This Blog, Now Coming to You in Innovative Book Form

My new book, The Shape of Reality to Come, a collection of essays about virtual reality,  creative economies, Amazon, artificial intelligence, Microsoft, Ready Player One, innovation, video games, leadership, immersive media, and grunge, is coming soon from Alephactory Press. You can pre-order it here. I have to admit that I didn’t realize I was even…

Music From Other Rooms

This morning I read an article on The New Yorker website that wasn’t actually about Trump. Rightly tagged “Rabbit Holes,” Jia Tolentino’s “The Overwhelming Emotion of Hearing Toto’s ‘Africa’ Remixed to Sound Like It’s Playing in an Empty Mall” sent me scurrying through YouTube in one of those oh-it-appears-people-are-doing-this-now moments that seem to be how…

This One Picture I Took

When I was a teenager, I worked as a sports reporter for my local weekly newspaper, the Skagit Argus. I covered high school sports, including a spectacular run by my high school basketball team, which won state two of the four years I was a student, and which produced future NBA and MLB pro Mark…

Gathering and Making History

Sometimes it’s possible to appreciate history in the making as it unfolds around you. The past couple years, Seattle has planted a flag for virtual reality, and this week we witnessed the community reaching out, welcoming an industry pioneer, and forming alliances. I’ve had many moments recently when I’ve savored the feeling that someday, when…

A Forty-year Arc

Over the weekend I took my 73 year-old father and 13 year-old son to Bladerunner 2049 in Mount Vernon, Washington’s historically preserved Lincoln Theater. Seeing a movie with my dad and my son in the theater where I discovered cinema meant a lot to me. An organist played the Wurlitzer before the show started, and…

Renaissance Guys

Navigate to the intersection of art and science and you’re liable to run into weird visionaries. Two recent books, which I read back to back, suggest that the art-science mashup has been the province of radical thinkers since at least the fifteenth century. Walter Isaacson’s illuminating biography Leonardo da Vinci walks us through the Renaissance…

This Time With Feeling: Haptx

Seems like forever ago that I stuck my hand in a box at the Axon VR offices and felt a virtual ice cube resting on my hand. Now the company has changed its name to Haptx and they’re beginning to show the world what they’ve been working on–a haptic glove powered by something called microfluidic…