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writing our names on the moon
how to be immortal in six easy steps
3.12.03 : feature!

The more I learn about him, the more I realize that Geoffrey Chaucer was a big geek.

He wrote an astrolabe treatise, the fourteenth century equivalent of a programming manual. He recorded his works in books when papermaking was limited to only a few places in southern Europe. Few people would be able to read his poems; most books were instructional and reserved for universities. The only private persons collecting and reading books were the technology-and-knowledge-happy haves -- the have-nots were trying to make the rent. Chaucer was a nerd writer writing to nerds.

Sound familiar?

Talk about electronic media all you want, but you need more than that to become famous. You need to hit the right channels (be it Internet or mimeographed zine) in the right way: for every Geoffrey Chaucer, there's a Robert Henryson. The way to make an impact over time is to learn from the masters: Homer, Chaucer, Jules Verne. Six thousand years from now, when your brand-new iMac i... 
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re: writing our names on the moon

This is excellent, Brian! I've rarely seen a debut feature so self-assured and clear. Funny in the past, present, and future. The only thing more spot-on hilarious than your column is your bio. Please continue to contribute.

re: writing our names on the moon

Nice column. It's especially relevent to this site because it deals with writing and with preserving writing. This is a great, original topic (at least for this site) as well as well-written and informative.

re: writing our names on the moon

Nice writing style. Good layout of thoughts provided readable flow. Only criticism: The ending really needed some punch to it. A resolution or summary rather than just a stagnate dissolve.

re: writing our names on the moon

I really enjoyed reading this. The title is fantastic, and many of your points are spot-on.

re: writing our names on the moon

Really nice piece here, keep up the good work. You have a really good voice, here: glib and clever while still passing a lot of good information and advice onto the reader. I hope you have a hardcopy of this, somewhere.

re: cash 'n' carry

This is freakin' brilliant.

re: cash 'n' carry

This is brilliant. The sound effects make it. So well written I can hear it in my head and I read. Nice job on your first piece.

re: cash 'n' carry

This was absolutely great.

re: cash 'n' carry

This is out-there and fantastic. Well worth the read.



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