Yesterday I was on a train bound from Beijing planning out New World Notes posts by e-mail with Iris Ophelia, and the outside seen at 150 miles per hour largely looked like this:
We passed at least three nuclear power plants along the way, and several construction sites where whole high-rise city blocks were being built in the flat and barren Chinese countryside, seemingly for no one. I was coming back from Beijing where I consult for a mobile game publisher, and then it hit me all at once:
I'm on a high-speed train returning to Shanghai from my job working for a company that sells virtual goods, writing a blog about the metaverse where I also sometimes work, collaborating in near real time on my smartphone with someone I mostly know through her avatar and who lives on the other side of the world, passing nuclear reactors every now and again, and something like this is just the kind of thing which happens nowadays.
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