building. Like, was Keep-A-movin'-Dan a survivor of the Akron Ohio siege? Great review, thanks Rudy!

Comment on Cory Doctorow’s WALKAWAY by doug

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:19:43 +0000

Job creator reminds me of philanthropist, angel investor, etc. And books from like the year 1700 where one had to go on at the beginning about how the king was the most amazing perfect man in the history of men. *places walkaway on to-read list*

Comment on Hooray! by womans_voice

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 01:45:46 +0000

Very happy to hear that you are still a success in the publishing world. Congrats on your anniversary. You and your wife still look like the best of friends. That's a REAL measure of success. :)

Comment on Hooray! by Z

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:44:47 +0000

Super cool about the deal!

Comment on Last Chance for Nine of Rudy’s Transreal Books by Grego

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:25:27 +0000


Comment on Musing Attractors or How to Write by Rudy

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:49:07 +0000

Gayle and James, glad you appreciate the power of the green shoot. Speaking of green fuse, James, thanks for reminding me of Dylan Thomas, "The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower."

Comment on Musing Attractors or How to Write by James Littlefield

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 11:56:52 +0000

Just a note to say hope that wasn't you from whom I stole a line about green fuse sidewalks cracking forty almost fifty years ago. Cheers

Comment on Swarthmore 50th Reunion. Louisville Icons. by womans_voice

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 18:55:09 +0000

That thing they have their hands on... it's Sauron's Palantir. :) Lovely stories of your college reunion. And of Old Louisville. What you say about racing jockeys is true. A tougher breed you will be hard pressed to find.

Comment on Swarthmore 50th Reunion. Louisville Icons. by geebert

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 05:41:42 +0000

Loves it!

Comment on Musing Attractors or How to Write by Gayle Packard

Tue, 30 May 2017 23:01:48 +0000

"Struggling art, the frail green shoot that cracks the sidewalk." As I read that sentence, it resonates deeply. It permits reflection on what it is to be human in the world we live in. In your paintings I see a reflection, critique and juxtaposition of the world and its truths. I Just finished reading an article by Chis Hedges: The Artist as Prophet in Truthdig. He talks about the artist as a truth teller and why they threaten those in power. The phrase, “struggling art” encapsulates our lives today. Thank you for your insightful blogs.

Comment on Podcast # 100: Conversation with Siobhan Roberts by EH

Fri, 26 May 2017 01:14:20 +0000

Good to see your blog still the same, the pictures especially. Conway's surreal numbers didn't come up, which I think is his most interesting idea that I can sort-of understand and which gave new ways of thinking about infinities. You might like to check out the post on my linked blog: "A Curious Way to Represent Numbers: Ternary Factor Tree Representation", which connects to some of your interests. TFTR is a simple, n-dimensional, recursive, entirely multiplicative/exponential representation of real numbers (and others), including exact representation of irrational numbers, which resembles the cellular structure that automata live in and which has some interesting potential applications to infinities. The blog post is not rigorous, has a lot of conjectures, but is easily understandable and has brief, readable working computer code for converting from the representation to rational or floating-point. I think it gives an infinite, totally orderable sequence of countable infinite numbers spaced infinitely far apart, but I'm doubtful about my argument as to why Cantor diagonalization does not apply and whether repeating pseudo-random infinite sequences are orderable. Prof. Ono at Emory drew connections between TFTR and the "theory of valuations, heights, and most prominent in the theory of abeles and ideles." ["ideals", I think] As far as I can tell these are only vaguely similar. I thought about emailing Conway about TFTR since it seems similar in motivation to the surreals, but chickened out. The posts: "Thermodynamics, Information and the Afterlife" and "A First Approximation to Mindspace" are also ones you likely would like.

Comment on East Side of the Sierras. Death Valley. by Simon

Sat, 13 May 2017 19:41:44 +0000

I always enjoy your photos, but for whatever reason these desert pictures are really knocking me out this afternoon (perhaps because of the contrast to the rather gray, cloudy day outside my window as I read this).

Comment on Time Paradoxes. Hollow Earth Sequel. Gibson’s “The Peripheral.” by John

Mon, 08 May 2017 11:59:41 +0000

I'm quite interesting with this sequel. I find the paradox and hollow earth thing unique and very sci-fi for a book but it's very interesting how the story goes. I hope it goes well.

Comment on Time Paradoxes. Hollow Earth Sequel. Gibson’s “The Peripheral.” by Ken Wharton

Thu, 04 May 2017 20:07:02 +0000

Hi Rudy -- it's been awhile! Glad you're pondering deep thoughts about time travel. (Here's a pop-sci talk I sometimes give on the topic; . Your paradox #1 is in what I call a "T1" time travel story (I call your example a 'bootstrap paradox'); the branching options are what I call "T2" stories. In T1 you also get free-will paradoxes, which are also worth thinking about further. (For example, why would your *future* self feel compelled to stay consistent with the timeline, but not your *past* self? Surely they should be on the same footing, as far as what they feel is "free" about their own choices?) I didn't talk much about bootstrap paradoxes in that talk, unfortunately, but I've been thinking about them more lately in the "T1" context -- and free-will-paradoxes as well -- esp. with the movie Arrival fresh on my mind. Some thoughts: 1) I don't think you need hyper dimensional "Great Old One" to keep everything consistent; all you need is a single copy of the universe, and then it's logically *impossible* to have an inconsistency. If something happens, somewhere and somewhen, then it's logically impossible to have something *different* happen at that same place and same time. 2) If there are multiple different consistent universes, some with complex bootstraps (receiving a novel from the future, that you never consciously invent), and others with no-boostraps or simple-bootstraps (you get a single sentence from the future), I would think there would have to be some master probability rule that made the simpler cases much more probable. Say some entropy argument: it's logically possible that a novel will assemble itself out of sand on the beach, but that doesn't make it at all *plausible*. Same thing for time-travel-boostrap-paradoxes. I wouldn't think it would be at all plausible to use one to generate anything particularly complex, like a novel. 3) That leads into free-will paradoxes, which I've been trying to sort out lately. I think my favorite resolution right now is to think of the joint history, made by your future and past selves, as a global collaborative decision, between all of your selves. Just as you don't have complete control over a collaborative decision with someone else, you also don't have complete control over a collaborative decision with your future or past selves. The single-universe *forces* the various time-traveller-selves to agree on *something*, something that they're all at least partially amenable to choosing, but I think both future and past selves would be somewhat constrained by such a global-collaboration; they wouldn't feel totally "free". 4) This gets even trickier when large-scale events are concerned; say, a newspaper from 100 years from now is sent to the past. For something like this, the entire history of the next 100 years is now a global collaborative decision between essentially everyone who reads the paper before it happens. So then no one person would have much control over anything at all. Still, it makes one wonder: must all news that seemingly-free-agents get from the future necessarily be *good* news, or else it wouldn't be a plausible collaborative decision? :-) I'll let you know if I ever ge[...]

Comment on Still Seeking the Gnarl by emilio

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:25:43 +0000

did you look at doing it in javascript?

Comment on “Simply Gödel,” Phenomonology, and Monads by emilio

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:21:41 +0000

Wonderful post. I don't know why I have not visited lately. Wasting too much time on FB I suppose.

Comment on “Simply Gödel,” Phenomonology, and Monads by drew hempel

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:33:07 +0000

Hi Rudy: I reference your mention of Gödel discussing how time-travel is possible since to time travel you can't have any personal desires. This is actually true as I discovered by doing intensive qigong training to finish my master's degree in 2000. Also I discovered that ghosts and spirits are indeed real. Science is starting to confirm these "dimensions" via biophotons and quantum coherence. So when "light is heavy" as relativized mass by "turning the light around" in meditation, then we get quantum relative entropy as the spin angular momentum of light, creating momentum energy - the source of qi or prana enabling precognition, levitation, etc. Also check our Gerard 't Hooft's latest essay notes on how we exist in virtual quantum black holes arising from "timelike moebius strips." This is the "noncommutative phase space" that creates entanglement - as the fifth dimension, as astrophysicist Paul S. Wesson detailed. Wesson said it explains spiritual phenomenon. I have the research details on my blog.

Comment on “Simply Gödel,” Phenomonology, and Monads by Rudy

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:28:54 +0000

Thanks, womans_voice and Eric. Certainly the Eastern philosophies or mind-studies have angles (curves?) that the West neglects. And Eric, I don't think psychedelic phenomenological information is to be entirely neglected. Back in 1970, on the one really serious trip I took, I noticed that I had (unwittingly) "bracketed" my ability to correct for distortion and irregular coloration, and my visual inputs/phenomena were in completely raw form, with wide-angle lens distortion and super-spotty skin. Husserl talks, I think, about peeling off layers of phenomena to get closer and closer to the raw core...though, on the other hand, what's so great about raw? Bracket that Puritan quest, dude, and enjoy the pretty music and the luscious colors and gorgeous shapes.

Comment on “Simply Gödel,” Phenomonology, and Monads by Eric

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:00:06 +0000

I have an intuitive understanding of monads, but an intellectual one, no. Same thing with phenomenology. I did have an experience (chemically assisted) where I was able to see thoughts as bubbles in space, and could see it approaching, then experience the thought, then it vanished. Éirinn go Brách!

Comment on “Simply Gödel,” Phenomonology, and Monads by womans_voice

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:34:47 +0000

"I think for the rest of the week I’ll make a habit, of saying I’m bracketing whatever is going on around me at any given time." When I saw this I had to laugh, given that this week the NCAA Basketball Tournament will be underway in earnest. So this will be Rudy Rucker's "brackets". Also, I noted a tiny typo in your text, calling the moon "smeely" instead of smelly. I like the replacement word better. I hope you keep it. :) All that said, whenever I read the "phenomenology" stuff from Western philosophers, I think of the Vedic scholars, and note that they had this "bracketing" process down pat something like a thousand years ago. It's called practicing Witness Consciousness. Or in modern parlance, Mindfulness. The Vedics say that if you practice it skillfully enough, you really do experience bliss. I am not sure that is the point of modern Western philosophy, but it does seem to be the end result of ancient Eastern meditation practices. Thanks also for your comments about Husserl's wordiness. I used to tell my friends that reading Husserl was a little like smoking a legal intoxicant. Just inhale enough that you feel overwhelmed and confused, then let out a long belly laugh and smile. But he had his good points too. Thanks for describing them here. Best to you this week. :)

Comment on Still Seeking the Gnarl by Tom Fool

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 03:14:18 +0000

Yowza! Always enjoyed playing with CA! Once you have experienced glider guns, there's no going back. So while reading through your latest posting, I'm mindful of some questions. They revolve around aspects of your work: prose, paintings, photos and programming. Damn, they all start with 'p', don't they? Anyway, I use these same tools to approach problems and issues from four different directions and it always helps to give new insight into the situation. I also use simulations but, that doesn't start with a 'p' so who knows? Think about some topic you are faced with solving: a plot for a story, etc. When I get stuck on a problem, I take a walk and if the answer is not forthcoming, I try one of the other methods - simulate the problem, write some code, draw some schematics or flow charts, do something different to take the mind back a step from the swamp or thornbush and see a path around it. "Oh, look! If you step to the side over here, you can see what was holding things up and also see other possible paths forward." Pretty soon, I'm off down the path towards solving the problem and finding out what the next problem is. Your paintings look to me like they possibly help you see your characters and plots in somewhat the same way. Or not. Who knows? Keep on keeping on, Rudy!

Comment on Heavy Tripping With Raymond Chandler. Full Report. by Rudy

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:35:21 +0000

Thanks for the comments! * Eddie Evers, as you see, I went back and added High Window and Replay. * Barney, I watched "Big Sleep" on VUDU, and enjoyed it, although as a film it feels more confusing than as a novel. Also of course they had to drop and/or blur some things for the censors. Ineresting that Faulkner wrote the screenplay. As a writer, he respected our man Chandler enough to simply collage in great swathes of the book's dialog, which is all to the good. * Gary Singh, I love those Chandler similes too. I recently realized that, when reading a novel on Kindle, I can highlight a passage, choose Highlight on the popup, and then when I'm done, open the Notes (and Highlights) and Export them as an email to the Kindle device owner, that is, me. And then I have a bunch of text that I can paste into something like...a blog post! * womans_voice, I always appreciate your kind and thoughtful remarks..

Comment on Heavy Tripping With Raymond Chandler. Full Report. by womans_voice

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:04:02 +0000

Haven't been here in awhile, thought I'd take a peek at what you've been up to... Found your essay on the formula fiction writer Raymond Chandler interesting in juxtaposition with your visual work. I am continually impressed with the contrast between the stark maturity of your photos and the vibrant playfulness of your illustrations. Like the two halves of your brain in an endless conversation with each other - each one bringing to consciousness what the other one cannot. It's an interesting pas de deux. In any case, it looks like Mr Chandler provided you with some useful company, and your art made interesting company with him as well. Another ballet of ideas, it seems.

Comment on Heavy Tripping With Raymond Chandler. Full Report. by Gary Singh

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 05:35:57 +0000

I have a notebook from a few years ago, when I read a few Chandler books. Some of the lines I wrote down, although I don't recall which books they were from: "I got a hangover like seven Swedes." "The roar of his laughter was like a tractor backfiring." "The elevator had an elderly perfume in it, like three widows drinking tea." "His remarks fell to the ground, eddying like a soiled feather." "The dollar went into his pocket with a sound like caterpillars fighting."

Comment on Heavy Tripping With Raymond Chandler. Full Report. by Barney

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 01:08:11 +0000

The screenwriter trying to figure out the convoluted plot of "The Big Sleep" was a fellow named William Faulkner.

Comment on Heavy Tripping With Raymond Chandler. Full Report. by Eddie Ever

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 21:28:37 +0000

Hey I don't see any comments but someone’s gonna remind you about The High Window, which is swell fun and the first novel he wrote from scratch (i.e., without “cannabilizing” his shorter works). Also there’s Playback, a good screenplay turned into a blah Marlowe novel. (Shoulda left the main character as is, mighta been a nice book.)

Comment on Rain. Art. Life After the Inauguration. by geebert

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:45:53 +0000

kinetic times, indeed! lovely post, pops!

Comment on Bottom of the Year by womans_voice

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:19:31 +0000

OMG Rudy, that photo of the UFO engine is *exquisite*. The angular pitch of it, and so many layers of light and form. A truly brilliant shot. Happy New Year to you! :)

Comment on Bottom of the Year by Tom Fool

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 01:31:16 +0000

Happy 2017 indeed! Despite the weirdness of 2016, I'm keeping my hopes up for a better future anyway. I guessed that in the pic of you and Isabel, she must be your daughter because she has your eyes and your smile. And one of the good things in life are your photos! If you ever have a moment to reflect, I'd love to hear about your photo techniques - how you get the thing you see with your eye to come out in the final photo. (Don't mean this in the sense of "what camera do you use? It must be fabulous". Had a relative who asked that of me once; I felt like saying "if you read a good book, would you ask the author what typewriter they used, cuz it was great?") I'm always trying to improve my photography and am consistently impressed by yours. Always sharp, well composed and well exposed with good color gamut. The pic at the Cantor Museum looks like it might be one of Clayton Baileys pieces, no? The angled potted plant pic looks like one of the 'thousand year old egg pots' you can find in S.F. Chinatown. Beautiful dragons put on the pot with the artists fingers and thumbs before firing. Then filled with pickled (?) eggs. Santa Cruz, the art scene, it's all good. Keep up the great work in the new year and for many, many years to come, Rudy. Best to you and yours!

Comment on Free Books by Rudy Rucker by Cinco_D

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 06:14:05 +0000

I have a notion... that the ...ware collection is incomplete.. Etherware... some elements of human existence... are not physical... hope.. dreams.. knowledge.. understanding.. wisdom.. love.. everything that no longer exist... in a lifeless corpse... all of which defy the laws of physics.. they increase... defying entropy...

Comment on Infinity & 4D & Gnarl Books. @lantis. T-giving. by Failrate

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 05:28:40 +0000

Wow, that Necker Cube illo is nice. You might like the game Monument Valley. It does a lot of interesting puzzles and play with that kind of optical illusion. One level is based on Esther's impossible waterfall. Inexpensive, playable on a phone or tablet, and doesn't wear out its welcome.

Comment on Trumpic. Supermoon. Repub LIFEBOX. by geebert

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:29:09 +0000

Uplifting, pops. I likes. The photo of wires next to the photo of rarely seen, ocean floor kelp. Patterns everywhere! May this time too be a pattern we move beyond. For now, the current events seem quite frightening... but hopefully we'll learn, move ahead, and continue to make art. Love!

Comment on Gloucester & NYC by geebert

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:40:45 +0000

Ah, NYC! Makes me miss the old town! You capture it well. Love the deets. And, as a former NYer, I must point out one mistake - that view beyond the UN is of QUEENS, not Brooklyn. Nice NYC light you had!

Comment on Budapest / Vienna #1 by Derek King

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:40:00 +0000

Charmng, fascinating, beautiful. I spent an evening with your brother Embry in the the late 1960s drinking with him and Liam Maguire, the owner of the Admiral's Arms, where we were. I saw him only once thereafter, briefly, at Coral Harbour, Nassau, where I was lunching with my parents. I didn't speak to him on that occasion - he was with a girl, later perhaps his wife. Had I known that he was a great great great great grandson of Hegel I probably would have done! Is he well? Derek King

Comment on Budapest / Vienna #3 by Tom Fool

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 01:54:54 +0000

"the eternally gushing clam": a) what we all seek in life b) the name of a fine neighborhood pub c) --- other --- d) profit! Also, I just visited the wikipedia page on Bruegel, clicked on the image of the Peasant Dance and it was a large download and blurry - your photo looks 1000 times better!

Comment on Kauai. Finished 2nd Draft of MILLION MILE ROAD TRIP. by Tom Fool

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 23:42:05 +0000

The photo of you and Sylvia makes you both look youthful. It shows you both smiling - not frowning or looking worried, just smiling. I've been looking at lots of photos on the net recently and realized what a difference that makes. Not grinning, just looking happy. Keep it up!

Comment on Budapest / Vienna #2 by Chuck Shotton

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:40:36 +0000

I am always envious of your skill with a camera. I can appreciate the creativity of the photos, but just can't ever seem to find the same degree of "coolness" in my shots. Thanks for the new views!

Comment on Budapest / Vienna #2 by geebert

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:00:17 +0000

Igen, igen!! Feast for the eyes. You captured BP well, poppers!