“Act-Coin” / Memorable Fancies #756

["…behavior swaps and dumps.” – Ben Marcus]      Behaviors are now treated as assets. They’re priced and traded. Financial touts admonish investors on their relative merits, like horses at the track. Value is created by act-miners who behave in certain ways; their actions are captured and recorded, deposited in the Act Bank. Bundles of acts are created and collateralized.      After a few months there is a panic on the exchanges, rumors of defaults and SEC investigations. Despairing … [Read more...]

Five Briefs / Memorable Fancies #749

Lynne and I: we both loved her smile. She, especially. # [“The height of all tragedies lies in the deafness of the protagonists.” Albert Camus] – Did you think Camus was speaking only of the stage? # Yesterday’s headline: WAR AVOIDED. Today’s headline: WAR AVOIDED. Why is this news? # Government arranges with universities to develop seed-dreams that promote loyalty and motivate people to approve of – certain legislative proposals. # I am writing this in case others have … [Read more...]

“I am two people” / Memorable Fancies #735

[“I generally conceived myself to be two people.” – James Hogg]      I am two people. Not ‘I’ and a stranger, however; I suppose that would have been tolerable. I could live with two different selves in my body. Perhaps they could keep each other from loneliness, engage in lively discussions, disagreements, polite tugging and shoving.      Or a younger ‘I’; I could comfortably co-inhabit with him, I suppose. It would be interesting, my giving him unwanted, even fatherly advice, he … [Read more...]

Five Briefs / Memorable Fancies #728

My : has toppled over and become a ..   My doctor says I have a colon problem. # Polling extracts opinions from each of us, leaving no opinions left on that particular subject. This is repeated for one topic after another. Finally, authorities are satisfied, and govern as they please. [– after Jean Baudrillard] # That’s not his real name. Yet. # My shadow is becoming darker, showing itself even on the dimmest of rainy days. Then today it began to move when I did not, as if … [Read more...]

“Not so fast!” / Memorable Fancies #721

     He meets her in a bar, buys her a drink or vice versa. She says, who are you really? He shows her his Facebook page on his smartphone. “That’s me,” he says. “Is it OK if I post something to your own page?” “Not so fast,” she says, “we've barely met. Let’s take this one step at a time.” <END> THE SATURDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here, in Facebook, or on other social websites. IN SEARCH OF A PUBLISHER: “The Land of Woven … [Read more...]

“The Magic Mirror” / Memorable Fancies #715

   There’s a new kind of mirror on the market, a magic mirror: it shows you as you are. There is some nervous joking, unease if you walk into friends’ homes and wonder if you will encounter one of these mirrors. Try to avoid using their guest bathroom. Just in case. <END> THE SATURDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here, in Facebook, or on other social websites. IN SEARCH OF A PUBLISHER: “The Land of Woven Labyrinths” – the third … [Read more...]

“Five Briefs” / Memorable Fancies #714

Mirrors suddenly stop reversing your image left-right when you look at them. Unfortunately, now they show you upside down. # Members of this church are called “Propensitants,” for their propensity to… # A confused man is trying to memorize his name, starting over, starting over, starting over, seeing if colored blocks would help. A ... R ... H … was he a ‘Harold’? Maybe not. Maybe he was a Harold then but not anymore? No, I guess not, he mutters. # When she looked more closely, … [Read more...]