From: Bruce Sterling <>
Subject: Viridian Note 00137: Papal Schedule 2000
To: Viridian List <>

Key concepts: travel, design events, highly polluting
frequent flyer miles

Attention Conservation Notice: So what if the Viridian Pope-Emperor is logging a lot of mileage.

Entries in the "Dead Mike" Design contest:

Viridian contests archive:

The winner is:^^^^^^****
(Karl Reinsch), for the fractally dead Mike at: Karl Reinsch has been sent his well-deserved prize, a copy of BEAUTIFUL DEATH, ART OF THE CEMETARY.

I hope that this morbid contest has made it entirely clear to all concerned that the Viridian Movement will someday die. The Movement will cease to move. We're not at all kidding about this. Mortality was designed into it from the beginning. It is guaranteed to happen and now we even have a special logo for it. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Circa 02000 AD, however, the movement is in high gear and jittering all over the place. I have just signed with Random House to do a nonfiction book on the future of design. This will necessitate, among other things, a lot of roadwork. I've decided to share my travel schedule with the list. You might want to show up in some time zone and say hi.

February 02000
Almost over, but I'm just back from Niels Diffrient's design studio in Connecticut, where he has invented the ultra-ergonomic "Freedom Chair" for Humanscale.
Watch for a forthcoming WIRED article.

March 9,10, 11, 12 Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where I'll lecture on the "changeable nature of language," and then just kinda hang out on the lovely campus, thinking deep, creative thoughts and gazing on Elial Saarinen's gardens. I wrote the proposal for my novel HOLY FIRE while a guest at Cranbrook. I have to think that HOLY FIRE is one of my better novels. Likely the surroundings of its genesis had a lot to do with it.

March 13, 14 South by SouthWest SXSW Interactive Festival. Most every year, we Sterlings throw an Open House to coincide with this Austin cyber-event. We have even more reason to celebrate this night of March 14, because it is my good pal Denise Caruso's birthday, and she's in from San Francisco. We'll be drinking Shiner beer and Anchor Steam and, yes, some solar-powered wines. If you're on the Viridian list, by all means drop by the Viridian Vatican. Our doors will be open, you will be welcome. A large crowd of interesting, computer-literate hipsters will be present. You can bring anything you can carry, and anybody you trust.

May 1, 2, 3 A jaunt to the Rhode Island School of Design with Michael McDonough, where we plan to talk about web-powered cyber- green architecture and cool stuff to do with bamboo.

May 12, 13, 14
PlaNetwork conference Presidio in San Francisco: "Global Ecology and Information Technology." Hey, even "Butterfly" came down out of her tree to do this gig. I am so there!

June 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Decision Makers 2010, Center for Applied Policy Research, Hong Kong
"Building Sustainability in a Globalized World" It's a rather long way to Hong Kong, but I'm anxious to see Norman Foster's new airport in operation, and besides, this global business event is sponsored by the increasingly lively and interesting Germans.

June 12, 13
Could be in Paris for a literary event. Or maybe not.

July 14, 15, 16 "High Ground Design Conversation" with Mike and Kathy McCoy and a small group of their design friends. I have to lie flat and breathe with care at their intellectual altitude, but the wise, all-knowing McCoys rock like mile- high granite at the Continental Divide! Beautiful website, too.

September 29, 30, October 1 It's a Texan Green fandango in the charming rural town of Fredericksburg. "Solar, Wind. Biomass, Geothermal, Hydro, Green Building; Sustainable/Organic Gardening & Farming, Education/Products/Services." That sounds like us all right. I'm thinking maybe a Viridian table presentation and a public outreach effort. I'm looking for local Viridian volunteers who might want to truck out to Fredericksburg with me and press the flesh. Weird toys and spark-spitting gizmos a definite bonus.

November 11, 12, 13 Doors of Perception 6: Lightness I am increasingly likely to attend this European event. First, because time spent with John Thackara is never wasted, and second, because it's Amsterdam. Amsterdam is one of the few truly civilized cities on Earth, and we Viridians should all make a point of visiting Amsterdam before rising seas drown The Netherlands.

December 30 -Jan 1, 02001
"Mathematically Literate New Millennium Party" After surviving 02000, a big New Years' Eve Party at my house for all of us who understand the difficult matter of actually counting from the year zero. Mark your calendars now.

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