· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · November
· · · · 23 (2 entries)

It’s Just Messages · I’m be­gin­ning to won­der if ev­ery­thing is turn­ing in­to a stream of mes­sages ...
The Future · “I’ve seen the future” sings Leonard Co­hen, “and it’s murder.” Me too, but it looked like a ho­tel lob­by. In par­tic­u­lar, the lob­by of the ex­cel­lent W Sil­i­con Val­ley, which is in Ne­wark, just across the Dum­bar­ton bridge from Sun’s Men­lo Park of­fice. My first meet­ing was ear­ly Mon­day so I flew down late Sun­day and stayed at the W for the first time, de­spite the fact that Si­mon Phipps has been telling me to go there for month­s. Si­mon is right, I un­hesi­tat­ing­ly rec­om­mend it. It’s a nice and re­lax­ing spot, whose decor is rather well-done Euro­mod­ern. The lob­by has run­ning wa­ter, turquoise light­s, love­ly wood, weird-shaped so­fas, and a civ­i­lized lit­tle bar that’s open late, where I got a bite and a beer. There’s WiFi in the bar, so I was on­line, and the on­ly peo­ple there were me at a neatly-sidelit mar­ble table, a geek on one of the big weird so­fas al­so with lap­top, and a cou­ple sit­ting chat­ting soft­ly to the bar­tender. There was some soft tech­no mu­sic pulse, just au­di­ble. If you’d put this on a movie screen in the 1950s it would have been a to­tal­ly plau­si­ble Sci-Fi fu­ture. In late 2004, it’s just a glimpse of what more and more tran­sient spaces are com­ing to look like.
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