Category Archives: Technology and Culture

Beowulf and the Fate of Music

Before medieval European civilization developed anything as novel as a “book,” “scroll,” or “codex,” there was the mind of the storyteller. The storyteller was given a special seat by the fire, fed for knowledge, and oft given full attention. The … Continue reading

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The Triumph Of Mechanics by Karl Hans Stobl (1907)

“The Triumph Of Mechanics” (1907) – Karl Hans Stobl (3751 words) <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> The town’s toy industry had grown considerably in the last few years. All civilized countries placed orders upon orders, eager to own mechanical toys — multicolored, marvelously precise: the Punchinello … Continue reading

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Uncanny Valley Digest: Sultana’s Dream By Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain

Last night’s Sultana’s Dream discussion clinked like porcelain at a tea party. The story had the same essay quality and social critique agenda of The Star, but in a firmly feminist perspective. Everyone present appreciated the story for it’s intentions … Continue reading

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