Confronting the “Is This the End?” Stories

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The Handspring Visor

That was the term one tech news writer used to describe the online retailer, way back in the twentieth century. I remember those years very well. For a couple of them I lived on First Hill, just a few blocks away from the Kozmo.com warehouse. This meant that I could order a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and a DVD and have them delivered to my door in twenty minutes. The Matrix was in theaters and Fatboy Slim was churning out ear worms. I apprised on my upcoming meetings with a handheld device called a Handspring Visor. We seemed to be standing on the doorstep of a brilliant future of convenience and steady technological advancement. And we were, though first we had to go through a few disruptive adjustments and endure some years when the future looked a bit more dim. Continue reading “Confronting the “Is This the End?” Stories”

The Weekend VR Became Impossible to Ignore in Seattle

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Trond Nilsen presenting awards at Seattle VR Hackathon IV. Photo courtesy Shawn Whiting.

September 16-18, 2016 was a watershed moment for Seattle’s VR/AR community. For anyone drawn to creating or experiencing VR/AR, there was literally too much for one person to absorb. VR Hackathon IV at Sand Point, the Art Hack on Capitol Hill, and the VR Maker Dome at Seattle Center all delivered big on the promise of this new medium, and Seattle is never going to be the same. Continue reading “The Weekend VR Became Impossible to Ignore in Seattle”

Amazon Looking to Hire VR Content Exec

Amazon is getting into VR content production and they’re looking for someone to lead the charge. Here’s a description of the gig. I have complicated feelings about Amazon. I worked there twice, from ’98-’00 and ’04-’07, first in Customer Service, then in Media Merchandising. It has taken me literally a decade to sort out my feelings about what I experienced there, and I have enough … Continue reading Amazon Looking to Hire VR Content Exec