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Farewell to Beyond the Beyond – Bruce Sterling @WIRED @bruces

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Here’s a “Farewell to Beyond the Beyond @ WIRED”, the blog many of us at Adafruit have read every single day by Bruce Sterling. Bruce has been an orbit of advice, (in)sanity checks, art, and friendship, for Limor and over the last decade (maybe more?) who knows. I think Bruce visited us when we decided (was not sure yet) to keep doing Adafruit and go from a condemned apartment to a factory. We emailed Bruce today, if the Beyond the Beyond blog can continue on Adafruit in any way, we’ll host it forever. However, I understand what he’s saying… there’s something more Beyond the Beyond than a blog …

“Even if I couldn’t package the things I knew in any way that any publisher would ever find viable, I simply knew things most people didn’t know. That feat was good in itself. “Real artists ship,” and yes, they do have to ship something, or else they’re not artists. But they don’t have to ship everything they know. That’s because they’re artists, and they’re not a shipping service.”

“I knew from the beginning that my weblog would surely cease some day, and I frequently warned readers that ‘blogs,’ the ‘internet,’ desktop computers, browser software and so forth, were all passing phenomena.”

“If I was a young person, and starting over today, I would not experiment with a weblog supported by a West Coast US technology magazine. Instead, I would try something more youthful in spirit, less conventional, more beyond-the-beyond.”

Thank you Bruce for your words over the years on the blog, it’s helped us a lot of the years in all the weird and unexpected ways it should have.


Here’s a photo Bruce took of us in 2007 with the open-source cell phone jammer Limor made, the post is missing from WIRED it seems 🙁

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