1. Exquisite Tweets from @nraford

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    I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by PowerPoints, starving hysterical for content...

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    Noah Raford

    … dragging themselves through the timelines at dawn looking for an angry fix.

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    Angel-headed consultants burning for the ancient heavenly connection
    to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night.

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    Who with bonuses & suits & hollow-eyes & boredom sat up tweeting in the supernatural darkness

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    Of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating “disruption”.

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    Who bared their brains to Management under the El and saw Schumpeterian angels staggering on live/work roofs illuminated

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    Who passed through universities with radiant cool laptops hallucinating New York and Facebook-light tragedy among the scholars of war

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    Who were expelled from the co-working spaces for crazy & publishing obscene reports on the expense accounts of the skull

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    Who cowered in bespoke rooms in silk underwear, burning their money in wastebaskets and listening to the Terror through their earbuds

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    Who got busted in their pubic timelines returning through Palo Alto with a pirated Game of Thrones

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    Who ate cronuts in AirBnB’s or drank Soylent in Silicon Valley, death, or purgatoried their passions night after night

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    With dreams, with business models, with waking nightmares, smoothies and egos and endless balls.

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    Incomparable blind streets of shuddering cloud services & lightning in the mind

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    Leaping toward poles of London & Dubai, illuminating all the motionless world of Time between.

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    OPI solidities of halls, backyard greenwash cemetery dawns, Vine drunkenness over the rooftops, storefront boroughs of C-Suite joyride neon

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    Blinking Blackberry lights, sun & moon and tree vibrations in the whispering husks of Park Slope, ashcan rantings & kind boss light of mind

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    Who chained themselves to consultancies for the endless ride from MBA to IPO

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    On Modafinil until the noise of wheels and children brought them down shuddering soul-wracked and battered bleak of brain

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    All drained of brilliance in the drear light of New.

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    Who sank all night in submarine darknets and Boingboing floated out and sat through the stale Red Bull afternoon in desolate Olive Garden

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    Listening to the crunk and boom on the hydrogen jukebox, who talked continuously seventy hours from office to client site to bar to hotel

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    A lost battalion of platonic conversationalists avoiding the queues with Uber and jumping windowsills of Empire State out of the moon

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    Yacketysax screaming tromboning Snapchatting facts and memories and anecdotes and eyeball kicks and shocks of hospitals and jails and wars

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    Whole intellects disgorged with Occulus for seven days and nights with brilliant eyes, meat for the clickbait cast on the pavement

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    Who vanished into nowhere on the 2 am flight (business class) leaving a trail of ambiguous promises, platitudes, and postcards

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    Suffering introspective sweats & Tangerian bone-grindings & migraines of Starbucks under junk-withdrawal in Heathrow's bleak furnished room

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    Who wandered around and around at midnight in the hotel lobby, wondering where to go, and went, leaving no broken hearts.

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    Who lit hand-rolled cigarettes in Ubers Ubers Ubers racketing through sand toward lonesome call centres in grandfather night

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    Who studied Porter and Ries and Godin and TED, telepathy and hip hop because the cosmos instinctively vibrated at their feet,

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    Who loned it through the corridors of McKinsey & Bain, Booz & PwC, seeking visionary indian angels who were visionary indian angels

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    Who thought they were only mad when the Economist gleamed in supernatural ecstasy

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    Who jumped in limousines with the Chairman in Shangai on the impulse of winter midnight take-over, smalltown gains, tax-free.

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    Who lounged arrogant & lonesome through Hong Kong seeking karaoke or sex or noodle soup

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    And followed the brilliant Emirati to converse about America and Eternity, a hopeless task, and so took a container ship to Africa

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    Who disappeared into the huts of Belize leaving behind nothing but an arrest warrant, an interview with Wired, & an homegrown intel network

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    Code scattered in fireplace, who reappeared on the Playa being investigating by the FBI in beards and shorts and frosted tips

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    With big pacifist sunglasses sexy in their dark skin emailing incomprehensible missives and status updates

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    Who burned giant wooden men in the desert protesting the narcotic tobacco haze of Capitalism (from an RV)

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    Who distributed Singularitarian pamphlets at the Hub weeping and undressing while the sirens of Gaza City wailed them down, and wailed down

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    And the ferries full or refugees also wailed, who broke down crying in white gymnasiums naked and trembling before Border Control

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    The machinery of other skeletons, who slapped each other on the back & shrieked with delight via CCTV feed

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    Committing no crime but their own wild take-away ambition and intoxication

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    Who howled on their knees in the Job Center and were dragged off the roof waving genitals and manuscripts

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    Who let themselves be fucked by investors, Angel funds, and screamed with joy

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    Who blew and were blown by those human seraphim, the Angel investors, caresses of Atlantic and MENASA love

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    Who traded in the morning in the evenings in airline lounges and the grass of indoor parks and members clubs

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    Scattering their frameworks freely to whom ever come who may, who summarised endlessly trying to win the job

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    But wound up with a sob behind a partition in the One and Only, when the blond & naked currency trader came to pierce them with clawbacks

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    Who lost their loved ones to the three old shrews of fate the one eyed shrew of the multinational dollar

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    The one eyed webcam that winks out of the womb and the one eyed shrew that does nothing

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    …but sit on its ass and snip the intellectual golden threads off Buzzfeed's loom.

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    Who concatenated ecstatic and insatiate with a bottle of beer a sweetheart a package of cigarettes a candle and fell off the first page

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    Continued along the floor and down the hall and ended fainting on the wall with a vision of ultimate acquisitions

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    And came eluding the last gyzym of self-consciousness, who sweetened the deal with a million in options

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    Trembling under a sky the colour of television tuned to a dead channel, red eyed but prepared to sweeten the resolution of the sunrise

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    Flashing ROMs under barns and naked without crypto, who went out trolling through Colorado with a myriad stolen accounts

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    Secret hero of these poems, consultant and Adonis of Mountain View - joy to the memory of his innumerable PowerPoints for empty accounts

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    And boxcars, shipping containers, media centres, rickety cabs, on mountaintops and VR caves

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    And especially secret Gigafactories, solipsisms of Elons, & homepage alleys too,
    who faded out in vast sordid gradient, shifted in dreams

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    And, woke on a sudden Manhattan, and picked themselves up out of basement parties, hung-over with heartless boxed wine

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    And horrors of Fifth Avenue iron dreams & stumbled to head offices, who walked all night with their shoes full of blood on the flooded docks

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    Waiting for an Uber from the East River to open to a car full of steam-heat and wifi

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    Who created great suicidal dramas on the apartment cliff-banks of the Hudson under the wartime blue floodlight of police drones

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    Their heads shall be crowned with unique identifiers and never lost in oblivion

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    Who ate the organic lamb stew of the hipster imagination or digested the synthetic crab at the muddy bottom of the sushi boats of Bowery

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    Who wept at the romance of the markets with their puts full of shorts, longs, hedges, and bad taste

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    Who sat in their boxed seats breathing in the darkness under the camera lens, and rose up to build a Big Dog in their lofts

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    Who coughed on the sixtieth floor of the Burj, crowned with flame under the tubercular sky surrounded by blue crates of Emininesque theology

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    Who Kindled all night rocking and rolling over lofty incantations which in the yellow morning timelines were stanzas of gibberish (!)

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    Who cooked lab grown animals lung heart feet tail Qorn & tortillas dreaming of the pure organic, locally sourced, carbon neutral kingdom

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    Who plunged themselves under food trucks looking for a signal, who threw their phones off the roof to cast their ballot for Eternity

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    Outside of your time zone, & wearable devices fell on their heads every day for the next decade

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    Who cut their phone lines three times successively unsuccessfully, gave up and were forced to open vintage stores

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    Where they thought they were growing old and cried.

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    Who were burned alive in their IKB suits (#0033CC) on Madison Avenue amid blasts of wobbling bass

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    And the tanked-up models clatter of the iron regiments of fashion & the nitroglycerine shrieks of the fairies of advertising

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    And the mustard gas of sinister Buzzfeed editors, or were run down by the drunken self-driving cars of Absolute Reality,

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    Who jumped off the social feeds (this actually happened) and walked away unknown and forgotten into the ghostly haze of Shenzhen

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    Soylent alleyways & firetrucks, not even one open wifi router, who sang out of their windows in despair, fell out of the bullet train window

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    Jumped in the filthy Yangtze, leaped on imported labor, cried all over the street, danced on broken iPhones barefoot

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    Smashed Mp3s of nostalgic American 1990s trip hop, finished the Red Bull and threw up groaning into the bloody toilet

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    Moans in their earbuds and the blast of colossal shipping trucks who barreled down the highways of the past

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    Journeying to the each other’s Prius' - Guantanamo Bay jail-solitude watch or Brighton dub step incarnations

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    Who flew cross Atlantic seventeen hours to find out if I had a vision or you had a vision or he had a vision on Skype

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    Who journeyed to Brooklyn, who died in Brooklyn, who came back to Brooklyn & waited in vain,

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    Who watched over Brooklyn & brooded & loned in Brooklyn & finally went away to find out the Time, & now Brooklyn is lonesome for her heroes

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    Who fell on their knees in hopeless teleconferences praying for each other’s salvation & light & biscuits

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    Until the soul illuminated its hair for a second, and crashed through our minds in the conference room waiting for impossible clients

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    With golden heads and the charm of marketing in their hearts who tortured some folks and sang sweet blues to Abu Ghraib

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    Who retired to Dubai to cultivate a habit, or Singapore to tender the Buddha or the Channel Islands for havens, or Harvard for Narcissus

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    Who demanded sanity trials accusing the Occulus of hypnotism & were left with their insanity & their Bitcoins & a hung jury

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    Who threw triangle sandwiches at LSE lecturers on currency markets & subsequently presented themselves on the granite steps of the madhouse

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    With shaven heads and harlequin Vines, demanding instantaneous forgetting but were given instead...

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    .. the concrete void of the Streisand Effect, 120,000 RT’s, occupational therapy, pingpong & amnesia and a Kony campaign

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    Who in humorless protest overturned only one symbolic table device, resting briefly in catatonia,returning years later truly bald and rich

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    Except for a wig of algorithms, and tears and automation.

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    Bickering with the echoes of the comments, rocking & rolling in the midnight solitude of Facebook.

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    Bench dolmen - frozen heads, the Singularity - realms of love, dream of life a nightmare, bodies turned to ice as heavy as the moon

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    Who threw egg at the house of E.G.G. and unplugged the cables of a Stosselite camera crew

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    With the motherboard finally ******, and the last fantastic tablet flung out of the capsule hotel window

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    And the last door closed at 4 a.m. somewhere and the last Bluetooth headset slammed at the wall in reply

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    Down to the last piece of flat packed furniture, a yellow plastic rose twisted on a wire in the closet, and even that imaginary

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    Nothing but a hopeful little bit of hallucination--

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    ah, Internet, while you are not safe I am not safe, and now you’re really in the total animal soup of time--

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    Who therefore ran through the icy streets of K obsessed with a sudden flash of Net Neutrality

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    The alchemy of the use of elliptic curve cryptography the catalog the smart meter & the vibrating space plane,

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    Who dreamt and made incarnate gaps in Time & Space through Imgur

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    Juxtaposed & trapped the archangel of our soul btwn 140 characters, joined the elemental verbs & set the noun & dash of protocols together

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    Jumping with sensation of Total Information Awareness (scientia est potent) to recreate the syntax and measure of poor human prose

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    And stand before you stackless & intelligent & shaking with shame, rejected yet confessing out out the crowd

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    To conform to the rhythm of thought in its naked and endless source.

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    The madman investor and angel beat in Time, valuation unknown, yet putting options here what might be left to say in time come after death

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    And like Michael Jackson, who rose reincarnate in the ghostly clothes of pop to the golden shadow of the band

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    Blew the suffering of America’s naked mind for love into an eli eli lamma lamma sabacthani investment cry that shivered the cities...

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    What sphinx of Fosterian steel and glass bashed open their skulls and ate up their brains and imagination?

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    Foster! Musk! Thiel! Filth! Ugliness! Ashcans and unobtainable dollars! Children screaming under the cluster bombs! Boys sobbing in armies!

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    Young men weeping in Bryant Park!

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    Kurzweil! Sergey! Zuckerberg! Nightmare of Minksy! Sanberg the loveless! Mental Satya! Jobs the heavy judger of men!

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    Murdoch the incomprehensible prison! Cameron the crossbone soulless jailhouse and Congress of sorrows!

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    Sam Walton whose buildings are judgment! Koch the vast stone of war!

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    Musk the stunned governments! Musk whose mind is pure machinery! Ellison whose blood is running money! Murdoch whose fingers are ten armies!

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    Venter whose breast is a cannibal dynamo! Foster whose ear is a smoking tomb!
    Keith Alexander whose eyes are a thousand blind windows!

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    Silverstein whose skyscrapers stand in the long streets like endless Jehovahs! Koch whose factories dream and croak in the fog!

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    Barak whose smokestacks and antennae crown the cities!

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    Bechtel whose love is endless oil and stone! Klaus Schwab whose soul is electricity and banks!

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    Benioff whose poverty is the specter of genius! @neiltyson whose fate is a cloud of sexy hydrogen! Minksy whose name is the Mind!

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    Manhattan in whom I sit lonely! Mulholland in whom I dream Angels! Crazy in @vkhosla! Lacklove and loveless in Moloch!

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    Mingus who entered our souls early! Madonna in whom we are consciousness without bodies! MC-A who frightened me out of my natural ecstasy!

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    Moloch whom we abandon! Wake up in Moloch! LIVE streaming out of the sky! Moloch! Moloch!

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    Robot apartments! invisible suburbs! skeleton treasuries! blind capitalists! demonic industrialists! spectral nationalists!

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    Invincible marketing! granite credit cards! monstrous JDAMs!

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    They broke their backs lifting Moloch to the Forbes List! Mac Minis, iPhones, tons!

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    Airlifting the smart city to Heaven which exists & is everywhere about us!

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    Visions! omens! hallucinations! delusions! bankruptcies! regime change! miracles! ecstasies! gone down the Tigris river! Dreams! adorations!

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    illuminations! religions! the whole boatload of politically correct bullshit! Scientific breakthroughs! Sequencing!

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    Market flips and crucifixions! Gone down with the English floods! High tides! Epiphanies! Despairs! Ten years’ animal screams and suicides!

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    Ebola! Hive minds! New loves! Mad generation! $1 billion dollars for Instragram! Down on the rocks of Time!
    Real holy laughter in the river!

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    They saw it all! Synthetic biology, the wild eyes! the holy yells! They bade farewell! They jumped off the roof to solitude!

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    Singularity! waving! roaring! Climate changing! carrying flowers! Down to the river! into the street! YO!

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    Whew. Fin.

    Quoting from, in a mashed up moment kind of kind of way, Howl.

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    Thanks guys! That was fun. An weird and unplanned. Wasn’t planning on spending all that time.

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