Saturday, March 2, 2019

Pierwalker Log: March 2, 2019

Writing start: 10:59 A.M.
Finish: 3:20 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 800
Edited (est.): 10000

1. Failure: Primary edit number two of chapter twenty-four

2. Book Three Melody: Off

3. Ant Story: 500 new words
Notes: I believe I can see the chapter's end from here.

4. Fractalverse V5: Off till 3/5

5Rapscallion: Read-through of chapter one

6. LOTR: 300 new words
Notes: Having some serious fun with this chapter.

7. Angel: Book Three: Primary edit number two of the prologue

8. T-Bag: Read-through of chapter four

Special Projects:  None today

Extra notes: Kye and I started watching The OA on Netflix last night. It looks entirely intriguing. We also watched two more episodes of Person of Interest. Both were quite good.

Michael Emerson is the shizzle.


Highway 101 was closed for a good portion of our drive yesterday, forcing us to take a detour, one that we didn't know even existed until just then.

What a beautiful drive. It's the Pistol River Road heading north into coastal mountains that drop steeply into the sea. At several points I was pretty sure we were above 2000 feet. The views were incredible. When we buy a new camera (our old one is kaput, I'm afraid), we'll take another drive up there and shoot some photos.

Sometimes inconveniences are real blessings.


Speculation: The Internet is at least partially responsible for the rise of authoritarianism in the world today. It is responsible because it has opened to full view the enormous range of human possibilities and creativities, which has incurred the wrath of the close-minded and fearful in response, who now vow open wars and who mount cyber-attacks on other countries and who scream "Build the wall!"

They are the true cowards. Unfortunately, they are also winning.

According to John Oliver (I don't recall whose study he was citing), one in three human beings now live under authoritarian rule. China is instituting truly Orwellian and fascistic "social credit" policies that will literally police each and every move any given Chinese citizen takes 24/7/365. As you can see, the system has already started.

Here in America, more and more people are starting to realize that Republicans don't want to govern; they want to rule. There is a huge and terrifying difference.

For those of us who fight against this possible dystopian future, it isn't enough to fight the conservanazis and the science deniers and the conspiracy whackos, no. We must also fight the indifferent--those who don't care one way or the other about living under authoritarian rule. They number in the billions, I fear, and are just as soul-dead as their fascistic brothers and sisters.

The Internet has the capacity to set humanity free from these evils. But it also has the capacity to cement them permanently into our societies.

We are in the bottleneck where we must decide.

Like Carl Sagan, I fear for our chances of victory. They aren't great. At all.