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January 4, 2003

I commented here on my suspicion that this script, increasingly popular among webloggers, is simply flaky.

I was wrong. The author, Stephen Downes, emails to say that the problem is specific to situations where more than one URL points to the same page. Which is in fact the case for The Sideshow, and indeed, Avedon figured this out herself some days after I posted that. I should have remarked on it earlier. Downes says he intends to fix this problem in the next release.

While we’re discussing being wrong, evidently one of today’s themes on Electrolite, I should like to note that SF writer John Shirley sent me an email out of the blue a couple of months ago, having just come across the transcript, still available on the web, of a live online interview with me that took place on Hotwired seven years ago. (Remember Hotwired, web old-timers?) In that interview, I made a passing remark about Shirley’s work that suggested it was derivative of the work of William Gibson. Shirley points out that, in fact, he published recognizably “cyberpunk” SF well before William Gibson did, and that moreover he introduced Gibson’s work to Terry Carr, who would ultimately be the editor who brought Neuromancer to print.

Shirley points out that the transcript has probably been read by more websearchers in later years than one might otherwise guess, since the interviewer was (I had forgotten this) Jonathan Lethem. I’ll see what I can do about getting it amended. Meanwhile, Electrolite is probably the place where I can most efficiently acknowledge that Shirley is right about this—it was a stupid thing for me to say, and also plainly untrue. [12:09 PM]

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skippy ::: (view all by) ::: January 05, 2003, 12:04 AM:

but you are a class act to admit your mistake, patrick.

James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: January 05, 2003, 08:59 AM:

I'm trying to think of a situation when more than one URL _doesn't_ point to a given page.