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The Cross-Wired Interview

RageBoy's Introduction

Back when we used to give a shit, David Weinberger interviewed us, ostensibly for Wired magazine. After many months of what we can only imagine was deep and penetrating cogitation, the editors there came close to running this, then changed their minds at the last minute for reasons we'll never know. Possibly it was something they ate.

This was before David began publishing the now infamous Journal of the Hyperactive Organization upon which EGR has recently launched a major electro-memic offensive. In keeping with this ad hominem inter-website warfare, this issue of EGR seeks to make Weinberger look foolish by re-introducing a note of high moral seriousness into the discussion, thus making it appear that we have been sober and thoughtful all along and that it is he, not ourselves, who is responsible for the gratuitous surrealism that has lately been perpetrated on the hapless readers of both publications. While he today publicly complains that JOHO has been invaded by space aliens, he must have forgotten the line toward the end of the current interview where we provided ample warning about "radically blurring the boundaries of what's inside and outside, yours and theirs..."

As this is an older, heretofore unpublished piece, we should explain that we are no longer at Displaytech, though we are still good friends [Talking Heads, Television Man]. Also, so as not to give offense, we have disguised Dr. Weinberger's participation in what follows.

David Wired-Burger's Introduction

While Chris Locke (http://www.panix.com/~clocke) says he has "zip in the way of formal credentials," he has managed to be years ahead of the crowd in AI, SGML (which begat HTML), the Internet and the Web. In 1983, he was a bankrupt building contractor in Boulder. Six months later, he was the only American working inside the Japanese Fifth Generation artificial intelligence project. Following stints at Ricoh, Fujitsu, Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute, CMP, Mecklermedia, MCI and IBM, L