The long awaited full-length eBook, SECRET KITTY, by Catherine Daly, is now
> online and downloadable in .pdf format at Ahadada Books. Read along the
> eastern seaboard in January, in the Midwest in April, the book is a flarfy
> critique of flarf, a translation of flarf, and a whole new kind of fluff.
> This week, it will be downloadable from the Ahadada Home Page:
> http://www.ahadadabooks.com/
> by clicking on the "here" in the phrase "click here" at the bottom of the
> page, then clicking "Yes" to download.
> There's more about Secret Kitty at
> http://barfingfrog.741.com/Reviews/secret_kitty.htm
> some preliminary / contextual information at
> http://www.english.wayne.edu/fac_pages/ewatten/posts/post13.html
> and forthcoming at 5_Trope.
> To receive the .pdf directly, e-mail me at
> cadaly at comcast dot net
> Bio:
> The Dalys, a family founded in 1963, designed Catherine Daly in 1966. She
> was introduced on January 28, 1967 (thus she is an Aquarius), though her
> name and biography are continually expanded. She is a fifteen year post-grad
> living in the center of Los Angeles, CA, USA, with her family surnames Daly
> and Burch. Catherine Daly currently uses Olson twins hair glaze purchased at
> the 99 cents only store, while her sister, Elizabeth Daly, exercises more
> discretion. While they started out wearing nothing, in the past 25 years,
> Catherine wears vintage or used couture, while Elizabeth wears modish new
> clothes. They live a mile from each other, but 2,000 miles from their
> parents, Dad Tom Daly and Mom Joyce Daly. Their Uncle and Aunt are nearby in
> Pasadena, and their great-aunt is near the Daly parents. ("Kasia" is a
> nickname, and the source of the appellation is a maternal Polish relative,
> not a paternal Irish one.) Kasia is about 20 apples high and weighs about
> the same as 50 apples, and she has type A+ blood. She is a cookie baker,
> although her great aunt is a renowned pie expert and Kasia's favorite snack
> is dark chocolate. Like her mother, she sort of plays the piano. Her
> favorite color is red; her favorite school subjects are english, math, and
> music. Kasia has a lot of acquaintances.
> With Elizabeth and childhood friend Therese Heimbold, Kasia became
> acquainted with small items such as coin purses with Kitty on them around
> the bicentennial, in central Illinois.
> "Why doesn't Hello Kitty have a mouth?"
> "Hello Kitty speaks from her heart. She is Sanrio's ambassador to the world
> who isn't bound to one certain language."
> Why does Catherine write? She published DaDaDa with Salt Publishing in 2003;
> that trilogy has now become the first portion of a long project entitled
> CONFITEOR. Tupelo Press published Locket in 2005.


May 30, 2006

Edge 183

(5,700 words)

This EDGE edition available on the EDGE Website at:


DIGITAL MAOISM: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism [5.30.06]
By Jaron Lanier
An EDGE Original Essay

"The hive mind is for the most part stupid and boring. Why pay attention to it?"

"The problem is in the way the Wikipedia has come to be regarded and used; how it's been elevated to such importance so quickly. And that is part of the larger pattern of the appeal of a new online collectivism that is nothing less than a resurgence of the idea that the collective is all-wise, that is desirable to have influence concentrated in a bottleneck that can channel the collective with the most verity and force. This is different from representative democracy, or meritocracy. This idea has had dreadful consequences when thrust upon us from the extreme Right or the extreme Left in various historical periods. The fact that it's now being re-introduced today by prominent technologists and futurists, people who in many cases I know and like, doesn't make it any less dangerous."

Read on as Jaron Lanier throws a lit Molotov cocktail down towards Palo Alto from up in the Berkeley Hills...